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Azure VM Issue–The Local Security Authority Cannot Be Contacted

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Filed under Cloud Practice, SharePoint

I’ve been running my SharePoint dev environments in the Cloud lately. It makes a lot of sense to me, I need AD, SQL and SharePoint and I find that for less than $5 a day I can run those easily as AZURE VMs.

When I’m not using them I shut them down so I’m not paying for them.

This morning I had an interesting issue crop up though. When I tried to remote into my SharePoint VM I was getting a message “The Local Security Authority cannot be contacted”. It refused to authenticate my domain account.

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Items missing from Search Results in SharePoint 2013

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Filed under Enterprise Search, SharePoint

We’ve been pretty busy the last few months putting the finishing touches on a new SharePoint 2013 Intranet for a client. One of the features we have been asked to implement is a detailed search page that pulls information from a third party financial asset management solution.

We have built what I think is a pretty elegant solution using BCS and SharePoint Search that is going to work quite well.

However, during QA a strange issue cropped up. When doing a search for assets, some of them would not appear in the search results.

We were ordering the results based on an asset Id field so I thought it could have been something to do with sort.

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How is a hand sanitizer dispenser like SharePoint?

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Filed under SharePoint
I’ve just been to my local grocery store and as I was leaving I spotted a hand sanitizer dispenser hanging on a wall accompanied by those ominous “wash your hands or else!” signs. Of course being the clean living guy that I am, I wandered over, put my hand under it and … nada. Nothing came out because it was empty. On reflection I think this has been my experience with these 9 times out of 10. Read More »

Changing SharePoint to use a SQL Availability Group Listener

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Filed under SharePoint, Software Architecture

I had an interesting issue crop up from a client this week. They were testing failover of their High Availability cluster and for some reason SharePoint wasn’t working after failover.

It turns out that SharePoint had been installed months ago, before the SQL Availability Group was configured. Production SharePoint was pointing to the SQLServer\Instance name in the form of Cluster\Prod. Ideally if you are planning to use High Availability then SharePoint should be installed with this in mind.

In order for SharePoint to failover successfully with SQL, we need to change the SharePoint database server to point to the SQL Availability Group listener instead. The listener will then handle redirecting to the active node.

Changing the SharePoint environment to use the AG Listener was actually a lot easier than you (or at least I) would think.

After stopping all the SharePoint services, I simply configured a SQL Alias to let SharePoint continue to use Cluster\Prod even though in reality it was now connecting to the AG Listener:

 

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We tested the failover again and this time it worked successfully.

Updating your SharePoint Newsfeed from Lync 2013

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Filed under .NET, Lync, Productivity, SharePoint

If you are not familiar with the SharePoint 2013 Newsfeed, it allows your SharePoint users to keep their team up to date on what is going on and what they are working on. It is a great tool for increasing social collaboration in the workplace.

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Other team members can see a quick feed of their colleagues updates through out the day.

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Another Microsoft Office product, Lync, provides a “What’s happening today?” field that also lets you update your colleagues on what you are up to. Pretty similar to what the SharePoint Newsfeed does. Read More »

Troubleshooting SharePoint 2013 upgrade issue “Content database cannot be upgraded due to use of the obsoleted External Binary Storage feature”

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Filed under SharePoint, Software Architecture

I’m in the middle of a large upgrade project for a client. They are currently live on SharePoint Enterprise 2007 and are upgrading to SharePoint 2013.

The process is very well documented via Technet but in summary we migrate to SharePoint 2010 first and then migrate from there to 2013.

The SharePoint 2010 migration piece went very well, there were missing features and custom deployments that needed to be fixed of course but the site is now successfully running on a SharePoint 2010 test farm with no issue.

So next I setup our test 2013 farm to begin the initial test migration to SharePoint 2013. After testing the root content database I fixed any missing features and deployments. However when I attempted to run the upgrade I got the following error:

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Out of the box document generation in SharePoint

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Filed under SharePoint

From time to time I’ve seen people asking how to get SharePoint to generate documents for them. Obviously there are a lot of 3rd party products out there that will do this for you, but I wanted to show a reasonably simple way of doing this using just the SharePoint UI and SharePoint Designer.

This will really work for SharePoint 2007 up to 2013 but for this demo I am going to use SharePoint 2010.
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SharePoint 2013 Prerequisites error – Workaround

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Filed under .NET, SharePoint, Software Architecture

While setting up our new intranet I hit an issue deploying SharePoint 2013 prerequisites on our Windows Server 2012 VM. The error stated “unable to install application server role” and linked to the error logs for my viewing pleasure.
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