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November 2013 Entries

Using PowerShell to Check AD Schema

Here we are, a cold crisp 20 degree Wednesday in November. I thought to myself…this is not cool (no pun), but you know what is cool?  Yeah, I’m sure you guessed PowerShell’s ActiveDirectory module. Just a quick blog note to show how PowerShell quickly settled a dispute during an upgrade of our AD schema to handle a Windows 2012 DC. Of course this wasn’t a big dispute, many other tools could have been used. The question was had the Schema already been changed to support a 2012 Server. Again, there are many tools that could provide the answer,...

posted @ Wednesday, November 13, 2013 10:22 AM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ ActiveDirectory Powershell ]

Hiding Disabled Users From Exchange Address Book

The other day while reviewing an Exchange 2010 Environment, I noticed a few active mailboxes belonging to disabled users. For obvious reasons this isn’t a good thing, if for nothing else it clutters up the Exchange Address Book. Next thought in my mind…So what’s the best way to hide these disabled users? Having the PowerShell bias that I do in fact have, I had to spend 15 minutes reviewing the options. Use a manual process. This would include disabling the user in AD, followed up with the steps described here. ...

posted @ Tuesday, November 12, 2013 3:15 PM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Exchange 2010 Powershell ]

Create SharePoint 2013 Result Source with PowerShell

In my continued automation efforts, I was looking to convert documentation provided from a consultant into something more…well…automated. In this first of four parts I’ll list out creating a Result Source with Powershell. Subsequent posts (part 2 – 4) will give example of creating Result Types, Query Rules, and Search Navigation. The aim of this effort is to make use of PowerShell in rebuilding, essentially cloning without data, a search service application. This is useful when Microsoft support gives the classic solution of “rebuild” your service application. Doh! It should be noted: This will...

posted @ Thursday, November 7, 2013 7:55 PM | Feedback (0) |

Working with SharePoint Web Parts using PowerShell

First things first. I’m not a developer. I seem to do ok working my way through the SharePoint object model with PowerShell and writing automation scripts, but that doesn’t make me a developer. With that out the way, I do find myself in an odd place with developers neglecting (for whatever reason) to automate population of web parts in the content pages their solution has deployed. An example might be Search Content web part needing to have the proper display template selected for displaying conversations. Ah…My Dev friends (don’t hate me) but why not go that extra mile?  If I can...

posted @ Thursday, November 7, 2013 5:31 PM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ SharePoint Rants Powershell SharePoint 2013 ]

SharePoint 2013 Managed Metadata Service Application (MMSA) Gremlins

  This post objective: To simply document something I can’t explain. First the environment has a single WFE and two different app servers (APP1 and APP2). The SharePoint environment in question is running 2013 RTM bits (I know)… The Timeline Roughly 24 hours ago An unplanned deployment of a custom farm solution. Mostly just an automated deployment of content pages with custom webparts. Nothing out of the ordinary here. The standard post deploy testing revealed nothing out of the ordinary, other than Search and...

posted @ Thursday, November 7, 2013 3:09 PM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ SharePoint Rants SharePoint 2013 ]

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