All posts tagged SharePoint Server 2010

Problems with Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) and SharePoint


I recently came across an issue with Internet Explorer 10 that causes problems with a number of web sites. It took a little over a week back and forth with Microsoft support before we were able to finally target it to the browser. I thought it was an issue with a particular clients Office 365 tenant so that left us chasing our tails for a bit.


The problem stems from the way that Internet Explorer 10 handles websites in compatibility mode. Internet Explorer 8 and 9 respected a meta property embedded in the head of the website. Microsoft products like CRM and SharePoint utilized this property to automatically force the page into compatibility mode without any involvement from the user.

<meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=8" />

Internet Explorer 10, however, seems to disable compatibility mode by default… a big step forward in terms of Microsoft’s commitment to web standards but a a step backwards when it comes to… well… compatibility. Continue reading →

The Windows PowerShell Command Builder


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 →

Managed Account Password Management

I like the idea of SharePoint managing my passwords for me. I like the idea of no human knowing what the service account passwords are so that they are forced to log into their own admin account before modifying anything within SharePoint. The problem with this is that I just can’t trust SharePoint to handle this for me and even if I do it is very difficult to have a recovery strategy.

I’ve now been bitten by this issue twice in two separate environments. I can’t say what causes it but for some reason the Farm account fails to update cleanly and Central Administration is completely unaccessible. Thank goodness for my old friend PowerShell.

So you’re either here because your farm is inaccessible or you’re here because you need the PowerShell for resetting a managed account password. Either way… here you go.

Modify Password for Managed Account using PowerShell

$pw = ConvertTo-SecureString -String p@ssword1 -AsPlainText -Force
$account = Get-SPManagedAccount DOMAIN\User
Set-SPManagedAccount -Identity $account -NewPassword $pw -ConfirmPassword $pw -SetNewPassword

Now… if this fails for you because you can’t access the farm due to permissions issues then you have a much larger issue on your hands. You can try to give a user access to the content and configuration databases, local administrator rights and Shell Admin role within SQL Server but honestly I haven’t tested that scenario yet.

For now I’m recommending that companies do not utilize the automatic password management features of SharePoint 2010.

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 →

Who is Rich Haddock?

I was recently working on some new blog topics and a possible white paper when I stumbled across this little bit in SharePoint 2010. If you have worked in-depth with SharePoint publishing then you will undoubtedly be familiar with the Reusable Content capabilities within SharePoint. So, when playing around with Reusable Content in SharePoint 2010 I found this:

As you can see… SharePoint 2010 ships with three pieces of reusable content out of the box. Now I can understand the copyright and the quote but when I saw the Byline I immediately had to ask myself the question that I doubt anyone else cares about: Continue reading →