This past weekend was a lot of fun for me, I got to see several of my very good friends from the SharePoint community over at SharePoint Saturday Dayton 2012, including Sean McDonough, Virgil Carroll, and Dan Usher, met some new connections such as Clint Richardson and Scott Hoag, and had another great road trip with my brother in geekery, Enrique Lima. Oh, and I got to do a brand spanking new presentation, “Everybody Lies: Troubleshooting SharePoint with House MD” :) If you were able to make it out to SPS Dayton and catch the presentation, please let me know what you think, I’d love the feedback! It was a wonderful event, and I was thrilled to be part of it.
I’m embedding the slides from that presentation below, along with links to some of the tools and info that I mention in the presentation. One important link I do want to call out is to a white paper that I’ve written for Idera Software on the same subject, which can be downloaded from Idera’s website at http://www.tinyrul.com/SPTrouble. It’s a handy companion to the presentation, each was an outline for the other and my perspective is that you’ll get more from the two combined than you will with just one or the other.
Here’s the slides:
And here’s the links to resources that I mentioned in the presentation:
- Microsoft’s ULS Log Viewer: http://archive.msdn.microsoft.com/ULSViewer
- LogParser: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=24659
- Performance Analysis of Logs (PAL) Tool: http://pal.codeplex.com/
- Microsoft’s MSDN/TechNet Forums for SharePoint: http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/forums/en-US/category/sharepoint/
- SharePoint forums on StackExchange: http://sharepoint.stackexchange.com/
- The #SPHelp Hashtag on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/search/sphelp
- My Idera whitepaper on Troubleshooting SharePoint: http://tinyurl.com/SPtrouble
Speaking of Idera, they also invited me to do a free webinar last month on the subject of SharePoint Disaster Recovery, which was a great opportunity for me to do yet another new presentation I’d been working on: Backup is not Backup, Restore is Backup. I’d been wanting to try to encourage a different perspective with SharePoint DR: one stressing the importance of making sure you’re able to actually restore your content when it counts rather than just getting it backed up and forgetting about it. The webinar went very well, and I really enjoyed the conversations in the chat room during it in addition to the overall opportunity to deliver it. If you didn’t get a chance to join us, Idera has published a recording of the webcast, which you can go here to download: http://www.idera.com/Events/RegisterWC.aspx?DoThis=TY&EventID=403
Additionally, here are the slides for that talk:
That’s all I’ve got time for right now, but I’m going to challenge myself to get another blog post up this week on a technical SharePoint topic that keeps coming up for me time and time again, even though its been around for quite a long time on the SharePoint platform: how to access SharePoint’s databases. Hopefully I’ll be able to get that done this week, we’ll see if its possible with the upcoming July 4th holiday here in the United States or not.
Until then, have a great one and I hope the slides are useful!