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SharePoint capacity planning

Early on, in every project, there comes a time when you need to think about the capacity you require and exact farm configuration you want. It’s the time when you need to think about the number of users that will use SharePoint, how they are going to use it, and how much they will use it. Normally for us, this process starts with the SharePoint capacity planning tool. Here are some links that we find useful during the capacity planning phase:

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File Migrator for SharePoint

In our experience, doing a bulk upload of files located on a file server is hard to do without a 3rd party tool. Quest’s File Migrator looks like an interesting solution for this problem: http://www.quest.com/file-migrator-for-sharepoint/

The SharePoint Administration Toolkit for SharePoint 2010

A nice addition to your bag of tricks: the SharePoint Administration Toolkit. It contains:

  • A load testing kit to simulate load against a SharePoint farm and is intended to help to determine if a new environment is able to handle the current load (it analyzes IIS log files in order to do that).
  • A User Profile Replication Engine, allows you to replicate user profiles as  well as social data (such as tags, notes and ratings).
  • A Security Configuration Wizard manifest, an attack surface reduction tool that disables functionality that is not required.
  • A Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) connector that allows users to interact with data that is stored in any repository that implements the CMIS standard.
  • And probably the best tool of the batch, SharePoint Diagnostic Studio 2010, a tool that simplifies troubleshooting. This tool is also used by Microsoft support personnel.

If you’re interested, go check out http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc508851.aspx

SharePoint LogViewer

If you’re gonna use a SharePoint log viewer tool, consider this one, it looks quite promising: http://sharepointlogviewer.codeplex.com/

It has the following key features:

  • View multiple SharePoint log files at once
  • Search by any field
  • Filter the log by any field
  • File drag & drop support
  • Live monitoring for entire farm
  • Export filtered log entries
  • Bookmark log entries
  • Get popup notification of SharePoint log events from system tray
  • Receive email notifications on errors
  • Redirect log entries to event log
  • Now with SharePoint 2010 Support