How to be Social in SharePoint 2013

SharePoint 2013 introduced several new features around Social. We started with social feature “following ” and due to the highly least privileged design ran into several permission issues. The resolution to this was found in several different blogs. In an effort to help somebody from running through all these issues, I have linked all the…

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Error "the formula contains a syntax error or is not supported" when attempting to add custom content type to document library after SharePoint Migration.

Recently we had finished a migration from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2010 and on one of the sites that created some custom content types we started to receive the error message “The formula contains a syntax error or is not supported”. We looked at the different columns trying to figure out which might have a…

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How to determine what "User Rights Assignments" are required by SharePoint 2010

A while ago I worked with a customer that kept having issues with SharePoint “not working”.   This could be anything from Search not returning results to office Web applications not opening items. What we eventually found was that the network team was creating GPOs that were removing User Rights that SharePoint service accounts needed. As…

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SharePoint 2010 ULS (Diagnostic ) logs not working, 0KB is size.

Recently I was working on a test farm and ran across an issue where the ULS log where not being written to. There are several blogs out there on this issue, however I did not see any that mentioned checking the WSSTRACESESSION14 trace session.    First open up SharePoint PowerShell (as administrator) and run the following command: Get-SPLogLevel…

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How to manage SharePoint as a non-administror

Companies lately have become more security conscience.  While as a whole this is a good thing, sometimes this will make it more difficult to manage the services that IT provides.  One of the questions I was recently asked was how can we manage SharePoint as a  non-administrator.  Please note that I do not think this is…

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How to use Web Deploy for administration of Application Pools by Non Administrators.

One of the questions I was recently asked was how to manage application pools in IIS when you are not an administrator on the server.  The answer is Web Deploy.  Web deploy is an IIS extension that is primarily used for web deployment between environments but it does have a couple of commands that will…

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Delegating IIS administration to Domain Users (non-administrators)

One of the new features with IIS 7 is Feature Delegation.  This allows you to delegate management of IIS to domain users (non-administrators).  This document has very detailed information on Feature Delegation and should be reviewed first.  I was asked how to do this for a domain group, so this article has a few differences…

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SharePoint 2010 Multiple Authentication prompts, then blank screen.

  Recently I was asked to help with an issue where SharePoint kept asking for authentication and after three prompts would show a blank screen. Note: This was error was for loading the default home page not for opening up any type of document. Typically this is caused by Kerberos and SPN's not being correctly…

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