SharePoint 2010 - RTM: June 2010

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Tom Rizzo, Senior Director at MS for the SharePoint Product, announced a little while back at SP Tech Con in San Fran.... that the SharePoint 2010 RTM should be available June 2010...


SQL 2008 & .Net 3.5 Error

Friday, 22 May 2009

When trying to Add components to my SQL 2008 Installation, I keep getting the following message:

"Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 installation has failed. SQL Server 2008 Setup requires .NET Framework to be installed."

The Odd thing is I have .Net 3.5 with SP1, so I reinstall, uninstall and pretty much waste half a day searching high and low for a resolve. I have SQL 2008 SP1, even try the mega CU1 update, reintall Windows installer 4.5 - but no change...

When you try to add components to SQL via Control Panel Add\Remove programs it prompts you for an installation source, I navigate to it, a menu to Add, Remove or repair then appears, on selecting an option, the error above appears almost immediately.

Apparently, it checks the \x64\redist\dotnetframeworks (or x86 for 32bit) for the dotnetfx35setup.exe.

I downloaded a fresh bootstrapper from the Microsoft .Net download site, and replace - still no joy!

Anyway, I've finally fixed it!

The original installation was downloaded from MSDN. So I downloaded the 180 trial version of SQL Server 2008 from Microsoft Technet not MSDN! and pointed to that as the installation source and the wizard goes through without a hitch!

It Seems the version on MSDN downloads is a bit 'dodgy'!!

Hope that helps anyone avoid the pain I went through in the last day, not to mention the pain my customers gone through for weeks!


SP2 Bug.. Expiry Activated

An annoucment was made this morning regarding a bug with the Office Servers Service Pack 2...

Apparently, a production expiration date is automatically activated and the updated product will expire after 180 days.

Products affected:

  • Office SharePoint Server 2007
  • Project Server 2007
  • Form Server 2007
  • Search Server 2008
  • Search Server 2008 Express.
Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 is not affected by this...

A workaround is to renter your license key on the Convert License Type page in Central Administration.. no features will be disabled.

A hotfix should be available, and the kb article should be going live in the next 48 hours, keep an eye out here


Preliminary Requirements for 2010

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

The Microsoft Team blog have announced the prelimary requirements for SharePoint 2010. In a nutshell:

  • SharePoint Server 2010 will be 64-bit only.
  • SharePoint Server 2010 will require 64-bit Windows Server 2008 or 64-bit Windows Server 2008 R2.
  • SharePoint Server 2010 will require 64-bit SQL Server 2008 or 64-bit SQL Server 2005.

Also, no support for IE 6.0

More information is available here:

There are some tips on how best to prepare for upgrading to the next wave!

Service Pack 2 - Outcomes

Thursday, 30 April 2009

I installed Service Pack 2 for WSS and MOSS on two seperate environments, one was a breeze (following Shanes Almanac Instructions), and took around 1/2 hour but the other failed on Step 8 of the Configuration Wizard.

The failed installation showed up the following errors in the logs:

04/30/2009 09:32:06 8 INF Resource id to be retrieved is UpgradeTaskFailConfigSyncDisplayLabel for language English (United States)

04/30/2009 09:32:06 8 INF Resource retrieved id UpgradeTaskFailConfigSyncDisplayLabel is Failed to upgrade SharePoint Products and Technologies.

I tried various psconfig and stsadm upgrade commands, but nothing worked...

Anyway, it seems the Groupboard Workspace application was causing it to fail (as was the case with the Infrastructure Update last July) I uninstalled Groupboard 2007 from Add/Remove programs, and SP2 installed perfectly!

SP 2 offers numerous fixes and performance updates. One, I had a quick look at was the preupgradecheck.


Once you've installed SP2, goto a command prompt and type

stsadm -o preupgradecheck -localonly

after a number of checks the results will appear in the 12 hive\logs\ in a file called PreUpgradeCheck--xxxx-xxx.htm

Both my farms are fine, except the fact they both failed on 1 point - the Servers in the farm aren't 64bit Windows 2008! which is a pre req for Windows SharePoint Service 4.0!


Installing MOSS Service Pack 2

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Service Pack 2 was released yesterday, check out this link from Shane Young for all you need on downloading and installing, quickly...

The official announcement is here:

Will hopefully be installing this afternoon, and report back anything..

Service Pack 2 - April 28th

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Service Pack 2 for Office Products, due to ship April 28th...

Check out here for more detail...

Changes that will impact SharePoint:

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP2 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server SP2 include fixes and enhancements designed to improve performance, availability, and stability in your server farms. SP2 provides the groundwork for future major releases of SharePoint Products and Technologies.

  • An STSADM command line that scans your server farm to establish whether it is ready for upgrade to the next version of SharePoint and provides feedback and best practice recommendations on your current environment.
  • SP2 offers support for a broader range of Web browsers.
  • Substantial improvements to Forms-based authentication.

Windows Server 2008 SP2 and Windows Server R2 will be supported on their release.

Enterprise Content Management (ECM)

  • The performance and stability of content deployment and variations feature has been improved.
  • A new tool has been added to the STSADM command-line utility that enables a SharePoint administrator to scan sites that use the variations feature for errors.

Excel Services

  • SP2 makes it easier to configure Excel Web Access Web Parts on new sites.
  • Several rendering, calculation, and security issues have been resolved.
  • Some display issues have been addressed.
  • Improved compatibility with Mozilla Firefox browsers.