Latest SharePoint 2013 Resources


Best practices are, and rightfully so, always a much sought-after topic. There are various kinds of best practices:


•Microsoft best practices. In real life, these are the most important ones to know, as most companies implementing SharePoint best practices have a tendency to follow as much of these as possibly can. Independent consultants doing architecture and code reviews will certainly take a look at these as well. In general, you can safely say that best practices endorsed by Microsoft have an added bonus and it will be mentioned whenever this is the case.

•Best practices. These practices are patterns that have proven themselves over and over again as a way to achieve a high quality of your solutions, and it’s completely irrelevant who proposed them. Often MS best practices will also fall in this category. In real life, these practices should be the most important ones to follow.

•Practices. These are just approaches that are reused over and over again, but not necessarily the best ones. Wiki’s are a great way to discern best practices from practices. It’s certainly possible that this page refers to these “Practices of the 3rd kind”, but hopefully, the SharePoint community will eventually filter them out. Therefore, everybody is invited and encouraged to actively participate in the various best practices discussions.
This Wiki page contains an overview of SharePoint 2013 Best Practices of all kinds, divided by categories.


This section discusses best practices regarding performance issues.
•     , the SharePoint Flavored Weblog Reader (SFWR) helps troubleshooting performance problems by analyzing the IIS log files of SharePoint WFEs.
•   , PressurePoint Dragon for SharePoint 2013 helps executing performance tests.
•     , a tool for checking capacity planning limits.
•   , a command line tool for pinging SharePoint and getting the response time of a SharePoint page.
•   , a WPF client for  for pinging SharePoint and getting the response time of a SharePoint page.
• , in depth info about performance counters relevant to SharePoint 2013.
•   , TechNet performance monitoring tips.
•   , the Web Capacity Analysis Tool (WCAT) is a lightweight HTTP load generation tool to measure the performance of a web server. Used by MS support in various capacity analysis plans.
•Improve SharePoint Speed by fixing a SSL Trust Issue,
•   , Large Lists.
•   , Estimating performance and capacity.

SharePoint Server 2013 Build Numbers


Version Build # Type Server
Package (KB) Foundation
Package (KB) Language
specific Notes
Public Beta Preview   15.0.4128.1014 Beta n/a n/a yes Known issues
SPS 2013   RTM 15.0.4420.1017 RTM n/a n/a yes Setup, Install
Dec. 2012 Fix 15.0.4433.1506 update 2752058
2752001   n/a yes Known Issue
March 2013   15.0.4481.1005 PU 2767999   2768000   global New Baseline
April 2013    15.0.4505.1002 CU – 2751999   global Known Issue
April 2013   15.0.4505.1005 CU 2726992   – global Known Issue
June 2013   15.0.4517.1003 CU   2817346   global Known Issue   1
Known Issue 2
June 2013   15.0.4517.1005 CU 2817414   – global Known Issue 1  Known Issue 2
August 2013   15.0.4535.1000 CU 2817616   2817517   global –
October 2013   15.0.4551.1001 CU   2825674   global –
October 2013   15.0.4551.1005 CU 2825647     global –
December 2013   15.0.4551.1508 CU   2849961   global –
December 2013   15.0.4551.1511 CU 2850024     global see KB
Feb. 2014 – skipped! n/a – – – – –
SP1-released Apr.2014   15.0.4569.1000
(15.0.4569.1506) SP 2817429

2880552   –   yes

Re-released SP

SP1-released Apr.2014
fixed Build:
SP  –
2760625   – Fix
2880551   – Current

Known Issue

Re-released SP

April 2014   15.0.4605.1004 CU 2878240   2863892   global Known Issue
MS14-022 15.0.4615.1001 PU 2952166   2952166   n/a Security fix
June 2014   15.0.4623.1001 CU 2881061   2881063   global n/a


Feature Overview

This section discusses best places to get SharePoint feature overviews.
•   , nice feature comparison.
•   , extensive SharePoint Online overview.
•   , deprecated features.
•   , matrix overview.
•   , nice overview including SharePoint 2013, 2010, 2007, and Office 365.
•   , 2013 standard vs enterprise.
•–Enterprise-vs–Foundation-Feature-Comparison-Matrix  , 2013 standard vs enterprise vs foundation.
•   , overview of all 2013 versions.

Capacity Planning
•   , excellent planning resource.
•   , overview of various technical diagrams.
•   , info about scaling search.
•   , capacity boundaries.


This section discusses installation best practices.
• , provides a detailed explanation how to create a SharePoint 2013 development environment.
•   , system requirements overview.
•   , provides an overview of the administrative and service accounts you need for a SharePoint 2013 installation.
•   , describes SharePoint 2013 administrative and service account permissions for SQL Server, the File System, File Shares, and Registry entries.
• , naming conventions and permission overview for service accounts.
•  , a methodical approach to upgrading to SharePoint 2013.
•   , Automated SharePoint 2010/2013 installation using PowerShell and XML configuration.
•   , GUI tool for configuring the AutoSPInstaller configuration XML.
• , describes how to set up a dev environment needed for creating Windows Apps that leverage SharePoint.
•   , installing workflows.
•Install SharePoint 2013 on a single server with SQL Server
•Install SharePoint 2013 on a single server with a built-in database
•Install SharePoint 2013 across multiple servers for a three-tier farm
•Install and configure a virtual environment for SharePoint 2013
•Install or uninstall language packs for SharePoint 2013
•Add web or application servers to farms in SharePoint 2013
•Add a database server to an existing farm in SharePoint 2013
•Remove a server from a farm in SharePoint 2013
•Uninstall SharePoint 2013
•Install and configure a virtual environment for SharePoint 2013

