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Moving MOSS 2007 SQL Databases part 2

Posted by sharepoinTony on May 11, 2010

Today I am looking at the AvePoint DocAve option that I dreamed up when faced with the need to move my SharePoint sql databases to a different sql server.

DocAve is a great backup tool, and the features it provides for disaster recovery are nice.  The product, once installed and configured(1), allows your system admin or SharePoint admin manage backup and restore activities easily.  The system can even be configured to allow others (Site Collection Administrators for example) to restore their own sites, lists and libraries.  Access is controlled, making this feature a bonus to SharePoint Administrators in larger environments.

In my scenario, where I want to MOVE all of my SharePoint databases to another SQL server, there is a little weakness displayed in the DocAve armor. The ConfigDB, SPWebService, CentralAdmin WebApp, and Admin ContentDB’s can only be restored “in place”(2). That means the destination sql server must have the same name and configuration as the sql server where the backup originated.  I can’t restore those db’s to a different sql server, thus I cannot complete my task using DocAve.  To be fair, I could use DocAve backups to accomplish part of my task, just not the whole task.

This situation is not common, so AvePoint shouldn’t be dinged points for the DocAve product – my guess is that it handles at least 95% of the requirements for pretty much any SharePoint shop.  I like the product, use the product and might even recommend the product…I am just bummed that it isn’t magically making this specific task drastically easier.  I guess that is why there are migration tools out there. 😉

Continue to Part 3

Footnotes:
1. Another post may cover the install configuration process for DocAve based on my experience.  This is an area where I think AvePoint could improve.
2. Information obtained from the “Platform Backup and Restore” whitepaper from AvePoint.

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Moving MOSS 2007 SQL Databases

Posted by sharepoinTony on May 10, 2010

I have a MOSS 2007 implementation that consists of a SharePoint “farm” on one server and the SharePoint databases on a shared SQL Server. The SharePoint server is running Windows Server 2008 and is 64-bit, but the SQL Server is on Windows 2003 with SQL 2005.

One of the other applications using this shared SQL server is fairly critical and the performance is starting to take a hit. This has opened an opportunity to get our SharePoint databases moved to a dedicated SQL server.

I don’t know if anyone else out there has a similar hardware situation or not, but I thought I would try to post a few thoughts as I go through this process over the next few weeks. Let me know if you have already done this or think I am taking a wrong turn as I go.

One idea I have is to take full advantage of the need to move and upgrade to a SP2010 compliant SQL system – and go to SQL 2008 while I am at it. Good idea or bad idea?

Another thought is to investigate whether or not I can make use of our recently implemented DocAve Data Protection software from AvePoint. Maybe I could ‘act’ like a disaster happened and I need to restore my SQL Server on a new box. I wonder if that would work, and if it would be any faster/easier?

Let the investigation begin.

My first stop is with this TechNet article, Move all databases (Office SharePoint Server 2007): http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc512725.aspx – my light reading for tonight.

Continue to Part 2

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Where have I been?

Posted by sharepoinTony on March 25, 2010

Well, sometimes timing is everything and that applies to the past month for me.
I have had some big deadlines at work and have purchased a home, have been working on fixing that home up, and then have started moving into that home.
So that is why I haven’t been very active on Twitter or posting to my blog. I am hopeful that the big crunch is nearly over and will get back to a more normal pace soon. Only about 50 more boxes to unpack… 😉

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SoCalSharepoint User Group Thursday

Posted by sharepoinTony on February 16, 2010

The next meeting is this week, Thursday Feb. 18th. Topics are BI for SharePoint 2010 and Silverlight 3. For more details check out http://www.socalsharepoint.com/default.aspx

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SPSaturday Phoenix SharePint Options

Posted by sharepoinTony on November 19, 2009

Taking it upon myself to research online a bit, I found the following locations to be potential location options for SharePINT during the upcoming SharePoint Saturday Phoenix.  Not being a local I can’t recommend any that are not larger chains.   Also, since I have not seen nor heard of anyone else coordinating this, I will volunteer myself and get things rolling.  If anyone out there has started down this path, speak up!  I am flexible and have no desire to add stress or complexity to what should be a fantastic weekend.

This list is in rough order based on proximity to the SPSaturday hosting site.  PLEASE post comments if you are attending SPSaturday PHX.

