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WPC 2014 – One-click deployment of SharePoint Farm on Azure

At WPC 2014, Scott Gu announced several new capabilities in Azure and one such new capability is the templates available for ready deployment. Scott demonstrated creation of a SharePoint 2013 farm that can be highly available and demonstrated that we can customize the SQL and other settings. This is a great feature and I couldn’t wait to try this. Here is a quick overview. TL;DR This is a great step towards demonstrating the platform capabilities. I am really excited to see this capability. I can expect many more Microsoft teams and partners creating such templates for faster deployment of multi-tier applications. For all the virtual machines, we can customize host name prefixes and pricing tiers. Each VM tier has a different set of pricing options you can select from. When it comes to customizing the farm configuration, there are limited set of options here. Domain Controllers: You cannot specify an existing AD forest. You can select the size of the DC VMs. There are not many settings you can customize here. SQL Servers: You can …

PoshUtils: Downloading SharePoint 2013 prerequisites for offline install

Okay, this is yet another post on downloading the SharePoint 2013 prerequisites for offline install. I am sure you have seen many and everyone has their own way. But I think none of those posts/scripts – at least the ones I read – don’t give you a unified way to download the prerequisites for all combinations of Windows Server OS and SQL Server versions. So, here is my take. The idea of this script is to use the features of PowerShell 3.0 such as Out-GridView and default parameter values to reduce the amount of code required. Note: The list of prerequisites I compiled here is what I perceived looking at technet documentation. Do let me know if I missed out anything or need to change something here. Let us see the code first.

In the above code, I am using a CSV file I compiled with all the SharePoint 2013 prerequisite information. This is the key here. You can download the CSV file here. Instead of a hash, I preferred to use a CSV file as …

SharePoint Saturday (Online) India is here

We are happy to announce that the first edition of SharePoint Saturday India (online) for this year is scheduled for June 25, 2011. This is an online event and will be delivered via live meeting. The event registration link is open and you can register yourself here. Also, keep a watch on the SharePoint Saturday India page for a complete list of sessions. If you want to speak at this event, here is the link for session submission form: http://sharepointsaturday.org/india/Shared%20Documents/SPSIndia-SpeakerSubmission.dotx Last but not least, please tweet with #SPSIndia, email your colleagues and friends and let’s make this a great event!

Remote install of SharePoint 2010 prerequisites

I’ve published a free book on PowerShell 2.0 remoting. You can download it at: Did you ever try installing SharePoint 2010 prerequisites remotely? If so, you would know by now that it is not easy. Essentially because of the Windows update packages in the prerequisites. It is a known issue that Wusa.exe cannot be invoked in a remote session. If you try to install SharePoint 2010 prerequisites remotely — either using PowerShell remoting or WMI — it fails with an error code 5. We cannot really claim to have a fully unattended SharePoint deployment process until we have a solution to the prerequisite install process. So, with that background, I started working on the script for remotely installing SharePoint 2010 prerequisites. In today’s post, I will show you how to do that. To achieve this, I used a combination of PsExec.exe and PowerShell remoting. Here are the prerequisites for this script to work. PowerShell remoting must be enabled the remote system where you are deploying SharePoint prerequisites. On the remote system, CredSSP must be enabled …

SharePoint Saturday India online – PowerShell for SharePoint 2010 administrators – Slides, Q & A

I spoke at SharePoint Saturday India Online event and the topic was “PowerShell for SharePoint 2010 Administrators”. It was originally scheduled to happen at 14.45 PM IST but we had move it to 11.00 AM IST as one of the speakers did not join us. This was my first webcast kinda event and felt a bit weird for not being able to see my audience. This session was meant to be a very quick introduction to PowerShell for SharePoint 2010 administrators and I hope I did a good job at that. Update: Recording of the SPS India sessions will be available at http://alpesh.blip.tv/posts?view=archive&nsfw=dc Here are the slides I used for this session There were a few questions towards the end and we could not take the questions online. So, here you go. Q: Is Get-Help similar to <ScriptName> -Help? Where in the cmdlet we can define the help text? A: No. There is no such thing like <ScriptName> -Help. You can either use Get-Help or just Help. You can include comment based help in your scripts. …