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  • Blog Post: Tip 32: Are My Servers Offloading?

    This tip is for Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 , SharePoint Portal Server 2003 , Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 , Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 , SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010 when running on Windows 2003 SP1 w/ Scalable Networking Pack and versions of Windows since...
  • Blog Post: Tip 30: Better Logs = Better Troubleshooting

    This tip pertains to all versions of SharePoint and no versions of SharePoint. It is really more of an IIS troubleshooting tip. But we’ll let it slide for today. :) The extended logging options in IIS can help in troubleshooting issues in SharePoint. HTTP status code logging can help with unauthorized...
  • Blog Post: How to use Sysinternals Process Monitor and Process Explorer to Troubleshoot SharePoint

    Sysinternals Process Tools Descriptions and Information The Sysinternals web site was created in 1996 by Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell to host their advanced system utilities and technical information. Microsoft acquired Sysinternals in July, 2006. These tools are not loaded on Windows operating...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V 2012 Compare-VM PowerShell Cmdlet Error

    I wanted to get this information out as when I was researching the error below I could not find any information on it online or in our internal database. Hopefully it helps someone out there and they don't have to have a night sleep to have their, eureka moment. When running Compare-VM command...
  • Blog Post: Tip 55: My Disk is a Cluster ****

    My disk is a cluster size , of 4Kb. This is the default cluster size of an NTFS volume up to 16TB ( http://support.microsoft.com/kb/140365 ). But is this the best size to use? There are many performance whitepapers that recommend that other cluster sizes should be used for best performance of the...
  • Blog Post: Tip 53: You set it up, but did you check it? Confirming Windows Network Load Balancing

    This tip is will show how you can verify that Windows Network Load Balancing is working after configuring 2 or more servers to load balance. I will show this example in Windows 2008 R2, but any version of Windows NLB will be similar. I will use 2 servers, 1NLB2K8 and 2NLB2K8 as the hosts for my NLB...
  • Blog Post: Workaround: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Training

    Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Training http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/blogs/GetThePoint/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=23
  • Blog Post: Tip 44: How Fast is That Download in the Window

    This tip is for Windows Vista, 2008 RTM, 2008 R2 and 7. Your Internet Explorer download window may be lying to you. If so, how can you tell? Your Youtube video is taking forever to play, or is stopping. How fast is your connection? Sure, you can try one of the download speed tests, but do you really...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading SCVMM When TFS Lab Management is Connected

    Fought with a good problem yesterday. After upgrading my System Center Virtual Machine Manager to 2012 R2; I could not change the SCVMM Settings in Team Foundation Server 2012 Lab Management to point to the new SCVMM server. I could add the library share, but not the host group. The error...
  • Blog Post: ITPro Camp Tampa - Root Cause Slow Boot/Slow Login With WPT

    Spoke about how to troubleshoot slow boot and slow logon situations at ITPro Camp Tampa on Saturday. Thank you to everyone that came out. Attached is the slide deck from the presentation. *Edit Updated the PowerPoint
  • Blog Post: Tip 47: One Windows System Stability Index Score to Rule Them All

    This tip is for Windows Vista, 2008 Server RTM and up. Since I talked about Wbemtest.exe and Windows System Stability Index in the last posts I thought I would do something useful with the treasure trove of reliability information available through WMI. Usually the System Stability Index is shown...
  • Blog Post: Tip 31: The 411 on 401s

    This tip pertains to all versions of SharePoint and no versions of SharePoint. Again, it is really more of an IIS troubleshooting tip. Since you have gone through Tip 30 and enabled all of the extended logging options in IIS you will not doubt have access to the “Protocol Status” and “Protocol Substatus...
  • Blog Post: Installing SharePoint 2010 RTM Over Previous Versions

    Before even writing on how this can be done I have to state that I would not recommend this be done on a production system. Previous versions of any software is going to leave traces of itself even after an uninstall so, while everything may seem to be working fine at the time, issues may occur down...
  • Blog Post: Tip 40: IIS Application Pool Tracking

    This tip pertains to all versions of SharePoint and no versions of SharePoint. It is really more of an IIS troubleshooting tip. When strange things happen to IIS application pools I am reminded of the old public service announcement, “ Do you know where your children are? ” Well, do you...