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Office Web Apps Server 2013 – Machines are Always Reporting as Unhealthy

February 18, 2015

Wictor Wilen saves the day once again with a great post on how to bring your OWA servers out of their unhealthy state and back to healthy. It isn’t as easy as you might think, and you may be required to make some changes to your SSL certificate(s) or you may be missing features that Read More

Content Database Status Error in Central Admin

February 5, 2015

I recently ran into an issue at a client site where one of their content DB’s was in an “Error” state (Database Status).       The Database name below was found to be in “Error”     The simple resolution to this was to click on the database name in question, and in the dialog that Read More

Fixing broken Search in the SharePoint Help

February 5, 2015

Recently we discovered that the help in our SharePoint site was not working properly when performing an online search for content. Below: 1) Enter Content then 2) Press the search icon. Note that by default SharePoint will be configured to search online first. The result we were seeing was similar to this below: The problem Read More

SharePoint 2013 Moving the Search Index Partition to the WFE

January 11, 2015

Following up on my last post “SharePoint 2013 Moving the Search Query Component to a WFE“, again, I’ve used a variety of others (blog) posts to do this in the past, some of which have gone offline and as such, I wanted to keep track of how to do this for myself, so I’ve gone Read More

SharePoint 2013 Moving the Search Query Component to a WFE

January 11, 2015

I’ve done this a number of times, and have used a variety of others (blog) posts to do this in the past, some of which have gone offline since I first started using them, as such, I wanted to keep track of how to do this for myself, so I’ve gone ahead and grabbed the Read More

SharePoint 2013 Workflow Changes

January 9, 2015

This article is a complete reprint from “SharePoint.Sharron”. As her site is now deprecated, I wanted to ensure this information wasn’t lost to the ether of the interwebs. Many thanks to SharePoint Sharron (Sharon Richardson), and I wish you all the best in your future endeavours. Originally posted here: http://www.sharepointsharon.com/2013/03/sharepoint-workflow/ Complete copy (for my own Read More

Error: The PowerPivot workbook could not be imported. The service account for the workspace database server does not have permission to read from the PowerPivot workbook

January 9, 2015

I recently was working with a customer and trying to get a PowerPivot workbook working. We were running into the following error. I found the following blog post, which helped me get past the issue. http://www.bidn.com/blogs/DevinKnight/ssis/5362/dealing-with-power-pivot-to-tabular-upgrade-errors The recommendation in the blog post is as follows: Translation: The Service Account that is running the SSAS Tabular Read More

Creating a custom callout (in an image library) using JSLink

January 9, 2015

I was reading through the following article recently and found there was a really cool section about how to create a custom callout in an image library (in SP2013) simply using the JSLink override functionality. They even give you all the code you need to do it yourself. Below is an example of what they Read More

SharePoint 2013 Search – Removing Inactive Search Topologies with PowerShell

January 9, 2015

Recently I had a need to get rid of some old search topologies on a customers’ SharePoint farm. I found this awesome line of PowerShell that does exactly that in one neat little package. Get-SPEnterpriseSearchServiceApplication | Get-SPEnterpriseSearchTopology |? {$_.State -eq “Inactive”} |% {Remove-SPEnterpriseSearchTopology -Identity $_ -Confirm:$false}; Many thanks to Chris Rumel and his blog post Read More

6398 – The Execute method of job definition…SPUsageImportJobDefinition

January 9, 2015

I recently ran into the error 6398 on a customer machine and was stumped. The error was something along the lines of this (below). The Execute method of job definition Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPUsageImportJobDefinition (ID [GUID]) threw an exception. More information is included below. Access to the path ‘C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\15\LOGS’ is denied. To resolve Read More

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