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Technical diagrams for SharePoint 2013

 

Applies to: SharePoint Server 2013, SharePoint Foundation 2013

Topic Last Modified: 2014-07-03

Summary:These diagrams provide visual representations of recommended solutions for SharePoint 2013 in the form of models, which are poster-size documents.

These resources are available in Visio (.vsd) format (Visio 2010 or Visio 2013), PDF format, and zoom-in (Zoom.it) format. For information about how to print documents, see Tips for printing posters.

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Models are 34-by-44-inch posters that detail a specific technical area. These models are intended to be used with corresponding articles on TechNet. These models are created by using Visio 2010. You can modify the Visio files to illustrate how you plan to incorporate SharePoint 2013 in your own environment.

Click a category to go to the section that contains the model posters:

Apps | Architecture | Authentication | Backup and recovery | Design a SharePoint site

Design samples | Databases | Governance | Upgrade | Search

 

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SharePoint 2013: App Overview for IT Pro

Model of overview of apps for SharePoint

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Model poster describing apps from an IT Pro perspective. Use this model with the articles in Install and manage apps for SharePoint 2013.

 

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Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Platform Options

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For BDMs and architects, this model describes the platform options for SharePoint 2013 — SharePoint in Office 365, on-premises hybrid with Office 365, Windows Azure, and on-premises only deployments. It includes an overview of each architecture, recommendations, license requirements, and lists of architect and IT Pro tasks for each platform. Several SharePoint solutions on Windows Azure are highlighted.

SharePoint 2013 Internet-facing sites in Windows Azure

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Outlines key design activities and recommended architecture choices for Internet sites in Windows Azure.

For more information see the following articles:

SharePoint disaster recovery of an on-premises farm to Windows Azure

Shows the SharePoint to Azure disaster recovery process.

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Illustrates architecture principles for a disaster recovery environment in Windows Azure.

For more information see the following articles:

Windows Azure: Deploy SharePoint with SQL Server AlwaysOn

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This poster describes and illustrates how to install SharePoint Server 2013 on the Windows Azure IaaS platform, including using SQL Server AlwaysOn for high availability. For more information, see Deploy SharePoint with SQL Server AlwaysOn.

For more information see the following articles:

Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 architecture

Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 architecture mode

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Provides an overview of architecture concepts for SharePoint Server 2013.

For more information see the following articles:

Streamlined Topologies for SharePoint 2013

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This model describes a streamlined approach for building topologies. The distribution of components is intended to maximize system resources of server hardware. Streamlined architectures include Front-end servers, batch-processing servers, and database servers.

Use this model with the following resources:

Traditional Topologies for SharePoint 2013

Topology model for SharPoint 2013

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This model provides an overview of topology concepts. Example topologies are based on traditional approaches to building SharePoint architectures with Web servers, application servers, and database servers.

Use this model with the following resources:

Enterprise-scale farms for SharePoint Server 2013

Enterprise-scale farms for SharePoint Server 2013

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Illustrates an enterprise-scale farm and provides guidance for patching and updating farms of this size.

For more information see the following articles:

Services in SharePoint Server 2013

Services for SharePoint Server 2013

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Describes and illustrates the services architecture, including common ways to deploy services in your overall solution design.

Use this model with the following resources:

Plan and use the Distributed Cache service in SharePoint Server 2013

Model: Plan the Distributed Cache service

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Describes and illustrates the planning process, installation steps, and configuration tasks required to perform and implement the Distributed Cache service in a SharePoint 2013 farm. Use this model with the following articles:

Mobile architecture in SharePoint 2013

Model: Mobile Architecture in SharePoint 2013

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Provides an end-to-end understanding of the SharePoint 2013 mobile ecosystem. Use this model with the articles in Plan for mobile devices in SharePoint 2013.

Multi-farm architectures with SharePoint Server 2013

Multi-farm architectures with SharePoint 2013

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Provides an overview of concepts related to deploying more than one farm with SharePoint 2013 and illustrates supported architectures.

For more information see the following article: Global deployment of multiple farms (SharePoint 2013).

Global solutions for SharePoint 2013

Global Solutions for SharePoint 2013

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Provides an overview of concepts related to deploying SharePoint 2013 in WAN environments. Summarizes WAN performance data and optimizations. Illustrates supported architectures for deploying Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products geographically.

