Inconvenient backup and restore of Sites with Catalog Connections to different URLs

Using Catalog Connections in SharePoint 2013 offers great flexibility with regard to content reuse within as well as across Farms. Unfortunately, as Catalog Connections are based on URLs, they break if you restore your Site Collections to different URLs. So is rebuilding Catalog Connections the only option or is there a better way to work with Catalog Connections and backup and restore of Site Collections to different URLs?

Granting permissions to the User Profile Service Application using PowerShell

In my previous article I explained how access permissions to the User Profile Service Application are required if you want to programmatically configure Navigation of a Publishing Site in SharePoint 2010. In the article I showed you how you can configure grant required permissions manually. There are however scenarios when you might need to configure those permissions in a structured and repeatable way. Find out how to grant permissions to the User Profile Service Application using PowerShell.

Programmatically configuring menu items in SharePoint 2010 revisited

A while ago I wrote about how you can programmatically configure menu items in SharePoint 2010 using PowerShell. Unfortunately it turns out that it doesn’t always the way you would expect it to. Find out how to get the script working in your SharePoint environment.