SharePoint 2007/MOSS 2007: Enable Stack trace for better logging information

SharePoint (WSS 3.0/MOSS 2007) errors sometimes are not descriptive enough or through the generic error message "Unexpected Error occurred". It doesn’t provide more information than this and it does not even log any thing to LOGS or event log or anywhere. These type of errors could be caused by missing contentplaceholders in your custom master…

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SharePoint: Installing and Configuring Search Server 2008

Search Server 2008 is the rebranded and updated version of “MOSSFS”. New features and improvements in Search Server 2008: Simplified installation experience similar to MOSS installation Enhanced Administration interface part of Central Administration New Federation Capabilities Performance and Stability Enhancements No preset Document limits Search Server 2008 is available in two versions similar to SQL…


SharePoint under the hood – see real error description and callstack/stack trace

I have always loved the nice SharePoint error messages that are presented when something goes wrong. My most popular error message is "An unknown error occurred. Please contact your system administrator.". In order to see the real error messages as well as the stack trace of where the error happened within SharePoint, you have to…


Creating top-level (welcome page) redirects in SharePoint sites

Scenario: You have several SharePoint web-applications (only only site collections). Whenever a user opens one of those using just an entry-URL (such as http://intranet) you want to redirect him/her to another site collection (not necessarily in the same web-application – for example to http://intranet/my . This can be achieved in various was: Create a HttpHandler…


Creating custom 404 and landing pages (easy to remember URLs that are redirected) in SharePoint

This post is about how to create custom landing pages (www.mysite.com/products or www.mysite.com/newsletter) that directs the visitor through and easy to remember URL to any page  in your deep site hierarchy. It also contains the approach how to create custom 404 "Page not found" pages. In this, I’ll only explain you the concepts, since I…