Tuesday, April 6, 2010

WSS 3.0 RSS Feed Reader Web Part

I was looking for a RSS reader web part for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and came across a RSS feed reader developed by Tim Heuer.

This handy web part can be found at CodePlex.

FeedReader is our most popular web part. With the world of aggregation getting more popular and more portals and mainstream internet media leveraging syndication feeds (aka RSS, Atom, etc.), there is a greater need to provide a home for this information. In SharePoint, a team site or your My Site provides a great landing area for you to represent your own personal/team space with relevant information...and leverage syndication feeds. FeedReader is a web part that can consume multiple RSS or Atom syndication feeds and represent it in a clear, concise web part view (with different view options). FeedReader was the first web part of it's kind. Unlike others (and the WSS XML Web Part), FeedReader was the first to allow multiple feeds in one web part, caching of information, collapse/expand options on the feed description, and filtering options.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

WSS Search: Cannot be crawled

After reviewing our Application log for our SharePoint server I noticed the following entry:

Event Type: Warning
Event Source: Windows SharePoint Services 3 Search
Event Category: Gatherer
Event ID: 2436
Description: The start address sts3://server:port/contentdbid={GUID} cannot be crawled.

Some of the web applications didn't have a site collection on the default root sites. To check this browse to your web applications e.g. http://server:port. If you receive a HTTP 404 error you'll have to create a site collection for the web application.

To create a site collection browse to SharePoint Central Administration > Application Management > Create Site Collection and create a Blank team site for the appropriate web application.

This should sort out the consistent warnings in the event log.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Upgrade MOSS 2007 Standard to Enterprise Edition

When I realised I installed the wrong version of SharePoint Server 2007 for a client I was worried that I might have to do a complete reinstall to upgrade to the Enterprise version. After a bit of searching I found a MUCH easier way to upgrade SharePoint from the Standard to Enterprise Edition. All you have to do is change the license key.

Convert the License Type:
  1. Go to Central Administration > Operations
  2. Select Convert license type
  3. Enter the license key for the Enterprise Edition

Enable Enterprise Features:
  1. Go to Central Administration > Operations > Enable Enterprise Features
  2. Choose Enterprise and click OK

Enable Enterprise Features (Existing Sites):
  1. Go to Central Administration > Operations > Enable Enterprise Features on Existing Sites
  2. Select the check box and click OK

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Microsoft Project 2007 and Microsoft Project Server 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2)

After a long wait Microsoft have released the Service Pack (SP2) for it's Office Project 2007 and Office Project Server 2007 products.

This service pack included SP1, Infrastructure Update and all the cumulative updates till Feb 2009. The April Cumulative Update should be installed after the SP2.

Here are some of the high level benifits of the Service Pack 2:

Project Standard and Project Professional
  • The scheduling engine, Active Cache, and Gantt charts all have improvements
  • There is additional reliability with earlier versions of the .mpp format

Project Server
  • Better memory management in the queue service
  • Performance to certain database table indexes is improved
  • Resource plans, build team, cost resources, and the server scheduling engine have improved

Service Pack 2 (SP2) Description:

Service Pack 2 (SP2) Downloads:
Office Servers (x86 and x64) - contains Project Server SP2

Once your farm has been properly updated the new SP2 product version will be: 12.0.6422.1000

Microsoft Office Suite 2007 Service Pack 2

Microsoft has released Service Pack 2 for it's Office Suite 2007 a few days ago.

Some of the new features include OpenDocument Format (ODF) support, Built-in Save As PDF/XPS support and many more. View the description link below to see the full list of improvements made.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Viewing MOSS/WSS document library in Explorer View using Windows Server 2008

Can’t view MOSS/WSS document library in Explorer View using Windows Server 2008

 If you try to view a document library in Explorer View you get the message “Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage”.

To resolve this you’ll need to add the "Desktop Experience" feature for Win2008

 To enable this feature:

  • Go to the Server Manager
  • Click Add Features
  • Select the Desktop Experience check box and click next to install this feature
  • You will need to restart the server for this feature to be installed

PS. If you installed the WebDav service for IIS7 you'll need to uninstall it from Programs and Features.

You should now be able to view your WSS document library in Explorer View.

Friday, January 4, 2008

EPM 2007 Service Pack 1

At last Microsoft has released Service Pack 1 for 2007 Microsoft Office servers (which includes: Project Server 2007, SharePoint Server 2007, SharePoint Server 2007, Project Portfolio 2007), Project Pro 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0.

Refer to the following KB articles for a description of SP1:

Description of the 2007 Microsoft Office servers Service Pack 1

Description of Project 2007 Service Pack 1

Description of the Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Service Pack 1

Refer to the following KB articles for a list of issues fixed in SP1:

Issues that are fixed in Project Server 2007

Issues that are fixed in Project 2007

Issues that are fixed in SharePoint Server 2007

Issues that are fixed in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

NOTE: You must install this update BEFORE you install the Office Servers Update to update Project Server 2007