Zero Downtime Patching with SharePoint Server 2016 Start to Finish

Recently a question came up of how Zero Downtime Patching with SharePoint Server 2016 works.   Myself and colleagues Neil Hodgkinson (PG CAT) and Karl Reigel (SR Premier Field Engineer), decided to show  that this does indeed work, and to be fair, in earlier versions of SharePoint it was possible to install patches with zero downtime, however… Read more

Software Boundary Guidance for SharePoint 2013 Gotcha’s (Don’t do this)

  Recently published on Microsoft TechNet (30 October) were the Software boundaries and limits for SharePoint 2013.  Some noticeable adds are in this guidance so please take the time and familiarize yourself with the changes.  Some of the guidance however did not change and a couple in particular I want to reference due to the… Read more

What’s new in SharePoint 2013 Profile Sync

In SharePoint 2010 we introduced FIM which acted as a broker of sorts when bringing profiles from AD into SharePoint.  One of the key reasons for this add was to allow companies to not only pull AD info into SharePoint but also to push information from SharePoint back to AD. This was a key change from… Read more

Kerberos FatFingeritis? How to set your Kerby SPNs the safe way

<A Microsoft PFE’s Note from the Field> So in my day to day SharePoint support endeavors one of theclassic cases that come in from time to time is customers trying to implementKerberos into their Farms.   One of theissues I see pop up a lot is duplicate SPN’s.   The classic method (via the command line) is… Read more

SharePoint 2010 Patching Fun Facts

One question I get asked a lot from customers is aroundpatching their SharePoint environments.  In general you were always able to install the bits on all your serversin any order you felt like going.. the real question or issue I have found isthe completion step which is running the Configuration Wizard.    Some customers went so far… Read more

SharePoint 2010 SP1 + June CU Slipstream

  Building a brand new SharePoint 2010 Environment?   Want to decrease some of the time for makingsure your environment is up to date with regards to versioning?    Slipstream your build. In the following section I am going to detail how I build myslipstreams… there are other posts out there that will be similar and may… Read more

FAST / SharePoint 2010 Server Gotchas

I wanted to post out a couple things that I have found recently that may cause some confusion when trying to integrate an Existing SharePoint 2010 Environment with FAST Search. If you already have an existing Search SSA you can safely remove this once you install and configure your FAST environment.   This SSA is NOT… Read more

DisableLoopbackCheck. Lets do it the right way

Way too much debate out in Twitterville and through other folks that are just flat out wrong. Why wrong? Well in a test lab environment I have no problem with this but folks tend to get lazy and that is where you run risks in your production environment. Now im not going lament on the… Read more