Thursday, March 20, 2014

SharePoint 2010 Site Inventory

If you keep on hearing the question

How can we get inventory of all the site collection/ subsites in a web application including the created and last modified date of these sites.

well you don't have to look for third party tool. Simple old fashioned powershell is  a saviour

Get-SPWebApplication  http://.contoso.com | Get-SPSite -Limit All | Get-SPWeb -Limit All | Select Title, URL, lastitemmodifieddate , created | Export-CSV C:\Inventory.csv -NoTypeInformation


Enjoy!!!

 

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Object Expected JavaScript error in Start Page (start.aspx) - SharePoint 2013


Issue:

After creating new site collection when the user tries to browse main page, following error throws up and screen is stuck in "Working on it ....."  for eternity.....................



Resolution :
Browse to "Site feature" - > Look for "Minimal Download Strategy" - > [Deactivate the feature]


Browse to home page and the scripting error should have gone.....



Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Test host process exited unexpectedly - Failed to queue test run: Unable to start the agent process


Today i was taking session of developer group and talking about the Visual Studio 2013 Test tools. Well it seems they did tried using it and bumped into error("Test host process exited unexpectedly - Failed to queue test run: Unable to start the agent process")  on first trial. 

Well It was a easy fix. As the user was running 64 bit processor based VM, he was geeting an error as Test project setting were set to 32 bit. Just change the test project settings. 

Test-> Test Settings->Default processor Architecture ->Select x64

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

MVC / MVP / MVVM design pattern. What's the difference?

Classic discussion very much prevalent  in architecture community. Though the concepts are quite old now and there are numerous applications build using design patterns, i hear the confusion of these patterns even today.

It's much easier to do white boarding and explain but for some of my readers, i keep getting an email to share an article. Well found one really good webcast from Joe homnick wherein a sample is converted to explain multiple patterns:

Check this out :
http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2011/DPR305 [ Its a old tech end presentation but am sure my readers will appreciate this one]

By the way it also explains the scenario to use such patterns and to my SharePoint geek frds, i hope you are following the MVP.

Let me know your thoughts after listening to this one.




Monday, January 06, 2014

SharePoint 2013 Apps vs SharePoint 2013 Solution

For readers looking for MS article , here is the link. Don't want to take spend your time with my thoughts:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn268593.aspx

For readers who are interested and have to time to read my thoughts and provide there 2 cent, read below.....

A lot of organizations are now looking forward to migrate their SharePoint Farm from previous version to SharePoint 2013. But as soon as they start the analysis they bump into multiple new terms, methodology and implementation practices.

One of them which is introduced in SharePoint 2013 in App Model. Well a similar a lean model was tested as "Sandbox Solution" in 2010 version but with least success. It had it's own pain points and developers ended up creating server side controls(Webparts/ User controls).

As word is moving towards cloud platform and concept of applications, SharePoint 2013 took similar route and is now offering App model. Actually it's a pretty smart move. Such framework aligns SharePoint technology in line with open technology which is very much prevalent in today's world wherein there are multiple ways of displaying data(well mobile phone are game changer in today's world) and secondly this approach also takes care of pain of maintenance by SharePoint admin team who were having hard time explaining why the infrastructure is not holding up and tends to break down frequently( Thanks to badly written code by development teams..).

So going to back to question of " do we really need to go app way or should be stick to the old way of coding and deploying in server" .


My take " Though it will take time to learn and implement apps for all the existing customization, it's still worth looking into and converting the most complex ones to SharePoint App, mainly the apps which have longer shelf life in organization"

Read and let me know your thoughts. I understand its not as straightforward and quick for make these changes.

I would like to know the apps you are working which might be a good contender. I am always open for discussion..


Enjoy ..the changing landscape of technology..




Thursday, January 02, 2014

Windows Azure Websites / Cloud Services and VM's Confusion

I keep getting same query from my technology friends and clients on the main difference between  the Windows Azure Website/ Cloud Service and VM's. 

Which one should be considered while rolling out a cloud solution. I understand it can be quite confusing  for a non techie or even for IT management who are not into technology jargons. 

I generally tend to provide the below MS links to understand the difference but the article is still too technical.


So below are my take in simple terms. (Hopefully!!!)

Website Option is for you if :
  • Are you looking for hosting websites with good UI  with simple data transaction which does not deal with high transaction data and probably won't require complex engine in backend business tier.
  • If you don't want want to worry about maintenance of infrastructure(patches..)
  • Would like to have websites which can load balance as per traffic 
  • Provides templates to create websites using wordpress, joompla , droopal .....

Cloud Service (Platform as Service)
  • You can dealing with applications which involves high transaction and required scaled up business tier
  • You need remote access to servers to perform additional configuration e.g.
    • Scripting IIS
    • custom deployment of framework and configuration etc.
  • If you don't want want to worry about maintenance of infrastructure(patches..)
  • Would prefer to have staging and production environment

Virtual Machines ( Infrastructure as service)
  • This option is similar to the server management today done on -Premise. The only difference is that the server is hosted by Microsoft but management of infrastructure and application is your responsibility.
  • This option is good when you are moving your current application as-in in the cloud. The advantage of having VM in azure is that you will get servers on demand up and running in any part of world and won't have to worry about scaling your own datacenters
Now the most important part. COSTING!!!!

Well MS have a neat tool for calculating price. Give it a shot:


Hope this gets your understanding better than when you started reading this article..(I HOPE :-))

Rags


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Datasource Menu disabled in Dashboard Designer


Are you trying to create a new performance point report but "Datasource" menu is disabled?

The reason of this behavior of absence of App "Dataconnection Library for Performancepoint" 

In order to create this app, Click on Site contents - > Add an App - > "DataConnections Library for PerformancePoint"

Once the App is added, "Datasource" menu will be available.




Monday, November 18, 2013

Unable to connect to SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services from Dashboard Designer (SharePoint 2013)

Are you trying to connect to SQL Server 2012 Analysis Cube using Performance point designer? Are you getting any errors? or it seems as if nothing is happening.

Probably your mind will having multiple thoughts  "What's the problem with this, i hate performance point , What should i even search in google without any error message" ............goes on and on and on

Well i had similar thoughts , till i came across an below article..( Thanks to Omicron)
http://omicron-llama.co.uk/2012/07/18/connecting-to-analysis-services-on-sql-server-2012-from-performancepoint-on-sharepoint-2013-preview/#comment-3864


Cause:
PerformancePoint here isn’t using ADOMD.NET 11, the SQL Server 2012 version

Fix:
Download and install  version 10 of ADOMD.NET installer which comes with the SQL Server 2008 R2


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

How To's SharePoint 2013 ( Apps)

Good samples for all the developers planning to start apps development in SharePoint 2013.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj901636.aspx


It probably might feel too much initially but taken a step at a time, makes it much easier to understand and fun to implement.

:-)


Apps are disabled on this site


Created an app and while  deploying the app to portal, visual studio threw and error with failed deployment.

Error:
Apps are disabled on this site

Good thing is there is lots of article our there to resolve this issue. In my case it was lack of basic configuration which needs to be performed before deploying the Apps.


Follow steps, mentioned in link below to avoid this error.

How to: Set up an on-premises development environment for apps for SharePoint



Enjoy Apps.

-Rags