February 10th, 2014 8:35 am CDT
A helpful resource for when you’re running low on server storage space…
Often you will find that files, documents, logs, system files and much more will consume your storage over time. This is not only an issue that affects servers, but workstations as well. When you begin to run out of storage space, you will see problems with applications running, Server Roles failing, the inability to save anything and possible issues logging into the machine.
Yeah, this happens…
And when this happens, you are more than likely completely out of free space. Before you can even install WinDirStat, you will need to clear about 3 MB of space to complete the download and installation.
This tool is extremely useful when you need to quickly clear out old files. I have used it many times to get a server back up and running, if only to be able to add additional Virtual Storage.
February 6th, 2014 9:00 am CDT
Did you know you can perform an in-place upgrade from SQL Express to SQL Server?
As you can imagine, we’ve seen a lot here at Fpweb.net. Over SharePoint’s 10-plus years, we’ve found solutions that fit for countless SharePoint farms, many different architectures, and many different issues.
One of our popular hosting plans is called the SharePoint Server Pro. It’s a single server environment with Active Directory, SQL Express, and SharePoint installed. The Content Database(s) for the Web Application(s) are placed on a shared SQL Back-end Cluster, while all other databases are placed on the local SQL Express instance. Other than content, the three most popular databases are: Configuration, Admin Content, and Search.
As most of us know already, SQL Express is Microsoft’s free version of SQL, and with that comes quite a few limitations. In SQL Server Express 2008 R2, the maximum database size is 10GB, while the maximum amount of RAM it can utilize is only 1GB.
This plan works great for many small businesses since it gives them the [limited] access to SQL they need to develop solutions for their SharePoint farm without having to spend additional money for SQL Standard licensing.
February 4th, 2014 9:07 am CDT
In the SharePoint world, how do you stand out as a good partner? Hmm, good question, so let’s discuss.
As Fpweb.net’s Partner Channel Manager, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with some very exciting companies and consultants on a daily basis. Our conversation typically centers on how we can both add value to the other’s organization. And whenever I’m trying to find a partner relationship that can be a good fit for both sides, I often consider these questions.
Do you have a product that adds value to SharePoint?
Think about some of our current partners such as Metalogix or HighTail. Their products add value to end users that are using SharePoint. So when we are talking to a customer or prospect and we hear their needs and can match them with your product, well then, you are a good partner. Also, if your product fits a niche in a specific vertical that’s important to us, then we might be able to develop a specific offering to enhance both of our offerings to end users and customers in that vertical. Again, that would make a good partner.
February 1st, 2014 6:58 pm CDT
Well, thanks for reading!
We set out to publish 31 blogs – one for each day in January – and we succeeded.
It’s not to say it wasn’t without a bit of anxiety and a bit of stress that is inherent in the publishing process – whether that means brainstorming ideas, chasing down blogs, restructuring/optimizing each one, handing rewrites, etc. – but it’s done! We will return to publishing a few a week (which is still a lot but quite frankly just seems like child’s play at this point).
If you remember back to the beginning of the year when we accepted the blogging challenge, this whole thing was dreamed up by HubSpot as a way to get businesses actively creating more content for their website. And while, we already keep it pretty fresh around these parts, who isn’t up for pushing themselves every once in a while? So we did.
And I have a couple points to make as a result:
January 31st, 2014 9:01 am CDT
Think it through before taking action!
Fpweb.net had a Town Hall meeting the other day that got me thinking (something typically only reserved for special moments like finding my wife a present or watching the latest episode of Homeland.)
Our Town Halls are semi-regular occurrences that collect the entire company into the lounge where we take in team-building exercises, company updates, catered lunches and a bit of socializing. In fact, if you don’t have some form of this for your organization, or at least your department, it’s worth investigating. Just an excuse to get to know your coworkers a bit better – maybe even pair up with someone you haven’t had much interaction with.
