Come along with me on a small adventure into the world of free SharePoint. Yes, free! SharePoint Foundation 2013 is technically free (well, included in your existing Windows licenses) and can do a whole lot for you without needing to spend significant amounts of money on Server editions. I am going to walk through a mini-series... Continue Reading →
My Users Don’t Like SharePoint because they can’t find what they’re looking for! Part 1
This is Part 5 of my series on 'My Users Don't Like SharePoint...' I've actually heard, at a customer site, while the speaker was unaware their SharePoint consultant was in the next cube, the following: Don't put it in SharePoint, you'll never find it again. It broke my heart... A fairy somewhere lost its wings...... Continue Reading →
Finding a security management solution for SharePoint
I had the opportunity to assist a customer in their decision making process as they looked for a SharePoint security management tool.
Can’t log into SharePoint from the console?
This is an issue I'm seeing a little too often on SharePoint installs. Trying to access a site that is hosted on the same server will prompt for login credentials 3 times then display Page Cannot be Found. From what I've gathered it's a loopback check issue. I don't know all the technical issues behind... Continue Reading →
Effectively reading SharePoint Logs
I don't think anyone actually enjoys reading the SharePoint logs. It can be overwhelming. I've found a few techniques to mastering the logs and finding what you really want, fast. First, you need to crank up diagnostic logging in Central Admin. The default logging levels don't do a good job of reporting everything. So hop... Continue Reading →
SharePoint PowerShell – a newbie’s findings
Yes, at this point in my life, I'm very new to PowerShell, and I'm okay with that. I was hesitant to make the jump, especially for use with SharePoint. Using stsadm for the last 7 years has been my security blanket. PowerShell, the new kid on the block, appeared to be threatening, almost bully like.... Continue Reading →
Creating a new Service Application Proxy Group in SharePoint 2010
As you create and manage service applications in your farm, you may decide to create additional services for different web applications. In my case, it was rather simple. I wanted a web application that didn't use FAST, just the basic search functionality. This was on my development workstation and I wanted to keep some of... Continue Reading →
Sending SharePoint emails through the cloud
It's true! It's possible to send your SharePoint emails through the cloud, or even to your internal email server using authentication or a different port. The trick is to use a local IIS SMTP service to relay the email for you. You can configure the SMTP service to relay email to a specific host and... Continue Reading →