SharePoint 2013 Troubleshooting tools


Tools are for Collecting Information about Claims authentications (SP 2013)

  • Using Unified Logging System (ULS) logs – ULS application for example ULS viewer can logs and Examine the details of authentication transactions.
  • Use Central Administrations to verify the details of authentication transactions.
  • If Using Active Directory Federations Service or AD FS 2.0 for SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language) – based claim authentication – then you can use ADFS logging to determine the claims issues to web clients computer.
  • use Network Monitor 3.4 to capture and examine the details of user authentication network traffic.

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Generation 1 vs Generation 2 in Hyper V


fig 1.0 Specify Generation in Hyper V

A virtual machine created with Generation 1 supports legacy drivers and uses Hyper-V BIOS-based architecture. Hyper-V BIOS-based virtual machines can only initialize IDE Controller for Operating System to initialize a file system,

a virtual machine created with Generation 2 supports UEFI-based architecture, in which a subset of Integration Service components has been included to allow SCSI Controller to initialize before the Operating System starts loading.

What you see in the above figure 1.0 is that the Generation 2 Virtual Machine no longer loads the legacy drivers (IDE and Legacy Network Adaptors). A majority of the legacy drivers have been removed from a virtual machine that has been created using Generation 2, but a subset of Integration Services components has been included to initialize at boot and before control is returned to the Operating System. This includes initializing and loading SCSI Controller driver before the Operating System starts loading.


How to Configure Alternate Access mapping for SharePoint 2013

Alternate Access mappings direct users to the correct URLs during their interaction with SharePoint 2013. it will enable SharePoint users to the map web request to the correct site or application.

To configure Alternate Access mapping for your SharePoint site follow the steps below please note that you have a SharePoint Central Administrator on both Web Front End Server and Application Server.

  1. Go to Application Server and Open your Central Administrator Site and click on System Settings
  2. In the System Settings page, on the farm management section click on Configure alternate access mappings.
  3. In the Alternate Access Mapping page, click on the Add Internal URLs.
  4. In the Add internal URLs, below the URL Protocol, host and port type in the new URL. May be the URL of your Web Front End Server Central Administrator.
  5. Then On the Same Page, Below Zone, click on the Drop Down and Specified which zone for your Internal URL
  6. Then Click Save.

For more Information on Alternate Access Mapping: ( ) Credit goes to Microsoft TechNet for Steps by step configuration and  Detail Information.


SharePoint Foundation, Standard and Enterprise in table format

Just another post that i wanted to try, creating table. so this is the best example that is the difference between 3 types of SharePoint versions. i will show on how to add a table in a later post.




Server Std.

Server Ent.


Discussion Forums

Photos and Presence


Ask Me About

Colleague Suggestions

Colleagues and Membership

Enterprise Wikis

Keyword Suggestions

My Network

My Sites: People Profiles and Personal Sites

Note Board

Organization Browser


Recent Activities

Social Bookmarks

Status Updates

Tag Clouds

Tag Profiles




Server Std.

Server Ent.

Business Connectivity Services: BDC Service

Business Connectivity Services: External Data Column

Business Connectivity Services: External Lists

Business Connectivity Services: External Data Search

Business Connectivity Services: Profile Pages

Business Connectivity Services: Secure Store

Business Connectivity Services: External Data Web Parts

Business Connectivity Services: Office Client Integration

Browser-Based Customizations

Sandboxed Solutions


SharePoint Designer 2010: Customization

SharePoint Designer 2010: Workflows

Access Services

InfoPath Forms Services



Server Std.

Server Ent.

Microsoft Office Integration

Support for Accessibility Standards

Compliance Everywhere

Document Sets

Metadata Driven Navigation

Multi-stage Disposition

Rich Media Management

Shared Content Types and the Managed Metadata Service

The Content Organizer

Unique Document IDs

Word Automation Services



Server Std.

Server Ent.

Business Data Web Parts

Chart Web Parts

Data Connection Library

Excel Services

Filter Framework

PerformancePoint Services

Status Indicators

Visio Services

Web Analytics Customization



Server Std.

Server Ent.

Site Search

Best Bets

Common Connector Framework for Indexing and Federation

Duplicate Results Detection

Federated Search

Mobile Search Experience

People & Expertise Search

Performance: Sub-second query response time

Phonetics & Nickname Expansion

Query Suggestions & Related Queries

Recently Authored Content

Refinement Panel

Relevancy Tuning by Document or Site Promotions

Scale up to 100,000,000 documents via improved topology architecture

Search Scopes

SharePoint Desktop Search for Windows 7

Social Behavior Improves Relevance

Social Tags

Sortable Search Results

Taxonomy and Term Store Integration

View in Browser

Advanced Content Processing

Build Multiple Relevance Profiles

Build Search-Powered Applications

Deep Refinement with Exact Counts

Rich Web Indexing Support

Scale to 500,000,000+ documents

Search in Context

Similar Results

Sorting on Custom Properties

Thumbnails and Previews

Visual Best Bets



Server Std.

Server Ent.

Audience Targeting

Cross-Browser Support

Fluent User Interface

Mobile Connectivity

Office Client Integration

OOB Web Parts

SharePoint Workspace Integration

Enterprise Management Operations



Video Support, REST and Silverlight



Server Std.

Server Ent.

Client Object Model

Developer Dashboard

Event Receivers

Installs on Windows 7

LINQ for SharePoint

Packaging Solutions

REST and ATOM Data Feeds

Ribbon and Dialog Framework

Sandboxed Solutions

SharePoint Lists

SharePoint Service Architecture

SharePoint Timer Jobs

Silverlight Web Part

Web Parts

Workflow Models

XSLT Views



Server Std.

Server Ent.


