Workflow Manager 1.0 Refresh Disaster Recovery (further) Explained

With the release of SharePoint 2013, Microsoft released a new platform for workflows called Workflow Manager (WFM). As of this writing the current version is 1.0 Cumulative Update 3. Unfortunately disaster recovery (DR) for this product is not as straight forward as just setting up database replication. Following are a list of resources I’ve used…


Configuring UserPhotoExpiration for User Profile Photo Sync between Exchange 2013 and SharePoint 2013

Following on my previous post about different user profile photo options for SharePoint 2013, I wanted to expand on some research that I had done for one of my customers in this area regarding the expiration values. There are a couple of scarcely documented* properties that will also affect when a user’s photo is re-synchronized…

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SharePoint 2013 Shredded Storage vs. RBS

**THIS IS A REPOST** It’s important to note that sometimes information needs to be re-posted.. This post was originally created by a peer of mine at Microsoft – Chris Mullendore – on his Microsoft blog. When he moved on, the post disappeared and the rest of us mere mortals FREAKED… so we were able to…

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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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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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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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HowTo Get the Raw LDAP Query from SharePoint’s User Profile Import

**WARNING: This article discusses modifications to default settings for your SharePoint installation. Please understand completely the steps you are taking and the risks to your farm before proceeding. MIISClient can be a useful tool for monitoring user profile synchronization, but it is unsupported to make changes using the tool. See Support for modifications to the…


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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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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