Tag | wss Posts

Via Mart, I had a suspicion that this would happen, and seems like I was right. First it was Biztalk needing WSS as a pre-requisite, then Project Server running on top of WSS, and then there was speculation that there would be a product merge between CMS and Portal Server. “Via WSSDemo.com and eWeek we can read that the next versions of MS CRM and Axapta will use WSS for additional functionality. “The Redmond, Wash., company is building out functionality across its MBS product suite, ...
Here's a great comparison between the 2004 version of the WSS adapter (GOTDOTNET version) and the 2006 version, due to be out November 2005. I am so looking forward to working with 2006. I'm like a kid in a candy shop. I've been working with BizTalk since 2002 and stuck with it all these years and to see it evolve (got a tear in my eye) its so beautiful. Great work guys. -B ...
Hey, did you guys know that James is back? Well neither did I. Its not like his back, but he has a new blog up at mindsharp. No longer jj4.bloggedup.com He is sorta/kind back here: http://mindsharpblogs.com/J... His last post on March 25 2005 was on stress testing SharePoint. Woah, he is getting 6 RPS. Jim u need to look at your box there ;), you might have a problem there. By the way that is actually a good question. Anyone interested in claiming there Stress test results for SharePoint along ...
A couple of my colleauges who as far as I know have all their life worked with ASP (mind you not ASP.NET, just the now aged ASP) were trying to dip their feet into SharePoint. One of them developing a paticular WSS site kept insisting on the need for an asp include file to create a bit of jazzy navigation. Now as you know SharePoint does not allow include files. So I proposed for all the links to be on a WSS list and then render the navigation by means of DVWP. Yes this can be done, but to create ...
Recently I had a requirement where the stakeholder for a WSS Site wanted what I call 'Visual Security' i.e. basically where the interface does not render what the user does not have rights to. The requirement wasnt too extensive, they just wanted a few links to lists and a few list forms hidden if the user didnt have the right to add items. And they werent moved by attempts to convince them that content discovery is a good thing. So in the end had to cough up a POC WebPart simmilar to the Content ...
I installed WSS as part of my Biztalk ramp-up - Biztalk uses it for some of it's services, such as BAS. Anyway, it took me a few days before I realized how much WSS messes with the rest of your sites. It locks down ASP.NET development to the point of unusability (yes, I know that's not a word, but it should be!). You can't debug your apps, and once you turn that back on, you can't use session. Until you turn that on too! Oh - and before you do all that, you have to tell WSS that the virtual directory ...
Ian recently posted about a WebPart called R.A.D Editor. Which is actually super brilliant, and I am sure most of us would more than welcome a tool of its capabilities, but me as a developer am wondering whether the $349s is worthwhile considering the alternatives such as FreeTextBox and FCKEditor. For a simple WSS solutions it might be it might be cheaper to write a simple content editor based on the 2 mentioned above. In the long run considering my woes with SharePoint's RTE and image functionality ...
The final three papers, about BizTalk Server, have been published, in the Rolling Thunder series. They can be found 4. BizTalk Server 2006 Developer Tools Improvements.zip 5. BizTalk Server 2006 Runtime Improvements.zip 5. BizTalk A Deployment and Applications 2006 Server.doc Thanks to Scott Woodgate for posting about them here, here, and here. I hope to find out more at TechEd 2005 and get a release of the product. The remainder of them can be found through my BizTalk Server 2006 WSS Adapter or ...
Just as a update Scoot Woodgate wrote me about my BizTalk Server 2006 WSS Adapter post and said that he is working with development to respond. I hope I get a response back soon ...
I have looked at the three papers published about BizTalk Server 2006. 1. BizTalk Server 2006 Setup and Migration 2. BizTalk Server 2006 Business Activity Monitoring 3. BizTalk Server 2006 Adapter Enhancements I have one large complaint. I feel like the WSS Adapter is incomplete. I think everything that I see there good, for the most part. I will split my complaints into two pieces. NOTE: These complaints assume that I am not using a XML file of any kind. Assume I am using BizTalk with TIFF documents. ...
Faced a dilemna with a SharePoint box recently. This SharePoint box had been running for over 4 months, and had over 500 users using it daily. Its not a dedicated server box, but more of a PC that runs as a server. Its local HDD capacity is 40 Gigs split up into 2 20GB Partitions. Most you might think that is OK (I innittially thought - what the heck, its just WSS hosting 1 site). But remember 500+ users on a daily basis. IIS Logging was turned on (default settings + few other properties for a usage ...
A few months ago I ran into a problem when creating a Web Service out of an orchestrationand I was scratching my head a bit (as I've done this 50+ times with not 1 problem) but afterfiddling around a bit I finally found the answer:I was getting the following error while attempting to publish the orchestration as a web service:"project folder at "http://localhost/MyProject... cannot be opened with path "C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\MyProje... unable to create Web project 'MyProjectProxy'. The two ...
Scenario: You want to deploy multiple Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) Sites in your organization, and each site should have its own domain name. You do not want to create a new IIS Virtual Server for each site. Can WSS handle this configuration? Yes, but this configuration is not entirely intuitive. The most important aspect of this configuration is creating the configuration database to handle host headers. The only way to accomplish this is to create the config database using the stsadm.exe command ...
Mike Shorten posted an entry on his blog about simplifying user administration for Team Foundation Server. Now we on the SharePoint end would have a few reservations about step 16 over there. But anyways here is what I would like to know from those of you much more fortunate than me. Are the TFS sites a special WSS or SPS Site definition? I would like to know, but haven’t had time and from the looks of things will not have time to investigate this further (i.e. not time to install TFS at all L) ...
As a Site Admin dont you hate those WSS Sites that have the default 'Top Navigation' removed, leaving you with no easy way of getting to Site Settings or the Create Page? Well I do, and I resorted to drastic measures recenlty. Following Philips example I was able to squeeze a few minutes into writing a few IE context menus. Here is the replacement script for launching the WSS Site Settings page <script type="text/vbscript"> settings = "_layouts/1033/settings.aspx" create = "_layouts/1033/create.aspx" ...

