SharePoint DevOps Part 1 – Setup CentOS with Ansible

This is the first post in a series for creating a Linux host with Ansible to control Windows machines and install SharePoint. Let me preface this with I have no clue how far I will get. I expect this to take a few weeks if it's possible. Ansible seems to be growing, and this all … Continue reading SharePoint DevOps Part 1 – Setup CentOS with Ansible

SharePoint 2013 Newsfeed – We’re still collecting the latest news error

If you are a SharePoint admin or use, you have probably seen this error message on your SharePoint 2013 MySite Newsfeed: "We're still collecting the latest news. You may see more if you try again a little later." Hopefully this article will help explain a few common scenarios I have ran into, and how to … Continue reading SharePoint 2013 Newsfeed – We’re still collecting the latest news error

SharePoint PowerShell to audit list columns

Recently, I had to list find where all of the SharePoint site columns are used in lists across many site collections. I wrote some quick PowerShell to get all SharePoint list columns and write the site collection, list, and column. Columns: I listed all site columns/list column display names I was seeing if they are … Continue reading SharePoint PowerShell to audit list columns

Visio file error in SharePoint – Sorry, we can’t perform this action

I recently had an issue with a new Windows 8.1 laptop not able to open Visio files from our SharePoint 2013 intranet. The error is similar to the 32bit/64bit mixed environment errors. My co-worker Rod and I found a workaround that might not be best practices, but resolved the issue. Please post any comments if … Continue reading Visio file error in SharePoint – Sorry, we can’t perform this action

SharePoint 2013, IIS7, NLB, SSL certificates and GoDaddy Renewal Steps

Overview: SSL certificates with SharePoint 2013 web applications expire, and when that does, you have to generate a new SSL Certificate. In this post, I will go over how to renew you SharePoint 2013 SSL HTTPS website with GoDaddy, even including multi-server Web Front End (WFE's) topologies. If you use wildcard certificates on you SharePoint websites, there are a … Continue reading SharePoint 2013, IIS7, NLB, SSL certificates and GoDaddy Renewal Steps

Running MS Office Demo VMs in Azure

UPDATE: If you are a MS employee, Visit https://demomonkey.cloudapp.net/. There is a complete Azure VM deployment script for this in your Azure subscription. I had limited success getting this to work on my own. If you have used the Microsoft Office Demos website Office 365 environment, you know it's quite handy for client demos. It … Continue reading Running MS Office Demo VMs in Azure

Feature with ID ‘87294c72-f260-42f3-a41b-981a2ffce37a’ is not installed in this farm, and cannot be added to this scope. Error creating SharePoint site collection, Powershell

I had an error today when I created my farm via PowerShell. I forgot to run the SharePoint Products and Configuration Wizard (PSConfig) after creating the farm. The result was an error when creating site collections via the UI, as well as subsites via the UI. I could only create the sites via PowerShell and … Continue reading Feature with ID ‘87294c72-f260-42f3-a41b-981a2ffce37a’ is not installed in this farm, and cannot be added to this scope. Error creating SharePoint site collection, Powershell

SharePoint 2013 On-Premise App Store Configuration

The SharePoint 2013 March Public Update requires additional configuration steps to complete a SharePoint App Store deployment. In this article, "Enable apps in AAM or host-header environments for SharePoint 2013", http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn144963.aspx The additonal steps are indicated. New-SPWebApplicationAppDomain $contentService = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPWebService]::ContentService $contentService.SupportMultipleAppDomains = $true $contentService.Update() Iisreset

Managed Metadata field error on SharePoint 2013 “The given guid does not exist in the term store”

We recently migrated our SharePoint 2010 content database to SharePoint 2013. In SharePoint 2013, users tried to use a MMD field/column on a new item form and received this error: "The given guid does not exist in the term store" After researching the issue, it appears that the error is due to a disconnect between … Continue reading Managed Metadata field error on SharePoint 2013 “The given guid does not exist in the term store”

SharePoint 2013 error A potentially dangerous Request.Path value was detected from the client (%) on intranet/mysites access requests from email link

I had a link in my email inbox for "User wants access to 'Intranet'" sent from the user to myself. I am the Intranet site Owner and recieve access requests. There is a link to "Accept or Decline this request" If I click accept from the email Link, I get a SharePoint error: Sorry, something … Continue reading SharePoint 2013 error A potentially dangerous Request.Path value was detected from the client (%) on intranet/mysites access requests from email link

SharePoint 2013 – Common Installation Issues

With SharePoint 2013, I have had a lot of installation issues. I will cover the latest issues I have ran into. This post does not enforce the Least Privlages security practice, but it can easily be adapted to for other environments. This post was for standing up a development environment. After a long battle of getting … Continue reading SharePoint 2013 – Common Installation Issues

SharePoint 2010 Caching options

These are a few notes from Designing a Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Infrastructure PDF. (Page's 3-30 and 3-31) There are 3 different types of caching options in SharePoint 2010. Two of these require publishing features. (page) Output Caching Setting this to as small as 60 seconds can make a big difference on WFE servers load Page … Continue reading SharePoint 2010 Caching options

Microsoft SharePoint Hyper-V virtual machine DNS fix

After downloading the MS SharePoint preconfigured VM (demo2010a and demo2010b), I started them up on my network and noticed they would not load the SharePoint sites. Here is the VM I downloaded from Microsoft: 2010 Information Worker Demonstration and Evaluation Virtual Machine (RTM): http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=751fa0d1-356c-4002-9c60-d539896c66ce&displaylang=en After trying the site http://intranet.contoso.com in the Demo2010A machines internet browser … Continue reading Microsoft SharePoint Hyper-V virtual machine DNS fix