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My Office and SharePoint integration keeps breaking, causing my browser to crash every time I open an office document through SharePoint v2. I suspect a patch or something related to Office 2003 was recently installed on my machine. I'm posting my SharePoint/Office Integration fix here, so that I'm prepared the next time it breaks. :) [Fix] Unfortunately MSFT's out of the box resolution from the KB article didn't help (http://support.microsoft.c... However, I didn't find a resolution to ...
I was installing the Search Server express today on an existing WSS v3. The Search Express went well and i got to the path there it wanted to run the Sharepoint Config Wizard and it started it. And on the 5th step it STOPPED with this error below : 08/25/2008 16:54:08 9 ERR The specified file 'C:\WINDOWS\System32\driver... does not exist First thing i did was to check if the hosts file did exist and it did but it looked like a backup file "host.bak" Well i made it look like a normally host ...
\I keep forgetting how to do this so I'm blogging it to help me remember. Back in the days of WSS v2 and SPS 2003, one could use some handy URL parameter passing to edit web pages and browse for or search web parts. My three favorite parameters for WSS v2 and SPS2003 were: To Correct or Remove Misbehaving Web Parts http://server/default.aspx?... To Open the Page in Web Part Design Mode http://server/default.aspx?... To Open the Search Web Part Zone http://server/default.aspx?... ...
On the project I just completed I was in need of the ability to quickly package a site definition, web parts, and workflows for a custom SharePoint site. I ended up using 3 different techniques in order to package the 3 different solutions. Which in the long run I wouldn't recommend, but overall I now have a much deeper aspect of the different techniques I used. I will detail the pro's and con's I found for all of them and you can make your own decision as to which one you would use to suit your ...
So what do you do on a rainy day in Denver? Well, if you are me you will catch up on some blogging and get some other delinquent tasks. I know that I have been hiding under a rock but there has been so much going on. I just finished up a project for a client and next week I am teaching a WSS 3.0 deep dive course at AmeriTeach. Also it looks like I get to catch up on some much needed relaxation. From a previous post Chris Givens, the author of the Advanced SharePoint Developer course, sent me a copy ...
Nick, Brett, and I just went live with Episode 2 of the SharePoint Pod Show.  Check it out here, the topic is "what is SharePoint and the differences between WSS 3.0 and MOSS (standard vs. enterprise)".
Hello everyone, With SQL 2008 shipping late last week it was time to try my hands at this scenario. It worked great but with a few things to remember. Here is the lowdown. There are two way to go about in order to install TFS with SQL 2008 1) Fresh install, 2) Upgrade SQL. 1) Fresh Install I used Windows 2008 because this is going to be the prevalent OS to install on when people are going to start fresh or it most likely will. There was a little issue with that install when Windows 2008 RTM’ed back ...
week3 - Another Fine Mess Date: 20 August 2008, Wednesday Time: 09:00 AM End time: 11:00 AM Location: Maple Grove Community Center - Banquet Room More information and online registration: http://wcig.shuttlepod.org/... Join Virgil Carroll from High Monkey and Rick Adams from PC Solutions for this month's topic: Best practices for backup, document archiving, and SharePoint site management. Agenda Why SharePoint environments get out of control: ...
I bought a different domain, because 1and1 kind of took away my customer id for my hosting account after not signing up for three months. The url is now http://www.sharepointcomic.... If you notice there is a shelled out WSS 3.0 Team Site. We finally have something available for people to see. Now I need to find some people who are willing to create logos and brand the site. If anyone is interested fill out the contact form or e-mail me directly if you know my information. Anyone with ideas who ...
UPDATED: 8/6/2008 - Minor issue on Path I've built quite a few WSS / MOSS machines and one task that I always seem to do is create a simple CMD shell prompt on the desktop (quick launch, etc.) that gives me easy access to STSADM and has the path set correctly. So in the interest of saving time I've created a simple VBScript file located here as well as the full listing below Set Shell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell") Set Env = Shell.Environment("PROCESS") DesktopPath = Shell.SpecialFolders("Deskt... ...
