Robots.txt

When SharePoint is used for public facing websites, there are a lot of files and locations that should not be crawled by Search Engines.  Most Search Engines respect the rules defined in a special file called robots.txt to identify areas that should not be crawled. The Search Engines expect to find a robots.txt file at […]

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 SharePoint Databases Knowledge Base

SharePoint depends on databases for everything: without a healthy SQL Server installation, SharePoint will not work at all.  As part of it’s dependence on SQL Server, SharePoint creates multiple databases when it is installed and when new service applications are created, more databases are created and finally, SharePoint Administrator’s can create new databases to store […]

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 PowerPivot for SharePoint: Lessons Learned and Useful Links

When designing a new SharePoint farm there are some decisions that are easy to make and for which there are useful examples such as the number of SharePoint servers that will be required and the distribution of the SharePoint Service applications. It is considerably harder in all circumstances to make design decisions when the expected […]

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 Find SharePoint Features with PowerShell

I was recently asked by a client for a way to find out what features are activated as site and site collection level. The following PowerShell is the easiest way I know: if ((Get-PSSnapin -Name “microsoft.sharepoint.powershell” -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue) -eq $null ) { Write-Host “Adding SharePoint Snap-in” -ForegroundColor Cyan; Add-PSSnapin microsoft.sharepoint.powershell -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue; } else { […]

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