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  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 Term Store is Displaying SIDs instead of Display Names under the Managed Metadata Service

    One of our customers got back to me about SIDs being displayed instead of Display Names in the Term Store when looking up settings for a Term Set. The behavior is intact and you're getting the expected results. However, It would be hard to maintain! To go around it try clicking on the User Verification...
  • Blog Post: An Alternative Archives Web Part to Solve the Pre-dated Posts Provisioning in the OOTB Blog Site Archives Web Part

    The OOB SharePoint 2010 site templates are very useful in different scenarios. The guys at Microsoft were very generous to spare some time and build a site template for blogs. After provisioning the site, I was so happy with it! but then stumbled on the fact that the Archives Web Part did not generate...
  • Blog Post: Using SharePoint 2010 Management Shell to Create Web Applications and Site Collections

    Power Shell is one outstanding tool for managing and configuring SharePoint 2010 without using the web GUI. A good use of Power Shell is creating CMDLets to automate the process of provisioning sites and site collections. In today’s walkthrough we will create a new web application and a site collection...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Lists Conditional Formatting using SharePoint Designer 2010

    I was asked on different occasions if SharePoint supports conditional formatting on Lists. The answer was yes It can be done using SharePoint Designer. Back in SharePoint 2007 (MOSS) we had to convert the List View Web Part to a XSL Data View to be able to set up conditional formatting. Gladly in SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: OWSTimer EndPoint Exception Errors After SP 2010 SP1 Installation?

    I started getting the OWSTimer exception errors after installing SharePoint Server 2010 Service Pack 1. Exception An unhandled exception ('System.ServiceModel.EndpointNotFoundException') occurred in OWSTIMER.EXE [6116]. Solution To resolve the exception, you need to start the Forefront Identity Manager...
  • Blog Post: Building Arabic SharePoint Site Collections

    Back in previous versions of SharePoint (e.g. 2003 release) we had to have a full installation of SharePoint for a specific language, one language per installation, which meant that if we install an Arabic version of SharePoint on a specific server then we can only create Arabic sites on that installation...
  • Blog Post: Playing with SharePoint Custom Lists Using SPList Class (SharePoint Object Model)

    As a developer you can access SharePoint content using either Microsoft.SharePoint.dll (SharePoint Object Model) or web services. In this post I will be discussing the access using the object model and in the next coming posts I will explain it using web services and JavaScript as well. Let's elaborate...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office SharePoint 2007 (MOSS) Data Protection & Recovery Explained

    Before diving into SharePoint data protection and recovery practices, let's elaborate a little bit about the levels of data recovery. Logically we have 4 levels of data recovery: Content LevelContent stands for uploaded files, lists and web parts. This level is the most common and happens when users...
  • Blog Post: Using XML HTTP Request in JavaScript to parse any Text, HTML or XML files on a remote location over HTTP (MOSS Example)

    We all met the "View Source" functionality in browsers. You just right click the page, and click on "View Source"; Notepad (most probably) will launch up and display the page markup. If you are using a server side technology like ASP.NET, you will only get the HTML markup that renders...
  • Blog Post: Configure SharePoint to Import the Entire Forest to your SSP Profile Store

    By default SharePoint imports the users from the current domain (domain which the SharePoint server is joined to). But if you work for a big corporate you might need to create more domains in your forest. Most practices will answer that with an Extranet, I would answer with: Import the entire forest...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Training for End Users - Part 3

    Calendars Navigation We can navigate through the calendar by days, weeks, months, and years. You can use the calendar for appointments, milestones, etc.. To open an existing event on the calendar, just click on it. Managing Items Adding New Items To add a new event to your calendar, click on the New...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Training for End Users - Part 2

    Back to you with the second part of the training. In this part I will be covering document libraries. It took me a while to just try and simplify things as much as possible from an IT perspective, or as one of my colleges used to say: "Take of the technical cap and wear the business cap". Anyways...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Training for End Users - Part 1

    One of my responsibilities is delivering SharePoint training for customers. They just need to know what they are planning to use, no more or less! You can't blame them for the fact that everyone is trying to outperform, yields they're totally swamped with work :-) I love this culture, every IT person...
  • Blog Post: Defining Volatile Function Cache Lifetime in Excel Web Services

    Sometimes you might need to configure the cache lifetime of the calculated values to days, hours, or to be handled during the session. This really depends on how frequent your users update the data. Some of my users change the data weekly and some they want the data to be recalculated every time to view...
  • Blog Post: Enable Windows SharePoint Services Usage Logging

    To enable usage logging we have to go over 3 sections: Enable usage logging for the farm. Launch the Central Administration site and click on "Operations". Inside "Operations" click "Usage analysis processing" under "Logging and Reporting" section. In the "Logging...
  • Blog Post: Rendering Excel Sheets with Excel Web Services and Excel Web Access

    Went through this in work, just thought I would share it :-) Let's start by creating our Excel sheet. Nothing fancy, couple lf KPIs pull me back on track. Looks like I'm doing well with the games part! hehehe Now after creating the Excel sheet, we need to upload it. Let's create a Document Library and...
  • Blog Post: Duplication in Alert E-mails

    It started with this Document Library that contains important documentation. A group of people should be subscribed to it and alerts should be sent whenever documents where added, modified, or deleted. That's the easy part. I used the "Alert Me" in the "Actions" menu of the document...
  • Blog Post: Where did the Navigation link in the Settings page go?

    Sometimes I used to get confused big time about this. I had sites that had "Navigation" management and others that had the "Tree view, Top link bar, and Quick Launch" in Site Settings. To get the "Navigation" management back again in your site, go to Site Settings, Site...
  • Blog Post: Removing the SharePoint Sign In Link

    Once I was asked to remove the Sign In link and deploy the site over the internet. Removing that link was easy, I simply opened the master page and removed the “wssuc:Welcome” control. I ran into a speed bump, how will the content manager be able to sign in and populate content and then sign out? After...
  • Blog Post: Running ASP.NET 2.0 Webparts over Sharepoint Portal Server 2003

    Windows SharePoint Services SP2 does support the .NET Framework 2.0, CLR 2.0 and ASP.NET 2.0; therefore you can build ASP.NET 2.0 Web Parts using Visual Studio 2005 and deploy them on Windows SharePoint Services SP2; however, this process is not as straight-forward as it sounds here! To leverage ASP...
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