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  • Blog Post: SharePoint causes DCOM Errors - Event Id: 10016

    Typically after a SharePoint installation when you use separate accounts for the different services, you will notice DCOM errors in the Event Log on the SharePoint server.  This is because the accounts for the Application Pools don't have the necessary rights to launch the IIS WAMREG Admin Service...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Farm Credentials – Error encrypting or decrypting credentials

    I would give you the background on how this SharePoint environment ended up in such disarray, but considering that it took me 9 hours to get it back up and running, there were way too many things for me to take note of.  This little baby stuck out though. I was running stsadm to update the Central...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Event ID 6482: Could not find file 'C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc\HOSTS'.

    Typically I won't blog about an error until I've encountered it a few times.  Here's an exception to the rule.    I had never come across this error and it caught me off guard during a recent installation of MOSS.  Usually when I've seen Event ID 6482, it's been because of the IIS...
  • Blog Post: Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client - Error with Vista & Wireless

    Recently working with a client and they had a Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client to connect to their network (version 2.1.0148).  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to connect to their VPN when my laptop was wireless. After some searching on the internet, I only found 1 post or two about it.  So, here's...
  • Blog Post: Application Template - Feature is not installed in this farm

    You may see this type of error if you are creating a site using one of Microsoft's application templates as the template for your new site. For example, trying to install the HelpDesk site, you would see this error: Feature '75a0fea7-12fe-4cad-a1b2-525fa776c07e' is not installed in this farm Oops! ...
  • Blog Post: Resolution for Event ID 7888 - Only site admin can access Data Source object from user profile DB

    After a recent implementation of MOSS 2007 (least privilege), I was going through the event viewer to ensure everything was running without hiccups and I discovered that II had an Event ID: 7888 in the logs. Event Type: Error Event Source: Office SharePoint Server Event Category: Office Server General...
  • Blog Post: Event ID: 14148 in ISA Server – Port 8080

    I was configuring ISA Server for a client, and ran into an interesting issue.  It made sense once I realized what the error was.  I was creating two rules, 1 for IP:80 and one for IP:8080.  It was the same IP, but there was an app running on 80, and another app running on 8080. HTTP 502...
  • Blog Post: IIS 6.0 No Sites or 'the path specified cannot be used at this time'

    If your IIS Manager on a SharePoint server is failing to load the websites for the server, your SharePoint Timer Service may be trying to access IIS 6.0 at the same time (multiple threads). Microsoft released a hotfix back in January to resolve this issue. Unable to manage IIS: http://support.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Crawl and SQL Server Errors - Event ID: 17310

    After setting up a crawl rule to crawl something other than SharePoint sites (such as a file share), you may encounter some errors for SQL Server.  If you start to see these repeatedly - check that you have the latest service pack for Microsoft SQL Server 2005 installed.  That will resolve...
  • Blog Post: WSS Topnav Bar Highlighting - Selected Tab incorrect

    I was helping a SharePoint User Group member with a top link bar highlighting problem.  Their issue was that in WSS, the top link bar highlighting does not follow you as it does in MOSS. The selected navigation tab was not highlighted showing were you were in the SharePoint sites.  Instead...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Event ID: 4965 System.NullReferenceException

    Typically the 4965 error occurs doing Publishing Provisioning because of an access denied issue.  I had blogged about that previously here: Event ID: 4965 - Publishing Provisioning Error .   Today while enabling the Publishing Infrastructure for a site collection, I got a 4965 but was...
  • Blog Post: Event ID: 4965 - Publishing Provisioning Error

    When enabling the Publishing feature on a site collection, you may encounter an Access Denied error.  Digging into the Event logs, you'll see an Event ID: 4965 for Publishing Provisioning. Event Type:    Error Event Source:    Office SharePoint Server Event Category...
  • Blog Post: Event ID: 2436 SharePoint Search Error

    You may have this error in your environment resulting in your Search Service not being able to crawl your content.  If you’ve verified that your default content access account has the appropriate permissions and you are still getting this error, the loopback check may be causing it.  Disabling...
  • Blog Post: WSS 2.0 - Who deleted the site?

    When I was recently onsite with a client, someone went and deleted an important site (WSS 2.0)… Oops! Found the individual responsible by looking through the IIS logs, and tracking down the user who visited the page:   deleteweb.aspx - Dan Lewis
  • Blog Post: Office 2003 AD RMS Hotfix Update KB978551

    A little late posting this, but better late than never.  In December, an issue surfaced that prevented Office 2003 documents from being opened, if they were protected by Rights Management Server (RMS).  The issue was due to a time-bomb… oops. Users would get a prompt that stated: "Unexpected...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint get_IISAllowsAnonymous get_VirtualRootPath

    I found a serious issue with a SharePoint implementation recently.  It turned out, there were actually 2 separate places in SharePoint where an error was occurring.  After searching extensively for a resolution, I never found an actual answer / solution.  Most posts said that although...
  • Blog Post: Attaching this database requires upgrade

    Recently I was onsite with a client trying to recover their WSS 3.0 environment that they completely lost (post coming on that later).  During the recovery process I needed to add a content database back to their installation but received the following error in central administration:  Attaching...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Server 2005 R2 on Vista

    When you install Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 on Vista, you may not be able to login initially, and presented with an error message. HTTP Error 404.2 - Not Found Description: The page you are requesting cannot be served because of the ISAPI and CGI Restriction list settings on the Web server. To...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Error Messages

    Not a new concept here, but I thought I would add this to my blog so I’m not always referencing other blogs for it. Plus I will be referring to this post very soon.  :) When you get an error in SharePoint, by default it’s not going to be very descriptive.  Actually, all it’s going to say is...
  • Blog Post: Failure decompressing data from a cabinet file

    In a previous post, Increase maximum size of List Template , I explained how to increase the maximum file size of a list / site template in SharePoint.  However, even after doing that you may encounter another error when trying to save the template: 'Failure decompressing data from a cabinet file...
  • Blog Post: SMTP Configuration Unspecified error

    Hotfix for the hotfix eh?  Previously I had a post about common errors in SharePoint after a new installation: SharePoint Exception Errors: Event ID 6398, Event ID 6482, Event ID 7076 The resolution for that is to install a hotfix (kb 946517).  Well it seems that the ability to make SMTP configuration...
  • Blog Post: Compiler Error Message: CS0030: Cannot convert type ‘ASP.login_aspx’ to ‘System.Web.UI.WebControls.Login’

    Argh. What a silly error this is. There are a couple of things that need to happen for this to happen in .net. 1. You precompiled your app (2.0) 2. You publish your site as ‘updateable’ 3. You named a page that is the same as a Class in .net Most developers call their login page: Login.aspx. When you...
  • Blog Post: Login Prompt When Opening documents in SharePoint

    This is something that will happen to a lot of users when using MOSS and IE7.  You can search for the issue and find many possible causes and resolutions.  Typically, the problem can be resolved by adding the site to your Local Intranet sites in IE's options.  Below are the directions...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Exception Errors: Event ID 6398, Event ID 6482, Event ID 7076

    I had previously written a post about the process in IIS being locked, and therefore sites becoming unmanageable in IIS Manager.  The same resolution for that error (Hotfix provided by Microsoft) applies to these errors as well.   You will see them in the Application Event Log typically...
  • Blog Post: Failure trying to sync web application - A duplicate site ID

    You may receive this type of error after detaching and reattaching content databases in SharePoint. In my specific case, I had renamed a database and then reattached it to a web application using the addcontentdb command.  Apparently synchronization information gets confused a long the way.  ...