SharePoint and the favicon

Setting a page’s favicon is pretty easy in 2010: <SharePoint:SPShortcutIcon runat="server" IconUrl="/_layouts/images/favicon.ico"/> Now try this with an icon coming from the Style Library: <SharePoint:SPShortcutIcon runat="server" IconUrl="/Style Library/favicon.ico"/> You think you have nailed it, right? Fire up IE8 running on XP and you’ll see it won’t appear. Here’s the fix: <SharePoint:SPShortcutIcon runat="server" IconUrl="/Style%20Library/favicon.ico"/> Took me some…


Error creating a sitecollection when using custom claims providers

Just came across a problem where the creation of a site collection would fail with no real informative error message. If you are using custom claims providers you might be running into the situation described in Steve Peschka’s blog: Most probably the problem is that the claims provider doesn’t handle the user “NT AUTHORITY\authenticated…

Using long usernames in profile import

Today I discovered a really weird thing on profile import. If you try to set the connection account to an account with a name longer than 20 characters, profile import will claim that the username or password is invalid. In this case, try entering the “pre-Windows 2000” logon name of the account (which is by…

Setting the super user account on SharePoint 2010 and getting Access Denied errors afterwards

By default after installing SharePoint 2010 you will probably soon encounter the following two error messages in the Application log: Object Cache: The super user account utilized by the cache is not configured. This can increase the number of cache misses, which causes the page requests to consume unneccesary system resources. To configure the account…


SharePoint 2010 Kerberos Guide

A really comprehensive guide on SharePoint 2010 identity scenarios. It is a must read for everyone planning a SharePoint 2010 deployment. Grab it from here: Kerberos Guide.docx


Getting the User Profile Sync Service running on SharePoint 2010

If the User Profile Sync service is causing you constant headaches, here’s a mini howto for getting it work: Keep things together – Stop all instances of the User Profile Service (UPS) and User Profile Sync Service (UPSS). If the UPSS is stuck in starting state, look for a One-Time job named User Profile Service…

Federation extensions for MOSS2007

The Geneva team has just released a package to support MOSS 2007 deployments with ADFS 2.0. Announcing the RTW of Federation Extensions for SharePoint 3.0 !! It even includes RMS config!



ADFS 2.0 has RTMed. You can grab it here: You can also find the Geneva team’s announcement here: AD FS 2.0 is here!

Setting up SharePoint 2010 Excel Services to get external data

Some of you out there might just want to run as far as possible when having to configure SharePoint 2007 Excel Services to refresh data from an external SQL or OLAP source using the logged on users’ credentials. The process involved configuring SPNs for quite some services, taking care of delegation, configuring ECS to use…