Thursday, October 06, 2011

Unable to save (word) file on SharePoint 2010

Thanks to:

Building a POC for a client I ran into this issue on my Virtual Box virtual SharePoint 2010 environment; While saving the word document in a document library I would get:
This file cannot be saved to this location because there is no connection

The solution is to open up good old DOS command prompt and type:

net stop sens

(Temp solution..)
Voilla! It works like a charm :)

More perminent solution is to disable the System Event Notification service

SharePoint Designer 2010 - Sign In As

I was debugging my external list and Keep getting the SSPI error. Which wasn't that strange because the 'default' SharePoint designer user had no rights to the database.
So I needed to change the current SharePoint Designer user..

Thanks to: !

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

SharePoint designer: The installation of this package failed

Today I was working at a client and he asked me to install SharePoint designer. Sure! I said; thinking this was just an easy task to do.. I was wrong!
I couldn't install his package, I got "The installation of this package failed" as soon as I started the install. After some googling, 80% suggested to re-download the package, so I used my own (proofed working) install file, same thing.

Tried the 64 / 32 bit, all gave the same error.

The solution:
I used my laptop (own system) to extract the install package:
(In DOS prompt:) SharePointDesigner_32.exe /extract:c:\_tmp\spd32\

The files got successfully extracted, putted them on a USB stick, and ran the setup.exe on the client's pc. SharePoint Designer got installed successfully !

There is probably something wrong with the client's Microsoft Installer installation ..

Friday, May 27, 2011

Changing your deployment server url

Today I spent an hour googling & searching to change the target deployment setting in Visual Studio 2010.
I downloaded a sample project from the web and of course, this project has a different target deployment server then my SharePoint server.
I could find hundreds of articles about packaging etc etc but none told me where to change this setting. (No, it's not changeable in the OBVIOUS right mouse on project ->properties ->"SharePoint" screen...!

After getting frustrated finding nothing interesting on the web I tried fixing it myself; opening up the .csproj file with notepad myself... tadaa..!! Fourth line:

YES ! Let's try to change that... VoilĂ  !! Happiness :D :D
(Quickly write a handy blog about this !)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Why you want to use Metadata and not Folders...

Chris Poteet made a great video demonstration about using Metadata to find your files, not using the (20y ago) folder technology.

This video demonstrates two extremes, and he also explains the technological improvements that allow you to walk the line between then. It is still important to note, however, that folders still fall short as a classification method. SharePoint provides a great opportunity to rethink how information should and could be classified to maximize your organization’s information and assisting others in finding it.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Password Change on SharePoint Machine

Last week my VirtualBox test machine gave me the message "please change your password NOWWWWW", due to (default) Windows 2008 Policy I HAD (no way around this in the login screen) to change the password, so I changed the password....

This is the part where the *** hits the fan... Of course, I installed this demo / test environment easy (quick n dirty) under the Administrator account... That password just got changed so of course SharePoint now gives "Service Unavailable" on every web-application... (including Central Admin)

This problem arises when an account password gets change that is being used by SharePoint as a (managed) account to run SharePoint on.

This is because the Application Pool user that is being used by IIS to host the web-applications no longer has access to the appropriate files and folders, resulting in IIS failure.

You can manually change accounts for all application pool users:
- IIS -> application pools->[right mouse on application pool]->advanced settings ->[select the application pool user under “identity” ->click the … and re-fill in all the data of the appropriate user.
This is only HALF the part !
The web-applications will work again now. The only problem is that SharePoint is still “disconnected” from the changed AD-User. You need to update SharePoint with this change.
For instance, creating a new web-application (running under this user-account) will fail because of this mis-sync.

How to fix this ?
Start the SharePoint PowerShell and run the following command: Set-SPManagedAccount –UseExistingPassword
You’ll be prompted to enter the user account & CURRENT (new) password. After a while this command finishes updating the whole of SharePoint and everything is fixed now !

Additional (Technet) information:

Saturday, January 01, 2011

New Job!! / SharePoint Resources

As of March 1st my SharePoint passion is going to become my new job!
I'm starting as Senior SharePoint consultant at Dimension Data in South Africa, Johannesburg. To get my knowledge up to speed with SharePoint 2010 i'm reading the following resources:

Operations guide for servers and server farms for Microsoft #SharePoint Server 2010
Tasks for published intranet sites in SharePoint Server 2010

Technical Library in Compiled Help format:
- Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
- Microsoft SharePoint Foundation
- Microsoft FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint
- Office 2010 Resource Kit
- Microsoft Project Server 2010
- Microsoft Search Server 2010
- Microsoft Groove Server 2010

Plan terms and term sets (SharePoint Server 2010)

Installing SharePoint 2010 on Windows 2008 Server R2

Profile Image Upload
Bulk uploads profile images to a my site host. Runs on the desktop by using web services and client object model to communicate with the server.

16 lots of 8 tips – ways relating to SharePoint from AIIM

# 8 Way to Control Your SharePoint Infrastructure
# 8 Things to Consider When it Comes to Getting Paper into SharePoint

# 8 Things You Need to Know About Taxonomy, Metadata, and Information Architecture in SharePoint 2010
# 8 Features in SharePoint 2010 That Rock
# 8 Reasons SharePoint Looks Like a True ECM System
# 8 Ways to Make Things Easy for Your SharePoint Development Team
# 8 Ways IT Politics Can Wreck a SharePoint Project
# 8 Things You Need to Know About SharePoint Governance
# 8 More Things You Need to Know About SharePoint
# 8 Things to Consider when Implementing SharePoint with Another ECM Engine
# 8 Ways to Use SharePoint for Social Computing
# 8 Reasons You Should Consider Automatic Classification and Metadata Tagging in SharePoint
# 8 Things to do to Make Content More Findable in SharePoint
# 8 Ways SharePoint Helps in Enterprise Governance, Risk, and Compliance
# 8 Things to Consider When Selecting an Application to Scan or Capture into SharePoint
# 8 Things You Should Know About Transactional Processing in SharePoint

HP Sizer for Microsoft SharePoint
HP Sizer for Microsoft SharePoint is a complimentary planning resource that encapsulates knowledge gained from extensive performance characterization of Office SharePoint Server 2007 and SharePoint 2010 in the HP Alliances Performance and Solutions labs, widespread collaboration between HP and Microsoft, and numerous SharePoint performance whitepapers produced by HP engineering.

Nothing but SharePoint (great resource site!)

Upgrading to Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 V3

Multi-tenancy in SharePoint 2010

Resources for Virtualizing SharePoint 2010

Visio shapes for SharePoint Server, Project Server, Search Server, and Office posters

SharePoint Server 2010 performance and capacity test results and recommendations

SharePoint Managed Metadata Overview

Sliding Sessions with SharePoint 2010 and Claims

Clayton's SharePoint Madness

Get a quick report on SharePoint 2010 Features running in your site collection


Configuring Kerberos:

Massive amount of webcasts

RSS Feeds

Bill Baer
Technical Product Manager (SharePoint), Microsoft Certified Master for SharePoint 2007, Microsoft Corporation

SharePoint Developer Team Blog

Sticky Glue

The official blog of the Microsoft SharePoint Product Group

Jan Tielens' Bloggings

Microsoft Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Team Blog