How to configure a Dedicated Web Front End for crawling in SharePoint 2010

In SharePoint 2007 (MOSS v3) we have an option in the Office Server Search User Interface to configure a specific Web Front End as the server to be used for crawling. This functionality is very useful as it allows us to have a dedicated WFE for crawling as that ensures the crawling load is not…

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SharePoint 2010: User Profiles – You receive an error – "An unexpected error has occurred." when you try to browse to the page to Manage a newly created User Profile Service Application

You create a new User Profile Service Application and try browsing to the Manage link for the User Profile Service Application, this page might fail with the following error, If you filter on the “User Profiles” category in the ULS Logs, you should see these errors: UserProfileServiceUserStatisticsWebPart:LoadControl failed, Exception: System.IO.FileLoadException: The located assembly’s manifest definition…

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PowerShell script to delete all items in a List

Another script I wrote is to delete all items from a List. ################################################################################################### [System.Reflection.Assembly]::Load(“Microsoft.SharePoint, Version=12.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c”) [System.Reflection.Assembly]::Load(“Microsoft.SharePoint.Portal, Version=12.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c”)[System.Reflection.Assembly]::Load(“Microsoft.SharePoint.Publishing, Version=12.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c”)[System.Reflection.Assembly]::Load(“System.Web, Version=2.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b03f5f7f11d50a3a”) # “Enter the site URL here”$SITEURL = “http://serverurl” $site = new-object Microsoft.SharePoint.SPSite ( $SITEURL )$web = $site.OpenWeb()”Web is : ” + $web.Title # Enter name of the List…

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Import of a variation site fails with "An error occurred while parsing EntityName"

We had an interesting case the other day. The customer had a variation enabled SharePoint site with multiple sites for different languages. He would export one of the language based site and sends it to the company that handles the translation. Once the export file (.cmp) was converted and returned, he used to import it…

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Colleague tracker Web Part on the MySite does not display data!

If you apply the Obsidian Theme to your MySite, the Colleague tracker webpart might show some blank rows! It will look something like this,     On investigating further by selecting that area using the mouse, you find that the text is actually there. This happens because the background color and the text color are…

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PowerShell script to remove all users from a SharePoint Group

I have been experimenting with PowerShell scripting for the past few months. Below is a script I have written to remove all users in a specific SharePoint group. There have been many instances where we find users have added too many individual user accounts to a specific SharePoint group. This causes many issues like search…

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PowerShell script to list all User Profiles in an SSP

I had few thousand user profiles in my SSP and needed to delete them. So here is a script that I wrote to list all the user profiles in an SSP. If you need to remove the user profiles, then just use the UserProfileManager.RemoveUserProfile method and pass it the UserProfile.Id property. ################################################################################################### [System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName(“Microsoft.Office.Server”)[System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName(“Microsoft.Office.Server.UserProfiles”) ############################ “PUT…

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Troubleshooting issues with SharePoint crawling Forms based Authenticated sites.

What this blog describes is the steps you need to get SharePoint to crawl a Forms based Authentication site. What are the issues you may face and how to resolve them. Requirements: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 A forms based authentication enabled site (NOTE: This could be a SharePoint based FBA site too) We start…

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SharePoint 2010: User Profiles – Steps to Partition the User Profiles Service Application

Pre-requisite: These are few steps to be done prior to getting the User Profiles provisioned. Understand the new User Profiles architecture in SharePoint 2010. Few good articles are http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee721049(office.14).aspx and  http://blogs.msdn.com/spses/archive/2010/04/01/sharepoint-2010-provisioning-user-profile-synchronization.aspx Before running through the steps in the blog, have the following ready: Full functional SharePoint 2010 version Two web applications to participate as the…

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