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  • Blog Post: AppFabric Caching (and SharePoint): Configuration and Deployment (Part 2)

    Part 1: AppFabric Caching and SharePoint: Concepts and Examples Part 2: AppFabric Caching (and SharePoint): Configuration and Deployment The Distributed Cache Service SharePoint’s distributed caches are hosted and maintained by the Distributed Cache Service, itself a thin wrapper over a Windows...
  • Blog Post: AppFabric Caching and SharePoint: Concepts and Examples (Part 1)

    Part 1: AppFabric Caching and SharePoint: Concepts and Examples Part 2: AppFabric Caching (and SharePoint): Configuration and Deployment To assist with scaling and performance, SharePoint 2013 utilizes Windows Server AppFabric to maintain an in-memory cache of frequently-used data. While this in-memory...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Apps PowerShell Helpers

    Setup Details Post Download the scripts referenced in this post via the attachment at the end. Replace-SPSTSSigningCertificate Parameters -CERPath: A location to store the newly created self-signed certificate, in case it’s needed for other applications (e.g. AD FS). -PFXPath: A location...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Low-Trust Apps for On-Premises Deployments

    PowerShell Functions and Scripts Post Note: I’ve been wanting to share the details on setting up an OnPrem SharePoint environment to support low-trust apps for a while now. I had some help from the Product Group to get things working, and there were several catches and ‘Aha!’ moments...
  • Blog Post: Better SharePoint Lists and List Items in PowerShell

    Those who've read some of my previous articles or attended my PowerShell trainings know how much emphasis I put on PowerShell's object-centric nature. The great power of PowerShell lies in its ability to dynamically create objects and members from many different object frameworks, including .NET, COM...
  • Blog Post: The Timer Recycle Job (job-timer-recycle)

    Name job-timer-recycle Title Timer Service Recycle Default Schedule Daily at 6:00 AM Service TimerService LockType None (Server) Type Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPTimerRecycleJobDefinition BaseType SPAdministrationServiceJobDefinition   In SharePoint 2010 a daily job to recycle the Timer Service...
  • Blog Post: The SharePoint Administration Service and SPAdministrationServiceJobDefinition

    The Timer Service Recycle, Password Management, and Application Server Administration Service recurring timer jobs all derive from the SPAdministrationServiceJobDefinition class. We'll begin here by presenting and discussing this special timer job class and the SharePoint 2010 Administration Windows...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Timer Job Locks and Scope

    With this post it's time we take our best shot at discussing a somewhat confusing topic - SharePoint timer job locks and scopes. I'll do my best to describe things; if you have questions or need further clarification post a comment and I'll attempt to clarify further. All timer jobs have a scope of...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Timer Service: Config Refresh and Internal Jobs

    In describing the invocation and execution of timer jobs within SharePoint's Timer Service framework, there are a few possible approaches. We could begin by describing the SPJobDefinition class and its various descendants. Another approach would be to describe how the Timer Service instantiates and invokes...
  • Blog Post: The SharePoint Timer Service

    As a single unified logical entity, a SharePoint farm requires a mechanism to run tasks necessary to provide its services. These tasks include updating components of the farm such as servers and services, and updating data and configuration in farm databases. To run these tasks, SharePoint provides its...
  • Blog Post: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the SharePoint Topology Service

    Well, let's get the hard part out of the way first and admit that my earlier post explaining and detailing how to load balance the Topology Service on the publishing farm in a cross-farm federation scenario was just plain wrong. If it makes me feel better, other wise men were fooled as well; but at the...
  • Blog Post: Understanding and extending the SharePoint PowerShell snapin

    SharePoint 2010 introduces the new, powerful SharePoint Management Shell, helping administrators better manage, maintain, and gain insight into their SharePoint environment, while providing a gateway into various aspects of the SharePoint object model for powerful scripting and reporting. The functionality...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 Certificates and Certificate Authority

    SharePoint Certificate Authority and Root Certificate To properly understand the out-of-the-box configuration of the SharePoint local Security Token Service and the SharePoint Services host, it's important to understand the SharePoint certificate authority and collection of certificates created by...
  • Blog Post: Modify SharePoint web.config files via PowerShell (on Hey Scripting Guy)

    It's Guest Blogger Week at the Hey, Scripting Guy blog this week, and today they're featuring an article by me! Check it out at Use PowerShell to script changes to the SharePoint web.config file . Hey, Scripting Guy is a great resource for PowerShell tips and lots of script recipes - a must on the...
  • Blog Post: HTTP Request Throttling in SharePoint 2010 (Part 2)

    In Part 1 of this series on HTTP Request Throttling, we discussed how to retrieve and modify existing monitors. It's now time to see how you can add your own monitors to the Request Throttling and Monitoring system. As an example, we'll assume that you'd like to add a monitor for CPU percentage to the...
  • Blog Post: HTTP Request Throttling in SharePoint 2010 (Part 1)

    SharePoint Web servers can generate a pretty heavy resource load, consuming processor time, memory, and disk I/O. Usually, a farm will continue to process requests even while under heavy strain, only the performance and response time for end users will gradually degrade, as Web pages take longer to return...
  • Blog Post: The SharePoint 2010 Health System: A Quick Primer

    SharePoint 2010 introduces the SharePoint Health framework, a formalized API and user interface for defining checks to be run against SharePoint farms and services and reports to be returned by these checks. The framework actually has its roots in the STSADM PreUpgradeCheck command introduced in SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Remoting for SharePoint

    Well, well, well, if it isn’t our friend the double-hop authentication problem again rearing its ugly head when trying to use PowerShell remoting technologies to manage a SharePoint farm… So you’ve run Set-WSManQuickConfig and/or Enable-PSRemoting on your server, you’ve entered an interactive shell from...
  • Blog Post: Turn Developer Dashboard on/off via PowerShell

    I couldn’t find a simple way to turn the developer dashboard on and off via PowerShell - there’s a STSADM property for it, but who wants to use STSADM anymore? So here’s a function to change the setting quickly. 001 002 003 004 005 006 007 008 009 010 011 012 013 014 015 016 017 018 019 020 function...
  • Blog Post: Double-hop authentication: Why NTLM fails and Kerberos works

    A common scenario in SharePoint is the need to retrieve data from back-end data sources – external databases, Web services, reports via SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS), and data cubes via Analysis Services are some common examples. Often these data sources need to be accessed as the original user...
  • Blog Post: How SharePoint integrates with the ASP.NET Infrastructure

    SharePoint is built on top of ASP.NET. There are several key classes/objects in the SharePoint infrastructure which customize the ASP.NET pipeline; or in the case of SharePoint 2010 the integrated ASP.NET/IIS pipeline. The abstract and base implementations for these classes, as well as important interfaces...
  • Blog Post: Calculate Time-to-First-Byte with PowerShell script (Ping-Url)

    Technorati Tags: powershell , sharepoint One of the ways the Microsoft IT team monitors performance of our internal SharePoint servers is using a tool which calculates time-to-first-byte for a client-generated HTTP request (code at the end of this whitepaper ). This gives us a client-based perspective...
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