SharePoint 2007 error "Trial Version has expired" after you install 2007 Microsoft Office servers Service Pack 2

  A client recently had an issue with Excel services breaking in their farm post deployment of some patches in the farm. The error that was being thrown was "Trial Version has expired" when you would try to view an Excel workbook in the browser. There is a hotfix that MS provded for this issue as SP2 incorrectly changed the license activation information on the farm. In order to correct his issue the following hotfix needs to be applied to all servers in the farm and the configuration wizard run. After this the error will be corrected and Excel... Read More →
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Unable to delete search service application in SharePoint 2010 farm

  While working with a client recently I ran into an issue where a search service application had been previously created, however it seemed to have become corrupted as you were unable to perform any additional configuration or search any content. When you would go into the service application it would just constantly spin at refreshing the components and never display.  We tried to delete the service application via Central Administration and the progress bar would just spin and eventually time out. No worries, PowerShell to the rescue. We ran... Read More →
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SharePoint 2013 Limiting Characters in the Rich Text Editor control Looks Hard, But it isn't

After browsing the internet for an hour trying to find tips on how to limit the number of characters in SharePoint 2013's Rich Text Editor control, I ended up with a lot of "solutions" that didn't work.  A lot of the examples say to use jQuery and use the selector $("textarea[title$='FieldName']") which just wasn't working.  After pulling up the dev tools in Internet Explorer I see that the Rich Text Editor control is actually a DIV with special formatting to make it look like a textarea. So to get this working I had to do the following: Open... Read More →
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Error in configuration wizard while trying to add a new SharePoint Server to an existing Farm after resetting the Farm passphrase

  While working with a customer I recently ran into an issue with the farm pass phrase and joining an new server into the farm. The pass phrase had been forgotten and had to be reset. It was reset and shortly after a new server had to be added to the farm. When we tried to add the server to the farm we encountered the error below. Failed to connect to the configuration database. An exception of type System.InvalidOperationException was thrown.  Additional exception information: There was an error encrypting or decrypting credentials. Either a... Read More →
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What’s new in SharePoint Server 2016 Installation and Deployment

  With the release of the SharePoint 2016 RC there is more and more information that is popping up around new features and functionality that are available in the new release. For those of us that are more focused on the design and deployment of the platform a more detailed overview of what we should expect is needed. Rather than trying to recreate the wheel and rehash content that has already been released in a satisfactory way I wanted to share a great article on the topic written by Bill Baer of Microsoft. As is standard these days, Bill... Read More →
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SharePoint 2013: Centering Promoted Links: Quickly and Easily

Using Google you can get 100s of articles about formatting SharePoint 2013 Promoted Links in every way possible... except on how to center them on a page.  If you've worked with SharePoint 2013 before and attempted to override the default CSS styles then you already know what a pain it can be.  Besides the overly complicated HTML structure of SharePoint (nesting, random iFrames, table inside a div inside another table...), adding custom CSS to a SharePoint page always makes me wonder "Great, what is this going break?" Centering the SharePoint... Read More →
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Microsoft Releases SharePoint Server 2016 RTM Bits

  It is about to get busier now that Microsoft has released the 2016 RTM bits. You can find further information on the release and the download. SharePoint 2016 RTM is released SharePoint 2016 RTM download Get out there and check out the new features and capabilities that are in 2016.   I can be reached at Jonathan.Hicks@incworx.com or you can visit our website at http://www.incworx.com Contact us if you need assistance with your SharePoint migrations and exploring SharePoint 2016 Read More →
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SharePoint 2013 Distributed Cache Fix

Overview: There is a known bug in SharePoint Distributed Cache when using AppFabric pre-CU4. These issues can be fixed by applying the latest AppFabric CU and enabling the background garbage collection feature. It is also recommended to make the changes to the Distributed Cache and STS configs that we have outlined in our process. Since Distributed Cache is involved in caching credentials in a SharePoint environment it is not surprising to find out that a misconfiguration of this cache can cause a wide variety of issues that can be difficult to... Read More →
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SharePoint 2016 and the 5,000 item list view threshold

  In SharePoint 2010 and 2013 there was always the wall you would hit for those large lists and libraries that exceeded 5,000 items being returned in a view. There were ways to work around this, but they all required some manual steps to be taken. While reviewing over some of the new features in SharePoint 2016 one caught my attention that looks like it could be very useful. The feature is around how libraries with over 5,000 items are now handled. In the past you would have to index columns in the library to help with this or perform other... Read More →
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Searching External Data in SharePoint 2010 Using Business Connectivity Services

