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Visual Studio Release Management, DSC, and Azure VMs
This post will show how to use Visual Studio Release Management with Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) to configure multiple deployment environments and deploy an application. If you just want to see the big payoff, scroll all the way down to the section “ The Big Payoff ”. Background...
8 Jun 2015
Configure a Point-to-Site VPN Connection to an Azure VNet
This post shows how to create a point-to-site (P2S) VPN connection to an Azure virtual network (VNet). Background In my previous post, I showed how to create a virtual network configuration XML file and to create several environments (dev, stage, and prod) that are each deployed into a separate...
5 Jun 2015
Creating Dev and Test Environments with Windows PowerShell
This post will discuss creating application environments with Windows PowerShell. We will use these environments in subsequent posts. Background I have participated in a series of readiness workshops with our top GSI partners. Part of the workshop includes case studies where we have the participants...
5 Jun 2015
Autoscaling Azure–Virtual Machines
This post will demonstrate autoscaling in Azure virtual machines. Background While I spend most of my time working with PaaS (platform as a service) components of Azure such as Cloud Services and Websites, I frequently need to help customers with solutions that require IaaS (infrastructure as a service...
20 Feb 2015
Deploy Azure Roles Joined to a VNet Using Eclipse
This post will show how to deploy an Azure worker role running Apache Tomcat using Eclipse, where the worker role is joined to a VNet. Background I have been working with a customer to deploy existing Java applications to Azure. One of their main requirements is to be able to communicate with on...
4 Feb 2015
Install a New Active Directory forest on an Azure Virtual Network
This post will show how to install a new Active Directory forest on an Azure Virtual Network. We will use this domain controller and virtual network in subsequent posts. DISCLAIMER: This post does not contain definitive guidance on the correct way to create a domain controller in Azure. For...
21 Jan 2015
Attaching Remote Event Receivers to Lists in the Host Web
This post shows how to attach a remote event receiver to a list in the host web for a SharePoint provider-hosted app. Background While working on the SharePoint 2013 Ignite content, apps were still very much new and very little documentation existed. We were fighting a problem of using an app that...
26 Feb 2014
What Every Developer Needs to Know About SharePoint Apps, CSOM, and Anonymous Publishing Sites
This post will show what works and what doesn’t with CSOM and REST in a SharePoint 2013 publishing site that permits anonymous access. More importantly, we show what you should and should not do… and why. Overview I frequently see questions about using SharePoint apps with “public-facing web sites...
24 Oct 2013
Moving Path Based to Host Named Site Collections
This post illustrates a problem with detaching content databases that contain site collections restored from path-based site collections to host named site collections. Background The recommendation for SharePoint 2013 is to use a single web application and leverage host named site collections. In a...
9 Sep 2013
ALM for SharePoint Apps: Implementing Continuous Integration
This post shows how to implement continuous integration for a provider-hosted app in SharePoint 2013. Overview This is Part 2 of a series. Part 1 - ALM for SharePoint Apps: Configuring a TFS Build Server with Team Foundation Service Part 2 - ALM for SharePoint Apps: Implementing Continuous Integration...
15 Aug 2013
My Deck from SharePoint and Windows PowerShell
I am presenting tonight to the Arizona PowerShell User Group on “SharePoint and Windows PowerShell”. Here is the agenda for the talk: Adding SharePoint snap-in to ISE SharePoint Nouns and Verbs SharePoint –isms Site structure creation Shell administrators Service...
5 Jun 2013
Fixing People Picker for SAML Claims Users Using LDAP
One of the things that frustrates customers when implementing claims authentication in SharePoint is how the people picker works for SAML claims users. If you try to add a SAML claims user to a group in SharePoint, anything you type is considered valid. For instance, I don’t have a user named “THIS...
26 May 2013
SharePoint 2013 User Profile Sync for Claims Users
I have been working with claims authentication quite a bit lately, and something that can be frustrating when using claims authentication for Forms Based Authentication (FBA) or SAML claims is that when you log in you see the claims identifier instead of the user’s name. As an example, I configured...
