David Westerfield

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Migrating Business Data Connectivity Services (BDC) from One Farm to Another – SharePoint 2013

In troubleshooting the migration of Business Data Connectivity Services (SharePoint 2013) from one farm to another, I had to do quite a bit of research to discover the exact path necessary to get the objects properly exported and then properly imported into the farm. I initially was able to import all the objects without permissions, but wanted to grab permissions as well so I didn’t have to redo all of that work. So here is a rundown of the steps needed to get your BDC objects exported from one farm and imported into another.

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The Gamification of Consent

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In what is one of the more frightening uses of cloud computing, big data, data science, and data analysis, China has been working on what can only be described as the gamification of consent (a twist on the title of Edward Bernay’s book The Engineering of Consent). Via a new social media scoring system that rates your submission to the party line (though currently only running in numerous pilotprojects), the communist government will give incentive rewards for “appropriate” behavior in the light thereof, and take those rewards away for a dissenting score. This has huge implications as it relates to the study of mass psychology and the use by governments of tools like this to manipulate and coerce their populations into submission.

If only Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, Ray Bradbury, and others were still alive to see these mechanisms that have arisen to control the masses. Huxley’s predictions of the rise of scientific dictatorships controlling populations via their unconscious desires seems quite apt in light of this one story, among many others in the same strain. You can’t make this stuff up … well Huxley and others probably could have.

(Though this is an non-mainstream website, BBC reported on the same thing here.)

From the article:

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Creating SharePoint 2013 Enterprise Search with PowerShell

powershellIn an effort to setup Enterprise Search in SharePoint 2013 using PowerShell to make sure every nook and cranny was covered, I came across a number of scripts, but none seemed to do as good of a job as this one. I’m not sure what the original source is or who put it together, but it worked flawlessly. This is probably by far the best PowerShell script I have found for setting up Enterprise Search that does a good job of setting up every component. Enjoy!

Before running, create a folder on a hard drive of your choosing where indexes will be stored. In this case, I used “C:\SPSearchIndexes” for the Index location. This has to be created beforehand, otherwise it will fail!

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Hadoop Big Data Twitter Sentiment Analysis

This is fascinating to watch:

Converting A Claims-Based Web Application to Classic (Windows) Authentication

To test out the migration of a site from SharePoint 2010 to 2013, I needed to convert a test environment web application to claims authentication to prepare for the move. However, to prove out my methodology and make sure I had the process down, I converted the web app back to classic authentication in order to repeat my steps. I’ve found a number of sites that explain how to do this, but have yet to find it all consolidated into one post. So here’s what I’ve found.

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AT&T to Upgrade Gigapower Internet in West Fort Worth – 300 Mbps

In keeping their word, AT&T is making up for some foul-ups last year on my account when we moved. They are now announcing the roll out of 300 mbps internet in west Fort Worth via their Gigapower internet service. Excited to see the results!

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Converting a SharePoint Web Application to Claims Authentication from Classic Auth

If you’re ever in need of converting your existing web applications within SharePoint to claims authentication from classic auth, you’ll need to run the following commands.

In order to do this, you’ll need to use the SharePoint PowerShell command prompt and run the commands in the order below under your farm service account:

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Granting A Service Account Access to a Web Application in SharePoint 2013

Need to give a service account access to a web application in SharePoint 2013? Easy! Just run these two PowerShell commands as the farm service account in the SharePoint PowerShell command prompt:

$webApp = Get-SPWebApplication http://contoso.com
$webApp.GrantAccessToProcessIdentity("CONTOSO\svcacct-contoso")

Done.

SharePoint 2013 – Adding Additional AD Domains for People Picker

In SharePoint 2010, if you had other domains that you needed to lookup users on in order to give them access to a site, it just worked without having to do any further configuration.

Not so with SharePoint 2013. You must add each domain and sub-domain to each web application to be able to perform user lookups from within the people picker.

So how do you do this? Well, with PowerShell, and fortunately Microsoft has provided a nice script that performs it for you. Otherwise, it would be quite a task.

It’s important to note that you must add the default domain your SharePoint environment is currently setup in. Otherwise, you won’t even be able to do lookups in it! (Found that out the hard way)

Instructions: Open Notepad or your favorite text editor, copy and paste the code below into the file, and save it as a .ps1 file. Open the SharePoint PowerShell command window as an Administrator, and an account with farm level access, change the directory (cd C:\YourDirectory, etc.) to the place you saved the code below (as a .ps1 file), type out .\YourPowerShellScript.ps1 and hit enter.

*I provide this as is, with no guarantees it will resolve your issues. And if you muck up your environment, it’s not my fault. :) Obviously you should perform this on a dev or test environment first before attempting it in production. Good luck!*

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