Unable to Start User Profile Synchronization Service

Recently I was at a customer site and ran into an issue with the User Profile Synchronization Service failing to start. We found the following error in the SharePoint ULS logs: UserProfileApplication.SynchronizeMIIS: Failed to configure MIIS post database, will attempt during next rerun. Exception: System.Runtime.InteropServices.SEHException (0x80004005): External component has thrown an exception The problem ended up…

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SharePoint Community: Use ‘SharePoint’ Appropriately

There has been a lot of information posted on the internet and various social media sites today about the usage of the word ‘SharePoint’. Yes, a few sites have been singled out about their improper use of a trademark. This is a far cry from the sensationalism that is being widely spread about a massive…

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Windows Azure VM Development: Part 1

With the release of the new Windows RT devices I’m interested to see how much of my development work I can do from these new devices. I’m using Windows Azure to host my virtual machine and have run into a few pitfalls along the way. Hopefully this post will help some of you to avoid…

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How to Control the DataTemplateSelector in Windows Store Apps

I’ve been building SharePoint solutions for a while and now I get the opportunity to build a Windows Store App. One of the first challenges that I ran across is modifying the UI and tiles in a Windows Store app. To get this project started I fired up Visual Studio 2012 and selected the Grid App…

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McAfee Antivirus Blocks SMTP Traffic

Last week I was installing and configuring MS Exchange in my SharePoint development farm so I can test email notifications in a Visual Studio workflow. I started scouring DNS and did find that I had forgotten to add the MX record for my Exchange server. That still didn’t fix the problem – but was still…

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SharePoint Security the Easy Way

I sat down yesterday and read a great article titled “Managing SharePoint Security, Permissions the Hard Way” by Steven Pogrebivsky. It definitely does a great job at explaining the difficulties in managing SharePoint permissions with the out-of-the-box tools in SharePoint. I wanted to take the time to share my experience in managing SharePoint permissions the…

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