Deleting Variation Labels Does Not Delete Underlying Sites

I’ve received a number of responses to my series on the problems we encountered with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 variations. Several people have inquired about how to disable variations without losing their content. It’s actually quite simple: simply delete the variation labels. For example, if you follow my repro steps in part 1,…

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Dumping MOSS 2007 Variations – Part 3

In part 1 and part 2 of this series, I talked about some major issues with the variations feature in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 that caused my current customer to abandon using them on their new Internet site. Here is a brief summary of the three major issues we encountered with variations prior to…

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Dumping MOSS 2007 Variations – Part 2

In part 1 of this series, I talked about my current customer’s decision to abandon the use of the variations feature in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 after we encountered several major issues prior to deployment. The first issue that I described is the incompatibility of out-of-the-box (OOTB) content types and variations. Refer to…

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Dumping MOSS 2007 Variations – Part 1

Shortly before I headed out to the airport last Wednesday, I received the fateful email from my customer notifying us that they have decided to abandon using the variations feature in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007. Note that the original release date for our solution was October 19th — and the decision to cut…

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Copying a SQL Server Database to Another Environment

A couple of weeks ago I was troubleshooting a performance problem with the variations feature in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 and I needed to copy the content database to another environment for further analysis and testing. An easy (an unobtrusive) way to “snapshot” a database and copy it to another environment is to…

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Variation Logs Paging Bug

It’s embarrassing how my blog posts rapidly died off after this past June. However it’s even more embarrassing to disclose the paging bug when viewing the Variation Logs page in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007. [By the way, my intent is to jump back on the blogging bandwagon over the next couple of weeks….

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"Incorrect syntax near ‘COLLATE’." Error When Trying to Join a SharePoint Farm

I encountered another nasty bug this morning while rebuilding our Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 Development environment (DEV). Since the time I originally created DEV, I installed SQL Server SP2 and also restored several legacy databases to support the development of the next version (“v2”) of our solution. After running the SharePoint Products and…

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"Failed to configure propagation share." Error Configuring Office SharePoint Server Search

Last weekend I had to rebuild our Test environment for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 to replace a VM with a physical server (for performance reasons). During the rebuild, I encountered the following error when starting Office SharePoint Server Search on the SSP server: Failed to configure propagation share. Be aware that the code…

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Performance of Virtual Machines

Yesterday I had to rebuild our Test environment (TEST) to replace a VM (running on VMWare) with a physical server, due to very poor performance of the VM. When I was copying files from the VM to a different server in order to deploy our solution, robocopy reported throughput of 13.418 MegaBytes/min. Yes, that number really is [MB/min]….

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Save HUGE Amounts of Disk Space by Slipstreaming Service Packs

This is a little embarrassing, but I captured numerous screenshots back in April while rebuilding my SharePoint development VM, but I never got around to writing a blog post to actually share this information with anyone. Well, it’s long overdue, but here it is anyway. One day while working on my SharePoint development VM, I…

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