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Your Intranet in Your Pocket – The SharePoint Mobile App for iOS is Now Available

Last month, Microsoft unveiled a new vision for the future of SharePoint, and today they’re pleased to release the new SharePoint mobile app for iOS. Install it now and take your intranet with you—your intranet in your pocket. Stay connected to important content, sites, portals and people from across your intranet while on the go. The SharePoint mobile journey starts now. This is a first step, and Microsoft is excited to continue to build on what we’ve started. Let’s dive in to the details.
Watch this episode of Microsoft Mechanics with Andy Haon, principal group program manager on the SharePoint engineering team, for an in-depth look at the SharePoint mobile app:
The SharePoint mobile app
The new SharePoint mobile app helps you keep your work moving forward by providing quick access to your team sites, organization portals and resources, and even a view into what the…

Adding “Related Items” Field to Your List in SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint Online

SharePoint 2013 Task forms have a pretty nifty field called Related Items. It allows you to add a reference to another document or site asset to a Task. This is mainly used to display the related item that the task is created for (During a Workflow). Clicking on Add Related Item link and you get a dialog that allows you to

Upload content from your desktop
Select an item from a SharePoint list (yes you can link to a list item as well)

Managed Properties (Limitation) in SharePoint Online

With the new SharePoint Online being touted as the SharePoint platform for the future a number of organizations are planning to move to the cloud and leverage SharePoint online for collaboration and enterprise content management. One of the powerful features in SharePoint 2013 (and SharePoint online) is the new search engine. When you start working with SharePoint online you will encounter a number of differences between how on-premises SharePoint and SharePoint online are administered. One of these is how you work with Managed Properties.

Installing SharePoint 2010 SP2

I was tasked last week with learning how to install SharePoint 2010 as part of our SharePoint IT Training Module.  It’ll be easy they told me, or maybe they didn’t tell me that and I told myself that.  It’s only an installation, how hard can it be?  Famous Last words.  Well after a long time setting up every little thing I get hit with this error and spend a day trying to get past it trying a number of different strategies :

Workflow Manager Installation Error: Adding host to Service Bus Farm

I was trying to get the new workflow engine installed and configured with SharePoint 2013 but was encountering an error in the Service Bus configuration step.
Installation Instruction for Workflow Manager and SharePoint 2013 Workflow Configuration:
The full installation steps are provided here (in a video series): http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn201724.aspx and here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj193478
The instructions provided above are pretty detailed and helpful except that I kept getting this error while configuring workflow manager and there was not much to go with online.
The Error:

Program C:\Program Files\Windows Fabric\bin\Fabric\Fabric.Code.1.0\FabricDeployer.exe exited with error: Windows Fabric deployment failed.DeploymentValidator:
warning: The Fabric Data Collection Agent is disabled for this deployment.
None of the declared nodes is for the current machine.

Finally i looked at the hosts file on the Developer VM and noticed that I had an entry for Since I was using FQDNs for my workflow configuration, I commented this line and…

Creating a SharePoint BCS .NET Connectivity Assembly to Crawl RSS Data in Visual Studio 2010

In this post, I’ll walk you though how to create a SharePoint 2010  BCS .NET Connectivity Assembly in Visual Studio 2010.
We’re going to create an assembly that will allow us to Crawl RSS Feeds using BCS.
Creating a BCS .NET Connectivity Assembly project in Visual Studio 2010
First, create a new project selecting the Sharepoint –> 2010 –>Business Data Connectivity Model.  I’ll call this project RSSModel.

At the SharePoint Customization Wizard screen, select Deploy as a Farm Solution.  Be sure to put in the address of your base web application.

Click Finish.  Visual Studio will create the new project.  Once complete you should be presented with the model designer surface as below:

Updating the Default Project for Our Custom BCS Model
Setting the Model Name
The model is created using default model and entity names.  Lets change those first.  In solution explorer, change the name of the…

Fixing ‘The default web application could not be determined…’ when deploying a .NET BCS Connectivity Assembly in SharePoint 2010

The following error was received when attempting to deploy a .NET BCS Connectivity Assembly to our SharePoint 2010 Farm:
Error occurred in deployment step ‘Add Solution': The default web application could not be determined. Set the SiteUrl property in feature *Model Name*_Feature1 to the URL of the desired site and retry activation.
Parameter name: properties
While the Site URL property is automatically set in the Project properties by the SharePoint Configuration Wizard when creating the project, for some reason it doesn’t set a BCS Custom Property necessary for successful deployment.
To add this property, do the following:
Select the model object in the solution explorer.  This is generally beneath the Package node.  In the properties window, click (Collection) next to Feature Properties and click the elipsis (…) button.

In the Feature Properties window, click the Add button.  Set the Key property to SiteUrl and the…

SharePoint BCS Links

While investigating how to create and deploy custom .NET BCS Connectivity Assemblies, I came across a ton of good links that helped out with some specific issues, and I wanted to share them.
Clearing BCS Service Application Database
The following link describes a method of clearing out the BCS database in order to redeploy BCS custom assemblies that have changed models.  This is useful if you start getting errors about your BCD model not being compliant with previous versions.  It keeps you from having to delete/recreate the BCS Service Application:
Making BCS Model in .NET Connectivity Assembly Searchable
The next link describes the changes to your .NET Connectivity Assembly that are necessary to make your BCS model show up in Content Sources under Line of Business in the SharePoint Search and/or FAST Content SSA’s.
BCS Custom Properties List
Finally, the last link is a list of…

Great Post on How SharePoint 2010 Load Balancing Works

In reviewing our client’s SharePoint 2010 / FAST farm topology, a lot of questions came up about how load balancing works in SharePoint 2010.  I came across blog post entitled: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love The SharePoint Topology Service by Josh Gavant.
It’s an excellent read and goes into some detail about how SharePoint 2010 Load Balancing works.  I recommend reading it.

No Results Showing Up in QRServer Queries in FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint

FAST Search Server 2010 comes with a web application for executing FQL queries against the FAST index, called QRServer.  One of our clients was having an issue executing FQL queries, only getting data back that was being crawled by the FAST Web Crawler, and none of the SharePoint data being crawled by the FAST Content SSA.
The issue stemmed from permissions on the FAST server.  Our client did not wish to add all of the developers accounts to FASTSearchAdministrators, and he found a solution/workaround on TechNet forums:
from: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/fastsharepoint/thread/e65abf66-f574-4e84-b86e-a45c5f19b316
To Disable Security FQL stage from Query pipeline follow the instructions below. For those of you who are not familiar with this stage, the securityfql stage checks the security rights of the logged in user against docacls in each search results and filters those results that the current user has rights to see. Also,…