SharePoint InfoPath Forms Services

2010 August 3

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) is a bundle of great, efficient, and helpful features. When talking about MOSS features one of the highlights is MOSS’s InfoPath Forms Services. InfoPath Forms Services is a server technology that makes it possible for people to fill out forms in a Web browser. By managing forms in a central location, you can streamline business processes and improve relations with customers, partners, and suppliers.

 

 

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Role of forms in Microsoft SharePoint solutions:

Forms play a significant role in all business process management solutions. The following are just a few examples of the types of business solutions and applications that use InfoPath forms:

o Form-driven applications start with a form that is used to gather data and add in other SharePoint functionality to process and report on the data including workflows, reporting, custom Web Pages, and external lists. Examples include a help desk Web site, a procurement center, or an employee hiring center for a human resources department.

o Document workflow applications automate document-based business processes. Adding InfoPath forms to workflows read more…

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SharePoint 2010 Mobile Access

2010 August 3

Accessing your web content through mobile phones has become a trend these days. Consequently, SharePoint 2010 has also exhibited its ability to access sites and content from mobile phones using a modem micro browser and an access gateway.

Microsoft SharePoint Foundation provides architecture to support mobile access to SharePoint pages and list data. Users of mobile devices navigate to the same URLs as the users of desktop browsers. The mobile device is automatically redirected to a version of the page that is optimized for mobile devices. From there, users can use navigation links in the footer section of the mobile page to navigate among the home page, the all content (“list of lists”) page, list view pages, and mobile version of custom site pages including Web Part pages and wiki-enabled pages. There are also mobile versions of the New item, Edit item, and Display item forms. Any list that has a mobile view is accessible. A mobile view is simply a standard SharePoint list view read more…

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SharePoint 2010 Developer Dashboard

2010 August 3

I’ve been continuously saying that SharePoint 2010 has been launched with some really great features and when saying that I cannot afford to forget its yet another cool feature Developer Dashboard. The Developer Dashboard allows you to monitor page load performance on SharePoint. Simply put, you can see how each element on the page loads! Now isn’t that really cool?

The Developer Dashboard displays diagnostic information gathered during the loading and rendering of the SharePoint content. The dashboard, in conjunction with FireBug or the IE Developer Toolbar, helps developers and designers identify issues in their custom projects. This can be set to always display or to only display on demand. The Developer Dashboard has three different states—On, OnDemand, or Off. When the Dashboard is set to On, read more…

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SharePoint 2010 Quota Templates

2010 August 2

What is a SharePoint 2010 Quota Template?

A quota template consists of storage limit values that specify the maximum amount of data that can be stored in a site collection. When the storage limit is reached, a quota template can also trigger an e-mail alert to the site collection administrator. You can create a quota template that can be applied to any site collection in the farm. A quota template can also be applied to a site collection that contains sandboxed solutions. You can limit the maximum usage per day and send a warning e-mail message when the usage limit is approaching. If the maximum usage limit is reached, the sandboxed solution is disabled for the rest of the day, and an e-mail message is sent to the site collection administrator. You can also modify existing quota templates. This allows you to modify storage limits for all of the site collections that use the same quota template. When you modify a quota template, you must then reapply it to existing site collections before the new storage limits are enforced. You can delete a quota template if necessary. However, deleting a quota template will read more…

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Multi-lingual User Interface in SharePoint 2010

2010 August 2

Multi-lingual User Interface—The name says it all! Isn’t it? Yes, SharePoint 2010 has introduced the Multi-lingual User Interface (MUI), which is available with every type of site—even the SharePoint Central Administration site. The Multi-lingual User Interface should not be considered as a translating tool, instead it is tool that allows users to select a display language for a site and then display the Site title and description, SharePoint out-of-the-box menus and actions, Out-of-the-box columns, Custom columns (list or site), Navigation bar links, and Managed Metadata services in different languages.

In order to use the Multi-lingual User Interface, you should install the language pack on your server. After you install the necessary language packs read more…

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SharePoint 2010 BCS Profile

2010 August 2

What is a Profile Page on SharePoint Sever 2010 Business Connectivity Services (BCS)?

