Heartbleed – How does it affect Microsoft Products?

At the beginning of April, a CVE (Common Vulnerabilities and Exposure) notice was posted which gave the world visibility of a bug in the OpenSSL software library which could potentially be used to steal information which was thought to be secure. Although Microsoft products are not affected by this vulnerability as they use a different ...

High Availability Incoming Email in SharePoint 2013 – a bug!

The December 2013 CU for SharePoint foundation cures a bug (or was it a feature???) that’s hampered a few 2013 deployments that we’ve recently been working on. I think it’s worthwhile blogging this – as it has potential to hit a fair few people until the patch gets rolled up in to an official service ...

Host Named Site Collections and SharePoint 2013 1

Host Named Site collections were of course available in SharePoint 2010, but weren’t used in many environments, in fact all bar one of the production deployments I’ve been involved with used path-based site collections. This new TechNet Post (and the underlying article by PFE Timo Heidschuster) explain in detail the improvements in HNSC which have been made in ...

Testing SQL I/O for SharePoint 2

I’m currently deploying a newly developed SharePoint extranet for a client on to an environment they have provided. During the initial deployment phase we had some instances where the hypervisor environment stalled completely. My client’s IT support tracked this down to a bad configuration of the iSCSI interface used to connect the (virtual – I’m still ...

Viewing PDF files in Office Web Apps

Office Web Apps are a great addition to a SharePoint environment. Out-of-the-box you get a free solution which allows your users to view the contents of Microsoft Office documents. In the February Cumulative Update for OWA, Microsoft introduced a rather handy feature – the ability to load a PDF file in to the Word Web ...

Search Architecture changes in SharePoint 2013

I wasn’t able to make the SUGUK meeting focussed on Search which was held yesterday evening, which was a shame as Neil Hodgkinson was presenting – and if there’s anything that Neil doesn’t know about search – it’s not worth knowing! Fortunately Neil has placed his slides on SkyDrive, they’re well worth a look.

Storing Media files in document libraries – 304 issues

I was today attempting to serve a SWF file out of a document library ​which was enabled for anonymous acces, but unfortunately, the document never seemed to get served. After some investigation with Fiddler I found that Sharepoint was serving an HTTP status of 304 (Not Modified) rather than sending the document. Sharepoint’s Blob caching ...