I don't know what the heck is up with the blog service here, but I can't for the life of me, get it set to allow me to even reply and post additional follow up comments to the comments left on my postings. No matter what I set (Even at the post level) it still blocks any more posts.
So! I'll utilize this post to reply to those comments that were sitting there for a few months (Sorry guys!)
If any other fellow msdn bloggers knows what's up, lemme' know.
I also ensured that the the comment alerts will get fired off to me know when there is something there.
First and foremost, there were a great deal of comments basically saying the same thing.
"Hi... I've been trying to download the Utility Suite, but the download at http://www.microsoft.com/sharepoint/downloads/components/detail.asp?a=724 is broken… after I click the Accept button on the EULA page (after clicking Download Now), the following error is displayed:
An error occurred on the server when processing the URL. Please contact the system administrator."
That was a big pain and load of email to our internal alias on this. And it really stank for along time. I believe they FINALLY got that fixed, as I have not heard any more comments or gripes, complaints, etc on it for a very long time 🙂
Ok, here we go the good stuff....
But I'm also working on some courseware to cover the steps needed to migrate users. This course will cover all kinds of scenarios (And the problems encountered!) and what you have to do with SharePoint to make it right, BUT (And here's the catch!) without using SPUserUtil.
The reason I'm going to cover everything without using SPUserUtil, is so that you understand how to do it completely with the services provided with the products. (i.e., without the need to use an unsupported tool :)). Once that is knocked out, I'll go through the process of automating it all with SPUserUtil as in the basic outline in the posting this comment was on.
I'm still encountering more new scenarios almost on a daily basis with folks migrating accounts, so I imagine it could turn into a full week course including labs, etc. (In fact, over the past couple of weeks, I started working with Marcus Hass on a migration scenario, and he did a pretty cool post on it here. In this scenario, we've discovered a couple of environmental issues that we're still working through.
Bottom line, is the tool is still doing exactly what it's supposed to do, but depending on the health of your servers, it can make you think SPUserUtil is broken, when in fact, it's just calls to the migration APIs that are failing which causes SPUserUtil to choke. (Yeah, I'm updating and adding some additional exception handling to it now to help identify these problems). You need to understand and be able to handle those situations. If your environment is cool, SPUserUtil (And just using the OOB STSADM, and Portal APIs) work like a champ!
I hope to make this a MOC (Microsoft Official Curriculum) course, and will definitely let folks know if that comes to fruition.
You can see some of the basic articles I'm talking about at the following links:
The projected date is "When I can finish it :)". But I'm working through my new manager and my new organization to make it a reality. Stay tuned for details!
"Another question, what is the software license associated with the SharePoint Utility Suite bundle?"
Tuesday, December 13, 2005 3:33 AM by Mark Mascolino
The END USER LICENSE is presented to you when you select the tool suite from the download site.
The Documentation in the entire SharePoint Utility Suite also states the following:
The source code examples provided in this package are delivered “AS-IS”. Microsoft provides programming examples for illustration only, without warranty expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and/or fitness for a particular purpose. These samples assume that you are familiar with the programming language being demonstrated and the tools used to create and debug procedures. Microsoft support professionals can help explain the functionality of a particular procedure, but they will not modify these examples to provide added functionality or construct procedures to meet your specific needs. If you have limited programming experience, you may want to contact a Microsoft Certified Partner or the Microsoft fee-based consulting line at (800) 936-5200. For more information about Microsoft Certified Partners, please visit the following Microsoft Web site: http://www.microsoft.com/certpartner/
The original comment:
I searching the net for anything about how WSS resolves/looks up userinformation/display name when you add a user to a site. Sometimes it seems that it grabs it from AD, but then again sometimes not?!?! Sometimes it look like the client cached the info for some users?!?
This means on the same site I experience that the displayname is "Steen Molberg" and others like "DELTA\stemolbe".
I can't find any clear info on this, only that you metions a "mapping file" here on Sharepoint Thoughts http://www.bluedoglimited.com/SharePointThoughts/ViewPost.aspx?ID=158
Hope you can help me out. Thanks! "
Monday, January 02, 2006 8:53 AM by Steen Molberg
Hey Steen, check out the following two posts I just made this morning 🙂
I'll be doing a bit more inside explanations of what your talking about in an upcoming post. But the two postings above give you some of that info.
Once again, sorry guys for not seeing these comments before! I got just a tad bit busy over the last few months 🙂 Then took on a new job, so I'm just now getting back into the swing of things 🙂
- Keith Richie