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 https://sharePoint.com) and not the Sub-site URLs(like https://sharePoint.com/sites/abc/default.aspx) If you enter https://sharePoint.com/sub-site/default.aspx and select “Crawl only…

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Fix for “This page has encountered a critical error. Contact your system administrator if this problem persists.”

Suddenly after a SharePoint solution deployment sites went down with this error message: “This page has encountered a critical error. Contact your system administrator if this problem persists.” To reveal the actual error, Enabled the stack trace and disabled the custom error attributes in web.config, Got this detailed error: Line 1: <%@…

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Access denied – when trying to Open Shared Service Provider “Audiences” Link in MOSS 2007

Recently I discovered an interesting behavior with Shared Service providers when I was setting up a new environment. I’m the farm administrator and has been added to the policy for the SSP, as well as the site collection owner, but when I click on User Profiles in SSP, I got “Access Denied”…

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SharePoint Datasheet view in Read-only mode? Try these Solutions

Issue: In Datasheet sheet view, users unable to edit anything. Its in always Read-Only mode. Solution: Check the following to fix SharePoint list in datasheet view is read only: Content Approval must be turned OFF (Microsoft KB: https://support.microsoft.com/kb/2274841) Some columns are dependent on Microsoft Access, check whether MS-Access is installed in the client…

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Opening/Saving Documents in SharePoint is Very Slow – Solution

Recently, an end-user reported the issue: Opening/Saving Office 2007 Documents to MOSS 2007 is very slow.  Here is his detailed complaint: “Often at work, I sometimes receive a message after 10 minutes or so that ‘Excel Is not responding’ in the upper corner of the screen. When this happens, the document is…

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