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The Server could not complete your request SharePoint Designer 2013

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Problem: When I tried opening SharePoint 2013 site in SharePoint Designer, I got the following error:
When I clicked on Details, it opened another dialog and continuously pop up window is opening and not able to open the SharePoint site.
Finally got an error message
Solution:     1.Go to Run -> type Inetmgr -> Open the IIS     2.In the Web Sites select “SharePoint Web Services” in the list

    3.Click on the Authentication and Enable “Anonymous Authentication”as shown below:
   4.After enabling this, I am able to open the SharePoint site in designer without any issues
Reason for the issue: Check this article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2758431

News feeds not working in SharePoint 2013 - microsoft.office.server.microfeed.microfeedexception

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To know about Micro Blogging in SharePoint 2013, read this post.

When I tried to use the News Feed Feature in SharePoint 2013, it thrown exception: microsoft.office.server.microfeed.microfeedexception The below is the screenshot: Solution:
As I mentioned in the earlier post about Micro blogging in SharePoint 2013, news feeds are related to User Profile Service. Hence, we have to check two things which are related to User Profile Service in SharePoint 2013.     1.Check whether AppFabric Caching service is running with the service account which has elevated permissions. 
   2.Next, check the account which is running the User Profile Service application:      Open Central Administration -> Mange Service Applications -> User Profile S    Service is started and also check the permissions for the service    Click on the User Profile service and in the permission section in the ribbon check whether the service account running this service has full control. 

 If all the above scenarios are prope…

Micro blogging in SharePoint 2013

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Introduction: Microsoft has introduced a new social feature called “Micro blogging”in SharePoint 2013 to enhance the social networking and collaboration features. This powerful feature is added as an OOTB web part to SharePoint 2013 and ready to useJ
So, what is micro blogging? It is a type of blog which allows users to share their updates. This updates are called micro posts and the use of this services is called micro blogging. Ref: http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/M/microblog.html

Micro blogging in SharePoint 2013 The SharePoint Micro Blogging feature is like Facebook and Twitter which allows the users to communicate with others easily, by posting some questions, responding, comments and etc. Following are the list of features:   Ø Update picture and links in the posts and replies   ØParticipate in a conversation by posting comments (with rich media and         Links in the post) and replied   ØUse mentions (@) to tag a user in  a post and in the replies   ØUse tags (#) to define keywords so that …

Migrate SharePoint 2010 to 2013

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In this article, we will learn how to migrate SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013. This migration is applicable for OOTB features migration not for Custom Solution migration to SharePoint 2013.
Steps:     1.Change the Authentication mode of SharePoint 2010 application to Claims using the PowerShell command
$WebAppName = “" $account = “” $wa = get-SPWebApplication $WebAppName Set-SPwebApplication $wa –AuthenticationProvider (NewSPAuthenticationProvider) –Zone Default
    2.We have to take the backup of solutions (WSP) from SP 2010 and deploy it in the SP 2013 farm. Use the following PowerShell command to back up the WSP
$farm = Get-SPFarm $file = $farm.Solutions.Item("Backup.wsp").SolutionFile $file.SaveAs("C:\Backup.wsp")
    3.Now, deploy the solution to the SP 2013 farm using the following command: Add-SPSolution -LiteralPath "C:\Backup.wsp" (rebuild the solution in Visual Studio 2012 is required sometimes)     4.Now take the backup of Content DB from SP 2010 an…

Create Custom Page Layouts in SharePoint 2013

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In this article we will learn how to create Custom Page Layouts for SharePoint 2013. Like SP 2010, we can create Custom PageLayouts in SharePoint 2013 using Visual Studio 2012 and Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2013 either from the scratch or by using the existing Layouts.

New in SharePoint 2013: In SharePoint Designer we have a new feature called “Design Manager” (under Look and Feel)where we can create a Custom Layout. Once created, it will be available in the Page Layouts Gallery.
Steps: 1.Navigate to Site Settings -> Look and Feel -> Design Manager    2.Under Design Manager Click on 6. Edit Page Layouts -> you have an option to “Create a page Layout” and then create it.

  3.When the Layout is created, it is available in Edit Page Layouts (under Look and Feel -> Design Manager) and in Master pages and page layouts (under Web Designer galleries)


  4.In the Master pages and page layouts section, you will see two files created for the layout created. “.aspx and .html files”   5.For…

Creating Master Page with HTML Templates in SharePoint 2013

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SharePoint 2013 has many new and improved design features for designing and branding it. In SP 2013, a new concept called Design Managerhas been introduced where all the site branding is managed. The following article explains the step by step process of converting HTML Master Pages for using Design Manager and using the converted Master Page for the site collections.

Steps:      1.Create a Site Collection using Central Administration      2.Go to the Site Settings -> Enable SharePoint Publishing Feature in Site Collection Feature (Site Collection Administration -> Site Features) and Site Features level (Site Actions -> Site Features) as shown below:


    3.Go to Site Settings -> Web Designer Galleries -> Master Pages and Page Layouts
    4.I have created a folder called Custom Master Page inside the Master Pages and Page Layouts Folder and uploaded the HTML, CSS, JS, Images in the folder     5.Now navigate to Site Settings -> Look and Feel -> Design Manager -> Edit …

Audit Logging in SharePoint 2013

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In this post, we will learn about Audit Logging in SharePoint 2013.
Audit Logging gives the following information in Site Collection:
1. Opening or downloading documents, viewing items in lists, or viewing item properties 2. Editing items
3. Checking out or checking in items
4. Moving or copying items to another location in the site
5. Deleting or restoring items
6. Editing content types and columns
7. Searching site content
8. Editing users and permissions
Below are the steps to achieve:                                                                  1. Go to Central Administration -> Manage Service Applications

2. Choose Secure Store Service 


3. Then Click on the Properties in the Ribbon 4. In the Enable Audit option Select the Check Box Audit Log Enabled (the default value is 30 days and it can be changed) 5. After enabling the Audit Logging in Central Administration, we have to configure the audit settings at the site collection level and below are the steps: Go to Site Settings -> Sit…

Unexpected error occurred while communicating with Administration Service

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Scenario: I ran into the following issue when attempting to access  Fast search features such as: 1. FAST Search keywords 2. Fast Search site promotion and demotion 3. Fast search user context

Solution: I checked my Administrators group in the SP server. Fast Search ADMIN account configured is added in the Administrators group. Though I am unable to access these features. Then found the resolution from a TechNet article. 1.Create a group named FASTSearchKeywordAdministratorsin the SP server(this group is not automatically created during default installation). 2.Add the Fast Search ADMIN account (account configured for fast search) to this group. Then tried accessing the features and everything works as expected.

Sign in as different user in SharePoint 2013

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In all the versions of SharePoint, we have option for signing in as different user which helps us in various scenarios. Also, it helps in testing purposes.
But in SharePoint 2013, we do not have this option. 

In this article we will know how to achieve this:

1. When you log in to a SharePoint site, you don't have sign in as different user option which is shown as below:

2. To overcome this limitation either we have to sign in to the IE as different user and then we can log in to the SharePoint site as different user.
3. To achieve this in SharePoint (which is like option in older versions of SharePoint), we need to modify the welcome.ascx which is present in the 15 hive of SharePoint server.
4. Navigate to the below path and find the welcom.ascx file.
C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Web Server Extensions\15\TEMPLATE\CONTROLTEMPLATES
5. Open the file in the visual studio or in the notepad and add the following code above the tag which has ID_RequestAcess as shown below:

<S…