SharePoint 2007–Unraveling the mystery of MySite–Site Membership population (Part 1)

Recently, some of my coworkers and I started to see some customer problems where membership wasn’t populating for users my sites. Membership population issues are complex and difficult to troubleshoot if you’re not sure where to start looking. Part 1 of this blog is intended to cover the basics of how site Membership population to…


SharePoint 2007 Search – Trying to crawl Office documents that contain embedded links?

I’ve seen a couple of these issues come from our customers so wanted to get the word out.   When crawling PPTX files with embedded links in 2007 generates the following error in the crawl logs:   “The filtering process could not be initialized. Verify that the file extension is a known type and is correct”. …


Plan to delete any OOB DispForm.aspx pages in SharePoint Designer??

  I ran into a particularly unique issue where any user was unable to create alerts for one discussion board. All other libraries, lists, and discussion boards worked and the same users could create alerts with no problem. Steps to validate you’re hitting this particular problem: 1. Go to a Document Library, list, or discussion…


SharePoint 2007 – Why can’t I schedule profile imports?

I recently had an interesting issue where the customer was getting the following errors accessing the User Profiles and properties link within his SSP. “An error has occurred while accessing the SQL Server database or the Office SharePoint Server Search service. If this is the first time you have seen this message, try again later….


InfoPath forms + People Picker fields + SharePoint groups = SLOW

Introduction into Problem I had an interesting issue with People Picker performance and SharePoint 2007 that is deserving of some additional documentation.   As many of you know, the people picker is built in feature of SharePoint and assists in looking up users to perform various tasks like adding to AD and/or SharePoint security groups etc…  …


Content Deployment throws “system cannot find the file specified” error

I moved back to my original role as a Support Escalation Engineer so future posts are going to be random. Some post involve troubleshooting both SharePoint 2007/2010. I’ll also still continue to post the How To/Conceptual stuff with SharePoint 2010. This post involves an interesting issue I recently got where the customer was unable to…


Understanding SharePoint 2010 Claims Authentication

This blog is intended to fill some gaps and provide a foundation to understand components in the claims model and how these components work together. Claims will provide a huge benefit which I will outline some of those benefits below. I suspect this will turn into a multi blog series so stay tuned for further…


My favorite SharePoint links

My beta rotation ended this May and I’m back in my role of supporting Premier Customer’s with various SharePoint issues.   Please no v2 issues  🙂     This was my first experience joining any sort of beta program at MSFT.  I really feel fortunate being involved in this particular beta because we have made so many improvements…


SharePoint 2010 Shared Service Architecture Part 2

This is a short blog which briefly discusses Shared Service Architecture in a multi farm environment.   I will discuss some core components and describe how these components work together.  I will not go into exact setup steps due to the fact TechNet has a great run through here:   Exchanging Certs: Publishing a Service…


Search 2010 Architecture and Scale – Part 2 Query

Several things have changed in SharePoint 2010 Query.   Query infrastructure is also componentized so now you only provision what you need.   This blog will go through will define the query components, how they work together, and how to provision them.  Special shout-out goes to Jon Waite for his valuable technical input\review… Query Basics Just like…