SharePoint Server 2013 User Profile Service Application setup issues

Am teaching a 20332B Advance Solution for SharePoint Server 2013 class this week and many of my students having problem following the lab on setup UPSA. Spencer Harbar has a detail and lengthy blog on this over here. http://www.harbar.net/articles/sp2010ups2.aspx

One of of the missing step I noticed is a couple of student didn’t start User Profile Service before starting User Profile Sync Service at the first time, this seems to cause the User Profile Sync to stuck at ‘starting’ even if you start User Profile Services right after that. In this case, you can try restarting the server and check whether the two services started successfully.

I encountered another problem when I was hit with error after I try to come out from Configure Synchronization Settings when I click OK. Will follow up with more details after I analyse the ULS log later.

 

SharePoint 2013 for web designer

SharePoint Server 2013 has make life for web designers easier by not forcing them to learning .NET and SharePoint. They can pop open Dreamweaver to create a site template, then upload it to SP 2013 Design Manager and have Design Manager take care everything for them. They will never have to touch SharePoint Designer 2013.

 

I haven’t found a full tutorial for designers yet but there are some good blog posts out there to illustrate how Design Manager works for designers.

 

Begin with this one

 

 

 

 

http://bniaulin.wordpress.com/2012/07/18/sharepoint-2013-design-manager-convert-html-to-master-page/

 

More details here

 

 

 

 

http://www.learningsharepoint.com/2013/03/25/add-an-html-master-page-to-sharepoint-2013-using-design-manager/

 

More tutorials

 

 

 

 

http://www.learningsharepoint.com/2013/03/25/sharepoint-2013-design-manager-tutorials/

SharePoint 2013 Executing REST API on the browser

SharePoint 2013 provides REST API via _api/web interface. You can try it out in your browser by typing http://{your site}/_api/web

However if you are using IE, you get a nasty reply that looks like below screenshot

Screen Shot 2012-12-27 at 12.06.15 AM

Basically IE comes with a feed reader that doesn’t render the REST feed properly. You can turn off this reader by going to Internet Options –> Content then click on Settings under Feeds and Web Slices section. Make sure Turn on feed reading view is unchecked

Screen Shot 2012-12-27 at 12.13.09 AM

Then restart IE and see your REST call renders nicely on IE

Screen Shot 2012-12-27 at 12.14.00 AM

App for SharePoint 2013 – Unable to login to app site even after credential prompt

When you deploy or debug an app for SharePoint, you will get multiple user credential challenge [in my case I am using NTLM authentication] but fail to login. This is caused by the loopback check feature exists since Windows Server 2003 SP1. To disable this loopback check, open up powershell and execute the following command. Note: Do this only on your development machine.

New-ItemProperty HKLM:\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa -Name "DisableLoopbackCheck" -Value "1" -PropertyType dword