SharePoint and Chrome Provider Host Application (PHA) Cipher Issue (and Firefox)

A customer recently ran into an issue where their SharePoint 2016 ASP.NET provider hosted applications, running on Windows Server 2016, and IIS 10 started throwing crypto errors. In Chrome, we saw “The webpage at https://app-[GUID].sharepointaddins.com/siteURL might be temporarily down or it may have moved permanently to a new address. ERR_SPDY_INADEQUATE_TRANSPORT_SECURITY”. After some research, reading on…

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Strange problems resolving a user account – thanks people picker…

A customer came to me with an odd issue recently. Their customized sites were throwing errors when navigating to document libraries, and few other areas. We cracked open the ULS logs, and ran across the following. (After we repro’ed with ULS logging set to verbose) Looking at the logs,  I noticed a few things. First,…

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Another People Picker Post – SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint 2016

A few years ago, I wrote a post about customizing People Picker settings. I recently referenced that post, and it was a bit dated, and could benefit from a little more guidance. That post was based on SharePoint 2010. (The PowerShell was for 2010. The stsadm commands would work for 2010 and 2013) In SharePoint 2013…

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Workflow Manager and AlwaysOn Disaster Recovery Supportability – Part 2

A few months back, I posted some information regarding support for Workflow Manager and SQL AlwaysOn, that originated from a customer question. I have an update for that post. We just released Workflow Manager CU 4, which adds support for SQL Server AlwaysOn for workflow manager, support for SQL Server 2016 and some bug fixes….

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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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Workflow Manager and AlwaysOn Disaster Recovery Supportability

A customer recently had a need to build workflow manager in a failover manner with SQL Always On. Russ Maxwell has a post on configuring thisfrom ages ago. After doing a bit of research, it appears that we currently DO NOT support Workflow Manager with SQL AlwaysOn. Stay tuned to this blog post for any updates. UPDATE: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/ronalg/2017/07/13/workflow-manager-and-alwayson-disaster-recovery-supportability-part-2/

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Hybrid Search and Search Popularity Trend Reports

A customer recently asked me why their popularity trend reports were no longer showing any data in SharePoint. The customer had recently moved all of their search functionality to a hybrid cloud search service application from a traditional on-premises Search Service Application. All their search functionality is now powered by Office 365. As of today, popularity…

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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…

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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 – http://blogs.msdn.com/josrod/. How the webpart works When you browse to your mysite, the…

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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…

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