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  • My sessions don’t have many notes, but this was a slide that was missing from my presentation. Thanks to some good questions we covered all of this, but just to review. Test Farms that are as similar in layout to production are essential to get a valid testing of patches.Service Packs should be applied after a reasonable time since the release (a month or two usually) and a successful test.Cumulative Updates should, as a general rule, be applied only when they fix a problem you have or add a feature you want/need. The exception to that rule or “the sad truth about SharePoint 2010 sp1” is that SharePoint 2010 service pack 1 was never intended (if you follow Microsoft’s recommendations) to be installed alone with out a CU, June 2011 or later. As a result I recommend looking for the latest STABLE CU and apply it at the same time as service pack 1. To find a “stable” CU I recommend Todd Klindt’s blog, http://toddklindt.com as a guideline. I personally wouldn’t use any CU under 2 month’s old just to give issues time to surface.
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    1. 1. System Reviews: A checkup for SharePoint 2010Stephen WilsonSharePoint Engineer
    2. 2. Stephen Wilson• Blog: • http://SharePointBitMe.com• Twitter: • http://twitter.com/StephenTech911• Cincinnati, OH• Employed at Rackspace (formerly by SharePoint911) 2 | SharePoint Saturday Michigan 2012
    3. 3. Contact Info 3 | SharePoint Saturday Michigan 2012
    4. 4.  Please turn off all electronic devices or set them to vibrate. If you must take a phone call, please do so in the hall so as not to disturb others. 4 | SharePoint Saturday Michigan 2012
    5. 5. Agenda (Hint: There isn’t one)• Why System Reviews are a good idea.• When should System Reviews be done?• What is a SharePoint System Review?• How they are more than just maintenance? Agenda (Hint: There isn’t one) 5 | SharePoint Saturday Michigan 2012
    6. 6. If It Ain’t Broke…• You have just been lucky! • SharePoint is not a Complainer • Just because you didn’t upgrade doesn’t mean nothing has changed. • http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms11- 074 (September 2011) • http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms12- 050 (July 2012) 6 | SharePoint Saturday Michigan 2012
    7. 7. Service Packs and Cumulative Updates Service Packs  Should be a Goal.  Repeat after me. We all have test Farms. Cumulative Updates  What’s in it for you?  That being said: The sad truth about SharePoint 2010 SP1 7 | SharePoint Saturday St. Louis 2012
    8. 8. It Works, but is it Right?• Service Accounts • One is not enough • http://toddklindt.com/blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=237• Service Applications • They are there, but are they doing anything? • User Profile Service Application • http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee721049.aspx • http://www.harbar.net/articles/sp2010ups.aspx • Search Crawls • Web Analytics • http://technet.microsoft.com/library/gg266382%28office.14%29.aspx • http://www.toddklindt.com/blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=250 8 | SharePoint Saturday Michigan 2012
    9. 9. Is Your Farm Speaking to You?• Incoming Mail and Outgoing mail• Incoming • http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262947.aspx • http://sharepointgeorge.com/2010/configuring-incoming-email- sharepoint-2010/• Outgoing • http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc263462.aspx • http://sharepointgeorge.com/2010/configuring-outgoing-email- sharepoint-2010/ 9 | SharePoint Saturday Michigan 2012
    10. 10. What is SharePoint Hiding?• Timer Jobs • One piece of PowerShell • Get-SPTimerJob | select name | ForEach-Object {Get- SPTimerJob $_.name} | ForEach-Object {$_.historyentries} | Where-Object {$_.status -eq "Failed"} | select JobDefinitionTitle, StartTime, ErrorMessage > c:FailedTimerJobs.txt• Some things that can go wrong in SharePoint will only show up here or in an exhaustive search of the logs. 10 | SharePoint Saturday Michigan 2012
    11. 11. Speaking of SharePoint Logs• C:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft SharedWeb Server Extensions14Logs • http://archive.msdn.microsoft.com/ULSViewer/ • http://sharepointlogviewer.codeplex.com/• Correlation IDs • Google or Bing can’t help you • http://blogs.technet.com/b/wbaer/archive/2010/05/01/correlation -ids-in-sharepoint-2010.aspx • Correlation IDs are UNDERRATED! 11 | SharePoint Saturday Michigan 2012
    12. 12. Event Logs• Most of the Action is in the Application logs. • My lottery number is 6-39-8-55-86 (6398 5586) • The Security Log is especially important for authentication• There is a lot of Stuff, what is really important? • Errors and Warnings • Repetition and Timing • Event ID numbers are usually searchable, but don’t forget the error messages. 12 | SharePoint Saturday Michigan 2012
    13. 13. Web ApplicationsSite Collections &Alternate Access Mappings• Do you know what each one is?• Can any of them be eliminated (after a backup!) ?• Can, or should, any of your content be split up? 13 | SharePoint Saturday Michigan 2012
    14. 14. Back To SQL• Post service pack 1 the Content DB limit is 4TB (still 200GB for Collaboration) • Does that really help you? • Are SQL and SharePoint a good place for an archive?• SQL Backups are King for keeping your content safe. Schedule them, use them, love them.• Database Management • http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc825329.aspx • Database types and management http://technet.microsoft.com/en- us/library/cc678868.aspx 14 | SharePoint Saturday Michigan 2012
    15. 15. Why bother?• SharePoint does more than you can see at first glance.• The Future is almost here:  http://technet.microsoft.com/en- us/evalcenter/hh973397.aspx• A well maintained Farm is much easier to upgrade.• A small investment for what could be a big return. 15 | SharePoint Saturday Michigan 2012
    16. 16. Final Thoughts• A System Review is about more than errors and patches.• SharePoint, SharePoint Saturdays and the Microsoft Community.•Thank You! 16 | SharePoint Saturday Michigan 2012
    17. 17. Questions? 17 | SharePoint Saturday St. Louis 2012
    18. 18. Thank You to the Sponsors of SharePoint Saturday Bend!