Publish and Subscribe to Content Types in SharePoint 2010

Content Type Syndication is new feature that is part of the Managed Metdata service in SharePoint 2010.  It solves a long-standing problem from SharePoint 2007, which is how do I create an enterprise library of content types and synchronize them amongst many different site collections.  We often had to design and build solutions to work…

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SharePoint 2010 Content Organizer Part 1 – A Cool New Feature for Managing Your Content

The Content Organizer feature is a new routing feature that extends, enhances, and makes more broadly available the routing engine used in the Records Center site template from SharePoint 2007.  It not only allows you to automatically route documents to different libraries and folders within those libraries, it can also be used for mundane housekeeping…

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SharePoint 2010 Content Organizer Part 2 – The Rules Engine

The Content Organizer rules are really the heart that drives the content organizer system.  The rules list is just a standard SharePoint list that uses the custom Rule content type.  Each rule contains all of the criteria used to determine where new items should be uploaded.  Rules provide a wide array of configuration options to…

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SharePoint 2010 Content Organizer Part 3 – The Drop Off Library

As described in the first post in this series, the Drop Off Library is created when you activate the Content Organizer feature.  As soon as you configure the Content Organizer to start routing documents (which, actually it does when you activate the feature), all uploads to the site are automatically sent to the Drop Off…

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Using the New SharePoint 2010 Ratings Feature in Search

In this blog I thought I’d show how to use some of the cool new features in SharePoint 2010 with some of our old favorites from SharePoint 2007 to create an interesting search results experience. We’re going to do all of this WITHOUT WRITING ANY CODE!  Even though Steve is a developer, he empathizes with…

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Using the Developer Dashboard in SharePoint 2010

The developer dashboard is a new feature in SharePoint 2010 that is design to provide additional performance and tracing information that can be used to debug and troubleshoot issues with page rendering time.  The dashboard is turned off by default, but can be enabled via the object model or stsadm (and PowerShell too, I just…

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SharePoint 2010 Development at the PDC

The PDC is just around the corner folks, so if you haven’t signed up yet then now’s the time to get on it.  There’s going to be some great SharePoint 2010 developer content at this year’s PDC, including a number of really brilliant folks from the SharePoint Product Group there.  I would name names, but…

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Working with Large Lists in SharePoint 2010 – List Throttling

List throttling is one of the new options in SharePoint 2010 that enable to set limits on how severely users can put the beat down on your servers.  In a nutshell, what it does is allow you to set a limit for how many rows of data can be retrieved for a list or library…

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Problems Joining a Server to a Farm?

If you try and join a new server to the farm, but can't get the config wizard to load the list of databases from the SQL Server, double check the firewall settings on the SQL Server and SharePoint server.  You will often see what seems like a really bizarre error; something like System.ArgumentNullException was thrown. …

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Adding Throttling Counters in SharePoint 2010

Http throttling is a new feature in SharePoint 2010 that allows the server to “back off” of serving requests when it is too busy.  Every 5 seconds a job will run that will check the server resources compared to the levels configured.  By default the Server CPU, Memory, Request in Queue and Request wait time…

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