Brian the PFE

Postings from a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer regarding planning, implementation, and trouble-shooting Microsoft products and technologies.
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    Expired Sessions are not being Deleted from the ASP.NET Session State Database

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    **UPDATE** Based on comments from readers I had to revisit this topic and admittedly I was confusing two different topics! The ASP.Net Session Service and the State Session Service. I have updated the content in this article and welcome additional edits...
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    Least Privilege Configuration for Workflow Manager with SharePoint 2013

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    I went about setting up Workflow Manager with SharePoint 2013 and found that there were plenty of articles and content that said "install this", "run this", but none of them really addressed the issue of a least privileged setup. So I figured it might...
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    Export-SPWeb Syntax Changes Between Root Site and Sub Sites

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    Working on a somewhat related issue today and needed to test something with Export-SPWeb . We were trying to import a list from an STP (List template) and in order to get there I decided to export one of my own lists and play around a bit. Much to my...
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    PowerShell caching leads to head-banging

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    I was attempting to repro a customer issue today and was growing more and more frustrated by the apparent problem that my code was not getting updated with each subsequent build and deployment. It turned out to be something I never would have guessed...
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    401 – Unauthorized Response to Register-SPWorkflowService

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    My previous post about configuring the Workflow Manager using least privilege is a great start; however I realized the other day that I was missing something. Thinking about a more realistic scenario and indeed if I decided that I need high availability...
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    Provided User Name was not Encoded as a Claim

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    So today's lesson is quite bizarre.. and I'm not sure where *exactly* the problem lies just yet. I was going through the process of configuring my SharePoint 2013 (SP2013) farm to test something with an external list that is bound to an external content...
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    Blob Size Never Reduces When Using RBS with SharePoint 2010

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    So last week I had a customer let me know that after configuring RBS (remote blob storage) with their SharePoint Server 2010 environment they noticed that the blob size was not reducing after they would delete a document from the SharePoint library. So...
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    SP2013 State Service Required for Search

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    I had configured my farm without using the wizard – like any good SharePoint Administrator should do. Everything was working great as far as I could tell; I had User Profiles, Taxonomy, Search, the entire Social experiences, email… everything. As I was...
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    Broken trust after configuring ADFS v2 and a single DC

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    This is not a critical issue by any means as I doubt this will occur in a real production environment; however I feel the need to alert everyone to a possible issue that will render their DC unusable. I’ve been playing around with ADFS v2 and SharePoint...
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    SELECT Permission Denied When Consuming User Profile Service Application

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    **Updated to include the officially supported method** While setting up a repro scenario a month or so ago I encountered an interesting issue with consuming the User Profile Service Application (UPSA). And by interesting, of course I mean maddening…...
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    SharePoint 2013 Shredded Storage vs. RBS

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    **THIS IS A REPOST** It’s important to note that sometimes information needs to be re-posted.. This post was originally created by a peer of mine at Microsoft – Chris Mullendore – on his Microsoft blog. When he moved on, the post disappeared and the rest...
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    "Drives are running out of free space"...but who cares?

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    SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010 introduced a pretty cool new feature of built-in health rules. These rules will monitor for commonly known issues and helps to alert you if your SharePoint farm may be experiencing issues that either...
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    Instead of the Default View 'All Site Content' links to List Settings

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    In Windows SharePoint Service v3 (WSSv3) and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS), there is a link in the Quick Launch area of sub webs (unless it's been hidden or disabled) titled "View All Site Content". This link will navigate to an ASPX...
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    SharePoint Server 2010 and incoming email

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    I received a call from a customer last week stating that they were able to configure incoming email on some of their lists/libraries, but not on others. When pressed for details they elaborated that they had enabled it in Central Administration: ...
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    SharePoint 2013 and the chrome control

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    I’ve been going through the new features in SharePoint 2013 – as most of us have been – and the other day I was working with the new chrome control. As you likely know by now, SharePoint 2013 introduces a new app model. I won’t go into detail on the new...
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    SP2013 Newsfeed/ActivityFeed … experience learned

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    One thing I continually re-learn in this business is that you cannot be too careful or too simple when trying to trouble-shoot issues. I recently built a new SharePoint 2013 farm to get my working bits up to the released build (RTM). After setting up...
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    Why Foundation when you can Search?

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    I was helping to plan a migration for one of my customers from Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 to SharePoint Foundation 2010. At the point where we were one week from migration he happened to ask, “hey… what about Search Server Express 2010...
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    SSRS 2012 Cannot Create Managed Account

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    Synopsis: When preparing to perform an in-place upgrade of SSRS 2008 R2 SP1 (SharePoint Integrated Mode) to SSRS 2012, be sure that the current SSRS service account is *not* already a SharePoint managed account. Details: One of my latest tasks...
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    logparser for ULS reference post

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      Most of the time I try to write posts of issues that I’ve encountered or things that might help customers with their implementations of enterprise software. Currently I’m working on a project where we are trying to make some proactive changes for...
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    URLScan intereferes with WebDav

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    This is by no means an all-encompassing blog entry about trouble-shooting WebDav with SharePoint, but this is a post about a single issue that I encountered and hope to help others with additionals toolsets in this area. While assisting a customer...
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    FAST Search for SharePoint Configuration Failure

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    One of my good friends, Cory Roberts, pinged me the other day with a problem concerning configuration of FAST Search for SharePoint 2010 (FS4SP). I had done a couple of installations so had at least *seen* it. :-) He had completed all of the pre-req...
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    Be Wary of Powershell Tab Complete!!

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    This post is just a quick warning to be wary – or at least aware of – the tab complete functionality in Powershell. I had a customer contact me today and tell me that they had inadvertently hosed their SharePoint 2010 Claims enabled site. The email went...
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    HowTo Get the Raw LDAP Query from SharePoint’s User Profile Import

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    **WARNING: This article discusses modifications to default settings for your SharePoint installation. Please understand completely the steps you are taking and the risks to your farm before proceeding. MIISClient can be a useful tool for monitoring user...
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    Simplifying?? Provider Hosted Apps with SharePoint 2013–Part 1 of X?

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    From my own experience and most everyone I’ve talked with, if you’ve done anything with SP2013 Provider Hosted Apps, there seem to be three outcomes: You just get it You just don’t get it You beat your head against a wall and randomly get it to work without...
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    Least Privilege Remote Configuration of Search for SharePoint Server 2013

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    My customer was going through the process of creating scripts to configure their latest SharePoint Server 2013 (SP2013) farm and encountered an issue while provisioning the Search topology. It was quite a sticking point for them so I began some research...
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