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    Visio stencils for SharePoint 2013

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    If you're about to diagram your upcoming SharePoint 2013 farm, or want to update the one you've already made, we just released some new Visio stencils for SharePoint 2013. Big thanks to Kirk Evans for making me aware of this. http://blogs.technet.com...
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    Can I upgrade from SharePoint 2007 directly to SharePoint 2013?

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    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...
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    SharePoint 2010 and PowerShell 3.0

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    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...
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    SharePoint Antivirus alternatives to Forefront

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    With the recent announcement that the Forefront product line is going away, a number of customers have asked me about other products that plug into SharePoint for AV. Here’ a quick list I put together. (I’ll periodically update the list) Microsoft’s Position...
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    Load Testing Tools for SharePoint

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    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...
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    SharePoint 2013 reaches RTM!

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    SharePoint 2013 has reached RTM. Check out the details here. http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/blog/Pages/BlogPost.aspx?pID=1035
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    SharePoint 2013 Training Resources and Ignite

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    So you're saying to yourself, "Sweet, SP2013 has released! Now how the heck do I learn what's in such a massive product?". Fortunately Microsoft has your covered. For each of our products we have a program called Ignite. Ignite's purpose is to get as...
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    Office 2013 has RTM'ed!

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    Office 2013 has hit the RTM milestone. I've read that MSDN and volume license customers should be able to get their hands on the product sometime between mid-November and early December. Retail availability looks like it will be in early 2013. I would...
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    Delete Sites with PowerShell

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    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...
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    Theme 2.0 in progress

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    If you haven't noticed, I'm currently in the process of updating my blog theme to the new Windows 8 style. Over the last week or so, and the following week or two, you might see a few more changes. Please tolerate the hiccups, because I'm still a novice...
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    Microsoft changes it logo!

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    If you haven’t seen the news yet, Microsoft just changed it’s logo for the first time in 25 years. Check out the full story. http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_blog/archive/2012/08/23/microsoft-unveils-a-new-look.aspx
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    SharePoint Server 2013 and Office Next revealed - Get Started!

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    Yesterday’s big announcement by Steve Ballmer was in fact the announcement of SharePoint Server 2013, Office 2013 in various flavors and other related technologies. The customer preview builds are available immediately for download as well as some training...
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    Big Webcast today–possible Office Wave 15 reveal

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    Steve Ballmer is hosting an event today at noon pacific time. Internet rumors say it’s going to be an Office Wave 15 announcement. Check it out to see if they’re true! http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/presskits/office/liveevent.aspx
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    Visual Studio 2012 enhancements for SP2010 Development

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    Visual Studio 2012 is adding some features for SharePoint 2010 development. The following items have been added. Check out the links below for more details. I have to say, I wish these would have been released sooner, but late is better than never. Create...
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    Troubleshooting MSI Uninstall Issues–Intel Pro Network Connections 1713

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    I recently upgraded hardware on one of my machines that I use for work. In the process, my network card changed. As part of the system update, I was trying to update the Intel ProSet Network Connection Drivers/Software on my Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit...
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    SharePoint now an option via Azure IaaS

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    SharePoint 2010 is now available via Azure Infrastructure as a Service. (Iaas) As you start to think about cloud deployments and migrations, keep this knowledge handy. “ Windows Azure Virtual Machines — Virtual Machines give you application mobility,...
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    Web Analytics NDF database files

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    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...
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    SharePoint Learning Portal

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    If anyone is looking for SharePoint Training, we offer some on the Microsoft Learning Portal. There is a mix of online, classroom and book content. Some content is free, and some isn’t. The free content rotates on an unknown to me schedule. Check back...
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    What’s up with the new blog style?

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    Loyal readers of my blog may have recently noticed that the style or “look and feel” of my blog has recently changed. The blogging platform that MSDN and TechNet currently uses allows for custom CSS. Recently, the PFE (Premier Field Engineer) community...
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    Finding app pool passwords on Windows Server 2003

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    I was recently tasked with changing a password on a lightly used web application running on IIS6 on Windows Server 2003. Of course I didn’t know what the current password was. I did a bit of Bing’ing and couldn’t find a way to get the password for Windows...
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    CodePlex LDAP claim provider for SharePoint 2010 available

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    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...
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    User profiles, database sizes and DaysWorthOfActivityFeedsToKeep

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    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...
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    Deploying DLLs– Debug vs Release

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    When you’re deploying DLLs into your production SharePoint environment, it’s important to deploy DLLs built in Release mode. When you do this, you ensure the code is optimized, and are reducing the risk for performance issues. There’s a nice tool on CodePlex...
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    Log Parser Studio

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    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...
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    Troubleshooting Large List Performance – SharePoint 2007

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    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...
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