Next BIWUG Session

August 23, 2011 Leave a comment

BIWUG, the Belux Information Worker User Group – – is announcing another session about SharePoint 2010 on Thursday September 8th 2011 in the RealDolmen Huizingen offices.

18:00-18:30 Welcome with sandwich lunch
18:30-19:30 SQL Server for SharePoint Geeks (Speaker – Thomas Vochten – @Thomasvochten). Topics: which SQL Server editions to use, configuration best practices, common misconceptions and its impact on SharePoint.
19:30-19:45 Break
19:45-20:45 Office 365 – but mainly SharePoint Online – from a technical perspective (Speaker – Joris Poelmans – @jopxtwits) Topics: focus on SharePoint Online both from an administrator and developer standpoint.

Location: RealDolmen Industriezone Zenneveld, Vaucampslaan 42, 1654 Huizingen, Belgium (Roadmap in PDF format)

Entrance: Free but registration is required on the BIWUG site –

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Windows Azure Platform Training Kit – February 2011 Update

March 17, 2011 Leave a comment




The February 2011 update of the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit includes
several updates and bug fixes for the hands-on labs.   Most of the updates were
focused on supporting the new Windows Azure AppFabric February CTP and the new
portal experience for AppFabric Caching, Access Control, and the Service Bus.   
The specific content that was updated in this release includes:
· Hands-on Lab – Building Windows Azure Apps with the Caching service
· Hands-on Lab – Using the Access Control Service to Federate with Multiple Business Identity Providers
· Hands-on Lab – Introduction to the AppFabric Access Control Service V2
· Hands-on Lab – Introduction to the Windows Azure AppFabric Service Bus Futures
· Hands-on Lab – Advanced Web and Worker Roles – fixed PHP installer script
· Demo Script – Rafiki PDC Keynote Demo
The setup scripts for all hands-on labs and demo scripts have also been updated so that the content can easily be used on a machine running Windows 7 SP1.
You can download the February update of the Windows Azure Platform Training kit from here:
We’re also continuing to publish the hands-on labs directly to MSDN to make it easier for developers to review and use the content without having to download an entire training kit package.  You can browse to all of the HOLs here:  Feel free to blog or tweet these URLs.
You can start building your application on it in 3 simple and easy to do steps:
1. Download the Tools:
Get Visual Studio Express and the Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio to start building and debugging applications for the Windows Azure Platform
If you have already Visual Studio installed you can download the tools directly from
2. Setup an Account:
Set up an account and obtain a free subscription for accessing the online portals for Windows Azure, SQL Azure and Windows Azure AppFabric. You can learn more about the accounts or you can sign up directly and get the trial
3. Create your First application and Deploy it on the Windows Azure Platform:
First learn how to create a simple ASP.NET application in Visual Studio for Windows Azure on your local machine Once successfully created, learn how to deploy this application on the Windows Azure Platform
When all steps are executed successfully you should have running your first application on the Windows Azure Platform!
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Error: The file ‘C:\FASTSearch\etc\middleware.cfg’ was not found.

March 17, 2011 Leave a comment

If you are doing a multi-server install of FAST for SharePoint 2010 you may end up with this error. Possible causes:

  • You specified the wrong Base Port.
  • You did not configure your firewall properly to open up the necessary ports.
  • You forgot to reboot your admin server. To make sure that FAST is running properly, use nctrl status on the admin machine.
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Using SPModule to install SharePoint – DateTime Issue with the StartDate

March 17, 2011 1 comment

If you are getting a datetime issue (cannot convert to DateTime) with the out of the box SharePoint install with SPModule when using the New-SharePointFarm command change line 81 of New-SharePointFarm.ps1 from

    $RunSettings.StartTime = Get-Date -Format ‘dd-MMM-yyyy HH:mm:ss’
    $RunSettings.StartTime = Get-Date -Format ‘dd-MM-yyyy HH:mm:ss’

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[QuickNews] SharePoint Server 2010 performance and capacity test results and recommendations

March 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Microsoft released the whitepapers regarding the performance impact of specific features of SharePoint 2010. The following whitepapers have been released:

  • BCSCapacityPlanningDoc.docx
  • DesigningLargeListsMaximizingListPerformance.docx
  • LargeScaleDocRepositoryCapacityPlanningDoc.docx
  • MySitesSocialComputingCapacityPlanningDoc.docx
  • OfficeWebAppsCapacityPlanningDoc.docx
  • SearchforSPServer2010CapacityPlanningDoc.docx
  • SharePointServerCachesPerformance.docx
  • VisioServicesCapacityPlanningDoc.docx
  • WASCapacityPlanningDoc.docx



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unable to start debugging. the silverlight developer runtime is not installed.

March 17, 2011 Leave a comment

If you get the message: "unable to start debugging. the silverlight developer runtime is not installed." after installing the Silverlight 4 Tools, it might be that something went wrong with the installation. Install the Developer Runtime from this link: and everything will work just fine.

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Crawl status The search service is not able to connect to the machine that hosts the administration component. Verify that the administration component ‘guid’ in search application is in a good state and try again.

March 17, 2011 Leave a comment

I got this error on a freshly installed SharePoint 2010 environment at the customer location. We tried quite a few things to resolve the error, we checked the application pool identities but nothing seemed to be fixing the error. What we tried: – check the identities of the application pools of the search service application and the search administration – added the identity to the local admin group(bad, I know, but we had to try stuff) – re-run the configuration wizard In the end we decided to remove the Search Application and add it again. Once we did that everything the same error popped up. But when we checked 3 minutes later everything ran perfectly fine. In the end I can’t say if it was a combination of things that fixed the search or if it was just the re-adding of the search application. My advice, re-run the configuration wizard, and if that doesn’t do the trick, remove the search application and add it again.

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