SharePoint 2010 White Papers

I put together a collection of white papers and diagrams from Microsoft site, which are related to SharePoint 2010 deployment and configuration. Some of them are extremely useful when it comes to planning a new SharePoint installation or preparing technical documentation. I organized SharePoint Server 2010 resources into three categories, trying to match MOF phases – plan, deliver, operate. All other resources are grouped under specific server they relate to, namely Foundation, Search, FAST, Project Server, etc.

Planning phase

Getting started with Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 (SharePtServGetStarted.doc)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=91B175B1-01D0-48DD-9147-58B6E96C500B

Capacity planning for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 (SharePtServPlanCap.doc)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=5F403AD5-0352-4C9B-841B-D73D4CB88F45

Planning guide for server farms and environments for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 (SharePtServPlanPlatfm.doc)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=BBD414C5-00FE-4A65-8A35-D52C9AA84609

Topologies for SharePoint Server 2010 (Topologies_SharePointServer2010.vsd)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=FD686CBB-8401-4F25-B65E-3CE7AA7DBEAB

Extranet Topologies for SharePoint 2010 Products (OIT2010_Model_ExtranetTopologies.vsd)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=EB4BFF25-BABA-4112-B518-F2FC442D5467

Planning guide for sites and solutions for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Part 1 (SharePtServPlanSandS1.doc)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=10104E47-7DFE-4AE5-A9EA-459E6AEBD34E

Planning guide for sites and solutions for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Part 2 (SharePtServPlanSandS2.doc)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=11A9EACD-78C9-442E-AA5A-EE66D9CD5F77

SharePoint 2010 Virtualization Guidance and Recommendations (oit2010-whitepaper-virtualization-guidance.docx)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=7b50c3ec-abb6-4416-a454-c461bff22e78

SharePoint Server 2010 design samples: Corporate portal with classic authentication or with claims-based authentication
(SPS_2010_Design Sample_Corporate Portal_ClaimsAuth.vsd; SPS_2010_Design Sample_Corporate Portal_ClassicAuth.vsd)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=704C984D-2245-4A7D-8FF5-1E57C9A473A8

Delivery phase

Deployment guide for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 (SharePtServDeployment.doc)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=A54C7191-EB05-489E-A7CA-6453ABA8877C

SharePoint 2010 Products Deployment (Deployment_SharePoint2010Products.vsd)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=7604212E-67A6-407D-AE5C-9BB9D6325E17

SharePoint 2010 Products: Virtualization Process (SharePoint2010_ServerVirtualization.vsd)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=87F00C5D-1F62-4D3F-AC92-B91EB70D317E

Hosting Environments for SharePoint 2010 Products (Hosting_SharePointProducts2010.vsd)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=326845D1-95DB-4E55-B65A-218509DEBE24

Services in SharePoint 2010 Products (SvsSingleFarm_SharePointProducts2010.vsd)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=B9CA7745-FFA4-43CA-A638-E1AD868187CE

Cross-farm Services in SharePoint 2010 Products (SvsCrossFarm_SharePointProducts2010.vsd)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=5141C91C-0922-44FC-AAF4-64C5156209EF

Configuring Kerberos Authentication for Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products (SP2010 Kerberos Guide.docx)
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=23176

Remote BLOB storage for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 (SharePtServBLOB.doc)
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=2002

Operational phase

Operations guide for servers and server farms for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 (SharePtServOperations.doc)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=944519E8-E130-4E7A-8A8D-978B10AF77C1

Technical reference for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 (SharePtServTechRef.doc)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=A3B9FA1B-0300-489E-8D67-F14DEB4C3A56

Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Technical Library in Compiled Help format (SharePtServer2010.chm)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=3629425D-1505-456E-89E2-EDE95F75FFE5

Business continuity management for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 (SharePtServContinuity.doc)
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=9623

SP 2010 Foundation Resources

Getting started with Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 (SharePtFoundGetStart.doc)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=2D789716-2293-4007-A485-E092CA5EDC60

Deployment guide for Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 (SharePointFoundDeplo.doc)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=4CF799A5-5C53-4BE7-B8DD-43DC8C49A1D4

Planning guide for Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 (SharePointFoundPlan.doc)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=206A9F99-C42D-42B2-9094-A3B2EF4FCD12

