Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Configuration of Forms Based Authentication for SharePoint 2010

I have much researched about configuring Forms Based Authentication by viewing different blogs. After i succeed, i have decided to write the detailed stepts with related troubleshooting in this blog.

In this blog, you will create a SQL Server database to hold users and roles, create a SharePoint Web Application that uses FBA, configure IIS and the web.config files for the Web App, Central Admin and the Security Token Service, create a test user in the database and test your setup.

SharePoint 2010 supports FBA, Like WSS 3.0 or MOSS 2007. It's a feature of ASP .Net which we use with SharePoint. SharePoint 2010 you can create web applications using Classic Based Authentication or Claims based Authentication. 
However, FBA can only be configured with web applications created using Claims Based Authentication.

Differences between Classic Mode Authentication and Claims based Authentication ?

Classic Mode Authentication: It refers to the integrated windows authentication. You cannot configure the Forms based authentication 
If your web application is using Classic Mode Authentication. You can convert a web application from Classic Mode Authentication to Claims Based Authentication. However, that can only be done using Power Shell commands and its an irreversible process. I have detailed steps to convert the web application from Classic Mode authentication to Claims Based Authentication.

Claims Based Authentication: SharePoint 2010 is built on Windows Identity Foundation. It enables authentication from windows as well as non-windows based systems. This also provides the capability to have multiple authentication in a single URL.

Configuration of FBA with SharePoint 2010 involves 5 major steps. The steps to configure the FBA with SQL membership Provider are 


1. Configure SQL for membership store
  • Create database
  • Create SQL User
  • Add SQL user to database

2. Configure Central Admin to use SQL membership store -  Modify web config file

3. Configure Secure Store Web Service to use SQL membership store - Modify web config file

4. Create new Web Application for extranet site

5. Configure Extranet site to use SQL membership store - Modify web config file

1. Configure SQL for membership store :

The membership store is still created using the ASP.NET SQL Server Setup Wizard.  This is launched from the .NET 2.0 Framework folder 

on the server at:


This wizard will take you thorough the steps and will build out the SQL database for you.

Once you select to Configure SQL Server for application services, you will be prompted for the SQL Server name and database name. You can choose an existing database to add the membership elements to, or you can type in a new name and the database will be created for you.

Once the database is created, we’re going to create and add a SQL user, rather than use integrated authentication.
 If your SQL instance is not already running in mixed-mode, you can change it through Server properties in SQL Server Management Studio.  Right-click on Server in Object Explorer and select Properties, then navigate to the Security page.

Create SQL User :
In this case, we’ll be using SQL Server authentication. So create a new Login on the SQL Server. From SQL Server Management Studio, use the Object Explorer to navigate to the Security → Logins folder. Right click on the Logins folder to open the context menu and choose the menu item New Login…
This will open the Login – New dialog. Here, you specify a Login name, i.e. FBAService and a SQL Server authentication password, i.e. pwd. You can set your membership provider database as the Default database. Click OK to add the user. It will now show up in the list of logins.

To give the login access to the database, locate the database in the Object Explorer, under the Databases folder and expand the folder Security. Open the context menu from the Users folder and choose the option New User…

This opens the Database User – New dialog.

In this dialog, specify a name for the user and insert the login name that you created earlier (i.e. FBAService) in the Login name text field.

Assign the following Database roles to the user:

give the role as “db_owner”.
Click the OK button to add the user to the database.

To recap:

We created a database called aspnetdb.
We created a SQL user called FBAUser
We added FBAUser to aspnetdb database and gave them the db_owner role.
We’re done with SQL.

2. Configure Central Admin Web Site to use SQL Membership Provider

SharePoint web sites out of the box are configured to use Active Directory.  So you may be wondering why we’re configuring Central Admin to use FBA when we don’t really want to login in as an FBA user.  Well, we actually don’t want to configure it to login as a forms user, but we do need to be able to add users from out membership database when configuring site collection admins, and the like.

So all we want to do is tell the Central Admin web application to use our SQL membership provider as well as AD, so when you use the people picker to select users, it will provide results from our membership database.

Open IIS Manager on the WFE server (if more than one, then this needs to be done on every FWE that has Central Admin.  The same goes for the proceeding steps for the other web applications).

