Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Friday, September 21, 2007

Two new .NET Killer Samples To Learn ASP.NET Ajax Extensions, Linq, Windows Communication , Windows Workflow Windows Presentation

May be I am bit late about these samples, but they are real killer .Net samples dev's cannot miss. These samples explain indetail about using ASP.NET Ajax Extensions, Linq, Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation, Windows Presentation Foundation, .NET Enterprise Application Server Technologies in your applications. Go get them from the following links

.NET StockTrader Sample Application Sample

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Passed Exam 70-536 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0—Application Development Foundation

Yesterday I passed my Exam 70-536 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0—Application Development Foundation, Finally now I am a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS), .NET Framework 2.0 Web Applications.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Passsed 70-528 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 - Web-Based Client Development Exam

My fancy with Certification started in early 1998(I started my carrier in IT early 90's, was a student in Brilliants computer Centre now FirstComputer at chennai,India and later joined them as a trainer in Clipper, C, C++), when couple of my friends got their MCSD certification and suggested me to take it. I was hesitant to pursue any certification at that time but someday I wanted to give it a try. When my friend who was working in US, came to visit Chennai informed me that certified professional were preferred in US, that is what really fancied me ;-). Then I started preparing and planning for the exams every month but invariably that has became a distant dream.

After Ten years, this time my company pursued me to take PMP certification, so I attended the preparation course for PMP. For three months I slogged like any thing for preparing for the exam but this time I was moved to MOSS 2007(SharePoint) Projects. Due to this I was travelling a lot for the implementation of MOSS 2007 for various clients in India. So my PMP certification still remains as a dream.

Finally late 2006, I decided to take the exam but again years of experience I added to my profile was a spoil sport, really I don’t know whether the certification will help in long run but I determined to became certified professional. In June 1,2006, I took my MCP Exam Exam 70–229: Designing and Implementing Databases with Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition and passed it. This really helped me to analyze my strengths and weakness in SQLServer(I strongly believe Only technical interviews, Exams like this will help IT professional to analyze their strength and weakness). Latter started preparing for other exams due to my busy schedule the initiative took back seat (felt like ending this statement with word dream but could not help it ;-)

This year again I am contemplating to be a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) before end of september, so I took my Exam 70–528: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 - Web-Based Client Development, on September 8th 2007 and passed the exam. Although my real time experience helped me a lot to take the exam but still my 10 days effort on preparation was the other reason. The exam is quite easy to pass, so if you are interested in this exam simply go ahead and take it.

To prepare for the exam you can start here

Some time later I will try to provide resources and links at this space.

Monday, September 03, 2007

OpenDocument vs Microsoft OpenXML

what was my view on the War of Formats,check it out here search for Ramakrishna ;-)

Saturday, August 25, 2007

The site is too large to save as a template. The size of a template cannot exceed 10485760 bytes.

One of the easiest way to transfer your data from one site/server to another site / server would be saving the site to template. But the catch here is by default the maximum size of the template should not exceed 10 MB(10485760 Bytes).
If you try to save any of your large Site as Template, you might get the following error
"The site is too large to save as a template. The size of a template cannot exceed 10485760 bytes. "

This can be solved by just increasing the maximum size of the Template
stsadm -o setproperty -propertyname max-template-document-size -propertyvalue 20971520
Note: 20971520 bytes = 20 MB, Maximum Size you can set is 500 MB

Friday, August 24, 2007

New Sharepoint Server 2007 SDK with Business Data Catalog Definition Editor Tool & SAP Sample

Microsoft released updated Sharepoint Server 2007 SDK, available from the following link

This SDK includes some very usefull tools and samples like

  • Microsoft Business Data Catalog Definition Editor
  • Excel Services User Defined Function Sample
  • SAP Sample
  • Custom Content Source

Friday, August 03, 2007

The Web site wants to run the following add-on: 'Name ActiveX Control'

Some of the Internet facing Sharepoint websites welcomes the users with the following message:
The Web site wants to run the following add-on: 'Name ActiveX Control' from 'Microsoft Corporation'. If you trust the Web site and the add-on and want to allow it to run, click here
To avoid the above message, the master page and Init.js files of your site need to be modified and more details can be found @
This link discuss on client side and server side solutions but I belive it is more pratical to fix the problem in the serverside.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

LINQ & Links

Today, I started a new weekly news letter for my team at office to share some of my thoughts on LINQ and I am planning series of blogs on LINQ coming weeks.

here are the links to know more about LINQ

LINQ 101 Samples

C# 3.0 LINQ in Action

Anders Hejlsberg on LINQ and Functional Programming

The LINQ Project

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

ASP.NET AJAX eLearning Resource

Microsoft released training clinic for ASP.NET AJAX, Learn how to develop highly responsive web applications and upgrade your existing application with ASP.NET AJAX, check it out here

Sunday, April 08, 2007

MOSS AJAX enabled Webparts

During one of our MOSS 2007 POC for our client , we implemented AJAX enabled weparts based on Daniel Larson's ASP.NET AJAX Extensions Toolkit for SharePoint and his blog is a good starting point for Implementing Ajax Based Webparts for Sharepoint(MOSS 2007).

