Installing SharePoint 2013 Foundation

Come along with me on a small adventure into the world of free¬†SharePoint. Yes, free! SharePoint Foundation 2013 is technically free (well, included in your existing Windows licenses) and can do a whole lot for you without needing to spend significant amounts of money on Server editions. I am going to walk through a mini-series... Continue Reading →


My Users Don’t Like SharePoint because it is too slow!

This is Part 7 of my series on 'My Users Don't Like SharePoint...' As your SharePoint matures and grows, it can get considerably larger and complex. Content databases can grow to hundreds of gigs, search indexes grow larger, users rely more on Excel services, additional external business data is pulled in, some custom functionality is... Continue Reading →


Questions on SharePoint 2010 Databases

What's the maximum size for a SharePoint database? This is a very common question across the board. Microsoft's documentation¬†recommends a maximum of 200GB per content database. This isn't a limitation, just a recommendation. They are recommending this level due to performance and maintenance considerations. When your database gets much larger than that, there are some... Continue Reading →


Improving SharePoint’s Performance

As SharePoint grows and morphs and becomes your information beast, it sometimes feels like it slows down. This is usually typical in implementations where the proper optimizations were not applied early on. It's okay, it's still possible to recover and improve some of your SharePoint's loss of performance. Disclaimer Performance can be significantly degraded by... Continue Reading →


Storing your SharePoint files outside of the database (RBS)

A new feature provided with SQL Server R2 is the ability to save your BLOBs (binary large objects)(the files you upload into SharePoint) to be stored outside of the content database and in the server's file system. This functionality is called Remote BLOB Storage (RBS). I've had a few of customers ask for this on... Continue Reading →


SharePoint 2010: Claims Based Authentication using .Net SQL Membership Provider

Often when a company wants to extend their SharePoint site to the extranet or internet, they'll need to accommodate new users who are currently not in their company's Active Directory. For instance, extending the application to the extranet to allow vendors to access product information, or extend to the internet to allow customers to log... Continue Reading →


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