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iCiber – delivers expert support for SharePoint, IT Operational improvements, Transition & Transformation Programs, Troubleshooting & Performance challenges

Founded in 2016, iCiber delivers expert support for SharePoint, IT Operational improvements, Transition & Transformation Programs, Troubleshooting & Performance challenges. Focus of iCiber is on the Microsoft platforms (e.g. SharePoint, Exchange, Office365, Azure, SQL). Our colleagues from iCiber are Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) or similar levels. iCiber has significant expertise in delivering operational services from offshore centers.

Areas of expertise: Migration of Service Desk Services, Local Support Services, Cross Functional Services (processes & procedures), Mail Services, File Services, Live Collaboration Services (Skype for business), Computer Device Services (Windows 7/Windows 10), Print & Scan Services, SharePoint Services, Stepping Stone Services and Server Management Services, Performance and Operational improvements large SharePoint environment (>50.000 users), Performance and Operational improvements large Exchange environment (>90.000 mailboxes), SQL, VMware

Dertien valkuilen bij een SharePoint migratie en hoe deze te voorkomen

In dit artikel beschrijf ik de dertien belangrijkste valkuilen die ik tegen ben gekomen tijdens SharePoint migratieprojecten bij verschillende organisaties.
1 Gebrek aan kennis
Wat is SharePoint eigenlijk? Kennis is 'the key'. Het maakt niet uit van welke versie naar welke versie van SharePoint wordt gemigreerd:

PowerShell error: The local farm is not accessible. Cmdlets with FeatureDependencyId are not registered.

When you run SharePoint management powershell on your SharePoint 2010 server you get the following error:

The local farm is not accessible. Cmdlets with FeatureDependencyId are not registered

AD import XML script on Codeplex

Project Name: ADsyncXML script –>
Language: PowerShell
Purpose: PowerShell script for (automatically) importing user attribute data into active directory. (source XML, destination AD)
Tested with: Active Directory 2008 (I’am sure it will also works with AD 2012)

SQL Maintenance Plan SharePoint 2010 databases

To maintain good overall databases performance of the SharePoint 2010 databases I use the following SQL maintenance plan. This plan consist of two main parts: - The configuration of each separate databases and database properties settings - The automated maintenance plan, to perform database maintenance task once a week.

Enable FILESTREAM on SQL Server 2008R2

FILESTREAM is a feature of SQL 2008 that supports BLOB file storage on NTFS file shares. This feature is also supported by SharePoint 2010, but first you'll need to enable the feature in SQL 2008R2 server, default the FILESTREAM feature is disabled during the SQL 2008 installation.

Error starting a scheduled SQL 2008R2 Agent Job

When I tried to run the job that was created from a maintenance plan in SQL server 2008 R2, the job failed and gives the following message:
[298] SQLServer Error: 15404, Could not obtain information

Access denied: Business Data Connectivity

After creating an External Content Types and connecting the ECT to a list I received the folloing error: Access denied by Business Data Connectivity

SharePoint 2010 Won’t Open PDFs on client

To open a PDF document in a SharePoint site (instead of saving the PDF first) you need to change the web application setting: "Web Application General Settings". There is a setting called Browser File Handling and by default it is set to strict. Change this setting to "Permissive" and PDF's open with a PDF reader on the Client.

SharePoint 2010 Error (in CoreResultsWebPart::OnInit) when searching

After installing a fresh SharePoint 2010 standard farm I kept on receiving this error when I try to search something in the search center:
CoreResultsWebPart::OnInit: Exception initializing:

SharePoint PowerShell Backup Script with Windows Scheduler

An easy script to backup your SharePoint farm with Windows scheduler. First create a powershell script:
1-Backup a site:
Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell
backup-spsite -identity $args[0] -path $args[1] -force
2-Backup the complete farm:

CustomErrors setting in SharePoint 2010

It's a little bit different than SharePoint 2007, you need to change two web.config files instead of one:

Underneath [systemdrive]:/inetpub/wwwroot/wss/virtualdirectories/
In the layouts directory underneath the SharePoint root directory or 14 hive –

Peoplepicker not showing diabled users

If you don't want that disabled accounts will be show in the people picker of MOSS 2007, than run the following stsadm command to add a filter to the peoplepicker query:
stsadm -o setproperty -propertyname peoplepicker-searchadcustomfilter -propertyvalue

Cannot Destroy Cluster on Windows 2008 R2

I tried to remove a OS cluster with the "Cluster" command but without any succes. After serveral tries I did remove the OS cluster settings from the registry and after a reboot I was able to remove the cluster feature and start all over again to create a new OS cluster.

