A Couple of Be Prepared Actions When Changing the SharePoint STS Token Signing Certificate for Hybrid Features

I've been working recently with some Microsoft Services and their customers who are changing the SharePoint STS token signing certificate.  We are doing this as part of the set of steps required to set up the SharePoint Hybrid features for integrating search and BCS between on premises SharePoint farms and Office 365.  I've had a…

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Update to Guidance for Patching AppFabric on SharePoint 2013 Distributed Cache Servers

For those of you who had the "pleasure" (okay, slight sarcasm there) of watching me in the SharePoint Ignite materials talk about distributed cache, you may recall that our guidance at the time SharePoint 2013 shipped was that you should not patch AppFabric on SharePoint servers independently – meaning that if it needed patching the…

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Creating Long Term SSL Certificates for Your Lab and Other Environments

I’ve found over the years that when a certificate you’re using in a lab or other kind of test environment expires, all sorts of havoc can be unleashed.  I use Active Directory Certificate Services in my labs because it’s a quick and easy way to get the SSL certificates I need generated.  One of the…

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Adding a New Search Partition and Replica in SharePoint 2013

I think there are probably resources out there somewhere for this by now, but I had a hard time finding them when I went looking for them previously so I thought I'd just post it here.  Fortunately my friend Knut B. was good enough to shoot me some PowerShell a while back to help you manage your…

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How to Configure the Global Search Center Url for SharePoint 2013 using PowerShell

I had this question come up today and it was a little bit of work to track down so I thought I would share here.   In SharePoint 2013 the Search Service Application has something called a Global Search Center Url.  In the absence of any other configuration, this is where folks will get redirected to run their queries. …

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Working with Request Manager in SharePoint 2013

I haven't seen a lot of information out and about on this yet, so I thought I'd take a little time to frankly – get into some PowerShell – for Request Manager (RM).  For those of you who aren't familiar with RM, it's a new piece of SharePoint 2013 designed to do SharePoint request routing…

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Planning the Infrastructure Required for the new App Model in SharePoint 2013

SharePoint 2013 brings with it a brand new application model, which we euphemistically refer to as the “app model” or “cloud app model”.  While it brings a whole new set of opportunities from a development perspective, it also carries with it infrastructure requirements that you need to plan and build to support them.  When I…

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Configuring Self Service Site Creation in SharePoint 2013

In SharePoint 2013 we add some great new features around self-service site creation (SSSC).  You can configure things like whether to use a custom form to create the site collection, whether to create a subweb or site collection, what path should be used when the site collection is created, and whether to ask or require…

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In SharePoint 2013 My Site Collection Will Be Created In What Content Database?

I thought I'd phrase my answer in the form of a question…no wait, that isn't exactly right.  Okay, let me just say that this is one short little post that falls in the category of "It's the Little Things You Love" about SharePoint 2013.  Today's feature call out is about something that has been asked for…

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A Memory Issue To Watch in SharePoint 2013 Beta 2

As folks start working with the SharePoint 2013 beta 2 bits, you may randomly notice certain errors that once they start, don’t go away.  You may get dialog boxes (coming from javascript) that mention a 500 service activation error, or you may see search queries just stop working, or you may look in the ULS log…

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