HOWTO: Bulk Load Data Into SharePoint Lists via Access 2007

Hi all,           Before writing something that would take some time to do in terms of loading data, I was able to successfully conduct a bulk load of data into SharePoint with MSAccess.  Here is my mock up test that I did.  I created a SharePoint list in a sample site with the following schema:…

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Can’t See Some Computers on Network Map

When browsing the network map in Windows 7 or Vista, you may be able to see some computers, but not all of them.  This is because network mapping is not enabled on domain networks by default.  You may see this screen on a client machine: “Network mapping is disabled by default on domain networks” To…

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HOWTO: Convert a String to a Byte Array (byte[])

Just so I don’t forget, here is how to convert a string to a byte array: System.Text.ASCIIEncoding encoding = new System.Text.ASCIIEncoding(); encoding.GetBytes(yourStringHere)

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“Create Unit Tests” Screen Shows No Types in Visual Studio 2008 SP1

When trying to create a unit test in a test project, the “Create Unit Tests” screen shows no types, thus the wizard cannot continue.  The [OK] button is disabled, and the only thing the user can do is cancel the unit test wizard.  This happens on Visual Studio 2008 SP1 on x64 (for me). Not…

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INFO: Recent Technical Articles

Here are some of my most recent technical articles that I wrote (and helped write) as part of the VSTS Ranger program as well as the SharePoint Ranger program.  As you may know, the ranger programs are essentially field extensions of the product team that provide customers with expert guidance and prescriptive guidance while sending…

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INFO: SharePoint 2007 VM’s NLTM Authentication Failure

I usually build a Virtual Machine that consists of the following for SharePoint development: Windows Server 2008 SQL Server 2008 SP1 Visual Studio 2008 SP1 with Team Explorer (and VSeWSS 1.3) Office 2007 SP2 Domain Controller and DNS Services I use host headers to allow the web applications I create on the VM to run…

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Migrate SharePoint Workflows and Content Types

Here is a great utility to migrate SPD workflows and content types across site collections. http://spwflmigrator.codeplex.com/ Never used it myself, but it appears quite useful.

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List Lookup Columns in Content Types

This codeplex project allows developers to package list lookup columns as a feature and as part of a content type.  This gets us around a challenge where developers try to deploy a content type that has a list lookup column which is dependent on a list instance. http://fieldlookupbuilder.codeplex.com/ It extends the work done by Chris…

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HOWTO: Resolve “Cannot connect to the virtual machine because the authentication certificate is expired or invalid”

Great forum post on how to resolve the error “cannot connect to the virtual machine because the authentication certificate is expired or invalid”.  It all has to do with a certificate on the Hyper-V server that is only good for one year.  Al you have to do is to stop they Hyper-V Management Service, delete…

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What’s your Social Networking IQ?

  What is the best way to judge social networking IQ?  In my mind its not necessarily your knowledge of social networking from an academic perspective, nor is it your knowledge of the technical implementation and networks of social networking that are out there.  However, I define social networking IQ has a person’s ability to…

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