Over the last week or so I have spent some time configuring some new networking gear for one of eShare’s numerous internal SharePoint farms and I thought I’d share a few of the lessons I’ve learned along the way.
My task seemed pretty straightforward: implement a couple of load balanced firewalls along with 3 isolated network segments. This is quite a common scenario for us as we deal with a lot of security sensitive clients who aren’t big fans of back end servers sharing a subnet with those that are public facing. Indeed, there are few reasons not to implement a segmented network such as this as it provides a form of defence in depth should your perimeter servers be compromised. Continue reading
Last Wednesday I had the pleasure of presenting at the East Anglia SharePoint user group (SUGUK). The user group is organised by Randy Perkins and Peter Baddeley who are both very friendly, knowledgeable SharePoint guys. Whilst my session aimed to provide some general guidance on SharePoint administration (I’m presenting a similar deck at SharePoint Saturday), the subject of this blog is a topic covered during the evenings first session: “SharePoint 2010 Virtualisation“, presented by John Timney (MVP). To be more specific, this post discusses NUMA node boundaries in the context of virtualising SharePoint and hopefully raises some questions around whether the MS documentation should perhaps be updated to include guidance for larger multi-core processors (i.e. more than 4 cores). Continue reading
Today I published a post on SP365 which attempts to explain host-named site collections to the uninitiated in the form of a bitesize video overview.
Host-named site collections are a key part of SharePoint 2010’s multi tenant support and offer a huge amount of scalability. They provide support for multiple root named URLs (vanity URLs) and in many cases are a valid alternative to creating additional Web applications.
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I am very pleased to say that my speaker submission for SharePoint Saturday UK 2011 has been approved.
The IT PRO session will be titled “Dodge the Bullet – 10 common SharePoint administration mistakes”. Continue reading
Working mainly on the administration and architecture side of SharePoint, I don’t get to do a lot of development. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as it means that I can be more objective when it comes to deploying solutions to SharePoint farms and making changes to our infrastructure. Continue reading
I attended day 1 of the European Best Practices Conference yesterday, organised by Combined Knowledge and hosted at the QEII conference centre in London. Continue reading