SharePoint Administration Toolkit 2.0 is Now Available!

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 August 2008 10:14 Written by blaga Thursday, 28 August 2008 10:14

SharePoint Administration Toolkit 2.0 is Now Available!

I’m excited to announce that the second version of the Microsoft SharePoint Administration Toolkit is available for download! As I said back in April,
we would be offering regular updates to this toolkit with new features
and functionality for both Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and
Windows SharePoint Services v3.0. With this release we
added functionality to address some of the challenges associated with
running a highly available and/or geographically disperse MOSS 2007
deployment—particularly aimed at synchronizing user profiles in the
Shared Service Provider (SSP). Let’s look at these two areas:

High Availability
In order to provide a highly available Shared Service Provider, your deployment needs two identical SSPs available at all times. While
this is easily done with search (each SSP has its own crawler and can
create their own index)—keeping user profile data in sync is a bit more
involved. You can see detailed instructions on running a highly available environment on
Microsoft TechNet:

Highly Available Architecture Diagram

Geographical Replication
your company is geographically disperse, you may not want to have a
single MySite farm serving your users worldwide since some users may
experience significant lag in response times depending on WAN bandwidth
and traffic characteristics. Instead, it may be better to have several SSP farms located around the globe. Just like in the highly available environment, this configuration would require that user profile data is kept in sync.

synchronizing user profiles is something available in the MOSS 2007
product, some of you might wonder what we’ve done in the toolkit! Well,
if you’ve ever tried to use the User Profile web services to achieve
synchronized profiles—you’ve noticed it’s a very involved process with
lots of code (and therefore a lot of room for mistakes). In
this release, we’ve built a supported tool for scheduling partial or
full replications of any number of your user profile attributes:

Profile Replication Engine

For a full overview of features and instructions see the official Microsoft TechNet articles for MOSS 2007 and WSS v3.0.

The download links for the SharePoint Administration Toolkit v2.0

Zach Rosenfield
Program Manager, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server

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The wait is over! SQL Server® 2008 is now available

Last Updated on Wednesday, 6 August 2008 07:52 Written by blaga Wednesday, 6 August 2008 07:40

and is ready for purchase.

TechNet Magazine recently published an overview of the key changes and what you can expect from SQL Server 2008. You can also get a rundown of the various Editions and Components of SQL Server 2008 and take part in SQL Server 2008 Tutorials.

An Overview of SQL Server 2008 installation will help you get started with your deployments.  You can also find guidance for Upgrading to SQL Server 2008 or Migrating to SQL Server 2008.  And if you are upgrading, be sure to check out Using Upgrade Advisor to Prepare For Upgrades.

From the August edition of TechNet Magazine, here are answers to your SQL Server questions, showing you how to perform consistency checks, how to handle an accidental upgrade, and more in the SQL Q&A column.

Finally, you can easily find local partners offering SQL Server 2008 solutions, find training partners near you offering official Microsoft courses on SQL Server 2008, as well as attend local in-person events and online webcasts on SQL Server 2008.

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