Archive for February, 2013

Microsoft released February 2013 Cumulative Update for SharePoint Server 2013 and you can find all the information here :

Description of the SharePoint Server 2013 hotfix package (Wacserver-x-none.msp): February 12, 2013

However the download link has been taken down and we get this message instead:
Unfortunately, I wasn’t fast enough to download it before it came down, so I got no information on what the technical problem was or when will a new Feb 2013 CU will come out, however if you have a new any information post in the comments or send me an email and I will update the post!

Edit (12-03-2013): The link above Works now and it is a March 5 update for Office Web Apps Server 2013!


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As you have probably seen lately, I am releasing a lot of step by step guides to configure Service Applications in SharePoint 2013!  The final objective is to have all Step By Step guides for every Service Application in SharePoint 2013 and have a fully featured farm!

This guide is a step by step guide with Screenshots to create and configure a Managed Metadata Service Application in SharePoint 2013 as well as a Content Type Hub. It’s a really easy tutorial that should take maximum 30 minutes to complete!

I embedded the PDF with Scribd, however if you want to download it, there will be a link at the bottom of the post

Past Guides:

SharePoint 2013 Service Accounts Best Practices! 
Step By Step Guide to configure the “Replicating directory changes” for SharePoint 2010 and 2013

Future Guides

Creating a User Profile Application & MySites
Configuring SharePoint Search Topology
Configure an environment for apps for  SharePoint 2013
Configure Machine Translation Services  SharePoint 2013

If you have any ideas for other Guides or need help with something, leave it in the comments! It might help more people than you think.

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While exploring SharePoint 2013, I decided to configure my SharePoint 2013 environment in order to be able to use apps from the SharePoint store, and also use advanced Service Applications, such as Machine Translation services.

As you know, there is not a lot of documentation on SharePoint 2013 yet, so I decided to post the two errors I encountered during the setup, with their fixes!
I used the Technet Guide  to configure my farm, however I am working on a Step by Step guide with Screen Shots and detailed information to help you get it down on the first try. (Will be out 18 February 2013)

Error 1. 

 Let’s Try this again…
Everything is fine, but we had a small problem getting your license. Please go back to the SharePoint Store to get this app again and you won’t be charged for it.
If ‘Retry’ doesn’t work, return to your site and try again later.

Let’s try this again
This is just an error because you are probably using the Farm Account to buy the Application! (Logged in as System Account)!  Log in as another user and it will work just fine.
For more Info on Service accounts visit this link 

Error 2

Server Error in ‘/’ Application
The resource cannot be found.
Description: HTTP 404. The resource you are looking for (or one of its dependencies) could have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable. Please review the following URL
and make sure that it is spelled correctly.
Requested URL:

This error is a bit more tricky.  The source of the problem is that your apps do not run on the same domain as the SharePoint server.  (ex:  SP Server domain:  vlad.com   App Domain: vladapps.com) and IIS is not able to connect the two. The good news is that it’s really easy to fix (by following my tutorial right here )
There is a simple way to fix it, by creating a web application and root site collection without a host header!

Here are the steps:

1.       Go into Central Administration and click Application Management

2.       Go into Manage Web Applications

3.       Click on New, set the Port to 80 and do not enter anything in the Host Header


 The rest is as usual:

 After that, you create a Site Collection using the Team Site

 Now, we have to delete the Default Web Site from IIS!

            Go into IIS Manager as an administrator, and expand your Sites.  Right click on the Default Website, and select Remove
And now it should be fixed!
If you encounter other errors and know the resolutions or need help contact me!

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Every month I do an article about all the resources I found online about SharePoint 2013. These free Resources come from Microsoft directly  or from other partners but unfortunately not a lot of people check regularly and sometimes they are well hidden.

I am happy to present you Part 4 of the “Free SharePoint Server 2013 Resources” series  that gives you all the resources for the month of January. The Highlights are Keith Mayer’s guide to Building a SharePoint 2013 Lab in the cloud FOR FREE ,Microsoft released new versions of the popular Test Lab Guides! They will be a very good way to study SharePoint 2013 until the official books come out and last but not least, a free e-book: 101 New Features In SharePoint 2013 from LearningSharePoint

Guides

1.Step-by-Step: Build a FREE SharePoint 2013 Lab in the Cloud with Windows Azure By Keith Mayer
2.Create an Excel Services dashboard using an OData data feed

Downloads

1.SharePoint Governance “Switches” by Scope from Collaboris
2.FREE EBOOK: 101 NEW FEATURES IN SHAREPOINT 2013 from LearningSharePoint 
3.10 Steps to optimize sharepoint performance from Idera
4.Achieving High Availability for SharePoint Data from Metalogix
5.Databases that support SharePoint 2013–NEW VERSION
6.IT Professional Reviewer’s Guide for SharePoint Server 2013
7.Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Architecture
8.Taxonomy code samples from SPC!
9.SharePoint 2013 Technical Library in Compiled Help
10.Content type and column usage report code samples from the SharePoint Conference!

