SharePoint 2013/2016 and SQL Server 2016 Supportability with SSRS fun facts!

UPDATE: Corrections/clarifications were made on 7/12/2016. Thanks for the comments! 🙂 It’s come up in the last few days where people want to know if SharePoint 2013 will support SQL Server 2016. (support as in store all SP’s DB in…) The answer to this question is no, SharePoint 2013 will never be supported on SQL 2016. (with the…


SharePoint 2013 Trending Tags Webpart

A customer of mine recently had some questions about how the trending tags webpart works in SharePoint 2013. There’s isn’t a ton of info out there, so I figured I’d share my lessons learned. As always, a thanks goes out to Joe Rodgers – How the webpart works When you browse to your mysite, the…


SharePoint 2013 – Fuzzy and Phonetic people search don’t appear to be working

I’m currently working with a customer where People search isn’t returning results like they want. Their primary piece of feedback is that if they misspell a name, it’s very unlikely that they’ll get a match. They liked the experience in SharePoint 2010, but 2013 is making them less than happy. We did some digging and…


SharePoint 2013 External FIM Issue-Missing manager property

If you’re using an External FIM deployment to push your user profile information to SharePoint 2013, you probably want to take a read through this blog post. One of my customers reported an issue when they were doing this. All was well, except the manager field wasn’t getting populated, even though FIM was synching it….


This item cannot be declared a record because it is checked out.

A customer recently asked me to help with a problem in a record center in SharePoint 2010. They had one specific record that seemed like it was stuck in some state where it couldn’t be modified. The UI showed either of the following two messages when we tried to delete or modify it. This item…


SharePoint 2013 Site Creation Failure

A customer recently called me because they were having issues with site creation in their test farm. They couldn’t sites in any web app and content DB. To their knowledge, nothing in the environment had changed recently. They had recently installed SP1 for SharePoint 2013, but believed they had created new sites after the error…


SharePoint 2013 and forms based authentication configuration for Open LDAP

I was recently tasked with helping a customer configure their SharePoint 2013 farm to uses forms based authentication against a standard non-MS LDAP directory. This directory was configured to require an authenticated user to make the query. No anonymous queries allowed! The following article explains nicely how to configure the base scenario, where you don’t need…


SQL Server 2014 and SharePoint supportability

SQL Server 2014 just hit RTM. I’m sure all the tech junkies out there are wondering when SharePoint will support SQL 2014. According to Bill’s post, it looks like official support for SQL 2014 and SharePoint 2013 will be included in the April 2014 CU for SharePoint 2013. I’m sure some of you are going…


SharePoint Conference 2014

I want to post a quick note to let folks know that I’ll be at the SharePoint conference next week. If any reads want to say hello, please do! I love meeting readers. (If they’re actually humans and not search engine bots) I usually wander around the “Ask the Experts” session, so look for me…