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    For those of you who had the "pleasure" (okay, slight sarcasm there) of watching me in the SharePoint Ignite materials talk about distributed cache, you may recall that our guidance at the time SharePoint 2013 shipped was that you should not patch AppFabric on SharePoint servers independently...
  • 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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    In this post I’m going to do an end-to-end walk through on how to configure SharePoint 2010 and ADFS v2 together to use SAML claims authentication. I’ll includes steps and PowerShell scripts to demonstrate and will try and bring all of the pieces together in one big posting. First a brief...
  • Blog Post: Configuring Self Service Site Creation in SharePoint 2013

    In SharePoint 2013 we add some great new features around self-service site creation (SSSC). You can configure things like whether to use a custom form to create the site collection, whether to create a subweb or site collection, what path should be used when the site collection is created, and whether...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Tips for ULS Logging

    UPDATE 2-4-2011: I recommend taking a look at the updated example for this at http://blogs.technet.com/b/speschka/archive/2011/02/04/tips-for-uls-logging-part-2.aspx . The new example is better and more functional. When I added some ULS logging to a recent project I noticed one annoying little side...
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    I just thought I would create this post to raise awareness about another way to manage trusted root authorities in SharePoint 2010. For those of you who have been doing claims authentication sites, you know that you need to add all of the certificates in the token signing certificate's chain into SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Additional Info on Load Balancing the SharePoint 2010 Topology Service

    This post is essentially an addendum to the excellent post that JoshGav did over on the Beside the Point blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/besidethepoint/archive/2010/12/08/load-balancing-the-sharepoint-2010-topology-service.aspx . As Josh astutely points out, the Topology service is responsible for load...
  • Blog Post: PSConfig Fails with Missing / Required Error Message After Applying CU or Service Pack in SharePoint 2010

    I had this happen with a CU recently, and I saw someone that had the same problem with SP1. You download and install some patch - a CU or service pack. The final step after installation is to run psconfig on each server in the farm. However, psconfig tells you that it can't proceed because one or more...
  • Blog Post: Creating Long Term SSL Certificates for Your Lab and Other Environments

    I’ve found over the years that when a certificate you’re using in a lab or other kind of test environment expires, all sorts of havoc can be unleashed. I use Active Directory Certificate Services in my labs because it’s a quick and easy way to get the SSL certificates I need generated...
  • Blog Post: Using PowerShell for SharePoint 2010 in C#

    A buddy of mine at Microsoft was good enough to point me to this video on channel 9 that talks about using PowerShell from your C# code without doing the dreaded process and spawn routine we've probably all used before. To begin with, watch the 4 minute video at http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/bruceky...
  • Blog Post: Why Do I Get an Access Denied Error When Managing User Contexts in SharePoint 2010

    User Context is a feature of FAST Search for SharePoint 2010 that is analagous to using audiences with search results. As you start to test this out you may find that within the site collection you can create FAST keywords and document promotions and demotions, but when you try and manage the User Contexts...
  • Blog Post: Adding Throttling Counters in SharePoint 2010

    Http throttling is a new feature in SharePoint 2010 that allows the server to “back off” of serving requests when it is too busy. Every 5 seconds a job will run that will check the server resources compared to the levels configured. By default the Server CPU, Memory, Request in Queue and Request wait...
  • Blog Post: Configuring Secure Store Service to Use Accounts Across A One Way Trust in SharePoint 2010

    I fought with this recently and didn't find any info about it out in the ether anywhere so just thought I'd share in case someone else runs across it. Assume you have SharePoint installed in a classic resource forest scenario. So the SharePoint farm is in what we'll call "Resources" forest; it has a...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 Forms Based Authentication Configuration Manager

    I found myself getting really tired of constantly modifying configuration files when setting up forms based auth (FBA) in SharePoint 2010. There's even more work now then there was in the previous release, because now we have an additional web.config file to modify - for the STS. It was also a constant...
  • Blog Post: Planning the Infrastructure Required for the new App Model in SharePoint 2013

    SharePoint 2013 brings with it a brand new application model, which we euphemistically refer to as the “app model” or “cloud app model”. While it brings a whole new set of opportunities from a development perspective, it also carries with it infrastructure requirements that you...
  • Blog Post: Multi Tenancy in SharePoint 2010 Part 2

    In this posting I wanted to come back to the topic of multi tenancy. In a previous post ( http://blogs.technet.com/speschka/archive/2009/11/30/enabling-multi-tenant-support-in-sharepoint-2010.aspx ) I described some of the basic features of multi tenancy and a) how to create the basic service application...
  • Blog Post: Adding a New Search Partition and Replica in SharePoint 2013

    I think there are probably resources out there somewhere for this by now, but I had a hard time finding them when I went looking for them previously so I thought I'd just post it here. Fortunately my friend Knut B. was good enough to shoot me some PowerShell a while back to help you manage your index...
  • Blog Post: Figuring Out What Claims You Have in SharePoint 2010

    One of the interesting problems I was working on last week had to do with some strange permissions errors on a claims auth site. Part of the difficulty in troubleshooting the situation is that we were not / are not enumerating the claims that SharePoint thinks we have and dumping them out anywhere. So...
  • Blog Post: Writing Custom Health Rules in SharePoint 2010

    I just wrote my first health analyzer rule this weekend and it was a pretty straightforward and painless experience. I just thought I’d share a few tips from the experience. First, make sure you check out the SDK. We just released the RTM version of it and there is a bunch of great information...