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How many farm administrators are recommended for a SharePoint farm? RRS feed

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  • We have a SharePoint farm that consistes of 8 front end servers, 1 search server, a load balancer, 2 email servers, and 1 SQL server. We currently have one dedicated fulltime administrator, and one part time administrator. We have anywhere from 2000 to 10,000 users hitting SharePoint everyday. More users are using it on a consistant basis.

    My question is, how many administrators are recommended for a farm of that size? Is there a scale of reference to follow?

    I ask this because it seems as though the administrative functions needed for maintanence, search, backups, crawls, troubleshooting, user requests, and operations are increasing dramatically. We think we need to beef up our crew, but have no idea of where to start.

    Thabnks in advance for any suggestions or references.

    Wednesday, November 16, 2011 5:29 PM

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  • This kind of depends on how much work you're doing.  Your question seems to be aimed at how many "roles" are required rather than physical logins if I've read it correctly. 

    If you find there aren't enough hours in the day to carry out everything that's required to maintain your environment, it's likely you'll need some help.  

    So the simple answer is, as many as it takes to get the job done! 


    PT_UK http://redmanta.co.uk/blog Twitter: @redmantauk MCTS:WSS,MOSS,2010 MCITP:2010
    • Marked as answer by Pengyu Zhao Friday, November 25, 2011 3:04 AM
    Thursday, November 17, 2011 11:36 AM
  • I think it depends on your work patterns and practices, much more so than the size/usage of your farm.

    If you are going to maintain tight central control and allow users to request things like permission changes, creating sites/libraries/folders, developing InfoPath forms, workflows etc on a regular basis, then your administrative needs are going to be very high.

    If you delegate out, giving users some level of control over their own sites, allowing them to set permissions, create subsites/libraries etc then your administrative needs are going to be a lot lower (and IMO this would be best practice).

    • Marked as answer by Pengyu Zhao Friday, November 25, 2011 3:04 AM
    Thursday, November 17, 2011 2:26 PM

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  • Hey,

    For in SharePoint 2010 you need 2 Administrators..

    • 1 DOMAIN\ADMIN ( example: Contoso\Administrator)
    • 1 SPHAREPOINT\ADMIN ( example: SPAdmin)

    You need to create for each Service a Managed Account. So if a day a service is not running, you will be capable to define the process problem only with the name..

    Exemple:

    • User Profile Syncronization Service = DOMAIN\SPUSPACC ( SharePointUserProfileAccount)
    • Excell Service = DOMAIN\SPEXCELACC
    • Term Store Management = DOMAIN\SPTSMACC

    Hope it helps..


    Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: SharePoint 2010, Configuring
    Microsoft Certified Personal
    Wednesday, November 16, 2011 10:15 PM
  • This kind of depends on how much work you're doing.  Your question seems to be aimed at how many "roles" are required rather than physical logins if I've read it correctly. 

    If you find there aren't enough hours in the day to carry out everything that's required to maintain your environment, it's likely you'll need some help.  

    So the simple answer is, as many as it takes to get the job done! 


    PT_UK http://redmanta.co.uk/blog Twitter: @redmantauk MCTS:WSS,MOSS,2010 MCITP:2010
    • Marked as answer by Pengyu Zhao Friday, November 25, 2011 3:04 AM
    Thursday, November 17, 2011 11:36 AM
  • I think it depends on your work patterns and practices, much more so than the size/usage of your farm.

    If you are going to maintain tight central control and allow users to request things like permission changes, creating sites/libraries/folders, developing InfoPath forms, workflows etc on a regular basis, then your administrative needs are going to be very high.

    If you delegate out, giving users some level of control over their own sites, allowing them to set permissions, create subsites/libraries etc then your administrative needs are going to be a lot lower (and IMO this would be best practice).

    • Marked as answer by Pengyu Zhao Friday, November 25, 2011 3:04 AM
    Thursday, November 17, 2011 2:26 PM