SharePoint Capacity Planner

By Michael Hickins  |  Posted 2008-06-11 Print this article Print


The SharePoint capacity planner helps IT administrators determine the minimum hardware necessary to deploy for the number of SharePoint instances deployed.

"What is the correct topology to meet high availability and performance requirements? How do I grow my existing installation when my capacity needs change-this used to be a guessing game," Manoel said.

The tool provides an assessment based on organization-specific data such as the impact of SharePoint's current state on network, CPU and disk usage to recommend a topology based on the organization's assets.

The tool then lets administrators run simulations based on different growth scenarios and the potential needs of main and branch offices based on factors such as bandwidth requirements, CPU specs and disk configurations.

The ensuing report shows CPU usage, storage capacity and storage I/O.

The final summary output lists how many SQL servers, Web front ends and index servers would be required for a given scenario. These reports can be exported to Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Visio, which can surface underlying capacity utilization and latencies.

SharePoint Cross-Site Configurator allows IT administrators to create deployment scripts enabling deployment of configuration parameters across collections of sites. This means that they can push out master pages across all SharePoint sites in an organization and can enforce audit settings across sites.

The SharePoint Monitoring Toolkit allows IT administrators to get a holistic view of SharePoint implementations across the enterprise and interact with remote systems for common management tasks.


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