Posts Tagged ‘sharepoint’

Amazing development works in SharePoint 2013

July 31, 2013

I have had a deep dive into SharePoint 2013 and I am on a cusp of go live

In recent weeks I have been in shock and awe with a very little appreciated tool … Powershell. By King George it is amazingly powerful. I have imported master pages, styles, iterated security groups, created sites libraries and wonderful work arounds.

From end user to consultant to developer and project manager; this is by far the most exciting period of my career. Creativity and innovation at its best.


SharePoint Evo Conference 2013

April 16, 2013

A big thank you to Combined Knowledge and partners that have organised this years conference. Day 2 is over and had a great time learning the quirks that come along SP 2013

I am going to live and breathe SharePoint 2013 in my new role so I will post any useful tid bits here.


Lessons Learned from VMWare – SharePoint Stand Alone Machine

March 26, 2009

Main points when you’re starting a VM using an ESX server, SharePoint 2007 WILL NOT INSTALL if it does not have at least 1GB memory allocated to it.

It will fail over step 8 of 12 in the Configuration Wizard.

If you get an error stating that “failed to create sample data”, you need to update Component Services.

To do this, configure the security settings for the Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator (DTC) to use the Allow Remote Clients setting. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Component Services.
  2. In the left pane of the Component Services snap-in, expand Component Services, and then expand Computers.
  3. Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
  4. Click the MSDTC tab, and then click Security Configuration under Transaction Configuration.
  5. Under Security Settings, click to select the Network DTC Access check box, if it is not already selected. Then, click to select the Allow Remote Clients check box
  6. Click OK.
  7. When you receive the message that states that the DTC service will be stopped and restarted, click Yes to confirm that you want to continue.
  8. Click OK when you receive the message that the DTC service was restarted.
  9. Click OK

I would recommend that you install SQL Server 2005 as a dedicated server too, the integrated SQL Express 2005 edition may be great for a small demo environment, but if you want to scale it up, it’s a nightmare to deal with.

Make sure at each step, WS2003 install, SQL Server and SharePoint that you run Windows Update, even in a Development area.

Alternatively, use Microsoft’s VHD images that they have on offer, at current time of writing, the image is AOK until Jan 2010 if you licence it. See this great blog for more information.

Toodle pips folks.

Creating Virtual Earth Map using SharePoint Designer

March 23, 2009

If you have a massive ERP or CRM system with hundreds of customers or client addresses, wouldn’t it be nice to see a lovely map of where they are located… anywhere in the world using Microsoft Virtual Earth?

SharePoint Designer is an incredible tool to use!

If you want to display a map underneath a display list which contains contact information, follow the step by step instructions given on this blog:

Multiple addresses are plotted using LON and LAT co-ordinates, so that involves quite a bit if work. You can re-use the list as given in the link below, create a lon and lat column and generate the co-ordinates using

Of course this is a long winded way to plot multiple data, you can simply change the parameters around to use address, zip code etc. instead.

Follow this blog to get detailed instructions on the “how to”. I found it easier to create a simple aspx page with  no master page first. Then create a page view to link up from a “sharepoint” page to the unbranded page. I found that with custom design pages javascript may make the map in a strange funky format.

Batchgencode was a great help.

Please note, there are codeplex webparts available for virtual earth.. but this is the nice, handcoded version if you want to know the nitty gritty. Link to Codeplex.