July 2014 CU for SharePoint 2013

I intended to post this in July 2014 but it just got pushed and pushed. I realize we are getting closer to Aug 2014 CU so thought I would post this before that actually happens. Note some important changes in the release cycle and packaging from July 2014: Release cycle The standard bi-monthly CU release…

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The feature: "windows sharepoint services integration" is not supported in this edition of Reporting Services

Setup: SharePoint 2013, SQL 2012 Reporting Services After setting up and configuring SSRS in SharePoint 2013; Once you navigate to Reporting Services Service Application and click on the Settings link you might see below error: The feature: “Windows SharePoint Services integration” is not supported in this edition of Reporting Services. —> Microsoft.ReportingServices.Diagnostics.Utilities.OperationNotSupportedException: The feature: “Windows…

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Change Host Named Site Collection Url

Previously (i.e. until SP2010) zones was applicable only at the Web App level. You can have up to 5 zones and thus five different urls. With SharePoint 2013 this concept has been extended to the Site Collection level – but only to the Host Named Site Collections (HNSC). You can have up to 5 different URLs each…

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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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