Category Archives: Office365

Installing Search Server 2010 SP1 on Search Server Express 2010 RTM

I was on client site today patching a small SharePoint Search Server Express 2010 environment in preparation for installing a third party app on SharePoint. This being Foundation + Search Server Express RTM, I opted to install all the outstanding patches for SharePoint & Search Server. These are my notes. Feel free to comment if you think it could have been done differently.



SharePoint Foundation SP1:

SharePoint August 2011 CU:

SharePoint Search Server SP1:


Of course backing up is critical all through the process so take (or have) a full backup of Windows on your web front ends and backup your SQL server databases before and after.

This being Search Server Express 2010 you might find that you are using SQL Server Express which means your databases should be pretty small so the process shouldn’t take long, not so in my case though… it look at a little while.

Installation Order and process

From this page it links you through to this page which implies you should have all the latest bits installed beforehand… although it’s not super clear as to whether you could install all three in a row without running psconfig until the end.

I’m following a cautious approach: Backup > SharePoint SP1 + Latest CU stuff and run psconfig > validate > Search Server SP1 stuff and run psconfig > validate > backup. Using this approach adds time to overall process but certainly doesn’t hurt. I’ll try to personally validate this “three in one approach” at a later time and/or when my interpretation or understanding changes for certain from someone older and wiser I’ll update this post. Until then, a little too much caution never hurt anyone. Bottom line, it worked just fine. SharePoint is well known for it’s sensitivity to installation order despite the latest advice from Microsoft since the August 2011 CU.

Patching SharePoint 2010 Foundation RTM up to August 2011 CU

  • Install SharePoint Foundation SP1
  • Reboot when prompted.
  • Install SharePoint August 2011 CU
  • Reboot when prompted.
  • Run PSConfig (psconfig -cmd upgrade -inplace b2b -wait –force) or the GUI version, SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard. I prefer the GUI because I like to watch grass grow but that’s just me. It also helps that I’m just going a single WFE. Otherwise I’d start with my App Server/Central Admin box and work out from there, one at a time and use psconfig.

    This process took about 30 minutes with reboots and the time psconfig took to run. Obviously that has got more to do with the size of the databases and the performance of the SQL server but most SSE2010 installs are probably going to be something similar since while this environment is SQL 2K8 R2 it has very little content and still fairly small search databases.

    SP1 & August CU 2011 Installation Validation

    Central Admin > Upgrade & Migration > Check upgrade status



    Central Admin > Upgrade & Migration > Check product and patch installation status


    Patching Server Server Express RTM to Search Server Express SP1

    1. Install Search Server 2010 SP1 (no reboot required)
    2. Run PSConfig (psconfig -cmd upgrade -inplace b2b -wait –force) or the GUI version, SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard.

    Search Server 2010 SP1 Installation Validation

    Central Admin > Upgrade & Migration > Check upgrade status


    Central Admin > Upgrade & Migration > Check product and patch installation status


    Central Administration > Search Service Application > Content Sources

    Start an incremental crawl of one of your content sources and make sure it works. You could do more, e.g. a full crawl + search for something if you felt so inclined just to give it a slightly more thorough going over.


    Install a software update (SharePoint Server 2010)

    SharePoint Foundation SP1:

    SharePoint August 2011 CU:

    SharePoint Search Server SP1:

    Known issues when you install Office 2010 SP1 and SharePoint 2010 SP1:

    List of all SharePoint 2010 and Office Server 2010 SP1 packages:

    UK Tech.Days 2011: The public cloud for IT Professionals


    Cloud technology, and the solutions and platforms it enables, are driving a revolution in business and IT, delivering flexibility, cost reduction and higher levels of availability.

    Office 365, Windows Intune and Windows Azure provide all the management, delivery and productivity tools you need for effective cloud applications. But how do they work and how should you deploy them in your business? Join us as we explore how these technologies are being used now to deliver innovative solutions, and review the role IT professionals are playing in this new and evolving era of computing.


    Public cloud for the IT professional

    An introduction to the Azure platform for IT Pros giving you an understanding of how the technology works, in addition we will discuss what’s new with Office 365 and Windows Intune and how they deliver a more agile desktop for the cloud.

    Product(s):Intune, O365, Azure

    Simon May, Steve Plank

    Windows Intune Technical Overview

    Windows Intune is our new management technology that allows you to gain control over your desktop PCs from the cloud. In this session we will take a look at how it works and what you can do.