Off of Mart Mulers blog

Mathew Cosier has been working on a toolkit to enable boolean logic on the SPS search.

Theres even SAST (Advanced Search Tools) WSS site to beta test it.

More deails here.

Lately I’ve been puzzled by a hypothetical scenario with regard to SharePoint’s indexing. Consider that you have a bunch of WSS Sites named A, B & C. Now it is understood that the contents of A, B & C will get indexed in their own time. But supposing a WebPart page on A had links to B & C. Now would the crawl follow those links to B & C, index the contents of those sites and then return to indexing the contents of A? Or would B & C just be queued and processed in their own time. ...
When I first started with SharePoint I was pretty much surprised that the ability to create tabs was only available on meeting workspaces. I have no explanation as to why there is such a limitation. I am also currently unaware of a hack to make that system available across all WSS Sites, but here is something that I was able hooked up, and I am actually pleased with it (the main reason I am pleased with it, is because it’s nothing more than a DataView WebPart). What I wanted was a system of ...
Something I came across today. I have a bunch of stsadm backups of WSS sites. Today when I tried to restore one of them after re-installing SharePoint this error screamed at me “Your backup is from a different version of Windows SharePoint Services and cannot be restored to a server running the current version.” Guess what – STSADM backups are not version independent. My scenario was a SP1 backup to be restored on a non SP1 box. I do not know if a Pre SP1 backup will restore on a SP1 machine. I haven’t ...
Maurice shares some thoughts on what most probably might be with the next Version of SharePoint. He also mentions vaguely the nuance of developing and deploying WebParts. The fact is SharePoint v Next will built on the next version of Asp.net. I am sure that most of you would agree that WSS is today what it is because of Asp.net. The move up from SPS 2001 or STS to SharePoint 2003 was phenomenal. All that productivity capabilities just opened up with the 2003 versions. I suspect that we can look ...

Dan Wahlin’s blogpost on using WSS also mentiones two other .net portal solutions that I had not heard of before.

DotNetNuke

RainBow Portal

I should find time to have a look at these…

 

