Archive for April, 2011

Dear all,


An error I ran recently across was the following. After creating a new SharePoint Server 2010 web application, I tried to activate the PerformancePoint Site Features. At first sight, everything seemed to be done in the correct order:


  • PerformancePoint Service Application running
  • Secure Store Service Application running
  • Connection for PPS and SSS to my web application
  • Site Collection created


I went on to my web application, then under:

Site Actions –> Site Settings –> Site Actions –> Manage site features

There I tried to activate the PerformancePoint Services Site Features. Tried. And failed. It failed with the following error messages:




So, the first message gave already a good hint. Off I went for the site collection features:


Site Actions –> Site Settings –> Site Collection Administration–> Site Collection Features


There, I had to enable both:

  • SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure and
  • PerformancePoint Services Site Collection Features


That did the trick! Now, returning to the site features, I was able to enable the PerformancePoint Services Site Features, and finally could create also KPIs, Scorecards and Dashboards.



More options for content creation after PerformancePoint Services have been enabled.


I hope this helps some of you with the same problem!

Best regards,



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Hi folks,

just a quick one this time:


How do we connect a server to an existing configuration database? Simply by issuing the psconfig.exe command:


psconfig.exe -cmd configdb -connect -server <Server_name> -database <Database_name>


Please note that this will disconnect the server from the farm it is currently connected to!


Similarly, you can explicitly disconnect a server from a farm:


psconfig.exe -cmd configdb -disconnect -server <Server_name>


Moreover, you can:


  • Provision the Services (handy in case of unresolvable service application errors)
  • Provision the Central Administration (handy in case of unresolvable CA errors)
  • Resume a failed upgrade
  • Repair SharePoint 2010 installations


The repair is also quite simple:

psconfig.exe –cmd setup /repair

Afterwards, depending on your deployment, choose one of the following:


  • Case 1: Single Server Deployment: run psconfig.exe –cmd setup
  • Case 2: Farm Deployment: Run the Products Configuration Wizard


The psconfig tool is really a bit of an SP2010 administrator’s (configuration) army knife. You can check out its full capabilities here




Best regards,


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Dear all,

Today a new article of mine was released on the online presence of the German magazine “Computerwoche”.


It’s title is: “Vom BI-Trödler zum Klassenprimus”

A recent research study has revealed there is a lot of potential how businesses perform when it comes to data management. Clearly, there is a connection between how well a business organizes its data and also cleaning routines, as well as organizing a centralized BI center. SharePoint 2010 can deliver these features which are needed for improving such a business. The articles shows strategies and best practices to improve from poorly performing to best in class companies.


You can find the full article here:


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