SharePoint Usage Best practice

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Brief Description

In this white paper, you will learn how to manage content effectively, how to choose the best option for displaying content, and the most effective way to find your content later.

Overview

Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 provides a vast number of capabilities that empower business users. For example, SharePoint Server 2010 enables users to collaborate on documents with each other, tag and rate content, self-publish, track group projects, and even develop their own productivity solutions. In short, Microsoft SharePoint 2010 makes it easier for people to work together. With all of this power, sometimes it’s hard to know exactly which feature or function to use in a given scenario, or what’s the recommended approach for solving a specific collaboration need. In this white paper, you will learn how to manage content effectively, how to choose the best option for displaying content, and the most effective way to find your content later.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=5c562f71-3aa9-46fd-abac-7d381813f2b8

SharePoint 2010 adoption best practice

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Brief Description

In this white paper, you will learn how to plan, organize, and create a SharePoint adoption plan. We’ll also provide some examples of how to integrate your governance plan into the training and communications plans for your solution.

Overview

Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 provides a vast number of capabilities that empower business users. However, even with this amount of power in hand, users (and the organizations they work for) can benefit greatly from having a clear SharePoint Adoption Plan. A SharePoint Adoption Plan describes how the benefits of your SharePoint deployment will be communicated to users and what kind of training you’ll provide. In this white paper, you will learn how to plan, organize, and create your adoption plan. We’ll also provide some examples of how to integrate your governance plan into the training and communications plans for your solution.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=94ee6518-75f7-47be-b4c1-0d6ec1248486

SharePoint Foundation Session at MITPRO

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This Thursday (Oct 21st), I will be doing a presentation about SharePoint Foundation at the MITPRO usergroup in Montréal.
 
Here is the description of the event and the link:
 
Présentation en français – Conférencier : Serge Tremblay, Sharepoint MVP

Date : 18 :30 – 21 Octobre Lieu : 2000 Avenue McGill College 4e étage, Suite 450. Montreal, QC H3A 3H3

SharePoint Foundation 2010 helps you coordinate schedules, organize documents, and participate in discussions through team workspaces, blogs, wikis, and document libraries on the platform that is the underlying infrastructure for SharePoint Server. This presentation will be focused on the SMB market.

 
 
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SharePoint Server 2010: Operations Framework and Checklists

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SharePoint like any other applications requires some maintenance and monitoring. Here are some checklist that could help you to maintain your environments.  If you don’t want to complete these tasks manually, you could look at implementing Microsoft System Center Operations Manager. 

 

 

Checklist: Summary

Prepared by:

Date:

 

Completed

Daily

 

Check backups.

 

Check CPU/memory use.

 

Check disk use.

 

Check disk health (S.M.A.R.T.)

 

Examine event logs.

 

Check backups.

 

Check Internet Information Service (IIS) performance.

 

Check SharePoint Server database health.

 

Check SharePoint Health Analyzer

 

Check non-SharePoint Server connectors.

 

Check security logs.

 

Update virus definitions and scan for viruses.

 

Verify that SharePoint Server and required Windows services have started correctly.

 

 

Completed

Weekly

 

Create reports.

 

Complete incident reports.

 

Meet to discuss status.

 

Check and compose IIS logs.

 

Check and compose SharePoint ULS logs.

 

 

Completed

Monthly

 

Do capacity planning.

 

Perform hotfixes, service packs, update rollups, and security updates.

 

Perform disaster recovery test. Test one backup a month to restore.

 

These checklists are extracted from this document: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=3cd07201-7420-4c12-9639-81da513e728d

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Business continuity management for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010

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In this document you will find information on how to play backup/restore, high availibility, Ediscovery and more.
 
There is also a Powershell scritp to extract information to help you document your farm configuration settings.
 
Here is the link to the document:
 
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Remote BLOB storage for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010

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If you are looking for information on how to configure RBS, you can look at this MS document.
 
 
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Developing Windows Phone 7 Applications for SharePoint 2010

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With the new Windows Phone 7 it is interesting to see that you can build application to integrate SharePoint.
 
Paul did a presentation last week, you can find it here:
 
and you can watch some examples on Youtube;  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBMBQNOHzGc
 

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Profile synchronization and Connection planning worksheets for SharePoint Server 2010

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Brief Description

The Profile Synchronization and Connection planning worksheets can assist you when configuring profile synchronization.