Select the SharePoint Central Administration v4 site.  On the Home Page, you’ll see many options for ASP.NET and IIS.  The ones we’re concerned with are

Open the Connection Strings Page.  Under Actions menu on the right, select Add… to create a new connection string.  Provide the details for the membership database for the new connection string.
In the web.config, you’ll see sections for the connection string. You should also see a <connectionStrings> section close to the bottom of the web.config file. like as below

Add Role Provider:

Go back to the Web Application page and open up Providers page.  Here we will create a provider for Roles and Users. In top most left Set feature to .NET Roles and click Add… in the Actions pane to add a new role provider.  I called it FBARoleProvider and selected the right type and connection string.

Ensure you provide an ApplicationName so the provider knows what uses to authenticate.  For a good explanation on why you need this, see Scott Guthrie’s blog.

Add Membership Provider:

Now set feature to .NET Users and click Add… from the actions pane to add a membership provider.

Select the correct type and connection string, and whatever behaviors you choose.
That’s it for the providers for Central Admin.
To verify that all looks ok, we can check the web.config of the web application.  To get to the right web.config, right-click on the web application(Central Administration) under sites, and select Explore.

In the web.config, you’ll see sections for the connection string. You should see a <roleManager> and <membership> section of the web.config file. like as below

3. Configure Secure Store Web Service to use SQL Membership Provider

Everything we did for Central Admin site, we are going to do for the SecurityTokenServiceAppliaation which is in the SharePoint Web Services application.

do Same as what we did for Central administration site

Create the connection string
Add the .NET role provider
Add the .NET users provider
Verify connection by editing config.xml.

In the web.config, you’ll see sections for the connection string and the providers.  The <connectionStrings> <roleManager> and <membership> sections should look like:

4. Create Extranet Web Application

Finally we are ready to create our web application (called SharePoint – FBA) that will use FBA authentication.

In Central Admin, Select the Application Management page, and select Manage web applications.  Select New from the ribbon to create a new web application.
Select Claims Based Mode Authentication as Authentication Type.  Select values for all the other options until you get to the “Enable Forms Based Authentication”.

Add the values we created earlier in the section “Enable Forms Based Authentication” for role - FBARoleProvider and membership provider - FBAMembershipProvider.

Once the application is created, we should create a site collection.

Create Site Collection

Go to the Create Site Collection page from the Manage Applications section in Central Admin.  Select the team (or blank, or whichever you choose) template then select the site collection administrator. 

Configure Membership Providers for Web App through IIS

In IIS Manager, browse to the new site SharePoint – FBA. For our new FBA site we need to do the following:
Again same what we did before

  • Add connection string
  • Add Providers for members and roles
  • Configure .NET Roles
  • Configure .NET Users
  • Set Authentication to Forms and Integrated
  • Add User as Site Collection Admin

1. 1. Add Connection String     -   Same as we have done before.

2. Add role and user providers -   Again, same as what we did before.  Open Providers page and add an entry for our role and user providers.

3. Configure .NET Roles
This and the next steps are not required for the other two web applications we configured (Central Admin and SSS).
Open the .NET Roles page for our web application.  You will receive a warning that the default role provider is not trusted.

This and the next steps are not required for the other two web applications we configured (Central Admin and SSS).

Open the .NET Roles page for our web application. You will receive a warning that the default role provider is not trusted. WE just need to set our default role provider from 'C' to 'FBARoleProvider'

We do not have any roles in our database at this point, so let’s create two (StandardUser, SuperUser) by clicking Add… in the actions pane.

4. Configure .NET Users
Assuming you don’t let’s add some. Click Add… from the Actions pane to add users, and assign them roles.

Now we need to do the same for .NET Users. Open the .NET Users page. You will get a similar warning saying the default is not

trusted. Set the default provider to FBAMembershipProvider. If you had members in the database, you would now see them listed.

Assuming you don’t let’s add some. Click Add… from the Actions pane to add users, and assign them roles.

5. Set Authentication

SharePoint should have done this when you created the web application, but let’s confirm. From the web application home page in IIS Manager, select Authentication under the IIS section. Confirm that the web application has both Integrated and Forms enabled.

