SharePoint Designer is now FREE + customers on Software Assurance get rights to Expression Web

SharePoint Designer is being made available as a free download, and SharePoint Designer customers on active Software Assurance will now get rights to Expression Web: Q&A on SharePoint Designer 2007 Licensing Changes Letter to SharePoint Designer Customers Video of SharePoint Designer 2007 FAQ (16.8MB) Download SharePoint Designer (free)  Although the current version of Expression Web…

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Hotfix Alert: After you install update 957691, you cannot set a user type column from the workflow when you create or update a list item

Symptoms: Workflows will fail to update a Person or Group column after applying the October CU for WSS 3.0. The December Uber update causes this issue, as well. Workflow status error: “Error Occurred” and “Error updating a list item” ===== ULS LOG (partial) ===== w3wp.exe (0x0C1C) 0x0900 Windows SharePoint Services General 75yj Medium Error in resolving user ‘domain\user’ : System.NullReferenceException: Object…

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Understanding How You Use This Blog

Ed has asked if a few of us could help out with his survey by posting a link to it here. I’m happy to help out: Greetings Blog Readers,My name is Ed Jolly, and I am a director in the Commercial Technical Support (CTS) organization at Microsoft. I am here to request a few minutes…

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Data View / Data Form: Parameters You Don’t Know About

From my old blogging site DataFormWebPart.com, this post continues to garner good amounts of traffic. Like in a previous blog entry, I am lifting my old post to put on here in hopes of it getting more visibility and use. There is a collection of variables called ServerVariables that can access all of the IIS…

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Interested in a job supporting SharePoint Designer at Microsoft?

This may seem a bit odd for a blog post, but I wanted our new team position to get as much exposure as possible. After all, we are hoping to attract the very best! 🙂 We are seeking an individual who is passionate about web technologies, such as Microsoft SharePoint / Designer. Specifically, we are…

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How to fix: Error in SharePoint when custom master page is applied

UPDATE: Found this get hit through our support channels several times last week. As it turns out, depending on the missing content placeholder (or other pieces), the cause of the error may be different than just creating new list items; like I previously stated. Therefore, I “genericized” my post to be more applicable to a…

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How to fix: Multipage Meeting Workspace will not display items copied / created by SharePoint Designer workflows

Symptoms: Documents copied from one document library to another using a SharePoint Designer workflow will not display if you use the Multipage Meeting Workspace. They will show up in SharePoint Designer under the destination document library. There is no error message. The documents are just not visible and gives the illusion that the workflow didn’t…

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How to fix: Slow page loads when opening pages that have custom new item forms [DataFormWebPart] for large lists [around 6000 items]

Symptoms: After creating a custom new item form for a SharePoint list having a very large number of items, the new item form will take a very long time to load at browse time. There are no error messages. Cause: The issue happens because the default value “0” of the ListItemID parameter of the data source…

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How to fix: SharePoint Designer created workflow that periodically stops and does not send emails

Symptoms:SharePoint Designer 2007 created workflow will “stop” before the Send Email action. This may only happen for certain users, therefore, making the issue seem to happen intermittently.Workflow status error: “Stopped” Cause: Send Email action has SharePoint group(s) and/or workflow lookups in the To / Cc line. Workaround:  Make sure each SharePoint group has at least…

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