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SharePoint Intelligence Introduction To Share Point Designer Workflows

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This session introduces the basics of SharePoint Designer 2010 workflows. When you understand the building blocks of workflow actions, conditions, and steps you can quickly add workflows to automate …

This session introduces the basics of SharePoint Designer 2010 workflows. When you understand the building blocks of workflow actions, conditions, and steps you can quickly add workflows to automate processes and help improve your organization’s productivity and efficiency.

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    • 1. Introduction to SharePoint Designer 2010 Workflows
      http://bit.ly/kOqLnv
      Ivan Sanders
      SharePoint MVP Developer, Evangelist
      ivan@dimension-si.com
      http://twitter.com/@iasanders
    • 2.
    • 3. Agenda
      Prototyping in Visio 2010
      Implementing in SPD2010
      Extending with VS2010
      Summary
    • 4. SPD Workflows?
      SharePoint Online supports declarative workflows
      Code-based workflows aren’t supported in the Sandbox
      Prototyping in Visio 2010
      SharePoint specific flowchart diagram
      Export to SharePoint Designer 2010
      Implement in SharePoint Designer 2010
      Improved workflow designer
      Integration of forms with InfoPath 2010
      Extend with Visual Studio 2010
      Custom SPD2010 actions
      Events
    • 5. Workflow in SPO?
      New Workflow targets
      Reusable Workflows can be applied to any list
      Site Workflows can execute on site
      New Workflow events
      Emitted by SharePoint Online (i.e. WorkflowStarted)
      Custom Events, Event Receivers
    • 6. Visio 2010
    • 7. Prototyping in Visio 2010
      SharePoint specific Workflow template
      Design in Visio using SharePoint shapes
      Provides workflow Visualization
    • 8. SharePoint Workflow Shapes
      Terminators
      Start/Terminate
      Conditions
      Data
      Permissions
      Dates
      Actions
      Send Email
      Create List Item
      Check In/Out
    • 9. Export to SharePoint Designer 2010
      Visio exports to a VWI file
      Renamed zip file containing all workflow files
      .xoml and .xoml.rules define workflow
      .vdx file contains Visio drawing
    • 10. SharePoint Designer 2010
    • 11. SharePoint Designer 2010
      Power tool for customizing SharePoint 2010
      Data
      Workflow
      Design the look and feel of your site
      Create Site Templates
      New User Interface
      Fluent UI from Office 2010/SharePoint 2010
      Easy navigation from artifact to summary to galleries
      Does not require developer/web skills
      Useful for Power Users, IT Pros and Developers
      Free!
    • 12. SPD2010 Workflow
      Supports List, Reusable, Site workflows
      Custom or based on built in workflows
      Workflow Summary
      Manage settings, start options, forms
      Task designer
      Define advanced settings for process
      Workflow designer
      Actions, Conditions, Steps
      InfoPath 2010 for forms customization
    • 13. Creating Custom Workflows
      New workflows are attached to a container
      List Workflows attached to a specific list
      Reusable Workflows are not attached to a list
      May be constrained to a content type
      Attached later using browser
      Site Workflows are attached to the current site
    • 14. Copy & Modify Workflows
      Based on any Globally Reusable Workflows
      Approval
      Collect Feedback
      Collect Signatures
      Publishing Approval
      Can be limited to specific Content Type
    • 15. Workflows Summary
      Manage settings for workflow
      Associated lists
      Start options
      Manual Started for Human Workflows
      Item created/changed events for Machine Workflows
      Initiation Form Parameters
      Collect information for workflow
      Local Variables
      Leveraged in workflow execution
      Association Columns
      Applied to associated lists for Reusable Workflows
    • 16. Workflow Designer
      Improved declarative workflow designer
    • 17. Task Process Designer
    • 18. Actions
      Actions get work done in the workflow
      Examples:
      Create, copy, change, or delete list items/documents
      Check items in or out
      Send an e-mail
      Create a task for person or group
      Collect data via task for use in the workflow
      Pause or stop the workflow
      Log workflow information to a History list
      Set workflow variables or perform calculations
    • 19. Conditions
      Control flow of the workflow
