Manage Web Part Page

I have been asked several times how to get to that page that displays
the web parts that are active on a WSS page.
Usually, you only see this page if one of the web parts loaded on the
page is giving an error when loading.
What we are looking for is called the Manage Web Part Page.
To get to it, use the following url:

This will give you the web parts loaded on the default.aspx page.

If you have a top-level site or subsite underneath that name space,
you need to use the following syntax:

(notice the /SUBSITE/ before the webpage name)

Overview: Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 SP2 Beta in Windows Server 2003 R2

Here is a overview of the features planned for WSS 2.0 Service Pack 2 .
Some of the new features:
-Support for IP-bound virtual servers
-Kerberos enabled by default
-Support for advanced extranet configurations:
—>SSL Termination
—>Host Header Modification
—>Port Translation

Item-level backup/restore

One of the most asked questions concerning SharePoint is backup and
recovery. One step further is restoring individual files that users
have deleted off the site.
Here is a list of backup/restore options for individual documents:

“Add a Recycle Bin to Windows SharePoint Services for Easy Document
Recovery” from MSDN


Backup for Microsoft Office SharePoint Products and Technologies”

– from Mart
Muller’s Weblog
using .fwp files created by smigrate (I have not
tested this!)

– from Bryant
Likes’ Blog
inserting a trigger and new table into the SQL
database (Microsoft may not support you after doing this! So be

Check template used on a site (without programming)

If you would like to know what template a site is using (very useful
when you must move that site to another server; the same template will
need to be on the destination server), you can check in the content
database where that site resides.
-Open the database in SQL Enterprise Manager, and return all rows from
the ‘Webs’ table of the content database.
-Find the site using the ‘FullURL’ column; the template being used is
in the ‘WebTemplate’ column.
-You can match this number with the descriptions in the XML files
located in the C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web
server extensions\60\TEMPLATE\1033\XML folder.

Copying/Moving Site Definitions

I thought it would be helpful to have the locations of the files that
makeup a site definition on a SharePoint server.
Why post this: several times, I have had to copy/move site
definitions, that I did not develop, to other servers.
Things to note:
–> c:\…\ means c:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web
server extensions\60\TEMPLATE–> Each language pack uses a different folder name (i.e. 1033 = English)

Site definitions can use style sheets located here:

The style sheets can use images located here:

The site definition folder is located here:

The site definition XML file is located here:

There may be some images used by the site definition here:

what a good sharepoint subject matter expert ought to know… [ANSWERS]

I also found a post on Prince
Joel’s Weblog
with someone’s answers (I am not sure who gave the
answer). However, there are some things I disagree with, but most of
it is correct when thinking of SharePoint when it comes

what a good sharepoint subject matter expert ought to know…

I found these questions on Tim Heuer’s Weblog

What SharePoint consultants Ought to Know

Everyone who can spell SharePoint

* what is SharePoint?
* what is the difference between SharePoint Portal Server and
Windows SharePoint Services?
* what is a document library?
* what is a meeting workspace?
* what is a document workspace?
* what is a web part?

Mid-level SharePoint Consultant

* what is the difference between a document library and a form library?
* what is a web part zone?
* how is security managed in SharePoint?
* how are web parts developed?
* what is a site definition?
* what is a template?
* how do you install web parts?
* what is the difference between a site and a web?
* what are the differences between web part page gallery, site
gallery, virtual server gallery and online gallery?
* what is the GAC?
* what is a DWP?
* what is CAML?
* what are themes?
* what is presence?
* can web parts be connected? if so, how?
* what is a personal view and what is a shared view?
* what is an STP file?
* what is an FWP file?
* can you upload MP3’s to SharePoint?
* how does SharePoint support MS Outlook integration?
* how can you extend lists in SharePoint?
* explain the document versioning in SharePoint document libraries

Senior SharePoint Consultant

* where are web part resources contained?
* what are the different installation methods for deploying web
parts? and what are the pros/cons?
* what is a ghosted/unghosted page?
* how is site data stored?
* where is metadata for a web stored?
* what is an audience and describe the use?
* what are the trust levels and what is the default trust
associated with SharePoint?
* what are the two logging mechanisms for usage statistics?
* what functionality does owssup.dll provide for client side activities?
* what is the difference between a site owner and a site administrator?
* what is STSAdm and what can it be used for?
* can WSS search subsites?
* can you register alerts for users?
* are PDFs searchable?

SharePoint Architect

* what is a SharePoint farm?
* describe a large deployment
* how can you synchronize custom Active Directory attributes to SharePoint?
* if it is anticipated that our organization would need to store 1
terrabyte of documents, what is the recommended configuration and
storage requirement?
* describe the implementation of SharePoint and Project Server
* what are the BKMs for workflow and SharePoint?
* explain how you would deploy SharePoint on an extranet
* what is the BKM for maximum number of virtual servers configured
for SharePoint on a single box?
* what are the migration strategies for moving sites around?
* what are the archiving strategies?
* describe the search strategies
* can you implement forms-based authentication with SharePoint?
* describe how single sign-on works