Category Archives: Tips and Tricks

Recovering a SQL Database Marked ‘Suspect’

Overview
If you’ve ever had to develop for SharePoint, you’ve likely had to develop using virtual machines from time to time.   Given the sheer size these VM’s grow to, I generally keep them on external drives.
Yesterday, I accidentally pulled the USB 3.0 cable for my external drive before my machine went into sleep mode while the [...]

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Installing SharePoint 2010 SP2

I was tasked last week with learning how to install SharePoint 2010 as part of our SharePoint IT Training Module.  It’ll be easy they told me, or maybe they didn’t tell me that and I told myself that.  It’s only an installation, how hard can it be?  Famous Last words.  Well after a long time [...]

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Displaying Enhanced Rich Text in Content Query Web Part

SharePoint has the Content Query web part, which is a control that allows a user to display an aggregated list of items based on some criteria. You can choose to return items from all sites within a site collection or from a specific list; all based on a list type and content type. You also [...]

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Change SharePoint Central Admin Top Bar Text

Overview
To help make it abundantly clear which central admin site someone is logged into, I wanted to change the top bar text to something other than “SharePoint”.  Turns out you can do that using the SuiteBarBrandingElement value on the Central Administration Web Application object  from PowerShell.
Code:

Add-PSSnapin microsoft.sharepoint.powershell
$ca = Get-SPWebApplication -IncludeCentralAdministration | `
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Office 365 and SharePoint Online FAQ

Recently had to field some questions regarding Office 365 and SharePoint online. Thought it would be beneficial for others looking for similar information. Leave a comment if you have additional input on any of these or have other questions regarding this topic:

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You may be trying to access this site from a secured browser on the server. Please enable scripts and reload this page – GPO not Applying

Issue
 
During a recent deployment of SharePoint 2013 for a client, we came across an issue with Central Administration getting the error:.
You may be trying to access this site from a secured browser on the server.  Please enable scripts and reload this page.

Generally this is resolved by adding the CA site as a Trusted Site.  The [...]

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Cleaning up BizTalk Databases

One maintenance task that I often perform when finishing development on a client is to refresh my BizTalk environment.  This usually includes cleaning up the tracking and MessageBox databases of old tracking data and messages.  The BizTalk 2010/2013 installation includes a set of stored procedures that can assist in this effort and ensure a BizTalk [...]

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Custom Functions in Microsoft Business Rules Engine

The Microsoft Business Rules Engine (BRE), part of Microsoft BizTalk Server, allows for the creation of rich easily readable business rules which can be applied by a BizTalk solution, or any .NET code.   Out of the box, BRE and the main interface Business Rules Composer (BRC) have many different predicates that can be used within [...]

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BizTalk EDI Invalid Control Standard Identifier ISA11

A short and sweet post for this thursday morning.
While testing a HIPPA 834 Benefits Enrollment and Maintenance EDI Message for a client I came across an error translating the EDI message into an XML message using my EdiReceive pipline.  The ISA 11 value that was specified in the file was “{“.  However, I encountered a [...]

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