Application Development on MOSS 2007 & WSS V3

UPDATED 15-March-2007UPDATED 16-November-2007 (Option 4 updated with steps) I have been fortunate enough to have been involved deeply with one of our early Office TAP customer’s projects. TAP customers are given access to early builds and betas, along with support from Microsoft, to build a project on. The idea here is that they will be…

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Moving your MySite location in MOSS

Background: When you install MOSS (not evaluation copy) part of that process is creating a Shared Service Provider. This is essentially a set of services like User Profile store, Search, BDC, MySites etc… These services can be consumed from one or more SharePoint Web Applications (and other apps outside of SharePoint if you like). One…

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UPDATED: Building a simple ASP.Net page based SharePoint application in Visual Studio with the Visual Studio Extensions for WSS 1.2 with Visual Studio 2008

I have had a lot of feedback from people via email and comments that they really like the blog post I did about ASP.Net applications in SharePoint. However,  there were a few “bugs” with that post, so I have decided to redo it with those fixed.  This post builds the same example but with: Visual…

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SharePoint TODAY field and calculated fields…

A customer sent me a link to a page they found about using the Today field in calculated sharepoint fields.  I don’t know how you would fear with our support people … but here is the note from Pete Blair on the workaround: It is possible to use “Today” in a function as a reference…

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Take WSS folders offline (& in sync) without purchasing anything.

I have had a number of queries from customers about the simplest way to take a folder of documents that are stored in a WSS site offline with them when the leave the office, and keep those folders updated when they get back into the office.   Well … without going and purchasing a nice…

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New improved SharePoint Recycle Bin released!!! (must have)

One of the most frequent questions I get from customers is around a recycle bin for SharePoint.  This is not functionality that you get Out of the Box (OOB).  OOB you need to go back to a backup to retrieve a deleted document (this is being sorted out in the next version by the way). There…

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SharePoint SSO error and Window Server 2003 SP1

“Failed to connect to the database server. Verify connectivity and rights for the configuration account and try again.” On a project I was recently working on we ran into this error message when configuring SSO in SPS. Well … after much hair pulling … we found that we were not alone.  There are a couple of…

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How solution deployment has changed development with SharePoint technologies

Background: Anyone who is familiar with development & deployment of custom solutions on SharePoint Portal Server 2003 or Windows SharePoint Services will probably agree when I say there are certain areas lacking in the end to end process. For example, here is a high level generic step by step process that usually happens: Spec written…

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Feature Stapling in WSS V3

Background: New to the WSSv3 Platform is a concept called Features.  These enable you to package chunks of functionality and allow this functionality to be turned on or off in a WSSv3 based site.  This could be things like: –          List templates –          List instances –          Menu Items –          Workflows –          Web Parts –          ……

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Building a simple ASP.Net page based SharePoint application in Visual Studio with the Visual Studio Extensions for WSS CTP 1.1

UPDATE: I HAVE RE-WRITTEN THIS POST FOR VS2008 and VSeWSS 1.2 HERE Introduction This is the first in a series of posts on how to build various types of applications on SharePoint. In this post we will use Visual Studio 2005 & the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Tools: Visual Studio 2005 Extensions, Version 1.1 CTP…

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