HTTP 401 Unauthorized Error – Unable to Browse FQDN Site from SharePoint Servers?

Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 have a security feature that prevents the WFE itself from browsing to FQDN server names (i.e., intranet.company.com) it hosts. This is only an issue from the web server and does not affect external clients. “You are not authorized to view this page” Solution: Disable Loopback Check!…

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The Farm is unavailable Error – while running stsadm

Another day, when I was trying to activate a feature by running STSADM, it resulted with an Error message to me saying: “The Farm is unavailable” The cause of this issue is: I was running STSADM under an account which doesnt has the access to SQL Server! Once I ran the command…

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IFilters in SharePoint – What is that? why should I care about? How do I configure them?

What is IFilters in SharePoint? Well, as per Microsoft: “The IFilter interface scans documents for text and properties (also called attributes). It extracts chunks of text from these documents, filtering out embedded formatting and retaining information about the position of the text.” Out of the box, SharePoint will index many types of…

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Creating Fusion Charts in SharePoint with SharePoint Designer – Simple way

Fusion Charts is a great free product, it helps us to create animated & interactive charts for web & enterprise applications. We can use fusion charts to display our SharePoint list data! So, Here I’m going to show, how to use fusion charts in SharePoint with simple example. Here are the 10…

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SharePoint Permissions: Read Vs View Only – What’s the Difference?

Wonder, What is the difference between Read and View only permission in SharePoint? Here is the difference between Read and View Only: With view only permission, users can not View/Download the documents into the client applications, like Microsoft Excel! (But downloading the documents is possible, like saving the document to their local…

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Manage Blocked File Types in SharePoint

Recently another user came to me saying, He got the below error while he tried uploading a file to SharePoint: “The following file(s) have been blocked by the administrator” This is because: The user tried uploading .OCX files, which were in the blocked file type. Here is what I did to allow…

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SharePoint Branding: Best tools and links to start with

So, Decided to brand your SharePoint site? Here are the nifty tools to help you out. SharePoint Designer 🙂 SharePoint Branding Tool – Modify Master page, Logo, etc for Multiple sites once: http://brandingtool.codeplex.com/ Use Developer Tools for Firefox (previously known as: Firebug) or IE Developer toolbar for IE http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=e59c3964-672d-4511-bb3e-2d5e1db91038&displaylang=en Here are the…

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My Favorite SharePoint Tools & Utilities – Top 50 List

Here is the list of Top 30 Best Free SharePoint Tools for SharePoint Development / Administration / Monitoring / Troubleshooting Tools and utilities to make our SharePoint work easier, faster, and efficient. 1. SharePoint Manager 2007 / 2010 / 2013 The SharePoint Manager is a SharePoint object model explorer to give a…

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