SharePoint 2016 December 2016 Updates

The SharePoint 2016 December 2016 Updates have been released. SharePoint Server 2016 (sts-x-none): https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3128014 SharePoint Server 2016 (wssloc): https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3128017 Office Updates: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3208595 Consider using the SharePoint Patch Cmdlets available at SharePoint Updates for your farm!
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SharePoint 2013 December 2016 Cumulative Updates

The SharePoint 2013 December 2016 Cumulative Updates have been released: SharePoint Foundation: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/3128001 SharePoint Server 2013: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/3128005 Project Server 2013: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/3128003 Office Updates: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3208595 Consider using the SharePoint Patch Cmdlets available at SharePoint Updates for your farm!
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Cloud Search Service Application Crawl Performance

I’ve been working on a Hybrid Search farm using SharePoint Server 2013 with the November 2016 Cumulative Update. The Cloud Search Service Application crawl performance was extremely poor, below 1 document per second (DPS) submitted to the SharePoint Online Search index. What I was seeing was Azure was throttling my index submissions. This particular Content Source had roughly 9 million items to index, and due to these throttling events, the
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SharePoint on Azure – Why I Won’t Recommend It

Microsoft is moving, or trying to get you to move everything to the cloud, either by way of Office 365 with SharePoint Online, Exchange, and other products, or via Azure for custom development and of course… Infrastructure as a Service. I’ve done quite a bit in IaaS. This blog used to run on a CentOS VM in Azure until I got sick of managing the VM itself :-). I routinely will set up customers to leverage Azure IaaS using ARM to run AD
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Session State Causing Upgrade Failure

This was a new one for me. I was working on a farm where the Session State Service caused a failure during the upgrade process (patching). The ULS looked like the below. Install-SPService yielded the same error. Looking at the code for the  method, it simply sets some web.config values based on property values from the Session State Service object. Basic stuff, right? So why was I getting these ULS errors? Using PowerShell, I found that Session S
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Deploying SharePoint 2016 Book is Available!

Deploying SharePoint 2016, a book Vlad Catrinescu and I wrote, is now available! This book is an intermediate to advanced book, detailing building a dedicated MinRole farm with additional components such as Office Online Server and Workflow Manager. It also includes a how-to on Hybrid functionality, troubleshooting SharePoint, and overall security of the components of the farm. The book is available on Amazon, along with Kindle edition. APress al
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