Monthly Archives: November 2012

Sharing service apps between farms.

See http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/hh528474.aspx Section 8

Run this PS on both farms and exchange certs:

Then you can use Central admin (Security->Manage Trusts) to enter these in.

From the Consuming Farm, run get-farm | Select ID to get the ID of the consuming farm.

SideNote: Pear Note

I’m using a nifty program called Pear Note.

Pear Note is a note taking program, with a twist.
You can import a video (for example, I am using it now with a recorded session from the SharePoint Conference)
While the video plays, you type in your notes.

The magic happens when you select any word in your notes and the video immediately jumps to the position in time that it was playing at when you took your notes.

I’ve used it before and it’s super handy for taking notes and then knowing exactly where you were in the video when you found it.

http://www.usefulfruit.com

Using MaintenanceWindows in SharePoint 2013

Sharepoint 2013 Maintenance Window Banner ScreenShot
Sharepoint 2013 Maintenance Window Banner

 

At the SharePoint Conference this week, Session SP210 on upgrading to SP2013 mentioned a brand new feature that didn’t exit in the preview edition: MaintenanceWindows.

As you can see from the screenshot above, this feature puts up a simple banner alerting users of the upcoming work.

The message is localized in the users language so long as language packs are installed.

The “More Information” link can point to any page you specify.

I was pretty excited about this, and couldn’t wait to try it out!

The PowerShell to do this wasn’t as easy as I expected.

I’ve pasted below what worked for me.
 

Ok so that’s it – refresh your website and you should see the pink banner on the screenshot above!

Note, I originally tried to do this by just setting up a blank object without paramters, and then setting the properties one by one, but I found that MaintenanceStartDate and NotificationStartDate could not be changed after the object was created.

– Jack