Upgrade and Migration

This section discusses how to upgrade to SharePoint 2013 from a previous version.
•   Why SharePoint 2013 Cumulative Update takes 5 hours to install, improve CU (patch) Installation times from 5 hours to 30 mins.
• discusses best practices for upgrading from SharePoint 2007 to 2013.
• , upgrade SharePoint Foundation 2013 to SharePoint Server 2013.
•   , SharePoint 2010 to 2013.
•   , upgrade databases from SharePoint 2010 to 2013.
•,d.d2k   , PDF document containing extensive info about Proven Practices for Upgrading or Migrating to SharePoint 2013.
•   , upgrade from sharepoint 2007 or wss 3 to sharepoint 2013.


This section discusses infrastructure best practices.
•   , infrastructure diagrams.
• , dealing with geographically dispersed locations.

Backup and Recovery
This section deals with best practices about the back up and restore of SharePoint environments. •   , general overview of backup and recovery.
•   , back-up solutions for specific parts of SharePoint.
•   , good info about disaster recovery.
•   , high availability architectures.
• , how to back up SharePoint online?

•   , great resource about SharePoint databases.
•   , removing ugly GUIDs from SharePoint database names.

Implementation and Maintenance

This section deals with best practices about implementing SharePoint.
• explains how to implement SharePoint.
•   , rename service applications.


This section deals with best practices regarding SharePoint Apps.
•   , great resource for planning Apps.
•  ,  a resource for building apps for SharePoint.
•   , Best practices and design patterns for app license checking.

Every day use
• , using folders
• , discusses options for navigating up
• , discusses best practices for choosing between choice, lookup or taxonomy column


This section deals with useful SharePoint add-ons.
•  , an collection of web parts for an enterprise dashboard.
•  , an app for iPhone/iPad that enhances mobile access to SharePoint documents.

This section covers best practices targeted towards software developers. • , discusses when to use farm solutions, sandbox solutions, or sharepoint apps.
• , guidelines to help you pick the correct client API to use with your app.
•   , guidelines to help you pick the correct client API for your SharePoint solution.
• , describes how to set up a dev environment needed for creating Windows Apps that leverage SharePoint.
• , discusses how to deal with connection strings in auto-hosted apps.


This section contains debugging tips for SharePoint.
•Use WireShark to capture traffic on the SharePoint server.
•Use a Text Differencing tool to compare if web.config files on WFEs are identical.
•Use Fiddler to monitor web traffic using the People Picker. This will provide insight in how to use the people picker for custom development. Please note: the client People Picker web service interface is located in SP.UI.ApplicationPages.ClientPeoplePickerWebServiceInterface.

•Troubleshooting Office Web Apps
• , troubleshooting search suggestions.
•   , troubleshooting claims authentication.
•   , troubleshooting fine grained permissions.
• , troubleshooting email alerts.


This section discusses best practices regarding SharePoint 2013 farm topologies.
•Office Web Apps topologies
•How to configure SharePoint Farm
•How to install SharePoint Farm
•Overview of farm virtualization and architectures


This section discusses SharePoint accessibility topics.
•   , shortcuts for SharePoint.
•   , conformance statement A-level (WCAG 2.0).
•   , conformance statement AA-level (WCAG 2.0).

Top 10 Blogs to Follow
It’s certainly a best practice to keep up to date with the latest SharePoint news. Therefore, a top 10 of blog suggestions to follow is included. 1.Corey Roth at
2.Jeremy Thake at
3.Nik Patel at
4.Yaroslav Pentsarskyy at
5.Giles Hamson at
6.Danny Jessee at
7.Marc D Anderson at
8.Andrew Connell at
9.Geoff Evelyn at
10. /  , Nikander & Margriet on SharePoint.

Recommended SharePoint Related Tools

What to put in your bag of tools?
1.    , the SharePoint Flavored Weblog Reader (SFWR) helps troubleshooting performance problems by analyzing the IIS log files of SharePoint WFEs.
2.   , PressurePoint Dragon for SharePoint 2013 helps executing performance tests.
3.   , a tool for checking capacity planning limits.
4.    , Muse.VSExtensions, a great tool for referencing assemblies located in the GAC.
5.   , helps with all your PowerShell development. In a SharePoint environment, there usually will be some.
6.   , Visual Studio extension based on PowerGUI that adds PowerShell IntelliSense support to Visual Studio.
7.   , FishBurn Systems provides some sort of CKSDev lite for VS.NET 2012/SharePoint 2013. Very useful.
8.   , web extensions make creating CSS in VS.NET a lot easier and supports CSS generation for multiple platforms.
9.  , the SharePoint 2010 Administration Toolkit (works on 2013).
10.   , a great tool when you’ve installed your SharePoint farm on Azure.


If you want to learn about SharePoint 2013, there are valuable resources out there to get started.
•  , basic training for IT Pros.
•   , free eBook.
•   , great resource with advanced online and interactive sessions.   , at the end there’s a nice overview of training resources.

See Also
•SharePoint 2013 Portal
•SharePoint 2013 – Service Applications
•SharePoint 2013 – Resources for Developers
•SharePoint 2013 – Resources for IT Pros



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