Technet Distributed Cache Articles are updated !

Heads up , Technet Distributed Cache Articles are updated !

Plan for feeds and the Distributed Cache service in SharePoint Server 2013
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj219572.aspx

Microsoft has updated the following sections:

• Capacity planning for the Distributed Cache service
• Memory allocation

The memory issues have been noted here. Now we are requiring at least 34GB of memory for 16Gb Cache Servers. If more than 16GB’s are required, we now require at least 2 cache servers

Manage the Distributed Cache service in SharePoint Server 2013
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj219613.aspx

Microsoft has updated the following section:

*Fine-tune the Distributed Cache service by using a Windows PowerShell script
*Changed the Graceful Shutdown procedure

In the “Fine-tune the Distributed Cache” section we called out the MaxConnectionsToServer issue and have a script to tune these settings. We are also tuning the “DistributedLogonTokenCache” and “DistributedViewStateCache” as the defaults are too small.

This should eventually eliminate many support cases that occur after customers follow bad advice from random Blogs and utilize default settings.

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Can we configure Exchange Autodiscover with My Site Host URL for SharePoint 2013 ?

it is only possible for Exchange 2013 and SharePoint 2013

You can find the details and scripts in below article
Configure Exchange Autodiscover with a My Site Host URL in SharePoint Server 2013
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn217895.aspx

What about if we use Exchange 2010 ?

No. It is not possible for Exchange 2010

It will not work for Exchange 2010 because the script tries to update the property named msExchServiceEndPointURL which is new in Exchange 2013.

[string]$propertyName = “msExchServiceEndPointURL”
Write-Host “`nProperty name: $propertyName”

Therefore, it is expected that you receive error “Error setting property” when you have Exchange 2010 server with Exchange 2010 schema. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb738144(v=exchg.150).aspx

https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/sharepoint/en-US/05b6192c-d4d6-40c6-a35b-44fcde179a1d/autodiscover-sharepoint-2013-error-setting-property

August 2014 CU for SharePoint 2010/2013 has been released

The product group released the August 2014 Cumulative Update for the SharePoint 2013 product family.

ATTENTION:

Be aware that all Update for SharePoint 2013 require SharePoint Server 2013 SP1 OR March 2013 PU for SharePoint 2013 to be installed first.

Please also have a look at the article that discusses how to properly patch a SharePoint 2013 farm which has Search enabled (see below).

Also be aware that in August no so called “Server” or “Uber” packages have been released instead only fix packages for individual components of SharePoint have been released. That means if your SharePoint system is on an older patch level than July 2014 CU you need to install July 2014 CU before installing the below listed August 2014 CU fixes in order to update your system to the latest patch level.
With other words: It is highly recommended to install SP1 and July 2014 CU before installing August 2014 CU!

Previous releases of the SharePoint Server 2013 cumulative update included both the executable and the .CAB file in the same self-extracting executable download. Because of the file size, the SharePoint Server 2013 package has been divided into several separate downloads. One contains the executable file, while the others contain the CAB file. All are necessary and must be placed in the same folder to successfully install the update. All are available by clicking the same Hotfix Download Available link in the KB article for the release.

This CU does NOT(!) include all SharePoint 2013 fixes previously released! It is recommended to install July 2014 CU before installing this CU.

The CU does not include SP1! You can install SP1 before or after installing this CU.

  • KB 2883081 – SharePoint Foundation 2013 August 2014 CU
  • KB 2883086, KB 2883085, KB 2883078, KB 2880559, KB 2760213 – SharePoint Server 2013 August 2014 CU
  • KB 2883083 – SharePoint Server 2013 with Project Server August 2014 CU
  • KB 2883093 – Office Web Apps Server 2013 August 2014 CU (KB delayed)

 

 

For More Information :
http://blogs.technet.com/b/stefan_gossner/archive/2014/08/13/august-2014-cu-for-sharepoint-2013-has-been-released.aspx

For SharePoint 2010 August 2014 CU

The product group released the August 2014 Cumulative Update for the SharePoint 2010 product family.

