December Hotfix

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Microsoft have released the December Hotfix package :

More info and download available here:

It provides a number of fixes including the Picture Library View flyout menu disappearing.

Haven't tested it yet, but will report back if I find anything...

Funky SharePoint menu...

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Check out the following video, Jan Tielens demos a cool way to navigate in MOSS...



Microsoft Certified Master (MCM)

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Microsoft have recently announced the MCM programme for MOSS 2007

Check out the links below...


Picture Library Flyout Menu - gone??

Sunday, 10 August 2008

Recently, on site I had an end-user complain that the Views flyout menu shown below has disappeared. It appears, by default in a standard sharepoint picture library in both WSS and MOSS.

On investigation, it seems that the Infrastructure Update released by Microsoft in July somehow breaks it.

Theres currently no fix available so watch this space! I'll post back when I find out some more.

SharePoint Infrastructure Update

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

A new UPDATE, not service pack! which contains a load of performance updates and fixes for WSS and MOSS.

This also includes a new Search Settings Interface and the federated search capabilities seen with MS Search Server/Exp 2008

Download links:

Infrastructure Update for Microsoft Office Servers (KB951297)

Infrastructure Update for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (KB951695)


Flyout Menus in MOSS!

Monday, 14 July 2008

From time to time, I get asked about flyout menus in SharePoint...Is it possible? Yep - no need to get out the custom JavaScript menu just yet.

You'll need SharePoint Designer and permissions to edit the masterpage... (Tip: please backup the default.master before editing and hacking!) Check out and open the Master Page you are currently using, Run a search for a property called 'MaximumDynamicDisplayLevels', set this to 2 in the Master Page and voila! You’ll get a second level fly out menu!

Note: When searching in SharePoint Designer, You will notice the property is referenced twice, one for the TopNavigationMenu aka Global Navigation and one for the Quick launch. It works in both, although may need some slight tweaking if using with any of the other OOB master pages.

Save Site as Template .stp 10mb Limit

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

If you've ever tried to save a SharePoint site as a template file (.stp) you may have noticed a check box to 'Include Content', Great! a quick and dirty way to migrate a SharePoint site.

Notquite! Issue is there is a 10MB hard coded limit....

You can however use the command line tool - stsadm to increase the limit, I've tested to 524Mb or 524288000

run the following on the SharePoint Server:

stsadm -o setproperty -pn max-template-document-size -pv 524288000


SharePoint Backup Failure

Friday, 30 May 2008

SharePoint Backup Failure - UnauthorizedAccessException

Check out the following post – worked for me ;o)


SharePoint Sushi

Friday, 2 May 2008

For those of you who've missed it, SUSHI (SharePoint Utility with a Smart, Helpful Interface) is a great open source tool available on Codeplex. In a nutshell, you get a ton of time saving features for administrators. An example of some of the features:

  • Security Reports - View all sites and lists a user has access to
  • Copy View Copy a view from one SharePoint list to another
  • Bulk Site Creation Create a large number of subsites based on a site template
  • Themes Apply a Theme to many sites at once

You can get the download and more detailed info here , you can also visit

Thanks to the developer Joseph Fluckiger of Catapult Systems, you're a legend!



MOSS Storage Planning - Best Practices

Tuesday, 29 January 2008

Hi Folks

For those of you SharePoint architects struggling to find some info on planning a storage platform for MOSS, Microsoft have recently released the following white paper:

Planning and Monitoring SQL Server Storage for Office SharePoint Server: Performance Recommendations and Best Practices. You can download it here.

Apparently, the SharePoint folks are working on releasing more IOPS related guidelines, but have not done so yet. When they do publish more information, they will likely update the document linked above.

Hope its useful