• Nashville SharePoint Users Group

    If you are in the Nashville, TN, USA area and would like to hear wonderful SharePoint presentations, FREE! food, and great discussions with like-minded people, then come join us! The meetings are always free and open to the public. Information concerning the Nashville SharePoint Users Group can be found here: http://NashvilleSUG.com The Nashville SUG website also has copies of the presentations given in the past. Some of the topics include: -> Upgrading SPS 2003 Areas and Portals to MOSS 2007 -> Certification Options for SharePoint Professionals -> Using K2 and MOSS for MOF -> Free Tools for SharePoint 2007 and WSS 3.0 -> SharePoint Backup and Recovery along with Best…

  • 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.

  • Mail Enable Document Libraries for WSS 2.0

    One great feature for WSS 3.0 is the e-mail enabled libraries. It can really get you using SharePoint beyond just a normal web site. But did you know that you can have e-mail-enabled document libraries using WSS 2.0? Yup, you sure can. It actually isn’t anything new for the recent version. Here is the information on TechNet: Configuring E-Mail-Enabled Document Libraries (Windows SharePoint Services 2.0)

  • 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…

  • Differences between Windows SharePoint Services and Portal Server 2003 ( WSS vs. SPS )

    The question comes up pretty often: "Which product is right for me?" Honestly, there are many factors that come into play to answer that question: -Usability -Cost -Scalability -Flexibility   Microsoft has an article giving the feature differences between WSS and SPS 2003. Microsoft also has a white paper titled Implementing Rich Collaboration Infrastructure Using Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services and Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003. The white paper does an okay job at describing the differences and I think everyone should take a look at it before deciding which SharePoint product to deploy.

  • My take on the Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Resource Kit

    I think it is always good to remember the Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Resource Kit has chapters online that are free to access. But, most people don’t know how this book can help them. So, here is the chapters listing along with some of my thoughts on the chapter. Remember, my advice is to read the whole book BEFORE you deploy SharePoint into production! You will thank me later! Chapter 5 – SharePoint Portal Server ArchitectureThis is a good chapter to read up on how SharePoint Portal 2003 and WSS are different Chapter 6 – Security Architecture for SharePoint Products and TechnologiesThis is a good chapter to read to…

  • List Item Limits

    I was just reminded today about the limits on how many items you can have on a list. The limits are divided by the type of fields as dictated by the Microsoft article titled “Column Limit Exceeded” Message When You Add a New Column to a SharePoint Services List . Part of the article: With Windows SharePoint Services, you can create the following numbers of each column type for each list or library: – 64 Single line of text and Choice (drop-down menu or radio buttons) – 31 Multiple lines of text and Choice (check boxes (allow multiple sections)) – 32 Number and currency – 32 Hyperlink – 16 Date…

  • 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!