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Deploying SharePoint 2010 Solution with PowerShell
Put together a small script that to help automate deployment of a solution. The script handles the following: Install and Deploy a farm level solution Activate a web application scoped feature Activate a site collection scoped feature The tricky part with scripting this occurs when the solution...
28 Sep 2011
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
Add-PSSnapIn Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell Failing after SharePoint Install
I have some PowerShell scripts that run PreRequisiteInstaller.exe, Setup.exe, and then configure a farm based on an XML configuration file. I noticed that if Setup.exe did not prompt for a reboot, that my script would fail with the following error directly after Setup.exe completed. The line...
12 Apr 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
User Profile Sync Service stuck on Starting, Multi Tenant version
Spent some quality time configuring a SharePoint 2010 Multi Tenant environment. It’s a really cool feature for hosting scenarios in which you need to ensure client data is isolated at the service application level. Check out Spencer Harbar’s Rational Guide to Multi Tenancy and the Microsoft...
21 Mar 2011
That Profile Property Is Taxonomy’ing My Patience
When you edit a profile in SharePoint 2010, you may be presented with the following error message : There was a problem retrieving data for this field. Updating values in this field is disabled temporarily. You can still update values in other fields. This only shows up on profile properties that...
3 Mar 2011
What in the User Profile Service Application is going on here?
While working with PowerShell to build out Service Applications, I managed to get my test farm into a state where I no longer had a User Profile Service Application, but the user profile timer jobs were still around. Trying to create a new User Profile Service Application would result in the following...
8 Feb 2011
Copying Lists with PowerShell in SharePoint 2010
While working through an upgrade issue, we had a need to move about 14 Discussion Boards to a subweb. We initially went the old school route of saving the lists as a template, including the content, then creating lists using the templates. The content came across, but the Created By fields...
8 Jan 2011
PowerShell to change the UIVersion on a subweb in SharePoint 2010
Recently ran into the need to revert a specific web back to the SharePoint 2007 UI after an upgrade to SharePoint 2010. The main reason for the change was a custom masterpage that was not ready for the 2010 styles and ribbon. After the UI was upgraded, the masterpage rendering was pretty...
31 Dec 2010
Custom Search Web Parts in 2010
The SharePoint 2010 out-of-the box People Search Core Results web part in SharePoint 2010 has the ability to sort search results by name. The option actually sorts FirstName, then LastName…likely because the XSLT displays the names as FirstName LastName. A likely common scenario will be to...
6 Oct 2010
Starting UserProfile service with PowerShell
Ran into something interesting while trying to script out a farm install. I was trying to generate generic functions to create service applications and start the associated services, and kept hitting issues starting the User Profile Sync service. The first hurdle you have to jump is that you have to...
20 Sep 2010
Mount-SPContentDatabase failing on Blank Meeting Workspace
Avoid running Mount-SPContentDatabase using the same database name in a single PowerShell window. You'll likely only run into this if you are doing some upgrade testing, but it was driving me insane today, so wanted to share: Scenario: Backup your SharePoint 2007 Content Database Open the...
9 Jun 2010
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