Building a disaster recovery environment for SharePoint in Windows Azure–a few things we learned

My team is wrapping up a proof of concept (POC) build of an intriguing solution—disaster recovery of a SharePoint on-premises farm to Windows Azure IaaS. We learned a lot about the Azure infrastructure, including how to place a SharePoint environment across the Azure IaaS architecture and how to manage the environment from day-to-day. The solution…


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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Your friendly guide to host-named site collections

With Microsoft’s cloud strategy and engineering investment into Office 365, one SharePoint 2013 feature is a rising star: host-named site collections. Host-named site collections are how Microsoft achieves scale in its multi-tenant environment. New features and existing features are optimized to work with host-named site collections like never before. However, it’s not just the feature that…


New permissions content for SharePoint 2013

The SharePoint writing team has been busy completing the permissions content for SharePoint 2013 by publishing the following: Configure custom permissions in SharePoint 2013  Describes how to manage custom permissions using permission levels. Best practices for using fine-grained permissions in SharePoint Server 2013, Fine-grained permission reference for SharePoint Server 2013,Troubleshoot common fine-grained permissions issues for…

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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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New SharePoint 2013 authentication process and Test Lab Guide overview videos

Following on the cool upgrade videos published by Samantha Robertson, the following new conceptual videos that describe SharePoint 2013 authentication processes are now available: Windows claims authentication in SharePoint 2013 Forms-based claims authentication in SharePoint 2013 SAML-based claims authentication in SharePoint 2013 These videos step you through the details of claims-based authentication for user access…

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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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How to install update packages on a SharePoint farm where search component and high availability search topologies are enabled

The March Public Update (PU) for SharePoint Server 2013 and SharePoint Foundation2013 is available. Here’s information to help you install it on SharePoint farms where search components and high availability search topologies are enabled. For servers that include searchcomponents, you have to follow specific steps to ensure that you install the PUcorrectly. For a high…

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SharePoint Server 2013 Test Lab Guide stack refreshed

The SharePoint Server 2013 Test Lab Guide (TLG) stack has been refreshed for the released version of SharePoint Server 2013. Here is the current stack diagram (click on it for a larger version): The updates include the following: Additional links to software and hardware requirements for Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7, SQL Server 2008…

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