Whilst downloading the latest release of Maxthon, I saw an interesting comment in the reviewers list that brought me to Stephen Toulouse’s blog. If you look for the entry dated Monday, August 30, 2004 on this page. Stephen admits he runs Maxthon. Me, I occasionally keep switching back and forth because sometimes Firefox just acts weird. Anyways another interesting point, Stephen is using WSS to blog. Wayta go Stephen ...
I am installing BizTalk 2004 in a multi-box setup. I have one BizTalk, one Sql, and one development box. I am setting up all the WSS stuff and am trying to figure out all the Application Pool and SQL configuration. In the instructions it says to choose StsAdminAppPool and then continue. So the question here is: Wont i need to change who the application pool is running under to for it to connect to the SQL or does this one not even look to the SQL database. After that step you go to set configuration ...
Bill English the CEO of Mindsharp (a SharePoint training & consulting company) pointed to this article in one of his mails to the sharepointdiscussions yahoo group. Even thought the article keeps mentioning Portal, I think its more of WSS than SPS. But here is another interesting bit from that article “The portal is a prototype of a communication and alert Web portal being developed by the Missouri Department of Homeland Security that's scheduled to go live Nov. 1. The state's $1 million portal, ...
Some things I got burnt by recently. Hope you guys are aware of these. 1) If you right click on a WebPart Page on a document library and say Save Target As (i.e. from IE’s context menu) what you are going to get is the HTML normally sent to the browser and not the WebPart composition. It makes perfect sense actually since the browser is requesting for a ‘Smart Page’ from SharePoint and there for SharePoint sends it HTML. Now having said that even though it makes perfect sense it is not too obvious. ...
Recently a colleague of mine was faced with the problem of moving content from one WSS Site to another, with almost all the lists you can save the content in a template and recreate the list, but that is not possible with the Issues List. For some reason beyond my comprehension the Issues List does not let you save the content to a template. Here is a small tip on this, but I do not recommend it. The SharePoint ‘_Site’ database contains a table called UserData that stores the contents of all lists. ...
Greg Hughes points to the following SPS Portal on the internet. It is almost what I’ve wanted to see for a long time. What I mean I’ve seen my fair load of WSS Site samples on the net, and SharePoint customization hosts a good series of WSS samples too, but what I also want to see is a full blown SharePoint Portal Server sample J ...
This is a problem I keep running into quite often and today again I spent an hour wondering why my code wouldn’t work. What I was trying to do was to use the Lists WebService (i.e. lists.asmx) to add contents on to a WSS list via the UpdateListItems() method. The reason for the hiccup in the code was that when trying to add a value to a field whose name consists of multiple words (for instance "Last Name") the field should be referred to with a "_x0020_" separating the words (i.e. "Last Name" becomes ...
A default installation of WSS installs the service on the default web site and uses wMSDE, even if SQL Server is already installed. Many of us have worked out how to avoid these defaults, but in the hope that the information will be of use to someone out there, here is a brief article detailing a step-by-step approach to using a non-default web site and an existing instance of SQL Server ...
First to fend off any SPS discriminations I might be accused of- Mike I am writing this with my knowledge of SPS, do not know if it applies to WSS, since I do not have a WSS Configuration to try it out on separately. Secondly fiddling with SPS database is not recommend, do it at your own risk K OK, I had this scenario recently (actually about 2 weeks back). An intern colleague of mine had to do a bulk upload of a bunch of documents to a SharePoint team site, which is not very unusual if you are trying ...
Sometimes you just get stuck on a problem. This should be simple, but for some reason I just can't get this working.... I've got a portal with subsites. Searching works just fine at the portal level, but nothing is found if the search is done at the subsite level. Portal level searches will find documents in libraries in the subsites. Subsite level searches find nothing.As I research this, as I understand it, the subsite searches should be using SQL Full Text catalogs. However, on the SQL Server ...
Have any of you seen WSS FAQ? Yeah? Which one? Today I discovered there are 2 sites that go by the same name, both running on SharePoint (Can the net get any nicer?) One is the very informative WSS FAQ by Collutions and the other is the WSS Demo Site The latter I came across today whilst trying to do a google search for the former (talk about stealing someones thunder). Anyways I was flattered to see me on their blog roll along with LauraJ, but my first thought on this was, where are the others, ...
Recently I had the issue of dealing with SPS2003 and Extranet access. The issue is ofcourse no issue at all, but just the problem of how to add external users (i.e. ppl outside your Windows domain) and users of the Portal. Here are a couple of links that would aid anyone else who wants to achieve this. Google indexed discussion @ microsoft.public.sharepoint... Whitepaper on how to Expose WSS through MS Small Business Server. And there is a whole email thread on this subject at sharepoint@yahoogroups.com ...
Paschal has a post at dotnetweblogs on a couple ASP.NET lessons learnt. Just a note to SPS Developers. Dont you think this does not apply to you. One thing you should learn if WebParts are your game, pay close attention to anything that happens in the ASP.NET Custom Server control arena, because they both share the same bloodline. I took a different approach with regard to sharing SPS lessons learnt. What i did was Got the team to put up a SharePoint Social Meeting workspace. Created tab pages for ...