Wednesday, January 27, 2010

BIWUG on SharePoint 2010

On Tuesday, the 9th of February 2010 BIWUG organizes the first sessions about SharePoint 2010 in the new Ordina offices in Mechelen. We have a great line up amongst which 3 Belgian SharePoint MVP's presenting.

Date and hours:

February 9th, 2010
(The event is free, but registration is required.)


  • 18:00 - 18:30: Welcome
  • 18:30 - 19:00: Introduction to SharePoint Server 2010 (Joris Poelmans – SharePoint MVP)
  • 19:00 - 19:30: LINQ to SharePoint (Stephane Eyskens – SharePoint MVP)
  • 19:30 - 20:00: Client Object Model (Jan Tielens – SharePoint MVP)
  • 20:00 - 20:15: Break
  • 20:15 - 20:45: Business Connectivity Services (Frank Cleynen)
  • 20:45 - 21:15: Workflow (Peter Plessers)


Ordina HQ
Blarenberglaan 3B
2800 Mechelen

Route description to the Ordina HQ can be found here. Please print the itinerary, as most GPS devices have problems with finding this address.


Click here to register for this event.


Monday, January 18, 2010

User activity statistic in SharePoint Server 2007

Did you ever wonder what the User Activity value means in the SharePoint site statistics? Apparently this is the total number of times the user accessed the site (or site collection) over the past 30 days, divided by 30 to give daily average.

Great explanation on MOSS Usage Reports Explained

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Office 2010 multiple upload with SharePoint Server 2007

The new user interface for uploading multiple documents to a document library is actually part of the Office 2010 clients – so if you install Word 2010 you will also be able to use the new “drag & drop” upload control together with SharePoint Server 2007.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack v4 for Word, Excel and Powerpoint available

A new version of the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel and Powerpoint formats has been released for download .

By installing the Compatibility Pack in addition to Microsoft Office 2000, Office XP, or Office 2003, you will be able to open, edit, and save files using the file formats in newer versions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint . The Compatibility Pack can also be used in conjunction with the Microsoft Office Word Viewer 2003, Excel Viewer 2003, and PowerPoint Viewer 2003 to view files saved in these new formats. For more information about the Compatibility Pack, see 924074.

I’m wondering if this works for Office 2010 as well …

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Saturday, January 09, 2010

Bitnami – setups and virtual machines for open source web applications

If you want to try out some open source web applications but don’t want to go through the hassle of setting up everything up yourself – BitNami is the place to be.

Here you can download complete setup packages or even virtual machines with Alfresco, Joomla, Drupal, SugarCRM and lots more … check it out.

Windows 7 – Godmode folder

Create a folder with the magic name “GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}”. The folder's icon will change to resemble a control panel and will contain dozens of control options. Quite interesting but not really divine …

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Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Multilingual User Interface (MUI) in SharePoint 2010 Part II – Adding alternate languages with Powershell

Update: I updated the script to check whether a specific site support multilingual capabilities using the SupportsMultiLingualUI property of a webtemplate – see SharePoint 2010 Meeting Workspaces and Blogs are not MUI capable .

Yesterday I talked about how the SharePoint 2010 Multilingual User Interface feature allows for multilingual collaboration scenario’s without the need for additional third party addons. One of the things which bugged me though is that you need to enable the multilingual feature on a per site basis. So I wrote this little powershell script to activate the multilingual feature for all sites in a site collection and to add a specific alternate language (in my case French). You can use this as a starting point for your own powershell scripts…

   1:  if($args) {

   2:      $siteUrl = $args[0] 


   4:      $snapin = Get-PSSnapin | Where-Object {$_.Name -eq 'Microsoft.SharePoint.Powershell'}

   5:      if ($snapin -eq $null)

   6:      {

   7:         Write-Host "Loading Microsoft SharePoint Powershell Snapin"

   8:         Add-PSSnapin "Microsoft.SharePoint.Powershell"

   9:      }


  11:      $cultureinfo = new-object system.globalization.cultureinfo("fr-FR")


  13:      $site = get-spsite $siteurl

  14:      $site.allwebs | foreach { 

if ($_.WebTemplate.SupportsMultilingualUI){

           $_.IsMultiLingual= 'True' 

  15:             $_.AddSupportedUICulture($cultureinfo) 

  16:             $_.Update()

  17:                              }

  18:      }

  19:      $site = get-spsite $siteurl

  20:      $site.allwebs |foreach {Write-Host $_.Title + " " +  $_.IsMultiLingual}


  22:  }

  23:  else

  24:  {

  25:      Write-Host "ERROR: You must supply SiteCollection URL as parameter when calling ActivateLanguages.ps1"

  26:  }



I also uploaded the powershell script to the SharePoint Extensions Codeplex project – SharePoint 2010 Powershell Snippets


Installed programs on my Windows 7 PC

I finished reinstalling my portable with Windows 7 over the weekend and I must admit it was a smooth experience. So what do I install on my Windows 7:

I have to admit that as a SharePoint guy I do most of my work within my virtual machines so all the dev tools are installed on these machines. Although SharePoint 2010 can be installed on my Windows 7 I still prefer to use virtual machines – see Setting up the Development environment for SharePoint Server 2010.

Any other tools you can’t live without on your machine?

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Monday, January 04, 2010

Multilingual User Interface (MUI) in SharePoint 2010 – Part I

SharePoint finally provides a decent out of the box multilingual user experience for collaboration scenario’s with the introduction of SharePoint Server 2010 and SharePoint Foundation 2010. After you installed the necessary language packs you will have the option to enable the multilingual user interface (MUI) on a per site basis using site settings (this is also possible using the SharePoint Object Model – using SPWeb.AddSupportedUICulture).

Once you enable alternate languages, users will see a language picker control in the top right of the page where they can switch the site to the language of their choice - this is a huge improvement in comparison with 2007.

At the beta2 framework there are language packs available for German, English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Russian and Chinese (simplified) – see Language packs available for download 

Remember that for SharePoint Server 2010 you first need to install the SharePoint Foundation language packs and afterwards the ones for SharePoint Server 2010 – see Deploy Language Packs (SharePoint Server 2010) for additional details.

So what parts of the SharePoint user interface are actually impacted by the MUI:

  • All the standard SharePoint user interface elements are translated
  • Navigation menu’s also support multilingual scenario’s with the MUI – if you switch your language and translate specific menu nodes in your navigation – these changes are language specific
  • The headings for list columns
  • The managed metadata field type also supports multilingual scenario’s.

In a next post I will delve a little deeper into the multilingual experience and take a look at some powershell scripts to work with the multilingual settings.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Troubleshooting Zune software installation error

When I tried installing my Zune software on my new Windows 7 PC I got this interesting error stating:

Operation error failed with 0x8007047F: The specified program is not a Windows or MS-DOS program. Can't find the media for installation package 'Windows Media Format SDK.' It might be incomplete or corrupt. Error Code: 0x80070002

Apparently this was caused by the fact that I did not have Windows Media Player installed on my Windows 7 Ultimate N edition…. . After installing WMP 12 – the installation of Zune went ahead without issues.

Windows 7 Ultimate N and Windows Media Player 12

For those of you living in Europe – you will probably notice that when installing Windows 7 there are some versions with a “N” behind the name such as Windows 7 Ultimate N. Apparently this is a version of Windows 7 without Windows Media Player.Apparently we have the European Union to thank for this – see Windows 7 N Explained. Fortunately there is a separate download called Media Feature Pack for Windows 7 N and Windows 7 KN – which contains Windows Media Player 12 and related technologies – which you can install afterwards.