How to: Detect the installed SKU of SharePoint with PowerShell

Do you need to know which SharePoint SKU or edition is installed on your server? Are you sure your product is not running the trial version? Do you need SharePoint 2010/2013 SKU and/or patch level information from your customer or IT department? This article provides you an easy to use PowerShell script which checks the... Continue Reading →

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Merge log files when troubleshooting a multi server SharePoint farm

Even after working with SharePoint for a while you find new features. The Merge-SPLogFile cmdlet is one of them. This cmdlet retrieves all ULS log entries from all servers in the farm and creates a one new log file. You can use the ULS viewer for further slicing and dicing the log file for more... Continue Reading →

Get disk storage for SharePoint databases

To get an indication for all database sizes in your SharePoint farm, run the following command. It shows the disk storage in bytes and MB. The PowerShell script used for the output above, can be found below. Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell Get-SPDatabase | sort Name | ft Name, ` @{Name="DiskSizeRequired";Align='Right';Expression={[string]("{0:N0}" -f($_.DiskSizeRequired))}}, ` @{Name="Size(MB)";Align='Right';Expression={[string]("{0:N0}" -f($_.DiskSizeRequired/1mb))}}, ` Server -Autosize... Continue Reading →

Export WSP solution packages

When WSP packages are added to a SharePoint farm they are stored in the config database. This is done to ensure new servers added to the farm can be synchronized with the specific farm configuration including WSP solution package deployment. Because solution packages are stored in the config database, it’s possible to download/export the WSP... Continue Reading →

Approaches to migrating your service applications

While working my way through TechNet documentation, I came across this very interesting table! It describes supported methods for service application migration. The forth column shows the support for read-only database. You can find more information on read-only databases here: Run a farm that uses read-only databases (SharePoint Server 2010) [http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd793608.aspx]. Service application Database Supported... Continue Reading →

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