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…


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…


SharePoint 2010, Service Pack 2 and the Cumulative Updates

Each time when a service pack comes out for SharePoint, there’s always a bit of confusion around how the Service Pack affects cumulative updates. Let me explain the state of SP2 with the June and August CUs. Although the June CU and SP2 came out at the same time, the June CU has a lower…


SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Windows Server 2012

I frequently see the question asking if/when will Service Pack 2 for SharePoint 2010 will be released. I don’t know when, but if we look at the following KB article, it appears there will be a Service Pack 2 for SP2010. It will add support for Windows Server 2012. As always, things can change. I’m…


Slipstream SharePoint 2010 SP1 and Language Packs SP1 into RTM Builds

With the release of SharePoint 2010 SP1, it’s a good idea to include SP1 into your new builds. By slipstreaming the patches in your installation folder, this process gets much easier. This process is very similar to how things worked with WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007. I’m going to use the file names for SP2010…


SharePoint Patching Story Improves! (a little bit)

If you haven’t had the pleasure of patching WSS 3.0 or MOSS2007, you’re missing a real fun experience. If you are one of the folks who’ve had to go through the pain, there’s some good news for you. If you’re particularly adept at reading KB articles, you might have noticed this little tidbit in 953749….


Announcing: Availability of Infrastructure Updates

This morning the product group released the latest build of SharePoint to the web. This is the most up to date, and likely stable build of SharePoint to date. It includes a SIGNIFICANT number of fixes since SP1. In essence, it’s a roll up of the roll ups since SP1 released, plus a little bit. You should install this…


MOSS Content Deployment Update

If you’re one of the people out there struggling with MOSS Content Deployment issues, do yourself a favor and contact Microsoft to get the latest MOSS hotfix. There have been a number of significant improvements as of late. Be aware, installing a hotfix is the same process as applying a service pack, and is a significant task, which…


WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007 Post Service Pack 1 Hotfix Roll Ups Available

The post SP1 hotfix rollups are available for MOSS and WSS 3.0. Contact PSS or your DSE to get them. There’s more than one version of these available. The newer they are, the more fixes they contain. To my knowledge, the most recent builds are associated with KB948947 and KB 948945. (The KB articles may…


WSS 2.0 Post Service Pack 3 Hotfix Rollup Now Available

For those of you still running WSS 2.0, who have applied SP3, you’ve likely noticed a problm with Datasheet view. There was an issue with the service pack that caused this. Fortunately, a hot fix has been recently released that fixes this. If you’re experiencing the error, contact Premier Support to obtain the hot fix.