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SharePoint Crawl Error: “The SharePoint item being crawled returned an error when attempting to download the item”

I have been working with some SharePoint crawl errors today that look something like this [error]The SharePoint item being crawled returned an error when attempting to download the item[/error] There are a couple of solutions that need to be implemented to resolve this crawling failure. First off we need to tweak the registry to use the correct user-agent string
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SharePoint 2010 Cumulative Update Fails

So you have installed the latest SharePoint Cumulative Update, you then run the Products and Services Wizard only for it to fail at some point..... We need to dissect the issue so we can get a successful upgrade. First things first we need to clear the current upgrade so that everything is clean, from the command prompt run Read more

Office Web Apps 2013 Step by Step

Office Web Apps has now been split out to a completely separate server product loosely based on SharePoint but no longer reliant on it, in reality it is now the opposite.   Lync and SharePoint 2013 need Office Web Apps 2013 deployed and available to get full functionality for Web viewing of files. To start with wee need to install...
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Starting a SharePoint Service Application Proxy

If your Usage and Health Data Collection Proxy is in a stopped state here is a quick bit of PowerShell to to get it started: $sap = Get-SPServiceApplicationProxy | where-object {$_.TypeName -eq “Usage and Health Data Collection Proxy”} $sap.Provision() The above can easily be adapted to allow you to start any Service Application Proxy....
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Database Mirroring for SharePoint

I wrote an earlier article on how to configure SQL Mirroring to provide database resilience, in this article I will go through how to configure SharePoint to use this new found resiliency. Once you have configured your database mirror you need to instruct SharePoint to use it in the event...
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Fixing SharePoint DCOM Error 10016

If you are installing SharePoint 2010 using least privillage service accounts you may come across a DCOM 10016 error in your event logs, the farm still functions correctly however your event logs get cluttered up.   This is cause by your farm service account not having Local Activation permissions for IIS WAMREG service. This is easy to...
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Failed SharePoint command line upgrades

Sometimes when you are applying a cumulative update or service pack on SharePoint Servers using the following command: psconfig.exe -cmd upgrade -inplace b2b –wait -force it fails on step 3 with the following error message: "Exception: Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.SPUpdatedConcurrencyException: An update conflict has occurred, and you must re-try this action. The object SPUpgradeSession Name=Upgrade-TodaysDate was updated by CurrentlyLoggedOnUser, in the...
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