Virtualizing SharePoint web front end (WFE) role


The web role’s responsibility in a SharePoint farm is to respond to user requests for pages. This involves fetching content from the SharePoint databases and “look and feel” from the database and file system and then rendering, caching (depending on settings), and returning the page to the user. It is a good candidate for virtualization,Continue reading “Virtualizing SharePoint web front end (WFE) role”

Mistakes customers make when virtualizing SharePoint


Understand the impact of your virtualization vendor feature set! : Virtualization technologies provide a ton of useful features, such as dynamically moving virtual machines of your SharePoint farm to another physical host. A common problem during such a move, I have experienced, in virtualized environments is the corruption of index propagation to the query serversContinue reading “Mistakes customers make when virtualizing SharePoint”

Deployment best practices for a virtual SharePoint environment


SQL Alias Flexibility: When provisioning a new SharePoint farm, it is highly recommended to use an alias to connect to SQL server, as this provides for greater flexibility to move the SharePoint databases to a new server. Crawling Recommendation: It can be advantageous to have the index server be the dedicated crawl server for aContinue reading “Deployment best practices for a virtual SharePoint environment”

High availability virtualized SharePoint environment


Recommendations for high availability and disaster recovery in the virtualized SharePoint environment Plan for availability: Microsoft TechNet provides detailed guidance on ensuring the availability of physical SharePoint farm. This has been documented extensively here. This guidance also applies to virtualized environments. Additionally consider host machine clustering and management tools as discussed below. Virtual Machine Clustering: Continue reading “High availability virtualized SharePoint environment”