SharePoint – A bug with Survey list if using External Data question type

While working on a project, an end user was asking me how to solve an error he had: he just created a survey with only one question but when he tried to open the survey he always had an error. We reproduced the issue: Create a new survey Then define a question and choose External data as question type but don’t define External content type Then, and this is now…

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SharePoint 2010 – Display the calendar webpart in a calendar view when creating a site definition

Recently, I came across an issue with custom site definition which had to display on the default page the calendar webpart as a calendar view (like the one displayed in the default Team Site). To create this custom site definition, I reused some code available in the default Team Site site definition ; especially the default.aspx page code (why redo something already done ?) So, everything was working except for…

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Office 365 – Active Directory Federation update 1 provides better multiple UPN management

As you may already know, with Office 365 you can configure your cloud services to use your own Active Directory for user authentication. This allow single sign on and password policy management independently of Office 365. However, until now, there was a limitation which obliged you to use multiple ADFS implementation in case of you were using multiple top domain for user’s UPN (user@domain1.com, user@domain2.com…); one per top domain. With…

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Office 365 – It’s now possible to disable Directory Synchronization

For those who are already working with Office 365 and have enabled Directory Synchronization, there is a good news Starting today, it is now possible to disable/delete synchronized user accounts or delete previous synchronized object no longer existent On Premises. Go to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2619062/en-us to know more about it

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Office 365 – New features are coming

According to a Microsoft email, Office 365 will introduce new features within the end of this month (October 22nd) As part of these new features: BCS – WCF Connectors (for Enterprise Plans only): enables external system connection through web services endpoints External Sharing with Windows Live ID Official Windows Phone 7 Mango support: enables SharePoint access for all plan; currently only Enterprise plans can access SharePoint using Office hub. HTTP…

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SQL Denali – Free ebook “Introducing Microsoft SQL Server Code Name “Denali””

As you may already know, Microsoft is working on the next version of SQL, codename SQL Denali – officially called SQL 2012. To start learning (and enjoying) SQL Denali, Microsoft is offering a free ebook (still in writing progress) http://go.microsoft.com/FWLink/?Linkid=229829 Microsoft SQL Server Denali delivers significant enhancements to well-known, critical capabilities like high availability and disaster recovery. These enhancements promise to assist organizations in achieving the highest mission-critical confidence to…

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Office 365 – SharePoint 2010 Online now providing usage statistics

Since the availability of Office 365 and SharePoint 2010 Online, this was a frequent request from customer to get usage statistics. Unfortunately, until few days, these statistics were not available. Few days the SharePoint Online product group has introduced new features (see http://blog.hametbenoit.info/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=309), but it seems they don’t communicate on this one. From now, usage analytics is now available on SharePoint Online BUT you can’t see it on the SharePoint…

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SharePoint – Import a complete list of file type exclusion

As you already know, you can exclude some additional file type from SharePoint crawling. Unfortunately, this can be done only one file type per one file type through the search service administration. If you have a lot of file type to exclude, this will take lot of time and is not really pleasant. So, PowerShell and a file text are your friend : Create file text which contains all exclusion…

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SharePoint 2010 – Export crawl logs

As SharePoint administrators, you already know that there is some logs generated while crawling your content to show you if everything is ok or if there any issue (content access, file type unknown or not supported…). Unfortunately, there is NO way to access these logs in a pleasant way to work on it (export). Recently, I had to work for a customer which had a huge volume of data to…

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