Monday, April 02, 2007

A Single Sign-on error has occurred. Please contact an administrator. Details: Could not find domain controller for this domain(MOSS 2007)

During SSO configuration we have faced this problem and Here is how we solved it

1.The server should be part of a domain or a domain controller
2. The Login account must be the sharepoint server administer

3. The account should have DB creator and DBO permissions on the sql server

MOSS 2007 Customer Proof of Concepts Tricks, Tips and Links

(The links are not complete, will be updating soon)

We have been doing Lots of MOSS 2007 POC's for our clients and Most of the our client requirements fall in line with MOSS Search - Customer Proof of Concept Scoping and Typical Tasks. Check out the links for MOSS 2007 HOW TO's and Free webparts for your MOSS 2007 POC's and use this link as the starting point to understand features of MOSS 2007

Installing MOSS in a Single Server

Installing MOSS in a Server Farm and Setting up SSP, Web application and Site Collections

Configure Mysite, Blogs, Wiki, discussion board

Importing User Profiles into MOSS for index/searching

User Profile Replicator for MOSS 2007

Have BDC and People Search configured and working
BDC ASP.NET Webpart step by step
after full user profile import from Active directory(AD) some time search will not work,check whether you have added sps://yoursite:port (sitename with port) to crawl

Records Management using MOSS 2007 & Records Management Virtual Lab & MS Records management Team Blog Read from April 2006

Configure Enterprise search- TechNet Webcast: Installing and Configuring Search in SharePoint Server 2007

Building Site Collections and sites and assigning users to these

Setting up the Search site to return results

Configuring Search web parts and other search related areas

Setting up and creating BDC definitions for external content to be searched such as SAP or Siebel - For SAP R/3 you need VS.NET 2003(will not work in VS.Net 2005) and connector and SAP netweaver use SAP webservices

How to add custom tab page for Search

Build MOSS master pages, content types and page layouts

Create styles, import images and build the look and feel of MOSS

Setup Keywords for the content

Setup up Best Bets

Write other web parts as needed

Configure Single Sign on

Excel Services

Configure Form Services

Browser Enabled Infopath Forms

MOSS 2007 Form based Authentication & Forms Authentication post by Nick Swan

Cool Free Web Parts / Utilities

  1. Tabbed Web Part
  2. Active Directory Change Password Webpart or from here (use google to translate from german to English)
  3. Smart Part now with "AJAX Connections"
  4. Sharepoint Migration Utility
  5. SharePoint Import Export tools and other utilities
  6. Bluedog limited RSS Syndication Generator
  7. 40 Fabulous Templates from microsoft
  8. Whats New webpart
  9. MOSS BDC Meta Manger
  10. Image upload webpart
  11. Sharepoint.Ajax Tool Kit

Friday, March 23, 2007

Knowledge Network (KN) for MOSS 2007 now open

The knowledge Network(KN) for MOSS 2007 is now open, now you can download KN with out any invitation

Monday, March 19, 2007

Knowledge Network release candidate is available for download

Knowledge Network release candidate is available for download,
but download is available only for KN connect members. send mail to
requesting access to

Thursday, January 25, 2007

How Sharepoint custom SiteColumn and Database Fields are mapped

In sharepoint you can create a site column which can be used across sites and these articles shows you how they are mapped internally in the sharepoint database

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Return of the Smartpart

Great webpart to convert your usercontrol into SharePoint 2007 web part, To learn more on deploying and using SmartPart

How to Host MySite and Top Level Sites on Same Port in Sharepoint 2007(MOSS 2007)

I have been trying to host Mysite and our Intranet Top Level Site on the same Port of MOSS 2007, after googling found an excellent articale on how to do the same. check Chris Johnson blog

Thursday, January 11, 2007

PerformancePoint Server Data Sheets available for download

PerformancePoint Server Data sheets are available for download

To know more refer Blogs :

PerformancePointServer 2007 Overview - [download]
PerformancePointServer 2007 Analytics - [download]
PerformancePointServer 2007 Monitoring - [download]
PerformancePointServer 2007 Planning - [download]
PerformancePointServer 2007 Reporting - [download]

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

How to Avoid Login Prompt - MOSS 2007

Most of the time users will be prompted to enter user name and password while logging into MOSS 2007 server, to avoid just un-install Enhanced IE security from to avoid the Login prompt

Free VHDs from Microsoft

Microsoft is giving free Fully Configured VHD images for developing and testing your applications, check this url

Sharepoint Tips

Sharepoint Tips
These are the Sharepoint Services 3.0 and MOSS 2007 Tips and Tricks, I have used or I found from Blogs or by googling during my WSS & MOSS 2007 Projects implementation. Eventaully this list will grow and I may not be updating frequently