SharePoint 2010

SharePoint Designer cannot display the item

You run into ‘SharePoint Designer cannot display the item’ error when you are trying to edit an existing workflow setup in Designer quite often when there is a windows update or update to .NET framework installed in your computer. In some cases it may also not allow you to create new workflows. Resolution: Clearing Designer […]

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Windows security prompt. Connecting to SharePoint….

Users often run into this issue. Windows security prompt pops up every 15 minutes or so repeatedly trying to connect to SharePoint. No matter you enter credentials or cancel, user will be prompted for credentials again and again. SharePoint may not be the culprit all the time. List of things I check whenever I run […]

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User with Contribute access gets access denied

Only one user with contribute access gets access denied to SharePoint site collection. Every SharePoint admin might have faced this issue atleast once. In my case, user is added to a SharePoint group with Contribute access. Access shows up as Contribute when verified through site permissions – check permission option. Every other person in the […]

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Create alerts on views in SharePoint document library

This is one of the most frequently raised question or complaint by end users. Why can’t I create alerts on views in my SharePoint library? When you try to setup alerts on items in a library, sometimes you have the option to set ‘Someone changes an item that appears in the following view: Drop down […]

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Application Server Administration job failed for service instance – SharePoint Search error

Application Server Administration job failed for service instance Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.Administration.SearchServiceInstance (GUID) – Event 6482, SharePoint Server is popping up in the server running Search service once every minute. Search is working fine without any issues, Content sources are crawled, indexes are created normally. No issue on user side of things.But the above error is flooding the event […]

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The specified database has an incorrect collation

The specified database has an incorrect collation. Rebuild the database with the Latin1_General_CI_AS_KS_WS collation or create a new database – got this error when I was trying to mount a content database to an existing Web application in SharePoint using PowerShell command: Mount-SPContentDatabase “Content.database” –WebApplication “http://mysite.company.com” Error message clearly stated that the database is created with incorrect […]

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There was an error opening this document. Access denied – Adobe Reader error

One user started getting this ‘There was an error opening this document. Access denied‘ adobe reader error while trying to open any PDF documents downloaded from any SharePoint site. This error shows up irrespective of level of access in SharePoint. Word documents, excel workbooks and all other office documents open up in office client in […]

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EventCache Table in SharePoint Content Database

Every SharePoint content database has an EventCache Table. Changes to the SP objects contained in the content database are logged to this EventCache Table. Every change is added as an entry/row to the table. EventCache table is the change log for objects in database. Columns in EventCache Table: Column name Data Type Description EventTime datetime […]

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Document Conversions Load Balancer Service fails to start after May 2015 CU – SharePoint 2010

After installing May 2015 CU for SharePoint 2010 and running PSConfig,it complains that it cannot start ‘loadbalancerserviceinstance’ and warns you to start it manually. PSconfig continues further without any issues and sucessfully upgrades. Here is the exact warning message PSConfig throws – ‘Failed to start loadbalancerserviceinstance on this server. Start this service manually‘ Issue starts […]

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The upgrade command is invalid or a failure has been encountered – PSConfig error

Running PSConfig after installing updates is a stressful experience(atleast for me). Every time is comes up with a different challenge. But unlike some unfriendly errors, psconfig gives us much more details about the failures in the upgrade logs. Okay then, I was updating SharePoint 2010 with May 2015 CU. Everything goes well until – The […]

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