  While working with a client recently on search and BCS I ran across a very good article that I thought would be worth sharing. If you have not worked with search and BCS in the past it can be a bit confusing to understand how it all works together. Eric White put together a very thorough article that not only covers over using search to pull back items via the BCS, but it also covers over some detail on creating external content types and implementing the entire solution. You can find Eric's article here. There are plenty of articles out... Read More →
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Blank browser pages for Audit Log Reports in SharePoint 2007

  While working with a colleague on a recent issue with SharePoint 2007 audit reports we ran across a strange issue. Auditing was enabled for the site collections, links to the reports were available, and there were no errors being generated when you would click on the different reports. All you would get when trying to run any of the reports was a blank page. We had never run into this before so started digging into the issue to see what we could find. There was little information being logged in the ULS logs when it would happen and nothing... Read More →
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Saving MPP to SharePoint site from Project fails

  A handy feature that can used in both SharePoint 2013 On Premise and SharePoint Online is the integration features with the Microsoft Project client. This enables you to create project plans in the project client and then upload these plans directly to a SharePoint task list so that tasks are built out in the list based on your plan. You then have the ability to manage the tasks either from the project client or the SharePoint site. When performing some testing on this functionality I ran into a strange issue. I was able to connect to the... Read More →
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SharePoint 2016 Release Candidate

Microsoft announced recently that the SharePoint 2016 Release Candidate is now available for download from the Microsoft Download Center. This is released as an update to the SharePoint 2016 Beta 2 which can also be downloaded from Microsoft here. Microsoft is touting some new features that will add significant value for admins, developers and end-users alike. These include Enhanced IT, Consistent Development and better end-user productivity.   Download SharePoint 2016 Beta 2   Download the RC patch I can be reached at eric.hager@incworx.com or... Read More →
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List views fail to load with error TypeError: Cannot read property after installing recent Windows Updates on SharePoint servers

  I was recently working with a client on monthly patching on one of their SharePoint farms when I ran into an issue post deployment. After the Windows updates were deployed there were issues with lists no longer loading and throwing the error below. I loaded up ULS viewer and had a look in the logs and the same errors were occurring repeatedly there as well. I began researching the issue and looking again at the Windows updates that had been deployed. I started looking at the individual details again on the updates and researching any reported... Read More →
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Managing Multiple Remote Desktop connections

As a Senior SharePoint Consultant at Incworx, I manage a large number of clients. Each client could then potentially have a number of environments and each environment can have multiple servers. Many of our clients have up to a dozen servers in some environments. Managing all of these servers in separate Remote Desktop windows can get tedious and confusing, so I like to use Remote Desktop Connection Manager which is a free utility that you can download from Microsoft. You can get a breakdown of fixes and new features as well as some... Read More →
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Clear the SharePoint Configuration Cache the easy way

  There are times when you can encounter issues in SharePoint that require you to have to clear the configuration cache. This used to be a bit of a pain as you has to manually stop and start services on servers in the farm, delete files, and then start the service back up. It was not a difficult task, but it could be time consuming and a pain.  Many of us would put together scripted methods to help ease this pain which would make it less of a chore. If you have not put together a custom script to take care of this for you and are still doing it... Read More →
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Office 365 Import Service—migration to SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business just became easier

  For anyone that has performed a migration to SharePoint Online you know how painful the slow transfer rates and data migration times can be. This is especially painful for customers that have very large amounts of data. To assist with this Microsoft has released some new tools to help with getting this data moved over faster. This also will allow you to move entire sites to the cloud without using a migration tool. You can either package the data up and upload it to azure or if you have large amounts of data you can actually ship your hard... Read More →
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Switching C2WTS back to Local System account

In SharePoint 2013 by default the C2WTS runs as the Local System account. This does not work properly for Kerberos authentication and needs to be switched to a domain account. In some instances, you may decide you want to change this back to run as the Local System account, but you will find that the Local System account is no longer available as an option in the "Configure service accounts" section of Central Administration. The following process should get you where you need to go. Step 1.  You will need to get the ID of the C2WTS service... Read More →
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IIS Log parsing

  A topic that comes up frequently with clients and others in the field is around how to gather useful data from the IIS logs in order to report on SharePoint site activity and usage. You would think that by now there would be some simpler and straightforward ways to achieve this. There are tools available to assist with this, but it still never seems as straight forward as it really should be. The tool that usually comes up is Log parser. You can find more information on this tool at the Microsoft site here. This tool started completely... Read More →
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PSConfig Fails with Missing / Required Error Message After Applying CU or Service Pack

I was recently installing the Dec 2015 CU on a new SharePoint 2013 deployment and ran into a strange issue after the installation was complete and I was running PSCONFIG on the servers. When I kicked it off on the first server I received an error that the following components were missing from the second server in the farm. The following is missing on "Server1" Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2013 Core Microsoft SharePoint Portal Microsoft User Profiles Microsoft Shared Components PerformancePoint Services for SharePoint Microsoft Visio... Read More →
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