Master Pages Revisited: References to master pages in SharePoint

I’m still neck-deep in WCM planning, design, and development on my current project and also get lots of questions on branding topics, so a frequent point of discussion is various design patterns for the use of master pages. One of the topics that’s come up a lot recently is “how do I assign master page…


Using custom scopes on multilanguage variation sites

One of the great things about working on MOSS projects here in Europe is the prevalance of multilanguage requirements. You just don’t encounter multilanguage requirements (at least on intranets & extranets) nearly as often in the US. I’ve had a lot of deep, hands-on experience with custom and variations-based multilanguage sites this year, and wanted…

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Be sure to use paging in membership providers for the MOSS Profile Import Tool…

Just a quick lesson learned on the MOSS Profile Import Tool to save you import time and resources. The Profile Import Tool’s current release has a hard-coded paging algorithm that attempts to page through any membership provider’s GetAllUsers method by retrieving 1000 users at a time. If you DON’T support paging your GetAllUsers method -…


Resolving Issues with Faulty Features and STSADM EXPORT

If you’re attempting an STSADM -o export (or, I’d assume, a content deployment) of a site and receive the following error: FatalError: Failed to compare two elements in the array. Check out the following KB article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/948726/en-us . The article indicates that the likely cause is one or more invalid feature references in the SPSite and/or SPWeb object….

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List Attachments over 50MB need more than an increase in Maximum Upload Size…

Chalk this down as the 1045th* time I’ve been reminded that you learn something new about SharePoint every day. *The number of days I’ve been working with SharePoint… 🙂 Requirement: Increase the maximum upload size for documents and attachments to 60MB for a web application Apparent solution: Connect to Central Admin Navigate to Central Admin…

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MOSS User Profile Delete Tool

For anyone using a custom authentication provider or non AD/LDAP* directory service, the Profile Import tool at http://www.codeplex.com/sptoolbox is an awesome tool for adding users. Just plug in your provider(s), tweak a few configuration settings, and go. I’ve used it to add 200,000+ user profiles from my customer’s directory service (though I wouldn’t recommend attempting to…

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SharePoint AcademyLive Recommended Readings

This won’t mean too much for those of you who aren’t attending the AcademyLive courses, but here are some recommended readings on two topics we were discussiong today – Security & Information Architecture. Recommended Readings on Security: ·         Server Communication table, general IT Pro topics – http://blogs.msdn.com/joelo ·         AAMs – anything by Troy Starr on…

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Branding Lessons Learned 2: Post-launch

Yay. We launched a few days ago. Now it’s time for another recap of lessons learned on the technology and process fronts:  Process Learnings (AKA battle scars): Requirements & Design. I won’t go into the reasons why, but we had an exceedingly shallow requirements gathering effort for the branding effort, basically comprised of (a) a…

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MOSS Intranet Portal Branding Lessons Learned 1: Omissions & Test Results

We’ve spent the past four days doing user acceptance and regression testing on our branding, and I’ve found a couple of essential additions. Expect more as the testing wraps up over the next week or two: Branding the “Operation in Progress” Page. Another GIF you may want to replace is GEARS_AN.GIF if you need to…

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Branding a MOSS Corporate Intranet Portal, Part 3: LAYOUTS Pages

Introduction In order to get a consistent look and feel across all the pages, we had to brand the LAYOUTS pages as well. Since we needed webapp-specific branding and didn’t want to deal with the additional effort involved in branding & testing SSPAdmin pages, I started out following what eventually came to be known as…

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