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Building the Perfect SharePoint Farm: Infrastructure Best Practices Workshop

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Azure A May 20, 2016 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Michael Noel

Join this highly informational and exciting workshop as we’ll be building a multi-server, highly available, and secure SharePoint farm from scratch. We’ll be starting with an overview of the design elements of SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint 2016, then jumping right into a hands-on confirmation of the SQL database tier, the web tier, and the service application tier of a SharePoint farm. Along the way, the presenter will provide for best practices that have been learned from 15 years of experience with SharePoint. Learn how to build high availability into all tiers using cutting edge technologies such as SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups, automate deployments using virtual server templates and PowerShell commandlets, and how to lockdown and properly secure the servers.

Objectives
– Examine the small infrastructure differences between SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint 2016 servers, and learn tips and tricks around best practices of deploying both platforms
– View the step by step deployment of a production-ready multi-server SharePoint farm, designed to be both highly scalable and highly available.
– Learn how to simplify some of the trickier aspects of a SharePoint deployment, namely the User Profile Sync Service, Search, and Hybrid configurations

Contents/Topics covered in the workshop:
– Design elements of SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint 2016
– Configuration of SQL Server database tier
– Configuration of SharePoint web tier
– Configuration of SharePoint service application tier
– Best practices
– High availability
– SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups
– Deployment automation using virtual server templates and PowerShell scripting

Attendee’s desired pre-requisites/profile
Attendees will ideally be IT Professionals, though business decision makers may also want a close in-depth look at the technology to understand how it can be used to build higher levels of availability into a SharePoint On-Premises deployment. Attendees need NOT be DBAs as the workshop can apply to those with little knowledge of the inner workings of SQL Server and SharePoint Server

Required/Suggested Materials and Software
If the attendee wants to follow along and has access to an Azure subscription, all attendees will likely be able to build their own SharePoint farm and test failover themselves during the workshop. In this case, the presenter recommends creating a Windows Server 2012 R2 template machine which can be used to build the servers required to build the scenario as well as access to either SharePoint 2013 or SharePoint 2016 media. If, however, the attendee simply wants to watch and take notes, they are welcome to do so.

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