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Unable to Uninstall SharePoint 2013

The Problem

The other day I was attempting to fix what appeared to be a configuration issue with our farm.  We were receiving version mismatch errors when running code within our farm.  It turned out there was two problems.  First the farm did indeed have a misconfiguration (I am writing about that one separately) and it was found one of our servers in the farm wasn’t functioning properly due to a recent patch not applying properly.  This post discusses the steps I took and the end result.

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Out-Of-The-Box (OOTB) Reporting in SharePoint (Part 2): Audit Reports

This is the second part in my series on reports provided in SharePoint.  Today I am going to focus on the OOTB SharePoint audit logs that will generate reports you can run as a site collection administrator.  The data gathering for these reports is not enabled by default so I will show you how to do that.  I will also discuss what you can get from the reports and how you can configure them to search for data you need.

You can view part one of this series by clicking here.

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Out-Of-The-Box (OOTB) Reporting in SharePoint (Part 1): Web Analytic Reports

I have seen over time that new users have asked about reporting in SharePoint.  Usually it is in a forum post which isn’t always the best place to provide an answer as the answer can be quite detailed, so I decided to do a write-up and if someone asks, I can direct them here instead of re-writing in a medium that isn’t quite as nice for the requirements of the answer.  Not only that, I have seen blog posts with posts that are only about one report and not about any of the others.  I would like to discuss all the OOTB reports in one place so anyone looking can find them all.  This isn’t going to be anything new or cutting edge for the experienced SharePoint user.  It’s intended for the person that is new to SharePoint or looking for basic info on SharePoint.

To put it bluntly, SharePoint doesn’t have a lot of OOTB reporting.  You aren’t going to find a lot of user reports or detailed usage logs within SharePoint.  Microsoft provides methods to build reports, but doesn’t provide a lot within SharePoint itself.  Companies like AvePoint, Share-Gate and Metalogix have provided user teams with much needed reporting, but we are here to talk about what SharePoint gives you OOTB.

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Leading Practices for Planning and Implementing a SharePoint Environment

This month I traveled to Saskatoon, Edmonton and Calgary to present on the Leading Practices of Planning and Implementing a SharePoint Environment.  This was not meant as a technical discussion, but instead a discussion on implementing a SharePoint environment.  There is a bit of technical topics within it, but the focus is how to plan out your entire project to get the best SharePoint implementation you can.  I had a lot of great discussions and questions from everyone that attended and really enjoyed myself.   I promised everyone I would post my slide deck so they could reference it and use it should they choose to.

I would really like to thank the Saskatchewan SharePoint User Group,  Edmonton Microsoft User Group, and the Calgary SharePoint User Group for hosting me for these presentations.  I really enjoyed myself and hope to return soon with another presentation.  I would also like to thank Solvera Solutions for making this all possible as well.

As promised… the slide deck.

Leading Practices for Planning and Implementing SharePoint

SharePoint Business Connectivity Service – Create External Content Type and External List

Previously I have discussed SharePoint’s Business Connectivity Services specifically the External Content Type (ECT) and the External List.  Basically an ECT is a mapping of all the data that you want to surface from an external source into SharePoint.  An external list is where that ECT is surfaced into once you get it into SharePoint.  An external list is very similar to a regular SharePoint List, but some features are not available.  Some features that you don’t have include the ability to add or delete columns, quick edit, and most of the social specific features.  You can find a complete list from Microsoft here.

Today I am going to illustrate to you how to create an ECT and an external list while making use of the secure store entry I showed you how to create previously.  Today’s demo is going to be a completely “no-code” solution.  My intention is to illustrate some code based example in a later blog post, but today we are strictly doing this without writing any code.

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