Posts by georgekhalil

OWSTIMER process (SharePoint Timer Service) high CPU usage in VMware

Posted by on Mar 16, 2010 in SharePoint, SharePoint 2007, Virtualisation, VMware

I came across an obscure situation earlier this year with a new SharePoint farm that I had just designed and built.  It was a fairly straight forward setup comprising of a dedicated SQL 2008 server, 2 x Web Front Ends utilising Windows NLB and 1 x Central Administration server all running Windows 2008 Enterprise R2 in a virtual environment utilising VMware ESX. So after building the SharePoint farm, restoring the Content Databases and Shared Services Provider I thought to myself everything is actually going to plan for once, until…… I restarted one of the web front ends! I had then...

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Warm up your SharePoint Web Applications on Windows 2008 R2 using the IIS 7.5 Application Warm-Up module

Posted by on Mar 8, 2010 in SharePoint, SharePoint 2007

I have just recently built a new SharePoint 2007 farm on a complete Windows 2008 R2 server platform and part of my standard build procedure is to implement a warm up routine, usually in the form of a script that is scheduled every morning to launch my SharePoint Web Applications.  Most of you will most likely know what I am referring to here, the slowness that end users experience when loading a SharePoint site for the first time in the morning!? By default IIS will recycle its worker processes during the night, in my case IIS 7.5 tells me this happens at 1:04 AM.  You can locate this...

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Restoring Data Protection Manager (DPM) Database onto a new server

Posted by on Jan 7, 2010 in Data Protection Manager, System Center

I’m currently using Microsoft’s Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2007 to provide consolidated disk based snapshots of our File Shares, Exchange, SharePoint and SQL databases.  I am in the process of upgrading our servers to Windows 2008 R2 and DPM was next on my list.  I really didn’t want to re-create the wheel and start from scratch (I have over 5TB’s worth of replicas on my Dell MD1000 and a plethora of protection groups setup). In today’s post, I will provide you with a step by step guide in restoring your DPM server whilst retaining your DPM database and DPM replicas, and also...

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Upgrading your Content Database to SharePoint 2010 – Database Attach method

Posted by on Dec 16, 2009 in SharePoint, SharePoint 2007, SharePoint 2010

Welcome back to the second article in this series on upgrading a SharePoint 2007 content database to SharePoint 2010.  In part 1 we deep dived into the preupgrade tool that Microsoft made available with SharePoint 2007 SP2 and today we will complete our upgrade journey utilising one of the 3 upgrade models that are available to you by Microsoft.  These are listed as follows; In-place upgrade Database attach upgrade to a new farm Hybrid approach (Read –only databases or Detach databases) There is a wealth of information regarding these different approaches on the Microsoft TechNet site...

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Upgrading your Content DB to SharePoint 2010 – Part 1, The preupgradecheck

Posted by on Dec 8, 2009 in SharePoint, SharePoint 2007, SharePoint 2010

I’m sure there are a lot of SharePointers out there who are excited about the 2010 release and as I have been working my way through the installation and configuration of this updated beast, I have also been providing you with posts along the way sharing my experiences.  Today isn’t any different, and in this two part series I will be providing you with a guide to upgrading your SharePoint 2007 content databases to SharePoint 2010.  There are already some great resources out there regarding upgrade options and preparation guidance including those from Microsoft on the TechNet Site and...

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