Deploying highly available SharePoint Internet Sites on Windows Azure Virtual Machines

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Public facing websites for large organizations generally have very strict Service Level Agreements (SLA) for parameters related to Business Continuity Management (BCM) such as High Availability (HA) and Disaster Recovery (DR). Such SLAs can't be met with just with HA capabilities of a SharePoint farm or 99.95% uptime offered by Azure Virtual Machines (VMs) using availability sets. In this session we will discuss how to meet such demands by implementing two SharePoint farms on two different Azure IAAS data centers (DC) in hot stand-by DR mode which can failover within minutes. We'll do a demo of the auto-failover feature on a live SharePoint environment and explain how we used combination of technologies, SQL Server Always On, Log shipping, Azure Blob storage, and Azure Traffic Manager (ATM) with some support from .NET and Windows Azure power shell to build the above solution. _x000D_ _x000D_ Geo-redundancy in SharePoint is a relatively less explored area even in the on-premise world. Azure IaaS adds some more challenges such as non-availability of cross-datacenter VNET or AD domain. We'll provide information on how to address these challenges and lay out the available choices on techniques, consequences of the choices, and hidden issues to watch out for in each of these aspects._x000D_

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    rprakashg

    if you don't do SPContentDatabase.refreshsitesinconfigurationdatabase() in dr farm after failover, new site collections added wont be accessible

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