Thursday, November 29, 2007

[MOSS] New version of the MOSS Installation Guide

I have just uploaded a new version of the MOSS Installation Guide. This time these things are added:
  • Installation of Public Update of October 9th
  • Default configuration steps of MOSS
  • Some extra steps to correct issues with the Public Update

The new version can be downloaded here

Please let me know if you have any updates/questions about the guide by posting a comment!

Have fun installing!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

[MOSS/WSSv3] Bug in SharePoint Public Hotfix of October 9th

Recently I have installed the MOSS and WSS public hotfix of October 9th (WSS 3.0 - KB934525, MOSS 2007 KB937832) on several environments. After the installation I noticed that DCOM errors were added to the eventlogs. I troubleshooted the issues and it turns out that the WSS and MOSS patches are resetting the permissions on the OSearch and SPSearch DCOM objects.

Before installing the hotfixes the security settings on both objects were:

  • Administrators
  • <MOSS Configuration Database account>
  • <MOSS Search account>

All account had "Local Activation" and "Local Launch" permissions.

After installing the WSS patch the security settings on the SPSearch DCOM object were reset to default settings.
After installing the MOSS patch the security settings on the SPSearch DCOM object were reset to default settings.

  • Administrators

Fortunatelly this was solved easily by adding the WSS_ADMIN_WPG and WSS_WPG groups to the OSearch and SPSearch object and granting them "Local Activation" and "Local Launch" permissions.

How to determine the DCOM settings??
  • Start > Run
  • dcomcnfg
  • Component Services > Computers > My Computer >DCOM Config
  • Select object OSearch or SPSearch
  • Right click > Properties
  • Select tab Security
  • Click Edit at "Launch and Activation Permissions"

Monday, November 19, 2007

[iFilter] Adobe released a work around for the PDF iFilter in x64

"Finally Adobe has come up with an interim solution to address the non-availability of a 64 bit ifilter. Now one can use the 32-bit Adobe IFilter on 64-bit platforms after installing a DCOM addin from Adobe. The installation instructions can be found on the Adobe Labs Wiki .

This is a great oppurtunity for folks who have a 64-bit installation of Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server 2007 and want to index pdf documents, but do not want to spend money on a 64-bit FOXIT IFilter."
Source: Filter Central