Stefan Goßner

Senior Escalation Engineer for SharePoint (WSS, SPS, MOSS, SP2010) and MCMS

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  • Blog Post: MCMS tip of the day - exporting resource galleries using SiteDeployment Script

    Ever had a need to export resources from a resource gallery using script? Then you will have seen that MCMS does not provide this feature out of the box. A workaround for this problem can be found here .
  • Blog Post: MCMS tip of the day - using standard Toolbar dialogs in custom placeholder controls

    When developing a custom placeholder control an often requested feature is to be able to utilize the standard web author dialogs. E.g. if you need to implement a placeholder control that should allow the user to pick one or many resource gallery items or to add a hyperlink to a posting or channel. ...
  • Blog Post: MCMS tip of the day - preinstalling the MCMS ActiveX controls

    In some companies users are not allowed to download and execute ActiveX controls from a web server. As the HtmlPlaceholderControl edit component consists of an ActiveX control this can cause significant problems as special permissions would have to be given to these users to let them work against MCMS...
  • Blog Post: MCMS tip of the day - revert posting to previous version

    Most of you might have experienced the problem that a posting needs to be rolled back to a previous version - either because the author accidentily modified a wrong one or because the editor decides that the changes are not acceptable and rejects the changes. Although MCMS does provide the revision...
  • Blog Post: MCMS tip of the day - recovering deleted resources

    Ever had the problem that you needed to do housekeeping on your MCMS database? Lots of space is often used by resources in resource galleries. So a good idea is to ensure that only used resource gallery items keep stored in the database. MCMS does not provide a public API to identify which resources...
  • Blog Post: MCMS tip of the day - staging an ASP.NET based MCMS site

    The Site Stager component shipped with MCMS only allows staging of a ASP based MCMS site - not of an ASP.NET based site. Although it often would not make sense to get a static snapshot of a dynamic MCMS website, there can be reasons that require to get a static snapshot - e.g. if MCMS is used for...
  • Blog Post: MCMS tip of the day - glitches with MCMS and search engines

    Every good website should have an option to search the content of the site. Although MCMS does not ship it's own search engine you can easily integrated 3rd party search engines with MCMS. If you go and simply add the MCMS website as content source to a search engine you will experience a couple of problems...
  • Blog Post: MCMS tip of the day series

    Today I started my MCMS tip of the day series. Every day - or at least every day I have time - I will show a tip for MCMS for various categories. Some of them will be new, some of them will just point to an existing article and will be a little bit like a refresh to everyones brain to remember. Hope...
  • Blog Post: MCMS tip of the day - customizing authoring connector

    Authoring connector as being shipped in the package allows to publish content from a Word document but it in a not very flexible manner: you can choose to publish a selected part of the document or the whole document to an (Office)HtmlPlaceholder object or you can publish the whole document as attachment...
  • Blog Post: MCMS tip of the day - SSL protection for MCMS channels

    Ever thought about protecting parts of your MCMS site with SSL? In IIS you can enforce this for virtual directories by setting a flag that this virtual directory is only allowed to be viewed with SSL but how can you achieve this with MCMS? The following article outlines a solution: http://blogs.technet...
  • Blog Post: MCMS tip of the day - demo site for MCMS and Connector for SharePoint technologies

    MCMS ships with a single sample site: Woodgrove. But neither MCMS nor the Connector contains a ready to use sample site for the SharePoint Connector stuff. But on GotDotNet there is actually a demo site for Microsoft Content Management Server, with or without the Connector for SharePoint Technologies...
  • Blog Post: MCMS tip of the day - search controls for MCMS

    As already mentioned two days ago every good website should have an option to search the content of the site. Although MCMS does not ship it's own search engine you can easily integrated 3rd party search engines with MCMS. Especially to integrate with the Search engine from SharePoint Portal Server Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: MCMS tip of the day - mapping two host names to the same channel

    After enabling the "map channel name to host header name" feature in MCMS you quickly will run into the problem that the only way to access your web site from now on will be to use the configured hostname - means the name of the root channel. This can cause serious problems in case you need to have...
  • Blog Post: MCMS Tip of the day - quick things to check when you experience high memory levels in ASP.NET

    Michael Graham has written a great article about quick troubleshooting for high memory ASP.NET issues: The only point I don't agree with - in context with MCMS - is about process recylcling. For MCMS it is very bad if the worker process gets recycled as this ensures that the MCMS memory cache gets...
  • Blog Post: MCMS tip of the day - RSS feed for your MCMS site

    Ever thought about implementing an RSS feed for your MCMS web site? Here is an article outlining how to implement this: http://blogs.technet.com/stefan_gossner/archive/2004/04/04/107235.aspx
  • Blog Post: MCMS tip of the day - (custom) property edit control

    As an author for an MCMS web site you might have experienced the problem that you first have to save a posting before you get the chance to update it's properties. Means first fill in the content into the placeholders, then save it and finally modify the properties (e.g. start date, expiration date...
  • Blog Post: MCMS tip of the day - creating printer friendly version of your MCMS postings

    A common requested feature is to add a link to a posting to show the posting in a printer ready manner where tables are removed or reformatted and the layout better fits to a printed page. A great article covering different ways to achieve this is covered in the following article from Luke : http...
  • Blog Post: MCMS tip of the day - how to avoid ugly URLs in MCMS

    There are two different reasons for ugly URL's on in presentation mode: when using Webauthor and switching to live site when doing a postback in on a form to send data to the server. The following articles discuss different ways to address this: http://blogs.technet.com/stefan_gossner...
  • Blog Post: MCMS tip of the day - standalone template manager

    Did you ever have the problem that you needed to quickly update a MCMS template definition on a production server or on a staging server where Visual Studio .NET was not installed? Or are you creating ASP based sites using MCMS 2002 and don't like the idea to have a need to install VS.NET just to mainain...
  • Blog Post: MCMS tip of the day - using 3rd party authentication providers

    An often requested feature for MCMS is to have the ability to use a custom autheticaton provider like Passport, AD/AM, LDAP or just a table in a SQL database. Although MCMS requires to have NT/AD accounts to be used for authorization it is indeed possible to use any 3rd party authentication provider...
  • Blog Post: MCMS tip of the day - implementing a content rating system for your MCMS site

    Ever wanted to build a content rating system for your site? There are a number of ways that this can be accomplished. Luke has written great article on how to implement this: http://blogs.msdn.com/luke/articles/96476.aspx
  • Blog Post: MCMS tip of the day - Tree View, List View, Paging, Sort Order?

    If you have worked with MCMS for a while your database will fill up with template, postings, resources, channels, template galleries and resource galleries. When trying to create a new posting you will notice that it is not easy to locate the template gallery in the tree view control. And when opening...
  • Blog Post: MCMS tip of the day - custom properties for every object

    Ever thought about adding custom properties to resource galleries or resource gallery items? Then you will have noticed that MCMS does not support this. Andrew Connell a MCMS MVPs has written a nice and very flexible solution for this problem: http://andrewconnell.com/blog/articles/CustomPropertyDbEx...