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    This issue applies to SharePoint 2010 as well but...suppose you have created a custom claims provider and one of the things you want to do is to have some custom claim types that you use. What I mean by custom claim types is just that they are not one of the standard out of the box types like email,...
  • Blog Post: Programmatically Adding A Trusted Identity Token Issuer to a Web Application Zone in SharePoint 2010 and 2013

    Seems like I haven't had a chance to write a good SharePoint / SAML claims kind of article in a while. I was happily plugging away on some code this weekend for a scenario I haven't done before so I thought I would go ahead and post it here for the search engines. The whole topic in general has...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting Tip for Debugging Crawl Issues in SharePoint 2010

    I recently came across a very nice troubleshooting methodology when I was trying to debug some authentication issues that were occurring during a SharePoint 2010 crawl. I was getting some errors and also having difficulty getting the information I needed out of the crawl log to some other issues that...
  • Blog Post: How To Add Additional Claims in ADFS 2.0 that can be Consumed in SharePoint 2010

    Just a quick tip here to save you a little time in case you decide you want to add additional claims for your users in ADFS 2.0 and have them successfully consumed in SharePoint 2010. The key thing to remember is that SharePoint only supports SAML 1.x, so it requires that the claim type be in a very...
  • Blog Post: Using the SharePoint 2010 Client Object Model - Part 1

    SharePoint 2010 introduces a new client side object model (hereafter referred to as the “client OM”) for retrieving data. It supports a subset of functionality contained in the server side object model, but generally speaking gives you ready access to the data in your SharePoint site using standard object...
  • Blog Post: Problems Resolving Claims Names in SharePoint 2010

    I've seen this problem crop up a few times now so I thought I'd try and share in case you run across it and are trying to troubleshoot. I've seen cases where you can't get name resolution to work, like when you type in a name in the type-in control then click the resolve button. You may even attach a...
  • Blog Post: Using WireShark to Trace Your SharePoint 2010 to Azure WCF Calls over SSL

    One of the interesting challenges when trying to troubleshoot remotely connected systems is figuring out what they're saying to each other. The CASI Kit that I've posted about other times on this blog ( http://blogs.technet.com/b/speschka/archive/2010/11/06/the-claims-azure-and-sharepoint-integration...
  • Blog Post: TrustedMissingIdentityClaimSource Error with Claims Auth in SharePoint 2010

    I've seen this error happen a few times to myself and others so I thought I would share the likely culprit. The scenario is, you set up claims authentication in SharePoint 2010...and you're pretty sure you've configured everything correctly. :-) When you actually try and navigate to the site though you...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 Training Courses on Channel 9

    And now a message from our sponsors... Today, Channel 9 launched two new training courses for SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 created by developers for developers. Channel 9 has always been about giving direct access to the engineers and future technologies from Microsoft, and now we’re extending...
  • 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: The CASI Kit Announcement from SharePoint Conference

    Just wanted to update folks with the announcement made at the SharePoint Conference yesterday regarding the CASI Kit. I have decided to release everything for it - full source code to the base class, the web part, and all of the sample projects - up to CodePlex. If you go to casikit.codeplex.com now...
  • Blog Post: Adding A Custom Claim to a Web App Policy via PowerShell in SharePoint 2010

    I found this process to be much more difficult than anticipated, and then much easier than expected once done so I figured I would do a quick post on it. The task at hand was to add a custom claim to a web app policy via PowerShell. It all works simple enough via the central admin UI. Once you get into...
  • 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: FBA Sites with Office Hub in Windows Phone 7

    Hey all, just wanted to give a quick but important update to the post on integrating SharePoint 2010 with Windows Phone 7 ( http://blogs.technet.com/b/speschka/archive/2010/11/21/some-windows-phone-7-and-sharepoint-2010-tips.aspx ). After playing around with this some more and reviewing some of the tips...
  • Blog Post: Federated SAML Authentication with SharePoint 2010 and Azure Access Control Service Part 1

    NOTE: As usual the formatting on this site sucks. I recommend you download the Word document attachment with this posting for better reading. I had been looking at Windows Azure Access Control Service (ACS) with an interesting eye recently, thinking about some of the different integration options...
  • Blog Post: A New Twist on an Old Friend - "The security validation for this page is invalid" - in SharePoint 2010

    I'm sure many, many, many of you have seen my old friend (okay, exception) that goes something like this: "The security validation for this page is invalid. Click Back in your Web browser, refresh the page, and try your operation again." It's like the jelly of the month club - it's the gift that keeps...
  • Blog Post: Manually Adding Query Suggestions in SharePoint 2010

    One of the great new features around Search in SharePoint 2010 is the concept of query suggestions. There are pre-query and post-query suggestions. A pre-query suggestion is a type-ahead feature that appears in the search box on the search page. As you start typing in your query, SharePoint will go find...
  • Blog Post: Some Windows Phone 7 and SharePoint 2010 Tips

    Now that I've finally got my Windows Phone 7, I have had a little time to play around with some of the integration with SharePoint and start to understand better some of the issues and limitations I've heard described previously by other folks. I'm going to try and share some of those details here so...
  • Blog Post: Reflecting on PowerShell in SharePoint 2010

    As we all know, sometimes we just get stuck trying to figure out how to get from point A to point B when working through some SharePoint coding scenario. One of the things that comes up more frequently in this regardin in SharePoint 2010 has to do with the PowerShell cmdlets that are used so prevalently...
  • Blog Post: Creating an Azure Persistent VM for an Isolated SharePoint Farm

    The first step in being able to create a persistent VM in Azure is to get your account upgraded to take advantage of these features, which are all in preview. Once the features are enabled you can follow this process to get the various components configured to support running an isolated SharePoint farm...
  • 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: Federating SiteMinder and SharePoint 2010

    Hey folks, I just wanted to let you know that CA SiteMinder and Microsoft folks have been working together to create a whitepaper that details how to federate identities between CA Federation Manager and SharePoint 2010. They have recently released this paper that describes in great detail how to do...
  • 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: Knowing How the Sandbox Changes the Object Model in SharePoint 2010

    I ran across a weird little problem last week and thought I would share the resolution. I have a feeling this may be blogged about / documented somewhere and if so then I guess this is just more fuel for the fire. I was working on a sandbox solution and in particular one of the properties of the SPSite...
  • Blog Post: Writing a Custom Claims Provider for SharePoint 2010 - Part 3: Searching Claims

    In the first two parts in this series we've seen how to create a custom provider, do claims augmentation and register the provider, as well as how to add a hierarchy to the people picker. In this post we'll talk about how to implement searching for our claims in the people picker with our custom provider...