Saturday, 9 November 2013

IaC Presentation for SharePoint Saturday UK

Overview: I am presenting at SharePoint Saturday UK (9 November 2013).  This post contains my slide deck and will answer any questions that arise from the session.

SharePoint Saturday UK 2013 Web Site

 Infrastructure as Code for SharePoint 2013 PowerPoint Presentation

Outline of the session:
Creating automated farm builds is key to having a stable SharePoint on-prem. service. This session looks at how and why automating infrastructure, SharePoint 2013 builds and assets is a good idea. The session is heavily focused on Infrastructure as Code (IaC). I look at building a large on premise SP2013 stretched farm on stable repeatable infrastructure that includes SSRS, WCA/OWA and Blob storage.

This is a technical overview for IT pro’s & architects, throwing in best practices for looking at large SharePoint 2013 deployments. Concepts such as devops and Continuous Delivery (CD) are examined. PowerShell is extensively used with several takeaways provided to jumpstart SharePoint 2013 service creation via IaC.

5 comments:

Richard said...

Hi Paul
I attended your session on Saturday morning, it was enjoyable just a shame the keynote ran late and it affected your timings.
I have a question on SQL Aliases..., If a farm has been setup WITHOUT using SQL Aliases how easy\difficult would it be to switch over to using these?
Regards,
Richard

Dave Salmon said...

Hi Paul

Enjoyed your session, knowing the SQL 2012 checklist would be available would have saved me plenty of scribbling!
Thanks for sharing

Regards

Dave Salmon said...

Hi Paul

Enjoyed your session, knowing the SQL 2012 checklist would be available would have saved me plenty of scribbling!
Thanks for sharing

Regards

Paul Beck said...

Hi Richard,

It is not easy to change the connection to use an alias once it is setup. You will need to create a new farm that uses 1 or more aliase's (use 3 or more if you are scripting it).

Todd Klindt has this post http://www.toddklindt.com/blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=255

I think it depends on your scenario. How big is your farm? Are you outgrowing your SQL? If you are stuck in the scenario without SQL alais's but you don't need to migrate I would stay as you are. This means if you have a full disaster and have to recover you need to bring your SQL up with the exact same connection string.

Link up on twitter (@paulbeck1) or email me if you need to.

Paul Beck said...

Hi Dave,

Thanks for the feedback, good point I should of let you know upfront.

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