• File Not Found When Trying to Create a Site

    I recently was trying to create a SharePoint site and was surprised to see a “File Not Found.” error when I submitted the action. After scratching my head for a short amount of time, I remembered that I had created a managed path that was the same name as the site I was trying to create. After removing the managed path, I was able to create my site and go merrily along my way.

  • Remove (Hide) SharePoint Templates

    I have been asked several times about removing some of the templates that are available at site creation. There are several reasons you might want to do this and it really is simple to implement. To hide a template from users, open the Webtemp.xml file located in the /program files/common files/Microsoft shared/web server extensions……/template/1033/XML folder. Change the Hidden parameter of the template(s) you want to hide. Recycle IIS and you should be set. BTW, don’t even think about editing anything other than the Hidden parameter in the Webtemp.xml file. You don’t want to fall into the unsupported configuration category as KB 898631 explains.

  • Solutions Using the Microsoft Office System

    I recently ran across a little gem on the TechNet website: “Solutions Using the Microsoft Office System: Learn how to use the Microsoft Office system to solve your business scenarios“This page includes over 40 large Visio diagrams detailing the Microsoft Office system, over 30 of which specifically reference SharePoint as a central topic. The topics include InfoPath and Forms integration, scenarios using SharePoint (such as a Call Center, Intranet Portal, Internet News Site, etc.), Records Management, Business Intelligence, and detailed SharePoint Server topics including: Application Security Backup and Restore Topologies Baseline Site Hierarchies Customization Database Administration Enterprise Content Management Extranet Topologies Inter-Farm Shared Services Search Administration Shared Services The information…

  • Upgrade WSS 2.0 to WSS 3.0 or SharePoint 2003 to MOSS

    It would be great if we all had a detailed guide to show us the upgrade steps specific for us. A step-by-step guide is a little more complicated than you might think. Without knowing your environment, any plan anyone will give you will be at least a little generic. However, Microsoft has done a pretty good job at providing the steps. You will need to make your decision on how you will upgrade your environment. Your choices are gradual upgrade, in-place upgrade, and database migration. Basic concept: if you have a highly-customized environment, you will have a more complicated, but not impossible, upgrade path. Instead of rewriting what has already…

  • SharePoint Backup and Restore Plan

    There are several items that need to be part of your SharePoint backup/restore plan. SharePoint Application Files Custom Applications (such as webparts, add-on “features”, etc.) IIS Info Databases If you are performing a complete, exhaustive backup of each SharePoint server, then the first two should be fine (some custom apps will need dlls, etc. on the file system), as well as some of the IIS Info (web.config for each SharePoint application, for example). The remainder of the IIS Info can be captured via a IIS Metabase backup. Remember, changing some items within SharePoint’s Central Administration will change the IIS configuration and so this backup needs to be done on a…

  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Service Pack 1

    Microsoft has released the first service pack for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (WSS) and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS) . The 'bug' I posted about below titled "Mobile View Doesn’t Work on SharePoint ( WSS 3.0) List" does NOT appear to be fixed with the service pack. However, another bug I have encountered is listed in the " Downloadable list of issues that the service pack fixes". The document lists it as " You have a discussion board whose Subject view contains the Reply column. When you click Reply in the Subject view, you receive an "HTTP 400" error." I ran into the problem by putting a webpart view of…

  • Change Service Account and The Password in MOSS and WSS 3.0

    I get the quesiton of how to switch the service account for MOSS and WSS 3.0 fairly often.   There are many reasons why one would want to change the account or the password to the account used for SharePoint. Microsoft has now put up a KB article on exactly how to do it. They even included a sample script!   Check out the KB article here: How to change service accounts and service account passwords in SharePoint Server 2007 and in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0    

  • Mobile View Doesn’t Work on SharePoint ( WSS 3.0) List

    I recently ran into a situation where I couldn’t get the ‘Mobile View’ in WSS 3.0 to work on a list that I had created. I went into the view of the list and selected the Mobile checkboxes (‘Make this a mobile view ‘ and ‘Make this the default mobile view‘), but it still was not showing up on my SharePoint site’s mobile homepage. My first thought was “What makes this list different than the other lists that have mobile views that are working?” The answer was easy: I had created the list by selecting Custom List in Datasheet View from the ‘Create’ page. There are no mobile view choices…

  • How to Enable Incoming Email within SharePoint 2007

        SharePoint 2007 allows for emails to be accepted into discussions, document libraries and lists. To enable this functionality, a few steps will need to be followed. One thing to note: integrating SharePoint with Exchange is NOT needed for this functionality, but if you do choose Exchange, you will get some added benefits.   -SMTP Service You will need to install the SMTP Server Service on the SharePoint server. This is done via add/remove programs, and within the IIS component listing.   -Enable Incoming Email Now, enable Incoming Email from the Central Administration website. It is found by following: Central Administration > Operations > Incoming Email Settings   -SMTP…

  • SharePoint Database Performance – Moving the SharePoint SQL Database to New Location on the Same Server

    I run an instance of WSS 3.0 on a machine at home for testing. I don't use it much because it is so slow unless you are on the LAN. I always knew it was because of SQL, but I didn't really have time to look into fixing it. See, I don't have the option of having two separate drives in the machine. NOTE: You should never run SQL databases on the same HD spindle where the OS is located due to exactly what I was experiencing: slow response. Then I woke-up to the year 2007 and apparently there are external HDDs you can buy…okay, I knew about them; I…