Tip 9: Adding Accounts to a Site

This tip is for Windows SharePoint Services 2.0/3.0, SharePoint Portal Server 2003, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010. The reason I didn’t say in the title of this post “Adding Users to a Site” is that the best practice is not to add user accounts into the SharePoint groups….

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Tip 8: What Is a Configuration Cache and Why Do I Care About It?

This tip is for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and may apply to SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010. Many times when troubleshooting an issue with Microsoft the engineer will have a customer “Clear the Config Cache”, so what does this mean and how invasive is this process? The…

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Tip 7: Set Diagnostic Logging Back to Defaults

This tip is for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and may apply to SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010. One great way to troubleshoot any SharePoint issue is to set the SharePoint diagnostics logging to “Verbose” for the category which fits with the technology that having an issue. There…

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Tip 6: Browsing to a Document Library

This tip is for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and may apply to SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010. Did you know you can browse to documents in a SharePoint document library without going to the web site? To open a document in Windows Explorer you can use 2…

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Tip 5: Use a SQL Connection Alias

This tip is for Windows SharePoint Services 2.0/3.0, SharePoint Portal Server 2003, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010. This tip can save some headaches when making changes to your SQL configuration for SharePoint. Take some time before running the SharePoint products and Technologies Configuration Wizard and creating a new…

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Tip 4: No Mouse, No Problem

This tip is for Windows SharePoint Services 2.0/3.0, SharePoint Portal Server 2003, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and may apply to SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010. Okay, enough of the upgrade tips. Today we’ll take a break and do a small tip on navigating a SharePoint web site. Need to drop down the…

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Tip 3: Better Upgrade Troubleshooting

This tip is for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and may apply to SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010. When the SharePoint Technologies Configuration Wizard does not finish successfully, the wizard will direct you to look at the following file, C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\12\LOGS\PSCDiagnostics_DATE_TIME_CODE.log. This file does…

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Tip 2: Updating Big Content Farms

This tip is for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and may apply to SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010. If your SharePoint farm has a large amount of content then detaching the content databases from the web applications before running the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard on the…

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Tip 1: The right way to upgrade to a SharePoint Service Pack or Update

This tip is for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. First step test the update in a test farm. Second, test again. Third, make backups (Database and file system). Okay, now you can start with the upgrade. Install the Windows SharePoint Services update/Service Pack on all servers in the farm. Install…

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Introducing SharePoint Tip of the Day

In the spirit of Sara Ford’s Visual Studio 2008 Tip of the Day (http://blogs.msdn.com/saraford/archive/2007/07/21/introducing-visual-studio-2008-tip-of-the-day.aspx); I am going to attempt to put out a SharePoint Tip of the Day. I will not be version specific, so tips can be from SharePoint 2001/SharePoint Team Services all the way to SharePoint 2010. One tip per day, no weekends,…

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