The Top 30 New Reasons to Use SharePoint Server 2013 for Public-Facing Internet Sites

Summary: Pawel Krolak, a Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer based in Poland, walks us through his self-selected top 30 exciting new features and capabilities of SharePoint Server 2013 (5 features each across 6 different areas) that can be used by Internet site architects, designers, and developers.  He also provides a wealth of pointers to further…


Achieving the best return on your investment in SharePoint, with SPRAP

Article written by Tamer Maher El-Sharkawy, a Premier Field engineer based in the US. Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies are increasingly used to store business-critical data, and are also used as a development platform for business-critical applications. A poorly functioning SharePoint environment increases the burden on your administrators and lowers the productivity of your users,…


SharePoint 2010 Management Shell – .Net 4.0 runtime version error

Written by Tamer Maher El-Sharkawy, Premier Field Engineer Issue: When you launch a SharePoint 2010 Management Shell you might receive one or both of the following errors: “Microsoft SharePoint is not supported with version 4.0.30319 of the Microsoft .Net runtime” “The local farm is not accessible. cmdlets with feature dependency are not registered.” This could…


PowerShell for Sharepoint FBA via SQL. And PowerShell for everything!

Kirk “has-more-points-than-I-do” Evans shares some PowerShell to configure the SQL Server Provider for FBA, for Sharepoint 2010. A long time ago, I wrote a blog post that shows how to configure the SQL Server Provider for FBA in SharePoint 2010.  I have been working on a project that requires me to configure FBA, and I…


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 Automate SharePoint 2010 Installation Using AutoSPInstaller

Written by Chris Tao, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. Deploying a large scale Microsoft SharePoint 2010 farm is typically a challenge for Enterprise IT administrators. Not only does the default PSConfig GUI wizard require administrators to manually finish each step, it doesn’t provide the administrator with the ability to customize some of the underlying parameters, such…


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…


A Microsoft Word Document Template For Disaster Recovery Planning

Written by Alexander Windel, Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. Let’s say you want to create a disaster recovery (DR) plan for a common, shared enterprise IT service such as e-mail or document collaboration in your organization. One of the results of the plan will surely be a document outlining the DR strategy for that service….