SharePoint 2010 SP1 Not Installed

The past few weeks I have been working n scripting out the installation and configuration of SharePoint 2010 and all the services for a multi-server environment. I’ll be posting the details of the script in the coming weeks (okay most likely months….)

For the installation I have been using a slip-streamed set of media which includes SP1 and the June 2012 Cumulative Update. I farm will be using a SQL 2012 database which also provides the advantage of using the new BI features such as PowerView and SSRS as an actual service to SharePoint.

Everything seemed fine until I tried to configure PowerPivot and received a message saying “SharePoint 2010 SP1 is not installed on this machine.” This seemed odd as I’ve been able to configure everything up to this point….

After a few days of googling I finally got the correct search terms, which was “powerpivot error SharePoint 2010 SP1 is not installed”. This led me to a post by Jeff Jones blogger of He has a create article which solved my problem called “Fixed -SharePoint 2010 SP1 is not installed on this computer.

The basic issue is that a registry key does not get updated with the new build version, causing PowerPivot to think everything is out dated. The registry key in question is HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office Server\14.0\BuildVersion.

Since I like scripts here is a little PowerShell goodness to help you out. Be sure that the Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell snap-in has been loaded into your PowerShell session before running.

$currentKey = Get-ItemProperty "hklm:\software\microsoft\office server\14.0\" -Name BuildVersion
$farmBuild = (Get-SPFarm).BuildVersion
Write-Host "Registry Build is $($currentKey.BuildVersion)"
Write-Host "Farm Build is $farmBuild"
if($currentKey.BuildVersion -ne $farmBuild)
Write-Host " - Updating registry build to $farmBuild"
Set-ItemProperty "hklm:\software\microsoft\office server\14.0\" -Name BuildVersion -value $farmBuild


Early to Plan and Early to Test Makes an Upgrade

…Intuitive, Effective, and Calm.

On Wednesday, November 17th I had the opportunity to speak to the Fort Wayne SharePoint User Group. This was the first time I have spoken to a use group, and feel over all it was a successful presentation. The title of the presentation was “Early to Plan and Early to Test, Makes an Upgrade Intuitive, Effective, and Calm.” During the presentation I spoke about the different approaches and steps to upgrading a SharePoint 2007 farm to SharePoint 2010, as a number of those in attendance are looking to begin upgrade projects during the first quarter next year.

I told those attending that I would be posting my notes and slides. I tried to format everything to include in the body of this post, but I couldn’t find a nice way to do it without hand editing a lot of HTML. (Any suggestions for a good blog editor for Word Press, I’m currently using Windows Live Writer.) Here is a link to download everything as a docx file:


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ULS (The Ugly Log Stream) Is No More

Any SharePoint administrator or developer has been faced with ugly task of digging through the ULS (officially known as Unified Logging Service, to me as the Ugly Log Stream) looking for clues as to why "Unexpected Error.." is being thrown. Most often this involves opening the ULS in some sort of text editor, and trying to maneuver around as best you can to pinpoint the cause of the issue.

Because this is such a daunting task, I’ve been on the lookout for a magical solution to turn the ULS from the Ugly Log to the Unbelievable Log. The first place I looked was on CodePlex, where I found a few, but nothing that made me say, "Wow!"

I then stumbled across the ULS Viewer in the MSDN Code Gallery and knew my life had just become infinitely easier. As I said, this gem of an application can be found in the MSDN Code Gallery under ULS Viewer. It hasn’t been updated since October 2009, but I have had no problems using it with Server 2008 R2 and SharePoint 2010, instances of MOSS 2007 on 32-bit hardware, or Windows 7 and XP. The biggest issue people have reported is date formatting issues with non English culture settings. I am going to pull out a few of the features that I have found to be most helpful, but in no way is this going to be a complete list of the different options that are available to you.

To start with, the ULS Viewer is a small executable 500MB in size, that doesn’t require any installation. Just double click and your up and running in ULS heaven. With this size it won’t be hard to added it to your USB stick and have it with you always. (I think we can all spare 500MB on our 8 or 16 GB sticks we all have…or can afford to skip the coffee for a week to get ourselves one.) In addition, to not having to install anything, as long as you have access via the network to the log location of your SharePoint server, there is no need to even log onto the SharePoint Application server. (Another point for this little baby.)

