For those that received an error on my website recently.

Some of you may have received a malware error while visiting my blog. There was an issue with either one of the themes, or comments (or both).    The blog has been completely paved, and upgraded to fix this.

On a brighter note

  1. 2010 is just around the corner and you can expect a lot more activity on the blog.
  2. Amanda and I are working on our SharePoint 2010 book, much the same as the Beginning 2007, just for 2010.

Thanks for your patience…

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For those of you asking about recordings of our virtual user group sessions, they are available.

We make our user group sessions available when possible via our website.

http://www.sharepointnation.org

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Free Themes for SharePoint 2003

For those that have been asking for the link to the 10 free themes for SharePoint 2003, they’re still available via Infotech.

Download 10 free themes:

http://www.infotechsolutions.com/products/sps/Pages/default.aspx

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Breadcrumb Issues in SharePoint 2007

If you do much SharePoint 2007 Customization, then it’s quite likely that two of the following things are true: 
1.   You have visited Heather Solomon’s great SharePoint Customization Blog and used her Base Master Pages.
2.   You have run into a wall with the breadcrumbs. More specifically, after applying the base master page the breadcrumbs get a little wonky, the default page starts to show pages > default.aspx – this is not the default behavior and not something desirable so let’s work through the issue. 
There is a partial explanation which seems to be that there are two different sitemap providers used across page layouts one causes the pages > file.aspx and one that doesn’t.  


This breadcrumb with the following provider causes the pages > file.aspx 
SiteMapProvider=SPContentMapProvider  
Using this breadcrumb provider removes the pages > file.aspx 
SiteMapProvider=CurrentNavSiteMapProviderNoEncode
This said, technically an easy fix is to swap the breadcrumb on your page layout (which overrides the one in the master page) so that it uses the second version.  I found this fix on Andy Burns Blog.
 
Create a Site Collection Using the Collaboration Template. Notice that it doesn’t show pages > default.aspx. You might think the default layout for the home page is using the wrong site map provider, but unfortunately that is not the case.  The DefaultLayout has not been touched.
Next Create another Site Collection using the Collaboration Template and this time upload the base master page from Heather Site and apply it.  Note: I am not touching the DefaultLayout.aspx (main page page layout. You will notice now that it does show the Pages > File.aspx
I am assuming there is some code/logic that should exist in the page that has been stripped out?  I have not touched the Page Layout so the site map provider in the page layout of example 2 is the default.
So the site collection which is totally default/out of the box using collaboration does not show pages.  The site collection with the custom master applied does. 
If you have any thoughts, please email or leave a comment.  shane at graphicalwonder dot com.

***** Update and what I assume is the start of tracing the root cause *****

The out of the box master page has a couple of ID’s in the surrounding table which have been stripped out.  If I was a bettin’ man I would guess these are tied to some logic contained in core.js that does some fancy footwork with the breadcrumb.

The ID’s are: onetidPageTitleAreaFrame and onetidPageTitleAreaTable

The original code is in the following order: 

td id=onetidPageTitleAreaFrame

table id =onetidPageTitleAreaTable

breadcrumb placeholder

I copied the out of the box table containing the breadcrumb (and the ID’s above) and pasted it into the base master page and it seems to work.

Hope it helps,

 

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Another Externally Facing SharePoint 2007 Website…

This week we launched our latest website built on SharePoint 2007, just in time for the SharePoint 2010 madness in Vegas.

Visit Infotech:
http://www.infotechsolutions.com

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VMware Fusion + Windows 7 "Shutting Down Mode"

If ever find yourself stuck in an infinite loop while trying to shut down a VM in VMware Fusion you can get out of it by holding the (ALT or OPTION) key while selecting the “Shut Down Guest” from the Virtual Machine Menu. It will change to “Power Off”, just like hitting the power button.

This tip just came in handy, hope it helps.

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SharePoint Conference 09 – My Sessions

On Wednesday, October 21st at 10:30am in Lagoon H, I will be presenting a session with Jonathan Wynn from Del Monte Foods called Building A Great Intranet: Proven Principles & Best Practices.  This is a topic that I am pretty passionate about so I was thrilled when asked by Microsoft a few weeks back to present it.  My co-presenter, Jonathan, has a great wealth of knowledge and provides a very interesting real world element to the entire presentation.  I am definitely looking forward to this.

Official Description

This session will explore the principles and best practices for making any intranet a great intranet. Join us to learn what matters most to end users and decision makers (you will be surprised) and walk away with practical, simple ways you can increase user participation and drive satisfaction across any organization. Topics discussed will include requirement gathering, design and custom configuration, release, versioning, and ongoing maintenance and improvement.

