My Short and to the (Share)Point thoughts

Where has “Services on Server” gone?

On my last SharePoint deployment, I came across a very peculiar issue.

When I opened the SharePoint Central Admin (SCA) site, selected the Operations tab and the Services on Server link was missing. when I typed in the URL directly (http://SCA/_admin/Server.aspx) I was prompted with an access denied page. Strange as I had farm administrator permissions??? I also noticed other links were missing, like Outgoing e-mail settings.

Bit of background, the SharePoint environment as all built on Windows Server 2008 R2 with UAC enabled to the highest level, requiring username and password to run all UAC tasks.

So I worked out, I had just opened Internet Explorer and clicked a favourite to SCA rather than via the official Central Admin link (START > Programs > Microsoft Office Server > SharePoint 3.0 Central Admin).

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This link runs PSCONFIGUI.exe to query the SharePoint Config database to see where the SCA is running and which is a UAC task. opening it via the official Central Admin link gave me all the SCA options again.


7 comments:

Anonymous said...

You are my hero today. Enjoy it because that is not a title that is easily earned.

Anonymous said...

thanks, I had the same issue and your blog saved my time :)

Manoj

Anonymous said...

Very nice, thanks a million. -Tom

Anonymous said...

Boss , You just saved many strands of my already reduced hair :)

Paul Noone said...

Crazy but true. Even running IE as admin fails to load these links.

If u take a look at the properties for the Central Administration shortcut it uses the following target:

"C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Web Server Extensions\15\BIN\psconfigui.exe" -cmd showcentraladmin

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