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  • Blog Post: "The action could not be completed. Try again.” How many times before calling it a day?

    The end-user just called you and stated that no matter how many times he keeps trying, the result is pretty much the same. Ok, so it seems that the suggestion is not good enough. What can you do if all you have is this error message and a complaining user? Well, there is often a log file of some...
  • Blog Post: HTTP Error 401.5 – Unauthorized: a very plausible scenario

    Recently, my customer started complaining that an externally-facing web site was not working properly. Apparently no changes had been made to the web site… This is very common in the field: nothing happens and software starts decaying in what seems to be a Half-Life phenomena. However, the site had been...
  • Blog Post: Where can the new Ignoreisactive Parameter for the STSADM Sync Operation be used?

    After the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server build 12.0.6314.5000, the stsadm Sync operation introduced a new parameter – “ignoreisactive”, specially designed for the issue described in the following article: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/952683 . This issue occurs because the tp_IsActive...
  • Blog Post: Adapting SQLDiag to your needs

    Often times, our team is confronted with SQL Server performance issues and in most of those times, the issues are due to locking and blocking in heavily loaded scenarios. As such, our typical approach consists in gathering a SQL Server Profiler trace while running a script which periodically polls the...
  • Blog Post: A Simply but Great Visual Network Tool to Improve Web Site Performance and Best Practices

    A few days ago, I needed to analyze and profile a start page of a web site. My main concern was performance (time to get all the page, network issues, unnecessary round trips, unnecessary bytes, ...). My first question: Which tool can help me? I found a lot of network tools, and I started out with...
  • Blog Post: How to rename AD Group Name in Site Collection

    If you have ever tried to change an AD Group Name, you would have seen that the old name will still appear in the Site Collection. Probably you will try to solve the problem in the SSP Profiles, or using “stsadm migrateuser”, but after some time you will understand that this won’t solve the issue...
  • Blog Post: PAL - Performance Analysis of Logs

    Keeping track of your infrastructure’s health can easily become a big challenge. More and more applications mean more machines, different requirements and a lot more places to look for when your users call you complaining that something is wrong. One of the places you’ve probably looked for answers...
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