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Adding an extra index server

Posted by Christian Dam on February 17, 2008

OK, so Microsoft tell us SharePoint is higly scalable and although that is true, the indexing role is not scalable and cannot per se be made high available. When using multiple query servers you can obtain some high-availability since the popagated index is still available and is thus searchable. You loose the ability to index new content, though.

I want to be able to spread the load by using one index server index the MOSS farm, another to index file shares, yet another to idex Lotus Notes and so on.

Here’s how that can be done:

  1. First, add the extra server as described here (Windows Server 2003 R2) or here (Windows Server 2008 )
  2. From Central Administration -> Operations -> Services on Server select the new index server and Custom
  3. Stop Windows SharePoint Services Incoming E-Mail and  Windows SharePoint Services Web Application
  4. Start Office SharePoint Server Search. Select Use this server for indexing content, enter username and password and start the service
  5. Start Windows SharePoint Services Search.  Enter the appropriate information and start the service.  

Create a new SSP to use for search

  1. From Shared Services Administration choose New SSP
  2. Name the SSP and click Create a new Web application
  3. Create the Web App with your preferred settings (port number, user name/password, database name etc) and click OK
  4. Back in New Shared Services Provider create a new Web App for MySites or use the newly created Web App if you wnat. I choose to use the newly created Web App, although it may not be best practices.
  5. Put in your credentials and database names
  6. Remeber to specify the newly added index server as the Index Server for the SSP. Now reate the SSP by clicking OK. You may see a warning if you didn’t create a seperate MySite Web App for this SSP
  7. That’s basically it. You can now use the new SSP’s Administration Page to configure Search or any other SSP-related functionality.

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Microsoft offers to buy Yahoo for $44.6B

Posted by Christian Dam on February 1, 2008

Cross post from Computerworld:

Microsoft Corp. today offered to buy Yahoo Inc. for $44.6 billion in cash and stock to better compete with Google Inc. in the market for online services.

The market for online advertising is increasingly dominated by one player, Microsoft said, and merging with Yahoo will allow it to offer a competitive alternative.

Microsoft expects the market for online advertising to almost double in size over the next three years, from $40 billion in 2007 to $80 billion by 2010. A merger will allow the company to realize economies of scale and reduce capital costs as it addresses this market, it said.

“The combination of these two great teams would enable us to jointly deliver a broad range of new experiences to our customers that neither of us would have achieved on our own,” said Ray Ozzie, chief software architect at Microsoft, in a statement.

Microsoft expects to cut costs by $1 billion a year by realizing synergies with Yahoo in four areas: obtaining economies of scale as its audience increases; combining its research and development efforts with Yahoo’s to innovate faster; eliminating operational redundancy to cut costs; and pooling expertise to innovate in video and mobile.

The companies will work together to develop the merger plan, Microsoft said.

Microsoft intends to pay key Yahoo engineers and other staffers to stay following the merger.

The offer represents a 62% premium over Yahoo’s closing price yesterday. Microsoft expects to receive all necessary approvals in the second half of this year.

Yahoo shares rose 56% to $29.95 in premarket trading this morning following the announcement, Reuters reported. U.S. stock index futures also jumped after the news was released.

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