Had a situation the other day where, after playing with the different installing options, WSS would not uninstall. Even running the repair option was of no help. Searching the net for solutions I came across this. Here are the steps I did: Disable and Stop the following services (If any): Windows SharePoint Services Administration Windows SharePoint Services Search Windows SharePoint Services Timer Windows SharePoint Services Tracing Windows SharePoint Services VSS Writer Backup and then delete the ...
This may be old news, but we just hit this issue the other day.  If you try to upgrade an instance of SharePoint Portal Server 2003 or WSS 2.0 that is running on a named instance of SQL Server called "SharePoint", the gradual upgrade option is greyed out.  It turns out that this is because the installer thinks that you are trying to upgrade an instance of MSDE.  Changing the instance name to something other than "SharePoint" does the trick.  Talk about hardcoding something...
Something interesting came up at work recently related to people changing there name due to some form of life event. I never had really researched what would happen if someone changed there name. I really did not know if there was a GUID in AD, so I spoke with one of our network guys. He said that there is a GUID tied to every AD account, so when the name is changed in AD the information does not need to be changed only the name and account name. I wondered if this worked similarly in SharePoint. ...
I have been doing some research on how i could get Search Server Express 2008 and WSS v3 up and running as i needed the cross site search feature Search Server Express provides. Installing it wasn't really an issue and its it went ok apart from some issues i had when trying to extract the files and when i ran the SearchExpress.exe i kept getting "Installation Package Failed etc " .error But i would leave that for another time on how i fixed it. But after installing Search Express and creating a search ...
Due to much frustration and lost time, I'll try to summarize in this post the "naming" conventions to be used when defining and/or referencing IDs (some of which are, in fact, GUIDs, and others contain GUIDs) in Sharepoint 2007. If you're thinking "what the heck?! aren't GUIDs always the same format?!" you're half-right: they should be, but not in sharepoint. So if you're a newbie to sharepoint 2007 (or wss 3.0) like me, the following tips regarding how element id's should be written might save you ...
I sat through a session by Heather Solomon at TechEd 2008 where she talked about creating custom templates for SharePoint 2007, something that definitely isn't a quick weekend project. She has some great resources to get started on that process. CSS Reference Chart for SharePoint 2007 - This is an amazingly detailed drill down into all the CSS options that are available for use in SharePoint. What's even better is she includes screen shots for where each CSS style gets applied. Minimal or Base Master ...

I'm sure a few people want to get their Office 2007 documents into WSS 2.0, especially anyone using TFS 2005.  I found a great article that steps you through the process of helping WSS understand the document types associated with Office 2007:

How to get Companyweb (Windows SharePoint Services v2) to work with Office 2007

I took the plunge. I have had the bits for 2008 for a little while and I finally decided to set it up for my TFS environment. Windows Server 2003 is so last year! My buddy ET blogged a few weeks ago on installing TFS on Windows 2008 32 bit. I used his post as a guide, but added a little more detail to some of his steps and updated the overall process for 64 bit. Sadly, the TFS App tier does not run on 64bit Windows and no amount of begging by me would get the product team to send me a patch. *sigh* ...
My first session at TechFuse was a WSS 3.0 seminar titled "SharePoint / KPI's" presented by Constance Potter and Shawn Fletcher from Success Computing. I really enjoyed the presentation style in this seminar. Constance was up doing all of the presenting (and she was a great presenter... not monotone and boring like some sessions I've been too). Her voice was very energetic and kept us engaged during her presentation. While she was doing the speaking, Shawn was working the demos, so it was demo and ...
I just surfed on this on the sharepoint forum so i decided to share It can save a lot of time though Getting Started Topics SharePoint Developer Introduction for .NET Developers http://www.microsoft.com/cl... Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog http://blogs.msdn.com/share... Troubleshooting Topics Problem Area: Debugging and Troubleshooting Problem When developing against the SharePoint object model in an application outside of IIS (service, console, Winforms etc..) on a machine ...
