Unable to upload files or add users. Receiving HTTP 403 Forbidden error

Users were unable to upload files or add users to SharePoint sites. Moreover they received  HTTP 403 Forbidden error message when trying to upload or add users. Fix: This is a known issue and needs the hot fix https://support.microsoft.com/kb/934793/ applied on the server! In some cases, another possible cause is: anonymous access…

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“New” Icon Indicator in SharePoint – How to Disable, Replace, Set Duration?

Lots of folks asking me on SharePoint “!New” Indicator. By default, SharePoint 2007/2010 shows “! New” Indicator for 2 days from the creation of a List item/document. It simply indicates its newly added content, such as document or list item. How to Replace New tag in SharePoint 2010? As part of branding,…

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Event ID 3351: SQL database login failed. Login failed for user ‘NT AUTHORITY\ANONYMOUS LOGON’.

After joining a new server to an existing SharePoint farm found this error logged multiple times in the newly added server. Event Log 3351: SQL database login failed. Additional error information from SQL Server is included below. Login failed for user ‘NT AUTHORITY\ANONYMOUS LOGON’. Root cause and fix: This is because SharePoint…

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Install and Configure Office Web Apps for SharePoint 2010

Introduction: Office Web Apps is introduced for the benefit of remote users who don’t have Microsoft Office installed in their machines. This implementation guide walks through step by step on: Installing and Configuring Office Web Apps in SharePoint 2010. Steps Overview To install office web apps in SharePoint 2010, it takes these…

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Search Error 10032: Could not create a database session. Context: Application {GUID} Details: The database connection string is not available

SharePoint 2007 Search on a specific WFE returned “Your search cannot be completed because of a service error. Try your search again or contact your administrator for more information.” while in other WFEs search worked perfectly. This happened after I stopped the search service on a specific server and started it on…

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PSConfig Wizard Configuration Failed: An Update Conflict has occurred, and you must re-try this action. An exception of type Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPUpdatedConcurrencyException was thrown

During Service pack 3 patching on MOSS 2007, SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard ended with Error: Configuration Failed “An exception of type Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPUpdatedConcurrencyException was thrown“, An Update Conflict has occurred, and you must re-try this action. Checked the Update Log file: There is a log event with “An update conflict has…

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SharePoint Configuration wizard stuck and never ending when applying service pack. “SyncUpgradeTimerJob: sleeping for 10 seconds” in Upgrade.log

I was doing a SharePoint 2007 SP3 upgrade, After installing the binaries, I ran SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard. The wizard runs through and then gets stuck on “Performing configuration task 8 of 9”. It hung for 8 hours! I looked in the upgrade.log, The log was full of thousands of…

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Do not delete Files in “C:\Windows\installer” On SharePoint Servers!

Never delete the Install cache folder %windir%\installer to free up some disk space. This will cause serious problems during service pack upgrades!  In one of my cases, It happened. The installer folder was deleted and when I tried installing Service pack 2, It scolded me with this error: “The detection failed, this…

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The secure sockets layer (SSL) certificate sent by the server was invalid and this item will not be crawled – SharePoint Search Error

When starting the full crawl of the default content which includes HTTPS sites, I received the error: “The secure sockets layer (SSL) certificate sent by the server was invalid and this item will not be crawled.” It’s because one of the site was SSL enabled, and Index server is not configured to…

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