Jerry Orman

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