Archive for April, 2009

Failed to get language information for Project Server

April 27, 2009

Much to my surprise, I started to get the following error on my SharePoint box:

Event Type: Error
Event Source: Office SharePoint Server
Event Category: Project Server – General
Event ID: 6058
Date:  27/04/2009
Time:  16:05:02
User:  N/A
Computer: (computer name)

Failed to get language information for Project Server (http address)

I could access the PWA site with no problems. Googling the error ID gave me no joy and continued to get the error.

I have fixed it by stopping and restarting the Project service in Central Administration. Will post back if the error comes back.
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MOSS 2007 Search Crawling Error – Access Denied

April 27, 2009

A problem occured with the search functionailty in SharePoint. It had been working for many months and decided to bottle it. I had multiple errors in the log, I tried re-setting the index and re-crawling and ended up with a nasty error message:

Access is denied. Check that the Default Content Access Account has access to this content, or add a crawl rule to crawl this content. (The item was deleted because it was either not found or the crawler was denied access to it.)

So I double checked that the account in use had the correct settings and permissions. Turned out this is caused by a fault by design.

To fix this, follow the KB article:

Office SP2 Roll Out on 28 April 2009

April 27, 2009

Straight from the SP Team Blog:

Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 due to ship April 28th

Office Service Pack team announced Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 would be available on April 28th. It provides many fixes and performance improvements, as well as some new features. Also with the new service pack, Internet Explorer 8 will be added into browser support matrix as level one, and Firefox 2.0 and 3.0 as level two. We recommend every customer to start planning their patch window to apply this service pack. Please look out for more details on April 28th.

I would recommend that you deploy this on your dev machines to see if there are any potential issues. Keep your eyes peeled in the blogs so that you know what to expect with this new patch.

Microsoft SharePoint “14” is now Microsoft SharePoint 2010

April 16, 2009

Good news! SharePoint will not be called MOSS or any other acronym, SharePoint will just be SharePoint.

Here’s what Tom Rizzo, Sr. Director at Microsoft had to say about this.

Microsoft SharePoint “14” is now Microsoft SharePoint 2010

You have probably seen the news announcement today where we announced the public beta for the new Microsoft Exchange Server 2010. As part of that announcement, we also talked about some of the names for the “14” wave of products including Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. I wanted to answer some questions that I think will inevitably pop to the top of your mind:

What happened to the Office piece of the name? We love MOSS. . . .

The first thing you’ll notice is that the MOSS acronym goes away with the new name since Office is no longer in the SharePoint official name. No one should worry that SharePoint doesn’t work great with Office 2010 since we removed Office from the name, just like people didn’t worry whether SharePoint was a great portal product when we removed Portal from the 2007 name.

The primary reason why we took Office out of the name – lots of folks associate the name Office with the Office client. We wanted to take the opportunity to reestablish the Office name and brand to be synonymous with the client suite. I say “Give the people what they Want” so everyone should immediately think of Microsoft Office = Office apps.

Don’t try to acronym Microsoft SharePoint Server to MSS since MSS is already taken by Microsoft Search Server. Just remember, SharePoint is SharePoint is SharePoint.

What about Windows SharePoint Services?

When you read through the announcement, you may be wondering what happened to Windows SharePoint Services. While we didn’t announcement anything new for WSS, and I want to assure you that we’re definitely working on a new v4 version of the product. It’s too early to drill into any of the details but WSS is getting a lot of new features and will be a great release. We’ll talk more about WSS at a later date.

So, what was announced?

Here are my key takeaways from the interview with Chris Capossela:

• Exchange 2010 will lead the way for the 2010 (previously referred by its codename “14”) wave of technologies and it will be available in the second half of 2009. You can download a beta today.

• Using Office Web applications, customers will be able to create, edit and collaborate on Office documents through a browser.

• IT professionals will be able to choose to either deploy and manage on-premises or hosted as a service.

• For developers, we are working on Open APIs, deep support for industry standards and developer tool support with Visual Studio 2010.

You can read the entire interview here.

Thomas Rizzo
Sr. Director


Cannot create MySite

April 6, 2009

Sometimes, even after adjusting personalised permissions in Shared Services, you’ll get a prompt:

“Your personal site cannot be created because Self-Service Site Creation is not enabled. Contact your site administrator for more information”

In order to fix this, go to Central Administration, Application Management and go to the categorySite Security and click Self-service site management. Enable it (ensuring that the mysite web application is selected) and the problem is fixed (not really a problem, it’s to turn off MySite creation)


SharePoint Designer 2007 Now Available for Free!

April 3, 2009

Exciting news, Microsoft are making SharePoint Designer 2007 as a free download.

Word from Microsoft:

  • Starting on April 1, 2009, we are making SharePoint Designer 2007 available as a free download.
  • Customers with SharePoint Designer 2007 Software Assurance (SA) current as of April 1, 2009 will receive upgrade rights to Expression Web for the lifetime of their SA agreement.