6. Add User as Site Collection Admin

Now that we have everything hopefully configured correctly, we can go back to SharePoint Central Admin and add our new FBA user as the Site Collection Administrator.  From Central Admin Application Management page, click Change site collection administrators.  Select SharePoint – FBA root site collection, and add our new user.

In order for you to use IIS Manager to manage your SQL users, you need to set the default provider to our Forms provider, i.e. FBAMembershipProvider.  In order for it to work we need to set it to the SharePoint claims provider.  Go back to .NET Users and reset the default provider from ' FBAMembershipProvider ' to ' i ' ,  and Reset the default provider from 'FBARoleProvider' to ' c '.

Monday, 28 November 2011

Compare SharePoint 2007 – SharePoint 2010 development

SharePoint 2007SharePoint 2010

Windows Server 2003 or
Windows Server 2008

32 bit or 64 bit

.NET 3.0 (IIS 6.0 above)

WSS 3.0

MOSS 2007
Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 (Production), W4indows 7 or Vista SP2 (dev)

64 bit 64 bit only

.NET 3.5 and above, IIS 7.0

SharePoint Foundation 2010 (SPF)

SharePoint Server 2010


SharePoint provisioning & Collaboration lists

Wikis, blogs, user profiles, my sites

Excel Services
SQL Reporting services Performance
Point Add-On



Social networking
Enterprise metadata tagging


Built in search
FAST Search (enterprise)
FAST Search Center

Excel Services
Performance Point Services
Cohesive BI integration

Business connectivity
services (CRUD)
External content type


Visual Studio 2008 (Visual studio extensions
for wss 3.0 & codeplex utilities)

.NET Framework 3.5

stsadm command line

No LINQ support (caml support)

Full HTTP Requests (postback)

no need to write CAML queries

Workflow on lists and documents

New MOSS to access External data


Solution Package

Visual Studio 2010 (SharePoint projects, SharePoint explorer)

.NET Framework 4.0

PowerShell scripts (stsadm backward compatibility)

WSS Integration with LINQ

Ajax requests & SilverLight support
Server-side ribbon and In-Place editing

Improvements to Lists and Events (events for child site, large lists, throttling)

New client object model

Workflows on sites

External data can be accessed with SPF

SPF support Service applications
extensible Service Application architecture,

Sandbox Solutions and Partially trusted code,
build solution and upload to site collection

Claims based security (saml support, support Live ID)

Developer Dashboard
request run-time length
even handlers fired
sequence of event handlers

SPD improvements
SPD objects have relationships
Intuitive navigation between SPD objects
SPD work migrates to Visual Studio 2010
SPD customization work exported to .wsp
.wsp files imported into Visual Studio 2010
Reusable workflows (customization)
Site Workflows (Workflow designer)

PowerShell Support
Replaces stsadm
powerful scripts
develop custom PowerShell
snap-ins (provider-based model) Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell

Terminology review (still remains the same)

Farm (SPFarm)

Web Application (SPWebApplication)

Site Collection (SPSite)

SPSite (SPWeb)

List (SPList)
Item (SPListItem)

Document Library (SPDocumentLibrary)

File (SPFile)

Folder (SPFolder)

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Menimum requirements to install SharePoint 2010

Here are 10 menimum requirements to install SharePoint 2010.

Though Microsoft SharePoint 2010 provides a lot of installation schenerious, we will discuss some minimum hardware and software requirement to install SharePoint 2010.

1. The first requirement is we will need 64 bit processor not 32 bit.
2. RAM of 4GB for development use and 8 GB for production use.
3. Minimum 80GB hard disk needed.
4. Needed 64-bit edition of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 (Preferable)
5. 64-bit edition of Windows Server 2008 R2 preferable
6. Microsoft .NET Framework version 3.5 SP1
7. Microsoft Chart Controls for the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 (You need to install this patch before SharePoint 2010 installation)
8. Windows PowerShell 2.0
9. For Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows6.1-KB979917-x64.msu patch is necessary before SharePoint 2010 installation
10. Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Native Client. This can be downloaded from

Saturday, 26 November 2011

How to get the assembly name of a custom web part in SharePoint 2010?

Here the way you can get the 4 part assembly name of your custom web part.

First of all add the web part to the SharePoint site by edit the page and click on the add a web part link on your web part zone. Once you will add the web part, go to Edit web part as shown in the figure below.

