Never open a Camelbak bottle filled with water in the middle of a flight

I recently flew up to Seattle for work. I drink a lot of water, and when I fly, I typically buy a bottle of water at the airport and take it on the plane so I can put on some music and pretend I’m not stuck on a plane for hours.  This time, I decided…

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External List Missing New and Edit Forms

I was recently walking a customer through creating an External Content Type [ECT] that uses stored procedures instead of just pointing directly to a table. When we created an External List using the External Content Type, the list didn’t have the option to create new items, nor could we edit items. SharePoint Designer displayed the…

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Performance Impact of File Attachments in InfoPath Forms

I was recently looking into the impact of increasing the Session State size associated with InfoPath forms. The main reason for the investigation was to allow users to attach files up to 20MB in size to InfoPath forms in SharePoint 2010. InfoPath does leverage the State Service to store transient data, but I was mainly…

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RSS Viewer Web Part Making Excessive Requests

I was investigating a scenario in which someone was seeing thousands of hits to the destination location of an RSS Viewer Web Part. They had the Feed Refresh Interval set to 120 minutes, and increasing the value did not seem to reduce the number of requests hitting the RSS Feed page. We were able to…

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Deploying SharePoint 2010 Solution with PowerShell

Put together a small script that to help automate deployment of a solution.  The script handles the following: Install and Deploy a farm level solution Activate a web application scoped feature Activate a site collection scoped feature The tricky part with scripting this occurs when the solution is deployed [Install-SPSolution cmdlet].  The script needs to…

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Reporting Server shows me a SharePoint link I can’t access

When you setup SQL Server Reporting Services [SSRS] in SharePoint Integrated mode, browsing http://servername/ReportServer will show you a directory listing view of SharePoint Site Collections that is security trimmed to you. However, there are some downsides to this view.  Users can probe through the directory structure of your site that they have read access to,…

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Testing SSL URLs when using SSL Termination

Here’s the situation, SSL is setup to terminate at the load balancer.  Sticky sessions are setup as well, so once you hit a particular WFE, your future requests are routed to the same box.  The problem is that there is not an easy way to validate that the sites are responding from a client machine,…

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Why is my control working even though I don’t have a SafeControl entry?

This one came as a surprise to me.  Customer pushes out a master page to all their site collections using a solution and feature.  The master page has a server control that renders some information, so the control should have a SafeControl entry in the web.config file.  Oddly enough, the sites render using the master…

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Connection Failed Error Using SQL Reporting Services with Kerberos Based Claims

When you try to connect to a SharePoint 2010 site using Report Builder, you may receive the following error : Connection failed. Unable to connect to the server that is specified in the URL, ‘http://teams.jormanvmas.com/’. Make sure that the server is running, the URL is correct, and you have permission to use the server. I…

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SHA512 Forms Authentication in SharePoint 2010

I was recently working through an issue in which I needed to setup the SQL Membership provider to use SHA512 as the hashing algorithm, instead of the default SHA1.  For a normal ASP.Net application, you would set the hashAlgorithmType in the web.config for the application.  For SharePoint 2010, you need to set the attribute on…

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