Constrains On Setting Up Cloud SSA

A couple of gotchas I have encountered during setting up Cloud SSA (or Cloud Search Service Application, you can find out more about it at Learn about cloud hybrid search for SharePoint): On on-premises SharePoint side, only Integrated Windows Authentication (either NTLM or Kerberos) is supported. ADFS or other SAML based trusted identity providers would…

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Update SharePoint Workflow Manager’s SQL Connection Strings

If for whatever reason you need to change your SharePoint Workflow Manager’s SQL connection strings (there are 3 for SB and 3 for WF farm), here is what you have to do: Run Get-SBFarm and Get-WFFarm PowerShell cmdlets and record all the outputs. This is very important and you will need the information to finalize…

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Load Testing SAML (PING) Based SharePoint 2013 Sites

I have to proof to a customer that their SharePoint infrastructure supports their user base and workload. So the logical solution is to Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) to build web tests and load tests and simulate the load and see how the farm reacts. There is one problem: the sites are based on SAML (PingFederate is…

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Simple way to hide Suite Links

Suite Links is where you see “Newsfeed, SkyDrive, Sites” on your SharePoint site’s top right corner. Courtesy of http://www.learningsharepoint.com/2012/08/09/sharepoint-2013-hide-newsfeed-skydrive-sites-deltasuitelinks/, you can inject a snippet of JavaScript to simply hide the DIV containing the links. However, the DIV’s name has changed since the blog was publishing. Below is the correct script to do the job: <script…

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Where Should You Store Your SharePoint Solution’s Configuration Data?

This is a common scenario: you are designing a great SharePoint solution and you have some configuration information, such as URLs, connection strings, list names, and so on, that you have to deal with. What should you do? The easiest and dirtiest way is hard-coding them in code. It maybe fine for a small and quick…

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Dr. Z is Master Z now!

I officially became a Microsoft Certified Master for SharePoint Server 2010 on March 22, 2012. The journey began more than a year early. If you read my earlier blog (http://blogs.msdn.com/zwsong/archive/2011/02/24/passed-all-4-sharepoint-2010-mcp-exams-at-techready.aspx), you would know that I passed all 4 MCP exams for SharePoint 2010 in February 2011, and that was the hard pre-requisition for being accepted…

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Killing two birds with one stone: SharePoint HA and DR with stretch farm, and everything you want to know about it

A single SharePoint farm running across multiple data centers is called a “stretch farm”. Using a stretched SharePoint farm, you can provide fault tolerance by following the standard guidance for making databases and service applications redundant. Therefore you can achieve high availability and disaster recovery at the same time. You can follow this articles to set…

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Passed all 4 SharePoint 2010 MCP exams at TechReady

 I passed all 4 SharePoint 2010 MCP exams at TechReady-12 (a Microsoft field employees only tech conference) and have gained following new MCP titles: Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD): SharePoint Developer 2010 Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): SharePoint Administrator 2010 Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): SharePoint 2010, Configuration  SharePoint 2010, Application Development Here are the…

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How To Hide Ribbon From Users Without Edit Page Privilege

Ribbon is a great new feature introduced by SharePoint 2010. It provides great user experience for users with elevated privileges, like contributors and site owners. However, for users with lease privilege, such as visitors and anonymous users, it seems like a big waste of page real estate. Because for those users, all ribbon provides are…

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Installing Complete Version of SharePoint Server 2010 on Windows Client OS

Yes, I successfully installed complete version (not the standalone one) of SP2010 on my Windows 7 laptop. Here is how I did it: Make sure your Windows client OS is 64-bit and domain joined and you have a domain account with local administrator’s privilege.  I followed most of the instructions from this article: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee554869(office.14).aspx At the #3 of Step 3,…

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