SharePint Location Options

Lobby Bar – Arizona Grand Resort

7777 S Pointe Pkwy W, Phoenix, AZ

(602) 438-9000‎

Phantom Horse Grill – Also Arizona Grand Resort I think

8000 S Arizona Grand Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ

(602) 431-6476‎

Monkey Pants Bar & Grill‎

3223 South Mill Ave

Tempe, AZ 85282

(480) 377-8100

monkeypantsbar.com

Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant‎

420 S Mill Ave # 201

Tempe, AZ 85281-2870

(480) 736-0033

gordonbiersch.com

Four Peaks Brewing Co

1340 E 8th St # 104, Tempe, AZ

(480) 303-9967‎

fourpeaks.com

Copper Canyon Brewing & Ale House

5945 W Ray Rd, Chandler, AZ

(480) 785-1928‎

ccbrewing.com

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

14205 S 50th St, Phoenix, AZ

(480) 598-1300‎

rockbottom.com

Arizona Roadhouse & Brewery

1120 E Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ

(480) 929-9940‎

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Green Week and Technology

Posted by sharepoinTony on November 18, 2009

This week is Green Week, so I thought I would post on that theme. There are growing numbers of discussions and activities in technology that are green related.

I have always felt that using technology to improve efficiency, increase the ease in finding information (ie knowledge management), managing content, and simplifying or tracking business processes made sense – and are green.

Why?

Because we can better see the impact on our society and planet when we point out and acknowledge that we are trying to act in a responsible manner.

Because when we can see the projects that do impact the planet around us it is easier to remind ourselves that we need to protect the environment that sustains us.

Because when we are sometimes so focused on ROI we miss the Social Impact; we miss the Social Responsibility;  we miss the Goodwill that is often achieved by projects that DO pay attention to these things.

The other night I caught a small portion of a documentary on TV.  It was about Coke in South Africa. One subtle  point they made was that when apartheid violence was at its height most foreign companies moved out.  Coke chose a different path.  They found a multi-racial group that was willing to buy the distributorships and remain in the country.  South African’s found that during this upheaval the only refreshment to be found was Coke products.

After things settled down, Coke donated to local re-building causes.  The locally owned Coke distributors started expanding by “shipping” product via wheel barrel and hand carts.  South African’s took note of this and have truly embraced this company and brand.  Coke is visible everywhere now in South Africa.  This is all due to a vision beyond standard ROI.  It displayed Social Responsibility that has paid off in Goodwill in a big way…and I might venture to say it has paid off in dollars that were hard to account for in ROI.

That story has nothing to do with SharePoint directly.  However, if the thought process can shift so that some SharePoint projects can move forward, allowing the technology to help solve real problems or streamline real activities …then we can see SharePoint grow as a green tool.

For more coherent information on Green technology, check out these news links:

CNNMoney.com: Green Technology Report

CNET News: Green Tech: Intel sees Opportunities in wind, electric cars

SharePoint Magazine: Go Green with SharePoint

Business Week: Green Technology Innovators

InfoWorld: Intel invests $10 million in green technology companies

Breakell Inc – Green SharePoint (General contractors building green and using SharePoint for a community website to promote green actions)

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Handy Twitter Tools

Posted by sharepoinTony on November 13, 2009

Oddball post, but hey it is my blog so I can do what I want! ha!
Here are some handy twitter tools –

First the good ol hashtag (#) – for SharePoint people search #sharepoint, #moss, SPSaturday and watch for postings on conferences etc. such as #spc09
Look at Trends to find other hashtags or words you may want to follow.

Other Tools
http://www.twitblock.org
http://www.tweetdeck.com/
http://www.hootsuite.com/
http://dossy.org/twitter/karma/
http://twitpic.com/
and
99 twitter tools from Smashing Magazine

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MOSS 2007 and VSS 2005

Posted by sharepoinTony on October 27, 2009

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History: we have a boat-load of documents being stored in Visual SourceSafe 2005 by project managers, product documentation staff, and engineering staff.  They started storing various documents there simply because it was available (due to our developers using the tool) and because they didn’t have anywhere else available.  Most wanted both version and access control.

Fast forward a few years to today.  We are in the process of implementing a SharePoint based intranet.  Some of the files stored on PC’s, Laptops, file shares, and VSS will move to our Document Center or some other Document Library within SharePoint.  There are some files currently in VSS that the groups want to leave right where they are.  Management is in agreement with this situation.

One of the goals of our new intranet is to make it easy to find files.  Search is a big deliverable.  The obvious question is can we perform a search in SharePoint and find files in VSS? A follow-up question is, better yet, can we integrate to some level where users (with appropriate permissions) can see the documents stored in VSS from within a SharePoint site?

