Lesson learned playing with DSC and SharePoint

Hello All, It has been a while since i last wrote you, and for that i apologize but these days i am playing with Desired State Configuration and installing SharePoint with it. My customer asked me to set it up so that we could configure SSRS with SharePoint 2016, and the first step i was…

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SharePoint Tidbit - SharePoint 2016 and Zero Down time simplified

Hey Guys,   Hopefully you have read about Zero downtime in SharePoint 2016 it is quite simple and easy to use but often looks complicated, don’t take this the wrong way I suggest you take this seriously and perform testing and have a rollback plans but this is an awesome feature.  There are a few different moving parts that provide…

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SharePoint Tidbit - SPO with Power Pivot and other BI stuff

Hello All, Recently I was asked the question “How do you use Power Pivot with SharePoint Online” and the answer is to use Excel 2013 or later, it will get you a basic level of use with Power Pivot and SPO (E1 – E5 License) as suggested by this article (See all Stages but the last…

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Removing permissions from a list in MOSS 2007 using PowerShell

Hello Guys, Recently my customer asked me to create a script to remove permissions from a list, specifically it would remove all permissions except for one group that they would designate. Started doing some research and quickly realized that there was no information out there on how to do this, so I did a lot…

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SharePoint 2016, SQL 2016 and licensing

Hello All, This is currently not meant to be an exhaustive article, but more of a foot note in my research of SharePoint 2016.  I was recently asked what would be the functionality lose to the BI Stack if a customer installed SQL 2016 Standard license, and so began the chase. Spoke with many people and was pointed…

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SharePoint Tidbit - Better way to setup Perfmon tracing

Hello All, Was working with a platform PFE and he provided me with the script that he uses to have customers setup/start/stop perfmon, I thought it was great so did some digging and found a blog that detailed the formatting to use for SharePoint counters. Here is the script I sent to my customer: Logman.exe…

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SharePoint Tidbit - GUI for PowerShell commands

Hello All, Earlier this week I was going thru my RSS feed and found an article about the cmdlet Show-Command and thought it was cool enough that I wanted to tell you about it. This cmdlet allows you to have a GUI for your cmdlet’s so we can get something like this, as you can…

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SharePoint 2013 - Unable to manage User Profile Connection

Hello All, Recently working with a customer on an issue and since we found the solution, I want to post it here since it took us a bit of digging to find: Symptoms: From the server we were unable to manage the User Profile Connections ie Could not add a filter From a PC we could manage…

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SharePoint Tidbit - SharePoint 2013 Crawl is getting the error "Sandbox worker pool is closed"

Hello All, As a customer of mine stands up there SharePoint 2013 farm, they are using least privilege for the service accounts. During the crawl a large portion of the documents get the following error message in the Processing this item failed because of an unknown error when trying to parse its contents. ( Error parsing…

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SharePoint Tidbit - SharePoint Hybrid book now available

Hello All, A book was just recently released titled “Configuring Microsoft SharePoint Hybrid Capabilities” (Download here https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/microsoft_press/2016/07/06/free-ebook-configuring-microsoft-sharepoint-hybrid-capabilities/) this is a great read if you want to understand the integration between SharePoint on-prem and the cloud. As an added bonus one of the authors Manas Biswas is a fellow PFE with an amazing fountain of knowledge,…

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