Tuesday, March 26, 2013

SharePoint 2010 Productivity Hub – Direct download links

The Productivity Hub is a Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 site collection that offers training material for end-users. It is fully customizable and Microsoft provides content packs with training materials that you can add to the Productivity Hub. You first need to install the Core before installing the different Content packs.
SharePoint 2010 Productivity Hub

Listed below are the different direct download links:
Quick steps to get started:
  1. Make sure that your SharePoint Server has the correct patching level – you will need to have SharePoint Server 2010 SP1 installed and SharePoint Server 2010 August 2011 Cumulative updates or later (KB2553050)
  2. Create a separate site collection for the Productivity hub
  3. Extract the core install file
  4. Unpack the content packs that you want to include and copy the different extracted folders underneath the core install directory. Remark: if the content packs are not imported you can still import them afterwards – check out the Microsoft Productivity Hub 2010 SP1 Installation Guide which is included in the Core install
  5. Install the Productivity Hub using a Powershell command which is included.
The code for the Productivity Hub Silverlight components and other add-ons are also available on Codeplex - http://productivityhub.codeplex.com/

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Drag and drop files into a SharePoint 2013 document library depends on installed browser and Office version


Drag and drop in SharePoint 2013 is supported by the drag and drop feature in HTML 5 (for an interesting overview of browser support for HTML5 check out http://html5test.com/ ). Unfortunately this is not supported in Internet Explorer 8.x and Internet Explorer 9.x but when you install Office 2013 it will add an extra ActiveX control which will support drag and drop. So if you don’t have Office 2013 installed you will not be able to use this nice feature (An interesting hack around this is installing SharePoint Designer 2013 but this is something you probably don’t want to do for your end users).  Mozilla Firefox 3.5 (or later), Google Chrome and Safari 5.x (or later) seem to support this out of the box.

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Repairing missing My Site link in the welcome menu

A while ago - the My Site link went missing on my SharePoint 2010 development machine. This posting - Repairing missing My Site and My Profile links in SharePoint 2010 put me on the correct track. In my case I had deactivated the Social Tags and Note Board Ribbon Controls Farm Feature, which also made the My Site and My Profile links disappear - after reactivating it again - the links reappeared.

Understanding SharePoint 2010 default My Site and the wWWWHomepage attribute


The first time that you visit your SharePoint 2010 My Site you probably got a popup message which asked you to save this site as your default my site. What this does behind the scenes is filling up the wWWHomePage  attribute in Active Directory. This same attribute is used in your contact card to view the My Site of a users. This same attribute is also by default mapped in an Active Directory import into the SharePoint user profiles to the User Profile field PublicSiteRedirect (and it still is in SharePoint 2013 – see Default user profile property mappings in SharePoint Server 2013 ) This property contains the URL to use to redirect to the public view of a specified user profile.