SharePoint Site restore error duplicate site found with name already exists

When trying to restore a site down to a test server for developers to work with the other day I got a big red error in PowerShell that said the site was already created in SharePoint in another place. I retried the restore a couple of different ways, but I kept getting the error: Duplicate […]

2013 Upgrade blocker: missing media web part file

This article is to describe how I resolved a very odd error in the ULS logs and with some external help, I was able to figure out and remove it to get the issue out of the way for an upcoming conversion from 2013 to 2016. The error showed up when I ran Upgrade-SPContentDatabase on […]

Missing Pages library from Publishing site – Upgrade blocker

I wanted to describe an upgrade error I ran across the other day in a SharePoint 2016 site that needed to be cleared in order for the content database to be upgraded correctly. First, the error I received when trying to do Upgrade-SPContentDatabase: Feature upgrade action ‘CustomUpgradeAction.Activate404ErrorPage’ threw an exception upgrading Feature ‘Publishing’ (Id: 15/’22a9ef51-737b-4ff2-9346-694633fe4416′) […]

SPTechCon Austin 2019

Back on February 10-13th I had the privilege of attending the SPTechCon conference in Austin, Texas for the first time. Boy what a great conference! Even though the weather for the week was rainy and cold for this time in Austin, the content and learning opportunities more than made up for it. I arrived on […]

Compare 2 similar Excel files with the Inquire Add-In

Note: this was only tested in Excel 2019. Office 365 Pro Plus has something called Compare sheets similar to this function I had the need the other day to compare two excel files that had some information in them from exported SharePoint lists. They were very similar, but I didn’t know of a good way […]

Why you should disable Nintex Automatic Database Mapping

There are a few things that after I learn them, make me want to immediately share with as many people as possible. This is definitely one of those moments. After starting a migration project where I work involving some cleanup with Nintex workflow content databases, I’ve run into something that everyone should check in their […]

Handling large lists with SharePoint on premises

If you have spent much time working with SharePoint, you know that once a group of users likes it to store information in libraries or Lists, you can certainly tell. Ultimately what happens is you get an email (or call, or service ticket) one day that says “Hey we are getting some kind of error […]

SharePoint resources for demos

Today’s post I thought I would include in order to find anything needed to create a working demo of SharePoint locally. Nowadays,  Azure or other cloud providers make this much easier, but if you want more control you can spin up your own locally. Windows Server 2019 (still beta as of now) https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/Windows-Server-Insiders/bd-p/WindowsServerInsiders 2016 https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-server-2016 […]

Office Files too big? Inspect them!

Today I had a problem with a group of users that were trying to work with a very large PowerPoint file in SharePoint and didn’t realize until I downloaded a local copy of the file that it was too big to work with through Office Web Apps. So I did some digging around to see […]

SharePoint giving all zeros for correlation id

I had an interesting error come across today when I was working on a new Nintex form list. I have been doing some power user training in my company lately and a few of my users have taken the plunge and started creating their own electronic forms in Nintex. Which is awesome! It’s a great […]