As software continues to “eat the world”, everything in the development and deployment process is scrutinized and subjected to automation. Whether you find this revolutionary or business as usual, it’s worth considering: What can be automated?
Last week we began comparing CloudShare’s virtual labs to general purpose systems like Azure IaaS, pointing out the key features of a virtual lab: automated provisioning, saving, clone, suspension and sharing of full IT environments. This enables full system tests on-demand and automates many tedious IT and configuration tasks. This week we discuss how this automation also makes the lab much more cost-effective than a patchwork solution built from IaaS like Azure.
As you know, SharePoint Property Bags are a powerful mechanism we have available in SharePoint to create and define configuration properties at the different logical levels in the platform architecture: Farm, Web Application, Site Collection, Site, List / Document Library and Folder). SharePoint Property bags are very useful to store configuration properties such as Database connection strings, specific data for the solutions we are building, etc. Finally, It’s a best practice to use Property Bags to store and retrieve such configuration properties required by our SharePoint solutions. In this article I will so you how to create and update SharePoint Property Bags from a CSV file using PowerShell so you can automate the process of maintaining your Property Bags in your SharePoint deployment.
Over the next few weeks, we will discuss CloudShare’s place in the cloud. Our goal is to sharpen the contradictions among these platforms, explain the benefits of virtual labs and highlight CloudShare’s unique features. First, let’s compare Azure dev/test VMs to virtual lab management in CloudShare.
This time I would like to share a quick tip with you that allows you to solve typical problems you can find when working with dates in your SharePoint code: how to convert a date in ISO 8061 format to a .NET DateTime format. For instance, this situation happens when you have to update a list item field inside the code of a SharePoint event receiver and the field type to process is just a SharePoint DateTime field.
BIG DATA AND IN-MEMORY DATABASE
Nowadays when you are looking for Big Data techniques you get in touch with Hadoop. If you are googling for an In-Memory Database you will find SAP HANA. These are two actual topics which are on top of the Gartner Hype Cycle of Emerging Technologies (Gartner, 2014).
That’s one of the reason why we from IT-Logix wanted to create a test environment which all of our consultants can access easily. But technologies like SAP HANA needs lots of HDD space, let alone of memory. The minimum memory requirement even just for testing SAP HANA is 24 GB (SAP, 2014). As we don’t need a production system which is always up and running we were looking for a cheaper solution compared to buying new hardware and host the new test system on premise.
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Undoubtedly, SharePoint search is one of the most powerful features available in the platform not only for the out of the box features but also for the multiple extensibility points provided. In this post we will see how we can improve the search user experience through search query suggestions imported in SharePoint using the power provided by PowerShell. Read the rest of this entry »
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One of the most common administration tasks when managing a SharePoint environment is to have under control the sizes of the SharePoint content databases available in a SharePoint farm. Although there are several possibilities to get this information, I recommend you to use Windows PowerShell so you can take advantage of the features and great capabilities it provides when doing SharePoint administration task. As you will learn in this article, you can easily get the size for your SharePoint Content Databases by means of a PowerShell Script.