SPUpgradeException - Error message when you run the "SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard" when you create a New SharePoint 2016 Farm

SYMPTOMS On a Windows Server 2012 R2 server that has SharePoint Server 2016 installed, when you run the SharePoint Configuration Wizard to Create a New SharePoint Farm, when the wizard reaches Step 3, you receive the following error message      Exception: Microsoft.SharePoint.Upgrade.SPUpgradeException: One or more types failed to load. Please refer to the upgrade…

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Automating deployment of complex search service application topology

Recently my client expressed a desire to automate deployment of search service application with not so ordinary topology 😉 The script needed to be flexible and reusable for other environments (DR, Test). So here is the PowerShell script which uses input from XML configuration file to implement any desired search service topology.   It also includes process…

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Backup/Restore-SPSite and the Missing Term Set!

One of my customers recently wanted to move a Site Collection into a new Content Database, however instead of using Move-SPSite to do this they decided to use Backup/Restore-SPSite and here is where the fun began!  One of the key differences between using Move-SPSite and Restore-SPSite is that Restore-SPSite will assign a new GUID to the Site…

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SharePoint 2013 - December CU - Exception: No mapping between account names and security IDs was done

I was recently helping a colleague to troubleshoot an issue that he was running into whilst deploying the December 2013 CU for SharePoint 2013, the following error was being logged in the upgrade log. Exception: No mapping between account names and security IDs was done 00000000-0000-0000-0000-00000000000003/03/2014 18:46:19.17 PSCONFIG (0x0EA8) 0x0BCC SharePoint Foundation Upgrade SPUpgradeSession ajxnm ERROR    at Microsoft.Office.Server.Utilities.WindowsSecurity.LookupAccountName(String accountName, String& domainName, SID_NAME_USE&…

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The Magically Disappearing "Destination Folder" Option

I recently investigated an interesting issue for a customer. As you may know, when uploading a Document to a Document Library you are presented with the option to select which folder within the library to upload the document to, if the document library contains any folders. In the example below, you can see (highlighted) the option to…

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Invalid field name {17ca3a22-fdfe-46eb-99b5-9646baed3f16}

Not the most descriptive title but basically summarises the issue. A customer contacted me as they had issues with an Approval Workflow, basically the Workflow would execute but it would never add anything to the Tasks list. The only information present in the ULS logs was: Invalid field name. {17ca3a22-fdfe-46eb-99b5-9646baed3f16} I did some investigation and…

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The Magically Disappearing Sub-Site!

Working with a customer recently and a sub-site had magically disappeared in their SharePoint 2010 environment, it wasn’t available to recover from the Site Collection recycle bin so they had to use their 3rd party backup tool to recover the sub-site, they really wanted to discover which user had deleted the sub-site as nobody was…

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Community Sites - Where are my analytics reports!

Community Sites are a new type of site introduced in SharePoint 2013, if you are unfamiliar the following article has some background information on their purpose and functionality – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj219805(v=office.15) I was playing around with a Community Site the other day and noticed something very strange, for some reason in Site Settings it includes links…

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