5 Reasons SharePoint MinRoles Rock

2017-06-13T13:36:21+00:00 June 13th, 2017|

If you’ve spent any time on SharePoint you’ll find the server roles and footprint can be quite confusing. I’m a big fan of MinRole v2 in SharePoint 2016 (latest CU or FP2). The new options are even better than what we got at the release of SharePoint 2016, but if [...]

PowerShell Tips: Casting Your Data Types

2015-06-15T09:00:39+00:00 June 15th, 2015|

I recently wrote a blog about importing data from a CSV file to use in PowerShell scripting. I added a little note at the bottom of that blog noting that each item’s value that is imported from a CSV file will be a string data type. Well, what if the [...]

Import & Export Hyper-V VM’s for Windows Server 2012 R2

2015-06-02T08:30:54+00:00 June 2nd, 2015|

I always strive to write about topics I’ve spent time researching or commonly reference. It’s easy to overlook simple tasks that can save hours of work for all of you. Although Hyper-V 2012 R2 is beginning to find its way into more corporations with the automation assistance of System Center [...]

Why the Command Line Interface is Still Relevant Today

2015-05-20T08:30:21+00:00 May 20th, 2015|

Most Administrators Still Prefer Command Line Interface over Graphical User Interface  While faster processors, more RAM, smart phones, and the advent of touch screens has spawned a world of touchable, flashy and graphically stylized GUIs, we often forget that the root of computing is based in text. Pretty pictures are nice, [...]

Move SharePoint 2013 Search Components to New Server

2015-04-01T09:16:20+00:00 April 1st, 2015|

In this post, I’ll detail how to move all SharePoint 2013 search components to a different server in the SharePoint farm. Unlike SharePoint 2010, there are no topology options in Central Administration so the entire operation must be performed in PowerShell. Although that may stress some admins out, I’ve found that moving the [...]

PowerShell Tips: Working with CSV Files

2015-03-04T08:22:20+00:00 March 4th, 2015|

PowerShell and Your Data Made Easy There comes a time in every Administrator’s life that requires performing some action, multiple times, with some form of data. For example, maybe you have an exported list of user records from Active Directory that need to be imported into another system. Or maybe you have a [...]

How to Build & Test Your Next Web Project with PowerShell

2015-02-06T08:45:34+00:00 February 6th, 2015|

…Umm, how do I work on this project again? I’ve worked on many different software projects. Typically I handle them through the course of my job, but there’s been times where I’ve dug into some existing open source projects. Getting your head around a new project can be daunting. There’s always volumes of [...]

SharePoint 2013 Foundation: Remove GUIDs from Search database

2015-01-13T08:30:57+00:00 January 13th, 2015|

How to scrub those GUIDs to rename your search service application databases in SharePoint 2013 One of the limitations of provisioning a search service application in SharePoint Foundation 2013 is that you have to use the Farm Configuration Wizard in Central Administration. When using this method to provision the search service [...]

Modify Search Topology in SharePoint Server 2013

2014-08-18T11:30:25+00:00 August 18th, 2014|

There are many differences between SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013, not only an end user perspective, but also from administrator and developer perspectives as well. Let’s focus on one important administrative difference: Search Service Application. […]

Integrate your PowerShell Scripts with SCOrch

2014-07-02T08:30:32+00:00 July 2nd, 2014|

Understanding SCOrch Runbooks and PowerShell If you’re not familiar with “SCOrch”, it stands for System Center Orchestrator. Orchestrator serves the role as the “automater” in Microsoft’s System Center suite, and it’s used to create “Runbooks” which are basically workflows that are used to complete a series of tasks. […]