The answers are yes, I think, but that isn’t really the point of this post.  I spent hours searching MSDN and TechNet for information to answer those questions.   That is the point of this post.  My biggest complaint with Microsoft is that they seem to make it very very difficult to find any information you are looking for.

Why can’t I search on “Search Visual SourceSafe with SharePoint” and find anything related to what I am looking for?  I tried various searches, with various combinations of words, no luck really.  One old article talking about integrating VSS 5.0 with SharePoint 2003 (the info in that article doesn’t apply to the current versions, things changed).

I tried focusing on Visual SourceSafe 2005 – no mention of integration or interaction with SharePoint found.  Then I tried focusing on MOSS 2007, nothing.  It was painful, and I only found tidbits of information that were actually related to the topic I am interested in.

TechNet FAIL, MSDN FAIL.  Why can’t Microsoft improve the search capability within these sites, it has been terrible for years and years? It is still nearly impossible to find anything in TechNet and on MSDN when you search for something, especially if you don’t know the “proper” keywords.

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What it was like NOT going to SPC09

Posted by sharepoinTony on October 23, 2009

Although there was a huge turn-out for the Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2009 in Las Vegas this week, there were lots of us who didn’t attend.  Many reasons for that I am sure, mine was simply work schedule conflicts.

Before the conference I was depressed knowing I couldn’t go to Vegas.  All of the twitter, email, and blog buzz made it The Place To Be this week of October.  SharePoint MVP’s, notable authors and bloggers, as well as all of the “cool” SharePoint vendors were going to be there.  How could I not be bummed?

With the Live Blogging and Twitter hash tag for the conference (#SPC09), I felt better knowing I could keep up and learn a bit about what was going on at the conference.  The conference site also presented video feeds – at least for the Keynote, which lasted several hours.  Other highlight videos were made available as well.

As it turned out many attendees posted photos and videos as well as blogged and twittered about the conference.  As I started following things it quickly became apparent that the massive amount of information coming out of this conference was overwhelming.  I had Twitter notifications from TweetDeck popping up constantly.  Not one notification but 6-9 at a time.  And by constantly, I mean less than a second in between.

The information was great, and there were so many folks that deserve commendations for posting such great material that I couldn’t even keep track of them all.  I hit more blogs and information sites this week than I have ever before (at least it felt like it).

The funny part was that while I had been bummed I couldn’t attend, I ended up having to shut down TweetDeck and stay away from the updates.  It was to much to keep up with and still get any work done.  I wanted to follow along and read up on everything, but it would take all day every day.  If I had that time I would have been in Vegas!

I will have to digest all the links I saved over time.  It appeared that people were going 20 hours a day there at SPC09, guess that is what happens in Las Vegas!

I  hope I can attend the next great conference.  Until then THANKS to all that posted so much, and know that while you got tired walking around to sessions – “we” got tired just trying to keep up with you online!

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Installing MOSS

Posted by sharepoinTony on September 25, 2009

I read Paul Swider’s blog post “Best Practice for User Accounts When Installing MOSS” today.  He is right on target, “there should be no surprises on install day”.  It is ironic that I read this blog today because I created a similar table to the one he has in his blog post earlier this week, to prepare for my SharePoint install this morning  (I installed MOSS, did basic configuration setting up a couple of web applications and SSP’s easily well before lunch).  Paul’s table was nicer, and I like his idea of phases which I thought of  in a similar way but couldn’t vocalize it as nicely as he did.

The point of this post is that he made me think a bit more about best practices, especially when installing MOSS.  Here are some off-the-cuff random thoughts I had on that topic:

  • Did you download any service packs or patches that you might need installed PRIOR to your SharePoint install?
  • If so, are they all in one easy to find folder, ready to go?
  • Where are your CD’s/DVD’s – do you need them?
  • Are you documenting your install in any way?  How?  Where?
  • Do you have a scheme for naming your web applications, ssp’s, content db’s?
  • What services are you going to configure?
  • What is your indicator that you have successfully installed MOSS?  When do you stop this task, and move on to the next?

I like to have these things mapped out, in my mind and documented.  The process of install and initial configure should be straight forward and easy.  Just make your own check-list, include the critical details, and follow the steps.  Write down what you do as you do it and you won’t have to hunt for a port number or database later.  Being a bit anal pays off sometimes…my install day today was kind of relaxing.  By the way, I had Thai for lunch.

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