Presentation on theme: "Troubleshooting SharePoint Tools and Tricks Eric VanRoy Portal System Engineer"— Presentation transcript:
Troubleshooting SharePoint Tools and Tricks Eric VanRoy Portal System Engineer Evanroy@skylinetechnologies.com
MOST IMPORTANT TOOLS Knowledge Experience Understanding of the environment Baseline of environment
STEP 1 – ALWAYS DOCUMENT ISSUE What is it supposed to do What is it doing – Trust but verify Screen shot – entire window incl. address bar Quantify and validate with technology – What does “slow” mean?; Does it happen to everyone?; Does it happen all the time? When did it start?
STEP 2 – DOCUMENT CHANGES Farm Changes – SharePoint Documentation toolkit (www.spdockit.com)www.spdockit.com Environment Changes – ASK the networking group Security Changes – ASK security team Document all changes
STEP 3 – GATHER ADDITIONAL INFO Logging Database if possible (Custom SQL reports) – SharePoint diagnostic Logs (ULS viewer) – Window event logs (Native event viewer) – IIS Log files (NotePad) HTTP traffic trace (Fiddler, or IE Developer Dashboard) Rendering Data (SharePoint Developer Dashboard)
STEP 4 – HYPOTHESIZE Make an educated guess at the following items: – Is it Server based – Is it Service based – Is it User Interface based Make an educated guess on root cause – “If I wanted that outcome, how might I cause it” Don’t be afraid to be wrong, it is only a starting point
STEP 5 – TEST HYPOTHESIS Replicate issue in LAB. – Option 1 – migrate farm to LAB and see if issue exists – Option 2 – create a “clean” farm and attempt to cause issue Use Hypothesis from Step 4
STEP 6 – DETERMINE RESOLUTION Based on the cause, look at how to prevent that from happening. – Create a step by step plan for resolution
STEP 7 – TEST RESOLUTION In LAB environment – Implement plan from step 6 If plan does not work, – Revert plan back to state prior to this test (Important) – go back to Step 6 and develop a new plan
STEP 8 – IMPLEMENT RESOLUTION Implement plan that succeeded in the test on Step 7 Have note from all failed test available in case a clean up did not completely occur
TOOLS - TRADITIONAL KeePass (http://www.keepass.info/) SharePoint Documentation ToolKit (http://spdockit.com) ULSViewer (http://ulsviewer.codeplex.com/) IE developer Dashboard or Fiddler SharePoint developer dashboard
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