WCF hotfix for .NET 3.5 and SharePoint 2010

There is a optional hotfix for WCF 3.5 SP1 which is a prerequisite for SharePoint 2010.  Depending on the operating system, the relevant hotfix can be found below. Windows Server 2008 (RTM) with Service Pack 2:  KB971831 Windows Server 2008 R2/Windows 7:  KB976462 Instructions:  Install this hotfix after the SharePoint 2010 pre-requisites, but before actually…


Automated SharePoint 2010 Install with PowerShell

In one of my previous posts, I walked through how to provision a SharePoint farm using PowerShell. You can also install SharePoint from a CD using PowerShell as well.  I use this in my lab at home so I don’t have to attend the installs when I am rebuilding my virtual machines. <Update: Product Keys>…


SharePoint 2010 Beta 2 is finally here!

Microsoft just released SharePoint 2010 Beta 2!  Beta 2 will consist of build 14.0.4536.1000.   For Beta 1 users only or partners running an earlier version e.g. 14.0.4514.1009 (Beta 2 Escrow), you can upgrade to Beta 2 by installing this update:  KB_COMING_SOON Download your copy of SharePoint 2010 Beta 2 from MSDN Subscriptions (Subscribers only at…


SP2010: SPFarm.Local is null or Web Application could not be found

Note: This post applies to SharePoint Server 2010 Beta 2 and Visual Studio Ultimate Beta 2. I ran into two issues today that had me tied up for a few hours so I thought I would share.  The first was simple: SPFarm _farm = SPFarm.Local;   However, the _farm object was being returned as null.  The…


SharePoint 2010 Development Hands On Labs

These HOLs are about a month old now, but I wanted to share them for anyone who missed the announcement at SPC.  There are 10 Hands On Labs in both C# and Visual Basic for SharePoint 2010 Beta 2. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=c010fc68-b47f-4db6-b8a8-ad4ba33a35c5 Also, I have set up several tags in Diigo for SharePoint , you can find…


SharePoint 2010 Provisioning A New Farm with PowerShell

<Update 2010.02.23  Re-ordered provisioning steps to fit with supported test cases> NEW!  Looking for a simplified process for working with SharePoint and PowerShell?  Check out:  SPModule. <Update 2009.11.20 Initialize-SPResourceSecurity and Install-SPApplicationContent> This post will take you down the process of configuring your SharePoint farm while introducing the new administrative functionality shipping in the PowerShell provider….


PowerShell 2.0 Released!

Windows Management Framework, which includes Windows PowerShell 2.0, WinRM 2.0, and BITS 4.0, has been officially released today.  This down-level release is now supported for Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems. You can find the release here:  http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=151321


Free PowerShell eBook

For those wishing to get started on PowerShell, here is an excellent free eBook by Dr. Tobias Weltner, PowerShell MVP. http://powershell.com/Mastering-PowerShell.pdf


Extending .NET Objects in PowerShell

One of the great features in PowerShell 2.0 is the ability to extend .NET object types to add additional custom properties and methods.  For instance, the type System.String does not have a property called IsANumber that returns whether or not the string is a number.  Typically, you would have to do a TryParse.  By extending…


SharePoint 2010: A Developer’s Top 15 List

Developers of SharePoint should be giddy with excitement in all of the tools and features coming out of Visual Studio 2010 and SharePoint Designer 2010.  Here are the biggest take-a-ways from Paul Andrew’s talk on the 2010 developer platform: 1. “Save site as template” now exports as a WSP which can be imported into Visual…