    Product(s):Windows Intune

    Simon May

    also look at for server offering

    Introduction to Windows Azure platform – Windows Azure, SQL Azure and AppFabric

    Windows Azure provides the platform to build scaleable, resilient and highly available applications from the cloud, but how? In this session we’ll put the components together and help you get the understanding you need to help your organization take advantage of the platform.

    Product(s):Windows Azure Platform

    Steve Plank

    Making Azure relevant to you and your Organisation

    How you deploy, manage and support applications in the cloud with Windows Azure. We take a look at deployment scenarios, management tools and the nuances of supporting Windows Azure.

    Product(s):Windows Azure Platform

    Simon May

    Connecting your Private and Public Clouds with ADFS

    Learn how to setup Active Directory Federation Services and how to connect to Azure and Office 365 to streamline logon and security.

    Product(s):Active Directory Federated Services

    Steve Plank


    Every Cloud has an Orange Lining: How easyJet is making cloud work

    easyJet is the UKs largest airline and is a top 10 European eCommerce website. Being lean and efficient is in their DNA but then so is being resilient and secure. Come along and find out how easyJet has used Windows Azure to solve some of its complex business problems and how cloud is forming a fundamental part of its future IT strategy.

    Product(s):Windows Azure Platform

    Andy Caddy, Bert Craven


    An overview of Office 365

    Microsoft Office 365 brings together cloud versions of our most trusted communications and collaboration products with the latest version of our desktop suite for businesses of all sizes. This session will introduce Office 365 and provide an overview of the technologies and licensing.

    Product(s):Office 365

    Brett Johnson


    Office 365 started with a closed beta of 2000 customers, its gone mad – 150,000 customers to Public Beta


    “On-prem” – on premise

    PST’s – Pests!

    NO to Outlook 2003

    Exchange Online

    Built on the same technology as Exchange Server 2010 SP1, Exchange Online provides organisations with the latest capabilities including built-in archiving, Conversation View, and MailTips, along with powerful web-based tools for managing online deployments. This session will introduce these concepts, deep dive into some areas of the product and explain migration options to Online.

    Product(s):Office 365

    Brett Johnson

    Very very rich user and administrators experience


    up to ~1000 mailboxes can be done in a weekend, but needs 2-weeks of planning – 80% of the effort is in the planning!

    up to ~5000 users – 4-weeks planning

    Any IMAP mailbox, or Exchange 2003 or 2007


    Office 365 Deployment Tool & Deployment Assistant


    Lync Online

    Lync Server 2010 ushers in a new, connected experience that can help to transform every communication into an interaction. A single interface unites voice; instant messaging (IM); and audio, video, and Web conferencing into a richer, more contextual offering. This session will introduce Lync Online, the cloud version of Lync Server, hosted by Microsoft, allowing users to consume the offering as a service. We will also take a look under the covers at how Lync integrates with the other Office 365 components, and try to understand what is technically possible when using Lync Online, compared to the functionality that is available when using Lync Server On-premises.

    Product(s):Office 365

    Daryl Gwyn, Office 365 Technical Specialist

    How SharePoint Online can Improve the Way Your Business Works

    SharePoint Online Office 365 offers organisations a dynamic information platform from which to boost productivity, improve working practices and collaborate better internally and with trading partners. In this session we’ll cover how to work with documents and information efficiently in SharePoint Online using new 2010 features such as managed metadata, Office Web Apps and SharePoint Workspace. We’ll also take a look at improving business processes through workflows and InfoPath forms. And we’ll cover collaboration & social features such as intranets, blogs, My Sites, ratings and tagging.

    Product(s):Office 365

    Myles Jeffery – MVP, Office 365

    Some real world examples of using SharePoint and why SharePoint Online can add value to your business.

    Top Tip – Adding a Network Location in Windows 7 to link to a document library..


    • Working efficiently with documents
    • Business Productivity
    • Office 365 futures… the marketplace

    Real World Customer Experience – Ealing Council

    A launch customer will speak about their experiences of Office 365.

    Product(s):Office 365

    Ealing Council

    Was Novell for File, Print, Email but a need to move to Microsoft as LoB apps driven

    Real World Customer Experience

    A launch customer will speak about their experiences of Office 365.

