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How to rename a Sharepoint Content Database

During the Sharepoint setup process (all versions), a Content Database is created on SQL Server and the possibility to rename it during the creation process is often hide. By default Sharepoint creates a Content Database by adding a GUID to the end of the database name. The result is that you have a SQL Server DB like this: This is not easy to read and you don’t have immediate undertanding of what is the site related to this Content Database. If I create a site called “MySite”, I’d like to have a Content Database called...

posted @ Sunday, December 20, 2009 3:08 PM | Feedback (15)

Sharepoint 2010 and Workflows: what about .NET 4.0?

As you already know, Microsoft has finally released a public beta of Sharepoint 2010 and Office 2010 (available from here). Starting from this Beta 1, we’re working hard on Sharepoint 2010 and I want to write this post not for celebrate the big amount of interesting new features of the platform but to signal an important lack (or at least I think so). Sharepoint 2010 actually doesn’t support .NET 4.0, it runs in .NET 3.5 SP1. I think that the main reason for this choice was due to the fact that actually .NET 4.0 is still not RTM'd...

posted @ Thursday, November 19, 2009 9:29 AM | Feedback (13)

Sharepoint 2010 and BLOB storage

In these days I’m collecting lots of informations regarding Sharepoint 2010 (I think I’ve to work a lot with it during the next year) and today by checking my RSS Reader I’ve discovered an interesting new feature for the upcoming version:Remote BLOB Storage (RBS). Seems that now you can store BLOB also outside the database in a supported and managed fashion. Seems really interesting. Check this post for more informations. Technorati Tag: Sharepoint

posted @ Thursday, October 22, 2009 6:03 PM | Feedback (12)

Sharepoint 2010 unveiled

Yesterday at the Sharepoint Conference keynote Microsoft has shared lots of interesting news about the future Sharepoint 2010 release (Beta version in November, official release for the first half of 2010). Lots of cool things are ready and I recommend to read this post that comes directly from the Team. As a developer perspective, with Visual Studio 2010 you’ll have lots of new “facilities” for developing with Sharepoint 2010 (Project Templates etc) and Sharepoint Designer will be improved (and free again). A new Business Data Catalog engine (now renamed as Business Connectivity Service) will also be available (with CRUD...

posted @ Tuesday, October 20, 2009 9:20 AM | Feedback (5)

Sharepoint Designer is now free

I've received this wonderful news this morning (it's not an April's fool joke): Sharepoint Designer, the tool that every Sharepoint developer must have, it's now totally free. Personally I love Sharepoint Designer: this is maybe not the best and intuitive tool for editing and designing a Sharepoint site (layout), but it's an unvaluable tool for quickly build workflow-enabled applications based on Sharepoint (no Visual Studio or particular proramming concepts in order to create a workflow). Long life to this tool, expecially now that's free for all... Technorati Tag: Sharepoint

posted @ Thursday, April 02, 2009 11:10 AM | Feedback (0)

The strange 409 error with Sharepoint

When coding there are errors that helps you to loose a lot of time and this is one of this... I have a C# code used to upload files in a Sharepoint library (a small part of a complex architecture). In summary, the code retrieves the Sharepoint site structure and dinamically maps a treeview to the end user. The end user can select a folder and upload documents on it (it uses the System.Net.WebClient class). During testing, I've choosed a folder called "Qualità" and when uploading a file, this was the Visual Studio 2008 response: A wonderful Server...

posted @ Tuesday, February 17, 2009 5:36 PM | Feedback (4)

List Web Part for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0

If someone of you have worked in the past on integrating Microsoft Dynamics CRM with Sharepoint, I think that you're happy to know that now is officially available the List Web Part for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0. As explained on the announce, List Web Part allows users to display CRM data inside a SharePoint page. The List Web Part for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 provides a subset of the Microsoft CRM record list and allows users to view records from Microsoft Dynamics CRM as a list in a SharePoint dashboard, open records in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0, and connect multiple...

posted @ Thursday, December 18, 2008 8:59 AM | Feedback (0)

Download Sharepoint Documents as a ZIP file

Mohamed Zaki has just released on Codeplex an open source feature for Sharepoint that allows users to download an entire document library as a zip file: Features Download all document library items Versions: if you are caring about document versions you can download them as well Ability to download only the selected view items instead of all list items Extremely useful I think... Technorati Tag: Sharepoint

posted @ Monday, October 27, 2008 9:08 AM | Feedback (3)

