November 10, 2015, cumulative update for SharePoint Server 2013 (KB3101373) is out :

Microsoft has released the November 2015 Cumulative Update for the SharePoint 2013 product family.

The  November 2015 CU we have full server packages (also known as Uber packages). No other CU is required to fully patch SharePoint.

November 2015 CU includes all fixes from November 2015 PU.

Note : All Updates for SharePoint 2013 require SharePoint Server 2013 SP1 to be installed first.

Download link for Nov 2015 CU :

If your farm has been on a patch level lower than July 2015 CU: Unlike other CUs – after installing the November 2015 CU you need to run the SharePoint 2013 Products Configuration Wizard on each machine in the farm. If you don’t run PSCONFIG after installing November 2015 CU (on a farm which had a lower patch level than July 2015 CU) crawl might no longer work – so ensure to schedule a maintenance window when installing this CU which includes PSCONFIG runs.Check this blog for more info on this :

Issues addressed in this CU : 

  • Assume that you create host-named site collections and map an Intranet zone URL to the site collections. Then, you access an enterprise search center by using the Intranet zone URL. When you do a search in the search center and try to follow an item from the search results from the hover card dialog box, this operation fails with an internal error message.
  • After you apply view filters to a multivalued lookup column and a single-value lookup column, you may receive the following error message:
    • Exception from HRESULT: 0x80131904<br/><br/>Correlation ID:ID<br/>
  • After an anonymous user adds a new comment to a post, you can’t view comments for the post, and you receive the following error message:
    • TypeError: Unable to get property ‘trim’ of undefined or null reference.
  • When you use a third-party web browser to browse a calendar in SharePoint Server 2013, the Add button on a view of the calendar isn’t clickable.
  • Assume that you enter multiple lines of text in the About me field of a user profile in a SharePoint Server 2013 site. When you try to search the user by using some of the text, no result is returned. This issue occurs because the multiple lines of text is combined to one term.

Cleaning up disk space in SharePoint servers:

This article mainly discusses on the steps to be performed if you happen to come across a scenario where the “C drive”  is filled in the SharePoint server. In our environment we have the SharePoint Servers installed on the C drive and it’s very important that we maintain an adequate amount of free space in the C drive for SharePoint to function seamlessly.

Please use the WinDirStat tool to check the contents in the C drive .This will give you a detailed information about all the folders in the C drive and thus can be used to identify the folders which is larger in space.

WinDirStat Tool:

       WinDirStat is a disk usage statistics viewer and cleanup tool for various versions.

On start up, it reads the whole directory tree once and then presents it in three useful views:

  1. The directory list, which resembles the tree view of the Windows Explorer but is sorted by file/subtree size,

  2. The tree map, which shows the whole contents of the directory tree straight away,

  3. The extension list, which serves as a legend and shows statistics about the file types.

WinDirStat Tool download link :_

Listed below are few scenarios that can contribute to the C disk space increase:

  1. The Windows update option is set as “ Download updates but let me choose whether to install them”


  If you choose this option in the “Windows update center” then the Windows update service will start to automatically download the updates from the Microsoft Update server and will be waiting for us to install it. The update files in this case will be automatically downloaded to the Software distribution folder(C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download) increasing the C drive space.

Fix:  Please make sure that this option is set to “Check for updates but let me choose whether to install them “. In this case the download center won’t download any updates from the Microsoft servers unless and until we manually click on the “download “button to download the updates. Hence this won’t result in unnecessary disk space increase.

2. Check whether “Diagnostic Logging” is set to “Verbose” in Central Administration. If that’s the case then the log file size will increase rapidly resulting in a disk space increase.

Note:  However, this depends on the path configured for “Diagnostic Logging “.If its set to some other drive other than the “C drive “ then there shouldn’t be any problem.

23. Check the space consumed by the logged in user profiles. This can be done by navigating to System properties à User profiles. Check whether the space consumed by all the user profiles is normal .If you see any abnormal increase in the space consumed by any user profile then please go ahead and delete that profile by selecting that user profile and clicking on the “delete” button.

Note: If you delete the user profile from “System properties” then this will remove the user profile from the registry as well. The next time someone logs into the server with that account, a new user profile will be created for that account.


Missing Org Chart in SharePoint 2013 My site.

The Web Part, “Org Chart”, that was visible under the About Me section of MySites in previous versions of SharePoint is now hidden in SharePoint 2013 by default. But when you view the About Me page of any another employee it is displayed.  This behavior is by design and it’s for better performance reasons. 

In previous versions of SharePoint, the profile page always loaded the Org Chart web part.  Loading peer, manager and direct report data actually requires an extra database lookup which contributes to a longer page load time.  Since most users would prefer to have their personal profile page load faster than to see their own position in the organizational hierarchy, the Org Chart web part is hidden when a user views their own profile page.