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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...

Posted by in SharePoint, News on May 13, 2015 .

Microsoft recently announced a security bulletin (MS15-047) informing the public of vulnerabilities in Microsoft SharePoint Server which could allow remote execution as discussed in Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 3058083. The affected software includes all editions of Microsoft SharePoint 2007, SharePoint 2010, and SharePoint 2013. The threat assessment coming from Microsoft is viewed as important being a successful attacker could run arbitrary code in the security context of the W3WP service account on the target SharePoint site.

Therefore it’s time to secure your SharePoint Server since at the time of the release of bulletin...

If you’re ready to stick your toe in the water or just plain jump in head first with excitement about Office 2016, now you can! Microsoft released the preview of Office 2016 for IT Pros and Developers. As the disclaimer states, it doesn’t have all of the features of the final product but it does give you a chance to at least get your feet wet and explore.

So while we don’t know everything that Microsoft has in store for Office 2016, here are a few of things to get excited about:

  • Data Loss Protection (DLP) for Word, PowerPoint, and Excel
  • IT Pros request for Click-to-Run deployment
  • Technical improvements to Outlook...

SharePointalooza is less than two months away! SharePointalooza is a TWO DAY conference offering sessions and technical workshops on all things SharePoint, Office 365, and Yammer.  SharePointalooza takes place at Branson Landing in Branson, Missouri on September 12th and 13th.

 

Please allow us to take a few minutes to explain to you why you  should consider attending SharePointalooza.

 

PRICE - Most multi day SharePoint conferences cost at least $1000 in registration fees. Our registration starts at just $30. In addition, We worked out special rates with the Hilton Convention Center to offer a discounted rate of $139 per...

Posted by in on Apr 29, 2014 .

Hopefully, you read my previous blog, I posted roughly two months ago, where I advised you not to immediately install any Service Pack (SP), Cumulative Update (CU), or Hotfix, unless it was absolutely necessary for your environment. I suggested, and have done so for several years, that you wait two months, to see if there are any issues introduced with the newly released software ‘Update’.

My suggestion is because if there are issues introduced in the ‘update’ they would be discovered by those who chose to, or had to, deploy the recently released update. Unfortunately for them, they will be the ones who discover, report,...