Purging Audit Data w/ PowerShell

SharePoint 2013 administration is VERY PowerShell centric… and yet we’re still learning ways to perform actions that were a single command in the previous STSADM tool. Well, one thing that was easy to do in a prior version was trim SharePoint auditing data from the SharePoint content databases. For customers that have unintentionally allowed the…

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Portal Site Navigation Decisions – SharePoint 2013

Years ago I wrote a post titled “Portal Site Navigation Decisions” and the guidance there continues to be valid in today’s world despite the fact that that blog entry was designed for SharePoint 2007. At the suggestion of an avid reader (Hi Mark!) I think it’s time for an update. We’ve gone through 2 product…

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SharePoint vs. Snapshots (Part 2)

This is a continuation of the previous article, SharePoint vs. Snapshots, which us recommended prior reading. Hopefully after reading my previous post on how SharePoint and snapshots really, really don’t get along well, you’re wondering how you might take advantage of this incredibly awesome capability to literally turn back time on your environment in case…

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PingUrl

Sometimes when testing a performance issue with SharePoint, you really just want a very simple tool that will do nothing but submit a request to the SharePoint server and tell you EXACTLY how long that request took. And sometimes you want it to automatically KEEP trying to submit that request and continue to report out…

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SharePoint vs. Snapshots

Note: for the purposes of this article I’m focusing exlusively on virtualization and storage based snapshots. SQL snapshots are a different matter altogether and if available, are used frequently by SharePoint itself. The two should not be confused. One of the many joys of our currently heavily virtualized world is the use of Snapshots. Whether…

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Why I love Chargebacks

There are two simple truths in IT and in life that should be considered: Technology infrastructure is not free… there is always a cost to someone somewhere. As long as something is free, there is no reason to limit or manage my use or consumption of it. If both of these are true, why is…

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No.

If you’re a good SharePoint Administrator, this should be your default answer for most requests that you receive. No, I’m not crazy, and yes, I’m serious. Don’t believe me? Let me ask some basic questions: What is the single most important job of any System Administrator? (Hint: It’s not installing the software.) Let me ask…

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Profile Membership Data Reset

Update: This issue does appear to have been resolved in the August 2011 Cumulative Update (build 6109). Although I have not validated this, I would defer to the product group for their fix if possible. If you have not yet, or do not yet have a plan to deploy the August 2011 (or later) CU,…

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Name That Database!

SharePoint 2010, with all of its new service applications and social features, just LOVES databases. I don’t know the actual count, but I think I’ve heard as many as a possible 15+ databases if you light up every feature… and that’s before you create any actual content! Anyone that has then popped open SQL Management…

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The "Right" Diagnostic Log (ULS) Settings

I’ve been asked recently what the “best” or “correct” settings are for the SharePoint Diagnostic Logs (aka “ULS” logs) in a production environment. Of course, the immediate answer is “it depends”. 😉 First, consider that the ULS logs are designed with a singular purpose in mind: To allow an administrator identify and resolve issues in…

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