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SharePoint Fest Denver

I am blogging to you right now from Denver, Colorado where I have had the honour of speaking at the SharePoint Fest conference there.  I also was speaking at the SharePoint Fest conference in Washington, DC where I received some good constructive feedback.  With that in mind I completely revamped my slide deck and approach to the presentation.  I am just writing this post after the first session with the revised deck.  It went awesome.  I had a great group of people in my session and a packed room.  I think the slides revamp was great.  Thanks SharePoint Fest DC!!

You can access my new slides here:

Playing Outside Your Sandbox. Interacting with other systems using SharePoint BCS

Playing Further Outside Your Sandbox-Advanced Concepts in SharePoint BCS

 

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Pushing the Limits of SharePoint Storage: Getting Beyond 200GB

Recently at my client site (I have a lot of posts that start this way) we have been getting more and more requests for groups that want to bring higher amounts of data into SharePoint.  These requests are really pushing the limits of SharePoint Storage thresholds.  So I started looking into the ways that we can get around that.  Our thought was that since Microsoft recently announced being able to handle 25TB of data for SharePoint Online Site Collections.  We should be able to easily handle the 4TB ceiling in our on-prem environment.

SharePoint Database Size Limits

The limitations of SharePoint’s content databases are pretty well documented here: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-CA/library/cc262787.aspx#ContentDB. But in a nutshell you want to keep your content databases below 200GB.  The same document actually suggests splitting out your site collections if the content DB reached more than 100GB.  This would be to allow for growth within the sites.

But what if it’s a single site collection within that database?  This now means you should consider branching off the site collection into multiple site collections.  For example, create an archive site collection to house data that is no longer actively updated or used.  Likely this will cut down on your data usage a great deal.  You will have to migrate the data in order to do it, but it is a necessary evil to save on space.

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How to Resolve SharePoint Search Not Returning Any Results

SharePoint Search Not Returning Any Results

Today in our test environment I ran into an issue in which SharePoint search was not returning any results when queried.  Well that’s not true.  It returned an error.  That’s a result right?  When returning the results the error: “Search has encountered a problem that prevents results from being returned.  If the problem persists, please contact your administrator”.  It also provides a correlation ID (very helpful).

SharePoint Search Not Returning Any Results - SearchError

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Leading Practices for Planning a SharePoint Environment

I was recently hosted by CIPS Saskatchewan to give my Leading Practices for Planning and Implementing a SharePoint Environment presentation.  It was  a great time and I really enjoyed giving it.  I will also be presenting the session in October at the Victoria SharePoint User Group and at SharePoint Saturday Redmond.  I have updated the slide deck somewhat so wanted to provide it to everyone for them to download.

Thank you to all the organizations for allowing me to present this session and thank you to everyone who came out and attended.  I hope you gained something from the presentation.

Click this link to download the slide deck.

 

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How to Setup SharePoint Search to Crawl External Content With BCS

So the other day I wrote about an error received when your security is not setup properly when configuring search for external data using Business Connectivity Services.  I thought today would be a good day to show you how to setup SharePoint search to crawl external content with BCS.  Setting up search isn’t actually too hard once the ECT is there.  What people initially forget though is setting up the profile page.  This is what tells SharePoint how to display the data to you.  If you don’t setup profiles here is what things look like:

BCS Search With No Profile Configured

We can see from the link details that it is coming from the BDC (Business Data Connectivity).  That’s the service in SharePoint that houses BCS.  Clicking on the link just takes us back to the search center.  This is because SharePoint doesn’t know how to display the data to us.

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