Lync Server 2010: ServicePrincipalNameError when Publishing Topology

When publishing a Lync Server topology in an environment where a pilot deployment exists in the same production domain you might run into an error that says “ServicePrincipalNameError: A service principal name operation failed.” when you attempt to publish your topology. The following are some entries you may see in your log file: · Valid:…

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Sending Test eMail via Telnet

There many cases where you need to send a test email from a given host or server but would not have a mail client to perform this task. The following is the sequence of commands required to send email via Telnet: $ telnet mail.server.com 25 ENTER HELO server.com ENTER MAIL FROM:<to_username@live.com> ENTER RCPT TO:<replyto_username@live.com> ENTER…

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How to display Profile Thumbnail Photo next to Welcome Message in SharePoint

In your customer master page add a tag declaration/import as follows: <%@ Register Tagprefix="wssuc_portal" Namespace="Microsoft.SharePoint.Portal.WebControls" Assembly="Microsoft.SharePoint.Portal, Version=14.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c" %> This imports from the Microsoft.SharePoint.Portal.WebControls assembly and if referenced by the tag “wssuc_portal”, of course you can use any unique tag here as long as you reference the same in your code. You  now need…

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Resolving the Windows Update KB2667402 Error 80004005

This error can drive you nuts if you are dependent on your machine being upto date for Network Access Protection or other purposes requirements. For weeks my machine was stuck to where I could not uninstall the May version of KB2667402 so that I can successfully install the new version of the same update.  I…

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Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts

In case you are as frustrated as I am of using a non-touch device to command a touch OS here is the following is a list of Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts: To activate the shortcut press the Windows Key + the listed key… B – Move focus to notification tray C – Show Charms menu…

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SharePoint 2010 User Profile Synchronization Service: Enable NetBIOS domain names

If the NetBIOS name of any domain that you are synchronizing with differs from its fully qualified domain name, you must enable NetBIOS domain names on the User Profile service application. If all NetBIOS names are the same as the domain names, you may skip this procedure. To enable NetBIOS domain names Verify that you…

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When SharePoint 2010 Services are Stuck in Starting State

This rarely happens but when it does sometimes it difficult to nail down what the issue could be. In cases where there are more than one servers in the farm, the culprit is usually the Timer Service not operating correctly because it is either down or the servers are setup to use different Time Zones….

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Picking up new Experiences in Pig Farming

Technorati Tags: Farming,Piggery,Pig Feed,Pigs,Farrowing,Sows,Gilts For those of you familiar with my many recent global relocations, from the USA to Kenya, and now to Zimbabwe also know that I am now an avid farmer in addition to my technology career. One of my fondest interests is in piggery and the prospects of increasing efficiency through automation….

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Secure Store Shared Service is not responding

There are situations where configuring SharePoint 2010 does not go according to plan as far as the Secure Store Service is concerned. This also affects other services such as the User Profile Synchronization Service etc. When you start getting the message “Cannot complete this action as the Secure Store Shared Service is not responding. Please…

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