How To Customize The SharePoint Navigation Drop Down Menu

Written by Chandrasekar Natarajan, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. In a Microsoft SharePoint 2007 site, when we take the mouse pointer on the top link bar we get the drop down menu for that particular site. The drop down that shows up after placing the mouse pointer (an example is shown below) is sometimes too quick…


Managing SharePoint User Profile Service Application Permissions with PowerShell

Written by Chandrasekar Natarajan, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. When the User Profile service application is configured in Microsoft SharePoint 2010, by default NT Authority\Authenticated Users and All Authenticated Users are granted permissions to create My Sites and use other features (personal and social) provided by the user profile service.   But what if you don’t…


How Visual Studio 2010 F5 Solution Deployment Works With SharePoint

Written by Chandrasekar Natarajan, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. Let’s say in Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 you create a new “ContentType” project by specifying the SharePoint site and solution type as farm solution. Inherit this new content Type from the Base Content Type of “Document”,  then add the CustomField and CustomContentType xml files in the solution,…


How To Use a User Control (Web Service Call) in a SharePoint Web Part

Written by Chandrasekar Natarajan, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. In a typical ASP.NET application, using a User Control is pretty straight forward, we just need to map the control to an ObjectDataSource and bind its settings. But in Microsoft SharePoint Server, when an ObjectDataSource control is used, it will throw the error message saying "The type…