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  • Blog Post: Adventures with SharePoint People Picker, Domain Migrations and Groups

    I recently worked a customer issue, where the customer was going through a domain migration. The customer is running SharePoint 2010. (This works for both 2007 and 2013 as well) There are two forests, with users in both. Users from one of the domains were being moved to the domain in the other forest...
  • Blog Post: Can I upgrade from SharePoint 2007 directly to SharePoint 2013?

    A lot of customers want to know if you can upgrade from SharePoint Server 2007/WSS 3.0 to SharePoint 2013. The answer to that question is not directly. You'll have to upgrade your content and service applications(if required) through the process to get to 2010 and then to 2013. If you don't want to do...
  • Blog Post: Delete Sites with PowerShell

    A customer recently needed some help deleting a bunch of sites of old sites in an environment that was no longer in use. They used STSADM enumsites to take an inventory of what was in the farm/web application. They used the greater than(>) symbol in the command line to send the output to a file. Enumsites...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting Large List Performance – SharePoint 2007

    If you think you might be having issues with large lists in SharePoint 2007, there’s a good way to see if your WFEs are executing long running queries. Fire open ULS viewer, and filter on EventID 8sli. It will show you all list related queries that are taking more than 2 seconds. In each entry, you’ll...
  • Blog Post: Look at all of the pretty sites….

    I’m sure any SharePoint administrator who supports a reasonably sized farm struggles with the idea of how to contain the massive amount of site collections in their farm. As adoption grows, the number of site collections and the amount of data keeps growing and growing. Managing all of this data turns...
  • Blog Post: AV Scanner Exclusions KB Updated

    I just wanted to point out that the KB that details file/folder exclusions for local AV scanners has been updated. One important addition is the exclusion of the Blobcache folder for SharePoint. Review the KB to make sure you’re still in compliance. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/952167
  • Blog Post: Mount-SPContentDatabase Errors on 2nd and subsequent attempts of same database

    A colleague recently ran into an issue when trying to test upgrade some content via the content DB approach. On the second attempt of attaching the same content db (after detaching it, deleting it from SQL, and copying in a new copy) they saw the following errors. I did some browsing around the web and...
  • Blog Post: URL Redirection Options

    I spent some time recently looking at URL redirection options. With the upcoming potential for 2010 upgrades/migrations, there’s always someone who needs to change a URL. :)  I wanted to put together a number of options for folks who need the ability to do this. Here are  couple of links to...
  • Blog Post: Limiting the number of site collections in a content database

    In my opinion, part of being a good SharePoint admin is to pay attention to the size of your content databases and try to keep them to a specified maximum size. (Usually for DR reasons) In order to do this, you should limit the number of site collections per content database. Naturally, site collection...
  • Blog Post: Object Model exports bad audit log XML

    I've recently been doing some work analyzing audit logs for a customer. Exporting the audit logs via the Site Collection's Administration pages reports fails due to the amount of data I'm pulling back, so I've turned to the Object Model to get the data out. There's a small issue here, because the data...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Patching Story Improves! (a little bit)

    If you haven't had the pleasure of patching WSS 3.0 or MOSS2007, you're missing a real fun experience. If you are one of the folks who've had to go through the pain, there's some good news for you. If you're particularly adept at reading KB articles, you might have noticed this little tidbit in 953749...
  • Blog Post: SQL Maintenance for SharePoint Databases

    If you don't already know, you can't treat SharePoint databases like any other database in regards to SQL Server. Here's a listing of articles that talk to what you can do. Before doing any maintenance, PLEASE read these articles. Index fragmentation is a big hotspot for alot of SQL DBAs. Database...
  • Blog Post: MOSS Farms with Windows Server 2003 and 2008

    Due to the confusion around running x86 and x64 in MOSS farms and it's supportability, I wanted to take a minute to talk about Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 machines in one farm. Some of the SharePoint PMs confirmed internally there are no supportability issues around running a WSS 3.0...
  • Blog Post: MOSS and SQL 2008

    If you didn't catch the news, SQL Server 2008 RTM'ed a couple weeks ago. The SharePoint team has quickly announced full supportability for MOSS 2007 on SQL 2008. The SharePoint Team Blog has a full write up with some specifics.
  • Blog Post: ForeFront for SharePoint Issue

    This post's goal is to serve as a word of warning when using ForeFront and SharePoint together. If you're going to disable ForeFront (or any of its services), please first disconnect SharePoint and ForeFront in Central Admin for SharePoint. If you don't, ForeFront will think that it has been attacked...
  • Blog Post: Comparing Dates in a custom SharePoint "Tasks" List

    I had a customer question recently that required a bit of thought. They were building what essentially amounted to a glorified tasks list. They had set up numerous fields to collect details, but the two of concern are Due Date and Completion Date. By using these two dates, they wanted to be able to report...
  • Blog Post: New SharePoint Developer Site

    A couple of weeks ago we released a new website for SharePoint that caters to devleopers. If you're a developing on SharePoint, or thinking about it, check this site out. http://www.mssharepointdeveloper.com/
  • Blog Post: Announcing: Availability of Infrastructure Updates

    This morning the product group released the latest build of SharePoint to the web. This is the most up to date, and likely stable build of SharePoint to date. It includes a SIGNIFICANT number of fixes since SP1. In essence, it's a roll up of the roll ups since SP1 released, plus a little bit. You should...
  • Blog Post: How do files open from the web from SharePoint?

    As a SharePoint support professional, I often run into the statement, I don't like how certain documents open from the web with Internet Explorer, specifically in regards to SharePoint. The Product Group has done some work to make sure Office documents open in the client applications themselves. This...
  • Blog Post: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Tools: Visual Studio 2008 Extensions, Version 1.2 Released

    I know I'm a little late to the party with this one, but we released the 1.2 version of VSeWSS in eary June. This adds support for VS 2008. Unfortunately, no 64 bit support. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=7BF65B28-06E2-4E87-9BAD-086E32185E68&displaylang=en Overview...
  • Blog Post: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Tools: Visual Studio 2005 Extensions User Guide, Version 1.1 Released

    Today we released the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Tools: Visual Studio 2005 Extensions User Guide, Version 1.1 . It covers the following... This is the User Guide, Samples and Walkthroughs for the tools for developing custom SharePoint applications with the Visual Studio 2005 extensions for Windows...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint and Kerberos

    Some customers these days have requirements that say they should use Kerberos. It can be a daunting task to set up Kerberos in your environment. MS has published an article on TechNet that helps with this process. This document is a bit hard to find, so I'm hoping to make it easier to find via this blog...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Anti-virus scanning exclusions

    Occasionally different anti-virus products can interfere with SharePoint operations. The following is a list of suggested locations to exclude from your AV scanner. Remember, this is merely a suggestion, so use at your own risk! 1. %PROGRAM FILES%\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12...
  • Blog Post: Document Conversion Launcher Service stuck in "starting" state

    I was helping a customer set up the document conversion service on their MOSS farm recently. We noticed the load balancer service would start fine on all the boxes in the farm, but the actual conversion service kept getting stuck in the starting state. It would eventually error out, but we couldn't figure...
  • Blog Post: Restoring the SharePoint Configuration Database is not supported

    It is not supported to restore the SharePoint configuration database. (This does not mean you can't change a database server for a farm. Think of this as more of you cannot restore an backup over the production copy) http://support.microsoft.com/?id=948725
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