Month: January 2013

SharePoint 2013 | Performance Level in Search Service

  So I’m running a proof-of-concept test farm of SharePoint 2013 on a little VM to test out some of the features.  Because I have limited resources on the server I tend to throttle down a lot of the services to the minimum amount in order to run.  A big part of that with SP2007/2010 was reducing the search performance.  You would think that same would apply in SP2013.  However, recently when I was monitoring the server I noticed that search indexing was humming along (Everyone remember the search indexer and what a resource hog it can be?).  A quick peak under the hood, and we can see that we still have the ability to throttle search based on the parameter here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff608126%28v=office.15%29.aspx PerformanceLevel Optional System.String Specifies the relative number of threads for the indexer performance: Reduced: Total number of threads = number of processors, Max Threads/host = number of processors Partly Reduced: Total number of threads = 4 times the number of processors , Max Threads/host = 16 time the number of processors Maximum: Total number of threads = number of processors The type must be one of the following values: Reduced, PartlyReduced, or Maximum. Doing a little more digging, looks like it doesn’t really do anything except with the crawler component, and even then the effect is pretty minimal in my single server farm.  Reminds me of...

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Windows Server Essentials 2012–Install on Windows 8 OEM Machine

So I had a bit of fun over the weekend.  I have an old HP MediaSmart sever that ran Windows Home Server (WHS) which finally took a turn for the worst and just stopped with the continuous blinking blue light on boot.  I tried a couple of things from the forums, but this was not the first time the system had frozen up on me and I was expecting its eminent demise.  I had at least been smart enough when this happened last time to move all my shares over to an external USB and was ready for when I needed to move my data to a new computer I could just unplug the USB and attach to the new server. Last weekend I took the plunge.  Back in the day when I was a big hardware geek I probably could have built out my own server.  These days most hardware for home use is good enough, and for a home server generally most desktop OEM systems are good enough for my needs, so why go to the extra trouble and expense of piecing together a system?  I went to CostCo and picked up a nice Dell system, i5 processor running 3.0 GHz with 4 cores and 8GB of RAM on sale for $550 (Which by the way is very quiet, my USB external drives make more noise than...

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System Center 2012 SP1 released

So this is exciting news: http://blogs.technet.com/b/systemcenter/archive/2013/01/15/system-center-2012-sp1-is-generally-available.aspx Things I am most excited about, from: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj656650.aspx Enabled APM of SharePoint 2010 Operations Manager lets you monitor SharePoint web front-end components. You can monitor standard and custom SharePoint web pages for performance degradation and server-side exceptions. You can set up monitoring for SharePoint applications in much the same way you enable monitoring for other .NET web applications. Use the .NET Application Performance Monitoring template to configure SharePoint application monitoring. When monitoring SharePoint applications for exceptions, the exception call stack contains the relevant SharePoint specific parameters for troubleshooting. Integration with Team Foundation Server...

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Free eBook: Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Step-by-Step for Anyone

Another free resource for those of us SharePoint people who are looking to also bring Lync into our social computing world! *** UPDATE: This FREE eBook Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Step-by-Step for Anyone has been updated to RTM and is now available for download at the URL below … Matt Landis, Microsoft Lync Server MVP, has compiled a series of great step-by-step articles on Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Preview into a FREE 90-page eBook titled Microsoft Lync Server 2013 Step-by-Step for Anyone. If you’ve previously downloaded earlier releases of this eBook, Matt has now released an updated Rev 5...

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