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Problems with new Service Packs?

This may happen…..or may not and work perfectly.

The new service pack consists of two executable files which run in sequence: WSSv3 SP1 and then MOSS SP1.

If the Service Pack doesn’t work, the upgrade will claim that it was complete, however, the upgrade may have actually crashed halfway through the WSSv3 SP1 portion of the operation, leaving half of the databases updated and the other half (the content and SSP databases) not updated. The result is the content databases are locked, and the SharePoint services were hung up in a loop. In short – If this occurs, you have a problem. Feel free to email me for details.

Resolution: To fix everything, run a series of stsadm commands to force the upgrade, because the GUI-based commands will not respond and the service pack will claim that it was already installed. Then get all of the timer jobs to start running again. This should do it.

African fraud scam comes to my blog

From my blog…….yeah right!!!


I got your contact in my searching of a good reputation foreign partner to assist me in my late husband properties. My late husband was former district leaders of the diamond city call KENNEMA and an executive member of the Diamond Mining Association in the Republic of Sierra-Leone. He was massacred by the president TEJAN KABBAH force in their struggle to reinstate him back to power, before his death he disclosed to me that he deposited two trunk boxes contain sum of US$18.2 Million in a Security Company in Accra, Ghana, in a neighboring country in West Africa, after all, I had gave the Security Company a call and was confirmed that the boxes are intact. I decide to solicit for your kind assistance to help me and my two children invest these funds on our behalf the sum of US$18.2 Million (and to deposit 20kg of Gold Alleviate in your Bank for us.) in your Business Venture for a long term and pay us monthly on an agreeable terms to be worked out later.

Our lives and future of my two children depends on these funds and as such, I will be grateful if you can assist us. I am seeking your assistance to invest this fund out of Africa for investment purpose. I want you to come on board help clear this money from the deposit company, open an account on your name, and transfer the funds to your designated account in your country. Why I also want you is that my husband specifically put it in his will and advice me that I must consult a foreign partner to assist me to move the funds out of Africa, I think was to save as a check on my part so that I would not loose the money, as this is the only money left for the success of my two children in this generation. What I demanded from you is to assure me the safety of this money when it finally gets to you..

Further information and arrangement will commence as soon as trust, confidence and good relationship is established. I shall be most grateful if you could maintain this high level of confidentiality I repose on you concerning this matter. My health is not in good shape now, because am hypertension patient and I need your help as quick as you can please. Please response as soon as possible so that I can send all the deposition documents to you and you can get in touch with the security company for enquiry on how to proceed on my behalf. Thanks for your personal consideration. Yours Sincerely, MRS. Margaret Chester

I don’t thiml I’ll be giving up my day job

Re naming AD groups

Not that this is a SharePoint bug blog. However I think I’d mention this and add this as a category on my blog

If you change the names or delete them in AD, they are still shown in SharePoint.

One small portion of the site, which is ambiguously considered a web part by some sources, is called “Select Users and Groups” or the “People Picker”. This web part/service is available throughout different portions of a site collection for the purpose of doing a lookup query for users or groups. It is also implemented differently in different portions of the site, because the same lookup query will bring back different result sets depending in which portion of the site collection you initiate it from. For the implementation of the “People Picker” that we are concerned with, when the lookup is performed, the web part looks at the Shared Services Provider database (where it scans imported profiles and groups) and also directly at Active Directory. Regarding the Active Directory query, there is no issue.

However, regarding the database where imported user profiles are stored, while the user profiles that it retrieves are up to date, it is also bringing back security groups that have been deleted or renamed in its result set. According to multiple sources including Microsoft, security groups are imported along with user profiles. This seems to hold true considering that a recently created security group is not visible to certain portions in SharePoint (audiences for example) until a full profile import is done through the SSP. However, according to different documentation regarding SharePoint Server 2007, the literature claims that security groups are not imported via the SSP profile import service; they are only directly queried from Active Directory. Nonetheless, these groups do exist inside the Shared Services Provider database, as I have managed to drill down to the actual table in which these values seemingly reside: dbo.MemberGroup.

Of course Microsoft may or may get back to you on this, and I can’t promise that in the end this will indeed resolve the issue in the next issue.