Happy "Indexing" Holidays – Microsoft Filter Pack Released

The Microsoft Filter Pack for search has been released enabling critical search scenarios across a variety of Microsoft Search products including SharePoint Portal Server 2003, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, Search Server 2008, Search Server 2008 Express Edition, Exchange Server 2005, SQL Server 2005/2008, and Windows Desktop Search 3.1/4.0. The Microsoft…


Service Pack 1 for SharePoint Products and Technologies

I’ve spent the past several days in Portland, Oregon speaking at a SharePoint Products and Technologies governance event and completely neglected to post any information on the now released Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Service Pack 1.  For more information visit:  http://blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint/archive/2007/12/11/announcing-the-release-of-wss-3-0-sp1-and-office-sharepoint-server-2007-sp1.aspx.


Announcing the Release of the SharePoint Monitoring Toolkit 1.0

The SharePoint Monitoring Toolkit enables administrators and IT Pros to manage SharePoint Products and Technologies deployments, both large and small, by introducing two (2) new management packs for System Center Operations Manager 2007. Both the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 management packs replace the existing management packs and have been engineered to leverage…


Announcing the Beta Release of the SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool

After several months of work and very little sleep in between we are pleased to announce general availability of the SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool (Beta). The SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool (Beta) provides a wealth of helpful information when planning a SharePoint Products and Technologies deployment; helping administrators, consultants, and IT Pros determine the potential required hardware…


On the Edge

Over the past several weeks myself and Rick Taylor, you may know him from various conferences, MCTs, or as a contributing author to the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Administrators Companion, have been engaging the Edge crew to establish a new series – dubbed the R&B Show.  Our focus will be an entertaining look into…


Stay at Home Server

Generally over the years I’ve tried to keep strict focus on Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies within this blog; however, every once in awhile something comes along that definitely deserves mention…not only technology related, but entertaining as well. Enjoy .. .. http://www.stayathomeserver.com/ Read more…


Managing Master Merge in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007

Master merge compiles all index data comprised of both in-memory and disk-based structures into one disk-based structure to prevent the degradation of the search service. SPS 2001 allowed administrators to manipulate the master merge schedule through HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Search\1.0\CatalogNames\SharePointPortalServer\workspace_name\Indexer:ci:MidNightMasterMergeTimeDelta, but only to a limited degree of the specification of minutes past 12:00 A.M. that master merge should…


Planning for *Additional* Storage with Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies – Recycle Bin

This will be the first of a series focusing on those areas of storage that are commonly overlooked when planning storage for Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies. In this post we’ll look at the native Recycle Bin in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 to understand its fundamental aspects and impacts…


Whitepaper: Upgrading SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Customizations to SharePoint Server 2007

After several months of work, we’re pleased to announce publication of a new whitepaper: Upgrading SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Customizations to SharePoint Server 2007.  To view the whitepaper visit: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb954662.aspx or http://blogs.msdn.com/joelo/archive/2007/11/06/upgrade-customization-articles-posted.aspx for additional details.


Moving site collections between domains…

Moving site collections between domains is not a common operation, but occurs frequently enough to provide some prescriptive guidance.  User Accounts SharePoint maintains the security identifiers of user accounts as opposed to just usernames, as a result, when restoring a site collection to a farm in a domain other than that where the original source…