​Microsoft BI Solution Builder: Business Intelligence tools and capabilities are available

Recently, Microsoft released the BI Solution Builder (http://bisolutionbuilder.com), an online tool that you can use to find out what business intelligence capabilities are available to you based on what your organization currently owns. It’s quick and easy to use, and it can help you put your BI environment to work in short order. For example,…

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How to install update packages on a SharePoint farm where search component and high availability search topologies are enabled

The March Public Update (PU) for SharePoint Server 2013 and SharePoint Foundation2013 is available. Here’s information to help you install it on SharePoint farms where search components and high availability search topologies are enabled. For servers that include searchcomponents, you have to follow specific steps to ensure that you install the PUcorrectly. For a high…

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Troubleshooting methodology content for SharePoint environments with the new “Claims authentication does not validate user” topic

The Claims authentication does not validate user troubleshooting topic is now available. I see troubleshooting content as falling into two categories: break-fix and troubleshooting methodology. Break-fix troubleshooting content is designed to fix a known problem based on a specific configuration and symptom. Many Knowledgebase articles fall into this category and the content typically consists of…


Introducing Search Schema for SharePoint 2013

Audience: Search Admin/ITPro What is the search schema? The search schema is a mechanism in SharePoint search that controls: Which aspects (properties) of items are to be indexed How and with what indexing structures particular pieces of data are indexed Which aliases can be used when querying using property restrictions What does this mean really?…


Upgrade: Frequent questions from SharePoint Conference 2012

It was great talking with so many of you at the SharePoint Conference last week. From one on one discussions to the big crush at Ask the Experts, we had several questions come up multiple times. Here are the most frequent questions from the conference about upgrade: Q: Can I upgrade from Office SharePoint Server…


New: Scenario pages for SharePoint 2013

SharePoint 2013 has many great ways to help you get things done. We want to highlight a few of these, so we have created scenario pages that explain a specific scenario and provide content to help you understand, implement, and use it easily. Scenario pages allow you to view key resources based on selected stages…


New SharePoint Server 2013 Test Lab Guide for Forms-based Authentication

The Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate Forms-based Authentication with SharePoint Server 2013 is now available. This guide shows you how to configure forms-based authentication for user access to the default team site of the SharePoint 2013 three-tier farm. There are step-by-step instructions for the following: Step 1: Setting up the SharePoint Server 2013 three-tier farm test…

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NEW Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate Social Features in SharePoint Server 2013 Preview

The Test Lab Guide (TLG), Demonstrate Social Features for SharePoint Server 2013 Preview, describes how to configure and demonstrate social features in SharePoint Server 2013 Preview starting with the computers in the Base Configuration and 3-Tier test labs. This TLG takes you through the following social features of SharePoint Server 2013 Preview: My Sites Following…

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How can I achieve the best freshness of search results? Introducing Continuous Crawls for SharePoint

Audience: Search Admin/ITProPre-requisite: This blog assumes the reader has basic Search Administration knowledge around SharePoint Search topology, crawl mechanism, and the principles of crawl scheduling.Note: This feature is new for SharePoint 2013. What is freshness of search results? After a user uploads a document to his SharePoint Site, the period of time before that document is…


Workaround: SharePoint 2013 Preview prerequisite installer doesn’t install the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 Native Client

If you install SharePoint 2013 Preview by running the prerequisite installer (Microsoft SharePoint Products Preparation Tool) and you see this line in the log file: Error: The tool was unable to install Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 Native Client. Use these steps to work around the problem: Go to http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=262370 and manually download and…

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