Existing site associations will change

The Web application you have selected to host the SSP administration site and/or My Sites already hosts other content sites.  These content site will automaticcly be associated with the new SSP.

I received this error when trying to replace my intranet site with my new SSP site.


CPU maxed out on the WFE server

if the CPU is maxed out on your SharePoint 2007 server check the Indexer Performance setting in Central Administration.  My setting was set to causing my CPU’s to run at 100% and nine instances of mssdmn.exe to run.  Updating the setting to Reduced brought the CPU’s back to a normal level.

Central Administration > Operations > Services on Server > Office SharePoint Server Search Service Settings


Can’t find the Business Data Catalog

I was doing a fresh install of MOSS and didn’t see the Business Data Catalog section listed in the SSP. The Business Data Catalog wasn’t there because I hadn’t enabled Enterprise Features in the Operations page.

Simple fix, in the Operations page look at the bottom of the page for the Upgrade and Migration section.  In there you will find Enable Enterprise Feature.  Click Enterprise and input your key.

Follow the directions on the screen and you should be ready to go.


Installing SharePoint on Windows Server 2008

To install SharePoint on a Windows Server 2008 machine you will need the SharePoint install that includes SP1.

but… do this first:





Point Admin Toolset

The Idea Database Accelerator tool appears to be real handy at analyzing, reorganizing, and rebuilding indexes.

Keep in mind i’m still playing with this.

Today I sort of figured out how to backup and restore a site using Idera Site Backup.  Site Backup creates a .cmp file for the site you are backing up.  Using SharePoint Designer I was able to restore my deleted site from the .cmp file.

Here are the steps I followed:

Restore a Web site

Step 1: Create a new empty Web site as a destination

  1. On the File menu, click New.
  2. In the New dialog box, click the Web Site tab, click General, and then click Empty Web Site.
  3. In the Specify the location of the new Web site box, enter the location where you want to restore the backup site.You can restore the site to a different server, and you can restore it as either a new top-level site or a subsite under an existing top-level site.
  4. Click OK.

 Tip   You can also create an empty Web site through the browser by using the Site Settings or Create pages. For example, when viewing the site in the browser, click Site Actions, and then click Create. On the Create page, under Web Pages, click Sites and Workspaces. Complete the first four sections, but when you get to the Template Selection section, close the browser without making a selection. Do not apply any template — including the Blank Site template — or the restore operation will fail.

Step 2: Restore the backup file to the destination

  1. With the destination site open, on the Site menu, point to Administration, and then click Restore Web Site.
  2. In the File Open dialog box, browse to and click the .cmp file that you want to restore, and then click Open.
  3. If the current Web site is low on available storage space, click Advanced, and then do any of the following:
    • To store the archive files in another temporary location, enter a new location in the Temporary location for archive files box.Backing up a Web site requires a location to store temporary backup files. By default, Office SharePoint Designer 2007 uses the current Web site. You can use another site on the same server or a location on another server on the same network — for example, \\Server name\Share name.
    • To store the .log file in another location, enter a new location in the Location for import log file box.You might need to choose another location for the .log file if the server cannot write to the default location. By default, Office SharePoint Designer 2007 creates an import .log file in the current Web site. You can check this file to determine if there were errors during the restore process.
  4. In the Restore Web Site dialog box, click OK to confirm that you want to restore the .cmp file to the current empty Web site.If the site that you are backing up or restoring is large, the process can take quite a while.


Sambets Cajun

If you are in Austin, TX and looking for some good cajun food make it a point to try Sambets Cajun Deli. This is the real deal cajun food.


Duplicate results when searching for a person in SharePoint 2007

 I was seeing duplicate people returned when searching for someone.  Here are a few things I did to locate and fix the problem.

First, check the People scope in the SSP.

Shared Services Administration: SharedServices1 > Search Administration > Scopes


This scope should have a rule of:

contentclass = urn:content-class:SPSPeople

     Behavior: Require

Take not of the Item Count.

Now take a look at the User Profiles and Properties page.

Shared Services Administration: SharedServices1 > User Profile and Properties


In the Profile and Import Settings section look at the first item Number of user profiles:.  If this number doesn’t match the Item Count from the Scope you are    pulling too many items into your Local Office SharePoint Server sites  Content Sources.

To check Local Office SharePoint Server sites 

Shared Services Administration: SharedServices1 > Search Administration > Content sources


Edit  the Local Office SharePoint Server sites content source

In the Start Addresses section should be the following items

http://(server): (port)/ (SSP)

http://(portalsite)/ (URL of main portal site)

sps3://(server): (port)/ (My Site Host)      Crawl Settings:

Crawl Schedules: At 12:00 AM every day

: Every 2 hour(s) from 7:00 AM for 14 hour(s) every day

Updating the  Local Office SharePoint Server sites fixed my problem.


how to expand a VMware disk vmware-vdiskmanager.exe

if you are running VMware and need to expand the virtual disk size, here is the simply way to do it.

in windows Start – – > Run – -> CMD

cd C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Server\

vmware-vdiskmanager.exe -x 30Gb “C:\path where your virtual disk is stored\name of your virtual disk.vmdk”

lets break this down.

vmware-vdiskmanager.exe -x (how large you want the disk to be)Gb “where the virtual disk is located, dont point this to the -flat file”

example (this is exactly what i put in the DOS prompt, including the quotation marks ” ” )

vmware-vdiskmanager.exe -x 99Gb “C:\VMstuff\myDisk.vmdk”


view a list of My Site users

I recently spent a stupid amount of time looking for a list of users that have enabled their My Site.

Log into Central Administration, navigate to Application Management, under the SharePoint Site Management section click on Site collection list.

Central Administration > Application Management > Site Collection List 

On the right side of the screen you will see dropdown box for Web Application, select your My Site host. Now a list of My Sites users will be displayed.


create a boot cd from an ISO

after messing with this for way too long I found a REAL easy answer to the question.

downloaded and installed this tool

  1. Download the ISO CD image to a folder on your computer.

  2. Insert a blank CD in your CD-RW drive

  3. Locate the ISO file, right-click the file name, and then click Copy image to CD to open the ISO Recorder Wizard.

  4. Follow the steps in the wizard to write the image to the CD.

That is it… too easy!