SharePoint Summer Fun

This post covers my summer SharePoint activities, including a number of appearances at SharePoint Saturday events and SPUGs. I also talk about a few other tidbits, including an appearance on Microsoft’s Talk TechNet broadcast.

My family recently relocated from the west side of Cincinnati to the east side, and it’s been a major undertaking – as anyone who’s familiar with Jim Borgman’s comic series on the east and west sides of Cincinnati can appreciate. Between the move and some other issues, I had planned on taking it easy with SharePoint activities for a while.

Despite that goal, it seems I still have a handful of SharePoint-related things planned this summer. Here’s what’s going on.

Office Web Apps’ Cache Article

Idera SharePoint SmartsAs a product manager for Idera, I occasionally author articles for the company’s SharePoint Smarts e-newsletter. A couple of weeks back, I wrote an article titled Quick Tips for Managing the SharePoint 2010 Office Web Apps’ Cache. The article basically provides an overview of the Office Web Apps’ cache and how it can be maintained for optimal performance.

The main reason I’m calling the article out here (in my blog) is because I put together a couple of PowerShell scripts that I included in the article. The first script relocates the Office Web Apps’ cache site collection to a different content database for any given Web application. The second script displays current values for some common cache settings and gives you the opportunity to change them directly.

The scripts (and article contents) are helpful for anyone trying to manage the Office Web Apps in SharePoint 2010. Check them out!

Talk TechNet Appearance

On Wednesday, July 6th (tomorrow!), I’ll be on Talk TechNet with Keith Combs and Matt Hester. I’m going to be talking with Keith and Matt about SharePoint, disaster recovery, and anything else that they want to shoot the breeze about. 60 minutes seems like a long time, but I know how quickly it can pass once my mouth starts going …

Here’s the fun part (for you): the episode is presented live, and anyone who registers for the event can “call in” with questions, comments, etc. Feel free to call in and throw me a softball question … or heckle me, if that’s your style! Although I don’t know Keith personally (yet), I do know Matt – and knowing Matt, things will be lighthearted and lively.

Evansville SPUG

On Thursday the 7th (yeah, this is a busy week), I’ll be heading down to Evansville, Indiana, to speak at the Evansville user group. This is something that Rob Wilson and I have been discussing for quite some time, and I’m glad that it’s finally coming to fruition!

I’ll be presenting my SharePoint 2010 and Your DR Plan: New Capabilities, New Possibilities! session. The abstract reads as follows:

Disaster recovery planning for a SharePoint 2010 environment is something that must be performed to insure your data and the continuity of business operations. Microsoft made significant enhancements to the disaster recovery landscape with SharePoint 2010, and we’ll be taking a good look at how the platform has evolved in this session. We’ll dive inside the improvements to the native backup and restore capabilities that are present in the SharePoint 2007 platform to see what has been changed and enhanced. We’ll also look at the array of exciting new capabilities that have been integrated into the SharePoint 2010 platform, such as unattended content database recovery, SQL Server snapshot integration, and configuration-only backup and restore. By the time we’re done, you will possess a solid understanding of how the disaster recovery landscape has changed with SharePoint 2010.

It’ll be a bit of a drive from here to Evansville and back, but I’m really looking forward to talking shop with Rob and his crew on Thursday!

SharePoint Saturday New York City (SPSNYC)

SPS New York City LogoI’ll be heading up to New York City at the end of the month to present at SharePoint Saturday New York City on July 30th. I’ll be presenting SharePoint 2010 and Your DR Plan: New Capabilities, New Possibilities! session, and it should be a lot of fun.

Amazingly enough, the primary registration (400 seats) for the event “sold out” in a little over three days. Holy smokes – that’s fast! The event is now wait listed, so if you haven’t yet signed up … you probably won’t get a spot  :-(

CincySPUG

On August 4th, I’ll be heading back up to Mason, Ohio, to present for my friends at the Cincinnati SharePoint User Group. My presentation topic this time around will be “Caching-In” for SharePoint Performance. Here’s the abstract:

Caching is a critical variable in the SharePoint scalability and performance equation, but it’s one that’s oftentimes misunderstood or dismissed as being needed only in Internet-facing scenarios. In this session, we’ll build an understanding of the caching options that exist within the SharePoint platform and how they can be leveraged to inject some pep into most SharePoint sites. We’ll also cover some sample scenarios, caching pitfalls, and watch-outs that every administrator should know.

Like most of my presentations, this one started as a PowerPoint. I converted it over to Prezi format some time ago, and I’ve been having a lot of fun with it since. I hope the CincySPUG folks enjoy it, as well!

SharePoint Saturday The Conference (SPSTC)

SPSTC LogoIf you haven’t heard of SharePoint Saturday The Conference yet, then the easiest way for me to describe is this way: it’s a SharePoint Saturday event on steroids. Instead of being just one Saturday, the event is three days long. Expected attendance is 2500 to 3000 people. It’s going to be huge.

I submitted a handful of abstracts for consideration, and I know that I’ll be speaking at the event. I just don’t know what I’ll be talking about at this point.  If you’re going to be in the Washington, DC area on August 11th through 13th, though, consider signing up for the conference!

SharePoint Saturday Columbus (SPSColumbus)

SPS Columbus LogoThe 2nd SharePoint Saturday Columbus event will be held on August 20th, 2011, at the OCLC Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio. Registration is now open, and session submissions are being accepted through the end of the day tomorrow (7/6).

Along with Brian Jackett, Jennifer Mason, and Nicola Young, I’m helping to plan and execute the event on the 20th. I’m handling speaker coordination again this year – a role that I do enjoy! We’ve had a number of great submissions thus far; in the next week or so, we (the organizing committee) will be putting our heads together to make selections for the event. Once those selections have been made, I’ll be communicating with everyone who submitted a session.

