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Critical Vulnerability in SharePoint Server Being Exploited by Hackers

ZDNet has posted an article describing a critical vulnerability in SharePoint Server 2010, 2013, 2016 & 2019 that is currently being exploited by hackers to gain access to farms exposed to the internet. This vulnerability allows attackers to run code in the context of the application pool or farm administrator account. The Microsoft Security Bulletin […]

SharePoint Site Default Groups, Access Requests and Access Denied Errors

One thing you can usually count on in SharePoint is that members of the site Owners group have full control over everything in the site unless granular (item-level) permissions say otherwise. Which is true, of course, until it isn’t. And in the case of default groups and access requests, it most definitely isn’t. Case in […]

SharePoint 2016, SSRS and the Native Mode Report Viewer Web Part

A common SharePoint deployment scenario involves the use of the SQL Reporting Services Add-In to host “integrated mode” reports, with the report definition and data source files stored in document libraries and the SSRS services running on one or more application servers in the farm. This scenario provides an effective layer of integration between completely […]

Zero Downtime Patching in Action

Whenever I talk about high availability in SharePoint and SQL Server Always-On Availability Groups I inevitably get a bunch of questions about the "zero downtime" patching concept first introduced at last year’s Microsoft Ignite conference. There seems to be a great deal of confusion about this topic, with many people wondering how it works, what happens to […]

Configuration Challenges with Office Web Applications, SSL Offloading and Default Zone URL’s

Configuring Office Web Applications in a development or test environment is a pretty straightforward process: install the server bits, run a bit of PowerShell to create a WAC farm, set your WOPI bindings in SharePoint, and you’re done. But doing so in a full production environment, with high availability, SSL offloading, split DNS, HTTPS redirection, […]

Access Denied Errors Activating Publishing Features in a SharePoint Team Site

Many organizations have a governance policy in which certain individuals are granted Full Control permissions of individual sites, usually after completing some training or demonstrating proficiency in site administration skills. In such a scenario, it is quite common for a number of different users to be site owners throughout a wide or deep site hierarchy […]

Upgrading Content Databases with Duplicate Site Collection URL’s

Anyone who has ever tried to do an in-place upgrade from SharePoint 2007 to 2010 knows what a complete nightmare that process could be; without much effort you could easily destroy a farm and spend endless hours trying to rebuild from scratch. The process was so fragile and prone to failure that in the 2013 […]

SharePoint 2013 Search Provisioning Errors – It’s All About Permissions

Configuring Search in SharePoint 2013 can be a tricky process that is best accomplished via PowerShell scripts. For starters, those messy database names with GUID’s in them that get created from UI provisioning are just hideous, but the real issue is that a proper topology (meaning search components running on more than a single machine) […]

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Creating Permalinks for SharePoint Blog Post Items

Most commercial blogging platforms use a fixed URL structure, known as a "permalink", to identify posts – something like "". This structure makes it easy to reference a particular post, supports trackbacks/pingbacks, and makes it simple for search crawlers to locate content. Unfortunately, the SharePoint 2010 Blog template has no concept of how an actual […]