Be aware that the August Cumulative Update for SharePoint 2010 is a Post-SP2 hotfix. It is recommended to have SP2 installed before installing the August CU.

Also be aware that in August no so called “Server” or “Uber” packages have been released instead only fix packages for individual components of SharePoint have been released. That means if your SharePoint system is on an older patch level than July 2014 CU you need to install July 2014 CU before installing the below listed August 2014 CU fixes in order to update your system to the latest patch level.
With other words: It is highly recommended to install SP2 and July 2014 CU before installing August 2014 CU!

This CU includes all SharePoint 2010 fixes released since SP1. The CU does not include SP2.

  • KB 2889825 – SharePoint Foundation 2010
  • KB 2889831 – SharePoint Server 2010

 
For More Information:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/stefan_gossner/archive/2014/08/13/august-2014-cu-for-sharepoint-2010-has-been-released.aspx

SharePoint 2013 and SQL Server 2014 Supportability

We will support SQL Server 2014 with SharePoint Server 2013 but we need April 2014 CU and also SP1 installed.

RTM of SQL Server 2014 and when SharePoint 2013 will be supported: http://blogs.technet.com/b/wbaer/archive/2014/03/21/sql-server-2014-and-sharepoint-server-2013.aspx

Using SQL Server 2014 Reporting Server (SSRS) features together with SharePoint 2013? Check more here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg492257(v=sql.120).aspx

Without an April 2014 full-server package for SharePoint Server 2013 we cannot say yet that it will be supported with all available features. We also need updated information in our TechNet that we now support SQL Server 2014, but it should be available as soon all information are collected.

Resources:
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/joerg_sinemus/archive/2014/04/09/sharepoint-2013-and-09-april-2014-status.aspx

SharePoint 2013 and April CU 2014 issues.

Due to the problem identified in SP1, the  global installation package has not been released yet an. If your business has some urgency to have this issue fixed you can install the single package without any impact in your supportability.

Our full-server packages (SharePoint Server and Foundation) are not yet available and therefore you could install only “sub-packages”. From support perspective we are always suggesting to install full-server packages, but in case you need an important April 2014 CU hotfix, just for your info.

SharePoint contains not only SharePoint components and therefore the following list may not exhaustive.

General information you can find here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2953733

Access Server Download Link
Contains fixes when SQL Server 2014 will be used.

OWAS 2013 has an own kb article:
2863899    Description of the Office Web Apps Server 2013 hotfix package (Wacserver-x-none.msp): April 8, 2014
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2863899
For this package you need to have a SlipStream installation of OWAS2013 including SP1 or you can install it on top of any other former CU.

SharePoint Server 2013 Oserver package
2760265    Description of the SharePoint Server 2013 hotfix package (Oserver-x-none.msp): April 8, 2014
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2760265

SharePoint 2013 / Word Server
2768332    Description of the SharePoint Server 2013 hotfix package (Wdsrv-x-none.msp): April 8, 2014
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2768332

SharePoint Server 2013 Coreserver package
2863887    Description of the SharePoint Server 2013 hotfix package (Coreserver-x-none.msp; Projectserverwfe-x-none.msp): April 8, 2014
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2863887

SharePoint Server 2013 Client Components package
2863895    Description of the SharePoint Server 2013 Client Components SDK hotfix package (Spdevsdk-x-none.msp): April 8, 2014
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2863895

More Info
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/joerg_sinemus/archive/2014/04/09/sharepoint-2013-and-09-april-2014-status.aspx

 

 

August CU 2013 has been released.

August 2013 CU for SharePoint 2013 has been released
http://blogs.technet.com/b/stefan_gossner/archive/2013/08/14/august-2013-cu-for-sharepoint-2013-has-been-released.aspx

August 2013 CU for SharePoint 2010 has been released
http://blogs.technet.com/b/stefan_gossner/archive/2013/08/14/august-2013-cu-for-sharepoint-2010-has-been-released.aspx

Note For SP2:
* It is recommended to install June 2013 CU before SP2. June 2013 CU might not correctly identify the SP2 baseline. If SP2 has already been installed and June CU does not install you need to install  August CU which will correctly identify the SP2 baseline.