SharePoint Farm Passphrase: What is that? How to Reset?

What is Farm Passphrase? Farm Phrase is a new security feature introduced in SharePoint 2010. When you need to join the new server to an Existing SharePoint farm, you need to enter this Farm Phrase password. While adding a new server via psconfig wizard, You have to enter the Farm’s pass phrase,…

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Consistent Top Navigation Menu across All site collections in SharePoint 2010

Requirement: Display a consistent Top Navigation Menu for across site collections in SharePoint. We can fulfill this requirement by using custom sitemap providers in SharePoint. Here are the steps at high level Create your own sitemap file in Layouts folder Add a Site Map Provider in web.config file Add a SiteMapDataSource to…

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Fix for “This page has encountered a critical error. Contact your system administrator if this problem persists.”

Suddenly after a SharePoint solution deployment sites went down with this error message: “This page has encountered a critical error. Contact your system administrator if this problem persists.” To reveal the actual error, Enabled the stack trace and disabled the custom error attributes in web.config, Got this detailed error: Line 1: <%@…

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How to Create a Custom List Definition for SharePoint 2010 in Visual Studio?

So you have got a custom list created and wanted to make it as a List definition, so that anyone can create instances of the list which has lot of customized columns. Well, Creating a List definition is relatively simpler in SharePoint 2010. Follow these steps to create a custom list definition…

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SQL Server Best Practices for SharePoint

Introduction SharePoint stores most of the data in SQL Server. Stress on SQL servers causes stress on front-end servers, which ultimately degrades the user experience. Healthy SQL Server = Healthy SharePoint! So here are the best practices for SQL Server with SharePoint 2010. Whether SQL Server 2005 or SQL  Server 2008 or…

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