Now that I have migrated a site from WSS 2.0 to WSS 3.0 I am discovering that the sites migrated do not necessarily have the same functionality as new sites created in WSS 3.0. That's fine -- but I would like get a handle on what is different between the two sites. Features seems to be an area with differences. I began researching this with google. Why oh why, did Microsoft call a feature a Feature in WSS 3.0. I am returning more results with new features (meaning new functionality) than I am for ...
WSS (Windows Sharepoint Services) 3.0 simple installation uses the Windows Internal Database (for the configuration database, contrent databases). This database doesn't have size limitation. When Search Server Express is installed without having a previous WSS 3.0 installation to extend, WSS 3.0 is installed b by default (Search Server is based on WSS 3.0) but also SQL 2005 Express is installed and the configuration and content databases will be hosted in SQL Express. There is one issue here: SQL ...
One of my main tasks now that I'm back at work is to migrate our TFS from 2005 to 2008. Our main concern is with process templates. We went to quite a lot of trouble to create our own process template and we do not want to lose that work. I posted a question on MSDN forums about customized process templates migration without much success. So, I decided to dive in on our test environment and see what happens. Test procedure: Prepare a test machine with Windows Server 2003, TFS2005, VisualStudio 2008 ...
It was a nice day out today, so I decided to take my trusty old notebook out with me and work on some comic ideas. Here is what I have so far: Support Calls (hilarious ones related to SharePoint, if you have ideas e-mail me or contact me with them real life fuels the best stuff) Twitter Mockery and Fun Something related to how devs always have a ton of windows open and need a billion gigs of ram, especially when they need a SharePoint VPC Ability to create multiple alerts (user hilarity ensues) Why ...
So I installed these hotfixes on my SharePoint Test Box: http://support.microsoft.co... and http://support.microsoft.co... Everything seemed to check out fine. There were no weird errors on my box anymore (i.e. 6398, 6482, and 7076). I assumed there would be no problem on my production box. I got onto the production box and followed the instructions for installing the hotfixes, including a restart on the Windows Server Hotfix and running the Configuration Wizard for SharePoint on ...
I finally got a Virtual Server 2005 VM running with my clients entire intranet SPS 2003 portal running. It took a bit of time to restore all 70GB of content data. What I have now is a 120 GB VM that is a great way to test the upgrade. Here are some lessons learned: 1. VPC 2007 to Virtual Sever 2005 Does not always work as advertised - I started off this project with a baseline Windows 2003 VPC built on my laptop. The trick is that the VPC used specific IDE controller drivers based on the hardware ...
With Windows Sharepoint Services v3 its impossible to have a view of a list or a document library with permissions. Not sure if you can do this in MOSS either. Or may its possible but i don't know What i know for sure is we can set and manage permission on each item on a list or on a document in a doc lib. There are times were we need such scenarios but unfortunately we can't implement it in WSS v3. After looking around for options i actually came across this solution for a list and view by at : ...
So in this post I will revisit a post I wrote a while back TFS Server Administrators (when you can't be a Windows server administrator). Is it possible to manage a TFS instance without being a windows administrator? Well I'm aware of one thing right now I can't do as a regular application administrator. There are probably others but we are able to be pretty affective by following the steps in this and the previous post. I wrote the first post about a year and half ago and after going through many ...
In a previous post I mentioned that I recommended using WSS or SharePoint for kick starting the creation of web based applications. With that said, I need to post on another important subject that has come up in regards to that. I have a client which I really enjoy working with. They are a good company and they did see the potential benefit of using SharePoint to get their application a solid foundation. They utilized WSS 3.0 to create their web presence and web application for their customers. However, ...
Following a recent upgrade of a WSS 2.0 to WSS 3.0 (using database migration due to moving to new hardware) it was discovered that alerts set in WSS 2.0 were not firing in WSS 3.0. It was strange because if you looked in Site Settings - User Alerts (under Site Administration column) it will look like the alerts migrated successfully. It turns out, if you are using a different URL for the sites in 3.0 than 2.0, the alerts will not be correct. The alerts are stored in a table in the content database ...
