Service Unavailable – Error seen for all the SharePoint Websites

Service Unavailable is very generic error message seen in the world of SharePoint and IIS. The other day I was working on a case where in we were getting “Service Unavailable”. It should have been simple and quickly resolvable, however, the issue was very much typical and spanned towards the IIS fucntionality.   Once, I ensured that the issue…


User name change does not reflect in the welcome note.

A change in the AD account name (ex: Last Name, First Name & Login Name) reflects in SharePoint “User Profiles and Properties” as and when there is an update through the Profile synchronization – incremental/full import. However, you may not see the changes of a user name whenever you login a SharePoint Site. This is because of…

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Project Application Service does not Start

When you are unable to start the “Project Application Service”, after having installed Project Server 2007, following conditions may prevail. “Services on Server” page of the Central Admin Shows the status as –  Starting No error is displayed in the User Interface or Application Event Viewer. Project Application Service seems to fail even when initiated…

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WSS 3.0 SP2 Upgrade failed with an error message – Action 3.1.3.0 of Microsoft.SharePoint.Upgrade.SPIisWebSiteWssSequence failed

Applying Service Pack 2 failed with an error message. Observed the following details from the upgrade.log file. [SPIisWebSiteWssSequence] [ERROR] [7/18/2009 11:13:56 PM]: Action 3.1.3.0 of Microsoft.SharePoint.Upgrade.SPIisWebSiteWssSequence failed. [SPIisWebSiteWssSequence] [ERROR] [7/18/2009 11:13:56 PM]: The system cannot find the path specified. [SPIisWebSiteWssSequence] [ERROR] [7/18/2009 11:13:56 PM]:    at System.DirectoryServices.DirectoryEntry.Bind(Boolean throwIfFail)    at System.DirectoryServices.DirectoryEntry.Bind()    at System.DirectoryServices.DirectoryEntry.get_AdsObject()    at…


Troubleshooting "Content Deployment" on Technet

You can now find official guidance on troubleshooting content deployment in the following new and updated articles Troubleshoot content deployment Administer content deployment For further reference, you may also check the following blog:  http://blogs.technet.com/stefan_gossner/archive/2009/05/03/technet-article-on-how-to-troubleshoot-content-deployment-has-been-released.aspx


Timebomb Expired Error while accessing PWA.

The other day, I was working on a case, I got the following error while accessing the PWA site, however, SharePoint sites are fine. This error was observed after applying Feb Cumulative Update. Error: Server was unable to process request. –> Timebomb Expired The environment includes one Project Server 2007, one SharePoint 2007 Appliction Server…


Error while setting up "User Profiles and Properties"

The other day, while I was working on a case, I came across the following situation. When clicked on “User Profiles and Properties” hyperlink of Shared Services Administration got the following error message: An error has occurred while accessing the SQL Server database or the Office SharePoint Server Search service. If this is the first…

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MOSS December CU 960011 is not available anymore

  Did anyone try to download Dec CU – 960011? I tried to download it and got the following error: The KB article has no public hotfixes. Please contact support if you need immediate assistance.http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support   And below is the reason why: Check: Description of the SharePoint Server 2007 hotfix package (Coreserver.msp): January 27, 2009…


MOSS 2007 – During password synchronization special characters are not passed.

SYMPTOMS:========== Error while completing the password synchronization of SharePoint 2003 or 2007 as per the KB article 934838 Expected: No Error message while running the stsadm commands. Actual: One of the following errors may be seen as a result. 1) The password supplied with the username cor\s-mossdba was not correct. Verify that it was entered…


Why a content database grows abnormally?

Welcome to my first blog post!  Consider that you found your SharePoint content DB is showing with huge data size when checked it in the SQL 2000 / 2005/ 2008. However, if you use stsadm -o enumsites, the result may not be the same. You may be wondering what is the reason for this abnormal size of the database….