Posts Tagged ‘sharepoint 2010’
The business scenario is quite simple: a user creates a meeting request in Outlook, but he wants to have a space where he and the other attendees can share information about the meeting.
I will split the configuration steps needed to achieve this requirement into two categories: the IT administrator’s job and the user’s tasks.
The Administrator – SharePoint 2010
From the technical point of view I think the optimum solution is to create a new site collection that is going to host all the SharePoint Meeting Workspace web sites. If you estimate that you are going to have a lot of web sites, consider implementing the Site Collection into an isolated content database.
To do this, in the Central Administration -> Application Management open the Manage content databases page. For the web application that will hosts the sites add a new content database.
Now we need to be sure that we are going to deploy our new site collection into the newly created database. To achieve it, we have to create the new it using Power Shell:
Even though SharePoint 2010 provides out of the box a Picture Library Slide Show Web Part, I’ve noticed that the content editors feel more comfortable when they have a true Lightbox implementation available.
So what I will present next is a SharePoint implementation of Lokesh Dhakar’s Lightbox 2.
The main business reason which made me to start the discussion about the necessity of having an Enterprise Wiki was to encourage many-to-many communication between the team’s members. But, there were others like:
- The necessity of having a central repository tool which hosts, in my case, technical knowledge and information accumulated during the IT projects;
- The necessity of categorizing the information (both as Taxonomy and “Folksonomy”) in order to access it faster;
- Search engine.
Having said that, the natural choice was to implement an Enterprise Wiki in SharePoint 2010. The other advantages gained by choosing it are: Versioning, Approval (at the end Enterprise Wiki is a publishing site, but for sharing technical resources I don’t think it’s necessary).
Before strating, I would suggest consulting the following TechNet articles:
- Enterprise Wikis overview (SharePoint Server 2010)
- Create an Enterprise wiki (SharePoint Server 2010)
In order to deploy an Enterprise Wiki we need the following:
- A site collection created based on one of the publishing site templates or another site collection where the SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure feature is activated at the site collection level;
- Managed Metadata Service and Search Services (if we want to search within the Wiki ) shared service applications up and running.
Basically what I have to do is to deploy a SharePoint 2010 built-in feature. I have a publishing site collection – Intranet where I will add an Enterprise Wiki as a child site which will host my content.
The purpose of this article is to describe how to implement a medium SharePoint Farm – three-tier, four-servers. Before going into details I would like to recommend you to download the following file: Topologies for SharePoint 2010.
If you want you can download this post as a PDF file – How to Implement a Three-Tier SharePoint Farm.
My SharePoint Topology
My environment is hosted on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and consists of four servers: SQL, SPLive1, SPLive2 and an Application Server.
Basically the services in farm will be split according to the following table (please take into consideration only the production environment – highlighted with green):