All posts tagged SharePoint Foundation 2010

The Windows PowerShell Command Builder

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Have you learned PowerShell yet? If not, you’re way behind.

What if there was a tool that allowed you to view all of the commands that were available for SharePoint Foundation 2010, SharePoint Server 2010 and Office 365 in a way that was intuitive, task oriented and visual? What if this tool was web accessible and didn’t require an installation? What if I just cut to the chase and gave you the link? Continue reading →

Nintex Workflow Tips & Tricks

I’ve been working with Nintex products for a few years now with great success. In my experience their workflow and reporting products are very solid but sometimes performing complex solutions can have a learning curve. Here are a couple of tips and best practices I’ve learned over the years. Continue reading →

Adding a View More Link to Web Parts

When we’re designing or mocking up a SharePoint Intranet, Extranet or Internet we always talk about content roll up. SharePoint does a great job with content roll up OOTB (within the same Site Collection at least) using the Content Query Web Part. However, any time you show the client the power of the Content Query Web Part a typical question usually follows…

I love how I can see the top 5 most recent documents… but where is the link to “view more”? How do I get to the rest of the documents?

Like anything else with SharePoint it’s the 80-90% that’s easy and the little questions like this that cause the grief. Now, you could modify the Content Query Web Part styles but that’s not very manageable. Or you could drop a Content Editor Web Part on the page but that seems like a lot of work for one link. Heck, with SharePoint 2010 you could even use an inline Web Part in your main content area and just include the link yourself.

Isn’t there an easier way?

What if you wanted something that looks like this:
Let’s keep this simple, make it flexible and allow you to use this technique on any Web Part, OOTB or custom. Continue reading →

Adding Links to Site Settings

In part 1 I covered Adding Links to Central Administration but now it’s time to take a look at how I added links to the site settings screen for my CodePlex creation SharePoint 2010 Site Styles. Note that the process is almost identical.

So the final goal is something that looks like this:

Just like part 1 this solution uses feature activation (no code required) to make this happen. Here we go! Continue reading →

Sysprepped SharePoint 2010 Development Image

SharePoint 2010 is here and it’s time to do things right this time around. To me, doing it right means that everything I do should be reusable. Those reusable components may be for our internal developers or it may be something that the sales team can run with but either way that’s the goal.

The requirements

When it came time to put together the image that would be reused for all the developers across the company we needed a solution a little bit more robust then the solution we used for SharePoint 2007. Below are some of our requirements:

  1. Consistent installations between environments
  2. Follow best practices where possible (development environments historically break this rule for ease of use)
  3. Unique computer name for each person to avoid network collisions
  4. Automated installation to allow for quick spin up of development environments
  5. Should use VMware (We recently transitioned everything from Virtual PC to VMware due to 64bit requirements)

In addition to these requirements we also put in place some new machine requirements for all developers. At a high level this includes 8 GB of ram and quad core processors. The developer has input for the remaining specs. Continue reading →

SharePoint 2010 Site Styles is out!

I’ve been busy lately developing my first full codeplex project. I now feel good enough about that process to have released a version on CodePlex earlier today. So say hello to SharePoint 2010 Site Styles.

Now you may be asking yourself…

What is this and why did you build it?

So with the release of SharePoint 2010 Microsoft decided that the concept of themes should be reworked within SharePoint, and they definitely needed it. So now themes allow you to modify the color and font scheme of any SharePoint site either through the browser or even through Office applications such as PowerPoint and by doing so you can produce a theme file with a .thmx format. This has made sharing, deploying and creating themes extremely easy.

But… what if you wanted to deploy your own custom CSS or your own custom images? Well, you can do one of the following:

  1. Create your own master page and add your CSS.
  2. Modify the master page through SharePoint designer and add your CSS.
  3. Add your CSS in through a web part or other element.
  4. Turn on publishing and set the alternate CSS file.
  5. Create a Control Template that’s feature activated to embed your custom CSS file into the page.

Ok, so now you read through that list and realize that only option 5 has any merit what-so-ever because the rest either require publishing or are not deployable/reusable. Continue reading →