      Examples:
      If any value equals value
      If current item field equals value
      Created by a specific person
      Created in a specific date span
      Title field contains keywords
    • 20. Steps
      Allow you to organize your workflow
      Steps performed in Serial or Parallel
    • 21. Impersonation
      Workflows run with permissions of user
      Use impersonation step to run as workflow author
    • 22. WorkflowSharePoint Designer 2010Implementing Workflows
      demo
    • 23. SP2010 vs. SPO
      Can’t export from SPD2010 to VS2010
      Can’t build Visual Studio code workflows in a sandboxed solution
    • 24. Summary
      Prototype workflows in Visio 2010
      Use diagrams to get sign-off
      Implement the workflow in SharePoint Designer 2010
      Custom or copy & modify built in workflow
      Actions, conditions and steps
      Develop custom workflow actions and events in Visual Studio 2010
    • 25. Who can you trust??
      The blogs I trust through all of the noise.
      Maurice Prather http://www.bluedoglimited.com/default.aspx
      Andrew Connell http://www.andrewconnell.com/blog
      Spence Harbarhttp://www.harbar.net
      Jim Duncan
      Heather Solomon http://www.heathersolomon.com/blog
      Todd Klindthttp://www.toddklindt.com/default.aspx
      Todd Baginskihttp://www.toddbaginski.com/blog
      Todd Bleekerhttp://bit.ly/edlSm5Jan Tielenshttp://weblogs.asp.net/jan
      Patrick Tisseghemhttp://www.u2u.info/Blogs/Patrick/default.aspx
      WictorWilenhttp://www.wictorwilen.se
      Ted Patissonhttp://blog.tedpattison.net/default.aspx
      Lars Fastruphttp://www.fastrup.net
      CarstenKeutmannhttp://keutmann.blogspot.com
      Keith Richie http://blog.krichie.com
      Bill Baer http://blogs.technet.com/b/wbaer
    • 26. Thank you
      http://bit.ly/kOqLnv
      Ivan Sanders
      SharePoint MVP Developer, Evangelist
      ivan@dimension-si.com
      http://twitter.com/@iasanders
    • 27. What's on the Flash drive
      Extras
    • 28. Extras
      SharePoint 2007
      SharePointSolutionInstaller
      WSPBuilder
      KerberosBuddy
      SharePoint Sushi
      SharePointManager2007 / 2010
      SPViewPermissionSetting.wsp
      2007 Office SDK1.5
      SQL Scripts
      SharePoint 2010
      AutoSPInstaller
      2010 Documentation
      BusinessIntelligenceLabs
      2010 Tips and tricks
      SQL Scripts
      npp.5.8.6
      Search.StandardMasterPageAdapter.wsp
    • 29. Resources
      Download SharePoint Designer 2010
      http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=d88a1505%2D849b%2D4587%2Db854%2Da7054ee28d66
      Introducing SharePoint Designer 2010
      http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint-designer-help/introducing-sharepoint-designer-2010-HA101782482.aspx
      SharePoint Designer 2010 Workflow
      http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint-designer-help/introduction-to-designing-and-customizing-workflows-HA101859249.aspx
      Creating SharePoint Workflow Solutions
      http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee231606.aspx
      Walkthrough: Create a Custom Site Workflow Activity
      http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee231574.aspx
    • 30. Performance
      Addendum
    • 31. Top Performance killers
    • 32. Top Performance Killers
      Search
      Search uses SQL in a very I/O intensive fashion. It is sensitive to I/O latencies on the TempDB and the Query and Crawl file groups. One of the more difficult and time consuming jobs for a Search Administrator is to schedule the Crawls so they are not over lapping while keeping Search results fresh
      Indexing/Crawling
      Crawling and indexing a large volume of information, documents, and Web pages requires a large amount of computer processing. The crawl process also consumes network and other resources. The SharePoint environment must be configured properly and monitored, to ensure that the crawling and indexing process does not adversely affect the service available to users. For example, content is usually crawled and indexed during off-peak hours when servers are underused in order to maintain peak-hour services for users.
      Applications that may be crawling content in your production environment
      Coveo Full and Incremental crawls to enable search
      Newsgator to Update all of the colleague information and RSS feeds
      DocAve for Reporting on and Performing SharePoint Management tasks
      WSS Search indexes the Help information provided with SharePoint
      SharePoint Profile Import syncs people profile
      Office Search Full and Incremental updates Coveo would replace
       
