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SharePoint 2010 Search Error: "Internal server error exception"

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Configured SharePoint 2010 Search in a new environment. When trying to search, received: Internal server error exception:" Error! Here are some workarounds: Restart the SharePoint timer services/ IIS/ SharePoint Search service / Restart Server Enable "Search Server WebParts" feature on the Site Collection level. Run the "Search and Process" Timer Job Make sure your search service application is associated with right proxy! (Go to Application Management >> Select Configure service application associations under the Service Application heading >>Select the default Application, select Your sevice app, Then click on set as default) ensure that the "SharePoint Server Search" and "Search Query and Site Settings Service" services are running Verify your AAM Settings ensuring that the application pool is assigned correctly Remove and reinstall the search application Install the Hot fix: http://support.micros
SharePoint 2010 Search Error: "Internal server error exception" SharePoint 2010 Search Error: "Internal server error exception" Reviewed by Salaudeen Rajack on 5:37 PM Rating: 5

Configuring iFilter for PDF Search in SharePoint 2010 - Step by Step

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What is iFilter by the way? IFilters are components that allow SharePoint to index content of specific file types, letting users to search for content in those files. Using the SharePoint Search we can find documents based on their filename, metadata or content within a document. By default the content of Office documents is indexed by the SharePoint crawler, but PDF files are not crawled. To add support for PDF files you have to add an I-Filter which the SharePoint crawler uses to read through PDF files and add the information to the search index. There are two steps in configuring PDF Search IFilters for SharePoint 1.        Install the PDF iFilter 2.        Configure the iFilter Installing IFilter The Installation of the iFilter 9.0 has to be done on the Index Server(s) How to install ifilter in SharePoint 2010? Download   and install the iFilter installation file for 64-bit machine from http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=4025 Choose the loc
Configuring iFilter for PDF Search in SharePoint 2010 - Step by Step Configuring iFilter for PDF Search in SharePoint 2010 - Step by Step Reviewed by Salaudeen Rajack on 5:00 PM Rating: 5

Top Navigation bar highlight problem - Resolutions

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SharePoint 2007 fails to highlight correct top navigation tab in some cases. Check for the following causes: Highlight will work ONLY for content pages (not for AllItems.aspx or for /documents) Highlight will work ONLY for relative URL's (Not for http://sites/pages/abc.aspx, But will work for /pages/abc.aspx) Will work if NO duplicates in the current navigation set (i,e. Every menu item should point a unique url) Only for the pages coming for "Pages" directory / Root of the Web Show pages   should be checked under : Site Settings > Modify Navigation  
Top Navigation bar highlight problem - Resolutions Top Navigation bar highlight problem - Resolutions Reviewed by Salaudeen Rajack on 12:21 AM Rating: 5

Tools to Create Mockup for SharePoint Sites

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Looking for Creating Mockups for your SharePoint Site? Here is the wonderful product: Balsamiq URL: http://balsamiq.com/products/mockups SharePoint 2010 balsamiq wire frames: http://mockupstogo.net/prebuilt-sharepoint-elements http://tuney.blogspot.ae/2011/03/sharepoint2010-balsamiq-wireframes.html http://sharepoint.jsturges.com/2011/11/sp2010-wireframe-template/ Visio 2010 comes with Powerful UI wire frame features, You can give a try to it. Don't forget to start with downloading SharePoint stencil for Visio from http://www.den-dopper.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/10/tt_sharepoint2007_visiotemplate.zip http://d32vechvmk8aon.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/SharePoint-Visio-Stencils.zip Other tools: http://www.designervista.com/ http://www.mockupscreens.com/
Tools to Create Mockup for SharePoint Sites Tools to Create Mockup for SharePoint Sites Reviewed by Salaudeen Rajack on 5:59 PM Rating: 5

Migrating InfoPath Forms to SharePoint 2010

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When migrating InfoPath forms to SharePoint 2010, The first show stopper is: Data connections. Data connections are hard coded in the InfoPath Farm. Lets say: we are migrating from MOSS 2007 environment (Say: http://MOSS.Company.com) to SharePoint 2010 (Say: Http://SharePoint.company.com). Doesn't matter whether you Upgrade/Migrate - After the migration all the existing InfoPath Forms will still be pointing to the old URL :http://MOSS.Company.com.. Ouch! Do we need to go to each and every Form, Change the connection to fix this? OMG! Luckily, SharePoint offers a PowerShell cmd-let to fix this issue: Update-SPInfoPathUserFileUrl Update-SPInfoPathAdminFileURL -find <OldUURLtoReplace> -replace <NewURL> In Case, This doesn't help or Form template is missing then you can upload/publish your new template and re-link them. (Under General Settings, click Relink forms to this form library) Technet article addressing this issue: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/
Migrating InfoPath Forms to SharePoint 2010 Migrating InfoPath Forms to SharePoint 2010 Reviewed by Salaudeen Rajack on 4:32 PM Rating: 5

Disk space analyzing utility - Nice one

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I had to do the analysis on my server's disk space, because it was getting reduced time to time. The best utility I found is: Disk Space Fan! it provides nice interface, navigation options.  URL: http://www.diskspacefan.com/index.html More utilities comparison: http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-disk-space-analyzer.htm
Disk space analyzing utility - Nice one Disk space analyzing utility - Nice one Reviewed by Salaudeen Rajack on 6:21 PM Rating: 5

