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  • Blog Post: How To: Update Site Collection Quotas For Existing Site Collections

    Setting the default quota template for site collections in a web application is easy enough. But what do you do when you want to change the template associated with some or all of the site collection in a web application? Out of the box, there are no good tools to do this. While we certainly have a UI...
  • Blog Post: The Scratch Custom Claims Provider

    Frequently, I find it useful to have a common starting point – what Raymond Chen describes as a “ scratch program ” (or a new scratch program , for those update-minded types). Within SharePoint, things are never that simple – a scratch SharePoint solution is an empty whiteboard, for better or for worse...
  • Blog Post: How often will FillClaimsForEntity in my Custom Claims Provider be called?

    This was the question I posed to a colleague this morning. His answer surprised me – “Every time you authenticate.” Before we move on, let’s just call this foreshadowing . Problem is, this statement was at odds with the behavior that I, and many of you, were seeing/have seen. It just didn’t seem to be...
  • Blog Post: Configuring Failover Databases - and Removing That Configuration

    SharePoint 2010 supports database mirroring for just about every database you can think of (there are some exceptions - the Synchronization database of the User Profile service, for instance). This allows SharePoint to make use of the Failover Partner attribute within the connection to specify the failover...
  • Blog Post: Trusted Identity Providers & User Profile Synchronization

    Recently, a few people have been trying to figure out how to get user profile synchronization working when doing claims authentication via a trusted identity provider, as is the case in many federation scenarios involving ADFS, for instance. I've heard of people writing one-off jobs that iterate over...
  • Blog Post: Multiple Authentication Providers in SharePoint 2010, Part II

    The folks over at Orbit One Internet Solutions took my blog posting regarding automatic selection of authentication providers in SharePoint 2010 and really ran with it. They've posted what looks to be a fine solution adding and extending all the things that I pointed out would be needed in order to turn...
  • Blog Post: User Profiles & Service Application Associations

    I ran into a completely understandable, but rather funny error condition today and thought I'd write up a quick note in case anyone else out there bumps against this, too. In SharePoint 2010, service applications sometimes have dependencies on other service applications. Take User Profiles for instance...
  • Blog Post: Why Is Central Administration Broken?

    Answer: It's not. You just followed our guidance, and we probably should've told you a few additional things. We frequently give people the advice that they should run Central Administration on more than a single machine in the SharePoint farm. The thought goes that, if something really bad were to...
  • Blog Post: Stupid SharePoint PowerShell Tricks, Part I

    Q: I want to enable anonymous access for a Web Application through PowerShell! A: Well, time was the Set-SPWebApplication cmdlet had a -AllowAnonymous switch that made this simple. We have documentation that even refers to the -AllowAnonymous switch. Unfortunately, sometime between Beta 2 and RTM...
  • Blog Post: I Want You To Guess Accurately

    When estimating performance and capacity, there are no guarantees except for the guarantees that you build for yourself . This means that, despite all the documentation, no one, no piece of paper, will ever tell you how your environment is going to behave in the real world. The systems involved are too...
  • Blog Post: Multiple Authentication Methods in SharePoint 2010

    In SharePoint 2007, you were limited to a single authentication mechanism per AAM zone. With SharePoint 2010, this is still the case when dealing with "Classic" mode authentication, but in Claims-based authentication scenarios, the limitation of a signle authentication mechanism per zone is removed....
  • Blog Post: Resources!

    Using AAM URL redirection as part of the upgrade process http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee720448(office.14).aspx Configure forms-based authentication for a claims-based Web application http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee806890(office.14).aspx Determine upgrade approach http...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Web Casts

    On May 4th, from 11:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. Pacific Time in the United States, I'll be the guest on Tech Talks with Tim Van Der Kooi giving my second TechNet Web Cast, this time on upgrading to SharePoint 2010. You can register by clicking here . My first TechNet Web Cast is archived here . Click the link...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 & Service Provisioning

    When you configure a particular service to run on a particular server, if the server you chose isn't the local server, SharePoint registers a timer job (an instance of SPServiceInstanceJobDefinition, to be exact) that has a singular purpose - to deserialize the SPServiceInstance that represents the service...
  • Blog Post: Excluding Disabled User Accounts from Profile Synchronization in SharePoint 2010

    Filtering profile imports is a much more powerful experience in SharePoint 2010, due in large part to the much more generic and extensible profile import mechanism in place. Those familiar with http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;827754 know that in the past, you had to construct...
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