CONTENT DEPLOYMENT – the remote server returned an error: (404) Not Found

This is one of a series of blogs that I plan to write on troubleshooting content deployment issues. Here’s a scenario The destination farm is running on a Windows Server 2008 computer. When deploying to the destination, the content deployment fails with the following error: The remote server returned an error: (404) The first thing…


Provisioning shared services fails with user cannot be found error

I was recently rebuilding one of my farms when I ran into the problem I describe below. I logged onto the machine using my domain account. Then created local user accounts for use with my standalone farm on this machine and then ran SharePoint Post Installation Configuration Wizard. After creating a new farm with a…


access denied while trying to save to favorites

I use the “Add to Favorites” feature in Internet Explorer a lot. After moving to Windows Vista, I ran into a problem where I’d get an Access Denied error, anytime I attempted to create a folder within the Favourites. I was curious to find out why I can no longer create folders in my favourites….


people picker & user accounts resolution in domainS FROM different forestS

Ever run into a situation where the people picker in SharePoint will fail to resolve usernames that are within a domain in a totally different forest? Assuming the trust relationships are setup properly? Well think again. Here is a quick check list: Ensure your people picker property is configured correctly in SharePoint. Configure your trust…


Send to… Other Location feature, MOSS & Office clients

Have you used this feature before? I see a lot of people on the internet using this feature and there are a couple of scenarios in which this feature won’t work “as expected”. I recently had a chance to spend some time on this and here are my observations after hours of testing. If you…


Sharepoint – custom solution deployment failure

I recently ran into a problem where custom SharePoint solutions will randomly fail to deploy on any of the web servers in the farm. The nature of the problem was hard to debug. The failure can occur on any web server and on any resource file being deployed or when the solution is being retracted….


Published links to office client applications do not show up in file open or save dialogs

Ever run into a problem where your published links for office client applications do not show up in My SharePoint sites Link in Office applications? If so, read through… First, the basics. Ensure it is configured right. This feature works only with Office 2007 client applications. The published links you create will appear on Office…


manually Debugging native memory leaks

So in my previous posts, I explained how you can use DebugDiag tool to capture high memory dumps with leak tracking enabled and also how to use the inbuilt memory analysis scripts to get a report of memory usage. In this post, I discuss how you can do things manually using Debugging tools for Windows…


Using debugdiag for memory pressure analysis

In my last post, I discussed a generic approach to collecting memory dumps using Debug Diagnostics tool. In this post, I discuss how to use DebugDiag’s memory pressure scripts. Please note that the current version of DebugDiag does not have the ability to look up .NET heaps and draw conclusions. For .NET debugging, the best…


debugging native memory leaks

Debugging native memory leaks is one of the most difficult things to do – (at least for me). There are a few Escalation Engineers at Microsoft Product Support Services who are extremely good at debugging all kinds of issues. I learn a lot from these guys whenever I get an opportunity. In this blog post,…