Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Unable to complete this operation. Please contact your administrator; When trying to upload a file in SharePoint.

When trying to upload file, then boom!!! you come across error: "Unable to complete this operation. Please contact your administrator", chances are that the partition drive on the machine where your Content database is sitting has run out of space. Therefore, you will have to look for alternatives of increasing the free space otherwise relocate your SharePoint databases.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

By default, SharePoint view wont group by column of type 'multiple lines of text'

Just thought I could save someone some time....

Imagine you are trying to create a SharePoint view, were you want to group by a specific column, but when you go to group-by drop down list, your column does not show up. Chances are that the column you are trying to group by is of type 'multiple lines of text'. Unless you can do some custom dev on this, a quick and simple solution will be to just change its type to 'single line of text', and your column will now appear in the group-by drop down.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Zambia's first K2 BlackPoint roll-out

Reporting to you live from Code|Influence...

My colleague and I have been managing our organization's SharePoint infrastructure for some time now and we have just rolled out the first K2 BlackPoint in the country, intended mostly for SharePoint workflow developments.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Zambia's first 4 SharePoint Certified (MCTS)

Zambia so far only has 4 Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist in SharePoint, and they are:

1. Liness Zulu - MCTS:SharePoint. She is only 14 Years Old and doing her 10th grade at High School.

2. Masialeti Masialeti - BSc Comp. Sci, MCTS:SharePoint. Information Systems Specialist for Lumwana Mining Company.

3. Christopher Simusokwe (thats me) - BSc Comp. Sci, MCTS:SharePoint. Information Systems Specialist for Lumwana Mining Company.

4. Albert Zulu - BSc Comp. Sci, MCP, MCSE, MCDBA, MCT, MCBMS, MCBMSP, MCSA, MCTS, MCITP. Network Administrator for Zamnet.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Some SharePoint facts

• SharePoint is the fastest-growing product in the history of Microsoft.

• Over 75 million licenses of SharePoint have been sold worldwide.

• SharePoint is listed, by Forrester, as the number 1 portal product.

• SharePoint is positioned as a leader within the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals products.

• Over 400 case studies have been published on SharePoint.

Why should you use SharePoint?

SharePoint solves four main problems:

• As companies grow so does the amount of their files. It soon becomes difficult to keep track of the multiplying documents and their locations. SharePoint overcomes this by allowing you to store and locate your files in a central site. Files can also be located through company wide searches of your SharePoint enterprise portal.

• Sharing work files through email is a cumbersome process. SharePoint eliminates this by allowing files to be stored in one location, allowing easy access to all team members.

• Today’s work occurs over multiple locations, whether it is in different countries, office locations, separate departments or at your home office. SharePoint enables teams and individuals to connect and collaborate together regardless of where they are located.

• It’s difficult and time consuming to create and maintain sites. SharePoint allows anyone to create sites for use within their company’s Intranet, as they are needed, whether they are departmental sites, document libraries, meetings sites, survey sites, or discussion boards

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Detour: Wolfram|Alpha goes Live

Yesterday 18th May, Wolfram|Alpha went Live! This computational engine will prove to be a serious Google competitor. To me, its like the best thing since the invention of Google. Kudos to Stephen Wolfram for his 20 years work.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Change your AD or Local Machine password using a SharePoint webpart

I had always wondered how to make it easy for users that bug you on how to change their passwords (believe me, these users exist). Then as I was doing my CodePlex expedition, I bumped into this nice solution, simple to install, and it activates right upon installation. Enjoy it: http://changepassword.codeplex.com/

SharePoint PowerShell Console

For the code/script lovers, i know that SharePoint was beginning to take away that sweet thing from you, well now at least you get to run your scripts in powershell. Check out this one on codeplex (I think am in love with codeplex!!!)
http://sppowershellconsole.codeplex.com/

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Just Got Certified

Today I sat for my exam 70-630 SharePoint, scored 964/1000 in 20 minutes, and got certified. Am happy to say that am now MCTS - SharePoint.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Zambia's first Helpdesk System on SharePoint

For my 25th birthday today 3rd March, 2009, allow me to present to you another first of its kind in Zambia. Yes we have done it again, having been Project manager, I present to you Zambia's first Helpdesk System which Masialeti and I have developed on Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. The system also implements SharePoint designer workflows, Infopath forms, SharePoint document library and sends email notifications to the relevant personnel. When a user logs in a call, the user automatically receives a mail from the system, telling them that their call has been received and is being attended to, IT section will also receive a notification and the helpdesk manager will assign the call to the right IT guy who will also automatically receive a mail notification from the system. When the call is resolved, the user again automatically gets notified by the system with a mail giving them description of the problem they logged and also how it has been resolved. The user also has an option of re-activating the call if they are not happy with the resolution and the loop is started all over again. A knowledge base is also eventually built for the user who can always look at all the calls that they have ever logged before.

Oh and there is something am doing on the 16th March, 2009, Watch This Space....

Friday, February 20, 2009

Error "403 Forbidden" on Sharepoint Search Settings Page

Ok so I had to struggle with this error for like 48 hours, busy googling for a solution. This error came up at the same time on both our live and test environment after we were hit by the worm Microsoft reported a few days ago.

So here is how I went about sorting it out:

Using STSADMIN commands

1. I first ran stsadm -o osearch -action stop –f
2. Then stsadm -o osearch -action start -role indexquery
3. And stsadm -o execadmsvcjobs

So now I tried to access the search site and it told me that I had to assign an index server, of which I did, then I again from the index server had to run stsadm -o execadmsvcjobs.

At this point, I had to provide access to c:\windows\tasks, from the command line, on our index server for the local group WSS_WPG as follows
1. By running attrib -s c:\windows\tasks on the index server so as to be able to change the tasks system folder attributes.
2. Then I added the local group WSS_WPG with read and write access
3. And now take back the attributes of the tasks system folder to the way they were by running attrib +s c:\windows\tasks
4. Then restart the search service on the index server
5. And perform a full crawl

Depending on how big your databases are, will determine how long the crawling and computing ranking will take, ours took about 5 hours and after which, the search site for the live environment came up.

Am still struggling with the test environment search site as the tasks folder keeps on denying access when I try to ran attrib -s c:\windows\tasks

Later mates….will tell you more soon.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Report Server in SharePoint Integrated Mode Error: Cannot create a connection to data source 'DatasSource1'

So having made my report using Business Intelligence Development studio, i successfully deployed it to my Sharepoint Reports Library.

When i tried to access the report from SharePoint, BOMB!!!

An error has occurred during report processing. (rsProcessingAborted)
Cannot create a connection to data source 'DatasSource1'. (rsErrorOpeningConnection)
For more information about this error navigate to the report server on the local server machine, or enable remote errors

So after 24 hours of hitting my head against the wall, i got it right.

Try this:
1. open your http://sharepointserver/reports/data connections/
2. click to open the data connection
3. On the credentials section, click the "stored credentials" radio button, type in a domain account in the format 'MYDOMAIN\Accountname' and it password. Note that this account can be the service account of your farm, assuming that its also the account that the report server is using when connecting to the report server database (well at least that's how my farm is)
4. Check the two boxes for "Use as windows credentials" and for "Set execution context to account"
5. click ok and you should be good to go