You might have already noticed that when you provision a new site in SharePoint 2010 based on the Business Intelligence Center that the search box, which by default sits in the top level navigation, is missing. This is because the search content placeholder is overridden in the default.aspx page.
To restore the search box on the home page of the BI Center, either create a new page or open the default.aspx page in SharePoint Designer 2010 and locate the following:
<asp:Content ContentPlaceHolderId="PlaceHolderSearchArea" runat="server">
A number of people have asked about the hotfix for the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 when installing SharePoint 2010, mentioned here under 'Software Requirements': - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262485.aspx. Typically, you need to separately install one of the hotfixes on this page: - http://archive.msdn.microsoft.com/KB979917/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ReleaseId=4033 depending on the server type, i.e. Windows6.1-KB979917-x64.msu (Win7) file for Windows Server 2008 R2. However, service pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 installs this hotfix by default. So no need to separately install it. In fact, if you attempt to separately install the hotfix on a 2008 R2 SP1 server you'll see a message "The update is not applicable to your computer". See here for the hotfixes installed as part of the SP1 install for Server 2008 R2: - http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=269. I downloaded the .XLS file and located the 979917 patch - "
Two issues occur when you deploy an ASP.NET 2.0-based application on a server that is running IIS 7.0 or IIS 7.5 in Integrated mode".
Shortly after the 2010 Australian SharePoint Conference back in July (2010), I was approached by Step Two Designs (http://www.steptwo.com.au/), a vendor-neutral Web design agency based here in Sydney Australia, to deliver a presentation (Webinar) on SharePoint 2010 to their customer base. They wanted more a business-level, 100-200 level, presentation which would be targeted to those customers either planning on upgrading from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2010, or migrating off of another CMS onto SharePoint 2010.
As per most of my other presentations, there was a lot of interest with the majority of the audience planning on moving to SharePoint 2010 within the next 12 - 18 months. I uploaded the presentation to Slideshare and you can find it here: - http://www.slideshare.net/kathyhughes/share-point2010-ilgforumhughesk.
Questions received throughout the Webinar included topics relating to compatibility between SharePoint versions, compatibility between clients and SharePoint 2010 versions and a bunch of architectural questions. The following 3 questions were ones I followed up on post the webinar so I thought I'd post them here since I'm sure others have asked or will ask similar questions.
Q: What about Office 2003 and SharePoint 2010 compatibility. We already have a number of WSS (3.0) team sites and are in the process of determing when to upgrade to SharePoint 2010. We want to do this before we upgrade everyone to Office 2010. As I mentioned, there are a number of browser-based benefits to moving to 2010, however there may be some issues with client integration with Office 2003 depending on your requirements and I would suggest that you download a trial version of SharePoint 2010 and thoroughly test client integration - things like document templates and versioning between the Office 2003 clients and SharePoint 2010 document libraries. It will be a matter of testing and then weighing up the pros and cons between any document management degradation experienced with Office 2003 and other benefits derived by moving to 2010 now - like the richness of in-browser editing and other functional areas mentioned during today's presentation. For instance, if you see InfoPath list forms as being beneficial (*list forms in SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise version may be replaced) then only the people who will design the Infopath list forms will need to have the InfoPath 2010 Designer client installed - others will simply access the published forms via the browser when accessing SharePoint sites and completing online forms.
Q (related still to Office client version) What if we migrated to SharePoint 2007 now and then SharePoint 2010 later - will that help with our current level of Office client? IF they did choose to go with SharePoint 2007 now for the sake of Office client integration (and, mind you, some of the office integration issues experienced in 2010 are also experienced in 2007 anyway), then they will have the option to upgrade later; however, they should then consider features used in 2007 which are redundant in 2010 - like site templates (STP files) and 2007 themes - so they would also need to factor in any design and customization work they did in 2007 if they went down that path. Here is a link which further explains some of the issues between Office 2003 and SharePoint 2007/2010: http://www.sharepointusecases.com/index.php/2008/08/office-2003-and-sharepoint-2007-comparision/ - see especially some comments.
