• 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 displaysthe web parts that are active on a WSS page.Usually, you only see this page if one of the web parts loaded on thepage 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:http://VIRTUALSERVERNAME/_layouts/1033/spcontnt.aspx?&url=default.aspx 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: http://VIRTUALSERVERNAME/SUBSITE/_layouts/1033/spcontnt.aspx?&url=/SUBSITE/default.aspx(notice the /SUBSITE/ before the webpage name)

  • Item-level backup/restore

    One of the most asked questions concerning SharePoint is backup andrecovery. One step further is restoring individual files that usershave 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 DocumentRecovery” from MSDN – “PowerRecycle™ – “DocAveBackup for Microsoft Office SharePoint Products and Technologies” Alternatives:– from MartMuller’s Weblog using .fwp files created by smigrate (I have nottested this!) – from BryantLikes’ Blog inserting a trigger and new table into the SQLdatabase (Microsoft may not support you after doing this! So bewarned!)

  • Check template used on a site (without programming)

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