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Revisiting Michael Noel’s Video Training Set on SharePoint 2013 Administration

Last year we devoted several posts to this blog to a set of video training content authored by Michael Noel on SharePoint 2013 Administration. This set is titled SharePoint 2013: Administration. You can learn more about Michael Noel on the “People” page of SharePoint-Videos.com. More information about Michael is also available on a page of the SharePointProMag website titled Michael Noel – SharePoint Pro.

It makes sense, now, to revisit the same set of training, but from a different perspective. Continuing our 2014 of promote the SharePoint value proposition, and how our video training content enables stakeholders to better exploit opportunities to capture this value, it makes sense to look at how this set contributes to our effort.

The first video tutorial in this set of 3.5 hours of training depict the history of SharePoint Administration. But the second tutorial provides a lot of content about the computing prerequisites for a successful implementation of SharePoint Server 2013. So stakeholders can use this video to cross check infrastructure and tools, already in place, to make sure they will support the implementation plan.

Some of the important points covered in this video include the following:

  • Communities need to have either Windows Server 2008, R2 SP1, or Windows Server 2012 in place. Older versions will no longer support the new server platform
  • SQL Server 2008 R2 w/SP1 is required, or SQL Server 2012
  • Organizations may want to proceed with Windows Server 2012 as the results of better virtualization services. The version of Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 is much improved from earlier versions of the server
  • If possible, communities will benefit most when they choose to implement SQL Server 2012. This version of the server includes some very important features for SharePoint Server 2013, including an expanded set of tools for gathering business intelligence
  • The amount of hardware server computing ability required to run SharePoint Server 2013 has gone up, considerably. For example, communities planning on an “All-in-one” DB/Web/SA server will need hardware with at least 24GB of Memory and 4 CPUs (cores)
  • The new set of Service Applications for SharePoint Server 2013 includes Access Services App (2013). For communities committed to no-code processes and SharePoint forms, it will make sense to gain as much familiarity with this new Access App as quickly as possible. The new Work Management Service is also important as it coordinates multi server updates about tasks for SharePoint, Exchange and Project Server. The Distributed Cache Service is also a new addition targeted to very large farms
  • The Request Management feature is also something new and worth studying. Any implementation including more than 2 SharePoint Servers can be optimized for traffic performance with this feature. The only method of administering this feature is via PowerShell

Clearly, any large organization planning on either an implementation of SharePoint Server 2013, or a migration up to it, with a distributed base of SharePoint users, can benefit by distributing this particular video to SharePoint Farm and even Site Collection administrators across the community well in advance of scheduled implementation dates. The short 12 minute presentation quickly communicates important requirements for a successful implementation.

As well, stakeholders planning a test environment will want to ensure VMs realistically reflect planned specs for the production server environment.

Ira Michael Blonder

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