My favourite SharePoint 2013 resource of the week

Out of all the resources posted on many blogs and on technet, I find the following link the best to kick off the learning curve:

SharePoint 2013 training for IT pros

These videos are great because

  • Talk mostly net new features/functionality
  • Great starter for experienced SharePoint professionals
  • Good depth of overview on new features and functionality
  • Beneficial to site administrators/owners/contributors and not just for IT Pros
  • 14 Modules with about 2-7 videos each

Installing SharePoint 2013 Preview “Server Unavailable” Issue

Issue: After Installation of SP 2013 Preview, Central Administration Web Site resulted in error message “Server Unavailable” and also in the Event Logs with “The worker process failed to pre-load .Net Runtime version v4.0.21006.”

Context: I have a VM copy of a bare installation of SP 2010 with Windows Server 2008R2 and SQL Server 2008 R2. My goal is to install and “overwrite” with SP 2013

My steps
1. Install Windows Server 2008 SP1 and SQL Server 2008 SP1 and SP2
2. Install SP 2013 Preview Prequisites
3. Install SP 2013 Preview Setup
4. Configure new server farm installation
5. Configure for Central Administration web site
6. Loading Central Administration web site resulted in issue

I thought that App pool identity credential’s were incorrect but that was not the issue as many would have thought.


1. Go to “C:\Windows\System32\inetsrv\config” and open applicationHost.config
2. Look for <applicationPools>
3. Look for App Pools with name related to SharePoint especially “SharePoint Central Administration”
4. Change managedRuntimeVersion=”v4.0” to “v4.0.30319”
5. Run iisreset

Note: I have tried to change the runtime version through inetmgr UI, but the drop down selection

Passed SharePoint 2010 Configuring (70-667) and Administrator (70-668) Certification Exams


As the new version of SharePoint 2013 is approaching, I though I’d finish all 4 SharePoint 2010 exams.

Main topics: Upgrading, Farm topology, Search, Backup and Restore, Performance, Availability, Farm and Sandbox solutions, SharePoint features

Hardest type of questions where one has to select 3 steps out 6 and put in order, so such type of questions really test hands on experience in configuration.

Below is a summary of all SharePoint 2010 certifications


Microsoft SharePoint Server Certifications