Microsoft has released an important news announcement regarding a bug with Service Pack 2 that causes the software to go into trial mode that will expire in 180 days after the service pack was installed. There is currently no hotfix for the problem and the best way to solve this issue is to go into SharePoint Central Administration and re-enter your product key.
At this point we are still recommending that customers upgrade to SP2 but to ensure that after their upgrade they re-enter the product key and ensure that the product is no longer in trial mode.
Read more at the SharePoint team blog and follow the detailed steps to re-enter your product key.
First… What Is a Feature?
A feature is a mechanism to deploy and activate customizations to a SharePoint environment. Features can be activated in the user interface empowering the administrator or end user with the ability to easily enable or disable a customization. Features are made of a manifest or feature.xml, one or many additional element XML files and additional resource files if applicable. Read more at MSDN. The most important benefit to features is that they can be deployed with Solution Packages (WSP), using solution packages will keep you in a supported, restorable state and encourages developers to focus on deployment and packaging during the initial phases of development which is extremely important. Continue reading →