Then from the web part properties go to Advance and then in the Export mode Select Export all data as shown in the figure below.

Then click on OK.
After that click on Export... as shown in the figure below.

Then it will ask you to save the web part. Just save the webpart and after that open that file in notepad. It will give you everything about the webpart.

I got this information from OnlySharePoint2010

Error in SharePoint 2010 designer while saving

If you create a site page with in the site created with Teamsite template the sharepoint look and feel for that site on save,Some time you will get  this error:"Content in the embedded form may be changed by the the server to remove unsafe content.Do you want to reload your page to see the results of the save"
and when you say reload,the server removes some parts of page,
e.g onclick event of html,asp buttons.

Actually It's not an error;

It's a warning, and you'll get it on Wiki pages.  It's for security purposes specifically on Wiki pages.
After much searching i decided that the team site has a wiki page with some kind of input form in it. and sharepoint thinks you are submitting the image or content.

By creating a blank page and put the same content in the blank page, there will no problem saving or displaying.

While searching i have seen a good reply, such as below

There does seems to be something wrong with pages based off of a wiki master page. Any content I put in with Sharepoint Designer (whether editing in advanced mode or not) comes up with "Content in the embedded form field may be changed by the server to remove unsafe content. Do you want to reload your page to see the results of the save". But if I create a blank page and put the same content in the blank page, there is no problem saving or displaying.

The most frustrating thing about this is the cryptic message itself. It isn't an error, it's a warning, yet it appears to strip out work, potentially hours worth of work. Someone could have worked for 6 hours on a page and it would appear that Sharepoint Designer just wiped it all out.

Sharepoint Designer looks and feels like a well polished product, but it doesn't act like a mature product at all. If there is a problem with content like a jpg being considered unsafe, for what ever reason, the product should say more about the problem and specifically point out the items that are in question like Visual Studio would with lines of code. My wild guess at this particular issue is that is is related to some kind of controls/restrictions (perhaps unwittingly) placed on content in the placeholder(s) at the master page level. As I said, if you create a blank page and put in the same content, there is no apparent problem.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Telerik Rad Menu type is not registered as safe

To leverage RadControls for ASP.NET Ajax, some required files must be deployed to each SharePoint Web Front End (WFE) server.

Once the required files are deployed, our ASP.NET AJAX can be added to the site by editing the site’s master page(s).

This section outlines the required steps that need to be taken to deploy RadControls for ASP.NET AJAX prior to implementing it within an existing SharePoint web site.

1. First you need to install Telerik.Web.UI.dll and Telerik.Web.Design.dll in the GAC (Global Assembly Cache) of your SharePoint server. There are two ways to do this:

a. Drag and drop Telerik.Web.UI.dll and Telerik.Web.Design.dll into C:\Windows\Assembly (in Windows Explorer)

b. Open Visual Studio 2005/2008/2010 Command Prompt and run the following commands (assuming Telerik.Web.UI.dll and Telerik.Web.Design.dll are in c:\Telerik)gacutil -i c:\Telerik\Telerik.Web.UI.dll

                  gacutil -i c:\Telerik\Telerik.Web.Design.dll

By adding the Telerik controls to sharepoint site, you hould tell SharePoint that the controls from the Telerik.Web.UI.dll (and Telerik.Web.Design.dll) are safe to use.

If not we will get this below error

To do so you should add a few <SafeControl> entries within the <SafeControls> section in your IS --> SharePoint Site's web.config:

<SafeControl Assembly="Telerik.Web.UI, Version=x.x.x.x, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=121fae78165ba3d4" Namespace="Telerik.Web.UI" TypeName="*" Safe="True" />

<SafeControl Assembly="Telerik.Web.UI, Version=x.x.x.x, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=121fae78165ba3d4" Namespace="Telerik.Web.Design" TypeName="*" Safe="True" />

Note that the version of the assembly is specified in each <SafeControl> tag. If deploying a different version of RadControls for ASP.NET Ajax, ensure that the version number is correct here.

Using Telerik Ajax controls in Custom-built SharePoint 2010 Web Part

I am trying to use Telerik Ajax, which is very powerful UI component, in custom-built SharePoint 2010 Web Part.

