Wednesday, March 21, 2007


Whoessaaaaaaah (c) by bad boys II..
pre: sorry for some bad english here and there; when i'm frustrated.. i'm not paying much attention...

I've whoessahhd many times today; so many.. I thought: must blog this..
First things first; what I was trying to do;

Nice tool from microsoft, as a client for a dbase connection;
Make some sql dbase fields; plug them into your infopath form and build
yourself a dbase driven (web) form ! (And publish it on sharepoint)

First hmm: hmmm all users seem to have the power of InfoPath to view the form..
That's a bummer.. I DO NOT want to install infopath (by hand) on 1500 pc's..
'No ! It is possible to view infopath forms without infopath !' The MS-Entausiastic screems; ok.. how..

hmm2: Trying to find professional information about an professional product; (InfoPath).. is it possible ?
almost every search query seems to turn up as a ms-stupid-need-noinfo-nobrain 'look i'm using a computer' website;
With movies on how to fill in a form, links that call otherlinks that call the original links; ok .. I'm going nuts..

Afther hours of clicking the quest is: Microsoft Forms Server 2007
(Where do you get it ? knobody knows; how do you install it ? knowbody knows; pff thank god for the msdn download library
(forgive god for the msdn-login bug that seems to show the default msdn page sometimes after logging in, and not the download
page you are looking for).
Downloaded it; was looking at the description; hmm3 must be installed at the sharepoint server; ok; Mounted the iso to the
vm-ware machine (Thank god for vm-ware); Hmm4 auto-executes a CMD.EXE; to determine if the vm-machine has a x64 processor..
(if it asked me, I would answer.. but that's to easy I think..)
Running setup; all services are going down during install (what else is new) after running step 1 - 10 (who cares .. ) and 30
minutes... FINISHED !
Hehehe nice! Yeeeehhaaaaa (to early ofcourse); The services are started again (yeah; that's a new one) ok; let's publish
some forms for those users with only IE / Safari :P

Hmm5: the following error occures when trying to publish the infopath document to the document library:
"Dit formuliersjabloon is browsercompatible, maar kan niet voor browsers worden ingeschakeld op de geselecteerde site."
(i'm using the dutch version but it comes down to: yes! you've created an browser-compatible infopath document but to bad..
the server-site is not configured to run this kind of document...)
(With the checkbox you NEED to check grayed out nicely... so at least you know it's there.. but it's out of reach.. yeah... )

Ok..Going trough the help = commercial bullshit site = links to links to links = NO GOOOD
NO INFORMATION ABOUT HOW TO CONFIGURE THE Forms Server into the sharepoint environment; (Even if the link title is:
'How to configure forms server 2007 into your sharepoint environment); it's unbelivble.. I know..

The solution:
Ok; all the sites that are beginning with are EVIL!!!!!!!! (read NO GOOD)
Alternatively: technet; found this page:
This will now be reffered to as: "The holy page" ...
This page is titled: "Deploy form templates (Office Forms Server)" (also forget to search in your locale; (dutch) that is
really no good);
Scrolling.. scrolling... :
"Configure InfoPath Forms Services for a site collection"
Bingo !
(to early)

Activate the Content Management, Search, and Business Information feature for a site collection
The Content Management, Search and Business Information feature now shows a status of Active.
1. In a Web browser, open the SharePoint site for which you want to enable InfoPath Forms Services.
2. Click Site Actions, and then click Site Settings.
3. In Site Collection Administration, click Site collection features. If you do not see the Site Collection Administration
section, you do not have permissions to perform this task.
4. On the Site Collection Features page, find the Content Management, Search and Business Information feature, and then
click the Activate button.

WTF ??????? "Search and Business Information feature" ????????
What the hell does that has ANYTHING to do with Forms... ???
But thank god; this feature does not exist on the page; there is however a feature called:
InfoPath Forms Services support
InfoPath Forms Services lists and related pages to enable server side rendering of Forms.

And there it is... the holy button... a button called "ACTIVATE"
God../ Bill / I must ask ... WHY ????? IS THERE A button called "ACTIVATE" and WHY does the 'wizard' after 10 steps NOT
include 'pressing' this button ??????

to be continued

Hmm the 'to be continued' is faster than I thought..
"Although the form template is uploaded, it is not yet available to users. It must be activated by the administrator of the
site collection to which the form template will be activated. This can also be performed by a farm administrator who also has
administration privileges to the site collection. For more information about activating form templates, see "Activating
administrator-approved form templates" on this page."

close.. but no sigar..
to be continued