The sudden proliferation of VMs across an organization is due to the fact that VMs are easy to install, configure and get them up and running. Since there are numerous benefits due to Virtualization, user adoption has been quick and companies have been able to increase productivity of teams managing and using their existing IT infrastructure. While this has been a positive trend, there are some serious side effects. IT management teams no longer appear to have much control on the growth of VMs. As a result there are VMs that are scattered, either not used or under-used and without functional control, causing VM sprawl. This paper discusses the challenges of how to report on and get an organizational view of your Hyper-v infrastructure.
SharePoint is a popular business content organization, exchange, storage and security portal. The business related content flowing through SharePoint at any given time involves a large volume of data about regular business activity, corporate communication, plans, confidential information, redundant data as well as information related to intellectual property. This gives rise to the need for strong classification of content, based on content types, policies, metadata management, etc. all for the sake of proper reporting and presenting the correct data to the intended users. We have explained the ways to address this content classification and organization challenge in SharePoint and the tool that helps you do just that.
The new age security measures on Windows Server 2012 allow administrators to control the way the data is accessed from the file servers. This has improved data classification which enables controlling access to files and auditing them at the same time. Access controls can be applied to critical files which prevents their access by unauthorized users.
There are several challenges when migrating documents to Microsoft SharePoint. While these challenges can be overcome, they are a real pain if the migration source, content and file systems are not SharePoint friendly. We will discuss some of the common ones here.
When you audit your servers and workstations across your network to find out who has access to what and what actions they can perform on these folders and files, the most important challenge that you face is the sheer volume of data in the form of ACLs or Access Control Lists. Permissions are granted to Accounts, such as users and groups, whose Access Control Entries (ACE) run in to several hundreds of thousands of entries across folders and files. The volume of entries will discourage any manual analysis of NTFS permissions on folders and files.
SharePoint is fast becoming the all-in-one repository for all organizational content, classified and organized in a multitude of ways for users to access them.This results in an automatic need to export / archive SharePoint content for several reasons.
SharePoint Reporting is an organization-wide function and an important task that several different power users must perform depending on the role they play in SharePoint such as, general administration, security & policy audit, site / content ownership etc. A good SharePoint reporting solution must help users address the day-to-day needs such as usage monitoring, health analysis, performance & optimization, audit, resource utilization, security administration, policy management etc.