Least Privilege Configuration for Workflow Manager with SharePoint 2013

I went about setting up Workflow Manager with SharePoint 2013 and found that there were plenty of articles and content that said “install this”, “run this”, but none of them really addressed the issue of a least privileged setup. So I figured it might do someone else some benefit to document this… (and, for what…

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Expired Sessions are not being Deleted from the ASP.NET Session State Database

**UPDATE** Based on comments from readers I had to revisit this topic and admittedly I was confusing two different topics! The ASP.Net Session Service and the State Session Service. I have updated the content in this article and welcome additional edits. If you see something wrong, then speak up!! Thanks again, John-Rock! **UPDATE** So if…

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Export-SPWeb Syntax Changes Between Root Site and Sub Sites

Working on a somewhat related issue today and needed to test something with Export-SPWeb. We were trying to import a list from an STP (List template) and in order to get there I decided to export one of my own lists and play around a bit. Much to my surprise I was unable to export…

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PowerShell caching leads to head-banging

I was attempting to repro a customer issue today and was growing more and more frustrated by the apparent problem that my code was not getting updated with each subsequent build and deployment. It turned out to be something I never would have guessed except through trial and error. The scenario is using VS 2010…

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401 – Unauthorized Response to Register-SPWorkflowService

My previous post about configuring the Workflow Manager using least privilege is a great start; however I realized the other day that I was missing something. Thinking about a more realistic scenario and indeed if I decided that I need high availability, then I’d need more than one Workflow Manager (WF) server. I started doing…

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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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Provided User Name was not Encoded as a Claim

So today’s lesson is quite bizarre.. and I’m not sure where *exactly* the problem lies just yet. I was going through the process of configuring my SharePoint 2013 (SP2013) farm to test something with an external list that is bound to an external content type (ECT) backed by a SQL Server database. Simple enough on…

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SELECT Permission Denied When Consuming User Profile Service Application

**Updated to include the officially supported method** While setting up a repro scenario a month or so ago I encountered an interesting issue with consuming the User Profile Service Application (UPSA). And by interesting, of course I mean maddening… It appears that the documentation around how to consume a shared User Profile Service Application is…

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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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Simplifying?? Provider Hosted Apps with SharePoint 2013–Part 1 of X?

From my own experience and most everyone I’ve talked with, if you’ve done anything with SP2013 Provider Hosted Apps, there seem to be three outcomes: You just get it You just don’t get it You beat your head against a wall and randomly get it to work without having a clue why   Up until…

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