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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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SharePoint 2013, SP1 and Slipstreaming

Service Pack 1 for SharePoint 2013 has been released. This includes all previous bug fixes released in the CUs. It also enables the ability for folks to use Windows Server 2012 R2. In a previous post, I explained how to slipstream a service pack into a SharePoint build. Although the process does work for SP1…

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SharePoint 2013 Mysite creation error: User cannot be found.

I was recently troubleshooting a Mysite creation issue. Windows users could create mysites without issue. Claims users were getting a failure, with the following error in the ULS logs.  (Mysites are batch created in OWSTimer. When you’re looking for the logs related to this) This error didn’t make a ton of sense. The claims users…

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Xbox One Wireless Controller Range Issue

Since release, my Xbox One wireless controllers (I have 2) have been having range issues. At about 7 feet, they started disconnecting intermittently. I tried a whole bunch of location configurations regarding the system and controllers, with no luck. I finally got some time to call Xbox Support today, and they provided me with a…

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App Fabric Support Stance Change

We have made a change regarding the support stance for App Fabric for SharePoint 2013. The following (poorly worded) KB explains that you are now free to install AppFabric patches as they are released publicly. SharePoint CUs/SPs will not contain fixes for App Fabric. Hopefully this helps to resolve some frustration with the stability/finicky-ness of…

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