Fix “We can’t connect to the specified SharePoint site” in SharePoint 2013 – OneDrive for Business Error

In our SharePoint 2013 setup, few users reported they are facing issues while trying to setup sync from SharePoint document library. “Microsoft OneDrive for Business Error – We cant connect to the specified SharePoint site…” Root Cause: We found this issue occurs mostly with Non-Internet Explorer browsers! E.g. from Firefox or from…

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How to Sync SharePoint 2013 Document Library with Local Folder?

In SharePoint Server 2013, users can perform two way sync between files stored in SharePoint document libraries and their local machine. The OneDrive for Business sync client performs the synchronization of files between document libraries and the user’s local disk, So that users can take their files offline from SharePoint, work on…

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Find and Replace URL Links from Hyperlink Columns in SharePoint

Requirement: We had a SharePoint portal site called “Crescent Portal” with URL: http://portal.crescent.com. After migrating from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013, we made a decision to replace both site name and URL as “Crescent Intranet” with URL “http://intranet.crescent.com”. We understand there are plenty of lists and libraries hard-coded with the old site…

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Copy-SPSite – Clone SharePoint Site Collection using PowerShell

Copy-SPSite is a new feature introduced in SharePoint 2013, allows us to copy an existing site collection into a new site collection. Copy-SPSite cmdlet clones/duplicates existing site collection into a new one. Optionally, You can specify the “Destination Database” parameter to copy the site collection into a new database. Copy-SPSite Example: Syntax: …

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This view cannot be displayed because the number of lookup and workflow status columns it contains exceeds the threshold (8) enforced by the administrator.

Problem: “This view cannot be displayed because the number of lookup and workflow status columns it contains exceeds the threshold (8) enforced by the administrator.” Root Cause: Usually, You’ll get this error message when your List view has many Lookup fields. The threshold feature is introduced in SharePoint 2010 to avoid performance…

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Check if SharePoint Site Collection, Site, List, Document, Column Exists in PowerShell

Here are my nifty PowerShell scripts to check if a given URL of the Site Collection, Site, List, Document (File) and column objects exists in SharePoint. You can utilize these helper functions wherever required. PowerShell to check if Site Collection Exists: Here is my custom function and function usage with PowerShell to…

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Fix “This page can’t be displayed” “Internet Explorer Cannot Display This Page” Errors when Creating Web Application in SharePoint 2013

Web application creation process through SharePoint 2013 central administration site stopped in middle with error messages “This page can’t be displayed”, “Internet Explorer Cannot Display This Page”!. However, I noticed that the IIS Web Sites, Application Pools, content databases are created! But there is no content inside the virtual directory in IIS….

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Fix The website cannot display the page – HTTP 500 Internal Server Error in SharePoint

Problem:  When I opened SharePoint 2013 Central Administration site, it returned an error message: HTTP 500 Internal Server Error: The website cannot display the page error message! Troubleshooting: Check all required ports are open in Firewall in web & database servers. Update passwords on IIS Application Pool identities. Make sure they are…

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SharePoint Error – Cannot complete this action. Please try again

Problem: Users get an “Error – Cannot complete this action. Please try again” error when trying to delete documents from the Context menu (But file gets deleted!). While deleting documents from SharePoint 2013 ribbon button “delete document” works without any issues, choosing “Delete” from the document’s context menu gives this error. Also,…

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