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If you've ever configured SharePoint search in 2007 or 2010 then you may have come across this nasty gotcha.

In the SharePoint 2010 world your results would look like this! Nothing! But you know your search engine crawls correctly because you've seen it work and there are no errors in the log!

The reason why this happens is the Default URL is not the one used in the Search crawl. If you don't have this configured correctly then you'll get zero results returned. Not only that but you will see some very weird happenings. When I was playing around trying to understand the problem I did a search and frustratingly got no results so I decided to log in as a different user, and then I saw the results of the search! Wow, that was just silly, so I did another search, thinking it would now work. But no it did not. OK, I thought I would switch back to the previous user again, and guess what! Yes, I saw the results again. But then searching failed if I tried another search. It really stumped me to think that the only way to see search results was to do a search and then log in as a different users. That's what I mean about weird stuff.

The Default URL in this Alternate Access Mapping is used in the Search Configuration. So just following the configuration below is all you need to get results.


This is the Search Service Configuration. Putting it all together will now allow your search to work without even running a crawl! Brilliant. So I thought it would be good to blog about my experience so that others could save their sanity when I almost lost mine...Laughing


The following is an explanation of the 2 types of Authentication. This is well documented on the web!

Classic Mode: This is nothing but Windows Authentication. If any web application is created with Classic Mode Authentication then it cannot applicable to configure forms based authentication. That is basically it.

Claims Based: In SharePoint 2010 for a web application we can enable both windows AND forms authentication. In earlier implementation to do this, we have to create two web applications which has different zones and different authentication. But, with the new claims based authentication a single application can have the capability to configure both windows and forms under single URL. All this is possible because of the authentication framework is built on Microsoft Identify Foundation, and it uses “Geneva” framework to handle this authentication.

Convert from Classic Windows to Claims Based Authentication:  To configure a Windows Authentication application to use Forms Based Authentication then you can convert from Classic Mode to Claims Based. But, there is no UI exist for doing this conversion. The only way around is through PowerShell.

WARNING! This cannot be UNDONE!
At the PS Prompt Type the following commands and press enter after each one.

$app = get-spwebapplication "http://<your site's URL>"

$app.useclaimsauthentication = "True"

$app.Update()  Don't forget the brackets!

IMPORTANT:  If an application is created using Claims Based Authentication and if you want to convert to Classic Mode then it is not possible either through the UI or through PowerShell.

So you want to know if that SharePoint 2010 Web Application is configured with Claims Based or Windows Authentication?

The place to do this is via Central Admin -> Application Management -> Manage Web Applications. Then click on the Web Application and click on Authentication Providers in the Ribbon under the Security Section. BUT you might find that this icon is disabled like this screen shot.

Not to worry as you can enable it using one of two methods. One is to disable UAC via Control Panel but that's not really something you want to do. The other option is to Run your Browser as an Administrator like shown here.

Now you will see that the icon in the ribbon is enabled as shown here.

Now simply click the icon and you'll see something like the following 2 screen shots.

If you want to CHANGE the authentication type then you will need to do that via Power Shell which I will explain in another post.

I came across this very cool widget today!

The Microsoft Translator web page widget allows you to bring real-time, in-place translation to your web site.

It is a pain to set the default browser in Visual Studio UNLESS you use a brilliant tool like this.

WoVS Default Browser Switcher

If you want to copy the contents of a Results window from inside Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio AND include the Column Headers then you need to set the following via Tools -> Options.

Query Results -> SQL Server -> Results To Grid -> Check the box next to "Include column headers when copying or saving the results".

Note that you will need to close your current session and open a new one before this change takes place.

This is how to list all tables in a SQL Server Database with one statement, or two.

--Tables by Rows Descending Order
SELECT sysobjects.Name,
FROM   sysobjects
INNER JOIN sysindexes ON sysobjects.id = sysindexes.id
WHERE type = 'U' AND sysindexes.IndId < 2
ORDER BY sysindexes.Rows DESC

--Tables by Table Names
SELECT sysobjects.Name,
FROM   sysobjects
INNER JOIN sysindexes ON sysobjects.id = sysindexes.id
WHERE type = 'U'AND sysindexes.IndId < 2
ORDER BY sysobjects.Name

Have you ever wanted to clear the list of Projects from the Start Page in Visual Studio? Here's how to do it.

Run --> RegEdit  and navigate to: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\<your version>\ProjectMRUList.

Delete the entries that you don't want.

You can also remove the recent list of files by clearing entries in the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\<your version>\FileMRUList!

One more thing to mention. If you get those annoying Project names like Project (2), Project (3) and just want to start over then you can do that be deleting the folders in My Documents\Visual Studio 2008\Projects\. Usually these folders will only contain the Soluntion (*.sln) files.

Happy Programming!


About Me

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Dave Stuart

Info about Me....The Blogger

So every blog needs this info...

I'm a Developer/BA with 15+ years in the IT industry. I have worked in the UK and Canada as an IT professional and have more years as a contractor than a full-time employee, which is just the way it has turned out. I currently reside in sunny, but frigid, Calgary and moved here from the UK in 2003.

My company Website is http://www.dafran.ca

Today I ran into more issue when working with deployment of my very first Web Part using Visual Studio 2008 on a 64bit Windows 2008 OS. One important tip when trying to deploy using a SharePoint WebPart for within Visual Studio as that you MUST add the VSeWSS user to the Sit Collections Administrators list. By default that will be just the Primary and Secondary admins of the Site Collection.

Note that you will probably only run into this issue if you have installed Visual Studio 2008 extensions for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, v1.3 WITHOUT first creating the VSeWSS Application Pool. Please refer to the Release Notes as it will explain how to add the VSeWSS local user to all the required groups.

CAUTION: if you come across a post on the web that tells you to run this comment, then be VERY CAREFULL as it will knock-out your 64bit WSS SharePoint Web Applications if that's what you have: cscript %SystemDrive%\inetpub\AdminScripts\adsutil.vbs set w3svc/AppPools/Enable32bitAppOnWin64 1. Only Enable 32-bit on the VSeWSS App Pool.

Hope you have as much fun as I did, but it is great when I was finally able to deploy from within Visual Studio. 

The Blogger

Dave Stuart I'm a Developer with a passion for coding. I enjoy the challengers that come with the job! SharePoint is one of my expert areas along with .NET Web Development with MVC and good old MS Access VBA coding. I Blog so that I can remember how I did that way back when; PLUS all this stuff is searchable! I constantly study and run my own business, Dafran Inc. I have passed 22 Microsoft Exams since 1998 when I first jumped on the treadmill of knowledge. I hope that you enjoy this Blog as much as I enjoy updating it. All the very best from Calgary, Alberta, Canada. contact me at linkedin @ dafran.ca


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