After a few days’ try & error, finally found how to config Telerik Ajax in SharePoint 2010.
The settings below is for Telerik Ajax 2010 Q2 sp1. For other versions, the value of version number shall be changed accordingly. (Note: PublicKeyToken is always the same value of ’121fae78165ba3d4′ for all versions, so no need change)

1. First you need to install Telerik.Web.UI.dll and Telrik.Web.Design.dll in the GAC. The simplest way is to drag & drop the file to ‘windows\assembly’ folder.`

2. Next you should tell SharePoint that the controls from the Telerik.Web.UI.dll is safe to use.
To do so you should add a few <SafeControl> entries within the <SafeControls> section in your web.config:

<SafeControl Assembly=”Telerik.Web.UI, Version=2010.1.519.35, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=121fae78165ba3d4″ Namespace=”Telerik.Web.UI” TypeName=”*” Safe=”True” SafeAgainstScript=”False” />
<SafeControl Assembly=”Telerik.Web.UI, Version=2010.1.519.35, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=121fae78165ba3d4″ Namespace=”Telerik.Web.UI.Editor” TypeName=”*” Safe=”True” SafeAgainstScript=”False” />
<SafeControl Assembly=”Telerik.Web.UI, Version=2010.1.519.35, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=121fae78165ba3d4″ Namespace=”Telerik.Web.UI.Widgets” TypeName=”*” Safe=”True” SafeAgainstScript=”False” />
<SafeControl Assembly=”Telerik.Web.UI, Version=2010.1.519.35, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=121fae78165ba3d4″ Namespace=”Telerik.Web.Design” TypeName=”*” Safe=”True” SafeAgainstScript=”False” />

3. (Optional) Register  upload and compression module in SharePoint 2010 web.config file under modules tag

<remove name=”RadUploadModule” />

<add name=”RadUploadModule” type=”Telerik.Web.UI.RadUploadHttpModule, Telerik.Web.UI, Version=2010.1.519.35, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=121fae78165ba3d4″ preCondition=”integratedMode” />

<remove name=”RadCompression” />

<add name=”RadCompression” type=”Telerik.Web.UI.RadCompression, Telerik.Web.UI, Version=2010.1.519.35, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=121fae78165ba3d4″ preCondition=”integratedMode” />

4. (Optional) Register handlers in SharePoint 2010 web.config file under handlers tag

<add name=“ChartImage.axd_*” path=“ChartImage.axd” verb=“*” type=“Telerik.Web.UI.ChartHttpHandler, Telerik.Web.UI, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=121fae78165ba3d4″ preCondition=“integratedMode” />

<add name=“Telerik.Web.UI.SpellCheckHandler.axd_*” path=“Telerik.Web.UI.SpellCheckHandler.axd” verb=“*” type=“Telerik.Web.UI.SpellCheckHandler, Telerik.Web.UI, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=121fae78165ba3d4″ preCondition=“integratedMode” />

<add name=“Telerik.Web.UI.DialogHandler.aspx_*” path=“Telerik.Web.UI.DialogHandler.aspx” verb=“*” type=“Telerik.Web.UI.DialogHandler, Telerik.Web.UI, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=121fae78165ba3d4″ preCondition=“integratedMode” />

<add name=“Telerik.RadUploadProgressHandler.ashx_*” path=“Telerik.RadUploadProgressHandler.ashx” verb=“*” type=“Telerik.Web.UI.Upload.RadUploadProgressHandler, Telerik.Web.UI” preCondition=“integratedMode” />

<add name=“Telerik.Web.UI.WebResource.axd_*” path=“Telerik.Web.UI.WebResource.axd” verb=“*” type=“Telerik.Web.UI.WebResource, Telerik.Web.UI” preCondition=“integratedMode” />

5. Register ‘Telerik’ prefix

When drag Telerik Ajax component onto user control (.ascx), Visual Studio will automatically add the following to the top of ascx file:

<%@ Register assembly=”Telerik.Web.UI, Version=2010.1.519.35, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=121fae78165ba3d4″ namespace=”Telerik.Web.UI” tagprefix=”telerik” %>

This is recommended approach so that Visual Studio can parse the Telerik related syntax correctly.
This clause need to be manually added to master page, if we need Telerik component, such as Telerik Menu, in master page.

