Fast Search for SharePoint 2010: Crawl running but not crawling content

This is an oldie but goodie in the sense that I just resolved this yesterday but my customer is still on SharePoint 2010 and FAST Search 2010. They are nostalgic what can I say Symptoms were that the crawl would run for hours but nothing was logged in the crawl log Problem #1 I looked…

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PowerPivot 2008 R2 and SharePoint 2010: We cannot locate a server to load the workbook Data Model

Problem: Customer was experiencing the error below when trying to view a PowerPivot workbook in their SharePoint site. This was only occurring in their production farm. I also found this error in the logs: Troubleshooting: verified they had the SQL Server analysis service instance enabled on the PowerPivot/SharePoint server (problem still occurred) verified that their…

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PowerPivot for SharePoint: Failed to render chart

Problem: on a SharePoint 2010/PowerPivot 2008 R2 environment, users would receive a 'Failed to render' chart' error Troubleshooting: Based on previous experience I tried the following but all came back negative Is PowerPivot feature enabled at the site collection? Yes Recycled app pools – error still occurs Verified that CT2WTS is enabled on every server running…

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SharePoint 2010: Who is deleting my workflows??!!

Problem: The issue was that someone with SharePoint Designer access deleted some workflows. No one stepped forward to claim responsibility so I was tasked with trying to track down who did and provide a solution to prevent this. A quick side-bar, this is why I recommend a training curriculum for your users BEFORE they are…

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Project Server 2010 errors when trying to input new Issues and Risks after migration from Project Server 2007

Problem: User is receiving a correlation ID when trying to access a PWA of a newly migrated site. This problem was limited to 2 sites in my case. Resolution: After discussing with my Project Server colleague, this can occure on project sites exported from Project Server 2007 and imported into Project Server 2010 when they do not have…

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Update on InfoPath: Will be supported in SharePoint 2016 and Office 365

Lots of my customers have been asking about the future of InfoPath. Especially after it was announced that it was going to be deprecated. Looks like it will be around for the near future in both the next version of SharePoint and Office 365 Per the Office Blogs site: http://blogs.office.com/2014/01/31/update-on-infopath-and-sharepoint-forms/ As part of the update…

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SharePoint 2013: Cannot Remove Server from Farm: cacheHostInfo is Null

Problem: Customer was trying to remove a server from the farm via the ‘Remove Server’ link in Central Administration. Every time they would try this, they would receive an error that said ‘cacheHostInfo is Null’ Troubleshooting: Right away, from experience, I knew this had to do with improper removal of a server from a farm…

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SP 2010: People picker slow

Problem:  People Picker was hanging for about 2 minutes when searching for a user in the Grant Permissions area of the site Cause:  People picker was not set to search a single forest Resolution: run the following commands: stsadm -o setproperty -url http://contoso.test.net -pn peoplepicker-distributionlistsearchdomains -pv corp.contoso.com stsadm -o setproperty -pn peoplepicker-searchadforests -pv domain:corp.contoso.com -url…

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SP 2010 and FAST Search: inconsistent search results between Search Center and search.asmx service

Problem: When querying a specific term ie "book reports"  via a search web service at url http://server/contentlibrary/_vti_bin/search.asmx they were seeing less than 100 results but when searching via the Search Center it returned 100s of results. Cause: results from the web site were set to use Stemming, so both plural and nonplural forms of the search…

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FAST Search for SP 2010: How to check to see if Advanced Filter Pack is enabled

This tip came about because we came out with security patch that only affected FAST Search for SharePoint 2010 deployments that have the ‘Advanced Filter Pack’ enabled. By default, it is disabled. My customer wanted to definitively check to see if it was enabled in order to prepare to install the security patch. How to…

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