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“An error has occurred” When Changing a Dynamics CRM User’s Business Unit

Recently while working on a client engagement, we needed to move users around to different business units in Dynamics CRM 4.0.  No problem right?  Well we very quickly determined things weren’t going to go smoothly.  When we attempted to change a user’s business unit, it would sit for 30 seconds and throw the lovely unhelpful generic message “An error has occurred”.  Gotta love Microsoft developer’s strong attention to error messages.  A lot of users have apparently run into this with no real good resolution.  We were able to find the true cause (at least in our case), so I wanted to share it to hopefully help others struggling with this.

How to Format in PowerShell Webcast Available

For everyone starting to learn PowerShell, it’s hard to know where to start.  Thomas Lee (author of his blog Under the Stairs and a PowerShell MVP) worked with the great folks at PowerShell.com and Idera to put on a very useful and pertinent webcast on how to format PowerShell output.  It’s one in a series called PowerShell Power Hour.  Think about it, every command in PowerShell you run outputs data.  Wouldn’t you like to know how to get it to display like what you want? 

What’s the different in Format-List and Format-Table?  What’s a hash table?  Can we format currency?  He shows you!  This is not for someone who’s never used PowerShell before, but for those who are learning commands, getting some output, and need some tuning.  You can access the webcast at PowerShell.com’s site after registering for free.  It’s also available at Idera’s site as well.

If you need more of a getting started tutorial, check out the first webcast in the series “Getting Started with Windows PowerShell” by Tobias Welner (PowerShell MVP) here.  If you’re looking for more focused PowerShell information for SharePoint 2010, Joel Oleson wrote a great post on this topic.

Administrator’s Crash Course in PowerShell 2.0 E-Book

While doing some testing and research with PowerShell the other day, I came across a great free 4-part Crash Course e-book from Don Jones on PowerShell v2.0.  You can find it here.  You will need to create an account on the site, but it’s free.  Check it out!

Changes Not Saved to SharePoint 2010 "Activities I am Following" Edit Profile Page

Recently, one of my colleagues came to me with an issue he was having with SharePoint.  After making sure it wasn't friendly "user error", I determined this to actually be a bug in SharePoint 2010 RTM.  Here's the issue:

On your SharePoint 2010 RTM farm, go to your My Site Profile page, and edit it.  You are able to change the "Activities I am following" once, and save.  But when you do it again, save and double-check, the change was not saved.  What gives?! 

“The list cannot be displayed in datasheet view” Error on SharePoint 2010

I recently came across this and wanted to be sure everyone is aware of this limitation.  With the new release of Office 2010 including 64-bit support, there has been some confusion about which version to install.  Microsoft has been clear in their recommendation:

  1. Install the 32-bit version for most needs to maintain ActiveX control compatibility and other tools
  2. Install the 64-bit version if you use Excel spreadsheets 2 GB in size 

For whatever reason, say you installed Office 2010 64-bit on your machine, and you happily go to your shiny SharePoint 2010 site (or WSS/MOSS), open up a list, and hit Datasheet View.  To your surprise, you see this:

The list cannot be displayed in Datasheet view

Don't Use Spaces When Naming Things in SharePoint

You know who you are out there.  We've all done it, because it’s such an easy thing to fall into.  You're just happy as a clam with your shiny new SharePoint site, and you're all ready to create some content.  First up, a document library.  We love our shared documents, right?  Well, how many times after awhile do you find yourself emailing links to files like:

http://intranet/Shared%20Documents/June%20Assessment/Rev2%20Standard%20Quote%20for%20client.xls

Final Word on the Fab 40 Templates for SharePoint 2010

So we’ve all been waiting, and waiting, and waiting to hear from Microsoft about the fate of the “fab 40” templates for SharePoint 2010.  Well, they finally have made a decision.  You’re not going to like it.  Read the full details

The bottom line from the article:

Microsoft is not releasing new versions of these templates for SharePoint 2010 Products.

Quick Tip for Uploading Multiple Files to SharePoint 2010 Picture Library

SharePoint 2010 is great at many things, and one of the new integrations with Office 2010 is with uploading multiple pictures to a picture library using the Office Picture Manager. 

Say you you’ve got a bunch of logos you want to get into your new fancy 2010 picture library.  You would click Upload –> Upload Multiple Pictures right?

