Find the Number of Users Currently Connected to SharePoint Site

Had to perform an unplanned IIS Reset to fix an issue in production SharePoint Farm. But executing IISReset breaks ongoing user sessions and give “Service Unavailable” error message, isn’t it? Wouldn’t it be a good idea to find the No. of users currently connected with the SharePoint site and do the IISReset…

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Configuring BLOB Cache in SharePoint

What is BLOB? BLOB means Binary Large Object and refers to any binary format file that is stored as a single entity and not converted to text. Usually, BLOB files are of type images, audio/video files. What is BLOB Cache? When BLOB types of files are uploaded to a SharePoint site (E.g….

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Configure Diagnostic Logging in SharePoint 2010 – Best Practices, FAQs

What is Diagnostic Logging in SharePoint, By the way?Simple! Diagnostic logging is where SharePoint logs its own actions. There are two log file locations where SharePoint Diagnostic logging keeps its logs: Windows Event Log – You can view it with “Event Viewer” – The one comes with Windows! ULS or “Trace Log”…

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Closed Web Parts in SharePoint – How to Find, Restore and Delete?

Closed Web Parts? What are they? When users don’t need a particular web part on the page, they click on Edit drop down from the Web Part Menu, and choose “Close” instead of Delete. They prefer Close rather than Delete which is obvious! Technically, When you close a Web Part, It doesn’t…

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How to Create SQL Server Alias for SharePoint?

In My SQL Server best practices for SharePoint, I wrote a point on SQL Server Alias. Let me elaborate that by going a little deep on configuring SQL alias for SharePoint. Why We need SQL Alias for SharePoint? When installing SharePoint, you’ll be prompted to enter the SQL Server instance and that’s…

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Find and Delete Orphaned Users in SharePoint

Orphaned User? Who are they? Orphaned users are those who have been disabled/removed from Active Directory, but still have permissions to sites, lists and items. Internally, SharePoint keeps them in “UserInfo” table of the content database for meta-data such as created/modified by fields. It’s unavoidable in any organization where employees constantly on-boarding…

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Maintenance Page for SharePoint – Quick way to Implement

Here is the quick way to implement Maintenance page in SharePoint, during scheduled down times/upgrade/service pack patching: Create a new app_offline.htm file in IIS Root folder of your SharePoint site. Place some descriptive text/images to the file, Make sure the file size is at least 512 bytes (otherwise, you will get 404…

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Create Custom 404 Page Not Found Error Page in SharePoint

It’s a best practice to show a customized 404 page not found error page for any website when a user requests a broken URL or mistyped URLs. SharePoint has no exclusions. By default, SharePoint gives this 404 error screen to the user: So, It’s great to have a custom 404 Page not…

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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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