Alternative way is adding the clause below to SharePoint 2010 web.config file.

<add tagPrefix=”telerik” namespace="Telerik.Web.UI” assembly="Telerik.Web.UI, Version=2010.1.519.35, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=121fae78165ba3d4″ />

How to move a dll file to the Global Assembly Cache

The Global Assembly Cache tool allows you to view and manipulate the contents of the global assembly cache and download cache.

This tool is automatically installed with Visual Studio and with the Windows SDK. To run the tool, we recommend that you use the Visual Studio Command Prompt or the Windows SDK Command Prompt (CMD Shell). These utilities enable you to run the tool easily, without navigating to the installation folder.
For more information, see Visual Studio and Windows SDK Command Prompts.

    If you have Visual Studio installed on your computer: On the taskbar, click Start, click All Programs, click Visual Studio, click Visual Studio Tools, and then click Visual Studio Command Prompt.


GacUtil is part of the Framework SDK. the 1.1 version is located at C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v1.1.4322

    If you have the Windows SDK installed on your computer: On the taskbar, click Start, click All Programs, click the folder for the Windows SDK, and then click Command Prompt (or CMD Shell).

    At the command prompt, type the following:

gacutil [options] [assemblyName | assemblyPath | assemblyListFile]

The following command installs the assembly mydll.dll into the global assembly cache.

           gacutil.exe -i "mydll.dll"

The following command removes the assembly hello from the global assembly cache as long as no reference counts exist for the assembly.

          gacutil.exe -u "hello.dll"

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Difference b/w SP Foundation2010, SharePoint 2010 Standard & Enterprise Editions

SharePoint Foundation 2010

The following list contains the default features and things that you get when using SharePoint Standard Edition.

Service Applications:


User and Health

Security Token Service (STS)

Claims to Windows Token Service

Application Discovery and Load Balancer Service

Subscription Settings Service

Sandboxed Code Service

SharePoint Foundation Search Service

Workflow Timer Service

State Service

Site Templates:



Document Workspace


Group Work Site

Basic Meeting Workspace

Blank Meeting Workspace

Decision Meeting Workspace

Social Meeting Workspace

Multipage Meeting Workspace
Site Collection Features:

Custom Site Collection Help

Open Documents in Client Applications by Default

Report Server Integration Feature

Three-state Workflow
Site Features:

Group Work Lists

Report Server File Synch

Team Collaboration Lists

Wiki Page Home Page

SharePoint Server 2010 – Standard

The following list contains the default features and things that you get when using SharePoint Standard Edition.

All the features/services and site templates that are included in SharePoint Foundation are also included in SharePoint Standards Edition!

Service Applications:

Search Service

Managed Metadata Service

Secure Store Service

Word Automation Service

User Profile Service

Web Analytics Service
Site Templates:

Records Center

Enterprise Search Center

My Site Host

Basic Search Center

Publishing Portal

Enterprise Wiki
Site Collection Features:

SharePoint Server Standard Site Collection Features

SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure

Publishing approval Workflow

Content Type Syndication Hub

Disposition Approval Workflow

Document ID Service

Document Sets

In Place Records Management

Library and Folder Based Retention


Search Server Web Parts


SharePoint 2007 Workflows
Site Features:

SharePoint Server Standard Site Features

SharePoint Server

Content Organizer

E-mail integration with Content Organizer

Hold and eDiscovery

Metadata Navigation and Filtering

Offline Synchronization for External Lists

SharePoint Foundation 2010

The following list contains the default features and things that you get when using SharePoint Enterprise Edition.

All the features/services and site templates that are included in SharePoint Foundation + SharePoint Standard Edition are also included in SharePoint Enterprise Edition!

Service Applications:

Access Service

Excel Service

PerformancePoint Service

Visio Graphics Service

Lotus Notes Connector Service

Application Registry Service

Site Templates:

Business Intelligence Center

FAST Search Center

Visio Process Repository
Site Collection Features:

SharePoint Server Enterprise Site Collection Features

Performance Point Service Site Collection Features
Site Features:

SharePoint Server Enterprise Site Features

Friday, 18 November 2011

Convert Web application from Classic Mode authentication to Claims based Authentication

Classic Mode: This is nothing but Windows Authentication. If any web application is created with Classic Mode Authentication then it cannot applicable to configure forms based authentication.

