August 2010 Tidbits

August 17 2010 2 comments

Greetings from the SharePoint Blues big band! Almost everyone is back from their summer holidays and working with exciting SharePoint 2010 projects. We have also big plans for the blog, planning to provide a refreshed blog UI, new writers and new topics during the autumn. Meanwhile, as Marvin Gaye once asked, what’s going on?

In June we had a nasty issue with SharePoint 2010 installation where the owstimer.exe proces crashed every minute and consumed practically all CPU resources. What finally solved the issue was a .NET 2.0 garbage collector -related hotfix KB975954.

In every SharePoint 2010 RTM installation we have got a repeating error in the event log:

Load control template file /_controltemplates/TaxonomyPicker.ascx failed: Could not load type ‘Microsoft.SharePoint.Portal.WebControls.TaxonomyPicker’ from assembly ‘Microsoft.SharePoint.Portal, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=71e9bce111e9429c’.

As Todd Carter explains, it is caused by a typo in one SharePoint user control. Luckily the user control is obsolete, so there is an easy way to overcome the issue as explained by Carter.

We have been also exhausted by the number of application pools required by SharePoint 2010 service applications in installations. According to Technet:

Service applications can be deployed to different application pools to achieve process isolation. However, if you want to optimize the performance of your farm, we recommend that you deploy service applications to one application pool.

We are still in the process of calculating the total memory impact of the service application -related application pools and analyzing other downsides of these alternatives. Combining application pools should be done at least in development environments. But whether to do this in production environments is still unclear. Do our readers have an opinion?

It might also interest you that our colleaque Perttu Tolvanen has written an article listing Finnish public MOSS web sites. There is also some interesting discussion regarding why to choose MOSS (or not to choose), unfortunately in Finnish only.

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2 comments to “August 2010 Tidbits”

  1. Yes defintiely an opinion on this, not even on developer machines. The ability to isolate a problem or stop and start a service without stopping and starting other services is critical for developers and in a production environment. Its the same argument regarding web applications if you have them running in the same pool recycle one pool you recycle them all, this can be a problem when deploying or updating solutions. Its sort of primitive a bit like formating C to fix your PC problems.

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