    Product(s):Office 365


    Wrap up

    Product(s):Office 365

    Simon May

    Microsoft Event–Harnessing the Power of Cloud Productivity

    Join us at the ‘Harnessing the Power of Cloud Productivity Event’ featuring Kevin Turner Microsoft’s Chief Operating Officer – due to unforeseen circumstances is no longer able to attend. John Jester, General Manager of UK Enterprise Business has now been added to the agenda.

    Now more than ever, productivity is at the top of every business leader’s agenda, while proven security, reliability, usability and absolute control are essential.

    Productivity comes from empowering your people. Giving everyone in your organisation the ability to work together in real time, and collaborate from anywhere on any device.

    · Microsoft Dynamics CRM provides a familiar user experience with a reduced learning curve for greater overall employee productivity; driving connections across people, processes and ecosystems.

    · Microsoft Office 365, the evolution of Microsoft Online Services, helps people connect in new ways – harnessing all the productivity benefits of Microsoft Office, together with the undisputed convenience of Cloud services.

    At this event, we’ll share insights and demonstrate how Microsoft and the Cloud work together. You’ll discover how to get the scalability your organisation needs, while achieving measurable productivity through improved business gains and cost savings.


    K2 – Dr Katy Ring,

    Martini Solution – Anytime, Any place, Anywhere (Business viewpoint), IT professional view is somewhat different.. how to keep secure, deploy, manage, etc.

    Four main ways to deploy..
    Public – e.g. Salesforce, GoogleApps
    Private –
    Mixed model

    a key is a common code-base across on-premise, private, and public.. something that is key to Microsoft’s strategy

    Cloud & FUD

    Fear about Security – is diminishing, only 42% believe it is a greater threat

    Uncertainty about integration – although often easier & quicker than moving an on premise solution

    Doubts about the business case – regulatory e.g. no PCI compliance therefore prohibits some industries, cost/benefit concerns

    Key Message:
    Cloud Computing is the IT industry’s best effort to provide the business solutions we need in the era of the Internet

    Using Cloud Services to drive productivity

    John Jester, General Manager – UK EPG, Microsoft (

    Change of priorities:
    2008 – More for Less
    2009 – Cost Reduction
    2010 – Cloud.. Opportunities provided through Cloud Computing
    2011 – Add capabilities to the business, more business insights but lower cost & more effective

    $9.5B in R&D, 75% on Cloud related activities, 30,000 engineers on Cloud Services
    $2.3B invested in Cloud Infrastructure (geo-replicated customer data, public & private, 30,000 engineers, regional DCs in Americas, EMEA, and APAC)

    Cloud = more speed, agility, productivity

    SharePoint – fastest product to $1B sales

    show of hands for who is virtualised in the data center – about 25%, but John saw 100%..
    More new servers are virtualised than not, existing install base is c. 50/50 – virtualization has worked

    Office 365 – was BPOS but now with Office, plus Exchange, SharePoint, Lync

    Who is using – some very large enterprises inc. >300,000 employees

    Security concerns from IL0->6 – “no one wants their data in the US”

    What happens if you loose your network connection?  building more offline caching capabilities like Outlook

    When will Office 365 be available?  “in the first half of the year” June! was the answer from the 365 team

    Drive Business Success: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011

    Brad Wilson, General Manager – CRM, Microsoft

    Microsoft claim the leader in CRM with 23,000 customers with 1,400,000 users in 80 countries with 40+ languages, and 1,200 software & services partners
    100+ hosted services providers for specialized solutions and territories

    Microsoft is the biggest user of Dynamics CRM with 40,000 users and 10,000 on CRM 2011

    How much in the UK? Launch promotion of £22.75 per user./month for first 12 months if signed by June 30th.

    Look and feel like Outlook – Office fluent, Contextual SharePoint

    Lots of incentives to move from competing products such as Salesforce & Oracle

    Windows Workflow Foundation 4.0 commonality between SharePoint & Dynamics CRM

    Release cadence for CRM online is planned to be 6-9 months, in last 30 months has been 5 releases (in US market).

    Cloud Productivity Brought to Life

    Hayley Bass &

    Demo of a CRM online customised property sales & management application interfaced with an Azure web portal to provide a feature rich public website and back-office system utilizing Lync and SharePoint.


    Cloud Productivity in Action

    Alex Montgomery, Solutions Consultant, Microsoft UK

    speakers from 3 customers using CRM Online:

    – NSPCC

    – Wise Group