If you live in Ohio and don’t find Columbus to be an exceptionally long drive, I encourage you to head out to the SharePoint Saturday site and sign up for the event. It’s free, and the training you’ll get will be well-worth the Saturday you spend!

Additional Reading and References

  1. Jim Borgman: East Side/West Side of Cincinnati comic series
  2. Company: Idera
  3. Article: Quick Tips for Managing the SharePoint 2010 Office Web Apps’ Cache
  4. Event: Talk TechNet Webcast, Episode 43
  5. Blog: Keith Combs
  6. Blog: Matt Hester
  7. User Group: Evansville SPUG site
  8. Blog: Rob Wilson
  9. Event: SharePoint Saturday New York City
  10. User Group: CincySPUG site
  11. Software/Service: Prezi
  12. Event: SharePoint Saturday The Conference
  13. Event: SharePoint Saturday Columbus
  14. Blog: Brian Jackett
  15. Blog: Jennifer Mason
  16. Twitter: Nicola Young

The Spring SharePoint Activities Run-Down

This post covers my SharePoint community activities for the Spring of 2011. There’s quite a bit going on, including back-to-back-to-back SharePoint Saturday events!

It’s turning out to be a very busy Spring – more so than I would have originally guessed (or planned).  That’s okay, though: there’s very little else I’d rather be doing than getting out and spending time with the SharePoint community at-large!  Spending time with the community also means I’m getting out of my basement, and that’s really good for my Vitamin D levels …

Here’s what I have coming up (or just passed) this Spring:

DBTechCon

The SQL Server Worldwide User Group (SSWUG) recently put on their entirely virtual DBTechCon event.  One of the original speakers for the event ended up having to cancel just before the event was due to take place, so the SSWUG folks had a gap and asked if I could fill it.  It took some scrambling, but I was able to pull together three sessions for them on a combination of SharePoint disaster recovery (DR) and performance topics.

Although the event has passed, it’s still possible to access the sessions on-demand.

SharePoint Saturday Saint Louis

I’ll actually be heading over to Saint Louis today (Friday, April 29th) for tomorrow’s SharePoint Saturday Saint Louis.  My co-author and good buddy John Ferringer and I will be getting the band back together to do our “Saving SharePoint” session on SharePoint disaster recovery. 

Like all other SharePoint Saturday events, the event is free to the public.  Come on out if you’re in the Saint Louis area for a free day of training, socializing, and giveaways!

SharePoint Saturday Houston

Houston, Texas, will be hosting its SharePoint Saturday Houston event next Saturday on May 7th.  I’ll be traveling down to Houston on Thursday for some business-related items, but I’ll be speaking at the event on Saturday.  I’ll be giving my “’Caching-In’ for SharePoint Performance” talk – now in Prezi form.

Houston’s SharePoint Saturday event is one of the bigger ones that takes place, and the line-up of speakers is phenomenal.  I hope to see you there!

Dayton SharePoint User Group

On the evening of Tuesday, May 10th, I’ll be heading up to Dayton to spend some time with the Dayton SharePoint User Group.  I met Tony Maddin (who heads up the group) after a Cincinnati SPUG meeting, and Tony asked if I would come up and speak to the recently formed Dayton SPUG.  I jump at just about any opportunity to speak, so on Tuesday the 10th I’ll be delivering a SharePoint DR session to the group.

SharePoint Saturday Michigan

To wrap up the SharePoint Saturday hat trick, I’ll be heading up to Troy, Michigan, for SharePoint Saturday Michigan on May 14th.  Peter Serzo and crew are sure to put on another stellar event this year, and I’ll be presenting a session on SharePoint disaster recovery – specifics still unknown.  Stay tuned, and be sure to head over to the event on 5/14 if you’re in the area.

SPTechCon

I feel very fortunate to have a spot at the mid-year 2011 SPTechCon event in Boston from June 1st through June 3rd.  My session (Session 702) will be on June 3rd from 11:30am until 12:45pm, and I’ll be delivering “SharePoint 2010 Disaster Recovery: New Capabilities, New Possibilities”  I’m really looking forward to it, and I hope that I’ll see some of you there!

Additional Reading and References

  1. Event: DBTechCon
  2. Event: SharePoint Saturday Saint Louis
  3. People: John Ferringer
  4. Event: SharePoint Saturday Houston
  5. Services: Prezi
  6. User Group: Dayton SharePoint User Group
  7. People: Tony Maddin
  8. Event: SharePoint Saturday Michigan
  9. Twitter: Peter Serzo
  10. Event: SPTechCon

Recent and Upcoming SharePoint Activities

In this post I talk about the recent SharePoint Cincy event. I also cover some of my upcoming activities for the next month, including a trip to Denver and SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities.

There have been some great SharePoint events recently, and quite a few more are coming up.  Here are some of the events I have been (or will be) involved in recently/soon:

SharePoint Cincy

SharePoint Cincy EventOn March 18th, Cincinnati saw it’s first (arguably) “major” SharePoint event.  SharePoint Cincy was put together by Geoff Smith, the Cincinnati CIO Roundtable, and MAX Training … and it was a huge success by any measure.  I took the picture on the right during the introductory speech by Geoff Smith, and it should give you an idea of well-attended the event was.

I was fortunate enough to deliver a talk on disaster recovery during the day, and I also helped Geoff and the organizing committee in advance of the event with some of the speaker round-up for the IT professional / administrator track.

I enjoyed the event because the audience composition was different than one would typically find at a SharePoint Saturday event.  Many of those in attendance were IT decision makers and managers rather than implementers and developers.  I attribute the high numbers in my DR session (typically not a big pull with technical crowds) to that demographic difference.

The next SharePoint Cincy event is already planned for next year (on March 12th, I believe), so keep your eyes peeled at the beginning of next year!

SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities

SharePoint Saturday Twin CitiesSome fine folks in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area (Jim Ferguson, Sarah Haase, and Wes Preston)  have worked to assemble the upcoming SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities on April 9, 2011.  Like all SharePoint Saturdays, the event is free for attendees.  There’s plenty of good education and giveaways to make it worth your while to spend a Saturday with other SharePoint enthusiasts.

I’ll be heading out to the event to deliver my IT pro caching talk titled “’Caching-In’ for SharePoint Performance”  The abstract for the session appears below

Caching is a critical variable in the SharePoint scalability and performance equation, but it’s one that’s oftentimes misunderstood or dismissed as being needed only in Internet-facing scenarios.  In this session, we’ll build an understanding of the caching options that exist within the SharePoint platform and how they can be leveraged to inject some pep into most SharePoint sites.  We’ll also cover some sample scenarios, caching pitfalls, and watch-outs that every administrator should know.

If you’re in the Twin Cities area and available on Saturday April 9th, come on by the following address …

Normandale Community College
9700 France Avenue South
Bloomington, MN 55431

… for a day of high-quality and free training.  You can register here on Eventbrite!

Lunch and Learn with Prinomic

Idera partners with a number of different companies in order to make its software more available, and one of those companies is Prinomic Technologies.  Prinomic is a consulting company based out of Denver, Colorado, and they focus on the creation of solutions that employ and target SharePoint.  They are somewhat unique in that they offer a combination of both services and products, and it affords them a great deal of flexibility when addressing customer needs.

I’ll actually be traveling out to Denver to deliver a lunch-and-learn in conjunction with Prinomic titled “SharePoint Disaster Recovery Options” on Wednesday, April 13th, 2011.  The lunch and learn is open to the public; simply follow the link (above) to register if you’re interested.

Prinomic is located at the following address:

4600 S Syracuse
9th floor
Denver, CO 80237

Colorado Springs SharePoint User Group

Knowing that I’d be out in the Denver area on April 13th, I reached out to some of the folks I know there to see if I might coordinate something with one of the local user groups.  I love speaking, and it was my hope that someone would actually grant me some more time with additional SharePoint geeks!

I was very fortunate to get a reply back from Dave Milner.  Dave and Gary Lapointe run the Colorado Springs SharePoint User Group, and they mentioned that it would be okay for me to come by and present to their group on the evening of the 13th.  So, it looks like I’ll be heading down to Colorado Springs after the lunch and learn with Prinomic!

I’ll be presenting my 2010 DR talk titled “SharePoint 2010 and Your DR Plan: New Capabilities, New Possibilities!”

Disaster recovery planning for a SharePoint 2010 environment is something that must be performed to insure your data and the continuity of business operations. Microsoft made significant enhancements to the disaster recovery landscape with SharePoint 2010, and we’ll be taking a good look at how the platform has evolved in this session. We’ll dive inside the improvements to the native backup and restore capabilities that are present in the SharePoint 2007 platform to see what has been changed and enhanced. We’ll also look at the array of exciting new capabilities that have been integrated into the SharePoint 2010 platform, such as unattended content database recovery, SQL Server snapshot integration, and configuration-only backup and restore. By the time we’re done, you will possess a solid understanding of how the disaster recovery landscape has changed with SharePoint 2010.

If you’re in the Colorado Springs area on Wednesday, April 13th, come on by the user group!  The user group meets at the following address:

Cobham Analytics
985 Space Center Drive
Suite 100
Colorado Springs, CO

Meet-and-greet activities are from 5:30pm until 6pm, and the session begins at 6pm!

TechNet Events: Transforming IT from Virtualization to the Cloud

Finally, I wanted to mention a series of events that are both going on right now and coming soon.  My good friend Matt Hester, our region’s IT Pro Evangelist with Microsoft, is traveling around putting on a series of Technet events titled “Transforming IT from Virtualization to the Cloud.”  These events are free training and center on cloud computing, why it is important, private vs. public cloud options, etc.

The event looks really cool, and it’s being offered in a number of different cities in the region.  I’ve already signed up for the Cincinnati event on April 6th (a Wednesday).  Check out Matt’s blog post (linked above) for additional details.  If you want to sign up for the Cincinnati event on April 6th, you can use this link directly.

Additional Reading and References

  1. Event: SharePoint Cincy
  2. People: Geoff Smith
  3. Blog: Jim Ferguson
  4. Twitter: Sarah Haase
  5. Blog: Wes Preston
  6. Event: SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities
  7. Registration: SharePoint Saturday Twin Cities on Eventbrite
  8. Company: Idera
  9. Company: Prinomic Technologies
  10. Lunch and Learn: “SharePoint Disaster Recovery Options”
  11. LinkedIn: Dave Milner
  12. LinkedIn: Gary Lapointe
  13. Technet Event: “Transforming IT from Virtualization to the Cloud”
  14. Technet Event: Cincinnati cloud event

February’s Rip-Roarin’ SharePoint Activities

February is a really busy month for SharePoint activities. In this post, I cover some speaking engagements I have during the month. I also talk about the release of Idera SharePoint backup 3.0 — the product we’ve been working so hard to build and make available!

Holy smokes!  2011 is off to a fast start, and February is already here.  Now that our product release is out (see below), I’m going to make good on my promise to get more “real” blog content out.  Before I do that, though, I want to highlight all of the great SharePoint stuff I’m fortunate enough to be involved with during the month of February.

Idera SharePoint backup 3.0 Release

Idera SharePoint backup 3.0 management consoleAs some of you know, I’m currently a Product Manager for SharePoint products at Idera.  Although it isn’t something that is strictly community focused, Idera SharePoint backup has been a large part of my life for most of the last year.  We’ve been doing some really cool development and product work, and I want to share a piece of good news: We just released version 3.0 of Idera SharePoint backup!

