The Sean Blog

  • Renaming crazy SharePoint Database Names

    When SharePoint 2007 creates new Content Databases, by default it adds a GUID to the end of the database name.  While you can rename it during the creation process, maybe you forgot to and you now you have a Content Database that looks like the one...
  • Technical Diagrams for SharePoint 2010

    Complementing the Technical Diagrams for deploying Office 2010 post, here are the technical diagrams for SharePoint 2010.  As I am a visual person, I find these to be more helpful than the written documentation at understanding key SharePoint concepts...
  • Windows Server Longhorn - Per User Password Policy

    I can't imagine that this will make the front page of People Magazine , but if you are a Network or Security Admin, I have great news for you. With Windows Server Longhorn, you will be able to implement Password Policies on a Per User and Per Group level...
  • Read-Only Domain Controller (RODC) Branch Office Guide Released

    If you are involved in a project to plan or upgrade Active Directory in your branch offices, you may have questions such as: What type of domain controller should I use for a given branch office? Does a given branch office even need a Domain Controller...
  • Can't read .chm (Compiled Help) on Vista/XP/2003?

    In my previous post , I mentioned that TechNet Magazine has their past issues available in HTML Help format (.chm) here .  If you navigate to that page (with a fully patched Vista or Windows XP box) and open one of the referenced files from directly...
  • Where's My Mail Control Panel?

    (or my Quicktime Control Panel, or my Java control panel...) This has been bugging me for a while. I don't know if there is a KB article or not, but I thought I would share the solution. Ever since I have been using Windows Vista, I have not had a Mail...
  • Hyperlinks in Entourage

    I've been playing around with Entourage on my Mac for the last couple of days (in order to access my Email from Exchange while I am out of the office). It turns out that there is a curious feature missing from Entourage... You can't highlight a word and...
  • The top Active Directory Issues

    The Ask the Directory Services Team blog has a great post on the top 50 KB articles used to solve issues in Directory Services support during the first quarter of Microsoft fiscal year 2008 (July 2007 through September 2007). I list the top 10 below,...
  • Ten Themes for SharePoint

    If you want SharePoint to, well, not look like SharePoint… we just released 10 themes that look awesome! Download them here . They are packaged as SharePoint Solutions so you don’t have to do the messy work of going to all of your front end web servers...
  • SharePoint 2010– Storman on Steroids

    AKA… how to visualize the files you are storing in SharePoint. * Update on the below after having spoken with the team that runs the internal Microsoft SharePoint farm (thanks Sam for information on the impact!).  While everything mentioned does...
  • Replacing your Motherboard (without killing Windows)

    It can be done! If you want to replace an older motherboard in your computer (without having to wipe and reload Windows), we have a KB article for that! Off to NewEgg to find a nicer Motherboard to replace the one that came for free with my Processor...
  • Scripting a SharePoint 2010 install with Powershell

    Clicking “next” “next” on an installer is sooo 2007.  If you stand up and take down SharePoint 2010 farms on a frequent basis (for development or test servers), or you want to be able to quickly do so (maybe for disaster recovery), you have two options...
  • SharePoint Duplicate People Search Results (or none at all)

    I ran into an interesting issue with the People Search functionality of SharePoint today (which is the opposite of a problem I ran into sometime back, and which is also covered here ) The problem today: People results are duplicated. The problem earlier...
  • Installing Fedora 9 (Sulphur) in Virtual PC 2007

    Fedora 9 was released last week, which you can download here: http://fedoraproject.org/get-fedora.html .  What's new?  Highlights from the release notes include: GNOME 2.22 . GNOME now includes a webcam photo and video creation utility called...
  • Why is my hard drive spinning?

    Ever see your hard drive LED chugging away, while there was no apparent activity on your screen?  Apple solves the problem by choosing to not providing a HD LED.  What you don't know can't bug you! My wife, however, asked me to track down the...
  • SLD, Disjoint and Discontiguous Namespaces, Oh My!

    If your domain is setup as a Single Label Domain or with a Disjoint/Discontiguous namespace, head on over to the DNS Namespace Planning Solution Center .  This Solution Center outlines Microsoft’s support policy for customers with various namespace...
  • SharePoint 2010 – 403 error when updating metadata

    I have spent a month troubleshooting a crazy problem with SharePoint 2010, stumping everyone that worked on it. The problem was just resolved, and it involves something I’ve never seen before, so I thought I would share so that the solution is out...
  • A Steady State Without SteadyState

    Windows SteadyState was a great technology designed for administrators that were responsible for computers used by many people (think labs, kiosks, internet cafes, libraries, community centers, etc).  The kind of place where people like to screw...
  • Joining computers to a domain with Smart Card authentication

    So my main business computer recently switched from a Dell Desktop to an HP NC8430 laptop. I am traveling more and more, and it is very nice to be able to log in from a local library or coffee shop and stay on top of email. The NC8430 has a TPM chip ...
  • SQL Server Best Practices Analyzer

    The following screenshot will give a DBA severe indigestion (although I have to imagine it is not entirely uncommon on unmanaged installations of SQL, especially those where SQL is just the black box that is installed as a prerequisite). A SQL installation...
  • Slipstreaming SP2 into SharePoint Server 2007

    If you are performing a greenfield or clean install of SharePoint, it is a good idea to install the latest version (which as of today would be Service Pack 2 with the April Cumulative Update).  The latest install media for SharePoint, however, only...
  • The best feature you've never heard of...

    Although the File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) has been around since 2005 (it shipped with Windows Server 2003 R2, is present in SBS 2003 R2), I have yet to meet anyone (even hard-core Admins) who have even heard of it. It is an excellent tool to have...
  • Installing Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron in Virtual PC 2007

    A picture is worth a thousand words... "An unrecoverable processor error has been encountered.  The virtual machine will reset now." It looks like Ubuntu isn't the only one with this problem... Fedora 9 releases tomorrow and according to...
  • Creating a PowerPoint Deck from a Word Outline

    Great trick to use when creating a presentation in PowerPoint. If you start out when planning your presentation by just firing up PowerPoint and adding slides, it can be difficult to keep track of the overall flow of the presentation. If only you could...
  • Internet Explorer 8–Show Stop and Refresh Buttons Before Address Bar

    By default, Internet Explorer 8 has the Refresh and Stop buttons on the right side of the address bar.  I’m used to having them there. However, if you use alternative browsers, you may prefer to have those buttons on the OTHER side of your address...