Get the SharePoint Farm’s Detailed Report – Birds eye view

Another day, when I had to do troubleshooting on a client environment, I was searching for a tool that can provide me a bird’s eye view of the SharePoint environment. Found one: SpsFarmReport. SPSFarmReport can be used to gather farm-related information on environments where Wss/MOSS/SharePoint 2010 is installed. Some very basic information…

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How to Display Flash(.swf) files and Banners in SharePoint?

Using content Editor web part, We can display Flash files or flash banners in SharePoint. Just add a content editor web part, and place the following embed code to display flash content in SharePoint 2007: In another case, I’ve designed a Flash based menu for my SharePoint web site, and want to…

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Want to know your SharePoint version?

There are several ways to get your SharePoint version. Here are some: You can get the SharePoint version in central administration. Go to CA > Operations >  Servers in Farm (under Topology and Services) 2. You can identify the SharePoint version from Installed Programs. Go to Control Panel > Add and Remove…

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Ports used by SharePoint

SharePoint obviously has to communicate with other servers such as Active Directory, DNS etc which require other ports, they are as follows:     AD Authentication: TCP:445 Kerberos :TCP:88     LDAP:  LDAP:389 and LDAPS:636     DNS: TCP:53     SMTP: TCP:25     SQL Server: TCP:1443 (or Custom Ports)     Server Message Block (SMB) TCP:445…

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SharePoint Search Crawl Rules – What is that, what it does for us?

Search Crawl rules are mechanisms to influencing the behavior of the crawler when it crawls specific sites. A single crawl rule is created by specifying a URL wildcard matching sites plus a set of options for setting the behavior of the crawler for these sites. When performing a search in SharePoint you…

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HTTP 401 Unauthorized Error – Unable to Browse FQDN Site from SharePoint Servers?

Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 have a security feature that prevents the WFE itself from browsing to FQDN server names (i.e., intranet.company.com) it hosts. This is only an issue from the web server and does not affect external clients. “You are not authorized to view this page” Solution: Disable Loopback Check!…

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The Farm is unavailable Error – while running stsadm

Another day, when I was trying to activate a feature by running STSADM, it resulted with an Error message to me saying: “The Farm is unavailable” The cause of this issue is: I was running STSADM under an account which doesnt has the access to SQL Server! Once I ran the command…

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IFilters in SharePoint – What is that? why should I care about? How do I configure them?

What is IFilters in SharePoint? Well, as per Microsoft: “The IFilter interface scans documents for text and properties (also called attributes). It extracts chunks of text from these documents, filtering out embedded formatting and retaining information about the position of the text.” Out of the box, SharePoint will index many types of…

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