John Stockton on a small animation secured inline on a page of text, Martijn Croezen & Rob Houweling have a very nice Texture mapping applcation up, Andy Nogueira has a Silverlight Wrapper Web Part, Michael Sync helps resolve a Silverlight error, Jesse Liberty with Videos on Event Handling, Delay updates ConvertClipboardRTFToolToHTML, Shawn Wildermuth aggregates some SL2 bugs, Pete Brown on XAML Drop-Shadows, and Jaime Rodriguez with an awesome DeepZoom Primer. I didn't want to make a huge deal ...
There are so many good things happening right now in the Polish .NET Community that I thogh it would be best to put it together in one post. So here you have it: C2C'08 is a first ever countrywide IT conference organized by community of Microsoft .NET and SQL Server professionals. On April 5th 2008 eleven speakers will have opportunity to show the most wanted topics, and answer the most desired questions. The list of speakers looks very impressive and includes celebrities like Dino Esposito and Matin ...
Well it has been quite a while since I last posted, but for good reason. I have been under an avalanche of SharePoint work with the new company I started with while back. When all is said and done I will post more about the project I am working on. Enough blathering about how busy I am, the main reason I am posting is to mention that I am getting back in the saddle on presenting and teaching. A while back I started teaching for a fabulous training center here in Denver by the name of Ameriteach. ...
Not that I use these things much, but on a few other occasions I have had the need to use Google Documents, and was quite contempt with it. The scenario where I would personally see the need for these kind of applications is when I want to share documents and stuff, and also be restricted with not having the Office programs available, e.g. WebCafes etc. So today moved by all the hype around the announcement of Office Live Workspaces I gave it a try, and I am impressed. The interface looks elegant, ...
Here is the official information: March Meeting of the Office Developer User Group of Kansas City Title: Features...What is a Feature in SharePoint 2007? Register: http://www.clicktoattend.co... ( Must Register for Prizes ) Sponsor: Levi, Ray & Shoup, Inc. - Food Provider for the March Meeting Presented: Becky Isserman Date: Thursday, March 6th (Each meeting will be on the 1st Thursday of the month) Time: Food at 5:30pm; Presentation from 6:00pm - 7:00pm Location: Centriq Foss Training ...
About 2 months ago, I had to evaluate MOSS / WSS - compare its features and capacity plan. I'm not sure i want I to go down the Sharepoint path - Its too restrictive, too meta-programmy , it doesnt give you OOTB AJAX enabled WebParts, and is a different path than Silverlight (maybe the next version will be SilverPoint ?). On the flipside, the concepts of pluggable WebParts, InfoPath, Excel Services and Sharepoint Workflows are appealing. Basically, to learn sharepoint you have to read the following: ...
We created a test farm with SP1 for WSS 3.0 and MOSS. We added our content database from Production by importing the backup files and recreated the application. When I tried to install the 20 WSP Templates for the Fantastic 40 I find out the solution packages are not installing properly. I haven't tried to install these templates after installing SP1, because the old farm they were installed prior to SP1 existing. Does anyone know why the solution package would only install half of the features for ...
If you are one of the 11 people who I have noticed on Feedburner that read my blog I have moved it. I am now located at http://www.mosslover.com and hosting my blog on Geeks with Blogs, rather than SharePoint Blogs. I didn't decide to move my blog all at once. It was a gradual decision built on various frustrations. I know it's not Dustin's fault that the templates were no longer available on SharePoint Blogs. I am sure it's not his fault that there was an inability to load screen shots. I love SharePointBlogs.com. ...
Update: g. mipa gave me a much simplier solution: PSSvcResource.Resource myRes = new PSSvcResource.Resource(); GUID currUserID = new GUID(myRes.GetCurrentUserUi... My bad. Thank you! Obsolete: Can be done by: Get the current user from using the WSS 3.0 API Build the Microsoft.Office.Project.Se... instance using the current user's name Call the ReadResources method of the Resource PSI web service PSSvcResource.ResourceDataSet resourceDs = new PSSvcResource.ResourceDataS... // Create ...
