Updating the User Information List

SharePoint site collections contain a hidden list called the User Information List (UIL).  This list contains one entry for every user who has accessed the site collection or been given explicit rights within the site collection.  The list holds basic profile information.  In a farm that is not using a User Profile Application (UPA), most…

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Removing a user’s site collection administrator privileges and security group memberships

A peer of mine, Jonathan Dimino, recently wrote a post on his TechNet blog to provide a PowerShell script for changing the Primary and Secondary site collection administrators assigned to a site collection.  Along with replacing the Primary/Secondary site collection administrators, it is sometimes necessary to remove a user from all site collection administrator privileges and…

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The Undocumented "Feature" of Mount-SPContentDatabase

Today we are going to look at an undocumented (as of 8/6/14) functionality related to the Mount-SPContentDatabase PowerShell command for SharePoint 2010/2013.  If you are unfamiliar with this command, I suggest reviewing the TechNet documentation, which can be found here.  I was doing some migration testing for a customer recently and had to mount some…

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Getting and Analyzing Timer Job History

While troubleshooting a SharePoint 2010 outage for a customer, I had the need to determine whether any timer jobs were running for excessive amounts of time.  You can get this information via Central Administration (CA), but there are typically thousands of timer job executions during a day.  Unfortunately, CA does not provide a sorting/filtering mechanism…

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