Friday, August 27, 2010

Download details: Configuring Kerberos Authentication for SharePoint 2010 Products

This is an excellent guide for configuring SharePoint 2010 with applications such as SQL Reporting Services, Excel Services, Visio Services etc.


This document provides you with information that will help you understand the concepts of identity in SharePoint 2010 products, how Kerberos authentication plays a critical role in authentication and delegation scenarios, and the situations where Kerberos authentication should be leveraged or may be required in solution designs. The document also shows you how to configure Kerberos authentication end-to-end within your environment, including scenarios which use various service applications in SharePoint Server. Additional tools and resources are described to help you test and validate Kerberos configuration. The "Step-by-Step Configuration" sections of this document cover several SharePoint Server 2010 scenarios.

Download details: Configuring Kerberos Authentication for SharePoint 2010 Products

Tools described in my Tech Ed session for troubleshooting Kerberos issues

During my Tech Ed Australia session (#auteched #DAT417) DAT417 | Solving the problems of SharePoint and SSRS Integration, I demonstrated a number of tools which can be used to troubleshoot reporting services, particularly Kerberos issues. This is the list of those tools.

Tool Description
Powershell and PowerGUI (

Powershell is your friend. If you are using SharePoint 2010, you should start getting used to using PowerShell. I am still getting to grips with it myself, but it is incredibly powerful. For example, I installed and configured the whole SharePoint environment for this demo using Powershell. There is a project on CodePlex called AutoSPInstaller which you can configure to do the installation for you.

ADSIEdit Allows you to view underlying properties of Active Directory objects such as SPN.
SetSPN –X and SetSPN -S New parameters in Windows 2008. The X parameter checks for duplicate SPNs and the –S parameter adds an SPN, but checks for duplicates and aborts if it finds one.
Klist View a list of tickets
Kerbtray “This tool is used to display ticket information for a given computer running the Kerberos protocol.”
Fiddler ( “Fiddler is a Web Debugging Proxy which logs all HTTP(S) traffic between your computer and the Internet. Fiddler allows you to inspect all HTTP(S) traffic, set breakpoints, and "fiddle" with incoming or outgoing data.”
Microsoft Network Monitor “Tool to allow capturing and protocol analysis of network traffic.”
Wireshark ( Network Analysis tool

ULS Viewer (

ULSViewer allows users to open a ULS log file and display its contents in a user friendly format. Users can then perform advanced functions such as filtering, sorting, highlighting, loading logs, appending logs, etc in order to single out the data that is important to the user. This information can be used to diagnose problems with machines running ULS services, or to monitor machines and the events they create in realtime.

Friday, August 6, 2010

How to: Customize the Document Set Ribbon

I was wondering about how to save a Document Set as a ZIP file. This MSDN doc shows how…

Users might want to download all of a document set’s contents rather than download each file individually. Document sets use an export framework for sending document sets to content organizers by using Send To, but you can also use the export framework to export .zip files so that users can download them. Do this by creating a .dll file that uses the document sets object model.

How to: Customize the Document Set Ribbon

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Multilingual Search in SharePoint Server 2010 and FAST Search Server 2010 - Jie Li's GeekWorld - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

This is good news that Microsoft have fixed this in SharePoint 2010. I seem to recall that this was a problem for a prior deployment with Spanish and English variations.

I was pinged many times for multilingual search in SharePoint in the past. One of the issues is word breaking – in SharePoint 2007 if you set browser language to some other language than you are searching in, you may trigger the wrong wordbreaker and have a bad result. SharePoint 2010 improved on this topic and now it is more multilingual friendly, for example it has Results Query language setting in the webpart. But what is the order of this process? If user set a browser language will it override the setting in the webpart? And do I have to install OS/SharePoint language packs to get my search working?

Multilingual Search in SharePoint Server 2010 and FAST Search Server 2010 - Jie Li's GeekWorld - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

Introducing Enterprise Metadata Management - Microsoft Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Team Blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

I like this article on MMS. It contains a nice glossary of the terminology for MMS.

This is the first of many blog posts on the Enterprise Metadata Management (EMM) system in the 2010 release.  This will be the overview of the system, and future posts will drill into specific areas like event receivers, field editing and search refinements.

Introducing Enterprise Metadata Management - Microsoft Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Team Blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

Friday, June 25, 2010

Starting a workflow when content organizer is enabled

I have been looking at using the new Content Organizer feature in SharePoint 2010. The idea being that when people upload or ‘Send To’ a document center, the document is routed to the correct location.

