SharePoint 2016 Monitoring Features: Optimize Your Deployment
I kicked off my first 2016 webinar talking about, what else, SharePoint 2016. We discussed the overview of the three SharePoint investment areas, and then dove into what monitoring features administrators are looking forward to in SharePoint 2016.
First, a reminder of the overall SharePoint 2016 Investment areas:
- Improved User Experiences – These are the key areas the end-users will see an immediate difference between SharePoint 2013 and 2016. First, there are the UI improvements taken from Office 365, OneDrive for Business can be redirected to the cloud, and a true unified search has been created. Finally, there are some additional features, like durable links, the ability to follow sites on-prem and in the cloud, and hybrid Team Sites that demonstrate the future potential of Hybrid SharePoint.
- Cloud-Inspired Infrastructure – The catch-phrase here is “born from the cloud”, and truly SharePoint 2016 code is based off the performant servers that are running Office 365. Here the focus is performance through the dividing of server into MinRole, and the most exciting piece, “Zero Downtime Patching”. There is also a true hybrid profile synchronization, fast site creation and new thresholds and limits that take full advantage of SQL servers.
- Compliance and Reporting – Microsoft has brought some data loss prevention (DLP) from the cloud to on-prem, but some of the advanced features will be provided by sending information to cloud processing and display. Among those experiences are update Insights and Analytics. The server is gathering advanced analytics but as of beta two the processing and display is in the cloud.
Up until this point, the detail that SharePoint provided out of the box was either inadequate or overwhelming. Lots of information could be gathered, but either custom reports or third party tools were required. Over the years I’ve found that detailed monitoring information helps me and my customers understand the relationship between infrastructure and applications. In addition, constant health monitoring provides early warning about developing issues before end-users are impacted, compared to weekly/monthly reporting. Finally, the history of an environments’ health can be used by Administrators and IT Managers alike to create an early plan for adding or removing servers within the infrastructure.
Using these expectations as a baseline, we compared where the future state of hybrid insights and analytics will be, and the current state within an Office 365 tenant. As you can see from the diagrams, we’re not at our ends state yet, so we followed up with what administrators can do today to monitor their environments. On-prem it’s important to not only look at network, SQL and server performance, but also content growth and page performance within SharePoint. In the cloud, page performance and content growth are key indicators of end-users’ experience. Now, or in the future, monitoring the health and performance of your infrastructure or cloud services provides a baseline for planning and performing priority projects throughout your IT organization.
Adam is a Group Program Manager of Secure Collaboration at Exostar and a Microsoft MVP advocating for collaboration by connecting business needs with the right technology. Prior to Exostar, Adam was a Product Manager for Migration at a market leading ISV and a Practice Lead for Office 365 in a cutting-edge Microsoft Consulting firm. Over the last decade Adam has been responsible for moving customers to the cloud, designing and implementing information architecture (SharePoint Farm and content) and increasing user adoption. Adam is an ongoing member of the SharePoint Saturday DC coordinating committee and active speaker at many national events.