Friday, April 4, 2014

Don’t Install SharePoint 2013 Service Pack 1

From Microsoft:

"We have recently uncovered an issue with this Service Pack 1 package that may prevent customers who have Service Pack 1 from deploying future public or cumulative updates. As a precautionary measure, we have deactivated the download page until a new package is published."

Bill Baer has indicated that the MSDN ISO that has SP1 included is not impacted by this issue.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

SP 2013 Name Profile Property Disappears After Re-provisioning UPSS (Farm backup)

While working on a prject involving a SharePoint Extranet and a custom .net user provisioning application, I came across an issue where the 'Name' profile property was mapped to a custom AD attribute, however, that mapping would disappear after a full farm backup. This caused us to have to manually or programatically (script) remap the mapping after every backup. 

As it turned out the culprit was the de-provisioning/re-provisioning of the UPSS (which happens during SP backup process). Each time the UPSS was re-provisioned, that mapping dropped. After reaching out to a familiar and trusted resource, Trevor Seward, he was able to determine the root cause. Please see his blog-post for explanation/resolution.