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  • Blog Post: People search results returns sps3:// instead of http://

    Talking about odd behaviors or things that one can configure and have unexpected results in SharePoint, here’s one: You search for People Names. All looks fine, the names are returned, all looks ok, BUT when you click on the URL that should take you to that person’s public profile, you receive a “Page...
  • Blog Post: Search Based Alerts

    Purpose : To get notified whenever something new gets indexed, based on a search term you specify. Say for instance that you would like to get notified whenever a new “TOP SECRET DOCUMENT” :) gets indexed. Go to the search page, issue a query and when the results page is displayed, click on the “Alert...
  • Blog Post: My Colleague Tag , or “there is no timer job…”

    The question that generated this post was: “What timer job needs to run in order for the Colleagues tag to become in effect and to be displayed as such in the search results page ?” While this might seem trivial to some, there is a valid point behind the question, now with the multitude of social elements...
  • Blog Post: How to enable workflow tracing (debug)

    This might come in handy whenever you (like myself and I am sure thousands of others) see some error in the execution of one workflow and found the completely useless messages like “Error Occurred” Dig deep and find nothing first troubleshooting step would be to enable verbose logging...
  • Blog Post: Workflow Error: "An error has occured in Approval"

    What we have here is not actually a how to , nor does it point to a known issue, it's more of a logical reason behind writing the entry. As a starting point, we have the SharepPoint standard Approval workflow which can, through the UI, easily be attached to a document library to kick in whenever a...
  • Blog Post: Sharepoint 2013 after importing a Design Package the users receive "The user does not have permissions"

    A new neat feature in Sharepoint 2013 is the Design Manager. A quick and easy way to create Design Packages ( what previously one should have done through features and solutions) and be an answer to the branding demands for both on premise Sharepoint installs as well as for O365. Read more here: Overview...
  • Blog Post: How to properly move (Detach/Attach) a content database.

    The idea to write this entry came as a result of many failed Profile sync operations I've seen lately, so, here it is: As a scenario, let's assume that you have a webapplication you want to move on a different port. I stress the word move , because otherwise you could simply extend the webapplication...
  • Blog Post: 404 error on a Sharepoint Site : COMException (0x80004005) : The operation cannot be completed successfully

    Here's one behavior that you might see. Since the error is not that enlightening and the logs do not tell you what happens, I thought it's usefull to document it. You have configured your farm and attempt to browse to the site you created. Instead of the page you receive a 404 error ( the webpage...
  • Blog Post: The Protocol Documentation aka. "The Bible"

    I have found myself one of these days trying to figure out exactly what a specific column in the ScopeRules Table inside my SSP Content Database was representing. The column in question was FilterBehavior which based on a long analysis involving SQL Profiler, stored procedures and some other researches...
  • Blog Post: Move one site collection from one web application to another

    I know that reading the above you will say : backup and restore  or export and import . Perfectly true. What if the procedure involves moving one BIIIIIIG Site > 15 Gb? If you have the time to do it, that’s perfect. Just schedule the operations and go ahead. Here is a method that will save you...
  • Blog Post: Task aggregation in SharePoint 2013. How does it work. Scenarios and supportability.

    One of the important features in SharePoint is the ability to have an overview of the tasks assigned to a person. With SharePoint 2013, the source of the aggregation has diversified including now Project Server Tasks, SharePoint Tasks and Exchange Tasks , all these aggregated in the special "My Tasks...
  • Blog Post: Forms Based Authentication Timeout

    Say you have a Sharepoint Site you want to make available in the internet. You implement the custom authentication provider as specified on theTechnet Site : Configure forms-based authentication (Office SharePoint Server) Check everything and it all works fine except.... the authentication timeout...
  • Blog Post: There is no Farm

      One interesting topic was suggested a couple of days ago by a colleague of mine. As  SharePoint Developer , one needs to have all the things near.That means , on the development  workstation, we need the tools, the assemblies, the server, EVERYTHING. Great. And, installing the server...
  • Blog Post: Workflows do not start

    You are of course aware of the fact that starting with Service Pack 1 the workflows created in SharePoint designer that should launch under the credentials of the system account will no longer start automatically. You know what the resolution is for this problem: simply do not to use the system account...
  • Blog Post: Error 1058: The service cannot be started, either because it is disabled or because

    Working through the recycling of the services on server, changing the accounts for Sharepoint Timer Service, I found myself in the interesting situation of not being able to start the service.It worked , it was started but it's not working now and it is not starting so I think it's worth mentioning....
  • Blog Post: Profiles don’t get imported from AD

    I ran into this while attempting to import the profiles and playing with my managed properties in the SSP. Here’s what I did and noticed: Having defined my  BDC as a People Details Repository  the initial purpose of the test was to completely replace all the user details in the search results...
  • Blog Post: Office Server Search Service cannot be started because it does not exist.(Object reference not set to an instance of an object)

    Office Server Search Service cannot be started because it does not exist. One of the most simple problems I’ve seen lately is : Why can’t I start the Office Server Search Service in my MOSS install.I have the right key , the right CD and the latest fixes.I installed it and it is simply not there...
  • Blog Post: This Site scope does not return any results

    Noticed something weird the other days: I was fiddling around managed properties in my search settings and thought of deleting some of them to remove them from being indexed and from the search results. Among other managed properties deleted, I also deleted the “Site” managed property. What I noticed...
  • Blog Post: Event ID: 4138 - An index corruption was detected in component ShadowMerge in catalog ....

    Recently I faced several issues regarding the corruption of the index right after a reboot of the server following a patch installation. The issue, as I could observe it, occurs whenever the server is crawling and needs to reboot at the same time.The "techinal details" of the issue written in an event...
  • Blog Post: "The language is not supported on the server. "

    If you, like me had the chance of re-installing SharePoint (with all the language packs that you might have used before), it is likely that you have encountered this message. You will most likely see this message when running the configuration wizard , or attempting to create new sites, even in other...