Automating the SharePoint Site owner change process

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I'm the farm administrator of 5000+ site collection. People moving from role to role used to send a mail to me, for changing the site collection owners. hmm, for these requests I've to manually go and check, for which site collection owner needs to be changed, Is the requester is a previous site owner, is the URL provided is valid, etc. How about automating this process? Well, I've done that. Here is the over all idea. Create a list with the fields: URL of the site collection, Reason for change, New Primary owner, New secondary owner,etc. With content approval enabled - Let the end users come and fill this list. Create a .Net console application and place the application under task scheduler in one of the WFE, Let the application run every day, read the pending site ownership change requests, validate and change the site owners programmatically, approve/reject the request and then send a mail to the requester and consolidated mail to farm administrator. Sounds good?
Automating the SharePoint Site owner change process Automating the SharePoint Site owner change process Reviewed by Salaudeen Rajack on 5:58 PM Rating: 5

Build SharePoint Feature to Deploy File System Changes

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With SharePoint solution packages, its possible to port the file system changes and providing Feature based solutions! Lets build a SharePoint 2007 feature to deploy file system changes (12 hive files) using WSP Builder. Here are the steps: 1 . Create a new WSP project ( you need to have WSP Builder installed. If not, get it from CodePlex) 2. Add a New Item  3. Add a New Feature with Receiver code. 2. Add the code in Feature Receiver, Say for e.g. I'm Replacing a image in 12 hive, I've written the following code. using System; using System.Collections.Generic; using System.Text; using Microsoft.SharePoint; using System.IO; namespace FileSystemChangesFeature {     class FileSystemChangesFeature : SPFeatureReceiver     {     public override void FeatureActivated( SPFeatureReceiverProperties properties)         {             //Backup the Original Image NORESULT.gif and Replace with the New image from Features Dire
Build SharePoint Feature to Deploy File System Changes Build SharePoint Feature to Deploy File System Changes Reviewed by Salaudeen Rajack on 7:32 PM Rating: 5

Hide Quick Launch (Left Navigation) in SharePoint 2007 / 2010

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Place the below CSS in Content Editor Web Part (or in your CSS / Master Page/etc) In MOSS 2007: <style> .ms-quicklaunch { display:none } .ms-navframe { display: none } </style> In SharePoint 2010: <style type="text/css"> .v4master #s4-leftpanel { display: none } .v4master .s4-ca { margin-left: 0px } </style> For SharePoint 2013, Use this: Hide Quick Launch Bar in SharePoint 2013
Hide Quick Launch (Left Navigation) in SharePoint 2007 / 2010 Hide Quick Launch (Left Navigation) in SharePoint 2007 / 2010 Reviewed by Salaudeen Rajack on 4:21 PM Rating: 5

No content databases are available for this operation - Error while tyring to restore using stsadm

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My requirement is to rename a site URL, so I took a STSADM backup, then I went to restore using the new URL.  When I ran the restore with the new URL, It resulted the below error: "No content databases are available for this operation. Create a content database, and then try the operation again. To create a content database, click Content databases on the Application Management page, select the Web application to use, and then click Add a content database" The problem is: The GUID of the new site I'm trying to create is the same as an existing site. Solution is:  Delete the old site collection and then run the stsadm -o restore again! Microsoft KB article addresses this issue: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/926321
No content databases are available for this operation - Error while tyring to restore using stsadm No content databases are available for this operation - Error while tyring to restore using stsadm Reviewed by Salaudeen Rajack on 7:09 PM Rating: 5

Site Recycle Bin for SharePoint - Must have Utility

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Site Recycle Bin (formerly known as: Microsoft IT Site Delete Capture) Enables administrators to create a snapshot of site collections and Webs as they are deleted through the SharePoint user interface, the SharePoint Administration Tool, SharePoint 3.0 Central Administration, or SharePoint Designer. By default this tool will only backup sites created from default Microsoft site templates. Refer here for more info: http://sharepointconnoisseur.blogspot.com/2011/04/tips-and-tricks-for-site-recycle-bin.html One important point to ponder here is: If you want to delete any site collection, you have to do it from WFE, and Not from CA server. otherwise this tool will not allow you to delete. Very handy! Download it from the URL: http://governance.codeplex.com /, By the way, Its a WSP file, you have to add, deploy and then activate the feature.
Site Recycle Bin for SharePoint - Must have Utility Site Recycle Bin for SharePoint  - Must have Utility Reviewed by Salaudeen Rajack on 9:45 PM Rating: 5

Disable logging in SharePoint

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In one of my development box, Logs grown rapidly and occupied disk space. By default logs are stored under:   C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\LOGS I wanted to STOP the logging altogether. Here is what I did to disable logging in SharePoint:     Go Central Administration >> Operations >> Logging and Reporting     Click on Diagnostic Logging Customer Experience Improvement Program: select No, I don't wish to participate Error Reports: select Ignore errors and don't collect information Trace log: clear the entire Path.             Click on Usage Analysis Processing Uncheck Enable logging Click on Information Management Policy Usage Reports Uncheck Enable recurring policy usage reports Yeah, of course this should be done only for DEV environment. It's strongly recommended to enable the logging for any of your production servers. Else its impossible  to troubleshoot any errors.
Disable logging in SharePoint Disable logging in SharePoint Reviewed by Salaudeen Rajack on 7:16 PM Rating: 5
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