SharePoint fails to create Configuration Database for a new farm

Problem Description A new installation of SharePoint fails to provision a new farm due to a failure while creating the configuration database. Example: Here is the exception stack from the PSCDiagnostics log: 01/11/2018 13:37:00 10 ERR Exception: Microsoft.SharePoint.Upgrade.SPUpgradeException: One or more types failed to load. Please refer to the upgrade log for more details. at […]

Symptom Unable to join any servers to your Production SharePoint Farm. PSConfig is failing with error “Keyset does not exist”   From PSCDiagnostics Log: 11/07/2017 10:48:24 14 ERR Exception: System.Security.Cryptography.CryptographicException: Keyset does not exist at System.Security.Cryptography.Utils.CreateProvHandle(CspParameters parameters, Boolean randomKeyContainer) at System.Security.Cryptography.Utils.GetKeyPairHelper(CspAlgorithmType keyType, CspParameters parameters, Boolean randomKeyContainer, Int32 dwKeySize, SafeProvHandle& safeProvHandle, SafeKeyHandle& safeKeyHandle) at System.Security.Cryptography.RSACryptoServiceProvider.GetKeyPair() at […]

Symptom After installing the September 2017 security patch for Outlook, Veritas Enterprise Vault shortcuts are no longer working. Cause This is a known issue which occurs after installing the security updates listed in the following KB articles.   Outlook 2007 Outlook 2010 Outlook 2013 Outlook 2016 After applying this update, custom form script is now […]

Symptom Downloading results from a SharePoint site query fails partly through the export with the following error: “The content can no longer be saved to the export location. Please ensure that it is available and has sufficient space.” Cause This problem was caused by an authentication context switch when attempting to download an InfoPath Form. […]

Summary I worked on a long running RBS case where the customer followed the steps in our TechNet Article , which resulted in SharePoint throwing an the following error while uploading files to a document library, after enabling RBS. w3wp.exe (0x0EF0)         0x24E4  SharePoint Foundation  Runtime               tkau                Unexpected System.Runtime.InteropServices.COMException: The URL ‘Shared Documents/document1.docx’ is invalid.  It […]

Summary The blog referenced in the resource section below does a great job at demonstrating how to create a new SharePoint Web Application Pool and associate it with the Web App using PowerShell. However, as mentioned in the blog the process is a little different for Service Applications. The following information is just a quick […]

Outlook / Unable to view the body of plain text message inside Outlook

Symptom You may be unable to view the body of plain text message inside Outlook and find it does work in safe mode. Example: Cause This issue can be caused by a hidden option in “Signatures and Stationery” within the “Composing and reading plain text messages” section. If this is the case, your client may have non-default settings […]

Summary: The following PowerShell script was written for my post on configuring TLS between SharePoint and Exchange. However, since it was buried in process, I wanted to create a separate post just sharing the script, because it will be easier to maintain and use separately when needed. Why use a script anyway? I find this script […]