Important SharePoint 2013 Patching Script Changes

  Intro and Issue I want to get a quick update out to my subscribers that currently use the SharePoint 2013 patching script I created back in 2013.  The script itself is located here.  While the script has been highly successful for thousands of SharePoint Admin’s, Consultants, and others, the script will always report success…


Monitoring SharePoint 2013 Search Top Level Errors

Intro A common request for SharePoint Administrators and SharePoint Search Administrators is some sort of alert notification when top level errors occur during crawls. The SharePoint 2013 UI provides an impressive look at Crawl statistics however it’s a more manual effort to go validate no errors occurred during a given crawl for example. While the…


Client Automation: SharePoint Crawl Log Validation leveraging CSOM!

Intro Glad to be back blogging and yes it has been awhile. Part of belonging to the Search Premier Field Engineering team is coming up with creative solutions to complex Search tasks. In my case, one such request came in with a request to process thousands of URL’s against the Crawl Log. While the Crawl…


eDiscovery in-Place Hold Processing – Behind the Scenes

  Intro I’m excited to announce that I recently transferred internally to a Senior Search Premier Field Engineer role at Microsoft. I’ll continue to post general SharePoint topics, but expect to see some hardcore Search Posts mixed in. My blog posts will also now appear in multiple places on msdn so just a heads up….


Unraveling SharePoint BI Access to External Data Sources – Part 1

Intro I’ve been meaning to write this blog for some time now so I finally got around to doing it. In my opinion, SharePoint BI setup is one of the most confusing aspects for SharePoint IT Pro’s and Dev’s in recent memory. Microsoft TechNet Authors and some fellow Microsoft Colleagues have produced some great documentation…