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"Microsoft SharePoint Foundation administration tool has stopped working" Error During Install of SharePoint 2016 SP1

An issue I have recently run into when installing SharePoint 2016 with SP1 slipstreamed is the following error:

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At first, I thought that at the time, it was related to the binaries being on a network share for the install… however, I have also encountered the same issue when installing locally from the server (Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter running on VMWare).

Happens towards the end of the installation:

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Errors that show up in the Event Log are:

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Application: stsadm.exe

Framework Version: v4.0.30319

Description: The process was terminated due to an unhandled exception.

Exception Info: System.IO.FileNotFoundException

at Microsoft.SharePoint.StsAdmin.SPStsAdmin..cctor()

Exception Info: System.TypeInitializationException

at Microsoft.SharePoint.StsAdmin.SPStsAdmin.Main(System.String[])

 

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Faulting application name: stsadm.exe, version: 16.0.4300.1000, time stamp: 0x561d26d9

Faulting module name: KERNELBASE.dll, version: 6.3.9600.18340, time stamp: 0x57366075

Exception code: 0xe0434352

Fault offset: 0x0000000000008a5c

Faulting process id: 0xf88

Faulting application start time: 0x01d283ab05244c8e

Faulting application path: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\16\BIN\stsadm.exe

Faulting module path: C:\Windows\system32\KERNELBASE.dll

Report Id: 44d175a0-ef9e-11e6-80c4-0050568466c7

Faulting package full name:

Faulting package-relative application ID:

 

This seems to happen about 4-6 times during the install process. This has happened across all servers in the farm. I have done some research into this – appeared to be a known problem with prior versions, but do not have an answer at this time.

My solution to the problem is straight forward enough, just click Close Program. I have not run into any lasting effects after doing so. Lets hope that doesn’t change 🙂

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How much storage space is my site collection using?

NOTE: This post is just covering SharePoint 2010, and not earlier versions of the product.

imageA common question administrators have in their SharePoint environment is “How much storage space is my site collection using?”

Well, fear not, trusty SharePoint administrators! There are a few ways to skin this cat – and we’re going to take a look at them.

 

SharePoint Designer

SharePoint Designer – what was once something administrators and power users shuddered at the mere mention of the tool in prior versions of the product, has gotten a makeover. And, also has a lot of additional functionality. For today’s lesson however, we are only going to look at one specific feature of it – the ability to view the storage used for an entire site collection!

If you open up SharePoint Designer to the root site of your site collection, in the main window, once the site is opened under Site Information, you will see, as highlighted below, that it will conveniently display the Total Storage Used of your entire site collection! There! As the big red button on my desk often says after a good firm press… “That was easy!”.

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Let’s look at a couple of other methods of getting this information, shall we?

StorMan.aspx – SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 1+

This one requires Service Pack 1 to be installed to be able to utilize this feature. It was not in the RTM version. At the root of your site collection, if you go to Site Actions > Site Settings > Site Collection Administration > Storage Metrics, this will give you details on the usage – such as what sites, lists, libraries, and items are taking up the most space, however, it will not give you a total like our trusty SharePoint Swiss Army Knife – SharePoint Designer does, but, it will allow you to drill down into the usage.

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I will also urge you to view Bill Baer’s article on Storage Metrics in Service Pack 1 – which has some great screenshots of the functionality, as well as an overview, available here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/wbaer/archive/2011/06/28/service-pack-1-storage-metrics-storman-aspx.aspx

PowerShell

imagePowerShell, one of the other power tools in SharePoint 2010, much more akin to the Ginsu knife, can also serve up the details, and, like the Ginsu knife, allow you to slice and dice the information in a myriad of ways.

Below is an example script to connect to your site collection, and read out all of the usage information.

$site = Get-SPSite http://my.sitecollection.com
$site.Usage;
$site.Dispose();

Which gives the following output (storage shown highlighted below in bytes):

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To view just the Storage property, and not Bandwidth, Visits, Hits, and DiscussionStorage, you can call this:

$site = Get-SPSite http://my.sitecollection.com
$site.Usage.Storage;
$site.Dispose();

And only the Storage property with the total bytes will be displayed. You can also do some other cool tricks, such as calculating kilobytes, megabytes, gigabytes and terabytes right from the command line as well, to make the results a bit more readable:

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Want more? OK! We can give it to you! Keep reading! (Because, reading is fundamental, you know.)

Web Analytics

Another option to view the storage used, as well as some additional metrics around it, if you have Web Analytics enabled, you can view your usage over time. To see this, go to Site Actions > Site Settings > Site Actions > Site Collection Web Analytics reports

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Once there, in the main screen, you can view a summary of the Total Storage Used under Inventory.

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And if you click on Storage Usage under Inventory within the quick launch navigation on the left, you can then view reports on storage utilization for your site collection, with a graph of the values so you cane easily visualize the trend in storage usage.

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As well as a daily breakdown of the storage used, so you can see how this grows or falls over time.

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You can also run reports for any date range since Web Analytics have been enabled, as well as run workflows against this data for alerting and reporting.

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I hope you were able to learn something new today… have another method in which you get your site collection storage metrics? Leave it in the comments below for everyone else!

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