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In a multiple server SharePoint farm, you often find yourself modifying the Search Service Application topology at some point in the initial configuration process.  The scenario is that you typically go into your Search Service Application, add query components or indexers, and then save your topology changes.  Sometimes, when the process doesn’t work, you might find yourself looking at a timeout error when you go to commit your changes.  There are probably a number of reasons that this can occur.  I can going to provide you with a few things that you can check should this error occur for you. First, go to Services on Server in Central Administration.  Check each server involved with the topology change and verify that the SharePoint Server Search service shows that it is Started.  If it is stuck on Starting, there is a potential issue.  At this point, go to the Wi... (more)

Adding and Deploying Solutions with PowerShell in SharePoint 2010

Visual Studio 2010 makes it really easy to add and deploy solutions when you are developing, but you may eventually want to deploy those solution packages elsewhere right?  We can still use stsadm, but that is effectively considered deprecated now in favor of PowerShell.  In the past to add a solution, we used an stsadm command like the one below.  In today’s example, we’ll be working with a package called SharePointProject2.wsp on my server named sp2010. stsadm –o addsolution –name SharePointProject2.wsp To get started with PowerShell, run the SharePoint 2010 Management Console ... (more)

Quick Overview of Master Pages in SharePoint 2010

SharePoint on Ulitzer SharePoint 2010 brings a few new master pages that you may want to know about.  There are additional master pages to accommodate both the old and new versions of UI.  There are also some simplified pages to take note in. The first master page we will talk about is v4.master.  This is the default team site master page used with version 4 (obviously) of the UI.  This will be the master page you typically use. It provides the ribbon bar and all of the other new visual UI changes such as the site actions menu on the left side. If you did an upgrade to SharePoin... (more)

Surface RT: even more awesome with Windows RT 8.1

For those that know me, I am a die hard supporter of my Surface RT.  Back in February, I wrote a post about why I chose it over a Surface Pro.  The device wasn’t perfect and there were a number of issues that people had with it.  With Window RT 8.1, a lot of those issues have been put to rest and that’s pretty exciting.  This device isn’t for everyone, but if you have a similar use case to mine, you might find it a highly useful device.  What is my use case?  Well, first of all, I travel. A lot.  I often find myself working from atypical office settings including the airport, ai... (more)

How to: Build a SharePoint 2010 PowerShell Cmdlet

One thing that is getting a lot of attention in SharePoint 2010 is the use of PowerShell.  It’s too cool and you really have a lot of power (no pun intended) to automate just about anything in SharePoint.  In fact Kyle Kelin (@spkyle) is speaking this weekend about it at SharePoint Saturday Houston (#spshou). The Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell snapin comes with over 500 commands, but you might want to create your own.  Today’s post will show you how to get started. There are a lot of great posts out there on how to build a regular PowerShell cmdlet, but I wanted to build one tha... (more)