Mark Arend

SharePoint 2010 Explorations

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Architecture and development for SharePoint 2010; older posts about MOSS 2007 and WSS

I develop custom solutions with SharePoint 2010 for Microsoft customers.  When permitted, I post results of the things that were difficult to figure out, in the hopes they may help someone else.

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    VSeWSS 1.1 Now Available!

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    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. So, I'm not one to just post what I read on other blogs... but if you're a MOSS developer, you should definitely know about the Visual Studio Extensions for WSS 3.0, Version 1.1...
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    Searching Resource (resx) files

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    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Often, a request comes to customize some of the text that SharePoint displays. And often, that text is stored in one of SharePoint's resource files, so it's just a matter of finding...
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    SharePoint Lists as DataTables

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    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. You may know that SPList can return a DataTable type: SPList.Items.GetDataTable(). And if you've worked with this, you may know that the DataTable you get is not databound to the...
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    Master Page stsadm commands

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    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Have you ever wanted to use stsadm to view or manipulate a site's master page? Unfortunately there are no default commands to do so. But stsadm is easy--and fun, some might even...
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    Trial Period [Evaluation Period] for this product has expired

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    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. I was still getting this error on one of my VPCs, and found some blog entries with a little difficulty. Thought I'd post another to make it easier to find. One thing is, there are...
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    Self Service Site Creation

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    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. By default, in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (if you are using the Corporate Intranet Portal template as your default site) when you go to the “Sites” link...
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    Scripting STSADM commands

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    This posting contains tips 'n tricks for using STSADM commands within batch files. Note, the primary Microsoft reference for STSADM: TechNet article Stsadm command-line tool (Office SharePoint Server) . Testing results STSADM returns 0...
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    Where is My Picture stored? What if My Sites are off?

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    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010. MOSS 2007 MOSS user profiles have a property called Picture, which can store the URL of an image file. When this property is filled in, other MOSS...
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    XSL Tips

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    When writing XSL, it is often desirable to be able to see the raw XML that you're trying to transform. This is especially helpful when customizing XSL for web parts such as content query. The red text below show how to modify the ContentQueryMain.xsl...
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    MOSS as front end to other storage systems

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    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. I've been asked several times if MOSS can be used to front-end other storage systems, and wanted to post a few pointers here. I was prompted to post this when I came across notice...
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    MOSS Search UI Architecture - Introduction

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    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. To modify SharePoint’s default search behaviors, it’s important to understand how the user interface elements for search work together to specify a query, execute a search...
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    MOSS Search Query Syntax - Keyword, SQL and URL

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    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. MOSS 2007's search engine supports three different types of query syntax: Keyword, SQL and URL. MSDN article Building Windows SharePoint Services Search Queries gives a...
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    MOSS 2007 and Accessibility; ADA guidelines and standards

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    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. I've been asked a number of times "does MOSS 2007 comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?" Well, the legislation itself doesn't specifically address software programs;...
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    CKS: Enhanced Wiki Edition... alpha release!

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    I'm proud to announce that the Enhanced Wiki Edition of Community Kit for SharePoint (CKS) just had an alpha release! This alpha release contains two enhancements: Integration with a SharePoint discussion board to provide per-topic discussions ...
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    Parsing multi-value fields - MultiChoice, Lookup, User, URL. Rules for the ";#" delimiter.

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    For certain types of columns (aka fields), SharePoint stores several values in one field, using a delimiter to separate the different values. Column Type Items Delimiter Example Choices , configured as Display...
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    Visual Studio Extensions (VSe) Deploy Failed (for SharePoint Solution)

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    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. When using Visual Studio 2005 extensions for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 to deploy a solution, you may see "Deploy started" then Deploy failed " in the status window and the...
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    Managing My Site Creation and Usage

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    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Permissions may be tailored to control creation My Sites separately from the ability to use the My Profile page. This allows creation of My Sites to be blocked, but still allow...
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    Configuring Users across Site Collections

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    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. SharePoint provides tools for administrators to manage users and groups that should have access to all sites within individual site collections. Managing users and groups that should...
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    Configuring Administrators across MOSS Farms and Sites

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    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. I assembled the following table to organize pertinent details about the different places and ways that administrators can be configured. Permissions ...
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    Search Results Page may be different per Search Scope

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    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 provides two categories of search scopes: Custom and Contextual . Custom scopes : “All Sites” “People”...
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    SPSchedule.FromString(recurrenceValue) - syntax/format for recurrence value

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    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. The SPSchedule class allows one to specify repeating schedules for timer jobs using derived classes such as SPMinuteSchedule, SPHourlySchedule, etc. Those are pretty easy to figure...
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    CAML Query for Publishing Pages

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    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. The "Scheduling Start Date" and "Scheduling End Date" on Page content types created by the Publishing feature work great in default views of Pages libraries: SharePoint filters by...
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    Web part comparison: SPS 2003 & WSS v2 --> MOSS 2007 & WSS v3

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    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Web parts shown in Gray were available in previous version, but not in current version. Web parts shown in Green are available in previous version and current version All other...
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    Workaround for broken search controls in B2TR

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    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Since upgrading from B2 to B2TR, many people have reported that their search scope dropdown box now only shows a single scope for the current site, and that the Advanced Search link...
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    Searching with Property Filters

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    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. SharePoint can search for content using the values in site columns, as well as performing free text searches. The official help page that describes this is at http://msdn2.microsoft...
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