Streamlined Topology Performance

The Streamlined Topology is the ‘hot new thing’ with regards to SharePoint topologies. While the guidance is written for SharePoint 2013, it can be used with SharePoint 2010 as well, with the exception of the Very Low Latency tier. The explanation of this topology is that it provides better performance with low latency for end-user facing services. Let’s demonstrate the Streamlined Topology performance! This scenario should appl
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The Expense of Application Pools

Microsoft’s current recommendation for SharePoint is to leverage a single Web Application and as few Application Pools as possible. This is due to the overhead of not only each Web Application (additional timer jobs), but IIS Application Pools as well. This article will cover the memory expenses of Web Applications running on separate IIS Application Pools, a fairly common configuration practice. This SharePoint 2013 SP1 farm runs on Window
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Unable to provision the Claims to Windows Token Service

The Claims to Windows Token Service is stopped by default. Typically, starting this service is easy. In fact, I’ve never come across a situation where it didn’t “just start”, until now! In this thread on the SharePoint TechNet forums, a user was unable to provision the Claims to Windows Token Service due to the error “Illegal characters in path”. With no further information, it is difficult to identify which pa
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SharePoint ASP.NET Compilation Errors (CS0016)

I encountered a rather frustrating issue with SharePoint 2013. Like most farms, this farm has a specific Domain User running the IIS Application Pool handling Web Applications. These users had a Windows Profile created (this is done by elevating the user temporarily to Administrator, then running an application such as cmd.exe or notepad.exe as that user). “Out of the blue”, when users would navigate to certain built-in pages (e.g. Li
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