Amanda’s Translation

Come join us for a jam packed session that will walk through the key things you need to know in order to build your Corporate Intranet on SharePoint effectively and in a way that will result in it being accepted by your users and your business.  This session covers a lot of what to do and what not to do so there won’t be much time for checking your watch or catching up on email. 

DEMO ALERT: Oh and we will even show you a cool demo of an Intranet on a certain upcoming release of a technology that I am not allowed to talk about yet.

Also on Thursday, October 22 at 9am, I will be joining some other UG peeps in Lagoon J for a panel discussion on running a successful SharePoint User Group.  Should be a great session and I am sure I will learn some great tips from my fellow panelists.

Otherwise you can expect to see me hanging about the conference and the various events for the remainder of the week.  Like many of you I am pretty stoked about some of the amazing content that is going to be presented and thrilled that we are finally going to be able to talk more about 2010. 

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If you are using SharePoint 2007 + Windows 7 and getting SLOW transfer rates within document libraries…

If you are using windows 7 and moss 2007 you may find things get REALLY SLOW while moving files in document libraries. This rather obscure fix worked for me, maybe it will help you as well.

I spent some time today doing some work on a site whereby I needed to add a large amount of images to the style library of a SharePoint Site Collection. To speed up the process of course I would select the Open with Windows Explorer option so I could just paste the required files in with ease.

Instantly I would notice a significant freeze and then subsequently extremely low speeds when uploading. Since this was my first time experiencing this, I immediately tried a different server to see if the problem had to do with network settings on the server. I experienced the same thing on multiple servers.

We then tried to replicate on other desktops and it turned out everything was fine on Vista running IE7 or IE8 connecting to the same document libraries. Finally in the end, a little searching lead me to the forums where a user had pointed out that this issue can be resolved by going into your IE Settings and turning off Automatically Detect Settings.

So if you run into extremely slow speeds uploading to a SharePoint Document Library via Windows Explorer (Webdav), do the following from IE.

Select Tools -> Internet Options -> Connections -> LAN Settings and unselect the option for Automatically Detect Settings.

I was totally surprised that this was the fix so I had to provide some extra search engine love for the forum post that saved me…

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7itpronetworking/thread/600a9825-0ba1-4c15-93f6-fc99c64b4930

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Accessing SharePoint Document Libraries via Webdav with Windows 7

I spent some time today doing some work on a site whereby I needed to add a large amount of images to the style library of a SharePoint Site Collection.  To speed up the process of course I would select the Open with Windows Explorer option so I could just paste the required files in with ease. 

Instantly I would notice a significant freeze and then subsequently extremely low speeds when uploading.  Since this was my first time experiencing this, I immediately tried a different server to see if the problem had to do with network settings on the server.  I experienced the same thing on multiple servers. 

We then tried to replicate on other desktops and it turned out everything was fine on Vista running IE7 or IE8 connecting to the same document libraries.  Finally in the end, a little searching lead me to the forums where a user had pointed out that this issue can be resolved by going into your IE Settings and turning off Automatically Detect Settings.

So if you run into extremely slow speeds uploading to a SharePoint Document Library via Windows Explorer (Webdav), do the following from IE.

Select Tools -> Internet Options -> Connections -> LAN Settings and unselect the option for Automatically Detect Settings.

I was totally surprised that this was the fix so I had to provide some extra search engine love for the forum post that saved me…

 http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/w7itpronetworking/thread/600a9825-0ba1-4c15-93f6-fc99c64b4930

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SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas – I'll Be There

Don’t forget to register soon for the SharePoint Conference this fall in Las Vegas.  Apparently things are booking up fast and the conference may soon be selling out.  This is no surprise given to me this is looking to be the biggest / most anticipated SharePoint event ever and virtually EVERYONE I have been talking to is going to be there.  I am no exception as I will be there with bells on.

Today the SharePoint team also released some additional information on some of the sessions you will be able to check out while there.

This event will be extra special for me as not only will I be able to catch up with some old friends and meet some new connections but we are planning to host a virtual user group meeting there in person.  Consider it our way of bringing a little Vegas to all of you that are home and can’t make it out to the big show.  We are still finalizing exact timing as we do not want to interfere with (or miss!) any of the big events or sessions.  More details to come on this.

Also on a personal note, this trip to Vegas will be extra special as I will be checking out the U2 concert on Friday night after the conference! This is a big thrill for me as I have always been a huge fan of U2.  I had no idea they were playing there that week until Shane started scoping out the shows for me.

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