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Posted by in SharePoint on Dec 09, 2016 .

Feature Pack 1 for SharePoint Server 2016

Microsoft promised! Microsoft delivered!

During the launch of SharePoint Server 2016, Microsoft said you no longer are going to have to wait for the next major release of SharePoint to obtain new features and functionality introduced in SharePoint Online.

Guess what? They followed through by releasing SharePoint Server 2016 Feature Pack 1 in early November 2016. A feature pack is similar to a CU, or Cumulative Update, in the sense it includes all previous updates for SharePoint Server 2016, which means you don’t have to install them before you install Feature Pack 1. But a Feature Pack...

Posted by in on Aug 07, 2016 .

I’ll be speaking at Live! 360 Orlando, December 5-9. Surrounded by your fellow industry professionals, Live! 360 provides you with immediately usable training and education that will keep you relevant in the workforce.

I’ll be presenting the following sessions:

·         Integrating Office Online Server with SharePoint

·         Managing Data Recovery in SharePoint

·         Optimizing SQL Server for SharePoint

SPECIAL OFFER: As a speaker, I can extend $500 savings on the 5-day package. Register here:

All roads lead to Live! 360: the ultimate education destination! Bring the issues that...

I’m sure by now most of you have encountered SharePoint databases that have a SQL Server database data file (.mdf) at a size that is as little as several hundred MB’s, yet the associated log file (.ldf) is ginormous and may be GB’s in size. This ginormous transaction log file will continue to grow until the drive containing the transaction log (t-log) runs out of disk space. At this point there is no room for transactions to be added to the t-log, so users cannot perform insert, update, or delete actions in SharePoint. This restriction is applied because every type of SQL data modification is first written to the transaction log and...

Posted by in SharePoint, SQL Server on Jun 02, 2015 .

When creating a web application in SharePoint 2013 it will communicate with SQL Server to create the supporting content database. Depending on what steps are used to create the Web Apps it sometimes creates the SharePoint database with a not-so-'friendly' database name and it may contain a ginormous GUID, (which I pronounce Goo-id) as part of the database name. When working with these databases it can become challenging to specify the name of the database within PowerShell or SQL Server so you'll want to rename the database to a more user-friendly name. You may also decide you need to move the database to a different location on your hard...

The Central Administration content database that is created during the installation of your SharePoint farm is probably the second most important database, with the SharePoint Configuration database being the first most important, so it is imperative that you are able to easily reference this database when performing administrative tasks.  If you perform the SharePoint installation using the GUI the Central Admin database is created with a not-so-user-friendly name that includes a Globally Unique Identifier (GUID). This name makes it challenging to work with when writing scripts that reference the database because of the GUID included in...

Posted by in SharePoint on May 28, 2015 .

The ability to upload files into SharePoint using the Windows Explorer window makes the migration of content into SharePoint significantly easier. The Windows Explorer mode option in SharePoint is also very beneficial if you want to move content from one location to another location in SharePoint. However, if you have not made one quick configuration change to Internet Explorer the time it takes to perform the upload, copy, or move within SharePoint is horribly slow.

You can follow these steps to significantly decrease the time necessary for these operations:

  1. In Internet Explorer, open the Tools menu and click Internet...

Posted by in SharePoint on May 20, 2015 .

Recently, I discovered I wasn't able to create a new SharePoint 2010 site using the out-of-box (OOB) team site template in my portal Web application. However, when I tried to create a site using the blank site template, the site was created successfully.

After digging deeper into the odd behavior I was experiencing, I discovered that I had previously blocked some file types for my portal Web application and one of those file types that I had blocked was the .png file type. Knowing a blocked file type prevents a file from being uploaded, and even downloaded, in SharePoint I decided to check to try to determine which file types are used...

Posted by in SharePoint, SQL Server, Speaking, News on May 15, 2015 .

Last week, I spent time with over 23,000 of my closest friends in Chicago at the Microsoft Ignite conference learning, networking, eating, and enjoying a bevy as we absorbed as much information as possible on topics including Windows 10, SQL Server, SharePoint, Office 365, and Azure just to name a few. Within these areas there were sessions containing information for IT Pros, developers, information workers, and anyone else working in any capacity of technology and not just Microsoft, as there were several mentions of Apple products as well.

This was the first conference of its kind in the fact it combined TechEd and several...