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  • Blog Post: Microsoft TechNet documentation for SharePoint Server 2010 Storage

    Since Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 is an application that relies on Microsoft SQL Server database software, we strive to provide IT pros comprehensive documentation about storage. The TechNet SharePoint Server 2010 Library contains the following articles: Storage and SQL Server capacity...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 Databases and Windows PowerShell

    There are several ways to maintain and configure, and backup and restore SharePoint 2010 databases. The obvious way is with SharePoint Central Administration, however, the easiest and perhaps best way is to use Windows PowerShell cmdlets. There are many cmdlets available to use with SharePoint databases...
  • Blog Post: Three-tier farm Test Lab Guide (TLG) for SharePoint Server 2010 published

    The Test Lab Guide: Configure SharePoint Server 2010 in a Three-Tier Farm describes how to install and configure SharePoint Server 2010 in a three-tier farm configuration (web front end/application server/database server), starting with the computers in the Base Configuration test lab. Here is the...
  • Blog Post: Find active databases used by SharePoint Server 2010

    One of the best ways to know what databases your SharePoint deployment uses is to keep a record and add database names each time you create a new database. This isn’t always easy as there usually isn’t enough extra time during the day to keep records. Plus, more often than not your SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: New F5 Networks-authored TLG shows how to use BIG-IP to load balance a SharePoint 2010 farm

    My colleague Helen Johnson, a Solution Engineer at F5 Networks , has published the first partner-authored Test Lab Guide (TLG) titled Demonstrate the F5 Networks BIG-IP Load Balancer for SharePoint Server 2010 . This TLG builds off of Test Lab Guide: Configure SharePoint Server 2010 in a Three-Tier...
  • Blog Post: Configurable policy settings for user profile properties

    Each user profile in SharePoint Server 2010 contains 46 default user profile properties. These user profile properties store information about a user. An administrator can apply a policy to a user profile property to configure how personal information is used. Depending on the selected user profile property...
  • Blog Post: How does Microsoft IT do it? Check out these IT Showcase resources for SharePoint Server 2010

    One common question we get from customers who are evaluating SharePoint Server 2010 or a specific SharePoint scenario is: “How did someone else do it?” Or, more specifically: “How did Microsoft IT do it?” Fortunately, Microsoft IT documents and publishes a set of resources...
  • Blog Post: Making Sense of PerformancePoint Services

    Maybe you’ve heard about PerformancePoint Services in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, but you don’t really know too much about what it is and how it works. To help make sense of this thing called PerformancePoint Services, we recently published a few downloadable tools that might help....
  • Blog Post: Request a SharePoint Design Time Session at SharePoint Conference 2011 in Anaheim

    If you are a SharePoint Conference 2011 registered attendee, the Microsoft SharePoint documentation teams are offering a limited number of dedicated solution-design sessions for individual customers that are not currently engaged with Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS). These sessions are intended to...
  • Blog Post: Meet SharePoint Content Publishers at SharePoint Conference 2011

    It’s a great week for a SharePoint Conference! Several members of the Microsoft SharePoint and Office technical documentation teams are in Anaheim, CA this week and we are all hoping to connect with conference attendees and talk about the content we produce on TechNet, MSDN and Office.com. ...
  • Blog Post: Comprehensive SharePoint 2010 Best Practices TechNet Wiki article

    Hey SharePoint fans, Take a look at SharePoint 2010 Best Practices (en-US) , a recently published and very active TechNet Wiki article that contains a categorized list of links to best practice resources on all manner of subjects relating to SharePoint 2010. This TechNet Wiki article was created...
  • Blog Post: The opposite of ebooks

    If the ebook world is making you miss using real paper books, we have good news. Our SharePoint 2010, Project Server 2010, Search Server 2010, and Office 2010 documentation is now available as printed books from Amazon.com. You can order any of these 25 new books to have a handy reference on your desk...
  • Blog Post: Updates to Plan browser support

    Hi. This post is to let you know of the changes to the “Plan browser support” article for SharePoint 2010 Products. Unless otherwise stated, the latest version of all modern browsers are supported . Period. The browser support matrix table of supported, supported with known limitations...
  • Blog Post: Just Released – Best Practices Resource Center for SharePoint Server 2010

    Hi – the Best Practices articles and the Best Practices Resource Center for 2007 were some of our most popular content for that release. We’re pleased to announce that we now have a 2010 version of the Best Practices Resource Center. Like in 2007, this was a joint effort between the SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Fabulous SQL Server connection troubleshooting article in the TechNet Wiki!

