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“PermissionMask Check Failed” and Other Search Errors That Go Bump in the Dark

I recently consulted with a Microsoft partner who was experiencing some very odd WSS search issues (not MOSS search, which is an entirely different animal).  To begin with, they were running SPS 2003 and WSS v3.0 on the same box, which is not something I wouldn’t normally recommend doing in production.  But after hours of […]

STSADMWin 2007

AC just posted a link to the new version of the STSADM windows utility that we all knew and loved (well, sort of) in 2003.  Personally, I’m a command-line kind of guy but lots of folks swore by this tool in v2 so the update for v3 will be welcome relief for you GUI types.  […]

SharePoint Database Resources

I just had a client ask about migrating a MOSS/WSS database and found this article and this one, both from Bill Baer.  He offers some good advice and a wealth of additional resource material at the end.  Thanks to fellow MVP Ben Curry for the timely tip.

SharePoint Application Pool Management

Steve Sheppard has a new blog series regarding IIS memory management and SharePoint that is required reading.  Normally this kind of thing is a bit too far into the adminisphere for me but this is the kind of thing developers need to keep in mind when writing highly transactional and data-intensive applications.  You don’t have to be an expert at it […]

E-Mail Updates Working – Finally!

One thing that has always annoyed me about the SharePoint blog template is that users who leave comments are not offered the option to receive e-mail notifications when further comments are posted to the same thread.  How can we have a (virtual) conversation if you don’t know when I’ve responded to your last communication?  A […]

STSADM Operations

So I was updating our backup scripts today and needed the syntax for the backup operation (for some reason I can remember phone numbers from twenty years ago and CAML query syntax but I can’t remember admin commands – must be all the scotch).  Instead of just firing up a command prompt, I did a […]

Setting up Windows 2008 with MOSS

Bob Fox just posted an excellent walkthrough on setting up Windows Server 2008 with MOSS in his lab environment.  A timely article as I’m about to take the plunge and go dual-boot with Vista and Win2k8 on my tablet.    So far, I was able to easily transfer my Vista partition onto a portable drive […]

Tilting at Knowledge Base Windmills

I’m probably going to take some flak for this but sometimes you’ve just gotta stand up and shout when you see officially sanctioned advice that appears to have come right out of left field.  I’m referring to KB944105 – How to customize application pages in the Layouts folder in SharePoint Server 2007 and in Windows SharePoint Services […]

Anonymous Search Results in WSS v3

When configuring WSS v3 (2007) for a public facing web site there are a number of steps to take to insure anonymous users don’t have access to areas they shouldn’t – removing default lists, modifying application pages to hide pulic views, locking down mysites, etc. – but there is one page that is absolutely necessary […]