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  • Blog Post: SharePoint + SQL Server AlwaysOn: Outage Troubleshooting

    So you have a SharePoint/SQL outage despite having SQL Server AlwaysOn configured, and you naturally want to know why. Event IDs 5586 and 6398 are flooding the SharePoint servers and you don’t know why. On the SharePoint servers in the application log you might see either this: Unknown SQL Exception...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2013 Crawl History Error

    Just a quick one; if you’ve ever seen the error “Could not find Stored Procedure Search_GetRepositoryTimePerCrawl” when you click on “crawl history” in the SharePoint Search app then this fix could be for you. The Fix In short, you need to run the “Search Health Monitoring - Trace Events” timer-job which...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting SharePoint Event ID 6393

    This event ID means “a SharePoint timer job had an unexpected failure” in short. Admittedly this isn’t overly informative given how many different timer-jobs there are for any given SharePoint farm. Your first challenge is therefore figuring out which job it’s talking about which shouldn’t be too hard...
  • Blog Post: Access Denied Crawling sps3 Content Source in SharePoint 2013

    No User Profiles Being Crawled Another quick one. You might notice that no user profiles are being found when you search for them. If you take a look at crawl logs, you’ll probably this error in the crawl logs and think it’s related. You’d be right – no profiles & this error are very much related...
  • Blog Post: Frozen SharePoint PSConfig Upgrade with SQL Server AlwaysOn

    If you have a SharePoint farm that uses SQL Server AlwaysOn and your upgrade is just never finishing, this article might be for you. Update : as someone pointed out, removing the service-application from the farm probably isn’t necessary. Just remove the DB from the AlwaysOn availability group and then...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Server Patch Mismatch Problems

    If you’ve patched a SharePoint farm before you’ll know that the last stage of the process is to let PSConfig/Configuration Wizard finish the job. This will stall (by default – you can force) if it doesn’t think all the servers in the farm have the same binary versions across the board and this article...
  • Blog Post: Error Installing KB2920189 on Generation 2 Hyper-V VMs

    You might get an error installing KB2920189 on any gen2 VMs. If you do, disable secure boot in the virtual machine settings and it should work. That’s it – a quick & dirty post because I barely found any info on this issue. This problem took up far too much of my time so hopefully this workaround...
  • Blog Post: c2WTS could not provide a valid Windows Token. Reason: "Token cannot be zero"

    Quick & dirty post as this error took me longer than it should’ve to get to solve. Claims to Windows Token Service – used to convert a claim login into a Windows login for those times you need to authenticate against a service that’s not claims aware.  Web-services, SQL Server, whatever it may...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2013 + Distributed Cache (AppFabric) Troubleshooting

    Two messages you may have seen if you’ve administered SharePoint 2013 in anyway way about caching are “This Distributed Cache host may cause cache reliability problems” and/or “cacheHostInfo is null” from PowerShell. This article is about how to fix those errors & caching...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Health Report Error - The Security Token Service is Not Available

    If you’ve ever spent any time with SharePoint you might’ve seen this error. It appears as a critical error in the Central Administration health status because, depending on your farm config/topology, it can be a service-killing error. This is just a quick post about how to diagnose the root-cause of...
  • Blog Post: Multi-subnet Clustered SQL + RegisterAllProvidersIP + SharePoint 2013

    Those of us that have even the most passing knowledge of SharePoint will know that it needs a SQL Server instance to work at all. If SQL goes down it takes SharePoint with it which is why it’s quite common to have SQL clustered to make sure SQL stays alive at all costs. I’ve covered this before already...
  • Blog Post: Coding with SharePoint 2013 Search - InternalQueryErrorException on SearchExecutor.ExecuteQuery

    You may have seen this exception when using the SearchExecutor class in your SharePoint C# code. I had an issue just recently that threw me off what was really wrong and I thought I’d share as it might save someone else the same head-banging time I went through. Anyway; on executing a query in C# this...
  • Blog Post: SP2013 + Win2012: Unable to retrieve topology component health states. This may be because the admin component is not up and running

    I’ve just been fighting an issue with SharePoint 2013 Foundation – the search functionality specifically. Once I’d provisioned a search application via the wizard, the health status of the service wasn’t available despite the fact the administration service was started. There are known issues for using...
  • Blog Post: My Sites Error - HTTP 403 (forbidden) on EditProfile.aspx

    Just a quick one as I had this error occur on a test environment and couldn’t find much about it online. If you get the error HTTP 403 when you try and edit a profile in My Sites (/_layouts/EditProfile.aspx?accountname=[account]") then fear not, it’ll most likely be because you’ve set the ‘portalsuperreaderaccount...
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