SharePoint 2010 Database Naming Standards

In a previous post I made a case for following a database naming standard for SharePoint databases.  What started as an investigation into how to rename the auto-generated SharePoint 2010 databases led me down a path bordering obsession.  I spent several weeks implementing a comprehensive collection of PowerShell scripts that automate upgrade from 2007 to…

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SharePoint Database Naming Standards

Call me picky, but I think it’s important to consistently name your SharePoint databases—especially on a shared SQL Server hosting multiple farms and applications.  Not only is it a good practice, but by showing that you care about the databases, you’ll earn the respect of even your most grumpiest DBAs.  I wish the SharePoint administrative…

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SharePoint 2010 Localization with Visual Studio 2010

In this walkthrough, I’ll show you how to create a SharePoint 2010 localized feature using Visual Studio 2010.  The basic mechanics of localizing a SharePoint 2010 feature are the same as localizing a SharePoint 2007 feature, and is well documented.  If you are unfamiliar with localization in SharePoint, please see Additional Resources at the end…

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Enable the Developer Dashboard using the Object Model / Powershell

The SharePoint 2010 developer dashboard has three display levels (see SPDeveloperDashboardLevel Enumeration.): Off (default): The dashboard is not displayed, and there is no UI element to turn it on On: The dashboard is displayed, and there is no UI element to turn it off: OnDemand: A UI element enables you to turn it on or off There…

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Visual Studio Extensions for Windows SharePoint Services (VSEWSS) Error: Unable to load one or more of the requested types. Retrieve the LoaderExceptions property for more information

One error you may see when packaging solutions with VSEWSS is:  Microsoft.SharePoint.Tools.Utilities.VSeWSSServiceException VSeWSS Service Error: Unable to load one or more of the requested types. Retrieve the LoaderExceptions property for more information.  Like most error messages from VSEWSS, there is not enough information provided to resolve the issue, so I hope to save you some…

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Subscribe to SharePoint Web Parts using Internet Explorer 8 Web Slices

One of the new features of Internet Explorer 8 is Web Slices.  This feature enables you to subscribe to a section of a web page and notifies you when the content changes.  By design, SharePoint Web Parts are a natural fit for this feature, and in this article I’ll show you how to build a…

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How to Copy an Assembly From the GAC to the File System

Sometimes you need a local copy of an assembly from the GAC and here is a quick tip on how to do it.  The GAC can be found in the c:\windows\assembly directory, but if you try to browse it, the following custom shell extension appears: This view does not provide the ability to copy assemblies,…

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Search SharePoint from the Internet Explorer Toolbar Using a Custom Search Provider

Here is an easy way to search a SharePoint site from the IE toolbar without having to develop a custom add-in.  Before showing you how to implement it, let’s examine how custom search providers work. How Custom Search Providers Work When you browse to an Open Search enabled site in IE 7, the search provider…

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