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  • Blog Post: Moving SharePoint Databases to Another Server (Without Reconfiguring SharePoint)

    Introduction Moving / Migrating Microsoft SharePoint Server Databases from one server to another might be difficult as you need to reconfigure all the related DB(s) to point at the new server. This might be acceptable if we are talking about the SharePoint Content Databases, but how about the below...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 Best Practices–Presentation

    I recently went through the best practices series for Microsoft SharePoint 2010 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc850682.aspx Very useful and straight to the point guidance, tips, and best practices. I thought to compile some of the series content into a presentation for demonstration purposes...
  • Blog Post: Internet Facing SharePoint 2010 Site with Windows Live ID – Part 2

      Overriding the Authentication Provider Selection Page In the first part of this series, we saw how we register and configure our SharePoint site to use Windows Live ID as an authentication provider. Right now our site has two authentication providers, Windows authentication and Windows Live authentication...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Group Calendar, Adding default users

    The Problem One feature of SharePoint is to create a calendar and make it a group calendar. This allows the user to see the schedule of list of people at the same time on the same view as per the image below. To configure the Calendar as a group Calendar you need to edit the List settings and then click...
  • Blog Post: UI Design Challenges

    Microsoft has many products built using Asp.Net platform (including SharePoint), and this means that we will have a lot of flexibility in implementing a new UI design. But what will happen if we consider hiring a Specialized Designers to implement all these flashy effects and try to fit them to our product...
  • Blog Post: Internet Facing SharePoint 2010 Site with Windows Live ID–Part 1

    In this series of post I will talk about how to allow Windows Live users to login to an internet facing SharePoint 2010 site. Most of the information can be found online, but I am putting them here in a form of a series to make it easy for who ever wants to implement the integration to find the information...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010/2013 Search Incremental crawl vs Full crawl

      In order to plan the Incremental and Full Crawl scenarios and schedule , I’m adding the below information in this regard:                                                                 ...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010/2013 user profile synchronization

      The User Profile Synchronization service is the core of the synchronization architecture in SharePoint Server 2013. When you start the User Profile Synchronization service on the synchronization server, SharePoint Server 2013 provisions a version of Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) to...
  • Blog Post: Visual Round Trip Analyzer For SharePoint administrator

    Visual Round Trip Analyzer (VRTA) is a tool that helps the SharePoint Administrator identify what is being downloaded at a web page level. One of the biggest complaints from users is the response time.   VRTA excels in showing the network round trip relationship between the client and the server...
  • Blog Post: User Profile Synchronization Service stuck on "Starting" and "Security Token Service is unavailable"

    The User Profile Synchronization Service gets stuck on "Starting", and I browse the event log and notice the event 8306 "An exception occurred when trying to issue security token...". I checked the Security Token Service status and realized it was "Security Token Service is unavailable" in Health Analyzer...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Health and Monitoring - A Primer (practical techniques from the field)

    As Microsoft SharePoint 2010 brings many more enhanced features and power to organizations and end-users, it also brings complexity and many new parameters to take care of and tweak for an optimal performance and a healthy environment. SharePoint doesn't operate in a vacuum; it relies on the Windows...
  • Blog Post: Internet Facing SharePoint 2010 Site with Windows Live ID – Part 4

    Creating a Custom Claims Provider When Windows Live is used as the authentication provider, anyone with a Windows Live ID can login to the website. This could be any Windows Live domain (Hotmail, live, etc..) or a custom domain hosted on Windows Live. The claims that are returned from Windows live does...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Workflow error: workflow is automatically cancelled

    Recently I ran into a strange issue with out-of-the-box SharePoint workflow. Once the workflow is started, the SharePoint automatically cancels the workflow and the workflow outcomes becomes as "access denied", the description you see is "The workflow could not update the item, possibly because one or...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading from SharePoint Portal Server 2003 to SharePoint 2010 Part 3

    In previous posts we have covered the upgrade part for SharePoint portal server 2003 to SharePoint 2007 now we need to be clear about how we can upgrade to 2010 by listing some considerations before we start the process. The only supported platform you can upgrade to SharePoint 2010 is SharePoint 2007 ...
  • Blog Post: Finding unused fields in InfoPath From

    Introduction As I was working with one of the projects I had a customized InfoPath Form that has 100's of fields and multiple Views. As I was going though I had a concern that a lot of these fields were not used, so how to find which fields are used and which aren't. In this post I will give you some...
  • Blog Post: Create SharePoint 2010 Web Application using FBA (forms Based Authentication)

    This blog to illustrate how to create a Forms Based Authentication for SharePoint 2010 using SQL database as users repository , users will be authenticated from SQL database instead of active directory 1. From Central Administration –> Manage Web Application , create a new web application...
  • Blog Post: Prepare SharePoint Farm – Part 1 Prepare Windows Cluster

    This part demonstrate how to configure windows cluster for two server, to be used as SQL Cluster. Before you start · You need to have two network adapters on each node, one Public and one Private(for heartbeat communication). · Shared storage (like SAN storage) should be present...
  • Blog Post: Internet Facing SharePoint 2010 Site with Windows Live ID – Part 5

    Registration A public facing website can have services and content that it wants to make available only to users that are authenticated. In this case the user is requested to register on the website and provide some information before given access to the secure content. When using Windows Live authentication...
  • Blog Post: InfoPath 2010 Paging (without coding)

    Introduction In this post I will try to show you how to implement a simple paging mechanism using InfoPath 2010. This approach is useful if you are considering a quick & fast solution to handle InfoPath Repeating Tables (or sections) that returns 100s of items without writing code behind and by...
  • Blog Post: Internet Facing SharePoint 2010 Site with Windows Live ID – Part 6

    Logging Out Of the Website When the user logs in to the site using Windows Live authentication, he is effectively logging in into all Windows Live powered site, examples are Hotmail, SkyDrive…etc. When logging out of the website, the decision becomes if the user should be logged out from the portal only...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Powershell command problem - FeatureDependencyId are not registered

      Problem When you run SharePoint PowerShell on your SharePoint server you get the following error: Error: "The local farm is not accessible. Cmdlets with FeatureDependencyId are not registered". Solution Make sure the logged in user who is trying to run SharePoint PowerShell commands...
  • Blog Post: FAST Search for SharePoint 2010 - FQL and its Impact on Relevancy Ranking (Using Full Text Index Mapping)

    Introduction In this post I will describe a common mistake that occurs when you write your own FQL that impacts the search results that depends on Relevancy Ranking (Using Full Text Index Mapping). Scenario Lets consider that we have a list of products that we would like to search through...
  • Blog Post: Solved: Moving SharePoint 2010 Designer Workflows between Sites

    In man occasions you would be faced by the need to move workflows you developed using SharePoint designer from one site to another. This might be the case if for example you developed and tested the workflow on a testing environment and now wants to move to the production environment without the need...
  • Blog Post: Migration to Fast Search for SharePoint 2010 - General Considerations

    I’m currently working on an engagement where the customer is looking for upgrading his current SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Search to Fast Search for SharePoint 2010, but I was wondering if there are any issues that need to be considered during this process. In this post I will highlight some of...
  • Blog Post: Configuring Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007

    Normally when you import a management pack of a product in SCOM, SCOM automatically starts monitoring that product. I was deploying and configuring SCOM to monitor several Microsoft products, when I imported SharePoint 2010 management, nothing appear under SharePoint 2010 management pack in monitoring...