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Infrastructure SharePoint

Troubleshooting Tip of the Day… Network Configuration – Wrong Gateway

For those of you that have ever setup a server with two NICs, you probably know that it’s usually best to either a) team the NICs to have greater performance, or b) have them on completely separate LANs and only have one that is registered in DNS with the domain name that you are hosting out your site through.A few weeks ago, while working on a dev lab MOSS Server in a medium farm configuration I ran into a problem where the server in question was configured with the same gateway on both NICs, but the NICs were in completely separate subnets, thereby causing some traffic to drop as the NIC attempting to pass traffic to a gateway which was not situated on the subnet for which the NIC was configured for. Needless to say after scratching my head for a while and wondering why 500 error messages were coming up sporadically and after checking the supporting AD infrastructure it was back to the basics of checking network connections. Fortunately after about five minutes of reviewing adapter configurations the issue was remedied by removing the DNS registration of the secondary NIC (used for backups and remote desktop administration) in addition to removing the gateway so that all traffic requests would be responding through the primary NIC.

Level of difficulty in resolving the issue – pretty low, however definitely recommend some basic networking courses to all the aspiring SharePoint Infrastructure Engineers out there so that they’re able to troubleshoot their surrounding network for issues which may affect their system.

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Infrastructure SharePoint

Things not to do when figuring MOSS out…

So I decided that it wouldn’t be a bad idea to really get at the guts of MOSS and figure out just how PSConfig works and what the different application pools are useful for.

So the first lesson learned of the day is that the web application for Office Server really should never be toyed – if you delete it you might as well just reinstall MOSS all together :)

Second lesson learned of the day, there is no real good way of migrating MOSS from one SQL server to another without rebuilding the server’s MOSS instance and then reattaching the content databases and if you’re lucky, getting the SSP’s in as well.

Any other lessons learned out there that anyone else would like to share?

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Infrastructure SharePoint WSS

70-630… and check…

So after inadvertently forgetting to move the 70-630 exam so that I might be able to get some study time in, I decided to suck it up and go take the exam at the time I’d originally scheduled it for… The exam went by pretty quickly as I completed it in about 35 minutes – only to press submit and have a sinking feeling that I failed from lack of studying (I guess I like to go for perfection).

But no, actually I passed with flying colors this morning. Overall the exam was pretty simple and quite easier than the WSS exam which actually required knowledge of infrastructure and how the platform really works. Best of luck to those that are off to take this exam!

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Certification SharePoint

70-631… check

So this morning on a whim I decided to test out my skills and took 70-631 at a local testing center. About 45 minutes later I was walking out with a smirk on my face thinking “Oh yeah”. Needless to say, it was a nice accomplishment after not having studied (and no I didn’t stay in a Holidfay Inn Express last night), so I guess there’s something to be said for being a Systems Architect with about 9 months of MOSS / WSSv3 work under my belt. So on to 70-630 sometime later this week.

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SharePoint Solutions WSS

WSSv2: Photo Library Pet Peeve

I give Microsoft credit for having developed a highly usable framework for the Windows SharePoint Services v2 platform, however I do have to say that they left a lot of room for improvement between v2 and the newly released v3 (which is highly improved in many aspects).

For those who have not yet upgraded, I do have to say that one pet peeve of the v2 platform for me at least, is the Photo Library and its inability to mass edit metadata stored in the Photo Library. For instance, if you were to create a photo library and dump a few hundred images in via “Upload Multiple Files”, for any custom metadata column you have added to the photo library, it selects the default and appends that to the newly uploaded images. This is the common and expected behaviour, however, one would think that similarly to a document library you would have the capability to edit in a datasheet view quickly the information pertaining to the photos, but unfortunately no such capability exists.

Anyone have a workaround solution of any sort for this sort of mass editing?