Customize “Sign in as Different User” for an expired Active Directory password

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ Here is the scenario.  Supposedly a password in AD is expired and we try to log in into the SharePoint site as an AD user.  You will get to see these exceptions, “You are not authorized to view this page” / “Unauthorized: Access is denied due to invalid credentials”.  The user may not  know…


SharePoint SendEmail Activity “Go to My Tasks”

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ In Microsoft.SharePoint.WorkflowActions.SendEMail Acitivity, there is a property called IncludeStatus  When this property is set to true, in the Email that we receive through SendEMail Acitivity will include two links. 1) View Workflow Summary 2) Go to My Tasks Each of these links takes us to the appropriate page based on the generated URL….


Remove duplicate Workflows displayed on the existing sites

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ Let us consider the following scenario. You have a Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 site that includes a document library. This document library contains a document for which the Approval workflow and the Collect Feedback workflow are created. You save the site as a template. You create a new site that uses the saved…


Add custom columns in document content type by default when MySite is created and also for Existing MySite

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ I recently got a requirement asking how can we create Mysite for new users(also existing users) so that it already contains the custom site columns(field type choice) and Document content type with those custom columns. Well, you know the answer “Feature Stapling”. There are good number of articles that explains about Feature Stapling. Yes,…


SharePoint Custom Workflow action to get a list item as an attachment in another list

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ Using SharePoint Designer, what if we want to have a create a workflow that gets a list item as an attachment in another list based on the item ID of the item that’s created.  This is not possible using OOB actions in SPD.  We can create custom action using Visual studio and then integrate…


Understanding MCMS File Cache

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ How MCMS file upload works: When a file is uploaded, MCMS adds and saves them to the database. Once in the DB, it gets cached on the file system when there is a request for it.   What happens when we rename / delete the file in file cache : When we remove/delete the…


BDC Web Part – Column filtering

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ When a BDC web part is mapped with an instance of BDC Application Definition file ( that uses SQL database ),  sometimes the column filtering doesn’t work.  On filtering of the column, it doesn’t return any data.   The reason being the issue integration  of SQL Server with SharePoint when it comes to data…


Let’s discuss about some BDC Web parts !

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ Business Data Actions Web Part : ==========================   Business Data Actions Web part is used to display all “Actions” from the business data catalog application definition file. It displays all actions of an individual item which we are selecting in tool panel of the web part.  Actions are associated with entities in the Business…


Using User control (Web service call ) in SharePoint Web part

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ Everyone knows how easy it is to use an user control( web service call) in normal ASP.NET application and map it with ObjectDataSource control.  But in SharePoint, when ObjectDataSource  control is used, it will throw the error “The type specified in the TypeNameProperty can be found”.  The reason being that the proxy class required…


SPS 2003 to MOSS Migration – Applying the same CSS

★★★★★★★★★★★★★★★ Many think that just to get same look and feel for any migrated site, we can directly modify Out of the box style sheet pages to get it done.  But, it’s not recommended to modify any Out of the box files in SharePoint.  We need to use custom css file to achieve this task….