Category : Architecture

SharePoint 2013 Platform Options – Hybrid with Office 365

What BDMs and architects need to know about a Hybrid with Office 365 deployment.

Overview

Hybrid with Office 365

Combine the benefits of Office 365 with an on-premises deployment of SharePoint 2013
Choose which features to integrate.

SharePoint Search

  • Users can see search results from both environments.
  • Extranet users can log in remotely with an on-premises Active Directory account and use all available hybrid functionality.

Business Connectivity Services

  • From SharePoint Online: Users can perform both read and write operations.
  • The BCS service connects to an on-premises SharePoint Server 2013 farm.
  • The BCS service configured on the on-premises farm brokers the connection to on-premises OData Service endpoints.

Duet Enterprise Online

  • From SharePoint Online: Users can perform read and write operations against an on-premises SAP system.

Best for

  • Use Office 365 for external sharing and collaboration instead of setting up an extranet environment.
  • Move My Sites (OneDrive for Business) to the cloud to make it easier for users to access their files remotely.
  • Start new team sites in Office 365.
  • Integrate an Office 365 site with on-premises BCS SharePoint environment.

License requirements

  • Office 365 — Subscription model, no additional licenses needed.
  • On-premises — All on-premises licenses apply.

Architecture tasks

In addition to tasks for both the Office 365 and on-premises environments:

  • Determine how much feature integration is desired and choose the hybrid topology.
    See this model poster: Which hybrid topology should I Use?
  • If required, determine which proxy server device will be used.

IT Pro responsibilities

In addition to tasks for both the Office 365 and on-premises environments:

  • Configure the proxy server device, if required
  • Configure the hybrid identity management infrastructure: SSO and server-to-server authentication between the two environments.
  • Configure the integration of chosen features: search, BCS, Duet Enterprise
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SharePoint 2013 Platform Options – Microsoft Azure

What BDMs and architects need to know about a Microsoft Azure deployment.

Overview

Microsoft Azure

Take advantage of the cloud while maintaining full control of the platform and features.

  • Microsoft Azure is a platform that provides the infrastructure and app services needed to host a SharePoint 2013 farm.
  • Infrastructure Services.
  • Best native cloud platform for SQL Server and SharePoint.
  • Computing resources are available almost immediately with no commitment.
  • Focus on applications, instead of datacenters and infrastructure.
  • Inexpensive development and test environments.
  • SharePoint solutions can be accessible from the Internet or only accessible from a corporate environment through a site-to-site VPN tunnel.
    Customizations are not limited.

Best for

  • SharePoint for Internet Sites — Public facing sites. Take advantage of Microsoft Azure AD for customer accounts and authentication.
  • Developer, test, and staging environments — Quickly provision and un-provision entire environments.
  • Hybrid applications — Applications that span your datacenter and the cloud.
  • Disaster recovery environment — Quickly recover from a disaster, only pay for use.
  • Farms that require deep reporting or auditing.
  • Web analytics.
  • Data encryption at rest (data is encrypted in the SQL databases).

License requirements

  • Microsoft Azure subscription (includes the server operating system)
  • SQL Server
  • SharePoint 2013 Server License
  • SharePoint 2013 Client Access License

Architecture tasks

Design the Microsoft Azure network environment:

  • Virtual network within Microsoft Azure, including subnets.
  • Domain environment and integration with on-premises servers.
  • IP addresses and DNS.
  • Affinity groups and storage accounts.

Design the SharePoint environment in Microsoft Azure:

  • SharePoint farm topology and logical architecture.
  • Microsoft Azure availability sets and update domains.
  • Virtual machines sizes.
  • Load balanced endpoint.
  • External Endpoints for public access, if desired.
  • Design the disaster recovery environment.

IT Pro responsibilities

Deploy and manage the Microsoft Azure and SharePoint environment:

  • Implement and manage the Microsoft Azure network environment.
  • Deploy the SharePoint environment.
  • Update SharePoint farm servers.
  • Add or shut down virtual machines as needed based on farm utilization.
  • Increase or decrease virtual machine sizes, as needed.
  • Backup the SharePoint environment.
  • Implement the disaster recovery environment and protocol.

