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Free Turkey Today!

Update: I am an idiot. Here is the link to sign up. https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/920583097  Unfortunately it isn’t the kind you eat it is just more of Shane and Todd’s cheeky shenanigans. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, two of SharePoint’s biggest Turkeys are putting on a free webinar from 3 to 4 PM EST today 11/23/2011. The […]

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Find me at SharePoint Conference

Hopefully your bags are packed and you are ready to head to the Anaheim for the sold out SharePoint Conference next week. I know I am excited. Quickly I wanted to give you a list of my sessions and other events where you can stop by to say hello or heckle (whichever you prefer) next […]

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After SharePoint 2010 database attach upgrade alerts have the wrong URLs

Database attach upgrades seem to be the norm these days for customers upgrade from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2010. I am assuming the reason for this is because they are very flexible and generally work pretty well. One of the flexible things about these type of upgrades is you can change your web application URL. […]

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Using PowerShell to export all solutions from your SharePoint 2010 farm and other fun

Yesterday my client presented a fun little challenge. They have one 2010 production farm they have been using for the last couple of months. On it they have about 25 WSPs that their developers have created. (Insert funny developer joke here. Probably something about a 1000 developers, a keyboard, and creating a Shakespeare novel.) They […]

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PowerShell doesn’t show all of your SharePoint 2010 content databases

Today SharePoint managed to freak me out for a few minutes. I was looking at a customer’s farm and when I ran the PowerShell cmdlet Get-SPContentDatabase it was only returning one content databases even though my farm has two content databases. The output looked like this. So then I thought about it and figured I […]

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A new SharePoint training company

Who could it possibly be? It’s SharePoint911, of course! I can hear it now: “But don’t you guys already do training?” Actually, the majority of our team has done SharePoint training for years, but for the most part we have we have done it under the umbrella of other training companies. We have written at […]

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Search Database GUID issue

So in the quest to have no GUIDs I wrote the blog post How to remove the GUIDs from the SharePoint search service application databases to great fan fair. After reviewing my VM and other servers I have performed the steps on I have found the error message below. (Text and image included to help […]

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Rename the SharePoint 2010 PerformancePoint database to remove the GUID

When I build a farm with the intention of not having any GUIDs I use the Central Administration page Manage Service Applications to create most of my service applications. And for most of the service application that have databases the GUI gives me the chance to name the database, which means I can avoid having […]

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Getting rid of GUIDs in SharePoint 2010 database names

It is like your typical battle of good vs. evil. SharePoint 2010 has a secret plot to run the world out of GUIDs and between you and me I think it has a good shot of accomplishing its goal. Well, me and boy wonder (aka Todd) have seen the pain and suffering they are trying […]

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SharePoint 2010 database attach upgrade with managed paths

This week I found a new to me issue with doing a database attach upgrade from 2007 to 2010. It seems if your 2007 content database has additional wildcard managed paths (anything other than /sites) that when you upgrade that database to SharePoint 2010 that you will end up with a bunch of explicit managed […]

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