Social Computing and SharePoint 2010

One of the significant improvements in SharePoint 2010 is in the Social Computing section. Whilst I don’t want to contradict myself with my post on SharePoint 2010 and the Lost Generation I do believe that there have been some significant improvements over SharePoint 2007. At the end of the day what we have in SharePoint 2010 is what we have. If I think social computing then my SharePoint expert would be Dan McPherson who owns Zevenseas, a SharePoint consultancy in Holland. I heard him speak last year and have since started to look at ways we can link up with SharePoint for educational use. Last week he was talking with his team at Microsoft SharePoint Connections 2010 and their presentation has become available online. Take a look at what SharePoint 2010 can do for your organisation. If you are short on time you could miss the intro to social computing and start at 17 minutes on the video.

Click here to go to the SharePoint 2010 Social Computing Overview video.

Will SharePoint 2010 reach the Lost Generation? Thoughts on Social Media and Generation Y.

January 21, 2010 by · 3 Comments
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You may have worked out through my 150 blog posts in a year that I am a big SharePoint fan! I am particularly excited about what is to come with SharePoint 2010 and the fantastic improvements which have been made with UI and end user experience in general. I think the product will both sell well and be a great hit for Microsoft and the community. In recent gatherings with SharePoint folk I have however been at odds over one area of SharePoint in 2010 and that is social. To explain why first take a look at the video below called ‘The Lost Generation- for me it epitomises Generation Y’s use of social media as a tool. If you have already seen it as I am sure many have it wont do any harm to take another look ;)

I saw this video used at school this week and the impact on our students was astonishing. This is the way they communicate with each other and share their feelings. I agree I am a little off topic with this post but back to the point. Many people think the improvements in social coming in SharePoint 2010 are significant and this is a fair statement. At the same time most SharePoint folk who see this as a big step forward tend to be working in the business environment. In education SharePoint 2007 is light years behind the social media tools students use in their everyday life. So what about SharePoint 2010? Alas my first thoughts when seeing the improvements were ‘too little, too late’. The moment I saw the video above my first thought was a) to share it quickly and b) grab the embed code from YouTube. This is the society we live in with powerful social media tools. In this WordPress blog I can write this blog post in minutes and add rich media with ease.

The same is unfortunately not true of SharePoint 2010 where embedding code seems not to be a standard operation. I use embed code as an illustration of one of the improvements amongst many I feel we still need for social in SharePoint 2010. Whilst the improvements in social are there and may well satisfy our business community my greatest fear is that social in SharePoint 2010 will be lost on this generation I teach.

SharePoint 2010 How far should you virtualise your deployment? The defence of Meure

January 10, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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To finish off our series on virtualisation Robin Meure has provided his defence of his SharePoint 2010 solution. Robin justifies his build as follows:

Personally I have had some bad experiences with virtualised DC’s so there’s my reason to have a physical DC. The reason why I choose for two WFE’s which could be load balanced is that in most scenarios this is sufficient, especially if you have some proper load balancers in place. Then two application servers because SP2010 has a lot of Service Applications. It makes sense for me to have dedicated servers for those meaning that the WFE’s really just are for the web requests and nothing else. The DB cluster with an active/active configuration is both for making sure it’s a) fast and b) failover safe.

I hope you have enjoyed this series. If you would like to suggest an alternative architecture design please send it to me

SharePoint 2010 How far should you virtualise your deployment? The defence of Pearce

January 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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In defence of project Pearce

Finishing off today with SharePoint MVP Alex Pearce explaining the reason for his deployment architecture.

Alex Pearce

The SharePoint 2010 application servers are important – they do a lot more now than they have ever.  From the old Shared Service Provider in SharePoint 2007, 2010 has given you the opportunities to spread your infrastructure. Scaling up to scale out is important, have your 3 level done from the start even if its only 1 Web Front End, 1 Application Server and 1 SQL Server.  As the services are used more and more you can spread the services to multiple application servers.

Baring this in mind, there are 2 application servers in this infrastructure, but why already?  One of the first application add-ons for SharePoint 2010 is the Office Web Apps, this should be separate from the start with all the multiple services such as the metadata and user profile service kept on the first application server with the search and indexing, this is why the first application is a physical server.

The SQL Server should only be a virtual machine should the speed of the iSCSI and IO rate of the SAN be past excellent.  Remember this if you are looking at deploying a system like this. 

Pearce architecture design

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SharePoint 2010 How far should you virtualise your deployment? The defence of Coleman

January 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment
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In defense of project Coleman

Earlier in the day I received Dave Coleman’s argument for running with his virtualised SharePoint 2010 solution. This is Dave’s argument:

Dave Coleman

My rationale for the physical servers in my deployment are that I would never totally trust a VHD to run all the domain controllers and global catalogue servers. If for instance you had a major problem with the SAN this would stop all services running in your domain.

As the SAN is the biggest single point of failure if you lose the SAN storage then you lose it all! As for the TMG server this is more debatable but I think the firewall should be separate from the rest of the domain and preferably on a physical server as there is also potential for failure. Here I think I would also P2V the TMG server and have it ready but turned off as a VHD.  

Coleman architecture design

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SharePoint 2010 How far should you virtualise your deployment? Option 4- The Meure Factor

January 7, 2010 by · 1 Comment
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Following on from efforts by Chris Mckinley, Dave Coleman and Alex Pearce we have a fourth option in our virtualisation debate. Robin Meure of Zevenseas fame tweeted me this morning with some thoughts and I managed to persuade him to throw his hat into the ring.  His tweet simply said ‘from personal experience, Id recommend DB cluster (active/active), one physical DC. Robin’s architecture diagram is here for your to peruse:

We have been running a vote on your preferred architecture which you can see below. You can see the Mckinley, Coleman and Pearce architecture in earlier posts.

Bearing in Mind Robin Meure is joining the debate late please place your vote below. 

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