Unable to upload files or add users. Receiving HTTP 403 Forbidden error

Users were unable to upload files or add users to SharePoint sites. Moreover they received  HTTP 403 Forbidden error message when trying to upload or add users. Fix: This is a known issue and needs the hot fix http://support.microsoft.com/kb/934793/ applied on the server! In some cases, another possible cause is: anonymous access…

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Event ID 3351: SQL database login failed. Login failed for user ‘NT AUTHORITY\ANONYMOUS LOGON’.

After joining a new server to an existing SharePoint farm found this error logged multiple times in the newly added server. Event Log 3351: SQL database login failed. Additional error information from SQL Server is included below. Login failed for user ‘NT AUTHORITY\ANONYMOUS LOGON’. Root cause and fix: This is because SharePoint…

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Search Error 10032: Could not create a database session. Context: Application {GUID} Details: The database connection string is not available

SharePoint 2007 Search on a specific WFE returned “Your search cannot be completed because of a service error. Try your search again or contact your administrator for more information.” while in other WFEs search worked perfectly. This happened after I stopped the search service on a specific server and started it on…

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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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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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Open with Windows Explorer Error: “Your client does not support opening this list with windows explorer”

Problem: Some of the end-users got the following message when trying to open a SharePoint Document Library in explorer view from Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008. Error : “Your client does not support opening this list with windows explorer” Try these solutions:  As of now, This feature is available only in…

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Windows SharePoint Services Web Application – Stuck at “Starting” Status

I had this trouble after applying Service pack 3 on an existing MOSS 2007 environment: Windows SharePoint Services Web Application stuck at “Starting” status and yet it never starts! Solution: Stsadm command to stop windows SharePoint services web application stuck on stopping Jump started to STSADM to stop the service: stsadm -o…

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Incoming E-Mails with Attachments Failed – “Message size exceeds fixed maximum message size”

In Nintex workflows, some of the alert emails were failed! Further investigation found this issue happens only on notification emails with attachments of 1 MB+. Moreover, There was a event logged in Event Log: System.Net.Mail.SmtpException: Exceeded storage allocation. The server response was: 5.3.4 Message size exceeds fixed maximum message size. Checked the Exchange…

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Fix: The start address is not valid for this content source type

Ever get this error when trying to add a content source in SharePoint Search? This is because of the option “Crawl everything under the host name of each start address” which will accept only the host names(like http://sharePoint.com) and not the Sub-site URLs(like http://sharePoint.com/sites/abc/default.aspx) If you enter http://sharePoint.com/sub-site/default.aspx and select “Crawl only…

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