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  • Blog Post: This item cannot be declared a record because it is checked out.

    A customer recently asked me to help with a problem in a record center in SharePoint 2010. They had one specific record that seemed like it was stuck in some state where it couldn't be modified. The UI showed either of the following two messages when we tried to delete or modify it. This item cannot...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2013 and forms based authentication configuration for Open LDAP

    I was recently tasked with helping a customer configure their SharePoint 2013 farm to uses forms based authentication against a standard non-MS LDAP directory. This directory was configured to require an authenticated user to make the query. No anonymous queries allowed! The following article explains...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2014 and SharePoint supportability

    SQL Server 2014 just hit RTM. I'm sure all the tech junkies out there are wondering when SharePoint will support SQL 2014. According to Bill's post, it looks like official support for SQL 2014 and SharePoint 2013 will be included in the April 2014 CU for SharePoint 2013. I'm sure some of you are going...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010, Service Pack 2 and the Cumulative Updates

    Each time when a service pack comes out for SharePoint, there's always a bit of confusion around how the Service Pack affects cumulative updates. Let me explain the state of SP2 with the June and August CUs. Although the June CU and SP2 came out at the same time, the June CU has a lower build number...
  • 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: SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Windows Server 2012

    I frequently see the question asking if/when will Service Pack 2 for SharePoint 2010 will be released. I don't know when, but if we look at the following KB article, it appears there will be a Service Pack 2 for SP2010. It will add support for Windows Server 2012. As always, things can change. I'm reading...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2013 Workflow-Collect Data from a user and other actions missing

    I got tapped to help with an internal project to upgrade a couple of custom site templates from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013. No big deal right? I'll just create a new site in SP2010 off of the original template, content DB attach it to 2013, and then export the template again. Well, it looks like...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 and PowerShell 3.0

    SharePoint 2010 does not support PowerShell 3.0 at this time. If you or your admin team install PS 3.0 on your SharePoint 2010 farm, you will have some compatibility issues with the SharePoint 2010 Management Shell. This happens, because the shortcut to start the management shell generically targets...
  • Blog Post: Load Testing Tools for SharePoint

    If you haven't heard, the Visual Studio Load Test team is in the process of releasing some custom tools for load testing SharePoint. While the basic web test works nicely, you'll now get some more flexibility to interact with SharePoint components like lists, document libraries and the query service...
  • 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: Web Analytics NDF database files

    SharePoint Server 2010 introduced Web Analytics . As part of the reporting component for Web Analytics, we create two databases, a reporting and staging database. The Web Analytics service is responsible for pushing data into these databases. The data is stored in the reporting database in a format that...
  • Blog Post: CodePlex LDAP claim provider for SharePoint 2010 available

    There’s a “beta” release of an LDAP claim provider for SharePoint 2010 available on CodePlex now. I believe the SharePoint product group created this and released it. It will allow the people picker to search and resolve AD users when using claims. Check out the release on CodePlex for more information...
  • Blog Post: User profiles, database sizes and DaysWorthOfActivityFeedsToKeep

    You may have noticed a large spike in your User Profile Service Database size, or just wondered why it’s so large. After doing some investigation, you realize that the ActivityEventsConsolidated and ActivityEventsPublished table are fairly large and consuming the most space. You’d like to...
  • 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: Missing Perfmon Counters for SharePoint 2010

    Recently I’ve had a few folks ask me how to fix missing Perfmon counters for SharePoint 2010. For various reasons, you might be missing some or all of your SharePoint related counters. The process is pretty easy. You need to use RegSvr32.exe to register the DLLs that contain the counters. The KB below...
  • Blog Post: Document Sets and Folders

    I’ve recently run into a scenario where I‘m having some issues using folders inside of SharePoint 2010 Document Sets. I did some digging, and it appears that we don’t support folders inside of Document Sets, even though there are ways to create them.  I’ll update this post if anything changes.
  • 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: Log Shipping Content Databases in SP2010 and refreshing the listing of site collections

    There seems to be a little bit of confusion about what happens to your sites tables/listing of sites when you're log shipping content databases in SharePoint 2010. Let's imagine this scenario. Let's say you create a site collection in your production/live farm. The site provisioning process creates an...
  • Blog Post: DocumentSets - DocumentSet.Create() and the properties hashtable

    I’ve been working on a small utility to do some mass document set creation for a couple of custom content types I created that inherit from the DocumentSet content type. This is a pretty easy thing to do. You just need to call the DocumentSet.Create() method, pass in the folder to create in, document...
  • Blog Post: Slipstream SharePoint 2010 SP1 and Language Packs SP1 into RTM Builds

    With the release of SharePoint 2010 SP1, it’s a good idea to include SP1 into your new builds. By slipstreaming the patches in your installation folder, this process gets much easier. This process is very similar to how things worked with WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007. I’m going to use the file names...
  • 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...
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