Visio Templates for Sharepoint sites

More than two years ago I wrote a post where I've signalled the Visio Templates for designing Sharepoint sites created by Ferry Den Dopper. Today Ferry was so kind to send me an email with the new links and with an interesting news: he has created a Visio Template also for Sharepoint 2007. If you're interested, the new links are these: Visio template for SharePoint 2003 Visio template for SharePoint 2007 Technorati Tag: Sharepoint

posted @ Tuesday, October 14, 2008 2:47 PM | Feedback (0)

Sharepoint Development: Object Model vs Web Services

When you've to develop a custom solution based on WSS/MOSS, I see that sometimes there are doubts on what technology to use in order to interop with the Sharepoint platform: should I use the Sharepoint Object Model APIs or should I use Sharepoint Web Services? In general the answer depends on what type of application you've to write. Use the Sharepoint Object Model if your code will be executed on a Sharepoint server farm machine. This is the best way if the final application will run on the Sharepoint server or if you're developing a Sharepoint WebPart.  To...

posted @ Wednesday, September 24, 2008 5:35 PM | Feedback (1)

SQL Server 2008 is out: is my platform supported?

With the official release of SQL Server 2008, this is the "hottest" question that customers are asking to us. If I'll plan to move under the new database engine, is my business ready for this new platform? This is the answer for the products that we support: Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server 2007 (MOSS) and Windows Sharepoint Services 3.0 (WSS) support SQL Server 2008 with their Service Pack 1 version (MOSS 207 SP1 and WSS 3.0 SP1). SP1 is also a requirement for installing MOSS 2007 and WSS 3.0 on Windows Server 2008. Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 runs with...

posted @ Friday, August 22, 2008 1:47 PM | Feedback (0)

Installing Sharepoint on a Vista system: now you can!

In these days on my favourite RSS feeds list is appeared a new blog community, Bamboo Nation (Sharepoint oriented). By checking their old posts, today I've discovered something wonderful and unbelievable: How to install Windows Sharepoint Services 3.0 SP1 on Vista x64/x86. Basically, the Bamboo Solutions Team has put together an installer that allows you to install WSS3.0 SP1 on a Vista system. This is a dream for me... Actually, one of the biggest problem for a Sharepoint developer is that if you want to develop something for Sharepoint, you need to work on a Virtual Machine with at...

posted @ Tuesday, August 05, 2008 10:07 PM | Feedback (0)

MOSS BDC and Business Data List Web Part

Business Data Catalog is a Microsoft Office SharePoint Server feature that allows users to access external data from within SharePoint. In order to use the BDC features, you need to setup a Business Data Catalog Definition file (XML) that defines the structure of the external system that you want to conect to Sharepoint. Microsoft has released a tool called Business Data Catalog Definition Editor (available in the Sharepoint SDK) that helps you to create the XML file that must be imported via the Sharepoint Central Administration. Unfortunately, this tool is really far from what could be called a great tool!...

posted @ Monday, July 14, 2008 2:37 PM | Feedback (8)

Sharepoint Designer and workflows

In these days we're observing lots of curiosity and interesting around the Workflow capabilites in Sharepoint and during our demos I'm trying to show to my customers that you don't need to be an expert on Windows Workflow Foundation in order to create the biggest part of the workflows that your business needs. If you decide to adopt the Sharepoint platform, you've a powerful and adaptable workflow platform and you've a tool that can really tune up your business: Sharepoint Designer. Sharepoint Designer has an intuitive wizard that permits you to build, compile and install a workflow on a Sharepoint...

posted @ Thursday, May 08, 2008 10:21 PM | Feedback (0)

Sharepoint lists and GUID

If you work with Sharepoint (in these days I'm working a lot with the workflow functionalities) one of the things that sometimes you've to do is to retrieve the GUID associated to a Sharepoint list. This is not so immediate and intuitive, but there are tricks that I want to share here. The first way (thanks to Nick Grattan) is this: Navigate to the SharePoint list using the browser. Select the Settings + List Settings menu command. Copy the Url from the browser address bar into Notepad. It will look something like: http://moss2007/ProjectX/_layouts/listedit.aspx?List=%7B26534EF9%2DAB3A%2D46E0%2DAE56%2DEFF168BE562F%7D Delete...

posted @ Thursday, May 01, 2008 2:00 PM | Feedback (0)

Sharepoint Workflow package generator

On the last VSTO Power Tools package there's an interesting SharePoint Workflow Package Generator, a simple tool that creates a WSP file from a VS 2008 SharePoint workflow project. As described by Nikhil Kothari's announce: The package generator uses the feature.xml file to generate a WSP file. In the WSP file, it will also include any <ElementFile> that have been referenced. Hence, any referenced InfoPath forms and resource files will also be packaged in the WSP file. To use the package generator just type: “c:\Program Files\Microsoft VSTO Power Tools 1.0\workflowpackagegen.exe" /featureManifest:feature.xml " An example of incorporating the tool into...

posted @ Tuesday, March 04, 2008 9:41 AM | Feedback (3)

Sharepoint as an alternative to File Shares?