When I enable the Content Organizer feature on my site, the ‘Drop Off’ library is created.


I then create a rule to route the document to the ‘Documents’ library. I don’t want the document to be published and visible to all users until it has been approved. So I create a simple Workflow to do approval which should start when the document is created.


Unfortunately, the workflow never starts automatically once Content Organizer has been enabled.

I had a look at the Content Organizer code with Reflector, and it seems to be executing a SystemUpdate after it has moved the document to the correct location. I assume it is running this as one of the service accounts. (I have not checked which one).

When I look at the ULS logs in more detail, I see the following exception is occurring when I upload a document.

“Declarative workflows cannot automatically start if the triggering action was performed by System Account. Canceling workflow auto-start.”

I tried submitting the document as a user other than System Account, but the error persisted.

So I decided to look at starting the workflow programmatically. I created an Event Receiver is Visual Studio 2010.

I found this post from Tobias Zimmergren with some sample code to programmatically start a workflow.

I overrode the ItemAdded event as follows:

public override void ItemAdded(SPItemEventProperties properties)
          //SPListItem item = properties.ListItem;
          //item["Title"] = " " + item["Title"] + " - added " + DateTime.Now;
if (properties.ListItem.ParentList.TemplateFeatureId==new Guid("00bfea71-e717-4e80-aa17-d0c71b360101"))
              SPWorkflowManager wfManager = properties.ListItem.ParentList.ParentWeb.Site.WorkflowManager;
              SPWorkflowAssociationCollection wfassociationCollection = properties.ListItem.ParentList.WorkflowAssociations;
              foreach (SPWorkflowAssociation wfAssociation in wfassociationCollection)

                  if (wfAssociation.BaseId == new Guid("8ad4d8f0-93a7-4941-9657-cf3706f00409"))
                      wfManager.StartWorkflow(properties.ListItem, wfAssociation, wfAssociation.AssociationData, true);



I got the baseid for the WorkflowAssociation using SharePoint Manager:


I run the event receiver by pressing F5 in Visual Studio and watch the behaviour.

When I upload the document, the content organizer routes the document to the folder in the library and the workflow starts.

I expect to spend some more time refining the code for the eventreceiver to make sure it only executes under the right circumstances, but thought I would share in case anyone else is experiencing the same issue.

PowerGUI and SharePoint 2010

I decided to reconfigure my development VM with PowerGUI to give me intellisense with PowerShell for SharePoint 2010.

I downloaded and installed PowerGui from

Start PowerGUI and choose File – PowerShell Libraries


Add the SharePoint modules to PowerGUI. (C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\ISAPI)


It should look like this:


Now you should see intellisense for the SharePoint cmdlets:


Inside Microsoft SharePoint 2010

I really like the preview chapter in this book. Very concise and clear and easy to read. The PowerShell tutorial is very nice too.

Summary: Read preview book excerpts from the book Inside Microsoft SharePoint 2010. Learn what's new with the SharePoint developer platform from leading experts on Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010.

Inside Microsoft SharePoint 2010

Inside Microsoft SharePoint 2010

Saturday, June 5, 2010

SharePoint: Build your Taxonomy in MindManger and Import it to the Term Store | EndUserSharePoint 2010

This looks fantastic. I love Mind Manager and the ability to do taxonomy for SharePoint 2010 look great!

Author: Ruven Gotz

Fabian Williams has done a fabulous job explaining how to work with managed metadata in SharePoint 2010. Like Fabian, I too was intrigued with Wictor WilĂ©n’s Excel script for generating the required CSV more easily. But then my mind started to turn over:  I love building my metadata taxonomies in MindManger. I wondered if I could somehow create a taxonomy map that would allow a user to really see and work with their taxonomy, but that would then generate the required CSV file?

I have not really programmed seriously for over ten years. They say it’s like riding a bike? Well I have some seriously skinned knees to show for my efforts. I’d be happy to see the results of code clean-up and simplification after a professional programmer gets her hands on it. At this point, for me, just working is good enough

SharePoint: Build your Taxonomy in MindManger and Import it to the Term Store | EndUserSharePoint 2010

Friday, June 4, 2010

Finding incorrectly disposed objects

Reading through the SharePoint 2010 Foundation SDK, I came across an interesting registry setting that I hadn’t noticed before.

