Importance of aligned SharePoint Development environments

In numerous projects I have seen development environments that resemble nothing like production. Only to result in a problematic transition through the ALM process, bugs caused by inconsistency, significant differences in SharePoint updates, configuration and even permissions.

I am not saying that you shouldn’t write your app to “expect a specific configuration” or to avoid best practices around handling configuration issues. However, to reduce issues down the line, as a minimum, environments should be setup with the following:

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Fixing the trust relationship issue for old VMs

Restoring archived VMs, only to find that the trust relationship between the VM and AD has failed. This is an age old problem that I have encountered throughout my time working with VMs and SharePoint development environments.

I have found a great reference for fixing this issue by Thomas Balkeståhl and his blog post: Fix: The trust relationship between this workstation and the primary domain failed

The key take-away from this blog:

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Ignite: Building and running SharePoint Online

Have you ever wondered how Microsoft manage SharePoint Online?

Recently the Microsoft Ignite Conferences have released presentations showing how they have implemented such a large scale SharePoint/OneDrive platform across the world.

It truly is amazing to watch and marvel over the architecture:

I’d love to get hold of the machine learning software that auto-fixes environments 😉

I didn’t come by this during a random google, the new Microsoft Tech Community posted this in forum under ignite content. I highly recommend joining this community as this has now replaced the Yammer Group.

Enjoy!

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