SharePoint and VHDs…

If you do a lot of SharePoint demos, chances are you will be using tons of VMs (Virtual PC, Virtual Server, VMWare, anything..). And if you’re like me, you would not like to fire up multiple VMs; the less the merrier. This translates to squeezing in as many products/components into a single virtual image -…

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Performance Point Server 2007 and AJAX on SharePoint

If you have Microsoft Performance Point Server 2007 installed, and you do not have ASP.Net AJAX extension installed (probably like me, I use .Net 3.5), you will probably get errors in your site when you have a Performance Point Dashboard Item webpart loaded: Could not load file or assembly ‘System.Web.Extensions, Version=1.0.61025.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35’ or one…

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The Form has been closed. Or has it?

Developing with forms services, especially with Workflow; usually turns out to be a love-hate affair – it has enough twists and turns to put a bag of pretzels to shame. One of the most frustrating errors (gauged from the amount of “help needed!” posts in newsgroups) – the infamous “The Form has been closed” message,…

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SharePoint Development – Quick Tips #1

For SharePoint developers, we will visit the “12” hive almost on a daily basis – to deploy features, check log files, deploy custom site definitions, etc. One old trick is to create an environment variable that short-cuts our way to the “12” hive (alternately, most of us would have a shortcut already created on the…

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Installing SharePoint without AD?

Update: Judging from the comments I’ve received, no doubt many has tried this path – however it is IMPORTANT to note that this is NOT A SUPPORTED deployment. Using non-domain account for installing and configuring SharePoint will result in ending up with only ONE web server and ONE database – that’s it – NO splitting of roles…

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Throttling SharePoint 2007 Logs

If you have ever developed on SharePoint, there’s gotta be at least once when you came across the superbly detailed error message: “Unknown error” …and its likes. That’s when we have to start ploughing through the humungous amount of log entries in “%programfiles%\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\12\Logs”. Well, but there’s an easier way – the…

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Writing WSS2.0 WebParts using Visual Studio 2005

Problem statement: Your corporate intranet portal/site is using Sharepoint Portal Server 2003 / Windows Sharepoint Services 2.0. You are mulling over whether to have Visual Studio .Net 2003 or the newer, cooler, and definately awesome Visual Studio 2005 as your corporate development tool of choice. You also want to make sure that you can develop…

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Enabling Digital Signatures in InfoPath forms created from pre-defined schemas

Recently I was working on some InfoPath samples for United Nation’s Electronic Documents standards (UNeDOCs: http://www.unece.org/etrades/unedocs/), and one of the key requirements I am looking at with InfoPath is the ability to digitally sign the form. Sounds like a no-brainer, since this feature is given with InfoPath. However, after I happily imported the schema into…

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Forms not working after applying B2 Technical Refresh update

You have just applied the Beta 2 Technical Refresh to your SharePoint farms, and everything look to be in working order. And then, when you try to open a form to submit for your workflow, Forms Server just wouldn’t let it be. But, it works before the TR, and you swore you have not done…


SharePoint’s out-going e-mail with Exchange 2007

When using SharePoint 2007 with Exchange 2007, I found out that SharePoint just couldn’t send out *ANY* e-mails. This could be e-mail notifications from Workflow actions, or simply the “Welcome” e-mail from the “Add User” administration in the site collection. From Site Actions -> Site Settings -> People and Group, select New -> Add Users,…

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