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SharePoint® 2010 Administration: Instant Reference by Milan Gross, Randy Williams

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Understand Farm Topologies

SharePoint is an enormously flexible platform, allowing you to use many combinations when allocating services across the servers. When you are architecting any system’s topology, there are always two principal goals that you should consider: performance and high availability. How responsive does it need to be? How available does it need to be? As much as possible, it’s best to quantify these requirements as they become part of your solution’s service level agreement (SLA).

Designing the right topology for a SharePoint farm is both an art and a science. The process involves many variables, such as user count, anticipated load per user, stakeholder expectations, business continuity requirements, budget, security, and ...

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