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This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. I was still getting this error on one of my VPCs, and found some blog entries with a little difficulty.  Thought I’d post another to make it easier to find.  One thing is, there are two possible issues that are known to cause it. StandaloneDCWorkaround…

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Self Service Site Creation

This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. By default, in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (if you are using the Corporate Intranet Portal template as your default site) when you go to the “Sites” link and click the Create Site button…SharePoint creates a subsite as a member of your portal’s site collection. …

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Scripting STSADM commands

This posting contains tips ‘n tricks for using STSADM commands within batch files.   Note, the primary Microsoft reference for STSADM: TechNet article Stsadm command-line tool (Office SharePoint Server).   Testing results STSADM returns 0 as ERRORLEVEL in DOS when it succeeds, or -1 when it fails.  To test for success, IF %ERRORLEVEL% EQU 0 can…

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Where is My Picture stored? What if My Sites are off?

This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010. MOSS 2007 MOSS user profiles have a property called Picture, which can store the URL of an image file.  When this property is filled in, other MOSS features display the user’s picture at useful times: in search results, or on a My Site. …

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XSL Tips

When writing XSL, it is often desirable to be able to see the raw XML that you’re trying to transform.  This is especially helpful when customizing XSL for web parts such as content query.  The red text below show how to modify the ContentQueryMain.xsl file to do this for a Content Query web part.  This can…

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MOSS as front end to other storage systems

This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. I’ve been asked several times if MOSS can be used to front-end other storage systems, and wanted to post a few pointers here.  I was prompted to post this when I came across notice of the recent WSS 3.0 hotfix package, and was very surprised…

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MOSS Search UI Architecture – Introduction

This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. To modify SharePoint’s default search behaviors, it’s important to understand how the user interface elements for search work together to specify a query, execute a search and display the results.  The following high-level overview shows how searches are executed and displayed.   1.       The search…

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MOSS Search Query Syntax – Keyword, SQL and URL

This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. MOSS 2007’s search engine supports three different types of query syntax: Keyword, SQL and URL.   MSDN article Building Windows SharePoint Services Search Queries gives a reference for these syntaxes.  What it doesn’t make clear is that MOSS’s out-of-box Search UI only exposes Keyword Syntax, and…

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MOSS 2007 and Accessibility; ADA guidelines and standards

This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. I’ve been asked a number of times “does MOSS 2007 comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?”  Well, the legislation itself doesn’t specifically address software programs; it mandates equal access to general provisions such as practices and services, and to specific infrastructure such as buildings, vehicles and telephones. …

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CKS: Enhanced Wiki Edition… alpha release!

I’m proud to announce that the Enhanced Wiki Edition of  Community Kit for SharePoint (CKS) just had an alpha release!  This alpha release contains two enhancements: Integration with a SharePoint discussion board to provide per-topic discussions Ability to import Wiki entries from FlexWiki … more features are planned, some in the works… These contain installable bits…

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