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    Load Testing SAML (PING) Based SharePoint 2013 Sites

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    I have to proof to a customer that their SharePoint infrastructure supports their user base and workload. So the logical solution is to Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) to build web tests and load tests and simulate the load and see how the farm reacts...
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    Simple way to hide Suite Links

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    Suite Links is where you see "Newsfeed, SkyDrive, Sites" on your SharePoint site's top right corner. Courtesy of http://www.learningsharepoint.com/2012/08/09/sharepoint-2013-hide-newsfeed-skydrive-sites-deltasuitelinks/ , you can inject a snippet of...
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    Where would you find ULS logs on Office Web Apps (OWA) 2013 server

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    For my own record as well: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\OfficeWebApps\Data\Logs\ULS If you do not see C:\ProgramData folder, you need to change your explorer's viewing option to "Show hidden files, folders and drives". Enjoy troubleshooting OWA...
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    Where Should You Store Your SharePoint Solution’s Configuration Data?

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    This is a common scenario: you are designing a great SharePoint solution and you have some configuration information, such as URLs, connection strings, list names, and so on, that you have to deal with. What should you do? The easiest and dirtiest...
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    Dr. Z is Master Z now!

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    I officially became a Microsoft Certified Master for SharePoint Server 2010 on March 22, 2012. The journey began more than a year early. If you read my earlier blog ( http://blogs.msdn.com/zwsong/archive/2011/02/24/passed-all-4-sharepoint-2010-mcp...
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    Set-MsolAdfscontext Authentication Error

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    You are setting up Office 365 ADFS/SSO, you are connected to your Office 365 tenant with Microsoft Online Services Module for Windows PowerShell, you are trying to run Set-MsolAdfscontext -Computer <ADFS server FQDN> but keep getting prompted for...
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    Killing two birds with one stone: SharePoint HA and DR with stretch farm, and everything you want to know about it

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    A single SharePoint farm running across multiple data centers is called a “stretch farm”. Using a stretched SharePoint farm, you can provide fault tolerance by following the standard guidance for making databases and service applications redundant...
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    Passed all 4 SharePoint 2010 MCP exams at TechReady

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    I passed all 4 SharePoint 2010 MCP exams at TechReady-12 (a Microsoft field employees only tech conference) and have gained following new MCP titles: Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD): SharePoint Developer 2010 Microsoft...
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    Dealing with SAML token “The signature verification failed” error

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    If you are working with WIF and SAML tokens, chances are you have seen “The signature verification failed” error. It happened to me and almost drove me crazy! Signed SAML tokens are very elegant XML documents/nodes. You are not supposed...
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    Changing SharePoint Account's Password on Client OS

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    As promised, I will show you how to refresh your SharePoint account on a client OS (Windows 7) after you changed its password. On my Windows 7 laptop, I use my corporate domain user (you have to use a domain account for a full version of SharePoint...
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    How To Hide Ribbon From Users Without Edit Page Privilege

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    Ribbon is a great new feature introduced by SharePoint 2010. It provides great user experience for users with elevated privileges, like contributors and site owners. However, for users with lease privilege, such as visitors and anonymous users, it seems...
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    Installing Complete Version of SharePoint Server 2010 on Windows Client OS

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    Yes, I successfully installed complete version (not the standalone one) of SP2010 on my Windows 7 laptop. Here is how I did it: Make sure your Windows client OS is 64-bit and domain joined and you have a domain account with local administrator's privilege...
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    Creating a SharePoint Application Page for Anonymous Access

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    From time to time, you may need to create a few SharePoint application pages for anonymous users. Like log on page, the page to recover or reset passwords, a page to guide through the registration processes, etc. Besides to set up you SharePoint site...
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    Codeless SharePoint Development

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    May this be every SharePoint developer's principle: DO NOT write code if you don't have to . Don't get me wrong, I am a developer and I love to write code more than anything else. However, I find that not to write code, when it is feasible of cause...
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    DPAPI and SharePoint

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    DPAPI stands for Data Protection API. It is a pair of function calls that provide OS-level data protection services to user and system processes. http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms995355.aspx . Simply put, if your OS is Windows 2000 or later,...
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    Using Enterprise Library 4.1 in SharePoint 2007 development projects

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    Yes, you CAN use Enterprise Library 4.1 ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc467894.aspx ) in your SharePoint 2007 development projects. Here is how: Install .NET Framework 3.5 if it is not present on SharePoint servers. EntLib 4.1 is based...
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    Configure SharePoint servers to use proxy with credentials

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    If your enterprise has a proxy server for all servers with credentials, your SharePoint servers may not be able to connect to Internet. You would probably see errors on RSS Viewer webparts trying to read feeds from Internet. You need to write some...
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    How to create a HTML search box for SharePoint search

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    Search in Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services supports URL syntax. You can encode search keywords and parameters in URL and post directly to the search page. For more information about SharePoint search URL syntax, please refer to: http://msdn2.microsoft...
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    How to configure client certificate for SharePoint authentication

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    SharePoint supports client certificate authentication. However, before you enable SharePoint and IIS for client certificate authentication, make sure that a X.509 PKI is in place within your IT infrastructure. It is not recommended to apply client...
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    Very first post

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    Tomorrow (4/18/2009) is my 3 year anniversary at Microsoft. I created the MSDN blog and would like to use it to publish technical articles, tips, tricks, and code samples.
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