Jerry Orman

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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Manager

    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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
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