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    I had this all too common problem hit me this weekend, but this was happening on my ADFS server, which I unfortunately was rebuilding. The most common reasons as you know have to do with some misconfigured Kerberos setting, or with using some name other than the server name for a web application (the...
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    If you've followed my blog entries by now then you've seen quite a bit of information on throttling for large lists in SharePoint 2010. One of the things you may find is that you will have scenarios where you want to be able to toggle the enforcement of the throttling on a list by list basis. As I explained...
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    As folks start working with the SharePoint 2013 beta 2 bits, you may randomly notice certain errors that once they start, don't go away. You may get dialog boxes (coming from javascript) that mention a 500 service activation error, or you may see search queries just stop working, or you may look in the...
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    This is a problem that I’ve seen come up a few times now, with a particularly nasty side effect for sites using SAML claims with ADFS. Where I first saw this problem was when I created a new farm and I went into add a service account. I typed in the alias for the account and clicked resolve, which...
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  • Blog Post: In SharePoint 2013 My Site Collection Will Be Created In What Content Database?

    I thought I'd phrase my answer in the form of a question...no wait, that isn't exactly right. Okay, let me just say that this is one short little post that falls in the category of "It's the Little Things You Love" about SharePoint 2013. Today's feature call out is about something that has been asked...
  • Blog Post: Migrating from Windows Classic Auth to Windows Claims Auth in SharePoint 2010 Part 2

    NOTE: UPDATED 1/8/2011 I wanted to follow-up on the previous post about migrating authentiation types in SharePoint 2010 that was done here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/speschka/archive/2010/06/12/migrating-a-web-application-from-windows-classic-to-windows-claims-in-sharepoint-2010.aspx . I still recommend...
  • Blog Post: Tips for ULS Logging Part 2

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  • Blog Post: Creating Custom Error Pages in SharePoint 2010

    SharePoint 2010 now provides the ability to create custom error pages. There are some very good reasons for doing this, especially if you have an externally published site. Todd Carter has written an excellent post that describes some of these reasons in detail, along with sample code to register your...
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    I haven't seen a lot of information out and about on this yet, so I thought I'd take a little time to frankly - get into some PowerShell - for Request Manager (RM). For those of you who aren't familiar with RM, it's a new piece of SharePoint 2013 designed to do SharePoint request routing and throttling...
  • Blog Post: Large List Throttling for External Lists in SharePoint 2010

    I’ve already done one post with information on the new list throttling features in SharePoint 2010. This week the question came up about how that applies, or what applies, to throttling lists based on External Content Types (ECT). These are lists that you’ll also hear called Virtual Lists sometimes or...
  • Blog Post: How to Configure the Global Search Center Url for SharePoint 2013 using PowerShell

    I had this question come up today and it was a little bit of work to track down so I thought I would share here. In SharePoint 2013 the Search Service Application has something called a Global Search Center Url. In the absence of any other configuration, this is where folks will get redirected...
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    List throttling is one of the new options in SharePoint 2010 that enable to set limits on how severely users can put the beat down on your servers. In a nutshell, what it does is allow you to set a limit for how many rows of data can be retrieved for a list or library at any one time. The most basic...
  • Blog Post: Creating Health Monitor Rules for SharePoint 2010

    Hey all, I saw an interesting discussion today about creating new health rules in SharePoint 2010 and thought I would share. All the credit for this one goes to Chris C. who was good enough to share this information. The discussion started because of some confusion about how to add a new health rule...
  • Blog Post: List Throttling and Recycle Bin in SharePoint 2010

    Hey all, I was just told today about an interesting wrinkle on a new feature in SharePoint 2010. As I've blogged about here before, large list throttling is a new feature that's designed to limit the impact of large lists on the health of a SharePoint farm. By default it restricts you from "impacting...
  • Blog Post: Root of Certificate Chain Not Trusted Error with Claims Authentication

    Some of you playing with claims authentication may get what seems like a strange error. Youv'e set everything up on your STS and SharePoint, you try and hit the site, and you get a big error and stack dump that says "The root of the certificate chain is not a trusted root authority". You look around...
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  • Blog Post: 403 Forbidden Errors When Failing Over a SQL 2012 Availability Group with SharePoint 2010

    I just had a heck of a time getting failover of a SQL 2012 Availability Group to work correctly with SharePoint 2010, so I thought I would share the outcome in case it helps anyone else. In short, I had my SQL 2012 Availability Group all set up and it appeared to be working correctly. I created a new...
  • Blog Post: Creating a FAST Search Scope

    I can take ZERO credit for this, but I saw a very useful email today where Jan described how to create a FAST search scope using PowerShell. So I'm just the messenger here but thought it was worth sharing: New-SPEnterpriseSearchQueryScope -SearchApplication "FAST Query Application" -Name "NewScope...
  • Blog Post: Access Denied with Claims Auth in Interim Build

    For those of you who have access to one of the interim builds of SharePoint 2010, specifically 4730.1010, you will very likely find claims to be pretty much non-functional. Like after everything is set up and you hit the SharePoint site, you are taken to the page that says "you are signed in as Joe Blow...
  • Blog Post: How Does SharePoint 2010 Support Partitioned Tables in the Usage Database

    I was talking with a buddy of mine today about the usage database in SharePoint 2010. It is by all appearances a set of partitioned tables in SQL Server. His very good question was well, partitioning tables is only available in the enterprise edition of SQL Server - what happens if I have a different...