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Farm Solution Deployment Problems –“Could not load file or assembly…”

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When building my most recent project, I had no issues deploying my solution from Visual Studio directly to the farm, however once the solution was packaged and deployed via PowerShell, I started running into errors… [crayon-515e8fb58b7e7-i/] In the past, this has indicated the death of the project.  No amount of Timer Service restarts, iisresets, Process [...]

Selective Authentication can Kill the People Picker in a Two-Way Trust

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One thing to watch out for in a two-way trust scenario with the People Picker.  Typically with the People Picker in a two-way forest trust, you do not have to make any changes to SharePoint to resolve users in the target trusted forest. However, if the Administrators of the target forest have chosen to implement [...]

SharePoint Cannot Send Mail to Itself

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When using the built-in mechanism to send email from SharePoint (or SPUtility.SendEmail), SharePoint stamps a X-Mailer header of: [crayon-515e8fb585e18-i/] If SharePoint is configured to send to the same SMTP service it is set to pick mail up from, SharePoint will drop any message with the above X-Mailer header indicating a possible message loop.

SharePoint Health Analyzer Rules Cannot be Automatically Activated During F5 Deployment

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When attempting to develop a SharePoint Health Analyzer rule and using F5 deployment, an error message will occur during the deployment process: [crayon-515e8fb5846a5/] This is because Visual Studio does not place the assemblies in the GAC, which is required for the Health Analyzer. I opened a PSS case on this issue, and unfortunately this is [...]

PowerShell Remoting to a SharePoint Server with PowerShell v3 Installed

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If you have a SharePoint Server with PowerShell v3 (part of the Windows Management Framework 3.0) installed on it and wish to use PowerShell Remoting in order to manage SharePoint 2010, you may find that the remoting session lands you in the .NET 4.0 Framework, which is incompatible with SharePoint 2010.  it looks like this: [...]

Nauplius.SP.UserSync Release – SharePoint Foundation User Synchronization

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SharePoint Foundation does not include any mechanism to automatically synchronize User Information found in each Site Collection after the user has been added to the Site Collection.  This simple timer job iterates through each Site Collection in the Foundation farm and updates the User Information List for users present in Active Directory. Download the solution [...]

Installing SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 2 beta on Windows Server 2012

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The SharePoint Server 2010 Service Pack 2 beta has been released on Connect today.  With this public beta comes ability to install SharePoint 2010 (including Office Web Apps and Project Server 2010) on Windows Server 2012 (and Windows 8) in a supported manner.  Installing SharePoint Server 2010 SP2 (beta) must be done with newly released [...]

SharePoint 2010 April 2013 Cumulative Updates

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SharePoint Foundation:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2794728 SharePoint Server 2010: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2775353 Project Server 2010: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2775426 Office 2010 April 2013 Cumulative Updates: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2832226

Exporting the SharePoint Root Authority Certificate from PowerShell

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If you need to export the SharePoint Root Authority Certificate from PowerShell, here is the process you’ll want to follow: [crayon-5169e0bc16fb3/]

Nauplius.ADLDS.FBA 1.6

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In addition to previous improvements found in 1.5 beta, Nauplius.ADLDS.FBA 1.6 for AD LDS configuration and User Profile import now supports non-Default zones!  Other improvements include moving the Security Token Service timer job and health check rule to an Application Server package as well as leveraging the Lists web service.  Lots of other minor fixes! [...]

Incoming Email Service Job Lock Type Change between SharePoint 2010 and 2013

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In SharePoint 2010, the Incoming Email service timer job had an SPJobLockType of None, which means that the job ran on all servers in the farm, given the Incoming Email service was provisioned. In SharePoint 2013, that SPJobLockType has changed to Job, which means it only runs on a single member in the farm.  This [...]

SharePoint Foundation 2013, the LdapMembershipProvider and LdapRoleProvider Class

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SharePoint Foundation 2013 ships with the dll that provides the Microsoft.Office.Server.Security.LdapMembershipProvider and Microsoft.Office.Server.Security.LdapRoleProvider classes.  Yay! Right?  Let’s find out… When properly configured for LDAP, be that Active Directory, AD LDS, OpenLDAP, and so forth, we start seeing these really weird errors in the ULS log in addition to getting a general error in SharePoint when [...]

The Fill Factor Mystery

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The Microsoft recommendation for SharePoint database fill factor has changed over the years.  In SharePoint 2007, the recommendation was 70.  However, a new stored procedure was introduced in the content and configuration database as of SharePoint 2007 Service Pack 2.  This stored procedure, named proc_DefragmentIndicies, set the fill factor to 80 when running SQL Server [...]

Nauplius.ADLDS.Provider.2013 1.0 Released

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This is a straight port of the previous AD LDS provider for SharePoint Foundation 2010. This provider allows SharePoint Foundation administrators to connect to an LDAP-based directory service. Please review the documentation page for this project.  It can be downloaded here.  Installation has changed from a manual installation to an MSI that will automatically install the DLL for [...]

April 2013 Cumulative Update and MS13-035 BlobCache Errors

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In SharePoint 2010, the April 2013 Cumulative Update and MS13-035 cause blobcache errors that look similar to this in the ULS log: [crayon-517cbfc1f2085/] Others have identified that the SharePoint 2013 March PU and SharePoint 2010 February Cumulative Update also cause this issue.  This only appears when a file is in an unapproved/unpublished state.  Once the [...]

SharePoint 2013 April 2013 Cumulative Updates

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SharePoint Foundation:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2751999 SharePoint Server 2013: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2726992 Project Server 2013: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2737990 Office Web Apps 2013: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2799821 Office 2013 April 2013 Cumulative Updates: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2832224

Nauplius.WAS 0.1 Release

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The initial release of Nauplius.WAS, or Word Automation Services.  This simple project (that needs a UI improvement :-)) allows you to convert supported file formats to other supported file formats, by way of the Word Automation Service present in SharePoint Server Standard and Enterprise. Supported source file formats include: [crayon-517e1c2e9402d/] Supported destination file formats include: [...]

Slipstreaming the SharePoint 2013 April 2013 Cumulative Update

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Okay, that was a misleading title. As we know, with the SharePoint 2010 post-June 2012 Cumulative Updates, you can no longer slipstream them into the base media due to the post-June 2012 Cumulative Updates requiring Service Pack 1. It appears that the SharePoint 2013 April 2013 Cumulative update will also encounter this issue due to [...]

Slow SharePoint 2013 April 2013 Cumulative Update Extraction

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When running /extract against the April 2013 Cumulative Update, it takes… hours.  Using Process Monitor, it appears that the CU is going through the entire CU exe to identify and extract the files, in a one-by-one process.  For example, we’ll look at the extraction of two files, edumui-es-es.msp and edumui-et-ee.msp. First, the extraction process finds [...]

SharePoint 2013 April 2013 Cumulative Update Fails

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When running the Config Wizard for the SharePoint 2013 upgrade with My Sites deployed, you may run across an error similar to this which causes the upgrade to fail: [crayon-51868801c4463/] This is due to a new method called DoMySite_PersonalDocLicPermissionReset in the class Microsoft.SharePoint.Portal.UserProfiles.MySitePersonalSiteUpgrader.  This class looks for a Document Library named “Personal Documents”.  On pre-April 2013 CU, [...]