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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 ]

A Lesson About Notes Restricted Groups

This is an experience (rant) I share for the sake of those who may have something similar in their lives. As of this writing I am leading a Lotus Notes 8.5 to Exchange 2010 migration. Our requirements drove the usage of a co-existence solution offered by companies such as Binary-Tree or Quest. Co-existence is defined as sharing a single mail namespace between Exchange and Lotus Notes. In our case Binary-Tree was chosen, however their co-existence solution fell somewhat short when it came to preserving functionality for migrated users in need of the ability to send mail to restricted mail groups in...

posted @ Thursday, December 6, 2012 10:22 AM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Rants Lotus Notes Migration Exchange 2010 Exchange ]

An Awesome SharePoint Migration Tool

As I prepare for our next SharePoint user group meeting, I have to take a moment to send out a shout of praise and thanks to the folks at Sharegate.  Thank You for making such a great migration tool, it's as your slogan indicates a "no brianer" For those of you not familiar with the Sharegate, I suggest you get that way. But first allow me to share some of the back story of how this blog post came to be. Rewind roughly six weeks ago, we (my co-workers) were in the middle of a SharePoint deployment where we came to the conclusion we would...

posted @ Tuesday, September 11, 2012 6:45 PM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ SharePoint Rants SharePoint 2010 ]

AD User Attribute Reference

I know, like the blogging world needs yet another post on AD User Attributes. There are so many out there and countless other message boards however, as I set and listen to Bill Withers sing his classic song "Lean On Me" I can't help but think maybe I should put a fresh post out for those who are new to SharePoint and new to this whole thing called AD. I know what your thinking, why waist the energy on something this simple. I have only one answer. Because it must be done. SharePoint loves to consume external data if given the chance. That said...

posted @ Wednesday, March 14, 2012 7:47 PM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ SharePoint ActiveDirectory Rants ]

Codecs – You know I hate ‘em

As I continue my quest to make lemonade out of the proverbial lemons tossed my way during the course of a day I leave you with the following tidbit on codec's. Since web development really isn't my strong point this many may consider this common sense but for the administrator such as myself codec's are a pain, especially when they don’t play well with Microsoft (or vice versa) and you aren't particularly an expert on them.  The problem: Streaming Application wouldn't play sound on Windows 7 machine because of missing Sipro Lab Telecom ACELP.net codec. ...

posted @ Tuesday, July 13, 2010 12:07 PM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Windows 2008 Rants ]

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