For more information see the following articles:

Business Connectivity Services Hybrid Flow in SharePoint 2013

BCS Hybrid Flow Model

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Illustrates the Business Connectivity Services (BCS) hybrid flow in SharePoint 2013. For more information, see the following articles:

Social feature support in SharePoint Server 2013

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Discusses the different deployment architectures for SharePoint Server 2013 and the effect those deployment architectures have on the social features. For more information about social features, see the following articles:

Which hybrid topology should I use? For SharePoint Server 2013 with Office 365

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Helps you decide which hybrid topology is appropriate for your environment. For more information, see the following articles:

 

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Authentication in SharePoint 2013

Illustration of the three types of authentication in SharePoint 2013: user authentication, app authentication, and server-to-server authentication.

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Describes the three types of authentication in SharePoint 2013. Use this model with the articles in Plan authentication in SharePoint 2013.

Watch the Authentication in SharePoint 2013 overview video

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Back up and restore: SharePoint Server 2013

Backup and restore model for SharePoint 2013

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A visual display of the backup and restore tools, scenarios and tasks available for SharePoint 2013 Preview. Use this model with the following articles:

 

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Databases that support SharePoint 2013

Database model for SharePoint 2013

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A visual display with details for all databases that support SharePoint 2013 and SQL Server. For more information, see the following articles:

 

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Design and branding in SharePoint 2013

Design and branding in SharePoint 2013 - Model

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A visual display of the process that you use for designing and branding a publishing site in SharePoint 2013. Use this model with the following articles in the MSDN library:

 

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Design sample: Internet Sites in Windows Azure for SharePoint 2013

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Use this design sample as a starting point for your own architecture Internet-facing site in Windows Azure using SharePoint Server 2013.

For more information see the following articles:

Internet Sites in Windows Azure using SharePoint Server 2013

Microsoft Azure Architectures for SharePoint 2013

Using Microsoft Azure Active Directory for SharePoint 2013 authentication

Corporate Portal with Host-named Sites for SharePoint Server 2013

Corporate portal host-named sites SharePoint 2013

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Corporate Portal with Path-based Sites for SharePoint Server 2013

Corporate Portal Path-based Sites SharePoint 2013

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Illustrates a typical corporate deployment, with the most common types of sites represented. The two samples differ in the type of site collections that are implemented — path-based site collections or host-named site collections.

Use these design samples with the following article: SharePoint 2013 design samples: Corporate portal and extranet sites

Extranet with Dedicated Zones for Authentication

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Illustrates a logical architecture for an extranet site in which multiple zones are implemented for authenticating users based on the authentication type.

Use this design sample with the following article: SharePoint 2013 design samples: Corporate portal and extranet sites

 

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What is governance in SharePoint 2013?

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A poster that shows the major governance areas (IT governance, information management, and application management) and summarizes the key information you need to understand about each area. Use this poster with the articles in Governance planning in SharePoint 2013.

 

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SharePoint Server 2013 Search

Search model for SharePoint 2013

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This design sample shows the logical architecture and interaction of search components, and an example of a fault-tolerant server farm that provides enterprise search for a content corpus that contains approximately 40 million items. For more information, see the following articles:

Enterprise Search Architectures for SharePoint Server 2013

Enterprise search model for SharePoint 2013

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This design sample illustrates small, medium, and large-size farm architectures for enterprise search. It contains search and farm topology examples, scaling guidance, and hardware requirements. For more information, see Overview of search in SharePoint Server 2013.

Internet Sites Search Architectures for SharePoint Server 2013

Internet sites search model for SharePoint 2013

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This design sample provides guidance on the hardware requirements and performance considerations for Internet Sites search topologies. In addition, the model contains an example medium-sized Internet Sites farm. For more information, see Plan for Internet, intranet, and extranet publishing sites in SharePoint Server 2013.

 

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SharePoint 2013 Upgrade Process

Upgrade process model SharePoint 2013

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Describes the steps in the process for a database-attach upgrade. Use this model with the following articles:

SharePoint 2013: How to Test Upgrade

Testing model for SharePoint 2013

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See a visual display of information about how to test the upgrade process. Use this model with the following articles:

If you have a plotter, you can print these posters in their full size. If you don't have plotter, use the following steps to print on smaller paper.

Print posters on smaller paper
  1. Open the poster in Visio.

  2. On the File menu, click Page Setup.

  3. On the Print Setup tab, in the Printer paper section, select the size of paper you want to print on.

  4. On the Print Setup tab, in the Print zoom section, click Fit to, and then enter 1 sheet across by 1 sheet down.

  5. On the Page Size tab, click Size to fit drawing contents, and then click OK.

  6. On the File menu, click Print.

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