Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Throwing myself behind the site definitions

Recently on the sharepoint blogs people have begun discussing "site defintions - good or evil" again. I wanted to make my stand, but my fellow MVP Eric Shupps beat me to it and posted exactly what I think of site defitions in his blog.
So thanks Eric for pointing out what I think is right, and doing it so well. The bottom line? Site definitions are not evil, and when time will come to upgrading to sharepoint 14 (or whatever the name\number will be) then site definitions upgrade will be no worse than the features upgrade. Do your site definitions right and that will save a lot of headache, but using all kind of wierd workarounds just to avoid using site defintions is silly, and will not save you time upgrading.
That said, doing the site definitions the wrong way (get into very complex CAML work and use the site defintions as if you are still using sharepoint 2003) can be very detramental to both the current setup that you have, and to the future upgrade path. So make sure you know what you are doing, and follow Eric's advice. I agree with it 100%.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Cool new free feature - download all files zipped!

This is a cool one - Mohamed Zaki (fellow MVP) just released an open source feature that allows users to download an entire document library as a zip file. Take a look at his blog post about it.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Application pool crash on win2008

This just happened to me - installed sharepoint on win2008, and for the first time ever, when I configured the farm search service, I did not choose "Use all web front end computers for crawling", but instead I selected my server. The result? Sharepoint mangled my hosts file, using IPv6 entries.
This in turn caused my application pools to crash with the error "A listener channel for protocol 'http' in worker process '6120' serving application pool 'SharePoint Central Administration v3' reported a listener channel failure. The data field contains the error number.".
Resolution? I fixed my hosts file, then disabled the IPv6 on my loopback adapter, and restarted the application pool - then I was able to go back to the search service configuration and undo what I did. That again changed my hosts file, so I had to edit it again and done! sharepoint is working again - ready for TechEd EMEA.
Talking about Tech.ED EMEA, I still didnt get any takers on the competition I started. Apparently a lot of people signed up to my presentation - enough for the teched administrators to ask me if I don't mind presenting twice (I don't - see me on tuesday or thursday). If you want to win a special prize from Australia, and are coming to Tech.ED Barcelona, comment here - and I will draw a prize from all the commenters who are there. Please leave full name.

Monday, October 20, 2008

New SharePoint book coming up - by me!

If you have a lot of end users asking you how to do stuff in sharepoint, maybe you should preorder this book. I have been writing it in the last few months, and am getting close to finishing it, and it is already up for pre ordering in Amazon.

This book is intended for non technical users.(Not for developers or administrators) who want a SharePoint companion to help them with day to day sharepoint tasks - things like "What is sharepoint?" and "How do I switch views in a list?" or "How do I create a view?" and so on.

I am very excited about this - and I hope it will be a success so I can write some more books - maybe the next one will be for you - the developer? But that will only be possible if this book is a success, since writing is a lot of effort. So, please, tell your friends, and get your purchasing officer to pre order some - it is on discount!