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SharePoint Conference Success Powered by Rackspace

Authored by Shannon Bray, SharePoint Technical Architect, SharePoint Evangelist, and Microsoft Certified Trainer.

This post was originally posted on my blog and Rackspace has given me the opportunity to share my story here. 


Last month, I made the trip out to Anaheim, CA to attend my first SharePoint conference, the Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2011. I also had the pleasure of being selected to deliver two sessions.

Most of my demos are typically done on my 16GB laptop, but after the demo gods frowned on me at a previous SharePoint conference; I needed to change the way I demoed my sessions. I ended up taking my sessions to the cloud, trusting both of my sessions to Rackspace. 

My first session, “SPC367: Managing LOB Data with BCS & SharePoint Search”, was right after the keynote and had over 700 attendees. The session required three servers:

• SPC-AD – 4GB, hosted Active Directory
• SPC-SQL – 8GB, hosted SQL Server 2008 R2 and SharePoint Designer
• SPC-Services – 8GB, hosted SharePoint 2010

During this session, I created an External Content Type using SharePoint Designer 2010 and provisioned BCS, Enterprise Search, and Secure Store. The goal of the demos was to take data from an SQL Database (AdventureWorks) and surface it in Search results. While the demo had some rough spots, it was ultimately successful and my evaluations were great!

My second session, “SPC385: Service Application Federation with SharePoint 2010”, required a little more horsepower:

• SPC-AD – 4GB, hosted Active Directory
• SPC-SQL – 8GB, hosted SQL Server 2008 R2 and SharePoint Designer
• SPC-Services – 8GB, hosted SharePoint 2010 (Publishing Farm)
• SPC-SP – 8GB, hosted SharePoint 2010 (Consumer Farm)

During this session, I created two SharePoint farms from scratch. There were no service accounts or SharePoint databases. I used PowerShell to create the farms, the accounts, and all of the services that can be federated. I needed peak performance or I was going to suffer a catastrophic demo.

Rackspace delivered. The demo went perfectly and my session made the conference top 20. Rackspace offers a stable service, and I just bet my future speaking engagements on it. Thank you Rackspace!

 

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Lizetta Staplefoote.

Lizetta Staplefoote is a Rackspace Marketing Copywriter with a decade of experience writing about small business challenges for healthcare, real estate, and technology. Her passion is researching and writing about the impact of cloud computing. When she's not wordsmithing, she enjoys hanging out with her sons, exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains, and feeding her music addiction.


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