Operations guide for SharePoint Foundation 2010 (SharePointFoundOps.doc)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=71434993-E26F-43BE-B1BC-1DCAE65D46B5

Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 Technical Library in Compiled Help format (SharePtFound2010.chm)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=C8CF1631-0F48-4A02-A18D-54B04EB7F0A7

Technical reference for Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 (SharePointFoundTecR.doc)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=32AE8CBE-A657-481D-A1D6-46140495231A

Business continuity management for Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 (SharePtFoundContinuit.doc)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=288C1D67-E980-477D-9EDD-F0865C3E533B

Search

Getting Started with Enterprise Search in SharePoint 2010 Products (Getting Started with Enterprise Search in SharePoint 2010 Products.docx)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=96663B95-E9F5-48C8-BEB9-A15AD119C499

Search Technologies for SharePoint 2010 Products (Search Model 1 of 4 – Search Technologies.vsd)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=D7C0091E-5766-496D-A5FE-94BEA52C4B15

Search Environment Planning for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 (Search Model 2 of 4 – Search Environment Planning.vsd)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=5655EACA-22DF-4089-BCD3-38A1F5318140

Search Architectures for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 (Search Model 3 of 4 – Search Architectures.vsd)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=22FFC029-2C08-457D-8311-CA457C6D160E

Design Search Architectures for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 (Search Model 4 of 4 – Farm-level design.vsd)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=5A3CA177-FB9A-4901-9797-0C384277DB7C

Microsoft Search Server 2010 Technical Library in Compiled Help format (SearchServer2010.chm)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=73B58B97-847A-4D86-892E-464826603D2B

FAST Search

Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint Enterprise Search Evaluation Guide (FASTSearchServer2010_SearchEvalGuide.docx)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=F1E3FB39-6959-4185-8B28-5315300B6E6B

FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint Capacity Planning (FASTSearchSharePoint2010CapacityPlanningDoc.docx)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=65B799E3-825C-4398-8CD7-3311D3297997

Deployment guide for FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint (FASTDeployment.doc)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=36411DA5-EA48-4AB5-8114-21ADB21259DE

Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint Technical Library in Compiled Help format (FASTSearch2010.chm)
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=EAD44C66-7D02-4EDF-9E56-2F56C6F59F22

Virtualization

Virtualization Overview, Methods, and Models
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=884E2E2A-E4D5-43C5-AAAF-5C1E6D793D9C

IT Manager: Platform Solution Blueprint – Virtualization
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=1D7B4A0C-F21A-4E07-A779-F9F61A6D45D1

The Most Useful Undocumented SharePoint 2007/2010 Shortcuts

Here are a few of the most useful SharePoint shortcuts, which work in all versions of SharePoint 2007 and 2010 (even 2003).

Enter page web part maintenance mode

Append ?contents=1 to the URL of the page for which you want to enter maintenance mode, for example:
http://site/page.aspx?contents=1

Enter page edit mode

Including system pages, such as view or edit pages: NewForm.aspx, EditForm.aspx, AllItems.aspx, etc.
In Internet Explorer’s URL bar type:

javascript:MSOLayout_ToggleLayoutMode();
or
javascript:MSOTlPn_ShowToolPane(‘2’);

For more details on ShowToolPane parameter, you can refer to this old MSDN article.

Heads up: There is one thing you must seriously consider before editing a system page. This lesson I learnt the hard way from exposing modified edit pages to end-users. When you modify a previously read-only system page, such as a view or edit form, through the shortcut explain above, you make it available for editing to anyone who has contribute rights on that library or list. Hence that page becomes vulnerable to accidental changes by non-power users, because previously hidden Edit Page menu will be visible to them in Site Actions menu.

Access administration pages

A few quick shortcuts that I find not only can save time, but also help bypass obscurity created by system administrators:

http://site/_layouts/savetmpl.aspx – Save site as a template
http://site/_layouts/create.aspx – Create (libraries, lists, pages, sites)
http://site/_layouts/settings.aspx – Site settings
http://site/_layouts/newsbweb.aspx – Create a new site or workspace
http://site/_layouts/sitemanager.aspx – Site content and structure browser