Monthly Archives: February 2014

SharePoint 2013 – Your Apps Stuck Loading

In SharePoint 2013 you go to add an app”and on the Your Apps screen all you see if Loading…



Check the App Installation Service timer job is enabled.  Go to Central Administration -> Monitoring -> Review Job Definitions.



Check the job is enabled and set to run every 5 minutes.  Click Run Now to run the job straight away.


SharePoint 2013 SP1

SharePoint 2013 SP1 has been released.  SP1 covers general stability, functionality and security fixes including compatibility fixes for Windows 8.1, Internet Explorer 11 and support for Windows Server 2012 R2.  Power Map for Excel 2013 has also been released for general availability.  For further information on what’s included and download links see below.

SharePoint Server 2013 SP1

SharePoint Designer 2013 SP1

Office Web Apps Server 2013 SP1

All other server products and language packs

If you’re using Power BI as part of SharePoint Enterprise you’re probably using Excel 2013.  Service Pack 1 for Microsoft Office 2013 is available here x32 / x64. Power Map for Excel is now native to Excel for Office 365 ProPlus users.  If you have Office 2013 Professional Plus or standalone Excel 2013 you can continue to use Power Map Preview until May 30th 2014.  More information is available here and here.

For information on how to apply updates to SharePoint see below.

SharePoint Server 2013 prepare to deploy software updates, install a software update.

Office Web Apps Server 2013

Force A Tape To Be Free In System Center Data Protection Manager

If you need to force a tape to be free when you’re using System Center Data Protection Manager you can use the PowerShell script ForceFree-Tape.ps1.  The syntax of this command had me stuck for a while, so here’s a post to explain it.

  • Run the DPM Management Shell as an administrator.
  • Enter ForceFree-Tape.ps1.
  • Enter the DPM server name.
  • Enter the library name.  There’s no need to add speech marks for spaces in the name.
  • Here’s the bit that got me stuck.  Enter the location of the tape to be force free as slot-x, where x is the slot number of the tape you wish to erase.  Press enter and repeat the process for multiple slots.
  • When you’ve entered the location of the slots you wish to force free press Enter again.

DPM Tape Free





SQL Server 2012 SP1 PowerPivot For SharePoint 2013 Setup Error

During the creation of a SharePoint 2013 Enterprise server to investigate PowerPivot I ran into an odd issue during the SQL Server 2012 SP1 configuration.  Following the instructions here, I found that at the Instance Configuration step, the named instance screen was blank and un-editable, but installation failed to continue because I got the error “The Instance name is required but is missing.”  Below is how the screen looked.


The fix was easy, right-click on the SQL Server setup.exe file and choose Run as Administrator.  Oddly, I had to do this even that User Account Control was disabled on the server.  The named instance was then correctly populated as shown below.