Loading .NET UserControls inside of SharePoint Webparts

I frequently get questions regarding the use of usercontrols with in SharePoint WebParts. Someone often has a usercontrol they’d like to reuse inside of SharePoint. Sometimes developers like being able to use the designer views in Visual Studio when developing WebParts.  It is possible to display a user control from with in a SharePoint WebPart. I’ve…


MOSS SSP Unexpected Error

I ran into an issue where after deploying some custom solutions with a customer, the SSP site would not load. It would just display a message that said unexpected error. In the event logs we saw the following error.Event Type:       ErrorEvent Source:    Windows SharePoint Services 3Event Category: Runtime Event ID:           6610Date:                10/26/2007Time:                10:26:31…


Business Data Catalog Development

There’s good news for all of you out there who are struggling with BDC Definition files. The product group has recently released a BDC Definition Editor tool. It’s part of the 1.2 Office Server SDK. (Check the Product Team Blog link for a link…) Take a look at the tool, as it should help you…


Change the SQL Server in a MOSS 2007/WSS 3.0 Farm

There are several articles out there that tell you how to change the SQL Server for SPS2003 and WSS 2.0. When I ran into this on a customer site, I couldn’t find an article that said how to do it for MOSS 2007 and WSS 3.0. I don’t have the time at the moment to…


SharePoint Portal Server 2003 SP3 and Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 SP3 Released!

Description of SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Service Pack 3 http://support.microsoft.com/?id=923644   Issues that are fixed in SharePoint Portal Server 2003 by SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Service Pack 3 http://support.microsoft.com/?id=938795   SharePoint SP3 Download Site http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=AB086D48-1148-48DE-B4EC-A6298367E5F0&displaylang=en     Description of Windows SharePoint Services Service Pack 3 http://support.microsoft.com/?id=923643   Issues that are fixed in Windows SharePoint Services…


How to change the service accounts and passwords in MOSS2007

I see a fair number of cases where there are issues related to service/resource accounts and passwords. Often, a reset of the accounts and passwords will fix customer issues. Here’s how to do it easily.http://support.microsoft.com/kb/934838


MOSS2007/WSSv3 Restore Feature Issue

There’s currently a limitation with the restore tool that ships with MOSS2007 and WSSv3. If you’re trying to restore multiple web applications that are hosted on the same port using host headers, the restore will only restore one of the web applications. To get around this, you must restore each web application one at a…


SharePoint 2003/2007 Index Files

SharePoint uses the file system to store data files created by the indexing process. Over time, the index files grow due the indexing process. I recently ran across a case, where a disk filled up due to the continuous growth of the SharePoint index files. Needless to say, SharePoint’s Search feature was not happy when the disk…


Convert Virtual Server 2005 IDE disks to SCSI disks

I’ve been building some virtual machines in my lab environment, and I’ve been a bit dissatisfied with their performance. I got some information from colleagues that using SCSI disks is faster than IDE in Virtual Server. Unfornately I had already built the VMs using IDE disks.I didn’t want to go through the hassle of rebuilding…



I just wanted to take a minute to introduce myself. I’m one of the newest members to the Mid-Atlantic PFE(Premier Field Engineering) team with Microsoft. My specialty is SharePoint. I plan on using this blog to capture common information requests that I see from customers, as well as anything else that might benefit the SharePoint…