Saturday, September 25, 2010

Resources for 2010 Development

Click on to download an ebook titled "Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010".

Click on to download 17 advanced developer training presentations on SharePoint 2010.

See for "Developing Applications for SharePoint 2010" where you can download a guidance documentation, detailed examples, and a reusable class library to help developers and architects make the right decisions and follow proven practices when designing and developing applications for SharePoint 2010. The guide has four core areas: application foundations, execution models, data models, and client models. It also includes eight reference implementations illustrating the core concepts covered in the guide. The reusable class library provides code to help developers build more manageable, flexible, and testable applications. Source code is provided for all reference implementations and for the reusable library. The reference implementations have automated setup scripts to configure the applications.

See for the SharePoint 2010 SDK. It includes documentation and code samples for Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 and for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, which builds upon the SharePoint Foundation 2010 infrastructure. The documentation includes detailed descriptions of the technologies that SharePoint Server 2010 and SharePoint Foundation 2010 provide for developers, reference documentation for the server and client object models, and step-by-step procedures for using these technologies and object models and programming with them. This SDK also includes best practices and setup guidance to help you get started with your own custom applications that build and extend upon the SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010 platforms.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

InfoPath Form Services for SharePoint 2010 is Missing

Yesterday I was working with my new SharePoint 2010 development farm. I had an InfoPath form template (i.e. .xsn file) to deploy. I opened up SharePoint Central Administration and went to the General Application Settings page (i.e. generalapplicationsettings.aspx on the Central Admininstration site). I noticed that the "InfoPath Forms Services" section between "External Service Connections" and "Site Directory" is missing.

Obviously I didn't have the Enterprise version installed. So here's how I solved it:
1. Go to MSDN subscriptions -
2. Login and open/expand the Servers link in the left navigation to find the "SharePoint Server 2010" product.
3. In the content panel you'll see the "SharePoint Server 2010 (x64) - DVD (English)" product information display. Click on the "View" link of the "Keys" column. Copy the "Enterprise CAL" product key for use in step #7 below.
4. I opened up SharePoint Central Administration and went to the (i.e. upgradeandmigration.aspx on the Central Admininstration site).
5. In the "Upgrade and Patch Management" section click on the "Convert farm license type" link to bring up the Conversion.aspx page.
6. Enter in the new product key and convert to the "SharePoint Server with Enterprise Client Access License" edition.
7. Now go back to the General Application Settings page in SharePoint Central Administration and you should now see the "InfoPath Forms Services" section with its links.

CopyAppBinContent and Workflow Error with InfoPath Form

Kudos to David Stampfli of Microsoft on his valuable assistance solving this dilemma.

I deployed an InfoPath Form template (.xsn file) to a SharePoint 2010 farm and configured a form library to use this template for new documents. In the InfoPath form a call is made to a custom workflow. Everything appears to be configured correctly. But when I save the form I get the following primary error message:

"Unexpected WinWF Internal Error, terminating workflow Id# f7967a24-ee3b-4056-8513-61a10854058c"

An internal exception has the following message:
Unexpected System.Resources.MissingManifestResourceException: Could not find any resources appropriate for the specified culture or the neutral culture. Make sure "Resources.[............].resources" was correctly embedded or linked into assembly "App_GlobalResources.nkxekvue" at compile time, or that all the satellite assemblies required are loadable and fully signed.

What happened? The page resource files weren't properly deployed to the Web Application on the Farm during the WSP deployment. In order to mitigate this issue we have the CopyAppBinContent command for STSADM. See for more. On the WFE I ran the following command to resolve this issue:

stsadm.exe –o copyappbincontent

Monday, September 20, 2010

Configuring Site Usage Reports

I noticed that my site collection administrators weren't able to see their usage statistics. The issue was that the "Enable advanced usage analysis processing" checkbox was unchecked on the SSP's "Configure Advanced Usage Analysis Processing" screen. Here's what needs to be done to resolve this issue.

1. Open up SharePoint Central Administration
2. Click on the link to the SSP site home page.
3. Click on the link to "Usage Reporting" under the "Office SharePoint Usage Reporting" heading. This is _layouts/SpUsageConfig.aspx on the SSP site.
4. You will be on the "Configure Advanced Usage Analysis Processing" screen. Make sure that both checkboxes for "Enable advanced usage analysis processing" and "Enable Search Query Logging" are checked. Then press OK.
5. Now go to each Site Collection's Features (i.e. _layouts/ManageFeatures.aspx?Scope=Site from the site collection root).
6. If the Reports feature is activated then deactivate it.
7. Now click the Activate button for the Reporting feature.
8. As data is collected the site adminsitrators can use _layouts/SpUsageWeb.aspx on their site to see their site's statistics.
9. As data is collected the site collection administrators can use _layouts/SpUsageSite.aspx on their site collection root to see their entire site collection statistics.