 But, to configure this application to use Forms Based Authentication then you can convert from Classic Mode to Claims Based. But, there is no UI exist for doing this conversion. The only way around is through PowerShell. Please open the PoweShell command prompt as a administrator
Define a variable and assign the web application to it:
                                $ConvertApp = get-spwebapplication "URL"
Set the Claims authentication to true:
                                $ConvertApp.useclaimsauthentication = "True" 
Then run the update command: 

 But, if an application is created using Claims based and if you want to convert from Claims based to Classic Mode then it is not possible either through UI or through PowerShell. So, remember this

Claims Based: In SharePoint 2010 for a web application we can enable both windows, forms authentication. In earlier implementation to do this, we have to create two web applications which has different zones and different authentication. But, with the new claims based authentication a single application can have the capability to configure both windows and forms under single URL. All this is possible because of the authentication framework is built on Microsoft Identify Foundation. And it uses “Geneva” framework to handle this authentication.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

master page error : Code blocks are not allowed in this file.

The reason of the above error very probably the customized state of your Master Page. You see, each Master Page you create using SharePoint Designer is customized - its source is stored in the content database of SharePoint. The same behavior occurs when you modify a Master Page or a Page Layout using SPD. For security reasons customized pages are not allowed to use in-line code. The same errors is being caused by the control responsible for generating Variations menu: as soon as you remove it from your Master Page and ensure there are further no other code blocks, your Master Page should work fine. Another solution is to provision the Master Page using a Feature so that it remains uncustomized.

try to remove the ~ from the MasterPageFile="~/MasterPage.master" tag inside the content page and if it still does not work, remove the / if the are "mater page and the content page" in the same root.

Another way
You just have to edit your web.config file :

<Safemode …>
<PageParserPath VirtualPath=”/_catalogs/masterpage/publishing.master” CompilationMode=”Always” AllowServerSideScript=”True” />

Parser error when launching the Performance Point Dashboard Designer

After creating the site using with Business Intelgence Center template, here when you navigate to BI Site-->Create Dashboards--> Start Using PerformancePoint Services

 here Page will display error like as below

to resolve this error you will need to make a web.config change. Open the web.config file and locate with PageParserPaths. and add the below line in between the pageparserpaths tags:

<PageParserPaths  VirtualPath="/BIsite/Pages/ppssample.aspx" CompilationMode="Always" AllowServerSideScript="true" />

Deploying old version .stp templates into SharePoint 2010

I've been working on migrating an existing WSS 3.0 customization to a new SharePoint Foundation 2010 environment today. Most of the stuff was pretty straightforward (some web parts, web services, a few event handlers, ...), but there was one thing that didn't work out as planned.

I deployed STP file using with STSADM Command.

Now, while STP site templates are no longer supported, STP list templates should still work in SharePoint 2010. Unfortunately things were a bit trickier than I expected them to be.

As a test I started with uploading one of the original STP's to the template catalog (_catalogs/lt). No problem so far, but when I tried to create a list based off that template I got the following error:

after much searching i decided that SharePoint 2010 will not support to STP files.

As this wasn't an option, I decided to delve deeper into the STP file. As you might know, these STP files are just renamed CAB files. This means you can safely rename them again to .CAB and extract their contents ... which I did.

Doing so revealed that my STP/CAB file only contained a single file: manifest.xml. This file contains the definition of your list: its fields, contenttypes, views, ...
To have some data to compare to, I created a new, custom list in SharePoint 2010 and exported it as an STP template. Once again I renamed the file to .CAB and viewed its contents ... and there was much rejoicing.

It turned out that the SharePoint 2010 STP had the same content as the WSS 3.0 STP: just a single manifest.xml. A quick diff between the two manifest.xml files revealed that they're both quite similar and that there's a ProductVersion element in both files.
In the WSS 3.0 version, this element has a value of 3 ... but in the SPF2010 version, it has a value of 4. Could it be solved this easily?

Guess it was. I changed the value of the ProductVersion element in the original manifest.xml to 4 and repackaged it into a CAB. Renamed the CAB to STP and uploaded it again in SPF2010 and behold ... no more errors when creating lists from that template!

