SharePoint 2013/2016 Usage Reports fail to show the correct number of clicks from anonymous access

Symptom When using a Search Center with anonymous access, click statistics do not compute correctly for anonymous access but registers other user’s accesses properly. ULS logs will show entries like this: w3wp.exe SharePoint Foundation CSOM ajwqj Medium Request does not have SPBasePermissions.UseRemoteAPIs permission. Need to check it when each API is accessed Repro Steps Set…

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Leveraging the new WinDbgX and Time-Travel-Trace –Script to list all access to files

  WinDbg Preview a.k.a. WinDbgX aesthetically looks like a marriage between Visual Studio (VS) and WinDbg, however VS and WinDbg have not many things in common. For me, this is the good news. The bad news is that the support for managed code is as limited as WinDbg’s. You can download the preview here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/drivers/debugger/debugger-download-tools…

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After updating SharePoint 2013 to November 2017 CU or later you may not be able to open documents with Office

*** UPDATED TO INCLUDE Stefan Gossner and Adam Soreson’s INPUT *** Symptom After updating SharePoint 2013 to November 2017 CU from a previous version you will not be able to open Office documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) but other types of documents like .txt and .pdf files can be opened. There is no indication of the…

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SharePoint 2013 and 2016 does not respect the user zone when sending alerts but the Cross Firewall Access Zone (an unusual scenario)

  Symptoms Consider you have a one Web Application with at least two zones. The extranet zone (http://sp2016 in this example) and an intranet zone (http:sp2016:100 in this example). The cross firewall zone is the intranet zone (http:sp2016:100 in this example). Notice that this is an unusual scenario as extranet is the natural candidate to…

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PowerShell CmdLet to check OneDrive for Business or OneDrive Personal Status

  My good friend Neil Hodgkinson gave me a challenge: some partners and companies were asking him how to verify the status of OneDrive. He gave me the idea to check the icon of the OneDrive folder and depending on the icon, tell the status. I created a proof-of-concept and then helped some folks at…

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SharePoint 2013/2016 RSS Viewer not working with external sites when through a proxy

  Recently I worked on a case for a Fortune 500 company that was having problems to render the RSS Viewer Web Part in their SharePoint 2013 farm. They still have a SharePoint 2010 farm in the same network environment and this farm was not having problems rendering the RSS Viewer. The constraint was this:…

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The [unofficial] guide for SharePoint 2013 (and 2010) working with TLS 1.2 only

  There are several resources out there claiming SharePoint 2013 and 2010 are not compatible with TLS 1.2 but no official stance from Microsoft either way until now. This post is still not the official response, but it is the first step in this direction. Official documentation to follow. The official supportability is explained in…

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