Idera SharePoint backup is “my” product from a management standpoint, and I’m really proud of all the effort that our team put in to make the release a reality.  There are a lot of people in many different areas who busted their butts to get the product out-the-door: development, quality assurance, information development, marketing, product marketing management, public relations, web site management, sales, sales engineering, and more.

To everyone who contributed to making the release a success: you have my heartfelt thanks.  To the rest of you who might be shopping for a SharePoint backup product, please check out what we’ve put together!

SPTechCon San Francisco

Idera-sponsored book signings at SPTechCon San FranciscoI’ll be heading out to BZ Media’s SPTechCon in San Francisco for most of the week of February 7th.  Although I will be delivering a lightning talk titled “Backup/Restore Knowledge Nuggets: What’s True, What’s Not?” (more-or-less the same talk I delivered at last Fall’s SPTechCon event in Boston) on Monday the 7th, that’s only a small part of why I’ll be at the conference.

The big stuff?  Well, first off is the big “public release” of Idera SharePoint backup 3.0.  I’ll be talking with conference participants, seeing what they like (and what they don’t like), explaining the new capabilities and features, etc.

My good friend (and co-author) John Ferringer and I will also be doing an Idera-sponsored book signing for our SharePoint 2010 Disaster Recovery Guide.  If you’re going to be at the conference and want to get a free (and signed!) copy of our book, come by booth #302 on Wednesday morning (2/9) at 10am during the coffee and donuts.  We’ll be around and easy to find: John will be the thin bald guy, and I’ll be the mostly bald guy next to him shoveling donuts into his mouth.  I have a tremendous weak spot for donuts …

Presenting for the Rochester SharePoint User Group

Rick Black is one of the organizers of the Rochester (New York) SharePoint User Group.  I met Rick late in 2009 at SharePoint Saturday Cleveland in Cleveland, Ohio; he and I were both presenting sessions.  We talked a bit during the event, and we pinged each other now and again on Twitter and Facebook in the time after the event.

At one point in time, Rick tossed out the idea of having me present for the Rochester SPUG.  I told him I’d certainly be up for it; after all, I really enjoy hanging out with SharePoint users and talking shop.  The trick, of course, would be getting me to Rochester.

Recently, I asked Rick if he thought a virtual SPUG presentation might work for his group.  I do quite a bit of time presenting on Live Meeting these days, so I figured it might be an option.  It sounded like a good idea to Rick, so I’m on the schedule to (virtually) present for the Rochester SPUG on Thursday, February 10th, 2011.  I’ll be presenting Saving SharePoint – a time-tested and refined SharePoint disaster recovery talk.  The abstract reads as follows:

In this session, we will be discussing disaster recovery (DR) concepts and strategies for SharePoint in a format that highlights a combination of both business and technical concerns.  We will define some critical planning terms such as “recovery time objectives” and “recovery point objectives,” and we’ll see why they are so important to understand when trying to formulate a DR strategy.  We will also identify the capabilities and limitations of the Microsoft tools that can used for backing up, restoring, and making SharePoint highly available for disaster recovery purposes.  Changes that have arrived with SharePoint Server 2010 and how they affect DR planning and implementation will also be covered.

I’ll be presenting the night that I get home on a red-eye flight from SPTechCon, so I could be a bit weary … but it will be fun.  I’m really looking forward to it!

SharePoint Saturday San Diego

SharePointSaturdayFor the last weekend of February, I’ll be heading back out to the west coast for SharePoint Saturday San Diego.  The event itself will be held at the San Diego Convention Center on Saturday, February 26th.  The event has filled-up once already, but Chris Givens (who is organizing the event) was able to add another 75 tickets thanks to some additional support from sponsors.

In addition to my Saving SharePoint session (which is described earlier in this post), I’ll be delivering another session called “Caching-In” for SharePoint Performance.  The abstract for the session reads as follows:

Caching is a critical variable in the SharePoint scalability and performance equation, but it’s one that’s oftentimes misunderstood or dismissed as being needed only in Internet-facing scenarios.  In this session, we’ll build an understanding of the caching options that exist within the SharePoint platform and how they can be leveraged to inject some pep into most SharePoint sites.  We’ll also cover some sample scenarios, caching pitfalls, and watch-outs that every administrator should know.

As always, SharePoint Saturday events are free to the public.  They’re a great way to get a day’s worth of free training, access to SharePoint experts, and plenty of swag and info from vendors.  If you live in or around San Diego and are free on 2/26, consider signing up!

Two trips to the west coast in one month is definitely a first for me, but I’m looking forward to it.  I hope to see you out there!

Additional Reading and References

  1. Company: Idera
  2. Product: Idera SharePoint backup
  3. Company: BZ Media
  4. Event: SPTechCon San Francisco
  5. Event: SPTechCon SharePoint Lightning Talks
  6. Blog: John Ferringer’s My Central Admin
  7. Book: SharePoint 2010 Disaster Recovery Guide
  8. Twitter: Rick Black (@ricknology)
  9. User Group: Rochester SharePoint User Group
  10. Events: SharePoint Saturday San Diego
  11. Twitter: Chris Givens (@givenscj)

December SharePoint Happenings

I’ve got a few SharePoint-related activities coming up in December. In this post, I talk about the presentation I’ll be giving at the CincySPUG on Thursday, December 2nd. I also cover my participation in the upcoming SharePoint Saturday Kansas City event on Saturday, December 11th.

Thanksgiving has passed, December is right around the corner, and it seems that many folks I know are settling into the holiday mindset.  There’s very little slowdown of activity when it comes to SharePoint, though; one need only look at the SharePoint Saturday home page to see that the first half of December is jam-packed with events.

I’ll be participating in a couple of SharePoint events myself in December, and I thought I’d share those.

