How to use Sysinternals Process Monitor and Process Explorer to Troubleshoot SharePoint

Sysinternals Process Tools Descriptions and Information The Sysinternals web site was created in 1996 by Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell to host their advanced system utilities and technical information. Microsoft acquired Sysinternals in July, 2006. These tools are not loaded on Windows operating systems by default. They can be downloaded from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/default.aspx or http://live.sysinternals.com/. The…

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SharePoint Tip of the Day on Break

SharePoint Tip of the Day will be back Monday January 4, 2010. Some good tips on the way, so be on the lookout next year. Happy Holidays!

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Tip 23: Use SharePoint to Research SharePoint

Warning, this may create a space-time paradox, but the risk is worth it because of the payoff! Also, this tip pertains to all versions of SharePoint and no versions of SharePoint. I recently seen that the WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007 Technical Libraries were updated and available in .chm format from the Microsoft downloads site,…

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Tip 22: Be Secure in Your SharePoint

This tip is for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. It happens, server configurations change. If the default file or registry locations for SharePoint change permissions issues can occur on the farm. Luckily there is an easy way to set them back to defaults. Run a command prompt using the SharePoint…

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Tip 21: Don’t Read That SharePoint ULS Log

This tip is for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and may apply to SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010.A very good tool to use when troubleshooting SharePoint are the Unified Logging Service (ULS) logs located at %ProgramFiles%\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\<VERSION>\LOGS and have the file name SERVER-DATE-TIME.log. I talked a…

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Tip 20: “Papers Please!”, or SharePoint Extranet Authentication

This tip is for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Did you know that you have many options available for account storage and authentication in extranet scenarios in SharePoint by using Forms Based Authentication? Here is a list of just some of the different account stores you can leverage. ASP.Net SQL…

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Tip 19: Keep Track of That Application Pool

This tip is for Windows SharePoint Services 2.0/3.0, SharePoint Portal Server 2003 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and may apply to SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010; when running on IIS 6.0 or IIS 7.0/7.5 with the IIS 6 Management Compatibility role services installed. Knowing when your IIS server’s application pools are recycling…

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Tip 18: Trust in Thy SharePoint

This tip is for Windows SharePoint Services 2.0/3.0, SharePoint Portal Server 2003 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and may apply to SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010. When entering an account to a securable SharePoint object, the “Check Names” function is very helpful in being able to just type in the account name…

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Tip 17: That’s A Lot of Commands

This tip is for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Did you know that in WSS 3.0 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 there are > 200 stsadm.exe commands? Please see the following link for a complete reference; http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc261956.aspx.

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Tip 16: Moving the Default Logging Location

This tip is for Windows SharePoint Services 2.0/3.0, SharePoint Portal Server 2003 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and may apply to SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010. SharePoint logs are a great source to find in-depth information on what is going on inside SharePoint at any given time and a great resource when…

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