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Blank browser pages for Audit Log Reports in SP2007

Symptoms  Perhaps your audit log reporting functionality was working great last month but this month...

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 11/11/2014

NullReferenceException when Attempting to Configure Managed Accounts

While attempting to visit Configure managed accounts (ManagedAccounts.aspx) in a SP2013 farm today,...

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 10/15/2014

ERROR 500.0 | Internal Server Error | AuthenticateRequest | StaticFile | 0x80070542

Symptoms:  When browsing to the site without specifying the default page name in the browser, we...

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 09/02/2014

Recommendations for Page Files on SharePoint Servers

Summary  Here are my notes on paging file recommendations for SharePoint (2007, 2010, and 2013)....

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 07/09/2014

Basic Steps for Making a Process Monitor (ProcMon) Capture

ProcMon is an indispensable tool that zillions of people have used. Here are some easy steps for...

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 06/06/2014

Why am I not seeing what I expect in the Security Event log?

Often the Windows Security Event log disappoints people when they're trying to find clues to some...

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 06/06/2014

Notes on Debug mode versus Release Mode

Dlls compiled in debug mode should stay in the developmental environment while they're being...

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 06/04/2014

Why is CLR Requesting to resolve an assembly via BDC over and over?

Symptoms  Under a heavy client load a performance problem develops in your SharePoint 2010 or...

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 05/19/2014

OWA 2010 – “cannot open this document for viewing because of an unexpected error”

PROBLEM DETAILS & SYMPTOMS  Unpredictably, intermittently, and frequently clients trying to open...

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 04/21/2014

Don’t Even Bother Trying to Enforce FIPSAlgorithmPolicy on SharePoint 2010 Servers

Summary  Trying to force SharePoint servers to use only FIPS 140-2 compliant algorithms is not an...

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 04/09/2014

Office Web Apps Exception: “An item with the same key has already been added”

Scenario and Symptom:  An Office Web Apps 2013 server is talking to a SharePoint 2013 server and the...

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 04/07/2014

WebPIcmd /offline /Products:WorkflowManager versus /Products:WorkflowManagerRefresh

Today I had my first opportunity/need to use the webpicmd.exe tool (part of the Web Platform...

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 03/26/2014

Footnote Numbering Trick for Word 2013

Here are some steps to set footnotes to start their numbering over at 1 for each chapter of a book...

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 02/26/2014

In case you are unable to fully delegate Search Administration in SP2013

Problem:  When attempting to delegate SharePoint 2013 Search Administration to a small team/group,...

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 02/17/2014

An Arcane Error with MOSS 2007’s Recycle Bin

Normally I wouldn't bother making a blog that probably only applies to MOSS 2007. But while solving...

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 01/10/2014

IIS Health Checking can Prevent the Creation of a W3WP.exe Userdump

Problem  Sometimes when we're trying create a usermode dump of a w3wp.exe process something...

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 12/18/2013

How to set up failed request tracing for Slow Pages in IIS 7

These steps can be helpful for troubleshooting web pages that serve slowly. Open the IIS manager,...

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 11/27/2013

Troubleshooting the vague “Cannot complete this action” owssvr.dll error

So what can you possibly do when you try to do something simple in SharePoint, like editing a view,...

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 11/27/2013

Steps to Log all .net Exceptions to a Log file with Debug Diag 2.0

Sometimes it's good to know what exceptions a process like w3wp.exe is throwing. ASP.net is pretty...

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 11/19/2013

Steps to Catch a Simple “Crash Dump” of a Crashing Process

Summary  When a user-mode process (such as w3wp.exe, owstimer.exe, iexplore.exe, or any .exe) is...

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 11/12/2013

Can't open a .xsn file | "X-Download-Options: noopen" | MIME "application/octet-stream"

After upgrading MOSS 2007 content databases to SP2010, an InfoPath form template (template.xsn) that...

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 10/05/2013

Steps to Trigger a User Dump of a Process with DebugDiag when a Specific .net Exception is Thrown

[Update: These steps were written for DebugDiag 1.2 but can be readily adapted to DebugDiag 2.0....

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 09/15/2013

Steps to Create Dump files of a Process with DebugDiag when Any .net Exceptions are thrown

[Update: These steps were written for DebugDiag 1.2 but can be readily adapted to DebugDiag 2.0....

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 09/15/2013

Steps to Log all .net Exceptions to a Log file with DebugDiag 1.2

These steps were written for DebugDiag 1.2. Steps to do this with DebugDiag 2.0 can be found here:...

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 09/15/2013

Some tips on setting up the DelegConfig Tool

Introduction  Brian Murphy-Booth wrote a great tool that has helped thousands of people troubleshoot...

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 09/15/2013

Intrusion Detection as one cause for latency when browsing to a SharePoint site

Problem Details / Symptoms I have been troubleshooting a SharePoint performance problem in which...

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 08/01/2013

Do we really need to set antivirus exclusions up for our SharePoint servers?

Do we really need to set antivirus exclusions up for our SharePoint servers? Yes. You should set...

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 08/01/2013

SP2013-SQL2012 - Database Performance Metric Provider Timer job - Using 'dbghelp.dll' version '4.0.5'

Some who install SharePoint 2013 and use SQL 2012 on the backend are seeing this error logged every...

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 08/01/2013

If your SP2010 Workflows are stuck in the Starting state

[This post is not meant to be an exhaustive treatise on this multi-faceted topic.] If your...

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 05/16/2013

One reason for slow performance in SharePoint (authPersistNonNTLM)

When discussing possible causes for sluggish performance in SharePoint farms, there is one...

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 08/15/2012

System.InvalidOperationException - Cannot start the service SPAdmin on computer

While creating a new SharePoint 2007 SP3 farm with one of my customers, both WFE servers and the App...

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 03/19/2012

Today I troubleshot an error that bubbled up in PerformancePoint Service's Dashboard Designer while...

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 01/20/2012

SP2010 - Central Admin - "An Unexpected Error Has Occurred" (handle is invalid)

Problem Summary: SharePoint Administrators lost the ability to browse successfully to Central Admin...

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 01/11/2012

IIS7.x: Webdav Troubleshooting

When you're troubleshooting webdav problems in IIS 7.0 and think that everything should be working...

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 06/11/2010

IIS7 Error: cannot add duplicate collection entry of type ‘mimeMap’ with unique key attribute ‘fileExtension’ . . .

Problem: For the sake of comparison, in IIS6 (Windows 2003) if you add a mime type (example: .xyz -...

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 12/04/2009

IIS compression overwrites the VARY: header

Symptoms IIS compression overwrites the VARY header. If for example an ASP.NET Web Service adds the...

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 10/01/2009

IE 8 seems unable to display some Wikipedia Pages - application/x-gzip-compressed MIME type

Problem: IE8 is unable to display some pages from http://en.wikipedia.org when IE 7 and other...

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 06/06/2009

A Slippery System.IO.FileLoadException

After installing the framework 3.5 SP1 (kb 951847) (which also updates framework 2.0) an asp.net web...

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 04/02/2009

When VS2005 won’t Break on Breakpoints

On a fully updated Vista workstation running Visual Studio 2005 SP1 a breakpoint would be set...

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 03/25/2009

ISS can lock the ASP.net Temp folder files

Problem: If you're browsing to an asp.net page and your browser reports "Sever Error in '/'...

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 04/02/2008

"Page cannot be displayed" due to Non-Paged Pooled Memory Depletion

Overview It’s not unnatural to assume an IIS process hang when web client browsers begin reporting...

Author: Christopher T. Haun Date: 02/20/2008

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