In this article I will show you how to re-start al the instances of the SharePoint Timer Service in a SharePoint farm by means of PowerShell and the Server Side Object Model. Both approaches are quite similar as you will see in the code. Let’s start :-).
As you know, SharePoint Property Bags are a powerful mechanism we have available in SharePoint to create and define configuration properties at the different logical levels in the platform architecture: Farm, Web Application, Site Collection, Site, List / Document Library and Folder). SharePoint Property bags are very useful to store configuration properties such as Database connection strings, specific data for the solutions we are building, etc. Finally, It’s a best practice to use Property Bags to store and retrieve such configuration properties required by our SharePoint solutions. In this article I will so you how to create and update SharePoint Property Bags from a CSV file using PowerShell so you can automate the process of maintaining your Property Bags in your SharePoint deployment.
Undoubtedly, SharePoint search is one of the most powerful features available in the platform not only for the out of the box features but also for the multiple extensibility points provided. In this post we will see how we can improve the search user experience through search query suggestions imported in SharePoint using the power provided by PowerShell. Read the rest of this entry »
One of the most common administration tasks when managing a SharePoint environment is to have under control the sizes of the SharePoint content databases available in a SharePoint farm. Although there are several possibilities to get this information, I recommend you to use Windows PowerShell so you can take advantage of the features and great capabilities it provides when doing SharePoint administration task. As you will learn in this article, you can easily get the size for your SharePoint Content Databases by means of a PowerShell Script.
As SharePoint developers, sometimes we need to do some IT Pro stuff such as creating a PowerShell Scripts for doing common tasks: deploying .WSP solutions to the farm, create some auxiliary lists, etc. In order to create and execute these scripts you can use the SharePoint 2013 Management Console or the Microsoft ISE (Integrated Shell Script Environment) as your scripting tools. However, most of the time we are using Visual Studio for our programming stuff and we don’t feel happy switching from Visual Studio to the scripting tool we have chosen…so the question around the corner is if there is a way to execute PowerShell Scripts in our favorite development tool.
In my previous article about upgrading from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013, I explained how to complete this task by using the Database Attach upgrade method. This technique implies the necessity to use some PowerShell cmdlets available in SharePoint 2013 to work with either content databases or service applications ones.
If you want to move a site from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013 Public Preview, you cannot use the In-place upgrade method and related upgrade hybrid approaches available when upgrading from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2010. At the moment, there is only one valid approach to upgrade to a CloudShare SharePoint 2013 Public Preview environment, and that is by making a content database attach upgrade to a new SharePoint 2013 public preview farm. This means you will have to make a backup of your existing content databases and restore them on a SharePoint 2013 farm.
As you know by now, Microsoft released a public preview of SharePoint 2013 products & technologies a couple of weeks ago.A lot of new cool stuff was built on top of the strong pillars of SharePoint 2010. If you want to start checking out the new goodies coming with SharePoint 2013, I recommend you try CloudShare’s SharePoint 2013 template described by Chris here.
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At CloudShare we know that once you experience it and use it, you will fall in love with ProPlus. That’s why we designed the first ever CloudShare SharePoint Experts Hackathon in coordination with the LinkedIn SharePoint Experts group!
We sought to engage users through a competition that included ProPlus and SharePoint. We knew it would be fun but we never anticipated just how rewarding the hackathon would be for participants. This posts announces the WINNERS, explains the challenge, the scoring, the player stats, and more!
In order to effectively make changes to your SharePoint solution, it is beneficial to maintain a complete list of custom artifacts deployed to your environment. Read the rest of this entry »