Jan 25
I’m Back!

After 2-3 weeks of internet service degradation and a further 2 weeks of no service at all… Telstra finally fixed the fault…. It took them to replace over 200 pairs and over 250 meters of cable under the street to finally get mine (and about 100 other people) service restored!

Now lets sit back and watch the internet get hammered as updates and downloads fly off the handle for the next 24 hours :D

More to come!



Nov 30
Microsoft Word Viewer… no more!

As announced today on the Office Sustained Engineering team blog….

The Microsoft Word Viewer is being retired in November, 2017.  At that time, the Viewer will no longer be available for download and will no longer receive security updates. 

Microsoft recommends using these applications to view Word files:

  • On Windows 10 PCs, download the free Word Mobile application from the Windows Store.
  • On iOS devices, download the free Word for iOS application from the Apple Store.
  • On Android devices, download the free Word for Android application from the Google Play store.
  • Try Office 365 for free for 1 month, which gives you access to the full versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and more and can be installed on up to 5 PCs or Macs, plus up to 5 tablets and 5 phones.
  • On Windows 7 or Windows 8/8.1 PCs, upload the file to OneDrive and view it for free using Word Online.

Original Post at https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/office_sustained_engineering/2016/11/29/word-viewer-to-be-retired-in-november-2017/

Nov 23
SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 2 Installation on Windows Server 2012 R2 Core

Just a quick post to say.. if like me and you run SQL Server on Windows Server Core.. the way of getting SP2 installed is via the following command:

>SQLServer2014SP2-KB3171021-x64-ENU.exe /qs /IAcceptSQLServerLicenseTerms /Allinstances

This will show up the progress bar and nothing else, then all installed!

For more details about installing updates from a command prompt (soon to be powershell prompt!) see:

Have a great day!

Nov 19
Office Online Server November Release

As posted on the Office Blog…. Office Online Server November release is now… released!

The first significant update to Office Online Server that includes:

  • Performance improvements to co-authoring in Word Online.
  • Support for embedded Power View sheets in Excel Online.
  • Improvements when working with tables in Word Online and PowerPoint Online, including better drag-and-drop support.
  • Support for showing spelling errors inline in the PowerPoint editor.
  • Improved picture resizing in Word Online.
  • Copy and paste improvements in PowerPoint Online.
  • Support for shapes in Excel Online viewer.
  • Significant improvements for users that rely on assistive technologies—HTML markup updated to more fully support W3C accessibility standards.

Please note: That to obtain this update you need to log in to the Volume License Serving Center and you must UNINSTALL the previous version and reinstall the new one.

Also… looks like Office Online Server is moving to a 4 month release cycle, with updates being provided every 4 months.

Full details can be found here - https://blogs.office.com/2016/11/18/office-online-server-november-release/

Nov 18
SQL Server Reporting Services and SharePoint - Simplifying our SharePoint integration story

Some interesting news from the SQL Server team on their blog..

Moving forward, SQL Server vNext will only offer one type of installation, Native Mode… Integrated mode is no more.

image“Starting with SQL Server v.Next, there’ll be only one installation mode for Reporting Services: “Native” mode. It’s a standalone BI solution you can deploy, whether or not you have SharePoint, and it offers the full set of Reporting Services features: a modern web portal, paginated reports, mobile reports, KPIs, and more. With the Technical Preview of Power BI reports in Reporting Services, you can view and interact with Power BI reports in your web browser, and in time, we aim to support web-based viewing of Excel workbooks in Native mode as well.”

For full details, check out the Reporting Services Team blog at:

Reporting Services has been around along time and over the past 10 years, its usage ive seen has just been going up and up.

It comes as no surprise the support for on-premise integration with a cloud-first product (SharePoint) is discontinued, while support for on-premises reports is maintained.

Reporting Services 365 has to be floating around somewhere!

Nov 18
Windows Server 2016 Standard (Core) and SharePoint 2016–Part 3–AppFabric

Still working my way thru getting the prerequisites installed… with mostly success!

Getting closer.. Tho I need a restart :D


One thing I did find out (forgot to get a screenshot) is to install WindowsServerAppFabricSetup_x64.exe, it actually requires Windows Update Service to be running. easy enough… Net start wuauserv


and… its already running…. hmmm…

Next up… lets try the /i switch which is the silent install option

“WindowsServerAppFabricSetup_x64.exe /i”

Wait a couple of minuets and try and run WindowsServerAppFabricSetup_x64.exe again. it extracts as usual, and them I'm presented with this:


GUI for AppFabric 1.1 for Windows Server Setup Wizard!

Running through the Wizard, all features are installed. Excellent!


so… after a restart and a couple of preprequsist installs…. I try setup again….



Ouch! That's going to hurt. SharePoint setup wants me to uninstall appfabric and have the prereq tool istall and configure it.

