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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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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SharePoint’s Contact Selector

(Ported from fooshen.blogspot.com)  After first installing Sharepoint 2007 Beta2 (way back in May), the very first thing I noticed (besides all the bells and whistles), is the superior user interface; souped up with ajax at every turn. There is hardly any dropdownlist box, replaced with a rather sweet DHTML drop down menu that loads asynchronously.Now,…

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