Claims-Based Authentication Support

Confiugration Wizards

Cross-Browser Support

High-Availability Architecture

Improved Backup and Restore

Improved Governance

Improved Setup and Configuration

UC, OCS, Exchange Integration

Large List Scalability & Management

Managed Accounts

Multi-Lingual UI


Patch Management

Permissions Management

Quota Templates

Read-Only DB Support

Remote SQL Blob Storage

Resource Throttling

Secure Store

Service Application Platform

SharePoint Health Analyzer

SQL Server Integration

Streamlined Central Administration

Unattached Content Database Recovery

Upgrade Improvements

Usage Monitoring and Logging

Visual Upgrade

Windows PowerShell Support

How to Create a Windows Azure

Windows Azure is a open and flexible could platform that let your to build and deploy websites, virtual machine and many more. In Windows Azure, your can Create less than what your Create Physically apart from having hardware for your application or system, in the cloud computing you only focus on the application that is hosting in Azure. you do not need to manage or maintain your hardware.

Creating a Website in Windows Azure.

You can just simple create a website in Windows Azure, rather that getting a server to save your web application in a physical machine and deploying it after.

In Azure, you can just easily Create a Website, Code in In Webmatrix or Visual Studio then Deploying it. Windows Azure let you create website from Scratch or by using one of many templates store in Azure site.

Step 1: Click on New.

Step 2: Click On Website > Quick Create > Type in Your the URL that your website will be using, Add a Web Hosting Plan and Add a Subscription. (Alternate using provided Templates)

Step 3: Click on Create Website.

How to Create Virtual Machine with Hyper V

Have you windows machine enable hyper v, you can go to the link below.


Step 1: Open hyper v on your host machine, (Go to Start, Look for Hyper V)

Step 2: Once your Hyper V Manager open up, on the right panel, click on ‘new’ then click on ‘Virtual Machine’.

Step 3: on the ‘new virtual machine wizard’ screen, Click Next on ‘Before you Begin’ page,

Step 4: on the name box, type in your virtual machine name. (if you wish to store your virtual machine in a different location you can checked the “store the virtual machine in a different location” check box and browse to your location, then click next.

Step 5: specify generation to Generation 1, (coming soon link: Generation 1 vs Generation 2)

Step 6: on the assign memory page your can assign your RAM for your virtual machine to any size within your physical RAM.

Step 7: On the Configure Networking page, your can set to which connection you want to connect to (

Step 8: On the Connect Virtual Hard Disk, your can Create a virtual hard disk, or use an existing virtual hard disk or you can attach a vitual hard disk later. if your are creating a new virtual hardisk,  please note and remember where your store your location of your VHDX, in some cases after installing a virtual machine, some people intent to forget their VHDX location. next..

Step 9: On the Installation option, select Install an Operating system from a bootable CD/DVD-Rom, and select Image file (.ISO) and browse through the OS ISO file. you may also add and install an Operating system later. then click next

step 10: click on FInish. then your Virtual machine will appear on your Hyper V manager, where your just have to start for the first time. if your have not add any Operating system. your can go to menu bar on your Virtual machine connection window and click on media and select any of them.


how to join servers to one domain

Before you can join servers you need to set a couple of configuration:

  1. Configure IP Address and Default Gateway : 
  2. Promote your Domain:

On the first configuration, it is quite similar to configure Host and Guest machine, to the real physical server. just get the DNS, Gateway and Subnet mask IP address a set it to all the server.

after your configure all the servers ip address to one DNS, Gateway and Subnet now you can Promote your Domain. After you Promote your Domain, your can set and join all the server to that Domain Server.

(This steps applies to all the server that you want to join to one domain)

1. Go ‘Start‘, and Right click on ‘Computer‘ or ‘This PC‘, and Click on ‘Properties‘.

2. On the System Window, Go to Computer Name, Domain, and Workgroup Setting Section, and click on ‘Change Settings’.

3. The ‘System Properties‘ will appear, on the Computer Name tab your Can type in any description, the best practices is that the description relates to the server.

4. Then Still on the Computer Name Tab, Click on ‘Change…‘ button.

5. On the ‘Computer Name/Domain Changes‘, type in your server name in the ‘Computer Name‘ box.

6. On the ‘Member of‘, below select Domain,  and type in your Domain. this will show a pop up authentication for the Administrator of your Domain account. click on OK

7. Then you need to Restart your Machine,

8. after Restarting you can Login as your Domain administrator account.

This type of setting and Configuration is useful for setting up Multiple server, 2 or more tier server farms.

Configure Host IP address and Guest IP address

The uses of configuring Host IP address (Physical Machine) and Guest IP address (Virtual Machine) is to create a connectivity between them.

your can use this configuration for, Remote Desktop Connection Manager, Shared Folder or Files, and many more. therefore just follow the steps below.

In your Host Machine, please check your Default Gateway and your IP Address by going to Network and Sharing Center or just simply Typing ‘IPconfig’ in Commad Prompt.

Then, just Remember the Default Gateway and also the Subnet. Now Go to your Virtual Machine and Open your Network and Sharing Center.




Figure 1.0 Connection marked Yellow.




In your Network and Share Center, look for ‘Connections:‘ along with the name of your connection, as shows in figure 1.0. Click on the name of your Connection (Yellow) than on the Status Windows, Click on Properties.

In the ‘This Connection uses the following item’ list, scroll down and select ‘Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)’ and click on Properties button.

In the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties,  click on Use the follow IP Address Radio button, and set your own IP Address, but for Subnet mask and Default gateway, follow the same as your host (Physical) Machine.

Click on OK button, and Close your Connection Properties.

Now Your can use to connection your Virtual Machine. Please see my other post that can relate to this Configuration.