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    Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 VHD Download Available

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    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
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    URL Redirection Options

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    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...
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    Restore Timer Job Definitions

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    I recently came across an issue, where a farm was missing two important timer job definitions. Those were the Application Server Timer Job and the Application Server Administration Service Timer Job. It’s not entirely clear what you can do to restore...
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    SharePoint 2010 Public beta available

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    For those of you who have been patiently waiting to get your hands on the 2010 public beta, the wait is over. Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/ee388573.aspx Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 - http:/...
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    ULS Log Viewer Released!

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    We have finally released a good tool to review ULS logs. For a while, this tool was available only to MS Employees. Customer's had to painstaking use something like Excel to be able to review ULS logs in a somewhat decent fashion. ULS Viewer includes...
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    ULS CMS Errors

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    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...
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    Aero Glass for Server 2008 R2 From Windows 7 Clients

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    In my lab, I utilize numerous computers from my desk. This means, one set of monitors, one keyboard and one mouse. Having as many machines, as I do, both physical and virtual, pretty much requires me to use RDC to connect to all of my servers. I recently...
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    PAL Thresholds for MOSS Crawling Performance

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    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...
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    Excel Services SSO Configuration Issue

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    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...
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    Installation How-To: SSRS2008 and MOSS2007 Integration

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    I know there are plenty of folks out there who have had to SUFFER to try and work through an installation/integration of MOSS2007 with SSRS2008. I recently ran across a blog posting with a FANTASTIC description of how the process works, in an environment...
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    Configuring inter-farm shared Services

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    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...
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    Hardware assisted virtualization on vpc2007 sp1

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    I recently had my laptop refreshed. My oh so terrible personal space heater/noise maker Toshiba M5 was replaced with a lovely new Dell Latitude E6500. From time to time I need to run a VM on the laptop when I’m on the road. I installed VPC2007 SP1 and...
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    SSO NOT WORKING AFTER CONFIGURING PARENT/CHILD FARM

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    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...
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    SPDisposeCheck Released

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    For those of you looking to double check your custom SharePoint code for proper object disposal, Microsoft has now officially released a tool to help you do this. Check out Paul Andrew's Blog Post for full details. The tool is available for download here...
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    PSConfig/Content Database Attach Error - "Unknown server error number: d"

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    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...
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    Hyper-V can't connect to VMs

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    I'd been running SCVVM Beta 2. It was throwing some errors and I didn't need the functionality anymore, so I uninstalled it. After I did that, when I'd try to connect to VMs from Hyper-V manager, I was getting the following error. "A connection will not...
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    Adobe Releases 64 bit PDF iFilter

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    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...
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    Limiting the number of site collections in a content database

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    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...
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    Making sense out of incremental crawl times

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    I've had the question from customers come up, about why there's differences in their crawl times. It usually relates to the number of changes that need to be processed with each crawl. SharePoint SEE Russ Maxwell has just recently posted some good stuff...
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    Object Model exports bad audit log XML

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    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...
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    Crawling Issue with .NET 3.5 SP1

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    A new issue has been discovered that interferes with crawling content in specific situations. If you're indexer is set to crawl itself, via the Central Admin setting, or manual hosts modification, you might be running into this issue. You will see a combination...
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    SharePoint Patching Story Improves! (a little bit)

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    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,...
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    Using Team Foundation Server (TFS) for SharePoint Development

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    Here's a good read for all of you developers out there. We've finally published some guidance on how to use Team Foundation Server for your SharePoint development projects . This post is LONG overdue in my opinion, but we finally have it. The following...
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    Setting up cross farm searches via Federated Search

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    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...
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    Deleting files you don't have permission to

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    I've been struggling with this one for a bit, but finally found the answer today. On one of my lab machines, I have two hard drives. At one point I was dual booting Server 2008 and Vista x64. I had no need for the Vista x64 system anymore, so I wanted...
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