So if you need to migrate list templates STP's from SharePoint 2007 to 2010, you could try the following:
    1. Rename the original .STP to .CAB
    2. Extract its manifest.xml to a local folder (lets call it {workingfolder})
    3. Search for the ProductVersion element. This should have a value of 3 Change its value to 4
    4. Repackage the manifest.xml into a .CAB. I've done this by using makecab.exe in the C:\Windows\System32 folder
    Syntax: makecab.exe {workingfolder}\manifest.xml {workingfolder}\{template-name}.cab
    Change the generated cabinet's extension from .CAB back to .STP and upload it into the _catalogs/lt

Another way, Create new CAB project using with Visual Studio 2010.
File-->New Project-->select CAB project and Enter Project name here. by right clicking on the CAB project from Solution Explorer click on add and select manifest.xml file. just build the solution. .CAB file will be genrate in Projects Debug folder.Renamed the CAB to STP and uploaded it again in SPF2010 and behold ... no more errors when creating lists from that template!

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

An unexpected error has occurred with webparts

I have configured Codeplex's SharePoint 2010 FBA pack in my SharePonit environment and it’s all worked for me in default zone.
Extended the FBA SharePoint application, in internet site received an error with a SharePoint page that has web parts. The immediate fix is to delete the web part and re-add it, but that's not a real workaround.
If after deleting and re-adding the web part i still receive the unexpected error.

I checked in ULS logs with above Corelation ID:

System.Web.HttpException: Could not find the specified membership provider. at System.Web.UI.WebControls.LoginUtil.GetProvider(String providerName) at System.Web.UI.WebControls.CreateUserWizard.get_QuestionAndAnswerRequired() at System.Web.UI.WebControls.CreateUserWizard.UpdateValidators() at System.Web.UI.Control.EnsureChildControls() at System.Web.UI.WebControls.Wizard.OnInit(EventArgs e) at System.Web.UI.Control.InitRecursive(Control namingContainer) at System.Web.UI.Control.AddedControl(Control control, Int32 index) at Visigo.Sharepoint.FormsBasedAuthentication.MembershipRequestWebPart.AddCreateUserControl() at System.Web.UI.Control.EnsureChildControls() at System.Web.UI.Control.PreRenderRecursiveInternal() at System.Web.UI.Control.PreRenderRecursiveInternal() at System.Web.UI.Control.PreRenderRecursiveInternal() at System.Web.UI.Control.PreRenderRecursiveInternal() at System.Web.UI.Control.PreRenderRecursiveInternal() at System.Web.UI.Control.PreRenderRecursiveInternal() at System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessRequestMain(Boolean includeStagesBeforeAsyncPoint, Boolean includeStagesAfterAsyncPoint)

The error message said the web part tried to find a membership provider from the configuration file. However, it was not found.

After long search i posted into MSDN blog and got the solution from Jinchun Chen.

To fix the this issue, As i mentioned, the issue happened in the extended web application, i have configured the membership provider in the web.config(IIS --> share point site --> Providers) for the extended web.config too.

Here are a discussion from another site, which may help us to understand this issue.

“You must specify a value for this required field” error When edit and saving back to ShaePoint

when you edit a page that is using this Master Page.  Upon saving the page back to SharePoint you will receive an error stating “You must specify a value for this required field” and the save will fail.

The Main reason for this error was the hiding of the

When customizing SharePoint 2010 MasterPages you often don’t want certain content placeholders to show up on the page.  You should not delete or comment these elements out but instead set the visible=”false” attribute on the content placeholder.

here is The alternate way to hide this content placeholder is to create a simple CSS class containing “visibility:hidden” and referencing this class with the CssClass attribute of a new asp:panel element that contains your content placeholder.  You can hide the others in the same way as well and if you want to hide a whole group of them this may be a good way to get them all in one sweep.

Create a simple CSS class as shown below: 
Use asp:panel to hide your content placeholder(s):

<asp:panel runat="server" cssclass="hiddenpanel">
<asp:contentplaceholder id="PlaceHolderPageTitleInTitleArea" runat="server" />

After much research found the solution here
 By following this steps I was able to hide the content on the master page as I wished.