Forms Authentication with WSS 3.0 & MOSS 2007

Steve Peschka has released a great three-part article on Forms Authentication.  If you are planning on hosting a multi-authentication environment, these article are a must read.  Steve provides some sample web.config settings and also offers some troubleshooting tips for getting your FBA site up and running.  Forms Authentication in SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services…

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Clear the SharePoint Configuration Cache

If you experience issues with WSS and MOSS timer jobs failing to complete are receiving errors trying to run psconfig, clearing the configuration cache on the farm is a possible method for resolving the issue. The config cache is where we cache configuration information (stored in the config database) on each server in the farm. …

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Announcing the Microsoft iFilter Pack

For all you folks that have been waiting for Microsoft to release an iFilter pack for Office 2007 file formats, you wait is over.  Not only do we search Office 2007 files, but we’ve included support for crawling ZIP files, which I bet a lot people will take advantage of.  The complete list of iFilters in…

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The database <databasename> on <Server>Microsoft##SSEE is not accessible to missing Windows Internal Database signatures

One of the more frequent issues we are seeing with the installation of our most recent WSS v3 hotfix, KB934525, is the error message “The database <databasename> on server\Microsoft##SSEE is not accessible to missing Windows Internal Database signatures” being logged in the server event log. (SSEE = SQL Server Embedded Edition, which is what you get when you…

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SharePoint Hotfix and SP Deployment

I seen a few instances of companies attempting to use HFNetChkPro to deploy WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007 hotfixes to their farm environments.  Hotfixes and service packs for WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007 do not install like “normal” patches we see for the O/S.  SharePoint requires unique patch deployment steps, which makes the use of HFNetChkPro…

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Create a New SharePoint Permission Level and Bind it to an Existing SharePoint Group

This example will create a new permission level, called Example_xxxxxxxxxxx.  After creation, it binds the permission level to an existing SharePoint Group called Foo.using (SPSite site = new SPSite( “http://moss/sites/PermExample” )){    using (SPWeb rootWeb = site.RootWeb)   {       string permissionLevelName = “Example_”+System.DateTime.Now.Ticks.ToString();        // Create a new Permission Level        SPRoleDefinition newPermissionLevel = new SPRoleDefinition();        newPermissionLevel.Name = permissionLevelName;        newPermissionLevel.Description = “Example…

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Deploy a Scheduled Task to Shutdown a Server at a Sepecified Date & Time

schtasks /create /S servername /RU SYSTEM /TR “shutdown /s /t 60 /f /d p:0:0” /SD 10/02/2007 /ST 19:07:00 /SC ONCE /TN ADHOC-SHUTDOWN /Z /F This will create a scheduled task on the remove server “servername” called “ADHOC-SHUTDOWN” that will run the command “shutdown /s /t 60 /f /d p:0:0” with the SYSTEM account on 10/02/2007…

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SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Service Pack 3 & Windows SharePoint Services Service Pack 3 available for download

Description of SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Service Pack 3 http://support.microsoft.com/?id=923644   Issues that are fixed in SharePoint Portal Server 2003 by SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Service Pack 3 http://support.microsoft.com/?id=938795   SharePoint SP3 Download Site http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=AB086D48-1148-48DE-B4EC-A6298367E5F0&displaylang=en         Description of Windows SharePoint Services Service Pack 3 http://support.microsoft.com/?id=923643   Issues that are fixed in Windows…

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Quick Way To Create Hundreds of User Accounts in AD

I just had to create a few hundred user accounts in a test AD environment and the easiest way I new of is to use the DSADD USER cmd line tool. DSADD ships with Windows Server 2003 under the C:\Windows\System32 directory. In these examples, I’m creating accounts with the username format of user001, user002, … user099, user100, etc. …

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Personal Data

I’ve been working at Microsoft for a few months now and I’m now just starting to get settled. My current role is a Premier Field Engineer, focused on SharePoint 2003 and MOSS 2007, so naturally my blogs will be focused on administration, development and debugging of MOSS and WSS. 

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