SharePoint 2010 Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard in PowerShell

I have been living and breathing SharePoint 2010 PowerShell the past two months.
During this time, I have created PowerShell scripts to prepare the farm, install SharePoint 2010, install and provision all service applications with their custom database names solely with PowerShell. This is on a multi-server SharePoint 2010 environment. So my scripts had to be able to create and join servers to the farm, start relevant services on App servers. No more stsadm for me!

The crawl server (index) was the most interesting as my script creates the Search SA and then modifies it with the specific database names that your variables you provide.

There were some (many) lessons learned and I will write more on that later.
I would like to show you how the SharePoint Products and Technologies Wizard works underneath and then marry those steps with equivalent PowerShell commands….

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SharePoint slow start – warm up script

Imagine accounting for the time spent waiting for SharePoint to start up in the morning or after a server reboot or an iisreset?

It takes such a long time to load, but after it has loaded, then SharePoint behaves normally. The cause for this is when your Application pool is recycled in IIS. By default it recycles at 2:00AM daily.

The best way to ‘Warm Up’ SharePoint is to run some scripts that would fire up SharePoint in the wee hours of the morning. Read more on how to get this script..

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