Author: techrevmarrell

Preupgradecheck error

I was running the stsadm -o preupgradecheck on my dev SharePoint 2007 environment and out of no one got an error “An error occurred while parsing EntityName. Line 43, position 220.”  I got no error information in the app or sys logs, and ULS wasn’t very helpful for me anyways. Maybe with verbose turned on it would have shown more, but that’s a different blog. Anyways I did some search and found some posts that made mention of a rule that the preupgradecheck was using and it having a conflict with the ampersand character “&”. It mentioned checking the content source names, but of course all of mine did not contain that character. I then remembered modifying one of the start URL’s in a content source at a developers request. So i checked out that content source url and sure enough the url included a couple variables including the & character. In order to get the preupgradecheck to run successfully I just removed that ampersand character, and saved the content source (it wasn’t doing any active crawls). The checker completed successfully and I modified the url in the content source back to the original which included the & and all is well. From seeing some other blogs about that similar error looks like the ampersand isn’t your friend with some .net web service calls.​...

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Quick Tip – use the Settings.aspx page

get to your site collection settings quickly, saves at least 2 steps. 🙂 http://yoursitename/layouts/settings.aspx I use this often when I need to verify a site has current content in it, or make sure site features are on etc… Sometimes those 5-10 secs really add up especially when you’re supporting an environment with over a thousand or so teamsites.​...

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Welcome to your Blog err Office 365! (and now beyond)

I’ve decided to jump on the Office 365 beta, and give is a whirl. I went to the Office 365 class at SharePoint Saturday. The session was taught by John Ferringer @ferringer (twitter), and was a very good overview on the offering and toolset. It really helped me get a better understanding of the good and the bad and how the Office 365 suite could be a good possible alternative to the initial IT needs for a small organization and business. So just gonna hang on and see if I can migrate some of my blogs from my local SharePoint 2010 installation to Office 365.​...

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