Archive for May, 2011

SharePoint Data Cleansing Suite

May 27, 2011

Lots of organisations want to move their current content from file shares to SharePoint. What they fail to realise is that a whole process of data cleansing is often needed before the transfer can take place.

These scripts are designed to help organisations report on the scale of the task in hand and then automate the change process.

The Reporting Scirpts highlight all illegal blocked file types and illegal characters used. They then produce text file reports that can be used for planning the move.

The Change Illegal Characters Script automatically changes illegal characters to ones of your choosing so you don’t have to manually scan or alter files – ensuring your data is ready to be moved to a SharePoint envionrment.

These scripts are primarily intended to be used on large file shares that need to be moved to SharePoint – To scan a drive of 90Gb takes apporoximtaly 15 minutes.



SharePoint View Boost

May 20, 2011

Collapse SharePoint columns on SharePoint list view;
Expand SharePoint columns on SharePoint list view.

SharePoint View Boost is a free tool to enhance user experience on SharePoint list view. Currently it can wrap column headers and expand columns in a standard SharePoint view. When a standard view contains too many columns, there will be a horizontal scrollbar on the browser and you should drag it to see more SharePoint columns. It is inconvenient when you want to see all related columns temporarily with no dragging and no new SharePoint list view. The above problem can be solved by SharePoint View Boost. With it, you can just click a menu item in the Actions menu and there will be “collapse/expand” button on the top of every column in the view header. By clicking the “collapse/expand” button, you can wrap column header or expand the column.

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SharePoint Wiki Redirect

May 19, 2011

Control which version of a wiki page is displayed by default;
Quickly toggle between the most recently edited version and the latest approved/published version of a wiki page;
Set the wiki version history page as the default view, displaying all other versions in a clickable list on the left;
Can select wiki views from which to redirect.

SharePoint Wiki Redirect provides an easy way to manage different versions of wiki pages and control which version is displayed by default. This free SharePoint wiki web part gives you the ability to quickly toggle between the SharePoint wiki versions edited most recently, the latest approved/published version, and the version history page, deciding which version will be displayed whenever someone accesses the SharePoint wiki.

The “Default Page” setting lets you choose between the SharePoint wiki page and the version history page as a default landing page, while the “Default Version” setting determines whether the latest version of the wiki or the most recently approved version is displayed as default. If the version history page and the current approved version of the SharePoint wiki are selected as defaults, the wiki page will automatically open the most recent published version, with a clickable list of other versions available on the left.

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White Paper: Optimizing and Maintaining the Performance of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Clients

May 13, 2011

The CRM Engineering for Enterprise team is pleased to announce the release of the white paper, Optimizing and Maintaining the Performance of Microsoft Dynamics CRM Clients, which is currently available for download from the Microsoft Download Center at

Successfully optimizing and maintaining the performance of Microsoft Dynamics CRM clients accessing and interacting with a business solution based on Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 or Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online requires:

Familiarity with:

o A general approach to optimization and maintenance

o Factors that can adversely affect the performance of Microsoft Dynamics CRM clients

A solid understanding of:

o Options available for configuring Microsoft Dynamics CRM clients to overcome potential performance issues

o Best practices for customizing Microsoft Dynamics CRM clients for optimal performance

The white paper provides readers with the information necessary for optimizing and maintaining the performance of Microsoft Dynamics CRM clients.

Update Rollup 17 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0

May 10, 2011

The Microsoft Dynamics CRM Sustained Engineering (SE) team released Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Update Rollup 17 on Thursday, May 5, 2011.

The links below will take you to the necessary information about Update Rollup 17:

General details about Update Rollup 17

Update Rollup 17 is cumulative. However, the Update Rollup 17 CRM Client and Data Migration Client packages require Update Rollup 7 to be installed. For all other CRM components, you do not need to install any previous Update Rollups prior to Update Rollup 17.

The Update Rollup 17 download contains updates for the 40 supported Language Packs. Prior to installing the Update Rollup 17 Language Pack, you must install the original Language Pack.

If you have Language Packs installed, you should

1. Download the Update Rollup 17 Language Pack

2. Install the Update Rollup 17 Language Pack

3. De-provision the Language Pack

4. Re-provision the Language Pack

  • Information about how to avoid reboots when installing the CRM Outlook Client can be found in the Update Rollup 4 blog posting.
  • The Update Rollup 17 Client can be deployed before the server is upgraded to Update Rollup 17.
  • Steps to make the Update Rollup 17 Client available via AutoUpdate can be found in the Update Rollup 4 blog posting. The Link and Patch IDs can be found in KB article 2477746.
  • Each update rollup could have fixes that require manual configuration. Please see the “Hotfixes and updates that you have to enable or configure manually” section in KB article 2477746

Extensible free SharePoint 2010 admin tool

May 9, 2011

This PowerPack by DJ Grijalva gives you UI for the functionality missing (or really hard to find) in native SharePoint Central Admin, including diagnostics and management for search, applications, accounts, sites and subscriptions.

