• 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.

  • Copying/Moving Site Definitions

    I thought it would be helpful to have the locations of the files thatmakeup a site definition on a SharePoint server.Why post this: several times, I have had to copy/move sitedefinitions, that I did not develop, to other servers.Things to note: –> c:\…\ means c:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\webserver extensions\60\TEMPLATE–> Each language pack uses a different folder name (i.e. 1033 = English) Site definitions can use style sheets located here:c:\…\LAYOUTS\1033\STYLES The style sheets can use images located here:c:\…\LAYOUTS\1033\IMAGES The site definition folder is located here:c:\…\1033 The site definition XML file is located here:c:\…\1033\XML There may be some images used by the site definition here:c:\…\IMAGES

  • 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 andWindows 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…