Hello!  My name is James Shidell and I have over 11 years of working experience with Microsoft SharePoint (WSS 3.0 to SharePoint 2013).  I’m Microsoft Certified Professional  (MCP) SharePoint 2013 Certified, MCITP SharePoint 2010 Certified and MCTS SharePoint 2007 Certified.  I currently work as a Sr. SharePoint Specialist/Engineer with SRA in Stuttgart, Germany.  Responsible for designing and engineering SharePoint Infrastructures and solutions.

I started this blog to share with other SharePoint enthusiast some very cool SharePoint techniques and tricks that SharePoint users can apply to their farms.  I will also be blogging about various SharePoint problems and issues that users can reference if they ever encounter SharePoint problems like I have.  If you work with SharePoint you know there will always be problems.

Everything I will blog about on this site will be from personal experience.  After working with SharePoint for many years I’ve gathered many years worth of notes, SharePoint tricks, and fixes.  I initially wanted to write a book (I still might) but decided it would be best to start a blog and share with others my trials and tribulations with Microsoft SharePoint.


  1. February 25, 2013 at 12:44 am

    I went to add a link of yours to my IE Bookmarks… only to see I had three others in there already from different searches…

    Looks like you are my new “goto guy”. 😉

    I’m the new SP Administrator here at my company. I inheretid this role with NO SP experience at all.

    I think I’ve finally determined how to know when I really am an SP Admin. When you hate Sharepoint, you are officially a Sharepoint Administrator. 😉

  2. February 25, 2013 at 8:18 am

    I’m glad i’m able to help out. Welcome to SharePoint and you will soon learn to “love it”. 🙂

  3. Jitendar Singh
    April 9, 2014 at 10:48 am

    I want to have a powershell script to identify all the sites in web application which are not accessed by any of the user from last 180 days

    • April 9, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      If you mean by not accessed as (not viewed) that is a little difficult, especially for the last 180 days. You could leverage Audit Logging and change your Audit log retention days to 180, and view the audit logs in that way.

      I do have a script that checks to see if any item within a site collection has been modified within a specific date. This might give you a closer window of when a site has last been touched, but not last “viewed”.

      If you would like I can blog about it.

  4. Jitendar Singh
    April 9, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Thanks for your response.

    I am administering site collections under few web application and I come to situation where sites are built long back and after using for period of time the site is kept aside and My concern is to list all those sites which were not used more than 30 days- so that we can check with the site owners and get them decommissioned


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