To view your logs you have two options. The first is to open a log file via File -> Open From -> File, which allows you to open any defined file in a the given browsed to location. This is excellent if you are wanting to view a PSConfig log file or historical ULS log files. The second option is to open File -> Open From -> ULS is were this really shines. You provide the path to your SharePoint log files and it will automatically refresh the screen as new lines are logged. No longer must you close and reopen, or refresh the screen. In addition, when using viewing via the ULS option, you can pause the live stream and start it back up as you want.

The next feature I find great is the ability to view only certain message types. By default all the message types are shown, which are VerboseEx, Verbose, Medium, and High. Sadly, there is not a single button to filter out Warning type messages, but this can be easily achieved via the filtering system provided.

Which leads into the next super sweet feature…the ability to filter messages so you only have to look at those that apply to the current issue your investigating. You have the ability to filter all of the columns with standard contains, begins, not equals…and even regex expression matching. To make it even cooler you can save different filter sets off, to use again or to share amongst teammates investigating the same issue.

SharePoint provides the Correlation ID for error messages as a way for us to easily identify what message(s) in the log are related to the error, but often it is hard to locate all the related messages as they are rarely all clumped in a group. Well, ULS Viewer makes this easier for us to, by providing the Correlation Tree. This beauty l will list all of the correlation ids currently in the log file or that have already been shown if live streaming the ULS, you then can select the ID you want…poof…all logged messages related are shown, no more hunting with the Find to make sure you have seen all the messages.

BUT wait there’s more!!!!!
Also, provided to make finding related or specific messages is the ability to format the display. This includes the basics of which columns to show and the default size of said columns, but it gets better. You can establish filter rules which will then highlight that line in your chosen color, and just like the filter options you can save these off to use later or share. If you don’t want the entire line, you can even designate certain column to be highlights. By default it even highlights any critical level messages for you.
If the bells and whistles I’ve pulled out haven’t at least peaked your interest, maybe the simple yet great features will sell you on the ULS Viewer. When ever a line is selected the top frame of the window will display the entire message column in clean wrapped text. Now we don’t have to scroll forever left and right or try to determine what is wrapped text or a new line in the log. Of course, it even goes a step further, and if you double click a line in the ULS, you get a nice dialog box which breaks all of the columns down for you to easily view or even share.
Everyone knows you have to view the ULS Log at least once for any given SharePoint project, but it shouldn’t be something to hate. With the ULS Viewer the ULS Log is no longer a last phase in issue resolution, but becomes an excellent first stop in an investigation. The ULS Viewer can be downloaded from the MSDN Code Gallery at

View SharePoint 2010 List in Datasheet View

Wasn’t this the version of SharePoint and Office when everything seamlessly worked on the first try? Not so! It turns out Microsoft wanted to provide just one more reason to upgrade to the next version.

I am trying to view a list in my SharePoint 2010 site and received an extra generic error message. (What is more generic than “Unknown Error”? How about a message that lists three potential issues none of which provide details.”) This is the error message I kept getting in popup wind style.


[The list cannot be displayed in Datasheet view for one or more of the following reasons: A datasheet component compatible with Microsoft SharePoint Foundation is not installed. Your Web browser does not support ActiveX Controls. A component is not properly configured for 32-bit or 64-bit support.]

The issues turns out to be that 64-bit versions of Office 2010 does not contain an important Datasheet component to allow the proper view. This is according to Microsoft’s knowledge base article 2266203 from July 2, 2010 which can be found here

Microsoft provides two solutions for the issue. The first solution is to only use 32-bit Office, unless you must have the benefits of 64-bit. (HUH? I thought the big push was to move toward 64-bit processing and programs.)

The second solution involves installing the 2007 Office System Driver: Data Connectivity Components from Microsoft Downloads at

As I am running 64-bit Office I tried the second solutions, after the 25 MB download and about 2 minute install time, I was up and editing my lists in Datasheet view.