Also, you should download and review the Office Compatibility Pack, which can be found here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyId=941B3470-3AE9-4AEE-8F43-C6BB74CD1466&displaylang=en.
Q: What about Secure ID? How does that impact end users - do end users need to 'do anything'?
As I mentioned, this has no bearing on the 'end user' - or it is 'seamless' to the end user - rather it's an area which the SharePoint architect and/or administrator needs to address upfront as part of the overall SharePoint 2010 security design, especially where the plan includes business intelligence functionality and connections to backend / external data sources. Basically, the Secure ID store is going to handle how data is authenticated to and passaged between the SharePoint server, the SQL server (back end data connections) and the client (user requesting the data in a SharePoint site) where data connections are configured for back end data sources such as those which reside in a SQL database aside from SharePoint content; a prime example in SharePoint 2010 is where an external content type/external list is configured in SharePoint Designer 2010 and a Secure ID Store (token) is required in order to manage the access to a SQL or Web services connection. There are numerous articles available on the Web about configuring the Secure ID store - here's one: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee806889.aspx.
Q: What about exporting Sharepon
Regarding the question from yesterday's Webinar about exporting SharePoint 2010 taxonomies, I've come across a couple of online references which may help. It does appear that the solution will involve using code, although there is a project currently underway, and listed on CodePlex, which may eventually lead to a UI solution:
A colleague recently approached me to ask why they couldn't save the survey results from one of their external SharePoint 2010/hosted sites. So, I did some digging...
You attempt to use the 'Export to Spreadsheet' option from your SharePoint survey Actions toolbar:
When prompted to open or save the IQY file, you click either Save or Open - let's assume you choose the 'open' option for now. Excel fires up and then you receive the error dialog which tells you that you don't have adequate permissions to modify this list (you receive the same error if you save the IQY file locally and then attempt to open it):
Your initial thoughts tell you that the error has something to do with either the Office client version currently installed - perhaps it's incompatible with the current version of SharePoint - OR it has something to do with the current mode of authentication - OR client integration features in SharePoint (either in the permission level or in the current list or library) are disabled; OR your user account has insufficient permissions.
To troubleshoot, you verify that (1) client integration features are indeed enabled and that you have full rights to the site/list; (2) you receive the same error in both Office 2007 and Office 2010; (3) you check the authentication method currently being used - BINGO! The server is configured with BASIC!
My colleague needed the results now, so - a quick and dirty fix... I saved the survey as a list template (.STP) with content and then imported it into one of my dev environments configured with NTLM; created a new list from the template and successfully exported the data out to Excel.
Two weeks ago, the conference I’d been helping organize came to fruition and was held here in Sydney over two days – 16th and 17th June. The conference has since been referred to by many as one of the best and most successful SharePoint conferences ever held! The conference, in its first year here in Australia, had in excess of 600 attendees, it attracted speakers like Arpan Shah from Microsoft in Redmond, Todd Bleeker from Mindsharp (USA), Michael Noel (USA and author of the upcoming SharePoint Server 2010 Unleashed book by SAMS) and numerous other well known and respected international and national SharePoint experts and speakers. Delegates who attended the event travelled from all around Australia, including Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra.
Debbie Ireland – SharePoint MVP from New Zealand (SPEvents) – was at the helm of organizing the Australian (and New Zealand) event/s – this year also saw the second New Zealand conference, held over in Wellington the week prior to the Australian conference, and which saw a 25% increase in attendance on last year’s conference! Debbie, and her team from New Zealand, did an absolutely outstanding job in organizing the conference, conference logistics and behind the scenes project management – it was a pleasure to meet and work with them – and I look forward to working with them and supporting them in future like endeavours. It was also a pleasure to work alongside the other conference organizers (both Australian and New Zealand), including James Milne (Brisbane), Mark Orange (NZ) and Brendan Law (Melbourne).
We had a fantastic line-up of sponsors – we also received favourable feedback from delegates on our conference sponsors, including the fact that exhibitor stands were easily accessed throughout the conference and session breaks. See the conference sponsors page here: - http://www.sharepointconference.com.au/sponsors.htm. Plus, a huge thank you to those sponsors who provided the prize draw prizes for both Day 1 and Day 2.
