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Monday, January 30, 2012

"There is no Web named..." error

When setting up your web reference in Visual Studio 2008, you must enter http://server/sites/mysitecollection/mysubsite/_vti_bin/Lists.asmx?WSDL including the "WSDL" at the end! Or else, you will get this error in your inner exception, when attempting to access a list, using the GetList(listguidstring) method.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Sharepoint PowerShell Shortcuts

Command to output sorted site columns:
PS C:\WINDOWS\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0> [void][System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("Microsoft.SharePoint")
PS C:\WINDOWS\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0> set-variable -option constant -name url -value "http://servername/sites/teamsite/"
PS C:\WINDOWS\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0> $site = new-object Microsoft.SharePoint.SPSite($url)
PS C:\WINDOWS\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0> $site.rootweb.Fields | foreach { $fieldValues = @{ "Display Name" = $_.Title; "Internal Name" = $_.InternalName; "Value" = $site.rootweb.AvailableFields.GetFieldByInternalName($_.InternalName) }; New-Object PSObject -Property $fieldValues | Select @("Display Name","Internal Name","Value") } | Sort-Object -Property "Internal Name" | Out-GridView


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Thursday, January 26, 2012


[MOSS 2007] Got the following error when I selected "Show items from the following list" and browsed to a doc lib whose display name contained a forward slash (/):
Cannot save the property settings for this Web Part. The list name is not valid. The list name should refer to a list within the specified site..."

So to workaround the inability of this SP component to recognize lists with forward slashes in them, I decided to try to filter by list ID under Additional Filters. No go again. I entered the list's QUID and no data was returned. This appears to be a bug as well.

So I settled for a Data Form Web Part hooked up to an XML Web Service configured in the Data Source Library: Port set to ListsSoap12, Operation: GetListItems; listName=GUID (including curly brackets). Had to tinker with the XSLT to get the display somewhat correct, e.g. to get the doc image to show, use <img src="/_layouts/images/{ddwrt:MapToIcon('',string(@ows_DocIcon))}"/>

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Adapting the schema.xml

I wanted to add a new field to the base item content type -- i.e. content type ID 0x01. I also wanted to change the display name of title. This is what worked for my schema.xml.

Copy the Schema.xml from FEATURES\CustomList\CustList to my Feature folder named after the Name attribute of the ListTemplate element.

Comment out both ContentTypeRef elements.

Create a ContentType element that likes like:
Group="List Content Types"
Description="Create a new list item.">
<FieldRef ID="{fa564e0f-0c70-4ab9-b863-0177e6ddd247}"
DisplayName="My Title"
<FieldRef ID="{AA242460-9794-4d45-A726-938D1B8B7D72}"
Name="My Added field"



NOTE the ContentType ID structure: follows the GUID method from MSDN, MAKE sure to remove any hyphens!!!

Add all modified fields to the Fields element, including Title, LinkFilenameNoMenu, and LinkTitle. You can get samples from a schema.xml that you copy from a list in SharePoint Manager.

Adjust View BaseViewID="1" as needed.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

SharePoint Workflows on 64bit server

This is a quick start on how to get a functioning workflow compiled, installed, and running to completion. It will simply log a message to the workflow history; that's it.

Assumes Visual Studio 2008 is installed on Windows Server 2003 64bit with WSPBuilder.

File, New Project, WSPBuilder Project with Workflow

Right-click project in Solution Explorer and choose Workflow, Sequential Workflow (code) - note: I tried using Sequential Workflow with definition expressed as Xaml and user code in a separate code file, but I got errors such as "RunWorkflow: System.Workflow.Activities.EventDeliveryFailedException: Event "OnWorkflowActivated" on interface type "Microsoft.SharePoint.Workflow.ISharePointService" for instance id "405ff0ae-d08d-41b8-ab69-be69ae4ccde1" cannot be delivered. ---> System.Workflow.Runtime.QueueException: Event Queue operation failed with MessageQueueErrorCode QueueNotFound for queue 'Message Properties Interface Type:Microsoft.SharePoint.Workflow.ISharePointService Method Name:OnWorkflowActivated CorrelationValues: '. "

Drag a onWorkflowActivated control onto the designer
Set its CorrelationToken property to anything, e.g. "mytoken"; then expand CorrelationToken and for OwnerActivityName, choose Workflow1 (e.g.)

Drag a logToHistoryListActivity onto the canvas under the onWorkflowActivated1 control.
Double click its MethodInvoking property, and enter the following code into the body of the method: var workflowProperties = new Microsoft.SharePoint.Workflow.SPWorkflowActivationProperties();

this.logToHistoryListActivity1.HistoryOutcome = "Here is a comment " + workflowProperties.InitiationData;

Build Solution

Right click property and choose WSPBuilder, Copy to GAC

Create a folder called MyLoggingWorkflowFeature under C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\12\TEMPLATE\FEATURES\

Create two xml files in this folder:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

<Feature Id="genkey id here"
Title="Workflow to create a log something to history"
Description="Logs something to history"
<ElementManifest Location="workflow.xml" />


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>

<Elements xmlns="">
Name="New Task Workflow"
Description="Creates a new task"
Id="yourId here from genkey tool"
CodeBesideAssembly="NewTaskWorkflow, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=yourkeytokenhere"