Cincinnati SharePoint User Group (CincySPUG)

It’s been quite a while since I’ve attended the monthly Cincinnati SharePoint User Group meetings, and I’ve been meaning to get back to some level of involvement for a while now.  Family and work-related obligations have tied me up more often than not, and then there’s the fact that the meeting location is a solid 40 minutes from my house – and that’s before factoring in rush-hour traffic.

All excuses aside, I’m happy to announce that I’ll be speaking at this month’s CincySPUG meeting.  I’ll be delivering the SharePoint 2010 Disaster Recovery: New Capabilities, New Possibilities! talk that I recently delivered at SharePoint Saturday Dallas.  Here’s the abstract:

Disaster recovery planning for a SharePoint 2010 environment is something that must be performed to insure your data and the continuity of business operations. Microsoft made significant enhancements to the disaster recovery landscape with SharePoint 2010, and we’ll be taking a good look at how the platform has evolved in this session. We’ll dive inside the improvements to the native backup and restore capabilities that are present in the SharePoint 2007 platform to see what has been changed and enhanced. We’ll also look at the array of exciting new capabilities that have been integrated into the SharePoint 2010 platform, such as unattended content database recovery, SQL Server snapshot integration, and configuration-only backup and restore. By the time we’re done, you will possess a solid understanding of how the disaster recovery landscape has changed with SharePoint 2010.

I put the talk together using Prezi, so its style and flow is inherently different from the standard PowerPoint deck you’re probably used to seeing.

The December 2010 meeting of the CincySPUG is at MAX Technical Training on Thursday, December 2nd.  Socializing starts at 6pm, and the actual presentation goes from 6:30pm until 8pm.  If you have the time and availability, it would be great to see you.

Oh, and here’s (perhaps) a little extra incentive: I’ll be giving away a copy of the new SharePoint 2010 Disaster Recovery Guide that John Ferringer and I co-authored.  Come on out!

SharePoint Saturday Kansas City

SharePoint Saturday Kansas CityI mentioned that there are a number of SharePoint Saturday events during the first half of December, and I’m fortunate enough to be participating in one them!

SharePoint Saturday Kansas City will be held on Saturday December 11th at the Johnson County Community College Regnier Center (12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS 66210-1299).  The event is a full day of free SharePoint training; all you need to do is register through the Eventbrite site and show up!

I’ll be presenting the tried-and-true Saving SharePoint session.  Here’s the abstract:

In this session, we will be discussing disaster recovery (DR) concepts and strategies for SharePoint in a format that highlights a combination of both business and technical concerns.  We will define some critical planning terms such as “recovery time objectives” and “recovery point objectives,” and we’ll see why they are so important to understand when trying to formulate a DR strategy.  We will also identify the capabilities and limitations of the Microsoft tools that can used for backing up, restoring, and making SharePoint highly available for disaster recovery purposes.  Changes that have arrived with SharePoint Server 2010 and how they affect DR planning and implementation will also be covered.

I’m not one to simply leave a presentation alone.  I’ve delivered Saving SharePoint a number of times, but I’ve found a few new goodies to work into it for this go ‘round – should be fun!

Additional Reading and References

  1. Site: SharePoint Saturday Home Page
  2. Group: Cincinnati SharePoint User Group
  3. Event: SharePoint Saturday Dallas
  4. Tools: Prezi
  5. Training: MAX Technical Training
  6. Book: SharePoint 2010 Disaster Recovery Guide
  7. Blog: John Ferringer’s MyCentralAdmin
  8. Event: SharePoint Saturday Kansas City
  9. Site: Eventbrite Registration for SPS KC

Fall SharePoint Fun

In this post, I discuss a couple of events that I have coming up; specifically, SPTechCon Boston and SharePoint Saturday Dallas.

Fall is here, and the SharePoint bus keeps on rolling down the road.  There’s no shortage of events coming up – conferences, SharePoint Saturdays, and more.  Here are a couple of events in which I’ll be participating.

SPTechCon Boston

In a couple of days, I’ll be heading up to Boston for SPTechCon Boston 2010.  The event is put on by Dave Rubenstein of BZ Media, and it promises to be one of the bigger SharePoint conferences of this year.

Idera book signings at SPTechConAlthough I’m presenting a “lightning talk” on Wednesday the 20th titled Backup/Restore Knowledge Nuggets: What’s True, What’s Not?, it’s only five minutes long … and not the main reason I’m going to the conference.  To tell you the truth, I’m simply looking forward to taking in some of the sessions and seeing many of my friends in the community whom I haven’t seen in a while.

My co-author, John Ferringer, is one of those folks I haven’t seen in a while – since SharePoint Saturday Columbus, I believe. Thanks to the folks at Idera, the two of us will be getting the band back together to do a book signing on Friday morning (the 22nd) at 9:45am during coffee and donuts.  Idera purchased 20 copies of our SharePoint 2010 Disaster Recovery Guide, and they’ll be giving them away (see the poster on the right).  John and I will be signing those books, so if you want to meet a couple of flagship members in the “SharePoint Mr. Clean Team” (to quote SharePoint superstar and all-around great person, Joy Earles), please swing by the Idera booth!

SharePoint Saturday Dallas

SharePoint Saturday Dallas logo I knew that I was going to be down in Houston for some business during the second week of November, so when I learned that Eric Shupps was in the process of pulling things together for SharePoint Saturday Dallas during the same time frame (Saturday, November 13th), I pinged him to see if he could use another speaker.  He pinged me back, and it looks like I’ll be making a stop in Dallas on my way back to Cincinnati.

