Archive for month: January, 2012

Wishlist: SharePoint 2013

31 Jan 2012
January 31, 2012

Yesterday the SharePoint 2013 SDK (Preview) was released and that made me thinking:

What are my wishes for SharePoint 2013

  1. FAST for SharePoint as Service Application
    • That’s my top wish. Easier provisioning of FAST and easier (cheaper :)) licensing, e.g. coupled with ECALs, would help FS4SP to cover more ground.
    • The same applies to Reporting Services with SQL 2012 (Denali) so I think my wish could come true.
  2. jQuery Integration (no silverlight anymore! )
    • Drag and Drop everywhere
    • More ajax / WCF-Webservices
  3. Metro-Style MasterPages
  4. Better Linq for SharePoint
    • Support impersonation!
  5. Powershell everywhere
    • Configuring something in the Central Administration and the option to get the configuration changes as a powershell script – would love it! I heard somewhere that’s the way Exchange does it…


More wishes to come

I think that’s a good start, I will update the post with more wishes over time.

How about your wishes? Share them please!


Patch: Cumulative Update December 2011

27 Jan 2012
January 27, 2012

I installed a new SharePoint demo and developing environment on my notebook and started with the slip-streamed installation of SharePoint with SP1 included.

After configuring everything I tried to upload some Pictures to the UserProfiles I created in my Active Directory (synchronization did work!!!) but I got faced with this nice error:

I really love the User Profile Service

I did some research and found out that the SharePoint 2010 Cumulative Update December 2012 should fix some problems of the User Profile Service (still wondering why this could pass the quality control…).

It works!

So after 3 times downloading the 1.1gb uber-patch (it includes the SharePoint Foundation updates and the languages packs) I started the updated and … waited. I really dont know how long it took to update, after 30 Minutes of no progress I decided to go to bed – this morning I saw the update was successfully installed. After that I rebooted.

Remember: After the update you have to run

or the SharePoint Configuration Wizard to update the Content-DBs and get every other bit updated.


Read the KB first. Only download and install the CU after carefully testing it on a TEST system:



Any other experiences with this CU?

Please feel free to share it in the comments, would love it!

Fast for SharePoint: Build & version numbers

26 Jan 2012
January 26, 2012

Ever wondered what FAST for SharePoint (FS4SP) version is currently installed? Ever checked if every server in the search cluster has the same version?

Check the version!

The best approach is – open “Program and Features” and check the version there:

With “View installed updates” you can even see if Cumulative Updates have been installed.

Please be aware that not all files are updated after a patch so the versions in other files or tools can be different.

The stale “version.xml”

If you stumble accross the\etc\version.xml (e.g. C:\FASTSearch\etc\version.xml) file you can see the version number – but its not updated even if you install SP1.

FAST for SharePoint versio.xml

Versions (incomplete, to be continued):

FAST For SharePoint Versions/Builds
Version Description
14.0.4763.1000 FAST for SharePoint RTM
14.0.6029.1000 FAST for SharePoint Service Pack 1
14.0.6029.1000 FAST for SharePoint Service Pack 1 with CU June 2011

As you can see there is no version difference between SP1 and CU June 2011.


Did I miss a version? Cumulative Updates anyone?



Update 1 (30.01.2012)

As mentioned by Dan in the comments its better to directly check Programs and Features. I updated the post, thanks Dan!

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