Carefully consider using the Copy-SPSite command

The Copy-SPSite command was introduced in SharePoint 2013. The TechNet description states that the command “Makes a copy of a site collection.” Administrators should carefully understand when to use Copy-SPSite and what impact the usage might have. In the past years, I have seen SharePoint customers using Copy-SPSite for various occasions: Duplicating Sites from a template, to…


Switching from FIM to AD Import on SharePoint 2013 farms

SharePoint 2013 offers multiple ways to import user accounts to the User Profile Service Application (UPSA). Our formerly best friend, the Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) was introduced in SharePoint 2010 and is still the default option to get this job done in SharePoint 2013. Good news for all of you folks who never liked this one:…


There was a problem and we can’t open this document

I’ve been running into following scenario for the second time now, that’s why I decided to share my experience with you. A customer just set up an Office Web Apps Server 2013 farm. After finishing the Office Web Apps installation/configuration, SharePoint WOPI bindings have been set up properly. As the customer wanted to check Office…


Do not delete the SharePoint Blog Tools Web Part

You are creating a SharePoint blog and initially customize it, in order to meet your requirements in terms of design, layout, etc. Please be aware, that you should never remove the Blog Tools Web Part from the pages within your site. Once the Blog Tools Web Part is missing, all links to blog posts and…


Missing server side dependencies errors on your multi server SharePoint farm

Consider following scenario: You just installed a SharePoint 2010 / 2013 / 2016 multi server environment. All from scratch. A shiny new farm.On this multi server farm you created certain types of machines (WFE servers, APP servers, and so on) that run role specific services. Everything is good so far, you are happy with the installation work you have done….