SharePoint Administration with PowerShell

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to speak at Boston’s SharePoint Saturday.  I met some great people, enjoyed some EXCELLENT food, and talked A LOT of SharePoint. For those who couldn’t make it, here is a link to the slide deck from my session: SharePoint Administration with PowerShell View more presentations from Eric Kraus.

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Disabling Enterprise Feature Buttons

I discovered a while back that it is not possible to hide the Enterprise Features “Features” because they have Activation Dependencies.  You can see more on what these features include in this post:  Enterprise Features Exposed. In a conversation this afternoon, I was talking through this concept again and thought that if disabling the feature…

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SharePoint + PowerShell Memory Leak

It’s very important that anyone working with SharePoint object model be concerned with the appropriate management of memory.  Most developers are aware of the need to dispose objects properly, but we some times get sloppy when it comes to things like PowerShell. Zach Rosenfield just posted a very important note for anyone using PowerShell with…


SharePoint Development Wiki

Some wonderful things are happening for SharePoint developers all across the world.  Thanks to Jeremy Thake at http://wss.made4the.net/, the SharePoint development community now has a wiki to collaborate on.  You can find the wiki here: http://sharepointdevwiki.com Here’s how you can help: Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SPDevWiki Become a fan on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=56654350870CONTRIBUTE!  – The wiki can…

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SharePoint Pod Show

I’m kicking myself for my recent hiatus from blogging…  I’ve been swamped with customer responsibilities, pre-sales work and discovering the wonderful world of social networking.  However, I have a lot of great material to share, starting with the SharePoint Pod Show (http://www.sharepointpodshow.com/).  This is a phenomenal resource for interviews with SharePoint MVPs, members of the…

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Enterprise Features Exposed

I’ve been in some rather deep discussions on Enterprise features, so I thought I would share some findings on what they are, where they are, and what they do.First, there are three different Enterprise features that can be enabled within a farm.  They are:-Office SharePoint Server Enterprise Web application features-Office SharePoint Server Enterprise Site Collection…

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Cannot remove file "". Error Code 158

While developing a custom feature receiver, I was attempting to delete a masterpage file from the MasterPage Gallery when I received an SPException with the message:  “Cannot remove file “<filename>”.  Error Code 158″  Since I found no help on the web, I thought I would share this simple solution.  I did the usual routine of…

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SharePoint PowerShell Power Pack

Using PowerShell to support SharePoint has saved me quite a bit of time.  I can do just about everything I would do in .NET, only without firing up Visual Studio just to check a property of a SPWeb object. I have compiled a collection of PowerShell functions and methods that I commonly use.  It’s in…

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Install SharePoint on Vista

We’ve all struggled with using VPCs for our SharePoint development.  Thanks to Bamboo Solutions, we can now install WSS and MOSS on our host laptops running under Vista. Check out this page for steps on how to complete this. Downloads SQL Server Express Edition SQL Server Management Studio Express Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 with Service…

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SharePoint Solution Packages "No More Xcopy"

I talk to many developers who are still using “xcopy” to deploy some of their SharePoint files to the 12 Hive (especially trust files and custom stsadm commands).  It is well known that the manifest.xml file within a WSP can be configured to deploy assemblies to the GAC, update a web.config, and deploy files to…

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