Permissions required to edit Quick Launch navigation links
Just a quick one today. A client needed to allow a group of users to add navigation links to the Quick Launch on their SharePoint Online sites:
We mistakenly assumed that granting the Design permission level would be sufficient. That's not the case on SharePoint Online when the Publishing Infrastructure site collection feature is enabled. The EDIT LINKS link doesn't show up until you grant the Manage Hierarchy permission level. Alternatively, if you want to get granular, you need the Manage Web Site site permission.
If you use SharePoint Designer 2013 to build workflows, there's a fair chance you'll have come across the following error message: Server-side activities have been updated. You need to restart SharePoint Designer to use the updated version of activities.
Needless to say, restarting SharePoint Designer rarely makes the error go away. The usual advice is:
Approach 1: Clear the cache folders
See for example How to Clear Your SharePoint Designer 2010/2013 Cache. If you've just deployed some custom workflow activities to your site, this will probably solve your problem (and you should clear the cache folders every time you deploy custom activities). If the error occurs spontaneously, this approach often won't help.
Approach 2: Reinstall SharePoint Designer
This might work if you've got a preview version of SharePoint Designer installed. If not, it's unlikely to help. It didn't work for me, and it didn't work for countless others on the forums.
Today's problem occured after I restarted a Hyper-V based SharePoint 2013 farm (Windows Server 2012, one SharePoint 2013 machine, one SQL Server 2012 machine, one DC). I fired up Central Administration and was hit with the following error:
Unknown SQL Exception 0 occurred. Additional error information from SQL Server is included below.
The target principal name is incorrect. Cannot generate SSPI context.
After checking the obvious things - testing connectivity to the DB server, checking the SQL service was running, verifying permissions, etc - I initially figured this was an issue with my Hyper-V snapshots being out of sync, so I ran the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard. This hit me with the following error:
Failed to detect if this server is joined to a server farm. Possible reasons for this failure could be that you no longer have appropriate permissions to the server farm, the database server hosting the server farm is unresponsive, the configuration database is inaccessib…
Q. What does the Server Resource Quota setting do in SharePoint Online?
A. Right now, nothing. Nothing at all.
Earlier this week I was talking to an IT Manager who's been troubleshooting some performance issues on a SharePoint Online site collection. As part of his investigation, he raised the issue with Microsoft Support.
Among other things, the support engineer advised him to increase the Server Resource Quota for the site collection.