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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 2010 Certification and SharePoint 2007 Certification

    Once upon a time, I use to blog about Certifications for .NET. I felt my first post for this year should have a theme of ‘moving forward’, so decided to write about the future of SharePoint certification. I’m a big proponent of the Microsoft Certification program and think that anyone in the IT industry...
  • Blog Post: Office SharePoint Server 2007 Technical Library - CHM

    Did you know that the content on TechNet for SharePoint Server (MOSS) is available for download in compiled help format (CHM)?    It’s been available for a few months now, but today they just released version 4.  That’s a great file to keep on a USB drive, phone, or on your mobile...
  • 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: Reset SharePoint Web Application Policy Permissions

    Probably the most painful part of being a consultant, is coming in behind another company who had previously been working on your client’s SharePoint environment.  It’s not always a case of ‘they did something bad’.  Even if they did everything ‘correctly’, there can be a lot of knowledge transfer...
  • Blog Post: New Item icon in SharePoint - change how long it shows

    When new items are added to a list in SharePoint, a 'New Item' icon is displayed next to the new item.    So how long is new for you?  1 hour?  1 day?  1 week? 1 month? 1 year?  1 decade?  1 century?  1... okay I'll stop there.  Hopefully in 100 years we have...
  • Blog Post: Import PeopleSoft info into SharePoint User Profiles

    I had someone ask me about this today, and thought I'd share some information that I was able to come up with. There are a couple of ways to go about it – unfortunately none of them are really a ‘quick’ plug and import.  One is to use the Business Data Catalog within MOSS.  It will allow you...
  • Blog Post: Stsadm commands - Posters

    The SharePoint User Assistance team has put together some posters of the stsadm command line parameters.  Not a bad thing to hang over the desk! Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Team Blog : Posters for SharePoint Stsadm command line parameters now available   - Dan Lewis
  • 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: Create a Custom Theme for WSS 3.0 or MOSS 2007

    SharePoint Out-of-Box Themes If the blue and white default theme for SharePoint does not fit your style, you can choose another theme in WSS 3.0 or MOSS 2007.  SharePoint provides 18 themes out of the box.   To change the theme of a site 1. Select Site Settings under Site Actions 2. Click on...
  • 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: SharePoint Enlists - Sir, Yes Sir!

    I came across a recent article that spoke to SharePoint becoming the collaboration tool of choice for Military organizations across the world.  Being a veteran, this really intrigues me.  I recently finished a project implementing MOSS for a financial organization and I always had that extra...
  • Blog Post: Change Name of Server in MOSS Farm

    Change alternate access mappings in Central Administration Central Administration > Operations > Alternate access Mappings Edit each mapping so that it reflects your new server name Ensure port numbers are the same Use stsadm renameserver operation   stsadm -o renameserver -newservername <newname>...
  • Blog Post: Display Code in SharePoint as HTML

    I saw this question asked on Twitter, and thought of this idea.  Was pretty simple, so I thought I would share.  What if you wanted to display a code example in SharePoint?  It could be on a page, blog post, wiki, etc…  For this specific question, it was in reference to displaying...
  • Blog Post: STSADM Path - access stsadm at anytime in command prompt

    A quick way to access STSADM is to set a Path for the 12 Hive's bin folder.  Doing this, you can type " stsadm " at anytime in a command prompt window to access the operations it provides.  Access Environment Variables Go to your server's System Properties RClick 'My Computer' >...
  • Blog Post: Carolina SharePoint User Groups

    --- update: updated post date of this post so those that attended SharePoint Saturday Charlotte can reference it --- I’m a big fan of SharePoint user groups.  You don’t always have to go to a conference/code camp/sharepoint saturday to attend some great sessions on SharePoint.  I’m also a fan...
  • Blog Post: Managing and Administering Site Quotas in SharePoint

    Repeatedly I have come across a SharePoint implementation that was not well planned out in regards to data storage.  When you are planning the taxonomy and information architecture of your sites, a good amount of effort and thought should be put into Site Quotas.  Site Quotas are a key component...
  • Blog Post: Create a Site Collection Administrator with stsadm

    Taking over administration for SharePoint after a previous administrator was ‘let go’ always has little gotchas that pop up. One of those can be needing to create a new site collection administrator.  If you can’t get access to the site, you can use stsadm to create a site collection administrator...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Learning Roadmap - on a Budget

    I’m asked regularly on what type of training is needed to start a career in SharePoint, and although I hate to say it… “it depends”.  I put together a quick learning roadmap, that will lead an individual with some IT experience but zero SharePoint experience, to being certified on SharePoint. It...
  • Blog Post: Web Part Page Maintenance - How to Access

    I was showing someone yesterday how to view webparts that were on their page and closed, yet not truly deleted (Add WebPart, selecting Advanced web part gallery and options).   Then today, I stumbled across another (and faster) way to view them. You can view the web part page maintenance by...
  • Blog Post: Uninstall Project Server from SharePoint Farm

    The ability to uninstall Project Server or Remove Project Server from a SharePoint Farm is not supported, regardless if it’s 2007 or 2010. 2007 Removing either Office SharePoint Server 2007 or Office Project Server 2007 from a joint installation is not supported. Installing Office SharePoint Server 2007...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Designer Licensing

    I get asked often how much SharePoint Designer costs, and I never have the answer. I guess I've always been spoiled with Subscriptions through MSDN, TechNet, etc..  The SharePoint team published a post on licensing for SPD: http://blogs.msdn.com/sharepointdesigner/archive/2008/11/14/spd-licensing...
  • Blog Post: 12 Days of SharePoint

    (to the tune of "12 days of Christmas"...) On the twelfth day of Sharing, my SharePoint sent to me Twelve master pages Eleven site collections Ten site templates Nine BI dashboards Eight blogs a-blogging Seven search keywords Six wiki pages Five content types Four different libraries Three...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Server 2007 Downloadable e-books / content

    Microsoft has a good amount of downloadable content for SharePoint.  They make some pretty good references as all of the content is actually available on TechNet.  I like to keep these on an external drive however, In case i need to research something but don't have Internet access at a client...