Set SharePoint Web Application or Farm to Read Only Mode

During maintenance/migrations, its inevitable to set the entire SharePoint Farm or at least Web Applications to read-only mode for some time. SharePoint doesn’t provide any direct ways to set the entire web application or Farm to Read-only mode, but we’ve these options available to set read only access to either SharePoint Web…

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Find All InfoPath Form Libraries in SharePoint using PowerShell

During a Corporate Re-branding project, implemented a new logo, color themes all over the SharePoint sites, and now, the new Logo must be changed in All the InfoPath Form Libraries! It was really challenging to manually find InfoPath form libraries in a Large environment with 1500+ site collections. Automation? PowerShell! Here goes…

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SharePoint Migration Tools Comparison

Disclaimer: By writing this article, I’m not promoting or demoting any SharePoint migration product. This analysis was done in early 2012. Product features may get improved meanwhile. Products are compared in the perspective of the features required for my business scenarios. I’ve conducted these tests by migrating from our live SPS-2003 and…

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25 Things to Document before You Start SharePoint Migration

So you are ready for SharePoint Migration? Before starting with Migration process, You must document things on the current environment, which includes, but not limited to: Document Existing SharePoint Server’s Topology (preferably in Visio format), Roles, Hardware/Software Specifications, Installed Updates, Software installed, Language Packs, etc Prepare a List of SharePoint Web Applications,…

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Report for Customized Pages, Files, Views in SharePoint

During Migration, had to audit all customized (Un-ghosted) pages , Files, Views,etc. in SharePoint. Here are some useful resources on this regard. 1. To get list of customized List forms: Use STSADM -o EnumAllwebs -includecustomlistviews 2. Use Stsadm extention: Get-SPCustomizedPages from https://github.com/glapointe/PowerShell-SPCmdlets 3. Use RL Soft’s Custom Page auditor https://www.riolinx.com/resources/p/CustomPagesAuditor.zip 4. Use…

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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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The expected version of the product was not found on the system – Error when trying to Install SharePoint Service pack

Usually, This error occurs when we miss some in-between updates. e.g. I Installed MOSS 2007 SP1 + Language Pack SP1, then Installed MOSS 2007 SP2 without Language pack and when I tried installing Oct-2009 CU, I got this error. Apparently we need to download and Install both the WSS and MOSS updates…

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Update Wrong Old URL in SharePoint Alerts on SharePoint Migration or URL Change

After upgrading from MOSS 2007 to SharePoint 2010, existing SharePoint alerts stopped working and only newly created alerts worked!!! We got to Fix Alerts after SharePoint migration, manually. Tried these trial and errors: Tried editing existing alerts, just changed its Name, It worked! Tried Turning Individual Alert ON and OFF – Yes,…

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Migrate from MOSS 2007 to SharePoint 2010 – Step by Step

In this article, I’m walking through migrating from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2010 using database attachment method.  Overview Run Preupgradecheck in MOSS 2007 server.  Analyze & fix the issues. Take the back up of content database from MOSS 2007. Restore the content databases backup to SQL Server of SharePoint 2010. Create web…

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