Friday, April 24, 2009

SP2 on its way....

Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 due to ship April 28th. Office Service Pack team announced Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 would be available on April 28th. It provides many fixes and performance improvements, as well as some new features. Also with the new service pack, Internet Explorer 8 will be added into browser support matrix as level one, and Firefox 2.0 and 3.0 as level two.

Hmm will wait a while before I install this, to see what happens after... Always brings some new "features" :)

Event 2436 returns no search results

All of a sudden the search stopped working on a MOSS 2007 server. Looked into Event Viewer and found the error message:

Event Type: Warning
Event Source: Office Server Search
Event Category: Gatherer
Event ID: 2436
Date: 24-04-2009Time: 13:29:31
User: N/A
Computer: DKxxx001
Description:The start address <http://xxx> cannot be crawled.
Context: Application 'SharedServices1', Catalog 'Portal_Content'
Details: Access is denied. Check that the Default Content Access Account has access to this content, or add a crawl rule to crawl this content. (0x80041205)

No changes have been made to the server, no accounts have been locked out or password has changed. First thing I did was to restart the Office Sharepoint Search Service. Did not help. Re entered the password for the Default Content Access Account. Did not help. Googled it. Found an article on Microsoft that you should enter the following in your registry:

1) Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.
2) In Registry Editor, locate and then click the following registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa3)
3) Right-click Lsa, point to New, and then click DWORD Value
4) Type DisableLoopbackCheck, and then press ENTER
5) Right-click DisableLoopbackCheck, and then click Modify
6) In the Value data box, type 1, and then click OK
7) Quit Registry Editor, and then restart your computer (now that I did not have to do! It worked immediately)

That helped!! Now the full crawl is crawling and all is well. Now I can really enjoy todays after work in the sun :=)

Monday, April 13, 2009

SharePoint BestPractices

I visited the SharePoint Best Practices UK in London last week and it was a really great conference with lots of interesting seminars. It was hard to select which seminars to attend, I wanted to go to them all! But I decided to pick one from each track, there were IW, BA, Dev and IT-Pro tracks. One of the news that many talked about was of course that SharePoint Designer now is free of charge and can be downloaded by everyone - hmm both good and bad! There are many creative persons out there :) One thing I found out during those seminars was that I pretty much work according to best practices! That was great news for me, as I have mostly worked alone with SharePoint and have not had any collegues to share ideas with. It's a big challenge to work like that, and you must learn everything the "hard way" but you get a bigger understanding of how the platform works and how it is connected with other systems and areas. Which is of huge importance when it comes to planning a customers platform and capacity.


But the most important thing for me was to meet all those interesting and fun people who are as geeky SharePointers as my self :) And they came from both Armenia as well from the US.. :D

I had a great time and I want to thank Combined Knowledge for a well planned event and excellent conference area (and all the fun stuff in the evenings, all from casino tables to fine dinners :))!!

Cheers!