SharePoint 2010 Upload Multiple Files

How to Re-Create Default Security Groups in Multi-Tenant SharePoint 2010 Environment

If you’ve been dabbling in SharePoint 2010's new hosting (multi-tenant) environment and been creating host-named site collections, you have may noticed that the default SharePoint security groups typically created by default are not there in the root web.  These include:

Members

Owners

Visitors

These are created by the SharePoint API, and apparently isn’t called properly when host-named site collections are created through PowerShell in a multi-tenant environment.  This ONLY happens in a multi-tenant environment.  Even if you create the host-named site collections through PowerShell in a non-hosted environment, the first time you visit the site, you might be prompted to choose the site template and to create the default security groups.

So how do we get them back without creating them manually?  Read on...

Enabling Adobe PDF in SharePoint 2010

Adobe PDF Icon 50x50This morning I had the task of getting PDF indexing to work in search on our new SharePoint 2010 installations.  There are various existing blogs out there, so I thought I would combine what I used into one place.

The majority of the steps to get this working are documented here at Nick Gratten’s SharePoint blog.

You will also need the adobe PDF small icon.  The best place is to get directly from adobe here.  Download the 17x17 small icon.

If you are copying the files from another UNC file server (say from your 2007 server) onto Server 2008 (or R2), Explorer might block the files to protect you from yourself.  Right click the file, click properties, and make sure you don’t have the option to unblock.  If you do, click Unblock. 

There have been discussions around if this works on SharePoint 2010 Foundation.  While officially I’ve seen where it’s said it is not supported, there are apparently workarounds. 

SharePoint 2010 Granular Restores

I wanted to take a minute and talk about a really cool new feature of SharePoint 2010 relating to backups – Granular Restores.  While doing some test migrations from MOSS 2007 to SharePoint 2010, we needed to choose the best method to selectively move data from an old site to a new site. 

In SharePoint 2010, you have the ability to restore content (down to the list level) from an unattached SQL database.  How cool is that!  Here’s the new Backup and Restore options in Central Admin:

SharePoint 2010 Granular Restores

Best Practice: Should SharePoint Replace Your File Servers?

One of SharePoint’s popular features is Document Management, which leads many organizations to migrate their data from files shares or their Document Management System over to SharePoint.  Is this best practice?  Let’s not be hasty, and look at the various things to consider on both sides of the coin.

Closing vs. Deleting a Web Part from a SharePoint Page

I was reminded today about the difference of removing vs. deleting a web part from a site page today.  There’s already a great blog on the subject and it can be found here

The quick and dirty is that when you either choose to “close” on a web part or click the “X” in edit view, this does NOT remove it from the page, it only hides it.  There is a Closed Web Parts gallery where this closed web part gets placed, and if there are enough closed web parts, it can significantly decrease your pages load time, as it still loads the closed web parts. 

“The given key was not in the dictionary” Error When Creating Managed Account in SharePoint 2010

When I was configuring a new installation of SharePoint Server 2010 the other day, I hit a snag when creating a Managed Service Account while creating a new Web Application.  My existing Application Pool account wasn’t listed and I couldn’t choose the “Configurable” option to manually type it in.  I attempted to make the existing application pool AD account a managed account, but got the error:

“The given key was not in the dictionary”

To correct this error, you need to go into Active Directory and make a security change:

Official Release of SharePoint Server 2010 and Office 2010!

Today is the day!  Microsoft officially has released SharePoint Server 2010 and Office 2010 and related 2010 products like SharePoint Designer, Project 2010 and Visio 2010.  You can watch the event and get other information at the launch site:

http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/businessproductivity/proof/pages/2010-launch-events.aspx

Other Resources

If you would like more information on SharePoint Server 2010, you can check out the following resources:

 

Breakdown comparison of the editions of SharePoint Server 2010

http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/en-us/buy/Pages/Editions-Comparison.aspx

SharePoint 2010, Office 2010, Visio 2010 and Project 2010 Hits RTM

The time has finally arrived!  Microsoft’s Corporate VP for Microsoft Office Takeshi Numoto recently announced the final release milestone for the 2010 wave of Office products including SharePoint 2010, Office 2010, Visio 2010 and Project 2010.  Here are the critical dates...

Assembly Error in STSADM MigrateUser

During a recent migration, we ran into an issue when attempting to migrate users from one domain to another using stsadm migrateuser.  Hopefully this will help any others that are getting this strange error.  Our environment was a small MOSS 2007 64-bit farm installed with slipstreamed SP2, with the February 2010 cumulative update applied. 

 We were moving from an on-premise to Hosted solution, so this required a new domain and user accounts.  Since the new domain wouldn’t know anything about the old domain’s user accounts, we added the –ignoresidhistory switch.  We ran the following command:

Pages: Previous1...4567NextReturn Top

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