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First Look demos: Microsoft Project 2010

three new First Look demos for Microsoft Project 2010 are published now. the demo videos cover three topics: Microsoft Project 2010 Overview Microsoft Project Professional 2010 Microsoft Project Server 2010   check em out now at:    – mutaz… Read more

Add a Publish command to Project Web Access home page

This post shows how to add a publish command to PWA, this command will trigger a dialog box for publishing projects, the user will select the project to publish and submit. here is how it looks like: and when you click on the publish command, you get this dialog box: to implement this solution you… Read more

“Typing Arabic has never been this easy!”

This is one of the best innovations I’ve seen for a while!   Microsoft Maren is a Windows extension that allows users to type Arabic in Roman/Latin characters (Romanized Arabic, Arabizi, Arabish or Franco-Arabic) and have it converted on the fly to Arabic script.   ya3ni lamma ebtoktob arabizi, maren ba7awwlo lala 3arbi –> يعني… Read more

Customising Content Query Web Part (CQWP) and Discussion Boards

I had a requirement to customise the CQWP in a way to display the number of replies on a discussion board item. and change the URL link of the item in CQWP to take the user to the threaded view of the discussion, rather than dispform.aspx  of the discussion item. this post shows how to… Read more

SharePoint is not returning federated search results. Proxy settings required on the server.

Search centre in SharePoint collaboration sites has built in federated search result page that pull from live search. in cases when no federated search results are displayed, or a Location not found error message appears. this could be related to proxy setting on the server that is stopping the search from reaching the federated search… Read more

How-To: Self service site creation?

Creating a new site collection usually requires a farm admin permission level since the tools to do so are available through the central admin or by using an stsadm command line. In some cases, you want to delegate the site creation to end users (without granting them farm admin privilege obviously!). Self-Service Site Creation allows… Read more

error: “The application-specific permission settings do not grant Local Activation “

this is a common DCOM error that often seen in sharepoint deployments. the error details form the application event log:   Event Type:    Error Event Source:    DCOM Event Category:    None Event ID:    10016 Date:        10/02/2009 Time:        10:51:42 AM User:        KIOSKPOC\svc_SP Computer:    HTS0367 Description: The application-specific permission settings do not grant Local Activation permission for the… Read more