SharePoint Saturday Atlanta 2015

SharePoint Saturday Atlanta 2015 will be held on Saturday May 30th at GSU’s Alpharetta Campus.  If you are interested in attending or speaking, please follow the link below.

This is the first year that I have helped plan the event, and I am very much looking forward to how it turns out.

Registration opens today.  Please be sure to register as it will help us as we are planning this event.

I am also helping plan Cloud Saturday that will be held later this year.


Loads of SharePoint 2013 Resources…

This morning I was clicking around on the Collaboris site…

While  looking through the articles on SharePoint I found these two posts that have a fairly long list of SharePoint 2013 resources.

My Experience at SharePoint Conference 2012

I got back to Atlanta from Vegas Thursday night.  Overall, the conference was very informative, and greatly increased my knowledge of SharePoint 2013.

I spent the majority of my time in App Sessions, taking the new certification tests, and learning about Search.

If you went to the conference you can login to to see sessions you went to or missed.

As far as apps are concerned I learned a great deal.  Below are the highlights:

You need to start thinking about creating an app for SharePoint or Office as soon as you find yourself copying data from some other application into SharePoint.

A couple of examples they gave us made use of Bing maps.  In one of these apps you could select a column of locations in Excel, push pins on the Bing Maps, and pins would show up in all of those locations.  Another example pulled earthquake data from an  external service and populated an Excel Spreadsheet with the data.  Another great example was an Office app that allows the user to highlight a table in Word or Excel and convert it into a SharePoint list.

I received quite a bit more information about Apps, but I just sort of want to provide a summary in this post.

On the Search side I attended a very good session that described how to scale up search and went into quite a bit of detail on how distribute the search architecture properly.

Some highlights

You need to separate bulk operations from queries, so your crawler and query components need to be separate if possible.

Do not allow your antivirus software to scan your search data folders in real-time.  Seriously don’t do this EVER!

Dynamic RAM is not at all recommended for your search servers, so don’t use it on Search servers.  This was repeated several times throughout the, “Overview of Capacity Planning, Sizing and High Availability for Search in Sharepoint 2013 Session”

10 Million items is your threshold for needing to move from single server environment to one in which the search components are distributed between multiple servers.

I mentioned I took 2 Certification tests while I was there.  I took 71-332 Adv   Solutions of MS SharePoint Server 2013 Customer Preview, which I think I passed, and 71-331 Core Solutions of MS SharePoint Server 2013 Customer Preview which I think I might have passed, but am a little less confident in.  I say I think because they were both Beta tests and I won’t get the results for 8 weeks.

Overall SPC12 was a great experience, and I highly recommend attending a SharePoint Conference to anyone who would like to expand their knowledge about SharePoint.

Installing SharePoint 2013 RTM

First I suggest checking out the beginning of my Blog Post on installing the Preview in order to prepare your environment

Once you’ve finished this the steps you go through should be just about the same as mine.

SharePoint 2013 RTM became available the other day, so I decided I would uninstall preview
in dev and go ahead and install RTM.

First I ran the Prereqs installer:

After clicking the next button this appeared, I accepted the terms and clicked next.

After the prereqs installed I was alerted that I needed to restart, so I clicked finish and the server restarted.

After my server restarted I reran the prereqs installer again which resulted in this:

I then clicked on Install SharePoint Server

This box appeared, so I clicked yes

I was then presented with this screen:

I entered my product key and clicked continue.

I accepted the license agreement and clicked next

I then selected Complete as my server type. NOTE: There is a file location tab here, this is where you can select to install SharePoint on a disk other than the OS disk AND is where you can specify the disk that the Index will run on. You will most likely want to at least change the location of the index, so pay attention to this.

after selecting the type of server and the file locations click Install Now

After a bit of waiting the install completed and I was presented with the option to run the configuration wizard.

Update: Given that it has been some time since RTM came out I realized I needed to add the following bit of information. When performing a new install of SharePoint 2013 you are going to want to go ahead and install the latest CU which can be found here… This way you get all the latest fixes etc. Make sure to go ahead and do this prior to running the configuration wizard, so you only have to run it once.

I clicked next… This warning popped up..

I clicked OK…

I opted to Creat a new Server farm and clicked next

I entered my database server and farm account info and clicked next

I entered a passphrase and clicked next

I left the Central Admin Web Application settings at their defaults and selected next

I verified that all of my info was correct on the summary page and clicked next

SharePoint then started to configure and I patiently waited for it to complete…

Once it completed it let me know and requested that I participate in the Customer Experience Program.  I made my selection and clicked OK…  At which point I think I forgot to take another screen shot…

I was given that option to run the other configuration wizard which I declined.

I was then taken to the Central Admin Home Page at which point I noticed the new logo.

That concludes my RTM install experience.  I hope this is helpful.  I actually have to install this somewhere else later on tonight, so I will update this if I find that I missed anything…

Design Manager

On Monday night I presented on Design Manager at the Atlanta SharePoint Users Group.  Part of my presentation was a demo that was based on the following two blog posts.

SharePoint 2013 Training Resources

Just as they did with SharePoint 2010, Microsoft has created several training videos for SharePoint 2013.

Developer Training Videos:

IT Pro Training Videos:

This site has a pretty handy newsletter that has links to plenty of useful resources