List all CustomActions in the Farm

Here’s a great little script that I used to list out all of the Custom Actions available in a farm.  What’s great about the script is that it returns the CustomActions in XML so you can vary the output.  My favorite is using the Out-GridView cmdlet in Windows PowerShell 2.0. From there can you can…

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Backup Documents in SharePoint Using PowerShell

I use SharePoint in my lab at home and recently started organizing all of my personal documents in there as well.  The one thing that always concerns me is the safety of those files living in a lab environment on a Beta/RC product. So, to ease my nerves, I wrote this simple little script which…

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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…

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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>…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Custom Site Definition Alternative

This came up for a recent customer, so thought I would share my solution as many people are not aware of this customization possibility.  The solution ultimately solved the problem that feature staplers activate features BEFORE any lists are provisioned on a site.  So, the only eloquent way to modify a list or list item…

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Twin Cities SharePoint Camp v3

Here’s a great (FREE) opportunity to attend a day-long workshop completely dedicated to SharePoint.  Come learn from developers, IT Pros, consultants, and local companies who have implemented SharePoint and have a story to share. I will be presenting again this year on one of my favorite topics, PowerShell.  Here is an abstract of the session:…

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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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