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  • Blog Post: Creating My Site through JavaScript

    Overview With growing influence of JavaScript in our day to day programming we try to accomplish as much through JavaScript. SharePoint is no different. So what if you want to create My Site for your user using JavaScript. I found 2 very interesting and content rich articles which you would want to read...
  • Blog Post: Sharepoint Pilot Migration - Quickly create large lists

    Introduction There are various tools in the market from third party vendors to ease the migration experience. Each vendor claims their product is superior and when the options are plenty, its too hard for us to go by the analysis and choose the right tool that fits our business scenario. This blog...
  • Blog Post: Installing and configuring a 4-server SharePoint farm–a successful order

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  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010: Login required for opening documents

    In many cases, when a user clicks on a document in a document library inside SharePoint 2010, the login dialog is displayed asking the user to authenticate. In most deployments this is not a required behaviour. To modify this, go to SharePoint 2010 Central Administration->"Application Management...
  • Blog Post: Permission Policies: Administering SharePoint 2010 web site without site collection administrator role

    In many situations, customers have security teams and audit teams. They ask for granting users permissions to view audit web analytic reports, manage only security and permissions of users....etc. In most organizations, granting "site collection administrator" role to these teams is simply unacceptable...
  • Blog Post: User Profile Synchronization Service stuck on "Starting" and "Security Token Service is unavailable"

    The User Profile Synchronization Service gets stuck on "Starting", and I browse the event log and notice the event 8306 "An exception occurred when trying to issue security token...". I checked the Security Token Service status and realized it was "Security Token Service is unavailable" in Health Analyzer...
  • Blog Post: Visual Round Trip Analyzer For SharePoint administrator

    Visual Round Trip Analyzer (VRTA) is a tool that helps the SharePoint Administrator identify what is being downloaded at a web page level. One of the biggest complaints from users is the response time.   VRTA excels in showing the network round trip relationship between the client and the server...
  • Blog Post: InfoPath with Document Information Panels (DIP) in SharePoint 2010 Document library

    The document information panel DIP is a form that appears within Microsoft office documents, it can be used with documents hosted with SharePoint libraries, it allows the users entering data that can be saved later to SharePoint libraries columns and can be modified to have validation and external data...
  • Blog Post: Referencing 32-Bit COM Components in SharePoint 2010 after Upgrade from SharePoint 2007

      When performing SharePoint upgrade from 2007 to 2010, we face a challenge in legacy components especially COM based components, and the problem raises when those COM components are compiled and targeted to 32bit operating system, in this post I will explain how we can solve this issue by hosting...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 Best Practices–Presentation

    I recently went through the best practices series for Microsoft SharePoint 2010 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc850682.aspx Very useful and straight to the point guidance, tips, and best practices. I thought to compile some of the series content into a presentation for demonstration purposes...
  • Blog Post: Solved: Moving SharePoint 2010 Designer Workflows between Sites

    In man occasions you would be faced by the need to move workflows you developed using SharePoint designer from one site to another. This might be the case if for example you developed and tested the workflow on a testing environment and now wants to move to the production environment without the need...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 PowerShell GUI tool

    I found the following tool, developed by Microsoft team; it is very useful if you want to build SharePoint 2010 PowerShell commands for the following products: · SharePoint Foundation 2010 · SharePoint Server 2010 · Office 365 You can access this tool by the following...
  • Blog Post: Migrate SharePoint 2007 My Links to SharePoint 2010

    In my SharePoint Migrate project, my customer request was required to migrate Mylinks from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2010, we can do it by the following two steps: First Step: Deploy attached solution to create Mylinks at the new farm SharePoint 2010, just you need to do the following activities...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 Error when using elevated privilege:The security validation for this page is invalid

      During our execution of one of our engagements ,we've faced a problem of this error getting displayed “The security validation for this page is invalid” what we were trying to do is to grant permissions in code running in elevated privilege for users dynamically using the following code: SPSite...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 Replication Scenarios

    In some disconnected environments with low or instable network bandwidth, it might be necessary in such situation to deploy two or more identical SharePoint farms and perform content replication/synchronization between them. It’s important to mention that SharePoint 2010 product supports natively...
  • Blog Post: Create SharePoint 2010 Web Application using FBA (forms Based Authentication)

    This blog to illustrate how to create a Forms Based Authentication for SharePoint 2010 using SQL database as users repository , users will be authenticated from SQL database instead of active directory 1. From Central Administration –> Manage Web Application , create a new web application...
  • Blog Post: Prepare SharePoint Farm – Part 1 Prepare Windows Cluster

    This part demonstrate how to configure windows cluster for two server, to be used as SQL Cluster. Before you start · You need to have two network adapters on each node, one Public and one Private(for heartbeat communication). · Shared storage (like SAN storage) should be present...
  • Blog Post: Prepare SharePoint Farm – Part 2 Prepare SQL Cluster

    Part 1 - Prepare Windows Cluster Part 3 - Install and Configure NLB on WFE part 4 - Install and configure SharePoint farm (3-tier) 1. Install SQL 2008 R2 setup , make sure to select New SQL Server failover Cluster 2. Click next , until reaching the below screen, select all features...
  • Blog Post: Prepare SharePoint Farm – Part 3 Prepare NLB for SharePoint Web Front End WFE Servers

    Part 1 - Prepare Windows Cluster Part 2 - Install and configure SQL Cluster part 4 - Install and configure SharePoint farm (3-tier) This post demonstrate a step by step NLB configuration , how to prepare a NLB cluster to be used later on as SharePoint WFE servers . however through this...
  • Blog Post: Prepare SharePoint Farm – Part 4 Install and Configure SharePoint farm (3 -tier)

    In previous posts , we have configured windows cluster, SQL cluster, and NLB for the WFE servers. Part 1 - Prepare Windows Cluster Part 2 - Install and configure SQL Cluster Part 3 - Install and Configure NLB on WFE In this post we will perform a farm installation and configuration to meet...
  • Blog Post: Internet Facing SharePoint 2010 Site with Windows Live ID–Part 1

    In this series of post I will talk about how to allow Windows Live users to login to an internet facing SharePoint 2010 site. Most of the information can be found online, but I am putting them here in a form of a series to make it easy for who ever wants to implement the integration to find the information...
  • Blog Post: Internet Facing SharePoint 2010 Site with Windows Live ID – Part 2

      Overriding the Authentication Provider Selection Page In the first part of this series, we saw how we register and configure our SharePoint site to use Windows Live ID as an authentication provider. Right now our site has two authentication providers, Windows authentication and Windows Live authentication...
  • Blog Post: Internet Facing SharePoint 2010 Site with Windows Live ID – Part 3

    Sharing Cookie between HTTP and HTTPS In this part of the series, I’m going to cover how to allow SharePoint to use the same authentication cookie over HTTP and HTTPS. When Windows Live authentication is used, the user is redirect to a Windows Live login page. After the user enters his email and password...
  • Blog Post: Internet Facing SharePoint 2010 Site with Windows Live ID – Part 4

    Creating a Custom Claims Provider When Windows Live is used as the authentication provider, anyone with a Windows Live ID can login to the website. This could be any Windows Live domain (Hotmail, live, etc..) or a custom domain hosted on Windows Live. The claims that are returned from Windows live does...
  • Blog Post: Internet Facing SharePoint 2010 Site with Windows Live ID – Part 5

    Registration A public facing website can have services and content that it wants to make available only to users that are authenticated. In this case the user is requested to register on the website and provide some information before given access to the secure content. When using Windows Live authentication...