DPM 2010 create catalog PowerShell script

A little script to do a DPM 2010 restore on item-level to a SharePoint 2010 farm directly after creating the first backup of the SharePoint 2010 environment. Normally every 24 hours, DPM will create a catalogue of the Sharepoint environment in order to allow the item-level recovery.

File Not Found error NewDwp.aspx in SharePoint, adding new web part

Receiving the following error in MOSS 2007 when you try to add a new web part?
File Not Found. at System.Signature._GetSignature(SignatureStruct& signature, Void* pCorSig, Int32 cCorSig, IntPtr

Advance Search webpart, contains is missing

Default the "contains" option is missing in the property select field of the Advance Search Webpart in SharePoint 2007. The reason for this is the hugh load on the SQL server if this option is used to query the SharePoint index. So be careful when adding this option.

SharePoint rewrite issue opening office doc Juniper VPN

I experience a rewriting problem with an Juniper VPN Appliance (SA-2500) and a SharePoint website. When I try to access a SharePoint (2007 & 2010) site after connection with the Juniper VPN, the SharePoint site is displayed fine.

Add User to Farm admin group PS script

I wrote a little script in PowerShell to add users to the Farm Administrator group of a SharePoint environment. You can easily customize this script for other SharePoint groups or import users from a CSV file to import multiple users into a SharePoint Group.

Crawling Large Library`s in SharePoint 2007

I had been experiencing issues crawling a large document library of over 60,000 items in a SharePoint 2007 farm 64x after the index was corrupt and I had to reset the crawled content. The only error I could find in the crawl log was the error “The item may be too large or corrupt.”

Disable Teredo W2k8R2

Disable the Teredo Tunneling Pseudo-Interface adapter with the command prompt in W2k8R2 to avoid problems/errors when creating a cluster:

Start CMD with "run as administrator"

Opening PDF in SharePoint 2010, save first?

When I installed SharePoint 2010 and the PDF iFilter an try to open a PDF file it prompts you to save it rather than opening:

SharePoint 2010 index Adobe PDF documents

Howto for indexing Adobe PDF documents in a SharePoint 2010 environment:
Download and install Adobe’s 64-bit PDF iFilter:
Download the Adobe PDF icon (select Small 17 x 17):

The search request was unable to connect to the Search Service.

After configuring the Search application in SharePoint 2010 I recieved the following error:

The search request was unable to connect to the Search Service.

Search Error: Authentication failed because the remote party has closed the transport stream

A few days ago the following errors startud to show up in one off the WFE servers from a SharePoint farm:

Failed to obtain crawl status. ---> System.Net.WebException: The underlying connection was closed: An unexpected error occurred on a send. --->

Warm Up SharePoint 2010 on W2K8r2 using IIS 7.5 app Warm-up Module

For MOSS 2007 I used a warm-up script but now with SharePoint 2010 installed on Windows 2008 R2 with IIS 7.5 it is possible to use the warm-up module extensions for IIS 7.5. Download this module at:

WSS Usage Application SP2010 PowerShell script

Use this script to create a WSS Usage Application in a SharePoint 2010 farm with a nice DataBase name.

