Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 Disaster Recovery Notes with SharePoint Products and Technolgies

In recent months there has been a great deal of discussion and debate on disaster recovery and high availability with Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies and with the recent releases of both Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 there are open opportunities to leverage components available natively to these technologies and compliment a…


Best Practice Resource Center is now live…

[To avoid common pitfalls and keep your Office SharePoint Server 2007 environment available and performing well, follow these best practices based on real-world experience from Microsoft Consulting Services and the product team.]


Microsoft SharePoint Administration Toolkit v2.0 Released

The Microsoft SharePoint Administration Toolkit contains functionality to help administer and manage Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services version 3.0.


Database Mirroring, Notes and Considerations

The question of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Database Mirroring (DBM) continues to be a topic of discussion in implementation with Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies, attached is a set of key notes and considerations to take into account when implementing DBM. Before implementing DBM with Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies, you must first understand that…


Plan for Availability Whitepaper Published

The Plan for Availability whitepaper has been published and describes at a high level, the varying methods to achieve high-availability, associated costs, and challenges specific to designing a high-availability solution for Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies. Read more…


Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Infrastructure Update Released!

The Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Infrastructure Update has been officially released. The update includes both improvements in core functional scenarios such as Office SharePoint Server Search with the introduction of S2 in addition to management enhancements resolving core customer issues such as scalability and performance improvements to support search incremental crawl (WSS), patch and…


Developing Web Parts, considerations on Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies

Background Information Web Parts as defined by MSDN are an integrated set of controls for creating Web sites that enable end-users to modify the content, appearance, and behavior of Web pages in a browser. In Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Web Parts ultimately derive from the ASP.WebPart (System.Web.UI.WebControls.WebParts) base class; however, Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 also…


Master Page Example

I used the sample master pages at in several Feature Stapling/Receiver demonstrations over the past year and was asked if I could provide the solution package I compiled using the Clarity master page (see image) in conjunction with a Feature Receiver to update the master page on both site collections and Webs.  I’ve finally…


Microsoft Windows Server 2008 as a Host Operating System for Microsoft Virtual Server 2005

Suppose you would like to use Windows Server 2008 as your host operating system, but the system does not provide support for Hyper-V.  The good news is that Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 will install and run under Windows Server 2008 providing the following conditions are met (including the Virtual Server Administration Web site):  see notes…


SELECT FullUrl [Please Don’t] from dbo.Webs

I was just browsing Mike Fitzmaurice’s blog and I’m glad to see he continues to dissuade direct database access with Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies.  All too often I’ve seen what was conceptually a good idea, result in performance, scalability, and manageability problems long term.  While initially an otherwise simple SELECT statement, yes, even read,…