Also, this native client business… swear i installed that.

Nov 17
Windows Server 2016 Standard (Core) and SharePoint 2016–Part 2– Windows Identity Problems!

Windows Server 2016 Standard (which is CORE!) and SharePoint 2016… the quest continues…

Continuing on from my previous blog post on this matter…

Windows Identity Framework is causing me grief still…

I thought it may be that .NET 3.5

is not installed, so…  I tried installing I :) via:

C:\> dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFx3 /All /Source:D:\sources\sxs /LimitAccess

It installed fine :)

Also running Get-WindowsFeature works a treat!


So looking at Get-WindowsFeature, I can see that the web server role and .NET 4.6 are installed, along with all the other bits a pieces for a web server with .NET.

So, Next I tried to download the prerequisites and install them manually

Windows Identity Extensions gave me this:


Windows Identify Framework gave me this:


Great! Hmmm.

OK, so next step it to get what pre-prerequisites I can get installed… installed…. to do this, and not via the UI.. I’ve grabbed a Dan Holme’s SharePoint 2016 Offline prerequisites downloader PowerShell script from here and have set it running on the VM.


And…. My VM WITH a GUI.. is chugging along….



The quest continues!

Nov 16
SharePoint 2016 begins on Windows Server 2016 Standard “Core”





There was an error during installation.



Reviewing the error log revels that PowerShell had a problem running a command….

XPS Viewer, Web Management Console (Both are GUI things.. this is on core remember) and the Windows Identify Foundation (eep.. this is going to cause problems) are not available in Windows Server 2016 as expected for SharePoint 2016.




OK, So lets try this scripted with a console!

To install the pre-requisites, launch powershell and type/copy/paste the below

Add-WindowsFeature NET-HTTP-Activation,NET-Non-HTTP-Activ,NET-WCF-Pipe-Activation45,NET-WCF-HTTP-Activation45,Web-Server,Web-WebServer,Web-Common-Http,Web-Static-Content,Web-Default-Doc,Web-Dir-Browsing,Web-Http-Errors,Web-App-Dev,Web-Asp-Net,Web-Asp-Net45,Web-Net-Ext,Web-Net-Ext45,Web-ISAPI-Ext,Web-ISAPI-Filter,Web-Health,Web-Http-Logging,Web-Log-Libraries,Web-Request-Monitor,Web-Http-Tracing,Web-Security,Web-Basic-Auth,Web-Windows-Auth,Web-Filtering,Web-Digest-Auth,Web-Performance,Web-Stat-Compression,Web-Dyn-Compression,Web-Mgmt-Tools,Web-Mgmt-Compat,Web-Metabase,WAS,WAS-Process-Model,WAS-NET-Environment,WAS-Config-APIs,Web-Lgcy-Scripting -verbose

After a little tweaking….


OK, well that takes care of that, lets try it again





And just for giggles… setup (notice the top one now… Identify Extensions)



More work is needed! Stay Tuned

Nov 16
TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.2 security protocols support in SharePoint

Microsoft has added official support for the TLS 1.1 and TLS 1.2 security protocols in SharePoint 2013 https://technet.microsoft.com/library/mt757340.aspx and SharePoint 2010 https://technet.microsoft.com/li…/mt757339(v=office.14).aspx

Nov 16
Windows Server 2016.. first boot/look

My first Windows Server 2016 VM is up and going… just to have a play with and to see what's what :D

Talking to Pete Calvet at yesterdays Adelaide SharePoint User Group has made me wanting to look it a bit further into it, to see how through a SharePoint Developer lens it all comes together.

So here is my first look at it…  install from iso… Thanks Michael!)


Windows Server 2016 Standard is selected by default….. Yes… CORE is selected for the default installation type!

As many of you many know… since Windows Server 2008 Core I’ve been trying, unsuccessfully… even asking at the MVP summit in 2009 to the Windows Server Program Manager (his name escapes me and google aint helping) and the SharePoint Team directly (Dave and Joel!) about support for SharePoint with Core and if was on the road map at all)

My reasoning is… what in SharePoint is required to do via the local console these days? Remote PowerShell can solve most problems…. SharePoint by default is a web application….  SPD.. etc..

I’m keen to give this a try on the default installation type for SharePoint and to see what happens! If all else fails… reboot the VM and start again is easy enough! (its just a test domain)

I was going to post the install pictures… but I think we are over seeing Windows install… I agree… Install… watch files install done!


And…. first boot is… change password! (what's that on the end of text?)



and….. Command Prompt (powershell? :( )


So… its now time to join to the domain, get another instance of SQL Server firing away and get this VM prep’d for SharePoint 2016 install for testing.. more posts to continue.. with scripts!

More to come!

(BTW here is what Windows Server 2016 first boot with a GUI looks like.. Windows 10 Server!)



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