Test Lab Guides

1.Business Intelligence test lab guides
2.Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate Intranet Collaboration with SharePoint Server 2013—NEW VERSION
3.Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate Forms-Based Authentication with SharePoint Server 2013—NEW VERSION
4.Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate Social Features for SharePoint Server 2013—NEW VERSION!
5.Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate SAML-based Claims Authentication with SharePoint Server 2013–NEW VERSION
6.Test Lab Guide: Configure SharePoint Server 2013 in a Three-Tier Farm– NEW VERSION
7.Test Lab Guide: Create a Business Intelligence Baseline Environment

Videos

1.36 Terabytes: How Microsoft IT Manages SharePoint in the Enterprise | TechEd North America 2012 | Channel 9
2.Conceptual videos for upgrade to SharePoint 2013

Planning

1.SharePoint Online planning guide for Office 365
2.Variations planning worksheet for SharePoint Server 2013 and SharePoint Online

Scenario

1.Scenario: Create SharePoint sites by using cross-site publishing in SharePoint Server 2013

Interesting articles in January

1.SharePoint 2013 Service Accounts Best Practices Explained
2.MCPD SharePoint 2010 to MCSD: SharePoint 2013 Upgrade Path Leaked!
3.Three New Facts on the SharePoint 2013 MCSD Certification! – A Name, Exam Numbers and a Date!

Don’t forget to check the previous versions

Free SharePoint Server 2013 Resources Part 1
Free SharePoint Server 2013 Resources Part 2
Free SharePoint Server 2013 Resources Part 3

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Microsoft has recently updated the minimum requirements for SharePoint 2013 on Technet. Here is the official  change log.

Made the following changes: – Updated table in “Hardware requirements—web servers, application servers, and single server installations” with new requirements based on performance and capacity testing and recommendations. – Added definitions for small (fewer than 1,000 users), medium (between 1,000 and 10,000 users), and large (more than 10,000 users) deployments. – Clarified the support statement for optional software.

There are no big changes, however I thought it’s interesting for you to know! Luckily, I had some screenshots from before to change, so I will make it Short & Sweet and show them:


SharePoint

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For the SharePoint part, Microsoft added a new “category” of Server,  which the classic development server: Single Server with built-in Database and Visual Studio 2012.   For the rest,  it seems unchanged. 

SQL
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As for the Database Servers, the requirements didn’t change, however Microsoft added details on what is a small deployment (less than 1000 users) and what is a medium deployment (1000 to 10000 users). 


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I got good news for all the current and future SharePoint 2013 Microsoft Certified Solution Developers.
I have been actively looking for information on the not-yet released MCSD SharePoint 2013 Certification and last week I did a post about the  Leaked MCPD SharePoint 2010 to MCSD: SharePoint 2013 Upgrade Path

However, today  I got some Three New Facts from J. Seymour, Content Publishing Manager at Microsoft Learning.

Name

The SharePoint 2013 MCSD will be named:  MCSD: SharePoint Applications

Exam Numbers

As you all know by now, new developers will need 4 exams to get the MCSD: SharePoint Applications title.

Web Focused

  • Exam 70-480— Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3
  • Exam 70-486— Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Applications

SharePoint Focused

  • Exam 70-488— SharePoint Rest ( Exam Number Confirmed, Name not confirmed)
  • Exam 70-489— SharePoint Collaboration  ( Exam Number Confirmed, Name not confirmed)

Date

The beta of the 70-488 and 70-489 exams should be available in the first week of April  and run until the exams go “live” the first week in July.

Links

The Links to the two SharePoint Focused exams will be :
http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=70-488
http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=70-489

If you clicked on them.. they don’t work yet (at the time of writing this post) and they will be working once we are closer to the betas.

Other Remarks

As Confirmed in my first post about the SharePoint 2013 Certification, this certification contains two Web focused exams and two SharePoint exams. What is interesting is that  once you have the 70-480 and the 70-486,  you only need the 70-487 to also have the  MCSD: Web Applications Certification.

For those who are curious, here is the original comment left by  J. Seymour.

I hope this article cleared all your questions and rumors regarding the MCSD: SharePoint Applications Certification!

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