SharePoint Administration: Tips from the Field


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  • Conduct training, monthly even weekly.Support Team: Mold some power users to help you and to be advocates.Productivity Hub SP1 ( Kit ( a Quick Reference Card, for example or create your own.Have a user group (can be virtual), training blog, or quick videos (bite size)Encourage SharePoint 2010 Training at your desk:
  • Over time, data grows exponentially. Set a strategy to control it before you get too deep underwater.-- demo doc retention on content types, using content type hubs- Create screenshots for backup slides
  • Resources:Database maintenance for SharePoint 2010: types and descriptions: Max Memory settings: Analyzer RulesDatabases used by SharePoint have fragmented indicesSearch -One or more property databases have fragmented indices.Search - One or more crawl databases have fragmented indices.
  • Following are some of the folders in the "14 hive" directory:1) Program Files\\Common files\\Microsoft Shared\\Web Server Extensions\\14 -This directory is the installation directory for core SharePoint Server files.2) Program Files\\Common files\\Microsoft Shared\\Web Server Extensions\\14\\ADMISAPI -This directory contains the soap services for Central Administration. If this directory is altered, remote site creation and other methods exposed in the service will not function correctly. 3) Program Files\\Common files\\Microsoft Shared\\Web Server Extensions\\14\\CONFIG -This directory contains files used to extend IIS Web sites with SharePoint Server. If this directory or its contents are altered, Web application provisioning will not function correctly.4) Program Files\\Common files\\Microsoft Shared\\Web Server Extensions\\14\\LOGS -This directory contains setup and run-time tracing logs. Following are some new folders added in the "14 hive" directory: 1) Program Files\\Common files\\Microsoft Shared\\Web Server Extensions\\Policy -2) Program Files\\Common files\\Microsoft Shared\\Web Server Extensions\\UserCode -This directory contains files used to support your sandboxed solutions. 3) Program Files\\Common files\\Microsoft Shared\\Web Server Extensions\\WebClients -This directory contains files related to the new Client Object Model. 4) Program Files\\Common files\\Microsoft Shared\\Web Server Extensions\\WebServices -This directory contains new wcf or .svc related files.
  • Resources:SP Permissions Manager - http://permissionsmanager.codeplex.comTools like AxcelerControlPoint help control bulk “permissioning” – http://www.axceler.comQuest Administrator tool provides all-in-one management features -
  • Idera SP Performance Monitor: Windows Services - Monitor -
  • Solutions:Best Bets – – ; – ; ; ; – – – ; Scopes – Search Results -
  • Resources:PowerGUI SharePoint Cheat Sheet - XML-based files like web.config:
  • SharePoint Administration: Tips from the Field

    1. 1. SharePoint AdministrationBest Practices and Tips from the Field
    2. 2. About Wahid• Senior Consultant at Microsoft• Working with SharePoint since 2005 (SPS 2003)• Certifications include MCITP: SharePoint Server 2010, CCNA, Security+• SharePoint Admin for 5 years before consulting.• US Army veteran (6 yrs); worked with DoD, Financial, Media companies as a consultant.• Co-founder San Fernando Valley SPUG• Co-chair SharePoint Saturday Los AngelesBlog: http://www.wahidsaleemi.comTwitter: @wahidsaleemi
    3. 3. About Nedra• Working with SharePoint since 2006, MCTS• Worked with the Department of Defense, the aerospace and biotech industry, entertainment and non-profit organization• User Advocate• Presently is the Senior Technical Consultant at Perficient• Co-Chair of SharePoint Saturday Los Angeles• Co-Founder of the San Fernando Valley SPUG• Western Regional Representative of Women in SharePoint• Twitter @NedraAllmond
    4. 4. AbstractThe job of a SharePoint Administrator is one of the mostdemanding. You need to take care of the infrastructure;you need to make sure the SharePoint Farm is operatingsmoothly; you are expected to make improvements inreliability, features, and create enhancements forbusiness users. All this, while being the helpdesk foranything related to SharePoint. In this session, we’ll talkabout how best to handle all of that. We explore somebest practices around SharePoint infrastructure, sitearchitecture, permissions management as well as on-going maintenance. Whether you have a large budget(anyone?) or no budget, we’ll propose solutions to helpmake you a more efficient administrator.
