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Central America and DNS errors

Jul 9, 2013 by Christoph // 1 Comment

Hey. As some of you may know I am currently travelling in Central America. I was quite fascinated how many WiFi spots they have in restaurants, hostels, bus stations, airports and so on. But I was also surprised how many of them won’t work because of issues with the Domain Name Service (DNS). Since a…


Create Management Links via PowerShell

Mar 5, 2013 by Christoph // Leave a Comment

If you want to manage some of the Service Applications in SharePoint, like User Profile Service Application or the Search Service Application, you have to go into Central Administration, click Manage Service Applications, select the Service Application and click Manage. When you are there and start playing around with settings, you will sometimes end up…


Install PowerGUI Visual Studio Extension for VS 2012

Feb 27, 2013 by Christoph // 1 Comment

================================================================================= UPDATE (2013-02-28) After working only one day with the “hacked” version of PowerGui, I deactivated the Visual Studio plugin again. The following was not working: Searching in PowerShell Documents Comparing PowerShell Documents in TFS I joined a discussion on the Codeplex forum about this topic here. Will keep you posted. ================================================================================= Visual Studio 2012…


SP 2013 – Activate Search Topology fails

Feb 7, 2013 by Christoph // 1 Comment

I was struggling the last days again with SP 2013, installing and configuring a farm via PowerShell. This time, the Enterprise Search Service was causing me a headache. Problem I am using the following PowerShell command to configure and activate the Search Topology. It activates specific parts of the search components on the Frontend and…


SP 2013 – Access Denied Error creating Search Center

Feb 6, 2013 by Christoph // Leave a Comment

SharePoint 2013, oh, I already started to love you! I was running into an error creating an Enterprise Search Center site collection on a clean installation of SharePoint 2013. The installation was created by a PowerShell Script we developed during the last project phase (please, don’t ask why we didn’t use SPAutoInstaller!). We where using…


SP 2013 – Check for “Max Degree Of Parallelism” via PowerShell

Jan 30, 2013 by Christoph // Leave a Comment

In a automated installation of a SharePoint Server 2013 server farm we had the problem, that the underlying SQL server cluster didn’t match the requirements for a SharePoint Server 2013 installation in matter of the “MAX DEGREE OF PARALLELISM” setting. This has to be “1”, in a standard installation this is “0”. The setting is…


SPAdmin Service fails to start – timeout – EventID 7031

Jan 28, 2013 by Christoph // Leave a Comment

Hello, we had a weird issue today on a customers SharePoint 2010 Farm. After a reboot of a server, the SPAdmin (SharePoint 2010 Administration) Service would not come up. The Windows Event Log Reported the following error: Log Name:      System Source:        Service Control Manager Date:          28.01.2013 15:15:41 Event ID:      7009 Task Category: None Level:         Error…


Windows Server 2008–Domain Controller Failed to start

Jan 22, 2013 by Christoph // 10 Comments

I was encountering an error on my virtual Domain Controller some days ago, resulting in an ugly blue screen: “STOP: c00002e2 Directory Services could not start because of the following error: A device attached to the system is not functioning. Error Status: 0xc0000001. Please shutdown this system and reboot into Directory Services Restore Mode, check…


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