So someone was bound to do it sooner or later... might as well be me ;-). I got the new shinny Windows 2008 ISO from MSDN and install in a VM. 20 min later I was logging into W2k8. Very nice. I then add the IIS 7.0 feature and following the TFS install guide info about 2008 selected the proper added features ASP.NET HTTP Redirections IIS 6.0 Compatibility Default options Windows Authentication So far so good... I then used my scripts to install SQL 2005, I got the incompatibility prompt for SQL 2005 ...
If you wish to create a custom theme in a WSS installation and wanted to install that theme into your Sharepoint installation, you will realize that there is no quick and easy one click method to do it. Below are the steps to illustrate what has to be done to upload a new theme to the WSS installation After creating your theme, copy the content of the theme into the "C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\TEMPLATE\THEMES" folder Open SPTHEMES.XML located in "C:\Program ...
While installing WSS 3.0, I came across another strange error when I try to start my Search Service in the server farm. For some reason WSS refuses to acknowledge that the machine is the indexer. The setup was on single a 64 bit machine installed as a server farm. After reinstalling and re-confirming that everything is where it should be, I decided to try the most unlikely reason why it fails. I used the server name instead of its IP address when specifying the configuration. Strange enough, WSS ...

Here is a cool CodePlex project that allows you to configure a WSS List as a data source in your ASP.NET applications.

When creating a new Site Collection in WSS 3.0 you will get the following groups by default (assuming the name of Site Collection is Geekette) Geekette Members - contribute permissions Geekette Owners - full control permissions Geekette Visitors - read permissions When you migrate a site from V2 to V3, these groups will not be created. The reason I mention this - a lot of the documentation for WSS 3.0 (for example, installation of the Fantastic 40 Templates) refers to these groups. If you have migrated ...
To quote Joel Oleson: The Security & Compliance Solution Accelerator team has put together some guidance and a solution to quickly deploy an extranet solution based on WSS or SharePoint Server 2007. The Extranet Collaboration Toolkit for SharePoint is now in Beta and available via MSConnect! To learn more about the toolkit, click here ...
Office 2007 + MOSS + WSS 3.0 SP1 is out!! 2007 Office System SP 1 is out: SharePoint + Office clients You must install WSS SP1 before MOSS SP1. Windows SharePoint Services v3 SP1 Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 SP1 Service pack for the Office 2007 clients as well: 2007 Microsoft Office Suite SP1 This works for all Office suites including Ultimate Separte download for SharePoint Designer 2007 SP1: Office SharePoint Designer 2007 SP1 and for Visio 2007: Office Visio 2007 SP1 ...
*Moved to: Installing The 2007 Microsoft Office Servers Service Pack 1 (SP1) ...Again...So far it is exactly the same show as with the WSS update. Installing updates before moving onto the main feature... And it did not ask me to install WSS SP1 this time.. That is another one of those mixed signs... The installation for MOSS SP1 is identical to that of WSS SP1 so I foresee no problems...Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
*Moved to: MOSS SP1 Install NotesI thought I should create this blog as I am going along because I usually forget some critical item that gubs my server if I try it again Jeff Holliday has posted on what has changes with a plethora of links to relevant content. make sure you read the pre-requisites for the SharePoint updates from the How to deploy 2007 Microsoft Office System Servers Service Pack 1 and Microsoft Office Server Language Pack 2007 Service Pack 1 page on the Microsoft support site.Read ...
If you have deployed or are in the middle of a MOSS deployment, SP1 should be of major interest to you. It addresses many of the product issues that your team may have realized during the implementation/configuration of the platform. Personally I have experienced two issues which would be resolved by SP1: Editing of documents crashes with multiple versions of Office installed Send to Link in the context menu of the document mutilates the link in the email body For more information, please refer to ...

If you're installing Windows Server 2008 RC1 and expected to use WSS 3.0 or MOSS 2007 you'll need to wait until 12/11/2007...

It's blocked from running - I read somewhere it's due (WSS & MOSS SP1) December 11, 2007.