An obscure “failed to create the configuration database” issue…

Hi all You would think that after years of installing SharePoint in various scenarios, that I would be able to get past step 3 in the configuration wizard (the step that creates the configuration database). But today I almost got nailed by an issue that – while in… Continue reading

The cloud is not the problem-Part 4: Industry shakeout and playing with the big kids…

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Cloud

Hi all Welcome to the fourth post about the adaptive change that cloud computing is going to have on practitioners, paradigms and organisations. The previous two posts took a look at some of the dodgier side of two of the industries biggest players, Microsoft and Amazon. While I… Continue reading

The cloud is not the problem–Part 3: When silos strike back…

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Cloud

Send to Kindle What can Ikea fails tell us about cloud computing? My next door neighbour is a builder. When he moved next door, the house was an old piece of crap. Within 6 months, he completely renovated it himself, adding in two bedrooms, an underground garage and all sorts… Continue reading

Troubleshooting SharePoint (People) Search 101

I’ve been nerding it up lately SharePointwise, doing the geeky things that geeks like to do like ADFS and Claims Authentication. So in between trying to get my book fully edited ready for publishing, I might squeeze out the odd technical SharePoint post. Today I had to troubleshoot… Continue reading

Consequences of complexity–the evilness of the SharePoint 2010 User Profile Service

Hiya A few months back I posted a relatively well behaved rant over the ridiculously complex User Profile Service Application of SharePoint 2010. I think this component in particular epitomises SharePoint 2010’s awful combination of “design by committee” clunkiness, along with real-world sheltered Microsoft product manager groupthink which… Continue reading

More User Profile Sync issues in SP2010: Certificate Provisioning Fun

Wow, isn’t the SharePoint 2010 User Profile Service just a barrel of laughs. Without a bit of context, when you compare it to SP2007, you can do little but shake your head in bewilderment at how complex it now appears. I have a theory about all of this.… Continue reading