SharePoint Administration ….

1) SharePoint Administration Kit from Axceler

by Marcello Tonarelli 

Both Microsoft SharePoint administration and SharePoint governance are growing concerns in many organizations

2) SharePoint Performance Monitor v2.0

3)Free SharePoint Health Monitor Tool 

4) Out of the box Functionality of SharePoint 2010 

5) Microsoft Dynamics CRM integration with SharePoint Online is here 

6) SharePoint Site Collection Lock and Unlocking 

7) SharePoint Search service is in Starting or Stopping state ? 


8 Most Used Feature in SharePoint

1.            Corporate Directory

SharePoint Developers have integrated a corporate directory feature that will serve as an electronic file for a company. Having this feature eliminates the tedious process of looking at every file stored in the file cabinet

Corporate Directories can be helpful in looking for certain information about an employee It can also allow a user to search for profiles on a last name or first name basis making information accessibility easier. Also, it just takes seconds to a minute to display all searches in a printable format.

2.            HR policies, Corporate Information, Guidelines

Corporate Information, policies and other guidelines are being studied by the newly hired employee to be able to have a harmonious working relationship with other employee. This is one of the many reason why company information is shared on the intranet Since in most organization the guidelines are created by higher authority, information dissemination is important for the guidelines to be implemented. It can also include rules, norms, the company’s success or undertakings and other work related information that will be useful and needs to be known to the employees.

3.            Status Updates (microblogging)

Similar to the social blogging function, microblogging in SharePoint is intended to express the ideas and feelings of an individual. It can be in the form of a status update, which will be shown not only on the profile page of the user but also to other employees that are connected to that user. This feature is commonly used because it allows people within the organization to communicate and collaborate in real time speed. Other employees who are also concerned with that topic can read your post.

The difference between microblogging in SharePoint and those available in social networking sites is that you can have security in your blog. Ensuring that only people from your organization can read the blogs posted. Keeping organization related data circulating within the company and not on the entire web.  It is private in the sense that it is intended to be used within the organization but at the same time public since other employees within the organization can read your post. Similar to social networking sites, this feature will enable you to look-up your co-worker’s specific information like birthday, notes and status updates.

4.            Specific Application

The advantage of using SharePoint in your organization is that you can easily create a custom solution or an application that will address a specific need, and can be modified afterwards. This also include data/information within an organization that are in the form of databases For example, if there is a need to configure the outgoing portion of your e-mail setting you can freely do so. There are numerous ways for this to be done But usually it would need help from experts to be able to carry on creating this application.

5.            File sharing

If your organization is running for years now, then you must have tons of files about past projects, documents, contracts and other things. There is a difficulty in organizing and tracking files since they are located on different areas

Using File sharing that is readily available when using SharePoint can help you organize information, making it easier to access for future use. Instead of having many folders that contains revisions and other versions on a certain document, you will be able to have only one updated version of that document making it available to whoever will be needing it on time. Other benefits of File Sharing would be the comfort of sending links to employees rather than attaching files one by one. It is also a fast and easy way to find documents and organizing files.

6.            Employee Forum

The employee forum can also be called as a discussion forum which by default has one discussion board available. Discussion board can be customized Forum allows the most recent topic discussed to be shown to the employee This helps the company have a general idea on their employee’s thoughts. It also serves as a central information source for employees.

7.            Calendar sharing

Calendar sharing is commonly used by large teams in organizing their project schedules, deadlines, leaves and vacations in order to check and avoid conflicts with other events that are already planned for the organization.

You can be able to see more than one calendar at a time. SharePoint offers the option to view your calendar together with other outlook calendars you have.

8.            General Search

Many organizations do not give much attention to the general search function that is available even in the free version of SharePoint. General search helps you locate information when you already have a specific scope in mind It can also help you do searches on business documents, templates, guidelines, polices and others that are stored within the libraries of the organization. When you modify SharePoint you can also have the PDF files indexed which will be easier to read.

9) What is SharePoint 2010 14 hive directory?

Following are some of the folders in the “14 hive” directory:

  1. Program Files\Common files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14 – This directory is the installation directory for core SharePoint Server files.
  2. Program Files\Common files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\ADMISAPI – This directory contains the SOAP services for Central Administration. If this directory is altered, remote site creation and other methods exposed in the service will not function correctly.
  3. Program Files\Common files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\CONFIG – This directory contains files used to extend IIS Web sites with SharePoint Server. If this directory or its contents are altered, Web application provisioning will not function correctly.
  4. Program Files\Common files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\LOGS – This directory contains setup and run-time tracing logs.

Following are some new folders added in the “14 hive” directory:

  1. Program Files\Common files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\Policy
  2. Program Files\Common files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\UserCode – This directory contains files used to support your sandboxed solutions.
  3. Program Files\Common files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\WebClients – This directory contains files related to the new Client Object Model.
  4. Program Files\Common files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\WebServices – This directory contains new WCF or .svc related files

9. Plan alternate access mappings (Windows SharePoint Services)

10. InfoPath form library forms cannot be filled out in a Web browser


  1. Open the central Administration
  2. Application management
  3. Service applications
  4. Configure service application associations
  5. Select the web application for whim it’s failing
  6. Click on custom
  7. It will open the service application options
  8. Select the state service check box and click OK

Once you are done with the above steps then come back to health analyzer list, click on the same rule and hit “Reanalyze now” – that’s it, you are done.

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