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backups – Bad and Good

We’ve been working with our backup vendor to address some shortcomings of their product as it relates to Windows 2008 system recover. This was precipitated by a failure of a portion of our virtual infrastructure, which lead to corruption of several hosts’ virtual disk files.

We managed to rebuild one failed host from bare (virtual) metal, because EMC Networker could not recover the system from backups. For Server 2008 systems, they require backups made with client 7.5.1 and restored with 7.5.1 and you have to enable/install any server role that was present on the original system before performing the restore.

We’ve been working on other ways to make sure we can recover from a system failure. Greg has successfully scripted using server 2008’s printer management scripts to dump printer info to files. I’ve been working on scripted backup of SharePoint Site collections. I got some help from Microsoft in determining the correct permissions needed for a service account to perform STSADM backup operations, which has been a thorny issue. ( see KB896148 )

Worklog – Wednesday, Feb 25

Service restarts on some hosts.

Looked into automating some periodic restarts. One app vendor suggests using SQL Agent. I don’t really like the idea of using SQL Agent for non-database tasks. Found an interesting exercise in CMD batch file writing in a Microsoft script to restart IIS services. Powershell is another possibility.

Problems with SharePoint search service.

Greg worked on the problem, but emailed me on his day off that the problem continues. Given that the message indicates “access denied,” it seems worthwhile to verify that the gatherer is running with sufficient credentials. But starting with a google search, I found:

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/sharepointgeneral/thread/e7e20e0b-0315-4c14-8974-993f445e6a3b/

I checked SharePoint Central Administration, App Management, and “Manage Search Service,” but I receive an error indicating that the search service isn’t running. I have verified that the “Windows SharePoint Services Search” service is running, and checked the account under which it is running.

Checking logs at C:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft Sharedweb server extensions12LOGS. Looking at the log file corresponding to the warning event time, SHAREPOINT1-20090225-1002.log. Looks like a search process kicked off at 10:16:38.

There are some errors indicating “No administration site found for SSP SharedServices.” But later, the gather is committing changes to the admin site. Nothing leaps out at me, here. Except a ton of errors like this:

02/25/2009 11:32:55.43     w3wp.exe (0x0E58)                           0x0AF4    Windows SharePoint Services       General                           8e1f    High        Failed to find the XML file at location ’12TemplateFeaturesBatchSiteManagerLinksfeature.xml’

I also see a message about the Search Service being disabled. It now makes sense to me that the normal windows indexing service is disabled, and thus the “Manage Search Service” option is disabled. I found the Microsoft Search Server program group, but when I launch the Administrator app, I see an icon appear briefly on the task bar, and then it vanishes. Checking the command-line, I see it runs a STSADM.EXE command. Perhaps I can run that command from a command prompt.

Z:>”C:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft Sharedweb server extensions12BINSTSADM.EXE” -o osearch -action showdefaultsspadmin

‘showdefaultsspadmin’ action failed. Additional information: The site with the id [GUI] could not be found.

So maybe there really is a problem with the administration site. I tried stopping and restarting the Windows SharePoint Services Search service, but that didn’t appear to change anything.

However, it is clear that I don’t know much about Microsoft Search Service and the way it has been deployed.

Getting started with Search Server 2008

http://www.microsoft.com/enterprisesearch/serverproducts/searchserver/features.aspx

 

File locked issue

Examining a reported locked file, I see that it is held open by sa_ss_srchserv. Related to our search problem above?

Problem with Canon Printer Job codes

Printer is installed correctly, and “Get Device Status” successfully returns information, including Job Code setting. Created footprint 43362 from email thread.

Back to restarting services

A one-line powershell script:

restart-servce PncPrintSpooler*

Run as a scheduled task in the early morning. Found some good pointers on starting a powershell script.

Connecting to SharePoint with My Network Places (WinXP)

SharePoint supports connections the use the WebDAV protocol, which provides read and write capabilities over HTTP. In Windows Vista, you can actually map a drive letter to a SharePoint document library. In Windows XP, you can create a “Network Place,” opening the document library as a Windows Explorer window, which lets you drag and drop files to and from the SharePoint library much like a network drive.

First, you need to know the URL of the document library to which you want to create a connection. Below, I’ve highlighted the part of the URL that you need to use. You need to include the whole URL up to and including the name of the library, and excluding the word “forms” and everything after that.

Document library URL highlighted

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Event: IT-Discuss Live – SharePoint

Please join your IT colleagues for the first IT-Discuss Live event!

UVM IT-Discuss Live – SharePoint

Friday, October 10
11:30 am to 1:30 pm

[Update: location changed] 
Livak Ballroom, Davis Center, Fourth Floor

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This is the first in a continuing series of gatherings; a combination of technology presentations and demonstrations, round-table discussions and Q&A, collective troubleshooting and building of professional and personal connections.

UVM’s SharePoint Services will be the main technology theme this time, with demonstrations and discussion of the basics, including creating sites and setting permissions, the PartnerPoint mechanism for collaborating with folks outside the University, and plenty of time for discussion and questions.

Pizza and soft drinks will be provided, so please RSVP to me at Geoffrey.Duke@uvm.edu by noon on Thursday, Oct. 2, so that we have an accurate count of attendees. If you have any questions, please contact me.

I hope to see you there.

–Geoff

PS. These sessions are open to any UVM affiliate interested in using or supporting technology effectively; you don’t have to be a member of the IT-Discuss email list, but it’s encouraged :-)