Saturday, March 24, 2007

My first only WSS3 blog

How to put Sharepoint slides into Sharepoint, you'll need office 2007 but, here's how

This looks like a good demo of WSS 3 stuff.

Monday, January 08, 2007

handy little tricks

reading the contents of one list into the metadata of another, by hand and programmatically
here is a fab list of tricks that might need working through
how to create a site definition and to it add a custom list using CAML by heather solomon
cutomizing themes in WSS2

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Whitepapers for sharepoint 2007

Combined knowledge has some handy looking white papers and a handy looking fix to make it possible to install MOSS 2007 on a DC.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Monday, November 20, 2006

Customizing (customising) your site.

I keep mentioning this link so here are the three handy white papers from MS that do the job of explaining how themes,css and such like are related

Jan Tielmans has done again, well infact he's just updated the breadcrumb and navigation web parts, and very good and easy they are too. Here's the link

Monday, November 13, 2006

Document libraries (2003) tips and tricks

Instead of having to train users in always checking documents out of document libraries those nice people at MSD2D have some code to tweak the template

If you're going to be uploading large documents,apart from changing the max file size, what else should you do? well 'the goldfish bowl' has the answers

Monday, October 23, 2006

Don't kick the web bucket

There is a max of 20 areas before you start to see c1 ...c2 the so called web buckets, so here is a nice article explaining it from that nice Daniel Macpherson

Thursday, October 19, 2006

logging bogging you down?

Yann de Champlain cool name, cool guy has a link to some tools for working with the gatherer log.

simple but handy intro to logs from M-soft

mysite tips

Those mysite pages there all very well in their way but they are prone to get unghosted if you not careful so try editing the underlying templates, here's a howto from Daniel Macpherson

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

dynamic dataview howto

Lisa Wollin, has the way to connect up dataviews to sql and thence to each other, saving the writing of any code.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

multi languages

Have a read of KB article 817945

or try the language template pack from microsoft which lets you make up sites in multiple languages.

undeleters, recycle bins and such like

Mindshare has a free template change to document libraries which could do the trick.

Or to restore anything at all try Avepoint's trash bin, the demo looks pretty neat

or here is some code from microsoft that does a similar thing.

or lastly have a look at smart library from nintex which does a whole bunch of 'document management' type stuff.

enough with the recycle bins for now.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

destroy all unghosts

Those nice people at Bluedog have a very clear explanation:

1. Go to Create | Web Part Page. The page you create is “ghosted”.
2. Open the page in FrontPage.
3. Make a change and hit save. Your page is now “unghosted”.

Difference between #1 and #3? Huge.

In #1, the ghosted page is basing its content from the template which exists on the file system. The parser renders the page.

In #3, the unghosted page content is taken from the database. When you saved the page in FP, the "template" contents from #1 were copied over to the database. All future versions of that page are now based off the database copy, not the file system copy. The page is now controlled by the SafeMode parser.

So how do I know which is which? use ghosthunter found as part of the handy webpart toolkit again from bluedog

and here is how to create those tasty ghosted pages programmatically

Don't miss out on what's new in MOSS 2007

Import and export content and associated metadata between sites as xml, which looks easier than doing battle with CAML, see for yourself

Here is a collection of articles about the new features of MOSS 2007 as I find them, in particular order:

Workflow : an article from microsoft

Mobile device support : from Jan Tielan's site

Blogs,Wikis and RSS support here's a groovy video from channel 9

XSD added to WSS 3:
A Schema used to validate whether the specified HTML file will render correctly in Outlook 2007
Business data catalog DC support
"The Business Data Catalog allows structured data from line-of-business applications to be integrated into SharePoint in multiple ways through Web Parts, lists, people profiles, and search. Centrally managed connections to back-end systems can be defined once and then reused by end users to access back-end data without writing any code—easily making business data part of portal content. The Business Data Catalog also provides the ability for SharePoint Enterprise Search to integrate back-end business data into the search experience, without having to write any protocol handlers, iFilters, or custom code."
from Mohamed Zaki
and here is an exciting looking app to write them with no code from Todd Baginski
the microsoft page about 'authoring metadata' looks quite enlightening too.

site definitions use .net 2 master pages here's some stuff from Todd Stegeman

Lots of accessibility and usability settings, Rizwan's site seem to have a handy list

The sharepoint tips and tricks site
has some fantasic looking stuff, profiles now are user configurable and here is a description

Any other features are probably are in the boileroom

Monday, October 02, 2006

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

instead of alert me what about alert them....

Its Jan the man again with his mighty sharepoint skills, here he provides a web part that allows admins to set alerts on users there nothing this man can't do?

where have all the files gone?

From schema.xml to onet.xml this natty M/soft article should tell you where to look.

If you want to change the way surveys work in sharepoint, for example putting the submit button at the bottom, or for that matter changing the text of the button from save and close to something else....then why not try this, handy article from MSD2D

Friday, February 24, 2006

workflow, communications and similar

Microsoft have developed a template for marketing teams to coordinate marketing campaigns

Jan Theilans workflow lite, looks to be a good stop gap till 2007 or the purchase of something more 'enterprise'-ish

Useful list of webpart howto's and similar from Tony Bierman

Amazing searching without SPS not possible you cry...oh yes it is try, here is how

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

If you want file level permissions what about...