January 30th, 2014 9:30 am CDT
The Shocking Reality Behind the Network Breaches Happening All Over the World
Corporate America’s dirty little secret:
Sshhh. Our network has been compromised.
According to security experts, 60-70% of the Fortune 1000 have been hacked in the last 16 months or don’t even know they are currently compromised. Their intellectual property (IP) and customer data is being systematically siphoned out of the country to China, Russia, Africa or Al Qaeda.
If you feel safe, you shouldn’t. Unless you do cyber security full time, you will lose this battle. You are one SQL injection away from a security breach disaster. Assuming you have been compromised, how do you clean up the mess (quietly) and keep the bad guys out in the future while maintaining compliance?
A Dirty Little Secret
The Chief Security Officer (CSO) reports directly to General Counsel (GC) for an important reason: To buffer the Board of Directors (BOD), who may have personal liability, and give them time to meet reporting obligations and maintain compliance should there be a security breach. And of course to patch the hole(s) in the network and put together a plan to keep it from happening again.
January 29th, 2014 9:15 am CDT
I am starting a small series over Domain Name System records management. This series will focus on what particular DNS records mean, and how to use them. While many functions exist for DNS records, this series will focus on their basic functions from a Website owner’s perspective.
This is the first blog in this series, so I will begin by explaining what a domain name is and end by explaining A-Records. These will be our building blocks and will be referenced in other posts in the series.
The Domain Name
What exactly is a domain name? Well, Wikipedia will tell you it’s an “identification string that defines a realm of administrative autonomy, authority or control on the Internet.” So, what does this mean for you if you want to host a website? Essentially, it means a name for your website in the simplest terms.
January 28th, 2014 8:45 am CDT
Let’s imagine you have uploaded a new document or file to your SharePoint. You have many users who need to access it, but they may not know where it is located. They are going to begin searching for it. In some instances, if you recently uploaded the document or file, it may not appear in the search results.
So you ask yourself, “Why is this happening?”
First, a brief explanation of how Content Crawling Search Service works:
Search results are returned from the Search Service Applications content index based on your search query. This index contains content that has been crawled (seen) by the Search Service Application. This contains the text content and/or metadata for each of these content items. When you add new content, it will not be immediately available in the content index because the Search Service application has not yet crawled and indexed it.
“So, how do I fix this?” you may ask.
January 27th, 2014 9:21 am CDT
Did you hear the one about the lawyer who took out a loan?
As the 19th century drew to a close, one man from the small town of Leslie, Michigan was making big moves.
After outgrowing his hometown, Horace Rackham migrated to the burgeoning metropolis of Detroit where he would find a wife and a profession, working as a lawyer for his own law firm. Success was a result of following his instincts and those instincts would garner him some very high-value clientele including one of the biggest coal dealers in the U.S.
It was that same client who would introduce him to another man teetering on the edge of success, Mr. Henry Ford.
Embracing a Vision. Embracing Innovation.
In 1903, a 45 year-old Rackham was employed by Ford to incorporate the Ford Motor Company – Ford’s humble, second attempt at producing a profitable car company. Rackham knew he was getting involved in something special, so when Ford told him that he should buy stock in the business to help get it off the ground, Rackham set out to find the funds to do just that.
January 26th, 2014 10:00 am CDT
Example of obnoxiously happy employees
I once read an article that said people who work for small business are the world’s happiest employees. I’m sure this centers mostly around their ability to promote company culture.
If you’ve never worked for a small company, I can only offer you my opinion which comes with over five years of experience working for a small organization that specializes in managed SharePoint, Fpweb.net.
There’s a huge difference in just being content with your job and actually being happy about it, and my experience will confirm that, if done right, company culture can make a huge difference on your job satisfaction and overall happiness.
Yes, making me a believer was a careful balance of my employer making me feel like I was more than just a number and also seeing that my accomplishments help make a big difference for the overall business. We’re all part of the engine that keeps the company running, and that sense of purpose definitely has an affect on my contentment.