During our event some days ago in Busto Arsizio, I've received an interesting question from a customer: "Can I plan to use Sharepoint as a document management system and move all my File Shares into the MOSS platform?". Answering to this question is not so simple because I think that many aspects must be taken into consideration. The first aspect that I always try to put in evidence when I talk about this topic is that File Shares are a technology that has the scope of storing data, while SharePoint is all about connecting people to information. Sharepoint is actually...

posted @ Saturday, February 23, 2008 2:24 PM | Feedback (4)

Microsoft Dynamics + Classic Tour: we wait for you...

Are you interested on discovering the power of the entire Microsoft Dynamics suite combined with the Microsoft Classic products? Do you want to see Dynamics NAV and Dynamics CRM in action with Sharepoint in a great scenario of collabouration and integration? This is the event for you... Microsoft and Navlab together (our group) will be in 20 city (only in Italy unfortunately) and we'll show you a complete scenario of integration between Dynamics NAV, Dynamics CRM, Sharepoint Portal Server, Infopath and Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 (for BI integration). Believe me... it will be an interesting event. If you...

posted @ Wednesday, January 30, 2008 10:12 PM | Feedback (2)

WEB 2.0: the Microsoft response is Sharepoint

WEB 2.0 is the magical word that was the source of lots of discussions in the last years on the net: are we really in a second generation of web-based communications and services? A nice definition of what is called WEB 2.0 comes directly from Wikipedia: WEB 2.0 is a knowledge-oriented environment where human interactions generate content that is published, managed and used through network applications in a service-oriented architecture. Personally I'm not a fan of the WEB 2.0 concept but it's clear that the web actually has changed a lot, and with it also the way to share informations...

posted @ Monday, January 07, 2008 10:42 PM | Feedback (0)

How to change the Sharepoint Calendar template?

Today a friend asked me an interesting question via GTalk: how to customize or replace the Sharepoint Calendar view in order to use a new calendar for a different culture? (he was involved on porting Sharepoint to a new language that actually doesn't exists). I really don't have a clear idea on how to solve this task, so... why not using the power of blogs in order to help him? :) The idea I've given him is to check how Sharepoint manages the Calendar control template. On the Sharepoint server there's the folder c:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\Templates\Control...

posted @ Thursday, January 03, 2008 11:20 PM | Feedback (7)

MOSS 2007 and mobile views

Sharepoint v3 and MOSS 2007 offers a built-in support for mobile devices by using the so called "mobile views", a feature that permits to a mobile user (Pocket PC or Smartphone for example) to connect to a Sharepoint page and interact with its data. Obviously, don't expect to have the great Sharepoint/MOSS interface on the mobile device... the mobile view is only an HTML view of the Sharepoint site, but it does the work quite good. To enable the mobile view feature, you've to run this command on the Sharepoint/MOSS server: stsadm -o activatefeature -name MobilityRedirect -URL http://yourSiteURL ,...

posted @ Tuesday, January 01, 2008 6:34 PM | Feedback (1)

The gain below Office Systems Applications

In these last months I had the chance to increase my knowledge around the Office System 2007 platform and I've started to propose solutions to big customers (Sharepoint and MOSS are consuming lots of my daily hours :P ). I see every day that there's a wrong concept around the Office System family: customers thinks that Office is only a productivity suite. A terrible error!! Today with Office System 2007 we have a great collabouration and cooperation platform that can be adaptable to every business needs and that covers also the "last mile" of an IT business: making the business...

posted @ Friday, December 28, 2007 5:10 PM | Feedback (0)

OBA and Microsoft Dynamics

In these days we're really busy to work with Microsoft on a future tour where we'll show the power of the integrations between Microsoft Dynamics and what is called the "Microsoft classic" world. One of the key point of this future tour is in my opinion what is called OBA, alias Office Business Applications. In order to undertand the potential of OBA, start with this picture: OBAs connect Line of Business (LOB) systems with the people that use them through the familiar user interface of Microsoft Office. OBAs enable businesses to extend the Microsoft Office clients and servers...

posted @ Thursday, December 06, 2007 4:00 PM | Feedback (2)