So, what made the conference a success? I believe the fact that (1) we (the key organizing team) all worked as a team – with a shared vision - from the outset and throughout the 6-7 month period leading up to the event; (2) we are all SharePoint experts (or SharePoint subject matter experts and actively working with (and in) SharePoint 2007 and SharePoint 2010 and related technologies), so we had a good feeling for the market and what people would be interested in, and we carried out market research from the outset; (3) we had a good assortment of topics and allocation of speakers; (4) we included a number of tracks to suit all audiences, including business, technical, Voice of the customer (real-life implementation scenarios) and vendor-specific sessions – this attracted a diverse group of people – many from the same company/ies who saw having the multiple tracks of real benefit - including System admins, developers, designers, business analysts, project managers, CTO’s and CIO’s and other business stakeholders – having such a diversity of tracks and people allowed for cross-pollination and sharing of information all at once!; (5) it was a ‘community focussed’ event and we had the SharePoint community behind us who greatly promoted the event and provided support throughout the two days, with the likes of a User Group Community Booth (the go-to spot for SharePoint questions and post-session follow-up) which was manned by the Australian and New Zealand SharePoint community throughout the entire conference; (6) We had Microsoft’s full support, both as a sponsor and as a community-focussed supporter, from the outset; (7) the venue – the Hilton Hotel – was the perfect venue, in terms of location, rooms and comfort – I constantly heard very positive feedback about the food – FOOD is an important part of any IT event! (8) The sponsor/exhibition area was well laid out and easily accessible to delegates throughout the conference; (9) the Ask the Experts panel – this was a great way of winding up the conference on the final day and we encouraged several international and local speakers to get involved and to include a good cross-section of SharePoint skills – including admin, developer and infrastructure.
This post is by no means the first, or only, post-conference write up. We’ve (the organizers) received numerous congratulatory e-mails and feedback; I’ve included a couple of links below:
Also, a big thank you to Rose Stamell, Microsoft, for organizing the wrap-up networking drinks for MVPs and Speakers at The Hilton – it was a nice way for the conference speakers to reflect on the conference and discuss SharePoint goodness. Plus, a big thank you to Emantra Hosting Solutions (Australia) – and Mark Rhodes – for providing and hosting the main MYSPC SharePoint 2010 site used throughout the conference and provisioning and hosting the individual delegates trial SharePoint (server) 2010 sites.
Well, what about next year’s event? We hear you and planning is already underway for next year’s (2011) Australian SharePoint Conference. Thank you to all those conference attendees who completed the preferred conference location survey during (and post) the conference – even those who cheekily completed the survey multiple times! J At this stage, Sydney is the favoured location. In terms of next year’s conference dates, based on feedback received from this year’s event from Microsoft, sponsors and delegates, next year’s conference looks to be 8th and 9th March, 2011, at The Hilton Hotel. Keep an eye on the conference site – http://www.sharepointconference.com.au for further updates. Now is the time to start planning to attend! Also, if you are interested in attending next year’s New Zealand event, then keep an eye on the New Zealand conference site – http://www.sharepointconference.co.nz – for updates, including dates and location.
If you are interested in speaking at next year’s conference, then initial speaker interested is being captured via http://spevents.co.nz/AUSPC2011/default.aspx - simply visit the site and complete the Speaker Registrations survey by clicking on the link in the left-hand column. Similarly, if you are interested in speaking at next year’s New Zealand SharePoint conference, then visit http://spevents.co.nz/NZSPC2011/default.aspx and complete the Speaker Registrations survey.
Hungry for more SharePoint information now? In terms of other SharePoint events happening between now and next year’s SharePoint conference, here’s a list of some of the events happening here in Australia:
SharePoint Saturdays Australia: Sydney (7th August - http://www.sharepointsaturday.org/sydney); Canberra (18th September - http://www.sharepointsaturday.org/canberra); Melbourne (16th October - http://www.sharepointsaturday.org/melbourne) – they are FREE but you need to visit the registration sites shown in order to register for each event.