The session I’ll be presenting is titled SharePoint 2010 and Your DR Plan: New Capabilities, New Possibilities!, and it’s a relatively new one for me.  It’s a disaster recovery talk, but it’s primarily a technology-focused look at the new platform capabilities and improvements that come with SharePoint 2010.  Here’s the abstract:

Disaster recovery planning for a SharePoint 2010 environment is something that must be performed to insure your data and the continuity of business operations. Microsoft made significant enhancements to the disaster recovery landscape with SharePoint 2010, and we’ll be taking a good look at how the platform has evolved in this session. We’ll dive inside the improvements to the native backup and restore capabilities that are present in the SharePoint 2007 platform to see what has been changed and enhanced. We’ll also look at the array of exciting new capabilities that have been integrated into the SharePoint 2010 platform, such as unattended content database recovery, SQL Server snapshot integration, and configuration-only backup and restore. By the time we’re done, you will possess a solid understanding of how the disaster recovery landscape has changed with SharePoint 2010.

The SharePoint Saturday event is being held at the Hilton Dallas Park Cities from 9am until 5:30pm on Saturday, November 13th.  If you work with SharePoint and reside in or around the Dallas area, I strongly encourage you to sign up for the event and come on out.  Like all SharePoint Saturday events, there’s no cost to you – it’s simply a free day of training, food, giveaways, and interaction with the SharePoint community!

Additional Reading and References

  1. Event: SPTechCon Boston 2010
  2. Company: BZ Media
  3. Blog: John Ferringer’s My Central Admin
  4. Company: Idera
  5. Book: SharePoint 2010 Disaster Recovery Guide
  6. Twitter: Joy Earles
  7. Event: SharePoint Saturday Dallas
  8. Blog: Eric Shupps Blog
  9. Venue: Hilton Dallas Park Cities
  10. Registration: SharePoint Saturday Dallas

Release of the SharePoint 2010 Disaster Recovery Guide

The SharePoint 2010 Disaster Recovery Guide is now available! In this post, I provide a small peek into the contents of the book and the people who helped make it a reality.

Since my first copy of our new book actually arrived in the mail yesterday (from Amazon.com), I think I can officially announce that the SharePoint 2010 Disaster Recovery Guide is available!  Here’s a picture of it – straight out of the box:

SharePoint 2010 Disaster Recovery Guide

John Ferringer and I apparently didn’t learn our lesson the first time around.  When Cengage approached us about writing another version of the book, we said “yes.”  We were either in denial or had repressed the memories associated with writing the first book.  There were definitely some difficulties and challenges (like trying to learn the relevant pieces of the SharePoint 2010 platform while also writing about them), but we managed to pull it off again.

Of course, we couldn’t have done this without the technical prowess and patience of JD Wade.  JD was our technical editor, and he had a knack for questioning any assumption or statement that wasn’t clearly backed by fact.  He did a fantastic job – I couldn’t have been happier.  The book’s accuracy and quality are a direct result of his contributions.

What’s Inside?

Interested in what we included?  Here’s the table of contents by chapter:

  1. SharePoint Disaster Recovery Planning and Key Concepts
  2. SharePoint Disaster Recovery Design and Implementation
  3. SharePoint Disaster Recovery Testing and Maintenance
  4. SharePoint Disaster Recovery Best Practices
  5. Windows Server 2008 Backup and Restore
  6. Windows Server 2008 High Availability
  7. SQL Server 2008 Backup and Restore
  8. SQL Server 2008 High Availability
  9. SharePoint 2010 Central Administration Backup and Restore
  10. SharePoint 2010 Command Line Backup and Restore: PowerShell
  11. SharePoint 2010 Disaster Recovery Development
  12. SharePoint 2010 Disaster Recovery for End Users
  13. Conclusion

As you can see, we’ve included a little something for just about everyone who might work with SharePoint or interface with it for disaster recovery purposes.  SharePoint administrators will probably benefit the most from the book, but there are definitely sections that are of use to SharePoint developers, DR planners, and others who are interested in SharePoint from a business continuity perspective.

If you happen to pick up a copy of the book, please share your feedback with us – good, bad, ugly, or anything else you feel like sending our way!  We poured a lot of time and effort into this book in an attempt to “do our part” for the community, and your thoughts and feedback mean everything to us.

Thanks, and enjoy!

Additional Resources and References

  1. Book: SharePoint 2010 Disaster Recovery Guide
  2. Blog: John Ferringer’s MyCentralAdmin
  3. Blog: JD Wade’s Wading Through

A Couple of Quick Announcements

In this post, I quickly discuss a couple of upcoming events — including SharePoint Saturday Vancouver and the TechNet series of Windows 7 Deployment Firestarter events.

Fall is on its way, and things may be winding down for some folks.  There’s plenty hopping here, though, and I wanted to share a couple of items that are coming up in the near term.

SharePoint Saturday Vancouver

spsvan This upcoming weekend, I’ll be traveling to Vancouver, British Columbia for SharePoint Saturday Vancouver.  The event is being organized by the triumvirate of Sherman Woo, Michal Pisarek, and Yaroslav Pentsarskyy, and it’s being held at the BCIT Downtown Campus in Vancouver.  If you live in or around Vancouver and want to soak up some free SharePoint knowledge and community interaction, sign-up – it’s free!

The event is planned with four tracks (Information Worker, Development/Customisation, Administration, and User Experience/Vendor), and each track will have four sessions throughout the day.  Attendees who fancy themselves administrators are going to get a load of Todd Klindt and me, as Todd and I are each delivering two of the four admin sessions.  No worries for potential attendees, though – I think that both Todd and I will be trying to soften the blow of suffering through an entire day with the two of us by giving away a few freebies …

On a non-SharePoint note, this is actually going to be my first trip to Canada … and I’m really looking forward to it!  I probably won’t be in Vancouver long enough to really see anything, but I will get to spend at least a couple of days in the Great White North – land of Geddy Lee and the McKenzie Brothers.

Off The Beaten Path

The bulk of what I blog about is related to SharePoint in some way, shape, or form.  Every now and then, though, I’ll venture off the SharePoint path to share noteworthy (or simply fun) information.

