Windows Server 2003 Rapidly Approaches End-Of-Life, Watch Out For Performance Bottlenecks

Summary:  Still running Windows Server 2003? Besides making the well-advised recommendation of moving to Windows Server 2012, Frank Plawetzki, a Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer based in Germany, runs us through how to monitor servers remotely on a large scale, what to look for from a performance standpoint, and digs into some details on how…


SharePoint 2010 Management Shell – .Net 4.0 runtime version error

Written by Tamer Maher El-Sharkawy, Premier Field Engineer Issue: When you launch a SharePoint 2010 Management Shell you might receive one or both of the following errors: “Microsoft SharePoint is not supported with version 4.0.30319 of the Microsoft .Net runtime” “The local farm is not accessible. cmdlets with feature dependency are not registered.” This could…


Introducing RAP as a Service from Microsoft Services Premier Support

Hello everyone, my name is Yong Rhee and I’m a Premier Field Engineer.  In this post, I’m excited to discuss a new Premier Support offering called Risk Assessment Program (RAP) as a Service. For those that are not familiar with RAP, it is a Microsoft Services Premier Support offering that helps prevent serious issues from…


The Top 30 New Reasons to Use SharePoint Server 2013 for Public-Facing Internet Sites

Summary: Pawel Krolak, a Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer based in Poland, walks us through his self-selected top 30 exciting new features and capabilities of SharePoint Server 2013 (5 features each across 6 different areas) that can be used by Internet site architects, designers, and developers.  He also provides a wealth of pointers to further…


How To Customize SharePoint 2013 Search Results Using Query Rules and Result Sources

Summary:  Brendan Griffin, Microsoft Certified Master (SharePoint 2010) and Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer based in the UK, provides us with details on working with SharePoint 2013 Search.  As you may (or may not) know, SharePoint 2013 search has changed quite dramatically from previous versions both from a functionality and manageability perspective – as Brendan…


How To Monitor Deadlocks in SQL Server

Written by Mohit Gupta, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. Every now and then we have deadlocks taking place in SQL Server.  Most go unnoticed, either because the frontend application handles it gracefully.  Or no error is not reported out to the user. What is a Deadlock? Deadlocks happen when conflicting locks are taken by two or…


A strange case of Admin group memberships

After a bit of a break, we are back on the MSPFE blog with a field story yet again. This time, Saji John, a Premier Field Engineer from India describes a strange scenario which he helped troubleshoot. Hello Everyone! My area of expertise is Active Directory. The intent of this blog is to share an…


How To Use the Microsoft Authenticator App for Windows Phone to Enable Two-Factor Authentication on Facebook

Our old favourite PFE Gregg O’Brien runs through using the Microsoft Authenticator app for Windows Phone to make his social networking experience more secure. If you are like me, social media is a heavily-used feature of technology in your daily life. I use social media to keep in touch with friends and family, and also…


Planning Deployment of Farm Solutions for SharePoint 2013

Summary:  Mads Damgård, a Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer (and Microsoft Certified Master in SharePoint!) based in Denmark, provides insight and walks us through some of the things you need to consider when deploying farm solutions for SharePoint 2013, along with things to watch out for, and tips on code patterns.      While everyone is talking…


Why you should avoid manual ‘server hardening’

Sachin Kumar, a Premier Field Engineer from the India team, discusses a very important topic in this post. Many support incidents are actually triggered by non-standard (and sometimes unsupported) settings which are picked from outdated hardening guides. Read on for more details and for information on what NOT to tweak! I was recently helping a…