PowerShell Must Haves !!!

Following is the list of MUST HAVEs if you are developing scripts using PowerShell,- PowerGUI tool – an extensible graphical administrative console and IDE for managing systems based on Windows PowerShell. Mastering PowerShell eBook – Comprehensive guide on PowerShell.

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Powershell Rocks !!

Recently I was exposed to Powershell for developing scripts to automate deployment steps for SharePoint. I have become a great fan of powershell since then. Once the scripts were ready,  the deployment procedure looked awesome. Few hits to the command prompt and you are done. Powershell can do everything for you.  Powershell Rocks!! Don’t forget to download the…

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Tip: The untold story of Audit Logs in SharePoint

Auditing events is an important feature of SharePoint. Read this article to understand more around the list of events that can be audited when audit logging is enabled. Audit settings can be configured at the site collection level only. The logs are maintained in the dbo.AuditData table of the respective content database. However, what is interesting to know is that these logs can bloaten…

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Interesting Read: SharePoint "Farm Communications"

A SharePoint farm is an extremely “chatty” environment. A lot of inter server communications keeps on happening all the time. I had been looking for a consolidated list of such things, when I came across this blog of the MCS (U.K) SharePoint Team. This blog talks about how the various servers in a SharePoint Farm communicate with…

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Tip: Avoid "bloating" of log files for large content databases during a MOSS upgrade

While upgrading a SharePoint farm to the December Cumulative update, there was an unprecendented growth of the databse log file for a large content database (size ~200GB) during the upgrade process. The database upgrade was failing as there was no space in the log file partition. Also, the log file could not be truncated to free up the space. This was overcome…

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Just Released: 10 Best Practices For Building SharePoint Solutions

The March 09 issue of MSDN magazine contains a very interesting article on “SharePoint: 10 Best Practices For Building SharePoint Solutions“. This is a must read for all SharePoint developers. It contains a summary of key practices that should be followed for building solutions on SharePoint.

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System.Exception: Server could not create <classname>

Recently I was working on ControlAdapters and came across a strange error,- System.Exception: Server could not create <classname> Upon subequent research I figured out that this error will occur when the class is inaccessible. You need explicitly specify the public access modifier while declaring the class.  

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How To: Delete corruption/orphaned records from the content databases

Orphaned records can cause a lot of trouble. The content databses should be inspected on a periodic basis to check for orphaned records. The following STSADM command may be used to check for corruption,- stsadm -o databaserepair -url {http://servername} -databasename {DBname} The results of the above operation will display the list of all orphaned records. The same command…

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Just released – Best practices for MOSS

Prescriptive guidance around the best “design and operational practices” for SharePoint environments is now at Technet.  The guidance is based on real-world experience of SharePoint consultants across various customer engagements.

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Provision Central Admin into another machine in the same Farm

Recently, I came across a scenario where in the “Central Admin” site had become unresponsive. The server might have developed a temporary snag which could have resulted in this. If you would know, during any farm setup, the Central Admin web site is created only on the first server (by default). The site is not avaialble on the other servers which…

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