Azure SharePoint farm a great option for Developer

Now, for the first time ever from Microsoft, a new SharePoint farmstead on the framework from scratch is simply a few clicks away. This is symbolic in two ways, one, Microsoft is showing renewed commitment to an on-premise flavor of the platform. Two, for those who ever wanted their own SharePoint 2013 farm in the cloud in an easy and affordable manner, this is a great new option which was not available in the past.

There are two main options with Azure:

1. SP Farm (non-HA), with one DC or Domain Controller, single SQL server and a single SP server.

2. SharePoint farm (HA),with two DCs, a SQL AlwaysOn setup of a couple of SQL servers plus one File Share witness, and four SP servers.

In the simple farmstead set up, Azure will ask questions around what one wants to set up. It enables one to pick a domain name, serve account setting, size of servers and more. Upon clicking on the ‘create’ button, it would kick off the process to build a farm. This could take about two hours to complete. In the cloud platform wizard, it would ask for two accounts to set up, the farm account and setup account.

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The wizard is nice enough to provision a second disk on the SP server. However, it does not actually put any files there. It requires manually moving the ULS log files and anything else one desires to the disk. When walking through the wizard, there is no option to move the Central Admin to a set port. Rather, the Central Admin gets provisioned on a random port, which is also the platform default, even though most people put it on a set port. Moreover, the Central Admin will get assigned to a public EndPoint in Azure so it is externally published without HTTPS. It is highly recommended to delete the EndPoint as soon as the farmstead is provisioned in order to make a more secure environment.

When building Virtual Machines, one is no able to choose Any Options from the agent. Microsoft turns on the BG information and Custom Script Extensions by default. However, if one wants to add any further extensions, it has to be manually done after provisioning the VMs. By default, WinRM is enabled for all virtual machines and assigned a public EndPoint. This is the default selection when creating a VM in Azure. However, it is a fairly common best practice to deselect it in order to close off the security hole. As there is no option to deselect this before the VMs are provisioned, it should be turned off manually after creating the virtual machines.

When checking out how the platform references the SQL Server, it is not using a Structured Query Language Server Alias or DNS Alias. One could have difficulty scaling the host out without this, thus, one should be cautious of the setup if scaling out is required in the future. The SQL data files and log files are on separate disks. This appears great, from the performance perspective, but not from the support viewpoint. Having the log files and data for any given database on separate disks is not supported and may lead to corruption of the data in case there is an issue with the Azure Storage Geo-Replication.


The Significance Of Custom Sharepoint Development And What It Offers To Business Organizations

SharePoint ConsultantsCustom SharePoint development has been getting a lot of attention these days. SharePoint comprises of a multi-purpose set of web technologies useful for many organizations backed by a common technical infrastructure. SharePoint services are used widely in a lot of countries and almost in all countries in order to keep track of their day-to-day documentation and activities.

 Custom SharePoint development is mostly used for intranet applications. The complexity and growth of business and management functioning goes along with it, demands a tool that helps in tracking, monitor and connect various departments in a company. Custom SharePoint is an excellent business tool for collaboration as well. It allows for creation of external and internal websites and specialized applications like blogs and wikis as well.

A Custom SharePoint development provider should have a team that has a strong understanding of the platform, its database and object model and web services. Customers could maximize software and business performance with SharePoint. One of the most vital aspects of SharePoint planning is identifying customizations on the source system and make decisions whether to update, migrate as is or retire them from the plans. Customization has a direct impact on the SharePoint migration success. SharePoint development has a huge steep learning curve and literally takes years to get good at not just developing solutions but also using the correct tools and techniques to develop solutions. There are plenty of facets to consider when selecting how to architect a solution as well as the tools available.

 sharepoint consultantsThe capabilities of SharePoint make it irresistible for business owners to have a development done for their business. There are many advantages of SharePoint to businesses. For instance, SharePoint helps people work as a group. They could work collectively to be able to achieve a common goal. They could share documents and other vital information and protect information as well. The system requirement for the development of SharePoint is just Microsoft Office and the process of installation is very simple and application use is also very simple. The SharePoint’s capabilities could be segregated under different heads. It is designed in such a way that even normal users could control its functions and tools without prior understanding of technicalities, a great advantage to businesses and organizations. SharePoint development has the ability to surpass different websites, extranet and intranet portals, files and document management, social networking services, enterprise search and business intelligence tools.

sharepoint consultantsSharePoint in business has the ability to integrate enterprise application software like CRM, ERP seamlessly. The tools could facilitate the organization with various features. The features could include website management, community management, content management and insights. Website management easily modifies or changes the content of a web page, add or remove interaction, apply new designs or themes, make documents and website available offline and more. Community management provides some of the best collaboration tools that allow anyone to search for business information, share ideas, expertise and find people. Insights allow everybody access to business information. With the interactive dashboard and scorecards, the user could use information easily in business apps, reports and database. There are many companies which can help in sharepoint implementation. Microsoft sharepoint partner list can be found from here. Alternatively, one can look at Indian companies like Wipro, TatvaSoft, Infosys or Cognizant for cost saving. Many companies are using open source applications like Liferay and Alfresco for higher cost savings. However, open source systems have their own limitations and one should study first before implementation.