Steve Chen [MSFT] Sr. Support Escalation Engineer

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  • Blog Post: Search Service Application Issue with SharePoint 2013 preview build

    While playing around with the beta preview builds, a problem with the search service application was discovered and here is a description and fix for it: Applies to "SharePoint 2013 PREVIEW build" Problem Description: Search Topology fails to complete provisioning. When you navigate...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 – Resource guide

    from the early experiences with the SharePoint 2010 beta and RTM, I’ll post here a list of articles, links and resources all around SPS 2010 from the beginning ;-) Have fun! Table of Content (TOC) on SharePoint 2010 Beta and RTM resource guides – Preliminary Setup requirements –...
  • Blog Post: WSS and MOSS 2007 Feb.Update 2010 available

    Hello all, since yesterday night, the new cumulative updates (Uber packages) for WSSv3 and MOSS 2007 are published and available! Please see here for more info: (the KB's might be currently not published but will be soon available as well) WSS: 978396 The full server package for WSS http://support.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 Pre-Install Download Links

    As described in my post on SharePoint 2010 – Setup requirements , while PSConfig Wizard is running, additional software components are required. For environments where Servers are not connected to internet for security reasons this makes it a bit difficult but I’ll provide the links for download them...
  • Blog Post: SP1 for WSS and MOSS retires april 2010

    Urgent message!!! as per our lifecycle policy, the Service Pack 1 for MOSS and WSS will retire in April 2010! So if you're currently still on SP1, please consider to update as soon as possible to at least SP2! Information about the lifecycle you can find here: http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle/...
  • Blog Post: February 2011 CU for SharePoint 2010

    *** <Status Update 2011-03-27> *** All Links are working now and the hotfixes will be available along the according KB articles. *** </Status Update> *** *** <Status Update 2011-03-23> *** We're still expiriencing some unknown problems with the SPS2010 Server package and also delayed...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 Build Numbers (Cube Sheet)

    SharePoint 2010 Build Numbers Cube Sheet As many times used in our daily business, we’re used to ask for “Build number” rather than “Service Pack or Patch level”. Because of some confusion of the customers and for transparency I’ll provide here a list of the most...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 – Setup requirements

    Preliminary soft- and hardware requirements and prerequisites for SharePoint 2010 beta installation. ***Update 2010-03-31*** We've seen some confusion in the newsgroups and elsewhere on the versions and editions of Windows that SharePoint 2010 will run on. This post is meant to clarify some of...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 virtual machines for evaluation

    Hello all, the latest news I would like to share for all IT-Pro's out there is the availability of a complete virtual machine (VHD) for Hyper-V we published! This is a very handy setup for a quick overview on SharePoint 2010 and how it works. Not only for demonstration but also for testing and...
  • Blog Post: Builds and Updates MOSS/WSS

    This is the new continued page about all recently published cumulative updates, service packs and related info all around MOSS 2007 and WSSv3 since SP3. For any older MOSS/WSSv3 build numbers and/or update information, please check the previous page! find a similar list here For SharePoint 2010...
  • Blog Post: WSS and MOSS April CU 2010 Update packages

    Hello all, today I’ll be on early posting with the announcement of the upcoming cumulative update packages for WSSv3 and MOSS 2007. The procedure will be as usual. Please see for details my post All about updating MOSS and consider also the installed language packs and its latest service...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2013 RTM Setup and Install

    Time to post a bit about SharePoint 2013 Since the RTM bits were already available from MSDN/TechNet download for subscribers, the first view of you may have already played around with it. For general availability, there is currently no published date yet but should be soon announced. So here is...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2013 - Problem with Search topology…

    Recently I came across an issue with the Search Service after a topology change. Scenario: You have SharePoint 2013 RTM with Search Service application Service installed and configured on a multi server farm. You then decided to add a new server to the farm and moving over the search components to the...
  • Blog Post: SPS 2010 Public Beta Install and Setup Notes

    Ok, all in one, these are the order of steps to be done when you want to install and start successfully the Public beta of SharePoint 2010! Read " Determine Hardware and Software requirements " Check the preliminary requirements for software and patches as described here: SPS 2010 Setup Requirements...
  • Blog Post: Build Numbers (Cube Sheet) for MOSS/WSS

    **** NOTE! This page will be no longer maintained or updated! Please see the new, continued page **** **** All recent updates and information since Service Pack 3 and later are now posted here! **** 2012-03-14 As many times in our daily business, we’re used to ask for “Build number”...
  • Blog Post: All about updating WSSv3 and MOSS2007

    As repeatedly asked and apparently still confusing the IT folks, I'll post some information's and what to consider how, during and while updating WSSv3 and MOSS 2007. Support Life Cycle: As already announced you should be aware of the retirement of SP1 for WSSv3 which also affects MOSS as it...
  • Blog Post: Upgrade SharePoint Portal Server 2003 to SharePoint 2010

    Actually there is no direct path to upgrade/migrate from SPS 2003 to SPS 2010. Unfortunately you must go via the WSSv3/MOSS 2007 stage! For customers running prior versions of SharePoint, including Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 and SharePoint Portal Server 2003, this means that you must first upgrade...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Administration Toolkit v4 for MOSS 2007

    The Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog has recently announced the SharePoint Administration Toolkit v4 for MOSS/WSS ( Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services version 3.0. ) *** <Update> *** There was an issue with the originally posted download regarding the Batch Site Manager...