The filtering process could not be initialized. Verify that the file extension is a known type and is correct

On analyzing SharePoint search crawl logs, found many instances of the error: “The filtering process could not be initialized. Verify that the file extension is a known type and is correct” Root cause:This is because, SharePoint server 2007 search crawler doesn’t recognize Office 2010 file types (such as .docx, .pptx, .xlsx,etc). Solution:…

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SharePoint 2013 Image Carousel (Rotating Banner) using Content Search Web Part

SharePoint 2013 brought an excellent web part to get content from the search index, called “Content search web part”. Using the content search web part, We can build a simple image rotator or the content slider in few steps. Content Search Web part is available only on SharePoint 2013 enterprise edition! Step…

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Manage My Site Promoted Sites in SharePoint 2013

As the name indicates, SharePoint 2013 promoted sites provides a way to list important sites to the user community. These promoted sites appear under “Sites” section of user’s My site. For promoted sites to work, we need user profile service application up and running(Obviously, we need SharePoint server at least, as UPA…

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Change Content Type of Existing Items in SharePoint using PowerShell

Requirement: We’ve an existing document library with 100’s of Sales proposal documents in it. To enforce standardization, sales team created a content type “Sales Proposal”. We got a requirement to change content type of all existing documents stored in a particular document library with the default content type “Document”. In other words,…

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Copy Users from One SharePoint Group to Another using PowerShell

Recently, I had a requirement to copy users from one SharePoint group to another group. Unfortunately, SharePoint doesn’t support nested groups. Simply renaming the group didn’t help us! Well, there is no direct way to copy users from one group to another, but without having to retype each user IDs, you can…

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“The server could not complete your request” Error in SharePoint Designer

All of a sudden, SharePoint designer 2013 started giving an error message “The server could not complete your request. For more specific information, click the Details button” when tried opening SharePoint 2013 sites. I’ve experienced this error with SharePoint 2010 sites also. First and foremost, check your server’s event log for potential…

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Create SharePoint Link List using PowerShell

PowerShell script to create Link list in SharePoint: Refer the Microsoft documentation for all list template types: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dotnet/api/microsoft.sharepoint.splisttemplatetype?view=sharepoint-server

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