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week3 - Another Fine Mess
Date: 20 August 2008, Wednesday
Time: 09:00 AM
End time: 11:00 AM
Location: Maple Grove Community Center - Banquet Room

More information and online registration:

Join Virgil Carroll from High Monkey and Rick Adams from PC Solutions for this month's topic:  Best practices for backup, document archiving, and SharePoint site management. 


Why SharePoint environments get out of control:

Site management planning (why it matters)
Understanding the risk of creating new sites for every project / meeting / team
Alternatives: using metadata, categorized views, and content types
When workflow goes bad
Other common SharePoint setup mistakes
Best practices for configuring WSS and MOSS including:

Single server vs. multiple server hosting
Recommended SQL DB size
How to optimize SharePoint’s built-in (OOTB) views and site management tools
Third Party tools:

Demo of "DocAve" free SharePoint discovery tool
Other 3rd Party Tools
SQL best business practices

SharePoint backups and restore processes

Defrag and server performance monitoring for SharePoint site collections

Overview of virtualization:

Concept and reasons to consider a virtual environment
Business / cost benefit for existing hardware
Benefit of isolating SharePoint test installations
Demo of imaging device functionality and process of restoring a SharePoint site on a virtual server

Process of disaster recovery
Speed of restoration and minimal downtime for SharePoint sites
Virgil and Rick will each spend about 45 minutes on their topics and demos.  Our plan is to hold roundtable discussions for the remaining 30 minutes of the session.  Come prepared with your questions and share your own best practices!

See you on August 20th.

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