SQL AlwaysOn: Failed to join the database to the Availability Group (Error 35250)

[Updated on 5/16/2017] Alternate solution for fix# 2 You might get this particular error “Failed to join the database to the Availability Group (Error 35250)” when you are creating a new Availability Group (AG) and initiated a Full sync which basically copies the backup and attaches the DBs on the replica servers. You will see tin…

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Issue with peoplepicker-searchadforests stsadm

Some might be thinking that STSADM is no more valid especially with SP 2013. Well, its not. STSADM can still be used in SP2013 and some settings like PeoplePicker settings can be easily configured using the STSADM commands. One of the commands (PeoplePicker-SearchADForersts) is used to add/remove AD domains in SharePoint servers so that the users…

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SAML Claims User Id Format

I was working with a customer and shared this information about the format in which user identity claims (aka user id) appears in any Claims based site. I shared below information with the customer and it appeared they didn’t know about this until then. Sharing this information here for the greater community. SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint 2010 display identity claims…

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Hello World!

Starting this blog after a 3 year hiatus from blogging (my previous blog: http://sharenotes.wordpress.com/). For the past 3 years as a Premier Field Engineer for SharePoint I am learning a lot every day, meeting and talking to great talent regularly, sharing ideas and helping customers. I will try to use this platform like my notebook…

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