Unable to Delete Search Service Application Databases

February 8, 2016

A while back I was working on a customer’s broken SharePoint farm (and trust me, this was not a healthy beast), and I ran into a situation where I couldn’t delete the Search Service Application (though I resolved that separately), and subsequently the associated databases. The databases were a huge PITA (Pain In The Arse) Read More

Unable to Create New SharePoint Farm “Could not obtain exclusive lock on database”

February 3, 2016

A while ago I was trying to create a farm at a client site and ran into an issue where I couldn’t create the farm because I would receive the error message “Could not obtain exclusive lock on database ‘model’. Retry the operation later.” Just to note, after having gotten past this step (which I’ll Read More

How to Incrementally Migrate Content Using Sharegate

December 31, 2015

A picturesque stroll through the incremental migration process using the Sharegate Migration tool. Start by using the “Copy SharePoint Content” option – do not use “Copy Site Objects”. Choose your source site (and fill in any credentials). Choose a library (this must be done one list or library at a time). Choose your destination. Choose Read More

Resolving Nintex Forms Issue with SharePoint Masterpage (Custom Minimal)

December 22, 2015

We were seeing an issue with Nintex Forms throwing a correlation error in SharePoint 2013 when using a custom masterpage built from a SharePoint minimal masterpage. You can see the error we were seeing below. In this case, the resolution is actually quite easy. All that’s needed is to remove the DeltaSPWebPartManager code block from Read More

Webucator Famoused Me! :)

December 3, 2015

Webucator contacted me a while back asking if they could turn one of my blog posts into a video. I of course agreed, and they’ve posted the video on YouTube below. Filtering a SharePoint List View by Hyperlink This is related to the following blog post. http://mmman.itgroove.net/2014/12/08/filtering-a-sharepoint-list-view-by-hyperlink/ Be sure and check out Webucator’s other SharePoint Read More

Resolving Content Databases are Full Error

October 14, 2015

The Problem Error messages in SharePoint can be scary, but sometimes they’re actually quite useful. Take this one below for example. At first glance, it would appear something is wrong with your databases, and/or you’ve run out of disk space. Error message: The content databases in this cluster are full. You cannot add more Web Read More

Windows 10 for Business Adopters

July 16, 2015

In the wise words of my colleague, Robert Dick… We’ve been chatting internally at itgroove about Windows 10 (and playing with it, of course!) and we are taking a stance regarding corporate adoption that is probably pretty common.  Before you jump on the bandwagon you need to put Windows 10 on a test box and Read More

MVP – Year #3

July 6, 2015

I was deeply fortunate to have been renewed for a third straight year as a Microsoft MVP in SharePoint Server. I would like to thank everyone who assisted me throughout the year, and kept me on the right path to stay on top of my contributions. I look forward to another year of doing my Read More

New Blog Host Provider

June 18, 2015

My blog has recently moved to a new provider, Flywheel. There were some stability issues with my last provider and thus decided to jump ship. Hopefully all will work out well with this new group. In case you’re interested, here’s a link to my new blog provider. https://getflywheel.com/

Blogging from Word 2016 Preview Works Great!

May 4, 2015

I just posted a blog post from the new Office 2016 Public Preview (below). http://mmman.itgroove.net/2015/05/04/onenote-2016-preview-and-onetastic-onecalendar/ It and this post too were made using the new Word 2016 Preview. The interface for posting from Word hasn’t changed much from the Office 2013 experience, except for the obvious colour difference on the Ribbon (at least as of Read More

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