Tuesday, April 16, 2013

SharePoint Apps

I have not really explored the apps for SharePoint 2013, and to my surprise there are quite many apps available now in the market. If you would like to explore, you can follow this link.

If you wonder what apps in SharePoint 2013 means. Official explanation is below:
Apps are mini applications that extend what you can do with the new version of Office and SharePoint 2013. For example, with apps you can use Wikipedia without leaving Word or get directions and maps right in Outlook. Apps are available for Word, Excel, Outlook, Project, PowerPoint, and SharePoint 2013.

So it is something like an add-on to your existing SharePoint that let you download the app from the cloud and directly install to SharePoint environment, which users can then enable them in their site.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Resources to Start SharePoint 2013

Well, you might already know that SharePoint 2013 beta has been released for quite some time. And, to kick start knowledge on this SharePoint 2013, below are few links for you to start:

Download SharePoint 2013 beta software: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/hh973397.aspx
Download SharePoint 2013 VM: http://gauravmahajan.net/2012/07/22/sharepoint-2013-virtual-machine/

If you like to setup the VM by yourself: http://nikspatel.wordpress.com/2012/08/02/creating-the-sharepoint-2013-preview-virtual-machine-on-windows-2008-r2-sp1-step-by-step-installation-guide/

Video Demo: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/sharepoint/fp123606
To download all presentations: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=37a2688e-822c-4e08-8a31-73ac507ac16d

SharePoint 2013 on MSDNhttp://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj162979(v=office.15).aspx

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Stsadm -o migrateuser Generates Error "Object reference not set to an instance of an object"

I have been involved in some migration tasks for SharePoint, that includes changing of the domain name. SharePoint has quite easy ways of doing migration, as long as you don't meet some strange error messages (hey, I think this applies to any migration!). I will discuss about the data migration in more detailed, hope by next post (however, if you need some information for data migration in SharePoint, please feel free to drop comment).

So, once you meet strange error message, the data migration is not that easy anymore. One error message that keeps me busy doing research is running stsadm -o migrateuser -oldlogin [oldloginname] -newlogin [newloginname] -ignoresidhistory, that return error "Object reference not to set to an instance of object". I just found out recently that it's actually caused by one SSP with status "Unprovisioning". What I need to do is just to delete this SSP, and, voila, the stsadm migrate user command runs succesfully. =

However, it's not a smooth journey to delete this "Unprovisioning" SSP either. The command that save me is stsadm -o deletessp -title [sspname] -force. The first time I executed this, the command hang for very long time. I try to restart the server, and first thing after restart is to execute this command, and it succeeds.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

SharePoint doesn't work well with IPv6

I have just setup a new server farm for SharePoint. After finish installation for all server farm, I start configuring the Shared Service Provider, include activating SharePoint Search. Once the Search turned on, the whole SharePoint site is inaccessible from the server that hosts the Central Administration, all other Web Front End is ok. The page just displayed 503 - Service unavailable. IIS showed that Application Pool has been stopped, so I start it again, but everytime there is a request to the site, the Application Pool stop again.

After checking through the forum and all blogs, it turns out the evil here is the IPv6 is enabled. After turn IPv6 off, all the site work properly again. Damn.. wasted almost 1 hour close to midnight..

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

SharePoint: How to Move Default Virtual Directory/Site Path Location (Site and Central Administration)

I have encountered requirement to move all the virtual directories to non-system drive. By just removing the default location from C:\inetpub\wwwroot\wss\virtualdirectories\xx to another drive and set the path in IIS will not solve the problem, somehow SharePoint keeps their own path to the original location, and displays some critical error instead.

So the solution is to update the WebApplication to point to the new Virtual Directory location. Luckily, I found this blog that teaches how exactly to do this. So I just create a simple console application that can be executed (using Farm Administrator) from command prompt, e.g. ChangeDefaultDirectory.exe "http://site:80" "Default" "D:\inetpub\WSS\VirtualDirectories\80". And after IISReset, woolahh.. my site are back in action again. This can be used for Central Administration and SSP too. Just be careful with SharePoint Shared Service Provider, you need to use "http://site:xxxx/ssp/admin". For one that needs this simple console, please comment this post with your email, and I will send it to you.

The other things to take note is the default directory of the new Web Application created in SharePoint Central Admin. It might be easily overlooked when you create new Web Application. This blog provides what exactly you need. For IIS7, I found that you only need to change the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\InetStp key and modify the PathWWWRoot Value data to D:\Inetpub\vroots. Don't forget to backup your registry before any modification.

Friday, July 11, 2008

SharePoint 2007: Shared Services "Provision in Progress"

I have one development environment that I use to test webpart or any customizations before deploy to the production server. However, I always failed to setup Shared Services for this particular server, which causes all the search, my site, profile, etc are not working. When the Shared Services are in provisioning stage, it's stopped with timeout error, and in the SharedServices list itself, it's written "Provision in Progress".

At last, we manage to find the cause of the problem, it's caused by SharePoint Services Timer in Windows Services, which is stopped before, because it consumes a lot of resources when some heavy testings are needed. When the Windows SharePoint Services Timer has been started, the Shared Services can be created smoothly.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Gmail and IE7: Operation Aborted

Well, I believe many of you have experienced this annoying issue. You try to load Gmail in IE7 and IE7 will popup "Operation Aborted". I usually try about 4-5 times, and at the end the Gmail can be loaded. I am not really sure what's wrong with this, and I hope it's not done purposely by either Microsoft or Google. Some said that this is Google way of responding to Microsoft and Yahoo saga, and others argue that this is Microsoft's fault that its application doesn't meet quality standard.

Well, here is Google advice at this page: http://mail.google.com/support/bin/static.py?page=known_issues.cs&knownissue=gmail_issue_ie7operationaborted&topic=12778#

Some Internet Explorer 7 users are reporting the error message "Internet Explorer cannot open the Internet site http://mail.gmail.com/mail/. Operation aborted." If you're experiencing this problem, please use Mozilla Firefox or the older version of Gmail.

And so far, no more useful explanation rather than switch to Firefox and "leave da microsoft's crap for your live". And, if you read on the other solutions there, Google can only advice remove whatever toolbars or addins in IE7 that cause the error. I am not really sure if they're good advices. So, are we allowed to use Google Toolbar only in order to use Gmail smoothly? Come on Google, you can give better explanation, or just fix the issue (for god sake). You're big enough to come out with the complex algorithm for search and unable to solve this small little issue for months? I use a lot of internet/intranet application on IE7, and no single issue happens with the same scale of this error.