TechEd Australia – will include a number of Office and SharePoint tracks - http://australia.msteched.com/ - up on the Gold Coast again this year (2nd year running at the same location!). Don’t forget about user group registration discounts for TechEd AU - if you are involved in a UG then you should ask your UG leader for further details. Unfortunately, I will not be attending this year’s TechEd due to a number of existing Sydney-based commitments.
Office DevCon, Sydney (will include both Office and SharePoint tracks) – http://www.officedevcon.com.au – FREE plus a two-day weekend event – but you must visit the registration site in order to register for the event so we can properly cater for all for both food and space.
2010 – it’s a wrap!
Thanks to everyone who attended last night's SBTUG meeting at Microsoft in Sydney, Australia. I'm glad to see keen interest in SharePoint 2010. We also had Matt Moore present a session on how to make technology sexy, which was an ideal precursor to my SharePoint 2010 presentation, which you can download from this site, SharePoint 2010 Preparedness
, or view on SlideShare, http://www.slideshare.net/kathyhughes
A few interesting questions and comments raised during the presentation:
SQL 2008 R2 Express is 10GB, as opposed to the 4GB limit in earlier Express versions - thanks Victor Isakov for pointing that out
You will need to install Office 2010 Professional PLUS to also install InfoPath Designer 2010 - thanks Nick Rayner for pointing that out
During the discussion around Access Services, Visio Services, InfoPath Forms Services, and other, Andrew Coates reminded us about Word Services - also part of SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise version. If you are attending the Australia SharePoint Conference (16 and 17 June, Sydney, Australia) Andrew will be presenting a session on "Creating and manipulating documents with Word Services and Open XML" - see http://www.sharepointconference.com.au
for additional details.
Here's something you don't see when adding the SharePoint 2010 Tag Cloud Web Part via the Web interface - exposed via SharePoint Designer 2010. I'm glad to see the tag 'kangaroo' included!
Today, when I installed the Visio 2010 RTM product, I was struck with the decision around which version to use. I had two keys - one for Visio Professional and the other for Visio Premium. I didn't recall seeing those options while working with the Visio Release Candidate.
I received my answer from the MSDN Visio blog - http://blogs.msdn.com/visio/default.aspx
- which includes a useful matrix of functionality between Visio 2010 versions Standard, Professional and Premium. If you plan on using Visio 2010 for creating and working with SharePoint workflows, then you'll need to install Visio *PREMIUM* 2010, which includes the option for SharePoint Workflow Template.
Scenario: You attempt to install the SharePoint Designer 2010 RTM 32-bit (x86) on a Windows 7 x64-bit operating system and the installation fails, with the dialog shown below:
The Windows application event log shows the following error:
Product: Microsoft Office Office 64-bit Components 2010 -- Error 1731. The source installation package for the product Microsoft Office Office 64-bit Components 2010 is out of sync with the client package. Try the installation again using a valid copy of the installation package 'Office64WW.msi'.
Resolution: Ensure you have removed *ALL* earlier Beta and Release Candidates from your machine, including Office 2010 and Visio 2010. In my case, I still had Visio 2010 32-bit Release Candidate installed on my machine. Once I completely removed it, the SharePoint Designer 2010 RTM 32-bit installed successfully.
We have an exciting line-up for next week’s SBTUG meeting at Microsoft here in Sydney, Australia. First off, Matt Moore will intrigue us with discussion on how to make technology sexy (including SharePoint!). Immediately following Matt’s session, I’ll discuss some key considerations around planning for SharePoint 2010. This is a great session for those considering upgrading from SharePoint 2007 or starting afresh with SharePoint 2010. We plan on making the session as interactive as possible, including discussion on new key features and features that have and haven’t changed since SharePoint 2007.
I’ll also provide an update on the Australia SharePoint Conference (http://www.sharepointconference.com.au ) and, on that point; we have an exciting giveaway – one free ticket to attend the conference!