You no longer have to go to command-line to perform these management tasks, but that is not it – because it is a PowerPack:

  • Bulk update: All actions support multiselect – so you can update multiple sites or other objects – you just select them all and click the action,
  • Learn to automate: You can see the PowerShell script behind everything the the tool does – just see properties for any UI element or go to View / PowerShell Script menu item,
  • Extend: Add your own nodes and actions using the PowerShell cmdlets shipped with SharePoint 2010.



May 4, 2011

Integrate your Customers, Suppliers, Applications and Processes – the real alternative to BizTalk is here and now free!

BlueIntegrator is free cutting-edge integration and automation software, conceptually very similar to Microsoft BizTalk(R) but we would suggest it is significantly easier to use and more flexible in a number of areas.  And when we say free, we mean free forever, not just for a trial period.

BlueIntegrator enables you to connect disparate systems, applications and business entities, and automate rules and workflows upon them. For example you can connect your customers, suppliers and back-end systems to fully automate an order processing scenario. Once connected, the overall value of your IT infrastructure becomes much greater than the sum of the parts, and real cost savings and service improvements can generally be identified.

BlueIntegrator gets your enterprise talking, and helps you flexibly manage and monitor your business processes – it can truly help you achieve a Service Oriented Architecture. Support for XML and Web Services is strong, but BlueIntegrator also provides extensive functionality to get your legacy applications communicating – format support includes AS2, EDI, and HL7.

BlueIntegrator leverages the Microsoft Windows Workflow Foundation(R) to provide you with an intuitive, flexible and extensible workflow model and design environment for automating your business processes and system interactions. Graphical schema design, data mapping, and forms design modules allow you to easily configure the solution to your requirements, whilst support for Outlook and SharePoint integration provides extra convenience for your users. A unified development and administration interface allows for easy configuration, deployment and management across the network with fault-tolerance as standard.

An extensive array of transport providers and data conversion functions are supplied out-of-the-box, and BlueIntegrator also includes Microsoft Visual Studio for Applications(R) to provide ultimate flexibility where customization is required, for example in the case of advanced workflows.

Sharepoint Permissions Manager

May 3, 2011

Project Description

Managing permissions in SharePoint is a complex and often difficult to understand by end users. In addition, features for managing permissions on a site are splitted on several screens and must access on each item to finely manage the associated rights. When the site is important, it quickly becomes difficult to obtain an overview of permissions and each change creates a lot of work.

This version works with WSS 3.0/MOSS 2007 and Sharepoint 2010


This tool aims to bring together on one screen, most of management capabilities of permissions for an entire site:
– Overall display permissions for groups on the Sharepoint libraries and website pages
– Adding, modifying, deleting permissions with a few clicks without having to go through a lot of screens (using JQuery)
– Export as an Excel table permissions
– Copy permissions between lists and pages

Planned on future version :
– Import / export permissions as XML (very useful in cases of misuse by the user) in order to quickly restore a configuration permissions


File name, length and character restrictions for SharePoint

May 2, 2011

What are the file name restrictions of the document libraries, link lists, etc? It’s not really a question that I get regularly, but when it comes up I’ll have to look for it as I don’t know it from the top of my head. Here’s a list of general restrictions.

  • File and folder name lengths can’t exceed 128 characters in both WSS 2.0 as WSS 3.0
  • Link list items can’t exceed 256 characters
  • The entire path of files can’t exceed 260 characters

File and folder name restrictions:

  • Can’t be longer than 128 characters
  • Can’t use: ~ # % & * { } \ : < > ? / + | ”
  • Can’t use the period character consecutively in the middle of a file name (blah…blah.docx)
  • Can’t use the period character at the end of a file name
  • Can’t use the period character at the start of a file name
  • Can’t end with:
    • .files
    • _files
    • -Dateien
    • _fichiers
    • _bestanden
    • _file
    • _archivos
    • -filer
    • _tiedostot
    • _pliki
    • _soubory
    • _elemei
    • _ficheiros
    • _arquivos
    • _dosyalar
    • _datoteke
    • _fitxers
    • _failid
    • _fails
    • _bylos
    • _fajlovi
    • _fitxategiak

The same goes for site, subsite and site group names.

There are a couple more restrictions like size, but that’s quite dependent on the server configuration. You can check this blog post for more information about that.

Update Rollup 1 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011

May 1, 2011

The Microsoft Dynamics CRM Sustained Engineering (SE) team released Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Update Rollup 1 on Thursday, April 7, 2011.

The links below will take you to the necessary information about Update Rollup 1. If a link does not work, please refer to the Release Channel Schedule below to make sure it is past the release date listed.

Release Channel Schedule

  • CRM Online Datacenter: April 5, 2011
  • Microsoft Download Center: April 7, 2011
  • Microsoft Update: April 26, 2011

General details about Update Rollup 1

  • Client packages installed manually by downloading the packages and running install will require administrative privileges. If the client packages are installed via the Windows Update (Microsoft Update) system, they will not require administrative privileges.
  • For help with installation please see the Installation Information section in KB2466084