Create a wild card DNS zone for SharePoint APPS

Summary To support installing and publishing APPS from your SharePoint Farm you will need to configure DNS to support a wild card host names for the specified app domain. This blog will demonstrate a quick way to configure your Microsoft Active Directory integrated DNS Server to support SharePoint Apps. Why is this needed? The APP…

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Install SMTP Server and Telnet with PowerShell

Summary SharePoint and general app servers often use the SMTP Service to integrate e-mail into the systems functionality. Since Windows supports a well vetted SMTP Service, using the built-in application is often the best choice. With the said, when testing your app functionality with e-mail, Telnet is almost always needed and not installed by default….

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SharePoint Site Population Script for Testing

Summary The following script will create and populate data in a SharePoint Farm for testing. What does the Script do? Create a new web application, with a new web application pool. Create new database and associate it with the new web application. Update the local HOSTS file to make the new site accessible from the…

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SharePoint Pages intermittently load slowly

Symptom Have you ever experienced intermittent but short-lived delays while rendering your SharePoint site, which seems to correct itself, but then returns at random times?  If so, read on… as the issue detailed below may be occurring in your Farm and going unnoticed. If you happen to catch one of the delays in action while…

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SharePoint fails to create Configuration Database for a new farm

Problem Description A new installation of SharePoint fails to provision a new farm due to a failure while creating the configuration database. Example: Here is the exception stack from the PSCDiagnostics log: 01/11/2018 13:37:00 10 ERR Exception: Microsoft.SharePoint.Upgrade.SPUpgradeException: One or more types failed to load. Please refer to the upgrade log for more details. at…

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Introducing the “Default to Cloud” feature for SharePoint hybrid scenarios

Summary Is your SharePoint Farm in or soon to be in a hybrid state? If so, you may be considering to move your users on-prem Mysite to OneDrive in the cloud. After enabling Office 365 features via Central Admin and running the “Hybrid Picker” (SharePoint Hybrid Configuration Wizard) users will be in a hybrid state,…

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SharePoint / PSConfig is failing with error “Keyset does not exist

Symptom Unable to join any servers to your Production SharePoint Farm. PSConfig is failing with error “Keyset does not exist”   From PSCDiagnostics Log: 11/07/2017 10:48:24 14 ERR Exception: System.Security.Cryptography.CryptographicException: Keyset does not exist at System.Security.Cryptography.Utils.CreateProvHandle(CspParameters parameters, Boolean randomKeyContainer) at System.Security.Cryptography.Utils.GetKeyPairHelper(CspAlgorithmType keyType, CspParameters parameters, Boolean randomKeyContainer, Int32 dwKeySize, SafeProvHandle& safeProvHandle, SafeKeyHandle& safeKeyHandle) at System.Security.Cryptography.RSACryptoServiceProvider.GetKeyPair() at…

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Outlook / Unable to open Enterprise Vault items after September 2017 security patch

Symptom After installing the September 2017 security patch for Outlook, Veritas Enterprise Vault shortcuts are no longer working. Cause This is a known issue which occurs after installing the security updates listed in the following KB articles.   Outlook 2007 Outlook 2010 Outlook 2013 Outlook 2016 After applying this update, custom form script is now…

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SharePoint eDiscovery Export Download Fails with Error

Symptom Downloading results from a SharePoint site query fails partly through the export with the following error: “The content can no longer be saved to the export location. Please ensure that it is available and has sufficient space.” Cause This problem was caused by an authentication context switch when attempting to download an InfoPath Form….

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Sharepoint Central Admin does not load correctly and top ribbon is grayed

Symptom Unable to fully load Central Admin on a newly built SharePoint Farm. In this case, the issue only occurs when compression is enabled (which is on by default). After loading Central Admin, the top ribbon in service application section is grayed out. When this occurs, the only way for Central Admin to function properly…

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