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    Introduction In the previous post here I showed how to write a new provider hosted App using a step by step process. In this post I will build up on that knowledge and show you the following: How to customize your provider hosted app so that you get information from the SharePoint site. (Such as user...
  • Blog Post: Linking ListViewWebParts in Sandbox environments

    Problem Statement You have a requirement to display two list view web parts of two SharePoint lists. These two lists are linked together using a multi-valued lookup field in one of them. So for example you have a list called Companies and another called Branches and in the list of Companies you have...
  • Blog Post: Custom SharePoint Site Definition with Discussion list view

    I have been trying to develop a new custom SharePoint site definition on SharePoint 2007 that would put a discussion list view web part on the home page of the created site. Now everything seemed to be working fine and list view was added to the home page but when you try to click on any...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 User Profile Service: Part 1a Configuration

    I wanted to write a series about how to get SharePoint 2010 user profiles service and synchronization scenario working. So this is the first post of this series and I will talk about the configuration alternatives of the user profiles service. The user profile service can be configured either on a single...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Workflow Error: This task is currently locked by a running workflow and cannot be edited

    Many times you were developing a Visual Studio workflow for SharePoint. You simply create a task using the "CreateTask" activity. After a while, you need to update the task and you do not have a valid correlation token to use the "UpdateTask" activity, for example, because you are creating a task inside...
  • Blog Post: InfoPath 2010 Paging (without coding)

    Introduction In this post I will try to show you how to implement a simple paging mechanism using InfoPath 2010. This approach is useful if you are considering a quick & fast solution to handle InfoPath Repeating Tables (or sections) that returns 100s of items without writing code behind and by...
  • Blog Post: Customizing the fields on the User Information Page

    SharePoint has a built in functionality to display the user information for any user that has a user profile imported using the user profiles service application. This page can be reached on the following URL: /_layouts/userdisp.aspx">/_layouts/userdisp.aspx">http://<SITE_URL>/_layouts...
  • Blog Post: Reading SharePoint Form Data from Silverlight application

    I was trying to create a bing map silverlight application to be hosted on a custom SharePoint form page. This form is displaying the properties of a specific content type and within this content type I have two fields one for Latitude and one for Longitude. The requirement is actually to app to this...
  • Blog Post: Reading item attachments programmatically (SPFile.OpenBinary Exception)

    This is a small issue that I faced the other day and wasted several hours of my time. The scenario is rather simple. You have a list item and you already have an attachment to this item. What you want to do is to read this item attachment in a workflow or a web part using code. So you start off by writing...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Powershell command problem - FeatureDependencyId are not registered

      Problem When you run SharePoint PowerShell on your SharePoint server you get the following error: Error: "The local farm is not accessible. Cmdlets with FeatureDependencyId are not registered". Solution Make sure the logged in user who is trying to run SharePoint PowerShell commands...
  • Blog Post: FAST Search for SharePoint 2010 - FQL and its Impact on Relevancy Ranking (Using Full Text Index Mapping)

    Introduction In this post I will describe a common mistake that occurs when you write your own FQL that impacts the search results that depends on Relevancy Ranking (Using Full Text Index Mapping). Scenario Lets consider that we have a list of products that we would like to search through...
  • Blog Post: Migration to Fast Search for SharePoint 2010 - General Considerations

    I’m currently working on an engagement where the customer is looking for upgrading his current SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Search to Fast Search for SharePoint 2010, but I was wondering if there are any issues that need to be considered during this process. In this post I will highlight some of...
  • Blog Post: User profile Synchronization Service Starting Issues

    Some people face issues with starting up user profile synchronization service. The main thing is that they find it hanging on “Starting”. They resolve this issue by changing the start type for the service to be “Automatic – Delayed Start”. Please note that changing the...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Servers Time-zone

    This is a small note. Please make sure that all servers belonging to the same farm are actually on the same time-zone. I had a very strange issue where performing any actions on a farm server would not be executed (as far as I saw it initially). I was trying to start or stop services on a server and...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 – Failed to create the configuration database

    Installed SharePoint Server 2010 on my Windows 7 local machine. Once the installation completed, the configuration wizard launched, reached step 3 (creating the configuration database), and halted with the following error message. Failed to create the configuration database. “An exception of...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 People Search using Metadata

    The scenario is simple; what you want is to configure people search and allow that to search using a custom metadata property that is being populated into the user profiles from an external system like a BCS system. I will dedicate several posts for configuring the user profiles service and synchronization...
  • Blog Post: Cannot Check-out or edit documents in SharePoint 2010

    You may encounter an issue with SharePoint 2010 document libraries that prevents users from check-out or edit documents in the document library. The issue occurs when you break the security inheritance of the document library. Regardless of what permission the users have on the document library, they...
  • Blog Post: Office Web Apps 2013 multi servers (NLB) Installation and Deployment for SharePoint 2013 step by step guide

    This is a step by step guide on how to install Office Web Apps 2013 multi servers farm (using windows NLB and http) and how to configure it with SharePoint 2013. In my next post I will talk about how to configure Office Web Apps 2013 using NLB and https in multi servers deployment. Important : this post...
  • Blog Post: Renaming SharePoint 2010 Search Service Database Name

    In this post I’m planning to walkthrough the practice of changing the SharePoint 2010 Search Service Database names as you might need it in the following scenarios: Replacing the Search Service Application Databases Names that Includes GUID’s to a friendlier name. The Database Admin...
  • Blog Post: Use Facebook as an Identity Provider for SharePoint 2013 – Part 1

    Introduction: This blog will describe in details how to use Facebook as an identity provider to login into your SharePoint application. There are many ways to integrate you SharePoint application with Facebook; so you can start developing authentication and authorization mechanisms for your SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Install and Download SharePoint 2013 prerequisites offline (manually)

    This article applies in a situation when you don’t have internet access in your SharePoint server , I have placed all the direct download links for the installers you might need. This article assumes you are having a new fresh installation of windows server 2008 R2 SP1 If you tried to run...
  • Blog Post: Use Facebook as an Identity Provider for SharePoint 2013 – Part 3

    At this stage, we are done configuring the Azure Part Continue Configuration Steps: Go to your SharePoint Farm Create a new web application Make sure the claim authentication will be as the following: Enable Windows Authentication = Checked Integrated Windows authentication = Check Select NTLM PS: The...
  • Blog Post: Upgrading from SharePoint Portal Server 2003 to SharePoint 2010 Part 1

    In this post I will go through upgrading SharePoint sites from SharePoint Portal Server 2003 to SharePoint 2010 , I will include directions to use the most relevant upgrade approach, as start Upgrade from SharePoint Portal Server 2003 to SharePoint 2010 is really challenging as there is no direct path...
  • Blog Post: Migrating to SharePoint Host Name Site Collections 3

    In my previous 2 posts on Host Named Site Collections, I laid out the powershell scripts to create Host Name site collections as well as creating managed paths under them. After that, these site collections can be handled using PowerShell scripts normally. In case of needing to migrate path-based...
  • Blog Post: Adding a Publishing Image Field to a SharePoint 2010 Calendar List

    As I was working on customizing a SharePoint Calendar, someone asked me if it’s possible to add a Publishing Image Field to a SharePoint Calendar called “Event Image” to display the current event picture. I decided to write this post to explore the options that I have in this case....