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Unable to create 2013-platform workflows through SharePoint Designer 2013
I recently hit another “flavor” of this problem when trying to create a 2013-platform workflow using SharePoint Designer 2013. Whenever I choose to create a workflow using 2013-platform, the dialog box will vanish just as though it’s about to create the workflow designer for me and then the “Downloading...
4 Mar 2015
Register-SPWorkflowService throws InvalidData, DirectoryNotFoundException on \15\TEMPLATE\WorkflowActivities directory
I was setting up a new SharePoint 2013 environment and hit this issue when registering workflow manager with SharePoint 2013. Thought I’d share this out so that it helps others who might run into this issue. Here’s the sequence of my installation. 1. Installed SharePoint 2013 RTM + SP1 and then...
5 Jan 2015
SharePoint 2013 App fails with custom FBA login page
I recently worked a support ticket that resulted in the discovery of a rather acute problem but one that might go unnoticed except in the case when SharePoint hosted apps are used in an FBA enabled site where a custom login page is used by FBA. I don’t wish to cover the well documented and easily searchable...
21 Nov 2014
F5 debugging fails for any SharePoint project types using Visual Studio Professional 2012
Recently I had an opportunity to troubleshoot and fix an issue with not being able to perform F5 debugging using Visual Studio Professional 2012 with “any” SharePoint 2013 project types. We were able to manually attach VS debugger to the SharePoint process (w3wp.exe) and debug it, however, if we press...
8 Sep 2014
FIX: SharePoint 2013 Workflow recursion prevention – Part 3
Following FIX: SharePoint 2013 Workflow recursion prevention – Part 1 , this post will walk you through the process of designing your Visual Studio 2013 workflow that creates a list item on another list and invokes the workflow associated with that list using the new REST APIs released through SharePoint...
22 Aug 2014
FIX: SharePoint 2013 Workflow recursion prevention – Part 2
Following FIX: SharePoint 2013 Workflow recursion prevention – Part 1 , this post will walk you through the processes of designing your workflow that creates a list item on another list and invokes the workflow associated with that list using the new REST APIs released through SharePoint 2013 May 2014...
21 Aug 2014
FIX: SharePoint 2013 Workflow recursion prevention – Part 1
ISSUE : Consider a scenario where you have a SharePoint 2013 workflow that creates an item on another list. On this other list you have another SharePoint 2013 workflow that’s set to auto-start on item creation. When the first workflow is triggered, it adds the item to the other list and...
19 Aug 2014
iFrame support in SharePoint 2013
Recently I worked on a support case related to iFrame and SharePoint 2013. What I learnt was an eye opener so I wanted to share this with the developer community just in case it helps. Long story short, SharePoint does not support iFraming of editable pages in cross-domain scenario. If you...
12 Aug 2014
SharePoint IRM Protectors implemented in managed code
Can SharePoint IRM (Information Rights Management) Protectors be implemented in managed code (C#)? - was the question I asked when I had a customer who implemented an IRM protector in C# and was running into a problem in registering it with SharePoint. Technically, SharePoint IRM Protector is a...
10 May 2014
A word about App Step in SharePoint 2013 Workflow Platform
I am sure most of us a familiar with App Step and that it is a mechanism provided to developers of SharePoint 2013-platform workflows (Designer workflows or Visual Studio workflows) to elevate permission of the workflow. Just wanted to share this post to make it clear as to what we need to do when...
10 May 2014
SharePoint 2013 SearchServiceException “The maximum allowed value is 4096”
Recently I investigated an issue where a customer was using SharePoint 2013 Search REST APIs and making a post request to get results from SharePoint 2013. The query worked just fine. They also had good number of filters (properties) the end-users can use and they were using the HiddenConstraints...
6 May 2014
BCS: Login failed for user ‘NT AUTHORITY\IUSR’
Following my previous post , I just ran into another issue recently that I though I’ll write a post on so that it helps the community. So I created an external content type to perform CRUD operations against a test table in a test database. Saved that ECT (and so the model) to the BCS service application...
4 May 2014
SharePoint 2013 CSOM call from web part fails with 401 for all users
This issue has come up at least 3 times in the list of issues I deal with here in SharePoint Escalation Services Support team, so I thought I’ll write a post about this on how to resolve this problem. Issue : You’ve designed a simple Visual Web Part with the following code in button click event handler...
6 Feb 2014
Values in workflow actions not persisted in SharePoint Designer 2013
I worked on a support case recently and wanted to share the learning to the community. The issue was that when we create a SharePoint 2013 Workflow in SharePoint Designer 2013, add a few actions and values in it and save the workflow, part of the values wouldn’t persist in the workflow XOML file...
2 Jan 2014
Custom field types and rendering templates correlation with the new “Server Render” property of the ListFormWebPart
I worked on a few issues dealing with this subject recently and I thought I’ll share this out so that it can come handy for you. If you have developed custom field types and custom rendering template that uses server-side OM to achieve a certain UI behavior or to perform some server-side validation…...
26 Jul 2013
Crawled properties won’t re-appear after deletion for a custom XML indexing connector in SharePoint 2013
A customer reported this problem to us and it was quite a learning to know how content processing works in SharePoint 2013 with respect to crawled properties from a custom XML indexing connector. Thought this could be worth sharing! So, here’s the problem. Follow the steps outlined in this...
4 Jun 2013
Enabling ScriptManager PageMethods doesn’t work in some scenarios in SharePoint 2013
I worked on a case where the problem was that PageMethods won’t execute from within a SharePoint 2013 application page (page deployed to the _layouts folder). To replicate the problem, I had a custom master page deployed through a VS 2012 solution with the following definition within the <body...
4 Jun 2013
Register CSR-override on MDS enabled SharePoint 2013 site
Both CSR [Client-Side Rendering] and MDS [Minimal Download Strategy] are new concepts in SharePoint 2013. I recently had a chance to work on an issue concerning CSR and MDS, which I thought I’d share through this post so that it is helpful for the developer community. If you already know what CSR...
8 Feb 2013
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