“To identify the code that causes the problem, you can search in the logs for entries that contain the allocation identifiers, or follow the instructions in the warnings and add the following subkey setting to the registry:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Web Server Extensions\HeapSettings SPRequestStackTrace = 1

This subkey setting ensures that the stack trace of the original SPRequest allocation (which occurs whenever an SPSite or SPWeb object is created) is added to the logs when these warnings occur.”

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Error trying to move the Choice Lists to Managed Meta data

I was trying to convert my Choice List user profile properties from my upgraded SSP database in SharePoint 2010.

I was following the instructions in Perform post-upgrade steps for an in-place upgrade (SharePoint Server 2010)

When I ran the Move-SPProfileManagedMetadataProperty –ProfileServiceApplicationProxy <SPServiceApplicationProxyPipeBind> -Identity <Identity> [-AvailableForTagging Yes] [-TermSetName] command, I was getting the following exception:

Move-SPProfileManagedMetadataProperty : No User Profile Application available to service the request. Contact your farm administrator. At line:1 char:38

+ Move-SPProfileManagedMetadataProperty <<<<  -ProfileServiceApplicationProxy e4f3ce39-864d-4735-87ee-82cd8545236f -Identity <id> -AvailableForTagging -TermSetName Practice   + CategoryInfo          : InvalidData: (Microsoft.Offic...ProfileProperty: SPCmdletMigrate...ProfileProperty) [Move-SPProfileManagedMetadataProperty] , UserProfileAppl...ilableException    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Microsoft.Office.Server.UserProfiles.PowerShell.SPCmdletMigrateDataForOneTaxonomicProfileProperty

I checked the ULS log and found I was actually getting

Exception occured while connecting to WCF endpoint: System.ServiceModel.Security.SecurityAccessDeniedException

Turns out the reason for that was that I needed to provide the right permissions for the User Profile service to the user executing the command.


Tuesday, June 1, 2010


My Colleague David Marsh pointed this out to me….looks nice!

SPTraceView analyses in real time the ULS trace messages coming from all MOSS components and can notify you using a balloon-style tray bar messages when something of interest happens. This functionality is targeted mainly for people that develop and/or test custom SharePoint applications. It could be also useful to administrators to diagnose and troubleshoot their MOSS farm.


Monday, May 31, 2010

Licensing Details


Licensing Details Determining Your Licensing Needs

SharePoint 2010 provides a full set of capabilities to meet almost any business need. Because you can do so much with SharePoint, it can be a challenge to determine what licenses are required for your company’s specific needs. To start gathering the necessary information, answer the following five questions:

  1. What features of SharePoint does my company need?

  2. Is my company providing SharePoint to internal users (employees) or external users (suppliers, customers, vendors, and the public)?

  3. How many servers will run SharePoint?

  4. How many people or devices will access SharePoint?

  5. Is my company licensed for the Microsoft products that are needed to run SharePoint?

Licensing Details

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

zefamedia » Blog Archive » Card Sorting Doesn’t Cut the Custard

Interesting post on card sorting

Why I don’t use Card Sorting

Card sorting is a simple technique in User Experience Design where a group of  users are guided to arrange subject-headings under pre-determined categories or into groups which make sense to them

zefamedia » Blog Archive » Card Sorting Doesn’t Cut the Custard

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Windows PowerShell ISE

I was curious about the “Windows PowerShell ISE” for editing and debugging PowerShell scripts. It turns out that on My Windows 2008R2 laptop, I needed to add the feature from Server Manager.



Then I can add the Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell snap in and hey presto…


Friday, March 26, 2010

SharePoint 2010 and PowerShell-Episode 44

During my long drive to and from Canberra this week, I managed to catch up on a lot of SharePoint Podcast shows which was great. I liked this one from Gary Lapointe, author of many STSADM extensions for SharePoint 2007. What particularly caught my attention was the use of PowerGUI to write Powershell scripts for SharePoint. Gary’s post told me how to add the SharePoint cmdlets to PowerGUI to get intellisense.


SharePoint 2010 and PowerShell-Episode 44

Large File Upload in SharePoint 2010 | Sahil Malik -

This is a pretty interesting sample of using Telerik controls for Silverlight to upload large files to your SharePoint server without killing your WFE.

Large File Upload in SharePoint 2010 | Sahil Malik -