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: 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: System.Security.SecurityException accessing TermSet

    During some upgrade testing, a customer found one of their custom controls not working in the 2010 environment.  They had built out a custom search web part that contained a custom property picker control.  The custom property picker control allowed users to leverage the Picker.aspx page to...
  • 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: 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: 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: Updating a SharePoint 2007 WSP in Visual Studio 2010

    For this scenario, we have a WSP file that was packaged a few years ago and deployed to a production SharePoint 2007 environment. After the original WSP deployment, changes and additional files were pushed out directly to the file system. This brings up a couple concerns: If there was a full DR...
  • Blog Post: Unable to edit documents in SharePoint 2007/2010

    This was a pretty interesting issue as it caused some unique symptoms, as well as closing up an issue I blogged previously with regards to Self-Service Site Creation Announcements . The symptom we have was that users could upload documents to document libraries, but they could not edit them. For example...
  • Blog Post: Self-Service Site Creation Announcements keep showing up

    Self-Service Site Creation is a feature that lets end users create new site collections without the need to access Central Administration.  You turn it on for the Web Application, and when you do, an Announcement is added to the first Announcements list that is found in the root site collection...
  • Blog Post: Missing Links or Access Denied in Central Admin – SharePoint 2010

    Started running across this scenario lately, and wanted to post something up as it will make you second guess your SharePoint configuration [and sanity].  I have SharePoint 2010 hosted on my Windows 7 laptop.  In my Favorites Bar in IE, I created a SP2010 folder, and in that folder, I add a...
  • 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...
  • 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: Setting up laptop for SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2007

    I'm starting to get my world setup to dig into SharePoint 2010. To do this, I bough 8GB of RAM for my work laptop as I need to run both SharePoint 2007 and SharePoint 2010 for demos and testing out various scenarios. I also work with a variety of customers, so will be working with both products for quite...
  • 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...
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