One such non-SharePoint item that I wanted to share with you is the Windows 7 Deployment Firestarter series of TechNet events taking place in the Midwest region (including Cincinnati).  The events are being brought to the community by a group that includes my friend and colleague Matt Hester.  Matt is Microsoft’s IT Pro Evangelist for our region, and he’s been working very hard in the last several months to organize the IT Pro community and build up some steam.

These events promise to be an excellent rundown on Windows 7, the tools that are available to IT Pros for deployment, and how upgrades can be approached.  If you have the time and interest, I encourage you to sign up.  Like so many other great events, they’re free!  Space is limited, though, so you should probably move fast.

Additional Resources and References

  1. Event: SharePoint Saturday Vancouver
  2. Twitter: Sherman Woo (@spsherm)
  3. Twitter: Michael Pisarek (@MichalPisarek)
  4. Blog: Todd Klindt
  5. Schedule: SharePoint Saturday Vancouver
  6. People: Geddy Lee
  7. People: Bob and Doug McKenzie
  8. Events: TechNet Events: Windows 7 Deployment Firestarter
  9. Blog: Matt Hester

The SharePoint Summer Whirlwind Tour

The rest of this summer is a busy one for me, and it is chock-full of SharePoint presentation events. In this blog post, I discuss my upcoming SharePoint Saturday event schedule as well as a webcast I’ll be delivering in the middle of August.

I just finished writing the conclusion for the SharePoint 2010 Disaster Recovery Guide, so it’s safe to say that the marathon writing and revising sessions are nearing an end.  Book writing is one of those things that most people don’t do, so it’s hard to describe the feeling that comes when you truly internalize the realization that the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t another oncoming train.  To me, it means that I may once again have some free time to spend time with my family, play videogames, take care of some much-needed home network maintenance, and actually work on some cool SharePoint projects.

The end of the book couldn’t have come a moment sooner, either, because it seems that I’m about to launch into what I’m starting to jokingly call my “SharePoint Summer Whirlwind Tour.”

SharePoint Saturday New York

SharePoint Saturday New York The first stop on my tour is the Big Apple.  SharePoint Saturday New York will be held on Saturday, July 31st, at the Microsoft office in Manhattan.  The event “sold-out” in almost no time at all, and it is currently wait-listed about 80 people deep based on what I saw from some recent tweets on Twitter.

The event is scheduled with a whopping nine concurrent tracks, so there will be plenty of SharePoint goodness for everyone in attendance.  I’ll be presenting on SharePoint disaster recovery for both SharePoint 2007 and SharePoint 2010 with “Saving SharePoint,” so stop in to see me if you want to talk about DR!

Since Idera is sponsoring the event, I’ll also be in and around the Idera booth answering questions, showing off our backup tools, and hopefully meeting some of the local SharePoint community.  It should be a lot of fun!

SharePoint Saturday Denver

SharePoint Saturday Denver

The week after SharePoint Saturday New York is SharePoint Saturday Denver in (surprise) Denver, Colorado, on August 7th.  The folks organizing SharePoint Saturday Denver have planned for six tracks: two for architecture, two for development, one for admins/IT pros, and one for end users/decision makers.  I feel fortunate in that I’ll be delivering two presentations in the admin/IT pro track.  The first is “Saving SharePoint” (on SharePoint disaster recovery), and the second is titled “’Caching-In’ for SharePoint Performance.”

“’Caching-In for SharePoint Performance” is a relatively new session that I put together a while ago based on a lot of the experience I gained while consulting for a “particular” client, and it dives into the platform caching mechanisms that are built into SharePoint.  The abstract sums it up pretty well.

Caching is a critical variable in the SharePoint scalability and performance equation, but it’s one that’s oftentimes misunderstood or dismissed as being needed only in Internet-facing scenarios. In this session, we’ll build an understanding of the caching options that exist within the SharePoint platform and how they can be leveraged to inject some pep into most SharePoint sites. We’ll also cover some sample scenarios, caching pitfalls, and watch-outs that every administrator should know.

Quite a few folks from Idera will be present at the event, and since we’re a sponsor, we’ll have a booth.  In between sessions, I’m sure I’ll be milling around in and around the booth if I’m not in another session.

I’m particularly excited about the Denver event because it represents a chance to interact with a portion of the SharePoint community I don’t see or talk to very often.  The folks putting on the event are a top-notch group in my mind, and many of the speakers are folks I’ve wanted to meet for some time.

SharePoint Saturday Columbus

SharePoint Saturday Columbus The SharePoint Saturday tour concludes for a while (for me, anyway) with SharePoint Saturday Columbus on August 14th, 2010, in Columbus, Ohio.  This particular SharePoint Saturday is special to me because I’m a member of the committee that is currently working to put the event together.

We have some fantastic sessions lined up, and I’ll be delivering “Saving SharePoint” in one of the IT pro session slots throughout the day.  For those of you who are in and around the Cincinnati, Columbus, and Cleveland areas, I hope you’ll show up for a great day of SharePoint sessions and community connection building!  You can sign up for the event with this Eventbrite link.

Idera is a sponsor for the event and will have a booth.  I’m sure I’ll be in and around the booth, but being both a speaker and an organizer means that I’ll probably be doing quite a bit of extra running around, too.

Secrets of SharePoint Webcast

sos “But wait, there’s more!”  I’m imagining one of those old made-for-TV gadget commercials from many years ago as I typed that …

The Wednesday after SharePoint Saturday Columbus (August 18th), I’ll be delivering a webcast for Idera as part of their Secrets of SharePoint series.  Idera regularly seeks the help of SharePoint community members to give webcasts, and John Ferringer and I actually delivered one of these titled “SharePoint Disaster Recovery Essential Guidelines” back in 2009.

