Verify SharePoint 2010 Upgrade localupgradestatus

When upgrading to SharePoint 2010 from SharePoint 2007, there are lots of things you can before upgrading to resolve issues itself prior to upgrading.  And there are things you can do after upgrade to verify upgrade went okay as well.  Obviously, there needs to be involvement from the end users to check the sites and…


Free Screen Recorder

Yes my dear 7 readers, not only am I back to blogging but I come bearing free gifts.  There is a utility in Windows 7 that many users don’t know about, and it will probably become one of your favorites after reading this.  It’s called the Problem Steps Recorder.  It’s perfect for documenting quickly how…


Lost SharePoint Farm Passphrase

It’s okay… it happens.  You can’t retrieve it, but you can reset it using PowerShell.  Make sure that the account you are logged in as is: (1) a farm admin and (2) local admin on server   $passphrase = ConvertTo-SecureString -asPlainText –Force Set-SPPassPhrase -PassPhrase $passphrase –Confirm More info on TechNet:


Byte Converter

7 Readers, I’ll let you in on a secret.  I’m horrible at Math.  To make it worse, I really suck at conversions.  I’ve been using this site for many years now to do my conversions for me, and thought I would share it for those that have problems converting bytes. Happy converting!


Use PortQry to Determine Ports Listening

Working in a new server farm, it’s inevitable that you’ll have a moment where somebody (application) or something (server) is not talking to each other.  Windows Firewall, Hardware Firewalls, ISA Server, Named Instances, Non-Default ports, Load Balancing, Multiple Nics, IIS Ports, and more.  When you take all of these different points of communication failure and…


Start Central Administration site with STSADM

Oops.  I stopped central admin.  Can’t access the site to start services… no bueno.  No worries however, because you can actually start Central Administration up via STSADM (don’t you just love this utility?) Web Service stsadm -o provisionservice -action start -servicetype Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPWebService Central Administration stsadm -o provisionservice -action start -servicetype Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPWebService -servicename WSS_Administration Be sure…


Create a Site Collection Administrator with stsadm

Taking over administration for SharePoint after a previous administrator was ‘let go’ always has little gotchas that pop up. One of those can be needing to create a new site collection administrator.  If you can’t get access to the site, you can use stsadm to create a site collection administrator. stsadm -o adduser -url URLOFSITECOLLECTION…


Display Code in SharePoint as HTML

I saw this question asked on Twitter, and thought of this idea.  Was pretty simple, so I thought I would share.  What if you wanted to display a code example in SharePoint?  It could be on a page, blog post, wiki, etc…  For this specific question, it was in reference to displaying code on a…


STSADM Technical Reference for SharePoint

If you are one of the 7 readers of this blog, then you have seen a post or two from me in reference to stsadm and some tips to it:  Shortcuts, command history, posters, etc…  Well snap!  The SharePoint Server TechCenter just published another fantastic tool (in Silverlight) for us stsadm challenged people. So, what…


SharePoint stsadm Command History

I can’t believe I didn’t know about this little shortcut already *hangs head in shame*.  I thought I would post this just in case I’m not the only GUI dork who isn’t a command line master-jedi. When working with the command prompt (in our case stsadm), you probably already know that you can navigate to…