Monthly Archives: January 2012

SharePoint, SQL server fill factor and index rebuilds – a correction


Today we are going to be taking a look at the fill-factor option that is available within SQL Server 2005 and later, in the context of Microsoft SharePoint.

Aside from providing reasons for caring about fill-factor, I point out a mistake in the SQL maintenance guidance for both SharePoint 2007 and 2010 that relates to index rebuilds that I have made Microsoft aware of. Continue reading

Networks 101 – Configuring subnets and VLANs for basic network isolation

Over the last week or so I have spent some time configuring some new networking gear for one of eShare’s numerous internal SharePoint farms and I thought I’d share a few of the lessons I’ve learned along the way.

My task seemed pretty straightforward: implement a couple of load balanced firewalls along with 3 isolated network segments. This is quite a common scenario for us as we deal with a lot of security sensitive clients who aren’t big fans of back end servers sharing a subnet with those that are public facing. Indeed, there are few reasons not to implement a segmented network such as this as it provides a form of defence in depth should your perimeter servers be compromised. Continue reading