Creating SharePoint 2010 Site Collections with a Powershell Script

I've created the following PowersShell 2.0 script for creating Site Collections in a SharePoint 2010 environment. You can define the following variables:

Create a new Managed path (Explicit or not)
Create a new Content Database or use a existing one

MOSS 2007 Workflow: An error has occured in Approval

If you create a custom approval workflow in a document library and select this option on the customize workflow screen:
[x] Update the approval status (use this workflow to control content approval)

SharePoint maybe report the following error:

SharePoint Designer & User information List Metadata in a Workflow

I was building a workflow in SharePoint Designer and sometimes you need some metadata, for extra information or for an e-mail, from a SharePoint user. The problem is SharePoint Designer returns only the username and you cannot do a lookup for the the rest of the metadata from that user.

Tuning MOSS 2007 Peoplepicker if responstime is Unacceptable.

I used the following two stsadm commands to improve the performance of the MOSS 2007 peoplepicker:
Specify the domains to query:

stsadm -o setsiteuseraccountdirectorypath -path

Server administration programs and the Windows SharePoint Services Web applications on this Web server are not compatible

Server administration programs and the Windows SharePoint Services Web applications on this Web server are not compatible

I got this error when trying to update the peoplepicker query with the stsadm peoplepicker-searchadcustomquery command. In my case I did use a wrong URL, that gave this error.

Removing Invalid SharePoint 2007 Features

Removing Invalid SharePoint 2007 Features or features without a feature.xml:

1. Run the WssAnalyzeFeatures tool and view the Problems Log for invalid feature id (guids)
2. Try running STSADM -o deactivatefeature -id %featureIdFromLogFile% -force
3. Try running STSADM -o uninstallfeature -id %featureIdFromLogFile% -force

PowerShell script create WebApp and Site Collection SharePoint 2010

With the following powershell script you can build webapplications and site collections in SharePoint 2010:
#Include the SharePoint cmdlets
#Add-PsSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell

Create a DPM Recovery farm

Tutorial to create a DPM recovery farm (MOSS 2007):

Open the SharePoint 3.0 Central Administration console from the Start Menu.
Once the SharePoint 3.0 Central Administration console is open, click on the Application Management

Create a Search Service SharePoint 2010 with PowerShell

To create and configure a Search Service for SharePoint 2010 with Powershell you can use the following script:

Reviewed this Script 24 september 2010 --> changed some code to create databasesnames without GUID's...

Trim auditData table

If the audittable grows to fast, you can use the Trimauditlog features of STSADM to delete audit entries older than a certain date.

For example (To specify a date of July 4, 2008, and the content database name WSSContent123456, you would use the following syntax:):

Install SharePoint SharePoint 2010 on Windows 7 OS

This is a quick tutorial to install SharePoint 2010 on a Windows 7 OS, this is a great way to create a quick development environment for MOSS 2010. Because the default installation works only for Windows Server 2008, you must edit one configuration file and install many of the prerequisites manually.

Proxy error RSS feeds MOSS 2007

If you use the RSS feeds webpart for a internet feed in MOSS 2007 and your farm uses a proxy server you will recieve this error:

ProtocolError occured trying to complete the request.

Configure MOSS 2007 Site Usage Reports

Steps to Configure Site Usage Reporting

1. Enable Usage Logging in Central Administration
A. On the Central Administration home page, click Operations.
B. On the Operations page, in the Logging and Reporting section, click Usage analysis processing.

The crawler could not communicate with the server

The crawler could not communicate with the server. Check that the server is available and that the firewall access is configured correctly

This is a rather generic error message and I found out that it generally covers problems communicating with the index server

Failure trying to sync

If you've had errors in your event logs like these:

failure trying to synch site [SITE GUID} for ContentDB [contentdb GUID] WebApp [web app GUID]. Exception message was Access is denied. (Exception from HRESULT: 0×80070005 (E_ACCESSDENIED

Web Application not propagating to all WFE in farm

If a web application is not propogated to all the WFE in the farm you can use the following stsadm option on the WFE where the webapplication is missing:
stsadm -o execadmsvcjobs

Trial period for this product has expired

When you have a fully licensed RTM version of MOSS 2007 running on a Server and you go to the Page Settings page and try to change the Page Layout from one to another I got this error:

FireFox and SharePoint 2007

If you want FireFox and SharePoint 2007 work with NTLM an SSO authentication, you have to go to your Firefox address bar and type about:config. This will bring up the internal config editor, which allows you to set all kinds of properties that influence Firefox’s behavior.

