Most SharePoint professionals today understand the importance of an automated installation and configuration of SharePoint servers and farms. The need to ensure consistency not only across server in a farm, but across multiple farms in larger environments and even across environments (development, build, test, pre-production an production) is evident and growing with the onboarding of business critical applications, and the implementation of SharePoint as a service platform in the enterprise.
Now with Microsoft SharePoint 2016 coming out soon (beta 2 release just last week) several companies I work with are evaluating SharePoint 2016 for future upgrades, especially with the ability to control the complexity of a platform that eventually will span on-premise and cloud services – governance of a true hybrid platform.
For those who are in that position, I want to point to what is almost the de facto standard for automating SharePoint installation these days. The Auto SP Installer tool, developed by
In the websites (found at autospinstaller.com) you can find the latest updates on how SharePoint 2016 is supported and I have learned that Brian have now joined the Microsoft team, and therefore (if he wants it or not) the expectations for his tool-set os even higher. Brian tells us that he have been able to build the scripts to support the latest bits and that’s a good thing in this evaluation phase.
Even if you feel that AutoSPInstaller is not covering everything in every detail you need, you will learn – using it – that you can customize it with what you need and save time and money installing and configuring SharePoint, and when it gets to aligning environments across the service, you will just not be able to stop smiling. (Given that you have the right procedures in place)
In one of my projects we are looking at integrating ASPI or a similar licensed tool with Octopus (an enterprise deployment platform for .NET). I will let you know how it turns out when we get more into this early in 2016.
Kudo’s to Brian and the team for ASPI! Get it at www.autospinstaller.com
I returned from a trip around Europe this week, speaking at the Paris 2015 SharePoint & Office 365 Saturday Conference, among other Things. I promised some of you to share my slides in the blog and give a quick trip-report.
First of all I want to thank the Guys behind the Paris event. SharePoint Saturday events are unique to the community of SharePoint, and I really believe that the community effort in events like this is a cornerstone in the success of SharePoint. The community is big, and even so I always meet old friends and colleagues in these events – Paris was no different there.
The site was different though. We met Saturday morning at the 40th floor of the Tour de Montparnasse, overlooking the entire citiy of Paris on a beautiful and clear day. After the mandatory coffee and croissant I got to chat with some of the most talented SharePoint Guys in Europe; Bill Ayers, Mathias Elming, Hans Brender, Paolo Pialorsi, Martina Grom, Chirag Patel among others. Always great inspiration and fun…
The view from the Speakers lounge – towards Tour Eiffel was spectacular.
My talk was “Making SharePoint governance Work for Business, IT and users” – showing methodologies and processes that have proven to work for companies, that have decided to implement governance around SharePoint; it’s applications, it’s infrastructure and it’s users, content & information. The presentation is available for download here: http://www.slideshare.net/anders123/making-share-point-governance-work-for-business-it-and-users
I finished my visit to Paris with a run around the streets on Sunday morning, only to see the “No Finish Line” race going on in the park by the Tour Eiffel. The concept is to run any number of laps and earn 1 EUR per lap sponsored by the race sponsors. Great chance to do something good for children AND for your self (keeping in shape) 🙂 I wanted to mention this great program; a cool and innovative way to raise funds for important projects – saving life’s and enabling possibilities for children – all around the world. You can be a part of that too! 🙂
Tie up your shoes and learn more at http://www.nofinishline.com/.