    Check out How to Troubleshoot Connecting to the SQL Server Database Engine in the TechNet Wiki. Author Rick Byman takes you step-by-step though the troubleshooting process when you get the “Connect to Server” error. I strongly encourage you to bookmark this article and use it for the next...
  • Blog Post: New SharePoint search column: The View from the Crawl Space

    One of the things I love about SharePoint Conference and TechEd is hanging out with and learning from people who are tops in their field—the gurus. My favorite search guru is Jeff Fried, who came to Microsoft as part of the FAST Search acquisition and was technical product manager for all of our...
  • Blog Post: Upgrade – how can we help you get started?

    Hi – SharePoint Server 2010 has been out for over a year, and many of you have upgraded to take advantage of the new user interface, ease of administration, and new features. But many organizations are still evaluating whether and when to upgrade. We’d like to get a little information from those of you...
  • Blog Post: Sandboxed solutions: Introducing tiers and resource points

    I recently updated our documentation about sandboxed solutions to include new information about tiers and resource points. This blog post briefly describes these two new concepts, and includes links to new and updated articles that contain more information. Tiers Tiers in the sandboxed solutions...
  • Blog Post: Using the TechNet Gallery to publish your content

    Back in June, Andrea Bichsel blogged about the TechNet Wiki and how you can join with only a Windows Live ID and contribute written content about SharePoint 2010 Products. Another venue for publishing your content is the TechNet Gallery , which can hold all kinds of content (scripts, videos, code...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint content tour: key SharePoint resources on TechNet, MSDN, and Office.com

    Recently, I had the opportunity to present to the Puget Sound SharePoint Users Group about our SharePoint content. We often get questions about how to learn about the product, where to find the best information, and how to give us feedback. Not surprisingly, some of the things that we think of as obvious...
  • Blog Post: Windows PowerShell Script: Download SharePoint 2010 Prerequisites

    This is the first in a new series of posts that puts the spotlight on Windows PowerShell scripts for SharePoint 2010 Products that are stored in the TechNet Gallery. In each post, we will describe a script’s functionality and use and look under the hood at specific Windows PowerShell programming...
  • Blog Post: Hybrid SharePoint Environments Whitepaper and Windows PowerShell Command Builder

    Our teams recently worked with our partners in SharePoint Product Management to publish two new content offerings that were announced earlier at SharePoint Conference this week. One of them is a whitepaper called Hybrid SharePoint Environments with Office 365 . Download the whitepaper here: http...
  • Blog Post: New ebooks: Getting Started

    Thank you for your input on my previous blog post about e-reader formats. Two of our downloadable books are now available as .mobi and .epub files, the most requested formats. Click the following links to go to the main download page, and then click Download next to the format of your choice. Getting...
  • Blog Post: The first Test Lab Guide (TLG) for SharePoint Server 2010 is published!

    I am proud to announce the publication of the first Test Lab Guide (TLG) for SharePoint Server 2010, titled Test Lab Guide: Configure SharePoint Server 2010 as a Single Server with Microsoft SQL Server . This document in the Microsoft Download Center describes how to install and configure SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Use Excel and PowerPivot for Excel to analyze SQL Server Analysis Services data

    Analyzing data that you import from an external source such as SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) can be complicated. The Microsoft TechNet article, Analyze data from SQL Server Analysis Services explains how to use Excel or PowerPivot for Excel to analyze this data. This newly published article...