Overview

There are two worksheets available for download, as follow:

  • The Profile Synchronization Planning Worksheet specifies information that you will need to gather before you configure the infrastructure to support profile synchronization. A separate tab of the worksheet is a form that you can use to identify how you will map SharePoint Server 2010 user profile properties to user account attributes in the directory services with which you will synchronize.
  • The Connection Planning Worksheet specifies information that you will need to gather for each directory service with which you will synchronize profile information.

These worksheets should be used in conjunction with Configure profile synchronization on TechNet.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=19ccbf21-380f-44c7-82b7-a1e1d703fd31

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SharePoint 2010 Demos: Enterprise Search Demos & Labs

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Microsoft has just published a series of Labs for developping search application with SharePoint 2010 and Fast search.  You can download the labs by following this link: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=9fcbcc96-02b7-4292-b3b7-c04b236accde
 
Here is the description of the labs:
 
  • Advanced Query Processing in SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. This module demonstrates how to implement advanced query processing in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint by studying common patterns and applications of advanced query processing. Audience: Application developers.
  • Advanced Security in SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. This module reviews security concepts in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint including item-level security and the FAST Search authorization process. Learn to protect your FAST Search Server 2010 installation, protect query traffic between SSAs, and how to implement HTTPS for query traffic. Also view guidance on security planning for sites and content and SharePoint Server 2010 authentication. Audience: Application developers.
  • Building Search Applications in SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. In this module, use your knowledge of Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Search to build portions of the Contoso Research Application. Assembling portions of the entire search application facilitates an understanding of how to build a complete website. Audience: Application developers.
  • Configuring Search User Interface in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Search and Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. In this module, discover how to create custom search sites and pages, configure search Web Parts, configure the refinement panel, and enable federation Web Parts in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. Audience: Application developers.
  • Content Processing and Property Extraction in SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. This module describes how to create custom search sites and pages, configure search Web Parts, configure the refinement panel, and enable federation Web Parts in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. Audience: Application developers.
  • Developing Custom Connectors for SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. This module reviews the process for extending and developing custom content connectors for use with both Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. Audience: Application developers.
  • Extending the User Interface in SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. This module describes how to extend the user interface in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. Audience: application developers.
  • Linguistics Features in SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. This module shows how Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Search implements linguistics features including language identification, wordbreaking, tokenization, character normalization, stemming, keywords, synonyms, anti-phrasing, spell checking, offensive content filtering and phonetic search. Linguistic search features support localized search experiences and improve precision and recall by extracting and adding relevant information for use in ranking and results exploration and refinement. Audience: Application developers.
  • Overview of SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Search Connectors and the Business Data Catalog. This module reviews Microsoft SharePoint 2010 enterprise search content feeding architecture and connector framework and connectors in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. In this module, you learn to configure your search center to also search external content by creating an external content type (ECT) using Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, and deploying the ECT to your site, and confirming the connector is available for SharePoint 2010 enterprise search. Audience: Application developers.
  • Query API and Query Languages in SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. In this module, learn how to customize queries and develop a methodology for adding queries by reviewing the SharePoint 2010 query API, query language, and how to use FQL operators in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. Audience: Application developers.
  • Relevancy and Ranking in Fast Search Server for SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. This module describes how to create custom search sites and pages, configure search Web Parts, configure the refinement panel, and enable federation Web Parts in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. Audience: Application developers.
  • SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint Federation. This module orients you to the SharePoint 2010 Federation Object Model and Refinement Object Model by reviewing examples of common extensions in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. Audience: Application developers.
  • Windows PowerShell for SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint. This module introduces Windows PowerShell cmdlets for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 for Search and Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint beginning with an overview of benefits and best practices including FAST Search cmdlets for administration, installation, security, and spelling. Windows PowerShell is a task-based command-line shell and scripting language designed especially for system administration. PowerShell enables you to control and automate the administration of the Windows operating system and applications that run on Windows. Audience: Application developers.
  • Working with FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint Web Crawlers. This module describes how to use the Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint web crawler to crawl complex web sites. It also describes additional configuration options and how to use the command line administration to facilitate large-scale crawls with multiple crawling servers. Audience: Application developers.

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