On August 18th, though, I’ll be delivering a new webcast titled “SharePoint 2010 and Your DR Plan: New Capabilities, New Possibilities!”  The webcast will focus on new and improved elements in the SharePoint 2010 platform that either simplify or extend disaster recovery planning and implementation options.  Here’s the abstract for the webcast:

SharePoint 2010 is here, and many organizations are hard at work building their implementation roadmap.  Some organizations are starting fresh with SharePoint 2010 while many others are contemplating a migration strategy from SharePoint 2007.  Regardless of how an organization arrives at SharePoint 2010, disaster recovery planning for their SharePoint environment is something that must be included to ensure the protection of their data and the continuity of business operations.

Microsoft made significant enhancements to the disaster recovery landscape with SharePoint 2010, and in this webcast we’ll be taking a good look at many of those of new features.  We’ll dive inside enhancements to the existing backup and restore capabilities that were present in the SharePoint 2007 platform to see what has changed and been enhanced.  We’ll also look at many of the exciting new capabilities that have been integrated into the SharePoint 2010 platform, such as unattended content database recoveries, SQL Server snapshot integration, and configuration-only backup and restore.  By the time we’re done, you will possess a solid understanding of how the disaster recovery landscape has changed for the better with SharePoint 2010.

If you’re free at 1pm EDT (12pm CDT) on August 18th, I encourage you to sign up and listen.  Just like the SharePoint Saturday events, there is no charge to attend the webcast.  Just sign up and you’re ready to go!

And After That?

After that, I’ll be cooling my jets for a while and taking a much-needed break to remind my kids of what their father looks like.  There are many backlogged blog posts I’ve been planning to write, though, so hopefully I’ll be able to start sharing more soon!

Additional Resources and References

  1. Book: SharePoint 2010 Disaster Recovery Guide
  2. Event: SharePoint Saturday New York
  3. Presentation: Saving SharePoint (at SPS NY)
  4. Company: Idera
  5. Event: SharePoint Saturday Denver
  6. Event: SharePoint Saturday Columbus
  7. Sign-up: Eventbrite link for SharePoint Saturday Columbus
  8. Webcast: SharePoint Disaster Recovery Essential Guidelines
  9. Webcast: SharePoint 2010 and Your DR Plan: New Capabilities, New Possibilities!

Upcoming Events (June 2010)

This post introduces SharePoint Saturday Columbus which will be taking place on August 14, 2010. Several of us are putting the event together, and we’re seeking both speakers and sponsors. I will also be speaking at SharePoint Saturday Ozarks this Saturday, June 12th, and delivering my new talk titled “‘Caching-In’ for SharePoint Performance.”

The last couple of months have been exceptionally busy, so this blog hasn’t been getting the attention it deserves.  All of my time has been spent writing chapters for the SharePoint 2010 Disaster Recovery Guide that John Ferringer and I are putting together.  The good news is that John and I have rounded the bend and are heading towards home on completion of the book, so I will be getting back to blogging about topics of greater substance towards the middle of the summer.

Announcing SharePoint Saturday Columbus!

SharePoint Saturday Columbus on August 14, 2010! Yesterday we (the planning committee) announced that SharePoint Saturday Columbus will be taking place at the Conference Center at OCLC in Dublin, Ohio on August 14th, 2010.  For those of you not familiar with the central Ohio region, Dublin is just a northern part of the Columbus area.

Brian Jackett, Jennifer Mason, Nicola Young, and I have been pulling the pieces together over the last several months, and we finally have enough done that we can announce the event.  We’re very excited to be bringing a SharePoint Saturday event to this region of the Midwest!

We are actively seeking both speakers and sponsors for the event.  If you or someone you know falls into either or both of these categories, please head out to the SharePoint Saturday Columbus site for sponsorship information, session submission forms, and other resources.  You can also follow @SPSColumbus on Twitter for more information and announcements in the time leading up to the event.

Speaking of SharePoint Saturdays …

SharePoint Saturday Ozarks

SharePoint Saturday Ozarks on June 12, 2010 It’s funny to think that the whole SharePoint Saturday experience started about a year ago for me.  I’ll be going back to the scene of the crime this weekend when I head to Harrison, Arkansas, for SharePoint Saturday Ozarks.

Mark Rackley is reminding the SharePoint community that he is a force of nature by putting all the pieces together to make this event happen.  Most SharePoint Saturday events have an organizing committee, but Mark plays all the instruments in this band.  It’s simply amazing.

This time around, I’ll actually be delivering a session on something other than SharePoint disaster recovery.  The session is titled “’Caching-In’ for SharePoint Performance,” and it’s a new one for me.  I’m really looking forward to giving the talk, because caching within SharePoint is something I am both passionate about and have deep experience with.  Here’s the abstract for my session:

Caching is a critical variable in the SharePoint scalability and performance equation, but it’s one that’s oftentimes misunderstood or dismissed as being needed only in Internet-facing scenarios.  In this session, we’ll build an understanding of the caching options that exist within the SharePoint platform and how they can be leveraged to inject some pep into most SharePoint sites.  We’ll also cover some sample scenarios, caching pitfalls, and watch-outs that every administrator should know.

If you happen to be in the Harrison, AR region on Saturday, June 12th, swing by the North Arkansas College.  There will be one heck of a SharePoint party going on!

Additional Resources and References

  1. Book: SharePoint 2010 Disaster Recovery Guide
  2. Blog: John Ferringer
  3. Event: SharePoint Saturday Columbus
  4. Location: The Conference Center at OCLC
  5. Blog: Brian Jackett
  6. Blog: Jenniffer Mason
  7. Blog: Nicola Young
  8. Twitter: @SPSColumbus
  9. Event: SharePoint Saturday Ozarks
  10. Blog: Mark Rackley