Setting Up SharePoint 2010 forms-based authentication for claims based web applications

The steps in the most simplistic form are the following: 1. Create a forms-based\claims Web application to use an LDAP Provider using Central Admin 2. Configure the LDAP Web.Config files for the Central Administrator (web application), Security Token Service (web service), and FBA claims-based (web application). 3. Within User Policy for the newly created FBA\Claims…

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Why are my blog post showing up in different places?

I will be moving a good portion of my blogs as well as any new ones over to our new SharePoint Escalation Services Team blog.  We think it’s a good idea to get our blogs more consolidated.  This also ensures that blog content is mostly coming from Microsoft Support Escalation Engineers and Escalation Engineer’s.  Check…

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SharePoint 2010 Logging Improvements – Part 1

Part 1 of this blog will describe ULS and Event log improvements and what you need to know. The new changes simplify troubleshooting and provide the Administrator more flexibility in managing different aspects of ULS logging. I will expand on this topic in Part 2 and will discuss Developer Dashboard. A special shout-out goes to…

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PowerShell Intro for SharePoint Administrators – Part 2

PowerShell has a rich set of advanced features that provide an Administrator with a multitude of options depending on what they would like to do. This nugget will take a more focused look into the many ways objects can be used. Remember, an object in this case is a variable. From Part 1 of this…

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PowerShell Intro for SharePoint Administrators – Part 1

PowerShell has been nicely integrated into SharePoint 2010 and is the eventual replacement of stsadm. Stsadm still exists with SharePoint 2010 for backward compatibility reasons but PowerShell is here to stay and will be the most widely adopted and used out of the two. PowerShell is included as a prerequisite which is automatically downloaded and…

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SharePoint 2010 Granular Backup-Restore Part 2

This is part 2 of granular backup/restore blog in which I’ll cover the Recover data from an unattached content database option in Central Administration. This is located in backup/restore section under granular backup/restore. SharePoint 2010 utilizes SQL snapshots both to create and to restore from. This blog will also cover the overall uses of snapshots since…

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SharePoint 2010 Granular Backup-Restore Part 1

Hello! Russ Maxwell here and I’d like to provide a glimpse into SharePoint 2010 granular backup/restore. Several things have changed and have been improved in this area. This article is specifically themed around granular backup\restore and what you need to know. Key Concepts: Granular Backup: Granular backup has been placed into its own section within…

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SharePoint 2010 Installing prerequisites without an internet connection.

How to automate prerequisite install without an internet connection I want to cover a few things about the prerequisite installer that everyone should know about.  First, all but one prerequisite component is installed locally.  The rest of them are downloaded from the web during setup.  This is great for servers with an internet connection but…

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SharePoint 2010 Configuring Search Service Application using PowerShell

NOTE:  This has been updated as of 2/2/2010!   This has only been tested against SharePoint 2010 “without Fast integrated”.  Thanks to Jon Waite for cleaning up some of these steps. It might be necessary at some point to use PowerShell to provision search service applications.  For Example, setting up a search service application for hosted…

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Configuring Kerberos Authentication in SharePoint 2010

Configure Kerberos Authentication in SharePoint 2010  When configuring Kerberos with SharePoint 2010 you will be using IIS 7.0. Integrated windows authentication is now handled in kernel mode and enabled by default.  This technically was primarily for ease of use and performance boosts since auth is no longer happening in user mode.  The problem is that Kernel mode authentication…

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