Category Archives: SharePoint

SharePoint 3.0 Patch Gotha – Ouch! …don’t do it

Just found out my installing a SharePoint patch in my lab has now fully broken the site and made it unusable.  In my case this is a SharePoint 3.0 installation on a Windows 2003 R2 x86 server.  Unfortunately this comes at a bad time and who really ever wants something broken by a patch?

So FYI consider laying off installing this patch if you can.

You got a love an explanation that starts off backpedaling some CYA:

"The first thing we want to clarify is how SharePoint 3 updates are being installed. There are two main phases (detailed description <link>) Phase one is the binary deployment, this is where the actual SharePoint files are updated. The second phase is the provisioning of the databases, if for any reason the provisioning doesn’t complete, your sites will be inaccessible. You may see errors similar to the ones mentioned on this blog post “Companyweb Inaccessible After SharePoint 3.0 Service Pack 2”, also, you may see an event with an error mentioning the text “Invalid Signature” or “missing Windows Internal Database signatures.". Almost all of this issues we have seen on this update is phase two failing."

Here’s how my failure of their fix went from my command prompt:

C:\Documents and Settings\dale>C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\We

b server extensions\12\BIN\psconfig -cmd upgrade -inplace b2b -wait -force

‘C:\Program’ is not recognized as an internal or external command,

operable program or batch file.

;REM note that I had to put quotations around the path for it to work (article incorrectly implied cut and paste were sufficient)

C:\Documents and Settings\dale>"C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\W

eb server extensions\12\BIN\psconfig" -cmd upgrade -inplace b2b -wait -force

SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard version 12.0.6500.5000

Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation 2005. All rights reserved.

Performing configuration task 1 of 4

Initializing SharePoint Products and Technologies upgrade…

Successfully initialized SharePoint Products and Technologies upgrade.

Performing configuration task 2 of 4

Initiating the upgrade sequence…

Successfully initiated the upgrade sequence.

Performing configuration task 3 of 4

Upgrading SharePoint Products and Technologies…

Failed to upgrade SharePoint Products and Technologies.

An exception of type Microsoft.SharePoint.Upgrade.SPUpgradeException was thrown.

  Additional exception information: Upgrade completed with errors.  Review the u

pgrade.log file located in C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Se

rver Extensions\12\Logs\Upgrade.log.  The number of errors and warnings is listed

at the end of the upgrade log file.

Total number of configuration settings run: 3

Total number of successful configuration settings: 2

Total number of unsuccessful configuration settings: 1

Successfully stopped the configuration of SharePoint Products and Technologies.

Configuration of SharePoint Products and Technologies failed.  Configuration must

be performed before you use SharePoint Products and Technologies.  For further

details, see the diagnostic log located at C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft

Shared\Web Server Extensions\12\LOGS\PSCDiagnostics_6_28_2010_21_14_15_740_7

85893312.log and the application event log.


Unleash the Power of OneNote and SharePoint – No Cost Webinar by Malcolm Eaton

· An Overview of OneNote
· Organizing your Notes within OneNote
· Type Anywhere / Autosave
· Taking Screen Clippings
· Integration with Outlook
· Sending Notes in Various Formats
· Auto Table Creation
· Tagging Notes and Creating Note Summary Reports
· Live Note Sharing/Editing Sessions
· Searching Notes and Within Images
· Performing Math Calculations on the fly
· OneNote Etiquette
· Integrating OneNote and SharePoint
· Creating Shared Notebooks in WSS
· Searching OneNote files in SharePoint
· What’s coming in OneNote 2010

The webinar and notes available for on demand replay.

Captare Training is becoming a very leading SharePoint Training portal though its online offering and its hiring of SharePoint MVP’s for its instructors

Another Great Link for the SBS03 – SBS08 migration

Upgrade Toolkit for Windows SharePoint Services Sites and Templates Guide

Brief Description

Guidance and tools to enable IT Pros to upgrade custom Windows® SharePoint® Services 2.0 sites and templates to function in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 environments. – Innovative Business Applications

Found this today while doing some research on Microsoft OneNote – there are some great ideas and innovative concoctions available for your own download and discovery – think of it as the business process focused version of Live Labs:

Microsoft Office Labs


SharePoint Application Template EZ Installation via Script

Recently I had the pleasure of presenting to the Cincinnati SPUG, SharePoint Users Group at MAX –

My presentation materials can all be found at my website at

The reason why you might be interested in checking this out for yourself is that I’ve compiled a batch script which will install all of the SharePoint Fantastic Forty Application Templates (and any others you throw in the install directory) in a simple 6 minute process.  This simple process is what is missing from the free download and instead you would have had to go to the command line and type a series of STSADM commands over and over.  An appreciative colleague of mine complained to me that I should have written this several months back when he spent over 1-1/2 hours installing the template pack. 🙂

In addition, I’ve provided a compliation of encompassing information from Microsoft on Site Admin Templates and Server Admin Templates.  I hope you enjoy this centralized information portal as much as I have in building it.

Please leave a comment right here after you get a chance to see and use it.  If there is something I’ve overlooked or could be changed to make it better please let me know.