 

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SharePoint 2013 Platform Options – On-premises

What BDMs and architects need to know about an on-premises deployment.

Overview
On Premises

  • You own everything.
  • Capacity planning and sizing.
  • Server acquisition and setup.
  • Deployment.
  • Scaling out, patching, and operations.
  • Backing up data.
  • Maintaining a disaster recovery environment.
  • Customizations are not limited.

Best for

  • In-country farms (when data is required to reside within a jurisdiction).
  • Complex BI solutions that must reside close to BI data.
  • Private cloud solutions.
  • Highly customized solutions.
  • Legacy solutions with third- party components that depend on hardware and software that are not supported on Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services.
  • Privacy restrictions that prevent synchronization of Active Directory accounts with Microsoft Azure Active Directory (a requirement for Office 365).
  • Organizations that desire control of the entire platform and solution.

License requirements

  • Server Operating System
  • SQL Server
  • SharePoint 2013 Server License
  • SharePoint 2013 Client Access License

Architecture tasks

Design the SharePoint environment in an existing on-premises environment:

  • SharePoint farm topology and logical architecture.
  • Server hardware.
  • Virtual environment, if used.
  • Load balancing.
  • Integration with Active Directory and DNS.
  • Design the disaster recovery environment.

IT Pro responsibilities

Deploy and manage the SharePoint on premises environment:

  • Provision servers.
  • Deploy the SharePoint environment.
  • Update SharePoint farm servers.
  • Add or remove farm servers as needed based on farm utilization.
  • Backup the SharePoint environment.
  • Implement the disaster recovery environment and protocol.
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SharePoint 2013 Platform Options – SharePoint in Office 365

What BDMs and architects need to know about SharePoint in Office 365 deployment.

Overview
SharePoint in Office 365

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gain efficiency and optimize for cost with Office 365 multi-tenant plans.

  • Software as a Service (SaaS).
  • Rich feature set is always up to date.
  • Includes a Microsoft Azure Active Directory tenant (can be used with other applications).
  • Directory integration includes synchronizing account names and passwords between the on-premises Active Directory environment and the Microsoft Azure Active Directory tenant.
  • If single sign-on is a requirement, Active Directory Federation Services can be implemented.
  • Client communication over the Internet through encrypted and authenticated access (port 443).
  • Data migration is limited to what can be uploaded over the Internet.
  • Customizations: Apps for Office and SharePoint, SharePoint Designer 2013

Best for

  • Secure external sharing and collaboration (unique feature!).
  • Intranet — team sites, My Sites, and internal collaboration.
  • Document storage and versioning in the cloud.
  • Basic public-facing website.

Additional features with Office 365 Dedicated Subscription Plans:

  • Microsoft data center equipment that is dedicated to your company or organization and not shared with any other organization.
  • Each customer environment resides in a physically separate network.
  • Client communication across an IPSec-secured VPN or customer-owned private connection. Two-factor authentication is optional.
  • ITAR-support plans.

License requirements

  • Subscription model, no additional licenses needed

Architecture tasks

  • Plan and design directory integration. Two options (either option can be deployed on premises or in Microsoft Azure):
    • Password sync (requires one 64-bit server).
    • Single sign-on (requires ADFS and multiple servers).
  • Ensure network capacity and availability through firewalls, proxy servers, gateways, and across WAN links.
  • Acquire third-party SSL certificates to provide enterprise-security for Office 365 service offerings.
  • Plan the tenant name, design site. collection architecture and governance.
  • Plan customizations, solutions, and apps for SharePoint Online.
  • Decide if you want to connect to Office 365 by using the Internet Protocol 6 (IPv6)
    — not common.

IT Pro responsibilities

  • Ensure user workstations meet Office 365 client prerequisites.
  • Implement the directory integration plan.
  • Plan and implement internal and external DNS records and routing.
  • Configure the proxy or firewall for Office 365 IP address and URL requirements.
  • Create and assign permissionsto site collections.
  • Implement customizations, solutions, and apps for SharePoint Online.
  • Monitor network availability and identify possible bottlenecks.

 

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