SharePoint 2010 – Provisioning User Profile Synchronization

This blog is intended to quickly ramp up the reader on requirements and steps to successfully provision a user profile synchronization service. User Profile Service Application setup has been one of the most problematic issues for customers so I hope this will clear up some misconceptions.  I’ll cover some basics including components involved and improvements…


Moss 2007 | User Profiles | Part 2

Importing & processing data in SQL Server Tables To completely understand the next phase of import process we must first have some additional information. There are a few stored procedures that are registered in the server’s registry that are invoked during various stages of importing data from the gatherer pipeline. These can be found in…


Moss 2007 | User Profiles | Part 1

User Profiles – The Idea BehindA user profile is a record in the profile database that contains property values about a person. This information can be listed, searched and displayed to other users in the organization. In SharePoint Portal Server (SPS) 2003, the user profile store was primarily designed for use in the Intranet environment….


SharePoint 2010 Logging Improvements – Part 2 (Introducing Developer Dashboard)

Developer Dashboard is a powerful troubleshooting tool which will enable engineers to perform advanced troubleshooting directly from the page that is rendering. Developer Dashboard provides a plethora of diagnostic information consolidated into sections. The sections within developer dashboard provide advanced details of various aspects of page rendering. Sections will be broken down in greater detail…


MOSS 2007 | Search Query Mechanism | Part 1

This blog is “Part One” of the upcoming series of blogs that would describe the high level architecture of the search query mechanism in MOSS 2007. The purpose of this blog is to explain to the reader what really happens in the background when a user performs a SharePoint search. Below is the diagram that…


SharePoint 2010 Shared Service Architecture Part 1

This blog is to provide a quick ramp up on SharePoint 2010’s new Shared Service Architecture. Some new concepts are introduced and this is part 1 of a 2 part series on this topic. Part 1 is for describing the components and concepts that are behind this new model. Part 2 will discuss using Shared…


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…


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…


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…


SharePoint 2010 Granular Backup-Restore Part 2

This is part 2 of granular backup/restore nugget 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…