I am looking to enable RBS for a SharePoint 2010 installation. I was propsoing to install a couple of SMSP platforms (virtual machines) - 1 x for SMSP Manager and 1 x for SMSP Media server but wondered if I need to cluster the media service within a Windows cluster to provide further HA? I read somewhere that I could install multiple media servers so wondered which was the best approach?
Also I wanted to understand if I could use multiple BLOB stores and what would be the recommended maximum size from a 'best practice' perspective?
Hi Adrian -
In order to create Media Service HA here are the steps that you would follow:
Your second question regarding BLOB stores is a bit more difficult to simply provide a general best practice. There are a lot of dependencies that go into figuring out the best approach to using Remote BLOB Storage (RBS) or EBS (although I don't recommend using EBS). What type of workload are you implementing RBS for? High-Collaboration? WORM? What remoting criteria are you going to use? Anything 512KB+ will be remoted off? How many versions of a document are you going to allow for Document Libraries? Always remember even though you may reduce the size of your physical database file (MDF) the total size of your database + CIFS (remoted content) is what makes up the true size of your database. Didn't mean to give you more to think about here but in the end RBS does help with performance and the provider that we ship with SMSP 6.1, 7.0, and 7.1 all work incredibly well.