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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: 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: ULS CMS Errors

    The CMS features that were rolled into SharePoint have their fair share of issues. Working with one of my recent customers, we found a number of errors in the ULS logs in their farm. The follow errors fit into the two following categories. Although these messages seem scary, they’re just informational...
  • Blog Post: PAL Thresholds for MOSS Crawling Performance

    Over the last couple of months I’ve been helping my customer work through MOSS Crawling Performance issues. The sad part of this task is, there isn’t an easy way to do it, because there are so many moving parts and variables. A couple of months ago, some good blog posts were put up on the Enterprise...
  • Blog Post: Excel Services SSO Configuration Issue

    This post is about a case I worked on back in April, which was a real doozy, to say the least. My customer was trying to set up SSO for Excel Services. In short, they wanted to create a couple of shared data connections, that used one credential to access a data source. Different domain groups and users...
  • Blog Post: Configuring inter-farm shared Services

    When configuring Inter-Farm Shared Services, as per the following article , there is a slight variation. If you’re running MOSS Standard, in the child farm, you won’t see the option to select an SSP for the local Excel Services, since the farm cannot provide Excel Services. If you eventually enable the...
  • Blog Post: SSO NOT WORKING AFTER CONFIGURING PARENT/CHILD FARM

    I recently ran across a scenario where SSO stopped working in a parent/child SSP farm set up. In this instance, there was one farm. A new parent SSP farm was created. SSO was configured there. The child farm was connected to the new parent farm. All the content stayed in the child farm, except for My...
  • Blog Post: PSConfig/Content Database Attach Error - "Unknown server error number: d"

    I recently ran into an issue when applying the MOSS August CU. This issue is not necessarily isolated to this patch. When the patch ran, the B2B upgrade process was failing in the site collection action upgrade sequence. The specific step was 12.1. 6301 .0, which adds the new Search Federation webparts...
  • Blog Post: Adobe Releases 64 bit PDF iFilter

    Adobe has FINALLY released a 64 bit PDF iFilter. For everyone out there running 64 bit MOSS, without a proper 64 bit PDF iFilter, please go get this for yourself. I haven't seen any performance data, but it should increase your indexing performance of PDFs. Details are here. Instructions for installing...
  • 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: Setting up cross farm searches via Federated Search

    In recent months I've seen significant issues with search crawl times at numerous customers who have deployed MOSS globally. The issues often are caused by the need to crawl other farms across the world, so "global" results will show up on one search page. Crawling the world from one location is a very...
  • 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: Advanced Search "Contains" Option

    In some of the more recent builds of MOSS, the "contains" and "does not contain" options for advanced searches have been removed. This was done because of query performance concerns expressed by a significant number of customers. If you are not worried about the query perfomance hit, you can make this...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint PDF iFilters

    I often work with customers who are running the 64 bit version of MOSS, and they always want to know what the story with PDF support is. Yes, you can hack the Adobe 32 bit iFilter to work on your 64 bit farm, but it's probably not a good idea, as it's not completely supported. For those of you who don...
  • 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/
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