    • 33. Top Performance Killers
      Profile Import
      Profile imports are used with NGES to sync your AD user details to provide access to your feed subscriptions and with SharePoint to sync your AD user details with your SharePoint User Profile
      Large List Operations
      Having large lists by itself is not necessarily a performance issue. When SharePoint Server renders the many items in those lists, that can cause spikes in render times and database blocking. One way to mitigate large lists is to use subfolders and create a hierarchical structure where each folder or subfolder has no more than 3,000 items. Identify large lists and work with the owners of the sites and lists to archive items or pursue other mitigation strategies
      Heavy User Operation List Import/Write
      Another scenario of users having power they don’t realize.  Importing large lists using excel or synchronizing an access db. In SQL there’s little difference between these types of user operations. 
      Backup (SQL & Tape)
      Serious CPU and write disk I/O performance hit. SQL Litespeed or SQL 2008 backup with compression all help to lessen the performance hit.
    • 34. SharePoint Performance
    • 35. Database Performance
      Database Volumes
      Separate database volumes into unique LUN’s consisting of unique physical disk spindles.
      Prioritize data among faster disks with ranking:
      SQL TempDB data files
      Database transaction log files
      Search database
      Content databases
      In a heavily read-oriented portal site, prioritize data over logs.
      Separate out Search database transaction log from content database transaction logs.
    • 36. Database Performance
      SQL TempDB Data Files
      Recommended practice is that the number of data files allocated for TempDB should be equal to number of core CPU’s in SQL Server.
      TempDB data file sizes should be consistent across all data files.
      TempDB data files should be spread across unique LUN’s and separated from Content DB, Search DB, etc…
      TempDB Log file separated to unique LUN.
      Optimal TempDB data file sizes can be calculated using the following formula: [MAX DB SIZE (KB)] X [.25] / [# CORES] = DATA FILE SIZE (KB)
      Calculation result (starting size) should be roughly equal to 25% of the largest content or search DB.
      Use RAID 10; separate LUN from other database objects (content, search, etc…).
      “Autogrow” feature set to a fixed amount; if auto grow occurs, permanently increase TempDB size.
    • 37. Database Performance
      Content Databases
      100 content databases per Web application
      100GB per content database
      CAUTION: Major DB locking issues reported in collaborative DM scenarios above 100GB
      Need to ensure that you understand the issues based on number of users, usage profiles, etc…
      Service Level Agreement (SLA) requirements for backup and restore will also have an impact on this decision.
      KnowledgeLake Lab testing demonstrated SharePoint performance was NOT impacted by utilizing larger DB sizes; tests included content DB sizes that were 100GB, 150GB, 200GB, 250GB, 300GB and 350GB.
    • 38. Database Performance
      Content Databases - Continued
      Pre-construct and pre-size
      Script generation of empty database objects
      “Autogrow” feature on
      Use RAID 5 or RAID 10 logical units
      RAID 10 is the best choice when cost is not a concern.
      RAID 5 will be sufficient and will save on costs, since content databases tend to be more read intensive than write intensive.
      Multi-core computer running SQL Server
      Primary file group could consist of a data file for each CPU core present in SQL Server.
      Move each data file to separate logical units consisting of unique physical disk spindles.
    • 39. Database Performance
      Search Database
      Pre-construct and pre-size
      Script generation of empty database objects
      “Autogrow” feature on
      Use RAID 10 logical units
      Should be a requirement for large-scale systems
      Search database is extremely read/write intensive
      Multi-core computer running SQL Server
      Primary file group could consist of a data file for each CPU core present in SQL Server.
      Move each data file to separate logical units consisting of unique physical disk spindles.
    • 40. Database Performance
      Search Database
      Search database is VERY read/write intensive!
      Do not place any other database data files on any logical unit where search database files reside.
      If possible, try to ensure that the RAID 10 logical units for the search database data files do not share their physical spindles with other databases.
      Place the search database log files on an independent logical unit.
    • 41. Database Performance
      Database Maintenance
      Physical Volume File Fragmentation:
      Defragment your physical volumes on a regular schedule for increased performance!
      LUN’s need to be 20-50% larger than the data stored on them allow for effective defragmentation of the data files.
      Performance Monitor Counters to watch:
      Average Disk Queue Length
      Single Digit values are optimal.
      Occasional double-digit values aren’t a large concern.
      Sustained triple-digit values require attention.
    • 42. Page Performance
      Minimize HTTP Requests
      80% of the end-user response time is spent on the front-end. Most of this time is tied up in downloading all the components in the page: images, stylesheets, scripts, Flash, etc. Reducing the number of components in turn reduces the number of HTTP requests required to render the page. This is the key to faster pages.
      For static components: implement
      "Never expire" policy by setting far future Expires header
      Avoid Redirects
      Redirects are accomplished using the 301 and 302 status codes. Here’s an example of the HTTP headers in a 301 response:
      Optimize Images
      After a designer is done with creating the images for your web page, there are still some things you can try before you uploading the images to your web server
      Avoid Empty Image src
      Image with empty string src attribute occurs more than one will expect.

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