SharePoint, Office Online Server and Cross farm services support

I recently was asked a few questions I couldn’t find answers to. I’m sharing answers here to help people avoid the process I needed to go through to find the answers. Can I use Office Online Server 2016 with SharePoint 2010? This article gets close to answering the question, but doesn’t include SharePoint 2010. Unfortunately,…

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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 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 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…

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Adventures with SharePoint People Picker, Domain Migrations and Groups

I recently worked a customer issue, where the customer was going through a domain migration. The customer is running SharePoint 2010. (This works for both 2007 and 2013 as well) There are two forests, with users in both. Users from one of the domains were being moved to the domain in the other forest. As…

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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…

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SharePoint 2013 Workflow-Collect Data from a user and other actions missing

I got tapped to help with an internal project to upgrade a couple of custom site templates from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013. No big deal right? I’ll just create a new site in SP2010 off of the original template, content DB attach it to 2013, and then export the template again. Well, it looks…

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SharePoint 2010 and PowerShell 3.0

SharePoint 2010 does not support PowerShell 3.0 at this time. If you or your admin team install PS 3.0 on your SharePoint 2010 farm, you will have some compatibility issues with the SharePoint 2010 Management Shell. This happens, because the shortcut to start the management shell generically targets the most recent version of PS installed,…

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Load Testing Tools for SharePoint

If you haven’t heard, the Visual Studio Load Test team is in the process of releasing some custom tools for load testing SharePoint. While the basic web test works nicely, you’ll now get some more flexibility to interact with SharePoint components like lists, document libraries and the query service. You can find the latest bits…

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