Viewing files in the GAC

Many times I have needed to get a copy of the dll that is in the GAC for a webpart.
I have been trying the different methods to get to the dll without the possibility of moving the reference to the GAC entirely (which you can do with the xcopy command! :-/ )
Here is a method I like:
To view the physical file structure of the GAC, add a DWORD value named ‘DisableCacheViewer’ to the registry key HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Fusion and set it to a non-zero value.

Works like a charm!

Windows Server R2 and WWW SP2

I recently installed the beta Windows Server R2 release, which comes with WSS SP2.
You can find the overview of the new features here.
The first thing you will notice that is different when you install WSS R2, is the option to use NTLM or Kerberos:

Also, you will notice that the site versions are different that those of previous versions. The following is a comparison of WSS with no service pack and WSS SP2:

More info to come as I have time.

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: