SharePoint

Summary It’s a best practice to test the compatibility of a migrated content database against the new target Farm before attaching the database and allowing users to access the migrated sites. This compatibly test is achieved by running Test-SPContentDatabase. Sounds too easy, right? Well, I recently worked on a case where “Test-SPContentDatabase” was reporting missing […]

SharePoint / How is mail deleted from the “DROP” Folder?

Summary I recently worked on a case that involved slow incoming mail destined to SharePoint libraries. We found the problem was caused by a buildup of mail in the “drop” folders across multiple servers. Looking closer at the issue, we found that most of the messages were intended for aliases that no longer existed.   […]

Is SMTP Auth Really Working?

Summary Now that SharePoint 2019 supports SMTP authentication you have the option to relay e-mail from SharePoint to any SMTP server that supports SMTP authentication. However, if you are using a port that falls back to anonymous, how do you if it’s authenticating and not just falling back to anonymous? Let’s look at the traffic […]

SharePoint requests fail when memory is low

Summary When working in virtual labs, I don’t always adhere to best practices. For example, we all know the minimum memory recommendation for SharePoint is 16GB for production use. So, when testing in my labs, SharePoint web requests may fail. As a result, I find myself troubleshooting the issue, only to find the failure was […]

Does SharePoint 2019 still need the SMTP Service?

Summary Now that SharePoint 2019 public preview has been released, the official deprecated / removed list has been published. After reading this you may have noticed that “Incoming email automatic mode” has been removed from the product.   Incoming email automatic mode As announced by the Windows Server team, Microsoft is deprecating the IIS 6 […]

Finally – SMTP Authentication included with SharePoint 2019

Summary On July 24, 2018 Microsoft has announced the availability of both SharePoint Server 2019 Preview and Project Server 2019 Preview. One of the features I’m excited about is SMTP Authentication directly from SharePoint. This means, there is no need to setup a standalone SMTP relay just for SharePoint to send outgoing e-mail when authentication is required. […]

Unable to access Crawl History from SharePoint Central Admin

Summary Have you experienced an issue where “Crawl History” is inaccessible in your Farm and throwing error, “Could not find stored procedure ‘Search_GetRepositoryTimePerCrawl’“? If so, you may have some across this blog https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/sambetts/2014/12/10/sharepoint-2013-crawl-history-error/ which details how the store procedure is created and the issue could be that the timer job to complete the provisioning is […]