The SharePoint Conference 2009 is now in full swing and things are getting down to business with break out sessions on all things SharePoint 2010.

In the session: Overview and Whats New for SharePoint 2010 IT Pro's, we learned there are three main pillars:

  • Flexibility
  • IT Pro Productivity
  • Scalable Infrastructure – “there is no deployment that is too big for SharePoint”


Probably the most obvious enhancement with 2010 is that most of the site pages are now AJAX-compliant. Couple that with the Office Ribbon, and you’ve got a much more streamlined and easy-to-navigate interface.

Support for Large Document Libraries

One challenging issue with 2007 is the lack of support for very large document libraries. 2010 aims to solve that issue by optimizing the render time, so that you can have libraries with huge amounts of items. The out of the box live demo showed a library with over 1 million documents in 1 library. That demo was running on a VM, and he was able to achieve about a 1 sub second response time to download a single item.

Content Organizer

With heavier support for governance and ECM, the end user will be able to more easily find the documents they are looking for. Content organizer settings, another OOTB feature, allows you to create subfolders automatically after a certain threshold of items is reached. So if you’d like a new folder to be automatically created after you’ve reached 25K items, that is now possible without any custom code.

Also by classifying metadata on your items, the content organizer can help you route certain items to specific folders. Furthermore, you can expose these fields as filters, so your end users are able to find what they want without having to call IT.

IT Pro Productivity

Improved Central Administration

The new UI has also been extended to Central Administration. Logging, monitoring and alerts got a big face-lift.

Unified logging, OOTB reports, richer web analytics, open schema for custom reports and System Center Operations Manager integration will all be available right OOTB.

PowerShell Integration

SharePoint is now much more integrated with PowerShell in that you can run PS cmdlets to accomplish routine tasks. We were shown that you can run a command to change the theme of a site right from powershell.

This is part of Microsoft’s initiative to give IT Pros much more control over their environment. STSADM will continue to work, although Microsoft is encouraging admins to move to PowerShell as it is much more integrated with the product.

Developer Dashboard

Microsoft is also pushing proactive resolutions to get ahead of issues. The new developer dashboard will empower devs and end-users to trace problems right within the UI.

A demo showed us how to find bottlenecks within custom solutions and web parts, by integrating debugging capabilities within the developer dashboard.

The health analyzer will allow admins to develop custom rules for server monitoring, so they can proactively defend against common server issues. One specific example used was creating a rule to notify us when there is low disk space on the server.

Scalable Infrastructure


In this section, Simon noted that “there is no deployment that is too big for SharePoint [2010]”. Microsoft has included new features to help admins deploy servers quickly and efficiently. Server prep has one-click pre-req installs. In a matter of hours the enterprise-class machine should be ready for deployment.

Predictable upgrading includes a pre-upgrade checker, visual upgrade, resumable upgrade, progress report and parallel DB upgrades.

IT Pros now have the ability to resume in place upgrades rather than a full abort. The 2010 Prep tool automates many tasks required to upgrade and it includes all prereqs. Just launch the tool from setup, and it will complete all of the necessary steps to make your current 2007 farm ready for the 2010 upgrade.

Business Continuity Management

High availability servicing, lights our recovery, increased SLA will be the focus in 2010. You can now enter a failover database server for each content database within Central Administration. If your main SQL server fails, then SharePoint will automatically switch over to the content db on the failover server that you supplied it with.

Another new feature is the ability to navigate backup databases from Central Administration that are not a part of the farm. You can connect to the backup database on SQL and browse through sites and lists to export them to packages that are ready to import via stsadm or powershell. You can also export them right back into the live SharePoint site of your choice.


You can now manage service accounts within Central Administration with greater control. Not only can you change service account passwords from Central Administration, but you can also setup an automated schedule to change passwords. This will allow admins to automatically create strong passwords without the tediousness of changing service accounts manually throughout the farm.