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  • Blog Post: SharePoint Administration with PowerShell

    Last weekend, I had the opportunity to speak at Boston’s SharePoint Saturday .  I met some great people, enjoyed some EXCELLENT food, and talked A LOT of SharePoint. For those who couldn’t make it, here is a link to the slide deck from my session: SharePoint Administration with PowerShell View more...
  • Blog Post: Disabling Enterprise Feature Buttons

    I discovered a while back that it is not possible to hide the Enterprise Features “Features” because they have Activation Dependencies.  You can see more on what these features include in this post:  Enterprise Features Exposed . In a conversation this afternoon, I was talking through this...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint + PowerShell Memory Leak

    It’s very important that anyone working with SharePoint object model be concerned with the appropriate management of memory.  Most developers are aware of the need to dispose objects properly, but we some times get sloppy when it comes to things like PowerShell. Zach Rosenfield just posted a very...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Development Wiki

    Some wonderful things are happening for SharePoint developers all across the world. Thanks to Jeremy Thake at http://wss.made4the.net/ , the SharePoint development community now has a wiki to collaborate on. You can find the wiki here: http://sharepointdevwiki.com Here’s how you can help: Follow on Twitter...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Pod Show

    I’m kicking myself for my recent hiatus from blogging...  I’ve been swamped with customer responsibilities, pre-sales work and discovering the wonderful world of social networking.  However, I have a lot of great material to share, starting with the SharePoint Pod Show ( http://www.sharepointpodshow...
  • Blog Post: Enterprise Features Exposed

    I've been in some rather deep discussions on Enterprise features, so I thought I would share some findings on what they are, where they are, and what they do. First, there are three different Enterprise features that can be enabled within a farm. They are: -Office SharePoint Server Enterprise Web application...
  • Blog Post: Cannot remove file "". Error Code 158

    While developing a custom feature receiver, I was attempting to delete a masterpage file from the MasterPage Gallery when I received an SPException with the message: " Cannot remove file "<filename>". Error Code 158 " Since I found no help on the web, I thought I would share this simple solution...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint PowerShell Power Pack

    Using PowerShell to support SharePoint has saved me quite a bit of time. I can do just about everything I would do in .NET, only without firing up Visual Studio just to check a property of a SPWeb object. I have compiled a collection of PowerShell functions and methods that I commonly use. It's in...
  • Blog Post: Install SharePoint on Vista

    We've all struggled with using VPCs for our SharePoint development. Thanks to Bamboo Solutions , we can now install WSS and MOSS on our host laptops running under Vista. Check out this page for steps on how to complete this. Downloads SQL Server Express Edition SQL Server Management Studio...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Solution Packages "No More Xcopy"

    I talk to many developers who are still using "xcopy" to deploy some of their SharePoint files to the 12 Hive (especially trust files and custom stsadm commands). It is well known that the manifest.xml file within a WSP can be configured to deploy assemblies to the GAC, update a web.config, and deploy...
  • Blog Post: Reinstall MOSS During Gradual Upgrade

    Let's say you upgrade WSS 2.0 to WSS 3.0 and you've just installed MOSS 2007. You are now trying to create a new Shared Services Provider, but you immediately receive warnings at the top: No indexers To resolve this, you need to configure your search service. However, when you view the available services...
  • Blog Post: Use PeopleEditor (People Picker) in SharePoint Custom App Dev

    How to add the PeopleEditor (People Picker) control to your custom application development (ASPX, user controls, web parts, etc.) The control we are interested in is the Microsoft.SharePoint.WebControls.PeopleEditor control. First, we need to add a reference to the Namespace containing our control: ...
  • Blog Post: Remove Web Part ToolParts

    Sometimes it is required to remove all ToolParts from your web part to prevent any customization from users. To do this, you must inherit your web part from Microsoft.SharePoint.WebPart.WebPartPages.WebPart ( not System.Web.UI.WebControls.WebParts.WebPart) In your web part class, you can override the...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Automated Deployment Using MSBuild

    MOSS Automated Build & Deploy with MSBuild Here are the steps to create an MSBuild script to: 1. Label Visual Source Safe project with a new version 2. Get latest source code to a build server 3. Compile source code 4. Look for .DDF files 5. Build WSPs based on DDF files 6. Deploy...
  • Blog Post: SQL Profile Import with Forms Based Authentication

    This has come up several times now and I thought I would contribute a solution that has worked for me. The problem: Need to create an Audience based on a profile of a SharePoint user. The users is, however, stored in a SQL Server membership database (outside the context of SharePoint). The user profile...
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