My Site Default Quota Template

We recently encountered a subtle issue setting the quota used when creating My Sites; that is, My Content personal sites. The default quota template MUST be named “personal site” or sites are created without a quota. Here is the whole story. When you first open General Settings dialog for a new web application, it shows…


Service Application Load Balancing Discoveries

Most SharePoint administrators know that Service Applications; for example Managed Metadata Service and Business Connectivity Services, have built-in load balancing. There are numerous blogs that explain how service application load balancing works. An excellent, in-depth blog is How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the SharePoint Topology Service, followed by What is the Service…


Publishing Service Applications with PowerShell

Publishing Service Applications with PowerShell While scripting the deployment of a multiple farm SharePoint 2010 environment with a Shared Services farm providing services to consuming farms, the question arose, is it possible to publish a service application with PowerShell? Without this scripted capability, many manual steps would be necessary to build the farm. There are…

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Secure Store Service Access Denied

Secure Store Service Access Denied We recently ran into an Access Denied problem using the Secure Store Service. The environment has a Shared Services Farm which publishes the Secure Store Service (along with BCS, Managed Metadata, User Profile, FAST Query SSA, and Web Analytics) to consuming farms (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff621100.aspx). Each farm has unique Farm Administrator accounts;…