SPC2011: Understanding SharePoint Administration, Part 1

Notes from the SharePoint Conference 2011
Session: Understanding SharePoint Administration, Part 1

Discussed infrastructure best practices, virtualization, hardware/software requirements and installation


  • Have SQL server on a separate server
  • Use load balancing
  • Need a server license for all SharePoint servers
  • Consider search on a separate server – Crawling will not affect web front ends
  • Consider separate index servers for large document capacity

Production environment

  • 100 GB C drive (used by e. 14 hive)
  • X GB second drive (move all possible files such as logs)
  • 4 cores
  • 8 GB RAM
  • Make sure that you have the same drives on each server
  • All servers need to be in the same datacenter


  • Web front ends – sure
  • Application – usually
  • SQL – never
  • Reference: Todd Klindt’s blog on sp2010 hardware/software requirements

Development environment

  • Need at least 4 GB RAM
  • Can run on Windows 7 or Vista but never for PROD

Test environment

  • Developers should have zero access to test servers
  • Should be multi-server if PROD is


1. Prereq installer

2. Installing the bits (setup.exe)

  • Install on all servers at the same time
  • Use admin account
  • Do not do standalone install
  • Uncheck the box to run the config wizard – will run later

3. Configure the bits (powershell)

  • Powershell: New-SPConfigurationDatabase
  • Now run config wizards on each server – can run all at the same time
  • Use NTLM

4. Farm configuration (powershell/central admin)

  • Manually provision servers (if do automatic, may get strange names)
  • Use powershell for service application configuration
  • Todd Klindt has a blog for cheat sheet for required service accounts to have
  • Create state service and usage and health data collection using powershell (not available via UI)

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