Setting up MySites in Central Admin and the error “An error has occurred in the claim providers configured from this site collection.”

I was busy configuring the User Profile Service through the link “Setup My Sites”. I couldn’t change anything on that page as it listed NT Authority\Authenticated Users; c:0(.s|true; in the box for “Read Permission Level” and was already printing the error message No exact match was found. using the peoplepicker through the little “Browse” icon […]

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What to do when SharePoint managed account passwords are already expired

Suddenly your SharePoint installation stops working… You’re seeing HTTP 500 errors even on Central Admin… The ULS logs contains errors such as: Unknown SQL Exception 0 occurred. Additional error information from SQL Server is included below. The target principal name is incorrect. Cannot generate SSPI context This can happen when the various service accounts for […]

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Backing up Azure VMs with PowerShell

When experimenting in my lab environment I want to create a backup of the virtual machines. The following PowerShell script will do just that. I assume you’ve already setup your PowerShell to work with azure by doing the following: Setup the Azure PowerShell cmdlets (see: http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/) imported your Publish Settings File (see Get-AzurePublishSettingsFile and Import-AzurePublishSettingsFile) […]

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Making your SharePoint site available outside your own domain

A while back I created a small SharePoint test lab using Virtual Machines on Azure. I had a Domain Controller, a SQL Server and a SharePoint server. SharePoint was configured to host on portal.contoso.com. All machines were part of the same Virtual Network I defined in Azure. I was able to access the sites from […]

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Managed navigation and the “A Default Managed Metadata Service Connection Hasn’t Been Specified” error

So, you’ve decided to enable managed navigation and when you press the “Create Term Set” button you get the error: Failed to Create Term Set: A Default Managed Metadata Service Connection Hasn’t Been Specified This is occurs when your environment is running Managed Metadata Service and has one or more Managed Metadata Service connections, but […]

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Your new SharePoint site isn’t accesible from the server, but it works from other machines.

You’ve just installed and configured a SharePoint server and you fire-up IE on the server to see if everything works…..Oops, IE keeps asking for your credentials and eventually returns a HTTP 401. Then you notice that the sites are accessible from other machines. In this case you’re running into a security measure called the loopback […]

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