SP2013 State Service Required for Search

I had configured my farm without using the wizard – like any good SharePoint Administrator should do. Everything was working great as far as I could tell; I had User Profiles, Taxonomy, Search, the entire Social experiences, email… everything. As I was setting up for a demo to my customer, I was clicking around the…

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SP2013 Newsfeed/ActivityFeed … experience learned

One thing I continually re-learn in this business is that you cannot be too careful or too simple when trying to trouble-shoot issues. I recently built a new SharePoint 2013 farm to get my working bits up to the released build (RTM). After setting up the User Profile service, the My Site host, Search, and…

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SharePoint 2013 and the chrome control

I’ve been going through the new features in SharePoint 2013 – as most of us have been – and the other day I was working with the new chrome control. As you likely know by now, SharePoint 2013 introduces a new app model. I won’t go into detail on the new app model in this…

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logparser for ULS reference post

  Most of the time I try to write posts of issues that I’ve encountered or things that might help customers with their implementations of enterprise software. Currently I’m working on a project where we are trying to make some proactive changes for my customer and as part of this endeavor we are reviewing SharePoint…

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SSRS 2012 Cannot Create Managed Account

Synopsis: When preparing to perform an in-place upgrade of SSRS 2008 R2 SP1 (SharePoint Integrated Mode) to SSRS 2012, be sure that the current SSRS service account is *not* already a SharePoint managed account.   Details: One of my latest tasks has been to assist a customer with an upgrade of their SQL Server 2008…

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Why Foundation when you can Search?

I was helping to plan a migration for one of my customers from Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 to SharePoint Foundation 2010. At the point where we were one week from migration he happened to ask, “hey… what about Search Server Express 2010?” To be honest I hadn’t thought much about Search Express as most of…

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Blob Size Never Reduces When Using RBS with SharePoint 2010

So last week I had a customer let me know that after configuring RBS (remote blob storage) with their SharePoint Server 2010 environment they noticed that the blob size was not reducing after they would delete a document from the SharePoint library. So we begin investigation into what it takes to make this happen. Initially…

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Be Wary of Powershell Tab Complete!!

This post is just a quick warning to be wary – or at least aware of – the tab complete functionality in Powershell. I had a customer contact me today and tell me that they had inadvertently hosed their SharePoint 2010 Claims enabled site. The email went something like this… We were trying to modify…

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Broken trust after configuring ADFS v2 and a single DC

This is not a critical issue by any means as I doubt this will occur in a real production environment; however I feel the need to alert everyone to a possible issue that will render their DC unusable. I’ve been playing around with ADFS v2 and SharePoint 2010 for a customer issue. Until recently I’ve…

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