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Testing SSL URLs when using SSL Termination
Here’s the situation, SSL is setup to terminate at the load balancer. Sticky sessions are setup as well, so once you hit a particular WFE, your future requests are routed to the same box. The problem is that there is not an easy way to validate that the sites are responding from a client...
14 Aug 2011
Why is my control working even though I don’t have a SafeControl entry?
This one came as a surprise to me. Customer pushes out a master page to all their site collections using a solution and feature. The master page has a server control that renders some information, so the control should have a SafeControl entry in the web.config file. Oddly enough, the...
1 Aug 2011
Broken Images After My Site URL Change in SharePoint 2007
When you setup a My Site picture, the URL to the image is stored in your profile under the Picture property. You can either upload an image into your My Site, or you can type in the URL to an image. Since the property, by default, has the replicable property set in the SSP, the Profile Synchronization...
12 Apr 2011
Finding a workflow using an activity
Had an issue come up where we wanted to find all the workflows in a SharePoint 2007 environment that were using a certain workflow activity. Each list has a workflow association collection that tells you the workflows that are configured for the list. From the workflow association, we were...
20 Feb 2011
For perf’s sake, check-in your XSL files
We were running some load testing on a SharePoint site that will be hosting a company’s portal page. The page relies heavily on ContentQueryWebParts that have custom XSL files specified . Before starting the load testing, we were expecting to see the backend databases getting hit pretty hard...
6 Oct 2010
The web.config is invalid on this IIS Web Site
When you unextend a web application via Central Admin or Stsadm.exe –o UnextendVs on a SharePoint 2007 farm, you may see this message in the SharePoint Trace Logs: Area Category EventID Level Message Windows SharePoint Services Topology 8zqm High Solution Deployment : Error occurred for solution MySolution...
12 May 2010
Generating a memory dump of the process running your code
Thought this was a pretty cool way to gather data for a problem I’ve been trying to track down in a large farm environment where you have a large number of suspect processes, and need to identify which process and code is causing some behavior. The main problem we are tackling is that Self-Service...
5 May 2010
I thought I left my Site Templates link around here somewhere
Browse the Site Settings of a site and the Site Templates link is missing from the page. The image on the left shows the Galleries section with the missing Site Templates link. The image on the right shows what it should look like. My first thought is a feature has a HideCustomAction that is...
10 Mar 2010
Unexpected Error has Occurred
A customer was browsing their SharePoint site and randomly seeing a white page with "An Unexpected Error Has Occurred" in black, unformatted text being returned [your text may vary]. If you run across this, it indicates that the Error.aspx page threw an exception while processing. The Error.aspx page...
1 Mar 2010
Wrote this tool when I was setting up my laptop to run Hyper-V . I didn't want to have to open the Hyper-V manager and have a window running all the time, and was planning on using Remote Desktop Client to connect to the VM's so I could map drives and copy/paste in teh VMs. The idea was to have something...
24 Jan 2010
Exception on custom ASP.Net page hosting SharePoint FormField controls
Working with one of my customers and they were wanting to setup an email notification on a custom site that was originally based on a blog site. The notification needed to be sent whenever someone created/modified a post or a comment associated with the post, and the alert needed to be based on the Categories...
22 Dec 2009
Mystery of the SharePoint "White Screens"
Randomly users start receiving "white screen" responses when browsing a SharePoint site. They essentially browse a URL and the response completes (IE shows Done in the status bar), but the response is an empty HTML page. We found that this would only happen to a single server at a time and the symptom...
22 Dec 2009
My SharePoint Sites displays a link that you no longer have access to
Under My LInks, My SharePoint Sites, you see a link to a site, but when you click on the link, you are directed to the Access Denied page. It's possible, you may be running into this scenario: Sub site is setup to inherit permissions from the parent Users were in the Members group of the parent...
2 Aug 2009
Overview of My SharePoint Sites and how the data is populated
SharePoint gives you the ability to get a list of sites that your login account is explicitly a member of. This grouping of links is built on the server-side by the Profile Synchronization timer job that runs for each Web Application. The data is stored in the SSP database and is visible in the following...
30 Jul 2009
SharePoint My Site link stops redirecting users to their Personal Site
Hopefully this can save someone some time. The symptoms are: Clicking the My Site link in a SharePoint site results in an IIS 404 File Not Found error page being returned. However, you are able to browse directly to the users My Site by browsing http://mysite/personal/user . [http://mysite is the...
19 Jan 2009
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