    5. 5. Topics
    6. 6. TrainingBest Practices and Tips from the Field
    7. 7. TrainingBe Proactive Conduct On-going Training Build A Support TeamUse Tools Productivity Hub SP1 SharePoint Adoption KitSome Tips Quick Reference Cards Bite-size Videos or User Group
    8. 8. Information LifecycleBest Practices and Tips from the Field
    9. 9. Information LifecycleExample: How MSIT does it -
    10. 10. BackupsBest Practices and Tips from the Field
    11. 11. BackupsDefine your restore Out of the box Backup-SPFarm strategy first! File system backups How much data loss (RPO)? (14 hive, web.config, ULS) How long to restore (RTO)? IIS MetabaseConsider 3rd party Best Free tools first Backup Tool Microsoft DPM SPFarmBackup (CodePlex) Symantec BackupExec Integrated Suites (AvePoint)
    12. 12. Demo: Doc Retention & Backups Best Practices and Tips from the Field
    13. 13. SQL SettingsBest Practices and Tips from the Field
    14. 14. SQL SettingsMaintenance Plans Server ** Run during off- Settings peak times! MAXDOP to 1 MAXMEM to ~ 80% TempDB Recovery: Simple Optimize for PerformanceExternal Maintenance Content DBs DB Fragmentation (3 Health Analyzer Rules) Recovery: Full DBCC SHRINKDATABASE (use rarely) Change Auto-growth
    15. 15. Windows ServicesBest Practices and Tips from the Field
    16. 16. Windows ServicesSQL Server Important SharePoint SQL Server (INSTANCE) W3SVC SQL Server Agent (INSTANCE) C2WTS SPTimerV4Configuration SQL Server Configuration Configuration Manager Manage Services on Server Use service accounts Configure Service AccountsOther SQL Services Don’t Touch! SSAS; SSIS; SSRS FIMService SQL Server Browser FIMSynchronizationService
    17. 17. Demo: SQL Settings & Windows Services Best Practices and Tips from the Field
    18. 18. File System ObjectsBest Practices and Tips from the Field
    19. 19. File System Objects “14 hive” (master pages, features, site definitions, etc.): Is the path: C:Program FilesCommon filesMicrosoft SharedWeb Server Extensions14 Logs: This directory contains setup and run-time tracing logs.
    20. 20. PermissionsBest Practices and Tips from the Field
    21. 21. Permissions Pick your strategy and stick with it. SharePoint AD Groups Mixed Groups (more administrative (most common (give users more overhead) strategy) control) Tools CodePlex: SP Permissions Manager Axceler: ControlPoint Quest: Site Administrator
    22. 22. MonitoringBest Practices and Tips from the Field
    23. 23. MonitoringBe Proactive “Just Do it.” Monitoring can prevent problems from snowballing.Use Tools Several commercial products available from Microsoft, Quest, BMC and others. If you don’t have the budget, use a mix of tools (low cost or free), such as Idera Performance Monitor and Polymon (see notes section for links)Automate You can configure Windows Services to run a script on failure. Write your own PowerShell script to alert you on failure.
    24. 24. SearchBest Practices and Tips from the Field
    25. 25. SearchFor when you’re also the SearchAdministratorProblems Solutions Can’t find it Best bets Too many results Metadata (Refiners) Takes too long to check result Preview (Surfray, BA-Insight) No results Check permissions (svc & user) Unexpected results Debug using ULS & raw XMLSearch sucks Enhancements Can’t find some doc types Install iFilters (PDF, AutoCAD) Can’t search specific system Add Custom Scopes (people)
    26. 26. AutomationBest Practices and Tips from the Field
    27. 27. Automation  Use it for common tasks.  Create reusable scripts  Use to record changes like in web.config.  Use for bulk operations
    28. 28. Demo: PowerShellBest Practices and Tips from the Field
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