A profile page in Business Connectivity Services (BCS) allows displaying all the information for an external content. A profile page can display all the fields in a record for a specific customer and can also display all the orders associated with the customer. Profile page has a unique URL, as each entity (External Content Type) has its own profile page. Profile page in SharePoint 2010 cannot be created automatically anymore (it was created automatically in MOSS 2007). read more…

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Claims Based Authentication in SharePoint 2010

2010 August 2

Today when duplicity problem has increased a lot, authentication has become a must. Authentication is the process of determining if someone is who they claim to be. It answers the question “Who is this guy really?”

Most enterprise applications need some basic user security features. At a minimum, they need to authenticate their users, and many also need to authorize access to certain features so that only privileged users can get to them. Some apps must go further and audit what the user does. On Windows®, these features are built into the operating system and are usually quite easy to integrate into an application. By taking advantage of Windows integrated authentication, you don’t have to invent your own authentication protocol or manage a user database. By using access control lists (ACLs), impersonation, and features such as groups, read more…

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SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Wiki

2010 July 30

Introduction to SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise Wiki
You have lot of information that you want to share with your colleagues? But don’t know how? Then use an Enterprise Wiki. Now you must be thinking what is an Enterprise Wiki, right? AnEnterprise Wiki in SharePoint Server 2010 is a publishing site for sharing and updating large volumes of information across an enterprise.If an organization needs a large, centralized knowledge repository that is designed to both store and share information on an enterprise-wide scale, consider using an Enterprise Wiki.

What are the Limitations of an Enterprise Wiki?

As an Enterprise Wiki can generate a high level of network traffic, you might find it necessary to configure a single site collection and a single, dedicated Microsoft SQL Server database. If the Microsoft SQL Server database is shared, users might experience slower performance. For more information, see Enterprise wiki planning (SharePoint Server 2010). Enterprise Wiki pages cannot be converted or migrated to pages on a Team Site without using custom code. Since Enterprise Wikis are used with the publishing feature in SharePoint Server 2010, there are significant differences between an Enterprise Wiki site and a Team Site.

How is Enterprise Wiki Useful?

Enterprise Wiki in SharePoint Server helps organizations collect, organize, and distribute information. Enterprise Wiki often becomes repositories for an organization’s unstated knowledge, which otherwise might not be stored anywhere. Enterprise Wiki can encourage informal learning and sharing tips with other users, which can reduce the need for formal training or continuous IT support.

Conclusion

So if you want to share your significant data and information with your friends and colleagues, then don’t forget to use the Enterprise Wiki feature in SharePoint Server 2010!

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SharePoint 2010 Remote BLOB Storage (RBS)

2010 July 30

What is a SharePoint Server 2010 Remote BLOB Storage?

Remote BLOB Storage (RBS) is an add-on feature pack for Microsoft SQL Server 2008. Remote BLOB Storage moves the storage of binary large objects (BLOBs) from database servers to commodity storage solutions. If the content databases in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 are 4 gigabytes (GB) or larger, consider using Remote BLOB Storage as part of your data storage solution.

By default, Microsoft SQL Server stores BLOB data in its databases. As a database’s usage increases, the total size of its BLOB data expands quickly and grows larger than the total size of the document metadata and other structured data that is stored in the database. As BLOB data can consume a lot of file space and uses server resources that are optimized for database access patterns, it can be helpful to move BLOB data out of the SQL Server database, and into a separate file. read more…

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SharePoint 2010 PerformancePoint Services

2010 July 30

What is PerformancePoint Services?

Most of the time it happens that the metrics that make up your key performance indicators are not simple values from a data source. In PerformancePoint Services 2007 you could create two kinds of KPI metrics: Simple single value metrics from any supported data source or Complex multiple value metrics from a single Analysis Services data source using MDX. Now things are even easier with Performance Point Services in SharePoint 2010. Let us check what is it?

 

 

 

PerformancePoint Services in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 is a performance management service that you can use to monitor and analyze your business. By providing flexible, easy-to-use tools for building dashboards, scorecards, reports, and key performance indicators (KPIs), PerformancePoint Services can help read more…

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