Testing SSL URLs when using SSL Termination

Here’s the situation, SSL is setup to terminate at the load balancer.  Sticky sessions are setup as well, so once you hit a particular WFE, your future requests are routed to the same box.  The problem is that there is not an easy way to validate that the sites are responding from a client machine,…

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Why is my control working even though I don’t have a SafeControl entry?

This one came as a surprise to me.  Customer pushes out a master page to all their site collections using a solution and feature.  The master page has a server control that renders some information, so the control should have a SafeControl entry in the web.config file.  Oddly enough, the sites render using the master…

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Broken Images After My Site URL Change in SharePoint 2007

When you setup a My Site picture, the URL to the image is stored in your profile under the Picture property.  You can either upload an image into your My Site, or you can type in the URL to an image.  Since the property, by default, has the replicable property set in the SSP, the…

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Finding a workflow using an activity

Had an issue come up where we wanted to find all the workflows in a SharePoint 2007 environment that were using a certain workflow activity.  Each list has a workflow association collection that tells you the workflows that are configured for the list.  From the workflow association, we were able to find that each workflow…

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For perf’s sake, check-in your XSL files

We were running some load testing on a SharePoint site that will be hosting a company’s portal page.  The page relies heavily on ContentQueryWebParts that have custom XSL files specified.  Before starting the load testing, we were expecting to see the backend databases getting hit pretty hard due to some business requirements that prevented them…

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The web.config is invalid on this IIS Web Site

When you unextend a web application via Central Admin or Stsadm.exe –o UnextendVs on a SharePoint 2007 farm, you may see this message in the SharePoint Trace Logs: Area Category EventID Level Message Windows SharePoint Services Topology 8zqm High Solution Deployment : Error occurred for solution MySolution.wsp – Error: The web.config is invalid on this…

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Generating a memory dump of the process running your code

Thought this was a pretty cool way to gather data for a problem I’ve been trying to track down in a large farm environment where you have a large number of suspect processes, and need to identify which process and code is causing some behavior.  The main problem we are tackling is that Self-Service Site…

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I thought I left my Site Templates link around here somewhere

Browse the Site Settings of a site and the Site Templates link is missing from the page.  The image on the left shows the Galleries section with the missing Site Templates link.  The image on the right shows what it should look like.               My first thought is a feature has a HideCustomAction that…

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Unexpected Error has Occurred

A customer was browsing their SharePoint site and randomly seeing a white page with “An Unexpected Error Has Occurred” in black, unformatted text being returned [your text may vary].  If you run across this, it indicates that the Error.aspx page threw an exception while processing.  The Error.aspx page hooks the Page_Error event, so if an error…

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Hyper-V Manager

Wrote this tool when I was setting up my laptop to run Hyper-V.  I didn’t want to have to open the Hyper-V manager and have a window running all the time, and was planning on using Remote Desktop Client to connect to the VM’s so I could map drives and copy/paste in teh VMs.  The…

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