23 May 2013
How I Became a SharePoint 2010 MCM
I recently attained the Microsoft Certified Master for SharePoint 2010 certification. I have long wanted to write about the experience, but honestly didn’t know how to begin. After quite a few conversations with friends and colleagues, I thought I would share some insight about the process...
17 Apr 2013
Configuring LDAP for FBA in SharePoint 2010 or SharePoint 2013 with PowerShell
This post provides PowerShell script to easily configure forms based authentication using LDAP in SharePoint 2010 or 2013. A long time ago, I wrote a post that shows how to configure the SQL Server Provider for FBA in SharePoint 2010 . I also wrote an accompanying post on how to automate configuring...
31 Jan 2013
Enable Exchange Mailboxes for All Users in an OU
This is more of a note to myself than anything, but what the heck, why not share it with everyone else? I frequently build new SharePoint farms for development and testing, and I usually create a new domain controller and populate it with users. One of my favorite scripts is by Mark Rhodes, “ Adding...
23 Jan 2013
Creating High Trust SharePoint Apps with Microsoft Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012 - Preview 2
This post shows how to create a High Trust app using Microsoft Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012 - Preview 2 tools. During SharePoint Conference 2012, Scott Guthrie announced the release of Microsoft Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012 - Preview 2 . These are the tools to add to...
27 Nov 2012
Configuring Access Services 2013 on Premises
UPDATE: See Access Services 2013 Setup for an On-Premises Installation for updated guidance for configuring Access Services 2013 for the RTM version. Recently I co-presented the developer track for Ignite training with Andrew Connell. The training, developed by Critical Path, covered the new SharePoint...
30 Aug 2012
Setting Up FBA and SQL Membership in SharePoint 2010 with PowerShell
This post provides PowerShell script to easily configure SQL FBA in SharePoint 2010. A long time ago, I wrote a blog post that shows how to configure the SQL Server Provider for FBA in SharePoint 2010 . I have been working on a project that requires me to configure FBA, and I got kind of tired...
29 Aug 2012
Inside the SharePoint 2010 My Site Cleanup Timer Job
This post will discuss what the SharePoint 2010 My Site Cleanup Timer Job is, what it does, and how to manage it. If you need to implement your own cleanup process, this post will also provide building blocks for implementing your own solution to manage deleted users and My Sites. What is the My...
25 Jun 2012
Setting Object Cache Accounts in SharePoint 2010
This post will show how to set the PortalSuperUser and PortalSuperReader accounts for SharePoint 2010 using PowerShell. Background I frequently create web applications in my SharePoint 2010 environment that use Windows claims authentication. When you specify the authentication to use claims, an...
2 Jun 2012
What Every SharePoint Admin Needs to Know About Host Named Site Collections
This post intends to tell you everything you need to know about host named site collections so that you can decide if they are appropriate for your environment. This post is NOT telling you to run out and create everything as host named site collections in SharePoint, instead it is meant to help...
27 Mar 2012
Updating SharePoint Managed Metadata Columns with PowerShell
This post shows how to update a field with a managed metadata term. Background As with all software projects, requirements change as soon as you deliver. We created a huge list based on a nested folder structure. Of course, our customer thought navigating this was too cumbersome, requiring them...
15 Feb 2012
Iterating Large SharePoint Lists with PowerShell
In a previous post, I wrote about creating a large list with PowerShell . Now that the data is in SharePoint, how do you get the data back out? As a reminder, here is the structure that I created, where each “subsubfolder” contains 500 items, giving us a grand total of 50,000 items in a list named...
13 Feb 2012
SharePoint Error 6398 - You do not have permission to run 'SP_TRACE_CREATE'
Working with a customer, we noticed a large number of errors in the Windows Application event log for error 6398. The errors look like: The Execute method of job definition Microsoft.SharePoint.Diagnostics.SPSqlDeadlockDiagnosticProvider (ID c020fbe2-7771-495c-95dd-ad7fb680e2e5) threw an exception...
9 Feb 2012
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