Topologies and Upgrade information for SharePoint 2013 – diagrams available

In SharePoint, there are topology concepts to understand and consider. Servers have roles such as Web, Query, Index, Calculation, Application, and Database. Farms have relationships such as Authoring, Publishing, Development, Test, Staging, and Production as well as service applications covering Search, Profile, Access, Business Data Connectivity, Excel, Machine Translation, Managed Metadata, PerformancePoint, Secure Store, Word Automation, Work Management, Usage/Health, Visio and others. In a SharePoint farm, SharePoint is comprised of Servers, Web Applications, Databases, Site Collections, Sites, Lists, and Items (and in that order from a hierarchical perspective in that order).

The concept of this is difficult to describe graphically, and especially if you are going to design a topology for a customer you will need a good approach. I use Visio for designing topology diagrams, and I managed to get a couple of documents that provides an overview of topology concepts for SharePoint 2013. These are pretty good, if you need to understand the topology and therefore some other concepts such as performance, scale, fault tolerance, etc. These diagrams include topologies, based on the traditional approaches to building SharePoint architectures in these documents.

They are available for download here:

PDF: http://www.geoffevelyn.com/downloads/sps_2013_traditional_topology_model.pdf

VISIO: http://www.geoffevelyn.com/downloads/sps_2013_traditional_topology_model.vsd

I have been asked a lot about the actual process of upgrade from SharePoint 2010 and whether there is any best practice material. Yes there is, and its pretty good! This model explains the process that you use when you upgrade from SharePoint Foundation 2010 or SharePoint Server 2010 to SharePoint Foundation 2013 or SharePoint Server 2013.

They are available for download here:

PDF: http://www.geoffevelyn.com/downloads/sp2013-upgrade-process.pdf

VISIO: http://www.geoffevelyn.com/downloads/sp2013-upgrade-process.vsd

 

The article is located here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=30371

 

Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides for SharePoint Server 2010 available.

Located some great guides whose goal is to assist the reader through the process of planning a SharePoint Server 2010 infrastructure by addressing the following:

Step 1: Identify the Requirements

Step 2: Apply the IT Policies

Step 3: Define the High-Level Architecture

Step 4: Design the Web Server Infrastructure

Step 5: Design the Application Server Infrastructure

Step 6: Design the SQL Server® Infrastructure

Step 7: Identify the Optimization Opportunities

These guides are available for download. The first guide takes the architect through an easy-to-follow planning and design process to successfully create a SharePoint Server infrastructure that is appropriately placed, sized, and designed to deliver the desired business benefits, while also considering the performance, capacity, and fault tolerance of the system.

http://download.microsoft.com/download/5/B/C/5BC966BC-47D8-41DF-95F2-FA9A2D816258/SharePoint%20Server.zip

For more information go here: http://technet.microsoft.com/library/gg581794.aspx

This guide provides a clear comparison of SharePoint collaboration technologies across on-premises, standard hosting, and dedicated hosting scenarios. The guide can be used as a framework for evaluating the technical feasibility of Microsoft SharePoint Online and determining which SharePoint delivery model best suits the organization’s needs.

http://download.microsoft.com/download/5/B/C/5BC966BC-47D8-41DF-95F2-FA9A2D816258/SharePoint%20Online%20-%20Evaluating%20Software-plus-Services.zip

For more information go here: http://technet.microsoft.com/library/ee354215.aspx

Am building a presentation summarising these guides for a future blog coming soon!