How to manage Microsoft SharePoint efficiently: Tips for IT managers

Posted by Sophina Dillard on Sunday, 6 January 2013 0

SharePoint helps you to collaborate, share documents, construct internal and external websites of any enterprise platform and the most importantly ensures the ideal communication within the organization using it. While there are so many free and low cost tools and applications available in the market – such as Google Apps, and Hyper Office etc. Microsoft’s Share Point offers the improved security, feature set, advanced user interface and integration with Microsoft Office that is quite essential tool for many organization functional needs.

For small businesses, who want the familiarity of Microsoft can check out Microsoft Office 365. Still there are some points or tips that need to be considered for the optimal use of SharePoint in a company. They are:

1. Proper Planning: Planning is really important to take the further steps. It is important for better performance, delivering results and authentication etc. After deployment, it is most important step for building and maintaining SharePoint 2010.  It becomes misleadingly and complex when there is a lack of planning in the initial stages as well as in the long term planning which can cause pain points.

2.  Use site quota: It is one of the most underused features in SharePoint yet it is critical to maintain it for the proper functioning environment. It gives you an opportunity to ask the right set of queries in order to keep the content stored in SharePoint organized and new, while maintaining a supportable database. 

3.  Recycle bins consumed space outside the site: In this point, it has 2 categories for the recycle bins. In the first stage, it is used by user-recoverable contents; this uses space against the site collection quota. In the second one, it is used by the site collection administrator and/support staff to recover the content that may have been deleted and/or expired from the first stage recycle bin.

4. Understand its limitations: No doubt, it is extremely scalable and flexible depending on the deployment architecture, but it does have limitations. It comes with guidelines around limits and boundaries for SharePoint. A good rule of thumb is to stay within 50% of Microsoft’s suggested limits and boundaries.

5. Sizing Issues: When it comes to sizing disputes, then the consumed space and resources are need to be taken under consideration in the SharePoint environment. Especially for Searching, User Profiles allocation, Web Analytics and Usage and Health Services etc.

These are just few main pain-points that you face at downtime. If you follow these basic tips it will definitely ensure you to have low downtime and inactivity and will require minimal administrative resources for better performance.

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