Using IRM this is a server component and also requires that the users have a client app installing but it does allowing the setting of all sorts of permissions to individual office 2003 documents. See for yourself at the microsoft site or here, for a longing discussion

Also there is an intriguing powerpoint presentation introducing some of the issues of IRM and office 2003

Monday, December 19, 2005

Tools that save time

stsadm for windows is a handy tool which saves you the bother of learning the command line.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Building sharepoint sites from command line

Build your sharepoint installation from commands, either use STSADM

to make a new user(s) stsadm createuser
to add them to sites and groups stsadm adduser

to add a site stsadm createsite
to add a subsite stsdmin createweb
various classes can be called to create additional features areas for example:
the SDK has the skinny

or maybe you could use the webservices that sharepoint exposes:
  • http://server:5966/_vti_adm/Admin.asmx - Administrative methods such as creating and deleting sites

  • http://server/_vti_bin/Alerts.asmx - Methods for working with alerts

  • http://server/_vti_bin/DspSts.asmx - Methods for retrieving schemas and data

  • http://server/_vti_bin/DWS.asmx - Methods for working with Document Workspaces

  • http://server/_vti_bin/Forms.asmx - Methods for working with user interface forms

  • http://server/_vti_bin/Imaging.asmx - Methods for working with picture libraries

  • http://server/_vti_bin/Lists.asmx - Methods for working with lists

  • http://server/_vti_bin/Meetings.asmx - Methods for working with Meeting Workspaces

  • http://server/_vti_bin/Permissions.asmx - Methods for working with SharePoint Services security

  • http://server/_vti_bin/SiteData.asmx - Methods used by Windows SharePoint Portal Server

  • http://server/_vti_bin/Sites.asmx - Contains a single method to retrieve site templates

  • http://server/_vti_bin/UserGroup.asmx - Methods for working with users and groups

  • http://server/_vti_bin/versions.asmx - Methods for working with file versions

  • http://server/_vti_bin/Views.asmx - Methods for working with views of lists

  • http://server/_vti_bin/WebPartPages.asmx - Methods for working with Web Parts

  • http://server/_vti_bin/Webs.asmx - Methods for working with sites and subsites

Monday, November 28, 2005

More useful things

Probable problems and possible solutions to uploading document properties from mr fear and loathing

ifilter for .dwg file

if you want to make ifilter file properties available to search, this should do the trick

If you've messed everything up and want to reset everything back to the default template, here's how, using the raw SQL, from google groups

interesting,but pricey doc management solutions

oooh and ahhh at the these document management tool from sharevis

What I'm assuming is the budget option is here called securedoc from a company called optimusBT

budget document library explorer webpart from lucas technology

SQL search tool the search is over

V interesting article from tame microsoft wonk which gives lots of useful info about rejigging the search tool by tweaking the sql query that it generates

Tuesday, October 25, 2005


Handy questionnaire from that nice Heather Solomon to acertain what sort of sharepoint installation you might want to use

Matt Marden has a similar but briefer list.

Tiny tricks

How to import from AD and keep the disabled users out from those nice people at Msd2d

Remove the add item box, Heather solomon has a trick to do

Two must read articles regarding the ifilter pdf viewer 555209 and 832809

Monday, October 24, 2005

Come see the css wonder!

James Milne has a fantastic sharepoint CSS tweak tool, see it and weep.

If you need to choose a colour scheme look no further, very nice little tool, from

Integration of exchange and sharepoint

Not difficult, just use the exchange web parts, those nice people at microsoft have the info here

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Useful but not free web parts

Searchable address book, from a company called Apeture hmmm interesting

wiki web part

Some ideas toward a wiki web part this one uses word and the dataview web part.

The Xwiki site is build on sharepoint and seems to use a wiki like model which is pretty cool

Thursday, August 11, 2005

code security and web parts

Jan Tielman's blog has an excellent set of work-rounds for getting you web parts work.

The long way round is described by Microsoft "Microsoft windows sharepoint services and code access security"

For ASP.NET you could also try looking at "Using code access security with ASP.NET" patterns and practices

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Applying a custom style sheet to sharepoint.

  1. Take a copy of the original style sheet, this means that you don't have to build the whole thing from scratch, for instructions click here

  2. Rename and copy this to the
    C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\60\template\layouts\1033\STYLES 

  3. Edit the new style sheet, in FrontPage, for help try this

  4. Then goto sharepoint and tell it about the new template

    1. Select "Site Settings" from your portal

    2. Click on "Change portal site properties and SharePoint site creation settings" from the General Settings section

    3. Use the path /_layouts/1033/styles/your file name goes here

    4. Click OK to save the changes

  5. That's it

Monday, June 20, 2005

create personal site programmatically

Need to create lots of sites for users, but don't want to wait for them to login.... try the me vs sharepoint site

Problems with explorer views

Have a look at 841215 on the microsoft site, XP SP2 disables webdav, which will cause you trouble.

This trick comes courtesy of Matt Muller site, which looks very useful.

Importing documents into sharepoint

The people at Vyapin for a price have a tool.