User info sync problem in MOSS 2007

If synchronization of User info (profiles) between the SSP and the content databases failing to sync properly, than there are some old database GUIDs around in your SharePoint farm.

How it get's broken, how we fix it?

VS2008 Faulting application devenv.exe

This issue occurs when you use VS2008 on a remote server and connect with tools like VNC. It is most likely a buffer overflow error. When you connect to the remote machine with Remote Desktop (mstsc) the problem won't occur.

Adjust Site theme options

Delete the themes in the SPTHEMES.XML file, you can find this file in the 12templatelayouts#language number# folder. No need to execute an IIS reset.

SharePoint Manager 2007

A freeware stand-alone application for managing a MOSS 2007 envirnoment. Click here to download.

Why do Site Collections not update with user Profile details?

Why do Site Collections not update with user Profile details?

The main reason for confusion around the updating (sync’ing) of My Profile details into site collections and team sites is that it is now based on if the user is Active. As part of the upgrade to V3 Microsoft introduced the idea of users being active in a site rather than just having access.

Use reportviewer and together with MOSS 2007

To use reportviewer version and reportviewer together with MOSS 2007, add the following rule in the web.config on all WFE:

Disable the loopback check solves IIS problem with MOSS 2007

Disable the IIS loopback check

Follow these steps:
1. Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
2. In Registry Editor, locate and then click the following registry key:

Howto remove title column from List

To Remove Title column from List follow the following step:
1>Go List setting > Advance setting > check Yes to Allow Contetnt Type
2>Go List Setting >Select Content Type Item > then Select Title > Select Hidden(Will Not Appear in Form)

Reportviewer Error K2 Blackpoint & MOSS 2007

After installing BlackPoint K2 with MOSS 2007 and you try opening the MOSS usage reports you can receive the following error:

The Report Viewer Web Control HTTP Handler has not

Create a new Permission level

Open the SharePoint site in the browser.
On the Site Actions menu, click Site Settings.
On the Site Settings page, under Users and Permissions, click Advanced

Restore SP website from Database backup in different SP environment

Restore the backup from the SharePoint Database into another SharePoint environment, for example the test or acceptation SharePoint environment. Add the restored SharePoint database to a new site collection with this stsadm commando:

Guid should contain 32 digits with 4 dashes (xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx)

The solution to solve the following error in MOSS:

Guid should contain 32 digits with 4 dashes (xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx)

Clear the SharePoint Configuration Cache

If you experience issues with WSS and MOSS timer jobs failing (MOSS Logging) , clearing the configuration cache on the farm is a possible method for resolving the issue. The config cache is where we cache configuration information (stored in the config database) on each server in the farm.

Delete a default SSP (Shared Service Provider) in MOSS 2007

How do I delete the default SSP?

The default SSP can be deleted only if its the only SSP in the farm. To delete it, either type in the URL:

User alert error

If you receive the following error on the "user alerts" page:

Object reference not set to an instance of an object. at Microsoft.SharePoint.ApplicationPages.SiteSubsPage.OnLoad(EventArgs

Enable output caching MOSS

Enable output caching and assign the cache profile to the right section of your web site.

First create a cache profile or use a default one provided by MOSS 2007 (Site actions->Site

Enable usage statistics

Enable Windows SharePoint Services usage logging

Before you can enable usage reporting in a SSP, you must first enable Windows SharePoint Services usage logging for the farm hosting the Web application containing the SSP.

‘Error: Access Denied’ error on creating a new page in MOSS 2007

The option to create a page was appearing in their ‘Site Actions’ menu, so this didn’t appear to be a security problem (or this would have been security trimmed), and after inspecting the group permissions which had full control, and the permissions for the group, which allowed the group ‘create page’ permissions

Edit in Datasheet error

Problems with functionality in edit in Datasheet:
When open the Document Libray and choose Actions => Edit Datasheet, it comes nothing and no Error Message.

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