October Cumulative Updates for SharePoint 2013

October 2013 Cumulative Update Packages for SharePoint Foundation 2013 and SharePoint Server 2013 have been released October 2013 CU for SharePoint Foundation 2013 – KB 2825674 October 2013 CU for SharePoint Server 2013 – KB 2825647 Note: This is build 15.0.4551.1001 of the cumulative update package. Important: March 2013 PU for SharePoint Server 2013 is…


Upgrading from WSS 2.0 to SharePoint 2013

There is no direct approach/method to upgrade from WSS 2.0 to SharePoint 2013. The changes between versions are too great, and the hardware requirements differ so much between versions that a direct, in-place upgrade is not possible or supported. You can, however, perform a series of database attach upgrades to first upgrade your content to…


Work Management Service Application

The Work Management Service Application provides functionality to aggregate tasks to a central location on SharePoint Server: Users get the possibility to view and track their to-dos and tasks. Tasks can be cached to a users personal site. Tasks can sync to Outlook where users can edit them wherever they have access to Outlook. Tasks…


“The installation of this package failed” error while installing April 2013 CU (KB 2726992) for SharePoint 2013

There have been issues reported where the installation of April 2013 CU for SharePoint 2013 fails with the following error: “The installation of this package failed” If you navigate to the temp file location (open windows explorer and type %tmp% in the address bar) and open the log file, “OPatchInstall(1).log”, located in %Userprofile%\AppData\Local\Temp\2 folder, you…


“Sorry, something went wrong” error message when users try to navigate to Site Collection Features page

Users receive the following error message when they try to navigate to Site Collection Features page: Sorry, something went wrong An error occurred during the compilation of the requested file, or one of its dependencies. Could not write to output file ‘C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v4.0.30319\Temporary ASP.NET Files\root\d9bc15df\5100559f\App_Web_managefeatures.aspx.9c9699a8.qtwjbdlb.dll’ — ‘The directory name is invalid. ‘ The error message also…


March 2013 Public Update (PU) for SharePoint Server 2013 is here

The March 2013 Public Update (PU) for SharePoint Server 2013 and SharePoint Foundation 2013 have been released. The Server packages for the Feb CU are contained in the March PU and is available for download here: SharePoint Server 2013 March 2013 Public Update – KB 2767999  SharePoint Foundation 2013 March Public Update – KB 2768000…


SharePoint 2013 Prerequisites fails with MSI Installer error code 1603 while installing AppFabric 1.1

When installing SharePoint 2013 prerequisites on Windows Server 2008 R2, the prerequisite installer fails with the following error Appfabric installation failed because installer MSI returned with error code:1603 This is a generic MSI error message and does not give any indication about how to get the issue fixed. Uninstall or reinstalling only makes it worse….


Create a new Search Service Application in SharePoint 2013 using PowerShell

  The search architecture in SharePoint 2013 has changed quite a bit when compared to SharePoint 2010. In fact the Search Service in SharePoint 2013 is completely overhauled. It is a combination of FAST Search and SharePoint Search components. As you can see the query and crawl topologies are merged into a single topology, simply…