Search Engine Optimization (SEO) in SharePoint Server 2013

If you’re a website owner, you know how important it is that users can easily find your website by using Internet search engines such as Bing or Google. The higher your website is shown in the search results list, the more likely it is that users will click on it. Just think of your own…


Updates to search ranking models in SharePoint Server 2013

Learn about the search ranking models that were updated in SharePoint Server 2013   If you use SharePoint Server 2013, the Cumulative Update package published in August contains an updated and expanded set of ranking models for search. Details of the contents of the update, including download information can be found here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2817616 If you use SharePoint Online,…


New Test Lab Guide content for SharePoint 2013

Check out these new Test Lab Guide (TLG) documents and innovations for SharePoint 2013: Test Lab Guide: Configure a Highly Available SharePoint Server 2013 Search Topology  This TLG sets up nine computers for high-availability search and is based on a section of the Enterprise Search Topologies poster. The SharePoint 2013 TLG stack as a poster …

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Changes to content deployment in SharePoint Server 2013

If you’re familiar with the content deployment feature in previous versions of SharePoint Server, then you’ve probably heard that there have been a few changes to make it easier in SharePoint Server 2013. In this blog post, I’ll explain those changes, including: When to use content deployment Alternatives to content deployment What’s new for content…

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New Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate profile synchronization

My esteemed colleague K.C. Cross has just published Demonstrate profile synchronization, a new Test Lab Guide (TLG) for SharePoint Server 2013. This new TLG steps you through the configuration and demonstration of profile synchronization using the SharePoint Server synchronization tool. This tool synchronizes profiles between SharePoint Server 2013 and a single Active Directory Domain Services…

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Get your head in the cloud: Hybrid for SharePoint Server 2013/Office 365

With the release of SharePoint Server 2013 and the new Office 365, SharePoint is increasingly moving towards an “integrated services” architecture in which on-premises SharePoint Server features can be integrated with SharePoint Online to create what is commonly called a “hybrid” SharePoint environment. In this blog post, we’ll talk a little about what constitutes a hybrid…

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Site Policy in SharePoint

If you’re using a SharePoint product then you’ve probably got some sites to manage — sites you’ve created, sites your users have created, and sites other administrators have created. Maybe some of these sites are tracking small projects that will outlive their usefulness in a short amount of time. There might even be more than…

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BI in Excel and Excel Services

Business intelligence (BI) is all about bringing together data and turning it into meaningful information that people can use to make better business decisions. Just in case you didn’t already know, Excel 2013 includes a lot of exciting new BI capabilities, such as the following: Timeline controls that enable people to view information for a range…

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Hosting the SharePoint 2013 three-tier test lab on a Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V server

Microsoft test lab guides are deliberately written to be independent of how you actually put them together. For example, you can use physical components (computers and switches/hubs), virtual components (virtual machines and virtual networks/switches), or a combination. For virtual components, you can use the virtualization technology of your choice. Because more of you are now…

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Service descriptions for SharePoint Online and on-premises SharePoint 2013 solutions

 This blog post is contributed by SharePoint Technical Writer, Jennifer Bost. What, exactly, do you get in SharePoint 2013? Are you looking for a list of SharePoint 2013 features? Perhaps you’re trying to figure out which SharePoint offering is right for your organization. Do you need SharePoint Foundation, SharePoint Standard, or SharePoint Enterprise Edition? If…

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