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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 Conference 2014

    I want to post a quick note to let folks know that I'll be at the SharePoint conference next week. If any reads want to say hello, please do! I love meeting readers. (If they're actually humans and not search engine bots) I usually wander around the "Ask the Experts" session, so look for me there.
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2013, SP1 and Slipstreaming

    Service Pack 1 for SharePoint 2013 has been released . This includes all previous bug fixes released in the CUs. It also enables the ability for folks to use Windows Server 2012 R2. In a previous post , I explained how to slipstream a service pack into a SharePoint build. Although the process does work...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2013 Mysite creation error: User cannot be found.

    I was recently troubleshooting a Mysite creation issue. Windows users could create mysites without issue. Claims users were getting a failure, with the following error in the ULS logs. (Mysites are batch created in OWSTimer. When you're looking for the logs related to this) This error didn't make a ton...
  • Blog Post: Free Microsoft Press eBooks/Training Material

    We recently just released a bunch of new/recent eBooks that cover the following products: Office, Office 365, SharePoint, SQL Server, System Center, Visual Studio, Web Development, Windows, Windows Azure, Windows Server. Check out Eric's blog post for all the details. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/mssmallbiz...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Log Parser Studio

    I occasionally use Log Parser 2.2 to do some work with IIS logs. I recently stumbled across a tool to use in conjunction with Log Parser. It’s called Log Parser Studio. The Exchange team blog has a nice overview of what the tool can do. It’s a nice tool to have in your toolbox for SharePoint troubleshooting...
  • 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: 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: 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: SP2010 Developer Training Course on Channel 9

    Make sure you take some time to check out the SP 2010 developer training course on Channel 9. There’s a lot of great videos there as well as hands on labs. http://channel9.msdn.com/learn/courses/SharePoint2010Developer/
  • Blog Post: Free 2010 Training

    The Ignite team, or whatever they’re called these days, has recently updated it’s free training. Take a look. IT Pro/Admin: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/ff420396.aspx Developer: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/ff420377.aspx
  • Blog Post: New SP Identity Blog

    With the release of SharePoint 2010, Venky and company have started a SharePoint Identity blog. There’s are a few good posts over there that talk about FBA and claims for 2010. If you need some info on those topics, check it out. SharePoint SPIdentity Team Blog
  • Blog Post: Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 VHD Download Available

    We’ve recently released a MSS 2010 (beta) VHD for download. Download and test away. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0c51819b-3d40-435c-a103-a5481fe0a0d2&displaylang=en
  • 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: 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...
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