How to Copy SharePoint Documents Between Site Collections Using PowerShell

This post is going to discuss copying SharePoint list items between site collections using PowerShell. Similar to other “How to with PowerShell” blog posts that I have written, I’m also going to provide you with a downloadable script. The sample script that I provide will effectively copy all documents from a specified source library to…


Search Returns An Error: Object reference not set to an instance of an object

This post is going to talk about how to resolve the ‘Object Reference not set to an instance of an object’ message you may run into when you perform a search from a SharePoint site. This is something you may run into most often when setting up a small lab environment, and I’ll explain why…


Creating Claims-Based Web Applications in SharePoint 2013

This post is going to talk about how to create claims-based web applications in SharePoint 2013. This is actually something else that I ran into when I was configuring my own lab environment, and everybody will run into this at one point or another in the lifecycle of their SharePoint 2013 environment. The reason for…


You Shall Configure your MAXDOP When Using SharePoint 2013

In this post, I’m going to talk about why and how to configure your Maximum Degree of Parallelism on your SQL database instance. The reason I’m explaining this now is because of something I ran into while setting up my first SharePoint Server 2013 RTM farm tonight. Background Microsoft has been telling customers for years…


How to Determine Where a User Has Been Granted Access in SharePoint 2010

This post is going to discuss how to determine where a user has been granted access to your SharePoint environment. The script I provide is scoped to an individual web application and searches for all users based on their domain. I’ll explain why I did that below. Both of these elements could easily be modified…


Domino URL commands break SharePoint Mobile View

This post is going to discuss an issue I ran into where certain links in a links list can cause Mobile views to fail to render. This was actually encountered when using Domino URL Commands, specifically the ?OpenDocument URL command in my case. When you run into this situation, the error message you will receive…


How to Fix Navigational Links After Relocating a Site Collection

This post is going to discuss how to fix navigational links after relocating a site collection within the same web application. Relocating a site collection to a new URL is a relatively common task. One reason you may relocate a site collection is if a certain area within your organization is suddenly renamed as part…


How to Update Inactive User Profile Information in SharePoint

This post is going to discuss user profile synchronization, and how to update user profile information for users determined not to be active in SharePoint Server 2010. First we’ll discuss what happens during the various phases of user profile synchronization, at a high level, and how SharePoint determines whether or not a user is active….


How to Create SharePoint Web Applications with PowerShell

  This post talks about creating SharePoint web applications with PowerShell. Though the concept is pretty simple, there are always a few things that I forget to do when I’m in a hurry – like adding the object cache accounts to my web application after it is created. The sample script I’m providing takes care…


Time for a refresh!

Some of you may have noticed… but I haven’t posted in quite some time. I actually have a few really exciting reasons for that. The first, and probably most exciting reason for that is that I’ve upgraded my work laptop to Windows 8. I’ve moved away from dual booting windows 7 and Windows Server 2008…