Gathering Requirements for SharePoint 2013

November 20, 2012 Leave a comment

The implementation of Microsoft SharePoint 2013 will be conducted in several distinct phases that include:

  • Discover and Refine Requirements
  • Analyze and Prioritize Requirements
  • Design a Solution That Meets the Requirements
  • Govern Solution Delivery, Operation, and Maintenance

This document will cover the first phase: Discover and Refine Requirements. In order to be successful in the planning of Microsoft SharePoint, we will focus on gathering requirements that focus on these key areas:

  • Understanding the Minimum Hardware Requirements
  • Understanding BCM Options
  • Planning a Successful SharePoint Solution Strategy
  • Planning a Governance Strategy
  • Planning the Information Architecture
  • Discovery of Business Processes that will use Microsoft SharePoint 2010
  • Understanding the Security Requirements
  • Understanding the Business Intelligence Requirements
  • Understanding how the Role of the Office Client
  • Understanding the Business Continuity Requirements
  • Understanding of Performance and Reliability Requirements

We will break down each of these sections in hopes of capturing all of the requirements in the planning phase as to alleviate any confusion or exclusion of the requirements.

SPC12 Speaking Schedule …

October 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Like many of you, I am anxiously awaiting SPC 2012. I am presenting three topics this year.

Gathering   Requirements: Asking the Right Questions for Building a SharePoint 2013   Environment



Breakout Session

IT Professional

Lagoon EFKL

Breakout Session 04: Tues 9:00am – 10:15am

Shannon   Bray

Implementing   Federated (Cross-Farm) Services in SharePoint 2013



Breakout Session

IT Professional

Lagoon ABGH

Breakout Session 11: Wed 1:45pm – 3:00pm

Shannon   Bray

Surfacing   LOB Data in SharePoint 2013 using BCS and Search



Breakout Session

IT Professional

Lagoon ABGH

Breakout Session 16: Thur 12:00pm – 1:15pm

Shannon   Bray


Categories: Uncategorized

Microsoft SharePoint 2013: Designing and Architecting Solutions

October 30, 2012 1 comment

It has been quite some time since my last blog post. With the release of SharePoint 2013, I spent my focus working on my new book Microsoft SharePoint 2013: Designing and Architecting Solutions; it will be published by MS Press. I also don’t like to blog about a product that hasn’t RTM’d yet. Microsoft has a way of changing the product and many of the early blog posts become meaningless.

My book is due for completion in January and I am hoping for a release around March. The chapter line up looks like this:

Chapter 1: Understanding the Microsoft SharePoint 15 Architecture                   

 Chapter 2: Introducing Windows PowerShell and the Wave 15 cmdlets               

Chapter 3: Gathering Requirements

Chapter 4: Understanding the Service Application Model                                             

 Chapter 5: Designing for SharePoint’s Storage Requirements                                   

Chapter 6: Mapping Authentication and Authorization to Requirements            

Chapter 7: Designing for Platform Security                                                                            

Chapter 8: Planning an Upgrade Strategy                                                                                

Chapter 9: Maintaining and Monitoring Microsoft SharePoint                                    

Chapter 10: Planning your Business Continuity Management Strategy

Chapter 11: Validating Your Architecture

I have learned quite a bit by researching the book and hope to get some blog content out after SPC 2012.

Categories: Uncategorized

2011 in review

December 31, 2011 Leave a comment

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 55,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 20 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Categories: Uncategorized

Now on TechNet …

November 24, 2011 Leave a comment

It is always exciting to me to see my work published on official sites like TechNet. Over the past few months, a chapter from the book I co-authored with Gary Lapointe has been posted and one of the presentations I gave at TechED 2011. I am currently working on a couple others and will update this as they are completed.

Chapter 20: Multi-Tenancy (Written by Gary)

Cross-Farm Services

Categories: Published Articles

My SharePoint Conference 2011 Sessions

October 19, 2011 Leave a comment

We have just recently put another SharePoint Conference behind us. Like many of you, I made the trip out to Anaheim, CA. This was my first SharePoint conference and I was fortunate to have been selected to deliver two sessions:

SPC367: Managing LOB Data with BCS & SharePoint Search

SPC385: Service Application Federation with SharePoint 2010


Most of my demos are typically done on my 16 GB laptop, but after the demo gods frowned on me at SharePoint Saturday the Conference in Washington DC, I knew I needed to change the way I demoed my sessions. I ended up taking my sessions to the cloud. I ended up trusting both of my sessions to Rackspace and came armed with a 4G wireless internet adapter just in case the Convention Center lost my internet. My first session was delivered right after the Keynote and had over 700 people in it. The session required 3 servers:


  • SPC-AD – 4 GB, hosted Active Directory
  • SPC-SQL – 8 GB, hosted SQL Server 2008 R2 and SharePoint Designer
  • SPC-Services – 8 GB, hosted SharePoint 2010


During this session, I created an External Content Type using SharePoint Designer 2010 and provisioned BCS, Enterprise Search, and Secure Store. The goal of the demos was to take data from an SQL Database (AdventureWorks) and surface it in Search results. While the demo wasn’t as smooth as I would have hoped, it was ultimately successful and my evaluations were great!




My second session required a little more horsepower:


  • SPC-AD – 4 GB, hosted Active Directory
  • SPC-SQL – 8 GB, hosted SQL Server 2008 R2 and SharePoint Designer
  • SPC-Services – 8 GB, hosted SharePoint 2010 (Publishing Farm)
  • SPC-SP – 8 GB, hosted SharePoint 2010 (Consumer Farm)


During this session, I created two SharePoint Farms from scratch. There were no service accounts or SharePoint databases. I used PowerShell to create the farms, the accounts, and all of the services that can be federated:

  • Managed Metadata
  • Web Analytics
  • Business Connectivity Services
  • Enterprise Search
  • Secure Store
  • User Profile Application with Sync

I needed peak performance or I was going to suffer a catastrophic demo. Fortunately for me and the attendees who came to my session, Rackspace delivered again. The demo went perfect and my session made the top 20 of the entire show. It was a great conference!

I have found that Rackspace offers a stable service and I basically just bet my future speaking engagements on it. Thank you Rackspace!!!

Categories: Uncategorized

Automating SharePoint 2010

After a long break from blogging,  Automating SharePoint 2010 with Windows PowerShell 2.0 is now complete and is scheduled to hit your local bookstore on June 28th, 2011.

Back Cover …

With SharePoint 2010’s PowerShell cmdlets, you can automate or manipulate almost every aspect of the SharePoint platform. Learn how to take full advantage of all this timesaving technology with the tips and techniques in this practical guide. Packed with step-by-step instructions, real-world examples, and best practice recommendations, this book gets you thoroughly up to speed on Windows PowerShell 2.0 features and SharePoint’s PowerShell implementation, saving you time and effort on tasks you do every day. Coverage includes:

  • Understanding what you need to know about Windows PowerShell syntax, structure, and usage
  • How to automate every aspect of a SharePoint 2010 installation, upgrade, and deployment
  • Managing Web Applications, Site Collections, security, and Solution Packages
  • How to automatically provision and configure virtually every Service Application
  • Backing up, restoring, and optimizing the performance of your SharePoint environment
  • Advanced topics such as remote administration and multi-tenancy
  • Creating custom cmdlets, type extensions, and views to make you even more productive (available as downloadable PDF)

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 30 other followers