SharePoint Solution Deploy, retract, upgrade – What causes your SharePoint farm to go offline IISRESET (web server outage).

You may have had questions or have had others ask you:

Does a WSP deployment (Install-SPSolution) cause a farm outage?
Does a WSP deploy perform an IISRESET?
We are upgrading (Update-SPSolution) a solution, will it cause an outage?
What causes an outage when working with SharePoint WSP files?

Over the years, I have had many discussions / meetings with clients & colleagues about this and I would like to publish my findings and the links that I have had with me for a while. Let’s clarify this ambiguity:

Here are answers straight up in three scenarios:

1. Deploying a solution
Do you need to prepare for a SharePoint WFE & Farm outage / IISRESET?: Yes, it stops all Web Application app pools and then starts them all at the end.

2. Retracting a solution

Do you need to prepare for a SharePoint WFE & Farm outage / IISRESET?: Yes

Upgrading a solution

Do you need to prepare for a SharePoint WFE & Farm outage / IISRESET?: Yes, it stops all Web Application app pools and then starts them all at the end.

 

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MOSS SharePoint 2007 on Server 2008 R2 – Microsoft KB 962935

When you are installing MOSS SharePoint 2007  on a Windows 2008 R2 server, you may receive an error to look up Microsoft KB 962935

The possible cause is because you are installing MOSS2007 with SP 1 on a Windows 2008 R2 server.

To overcome this, you have two options:

1. Slip stream – extract and update your install with MOSS 2007 SP 2
– Extract OfficeServerwithSP1.exe by executing  “OfficeServerwithSP1.exe /extract:C:\MOSS\”
– Extract officeserver2007sp2-kb953334-x64-fullfile-en-us by executing  “officeserver2007sp2-kb953334-x64-fullfile-en-us /extract:C:\MOSSsp2\”
– Copying all files from “C:\MOSSsp2\” to “C:\MOSS\Updates\”

2. Download MOSS 2007 with SP2
– For 32bit
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=2E6E5A9C-EBF6-4F7F-8467-F4DE6BD6B831&displaylang=en

– For 64bit
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=3015FDE4-85F6-4CBC-812D-55701FBFB563&displaylang=en


The directory C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\wss\VirtualDirectories\80 is already being used by another IIS Web Site. Choose a different root directory for your new Web application.

When creating a new web application, you may experience this error:

The directory C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\wss\VirtualDirectories\80 is already being used by another IIS Web Site.  Choose a different root directory for your new Web application.

Solution:
1. Ensure you have a proper dns name / entry in the hosts file of your server for the new url you are wanting to create.
2. Ensure you have typed in the ‘host header’ typed in when creating the new web application.
3. If this doesnt work, open IIS Manager – Start>run> inetmgr> and verify the home directory – it could be located on a different drive.


Content type ‘0x01010007FF3E057FA8AB4AA42FCB67B453FFC100E214EEE741181F4E9F7ACC43278EE811’ not found in web

You may sometimes see this error when creating a new page in a SharePoint MOSS 2007 publishing portal.

“Content type ‘0x01010007FF3E057FA8AB4AA42FCB67B453FFC100E214EEE741181F4E9F7ACC43278EE811’ not found in web ‘http://yoururl’

Two step solution:

1. Go to Central Admin, Application Management, User Permissions for Web Application.
Ensure “Use Client Integration Features” and “Use Remote Interfaces” are enabled.

2. Go to Central Admin, Application Management, Policy for Web Application.
Add your user account with Full Control and Finish!

You may have to do an IISRESET and you should be able to create new pages.


SharePoint stsadm commands reference

Are you stsadm hungry? I have attended many SharePoint presentations, technical talks, web casts and promotions and only a very few have discussed on whats ‘under the bonnet’ in SharePoint. Probably now is the time for us to dig deeper into the behind-the-scenes, more powerful SharePoint that Administrators and Developers need to be very familiar with.

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SharePoint database maintenance

In this article.. learn how to maintain your SharePoint 2007 database (best practices).

Once you have won all your SharePoint battles, its no time for relaxing.. its time for your next task!
Have you wondered what are some of the ways you could ‘make’ SharePoint go faster? Are you confident to say that your SharePoint databases are at an optimum? The database administrators I have worked with stay far away from SharePoint databases. This time, I got on to the task myself..
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SharePoint 2010 screenshots & videos

Are you wanting to know what SharePoint 2010 looks like? I was thrilled to see the changes in SharePoint 2010.

There are three videos from Microsoft, which has sneak peak of SharePoint 2010. Its quite a good tour of SharePoint 2010.
You will get to see Central Administration, Best Practices Analyzer, Developer Tools, Visual 2010 SharePoint tools, the new “Ribbon” and much more!

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Microsoft SharePoint 2010 – features, system requirements

Microsoft will ship the new SharePoint 2010 along with Office 2010 in the first half of next year (Beta – late 2009).
There has been a few questions about the name of SharePoint 2010.
Basically, we presently have three SharePoint server versions:
1. Windows SharePoint Services
2. Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Standard
3. Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Enterprise

From now onwards it will be just Microsoft SharePoint 2010 (without the “office”).

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Host headers for SharePoint / Rename Web Application

Note: This article is old and may not be revised to reflect changes with the product terminology etc. This was written for WSS/MOSS 2007, Windows 2003 and IIS 6.

Change your existing host header in SharePoint ( WSS or MOSS 2007 )

Do you want to publish your SharePoint intranet or internet site to your users with a nice friendly url (or hostheader)?

This article can be also used if you want to rename your web application.

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SharePoint installed without Active Directory

When installing SharePoint 2007 (MOSS 2007) or WSS 3.0  from the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard, you may ask, ‘what do I do if I want to connect SharePoint using SQL authentication, rather than Microsoft’s Active Directory?’
You may want to connect SharePoint to its configuration database using a locked down SQL user account to isolate your front end website from Active Directory.

Using the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard, it may appear to be impossible to get past the DOMAIN\User_Name as required in the wizard.

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