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Internet presence scenario: Maintain the farm

SharePoint 2007

Updated: December 18, 2008

Applies To: Office SharePoint Server 2007

Updated: 2008-12-18

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This article is the last in a series of articles that describes an end-to-end scenario that outlines how to plan, design, build, and maintain an enterprise's Internet presence Web site based on Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.

Farm maintenance is the process of performing tasks to ensure that a farm is running well. Some operations are performed regularly, and some on an as-needed basis. Maintenance tasks are performed by users with farm administrator rights.

Update security and permissions

Much of the permissions work for the system is adding users to existing Active Directory groups, or having site administrators add users to sites. Changing the passwords used for administration accounts is an ongoing farm administrator task.

Action

Change the passwords of administration accounts.

Train site administrators how to add users to sites.

Document how security and permissions have been updated.

Outcome

Farm with updated permissions.

Operations documentation that describes how to maintain permissions.

Resources

Security and permissions administration (Office SharePoint Server)

Monitor and tune performance

Consistently monitoring your SharePoint deployment helps you recognize typical performance under varying loads. When you understand your system, you can then tune performance. Establishing a baseline for typical performance can also help you troubleshoot if the system experiences atypical performance.

Action

Configure monitoring.

If monitoring shows that system is under strain, tune system performance.

Outcome

Tuned and well-understood system

Operations documentation that describes how to monitor and tune.

Resources

Planning and Monitoring SQL Server Storage for Office SharePoint Server: Performance Recommendations and Best Practices (white paper)

Tune Web server performance (Office SharePoint Server)

Monitor and tune search

Over time, you may need to adjust your search settings.

Action

Monitor search performance.

Adjust search settings if needed.

Outcome

Well-tuned search, and expected search outcomes.

Operations documentation that describes how to maintain search.

Resources

Enterprise Search administration (Office SharePoint Server)

Add additional servers

As you add users, content, and features to your SharePoint deployment, you may need to add capacity, which is often done by adding servers.

Action

Monitor database size, and Web server performance.

If monitoring shows that the system is under strain, add additional servers as appropriate.

Outcome

Tuned and well-understood system.

Operations documentation that describes how to add servers.

Resources

Move and migrate servers and server farms (Office SharePoint Server 2007)

Download this book

This topic is included in the following downloadable book for easier reading and printing:

See the full list of available books at Downloadable books for Office SharePoint Server 2007.

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