Come Check Out San Diego's SharePoint User Group!

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The user group meetings are free to attend and chock full of highly technical and relevant SharePoint instruction. This week's meeting included my own, personal event receiver presentation and another on InfoPath 2010. There is a nominal annual fee to access certain user group resources (such as the presentation recordings).

We have TONS of upcoming events in the works - including the first ever San Diego SharePoint Saturday (early 2011), study-cram sessions for the 2010 certification exams, job fairs, etc. Myself and the other members of the user group executive team are working hard to make it a valuable resource for local SharePoint professionals and to facilitate the growth of the SharePoint presence here in San Diego. Please check it and out and provide any feedback/suggestions you have.

Posted on 9/9/2010 10:33:00 AM by sterlingt

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Branching Surveys Do Not Support Workflows/Alerts

Contrary to popular belief, SharePoint does not support workflows/alerts for ALL lists. A survey with branching is one of those exceptions. An out of the box workflow fails to initialize at all. A workflow built in Designer will initialize and show a status of running, but the tasks will never get executed. I was able to get a workflow built in Designer to run on a survey with no branches however.

If you require branching functionality (like my customer), you've got a couple options. One, build the form in InfoPath which can achieve the branching functionality of the survey. If end users do not have InfoPath installed on their machines and SharePoint is not MOSS (with InfoPath services), the remaining option is to create a custom event handler attached to the survey that will perform the workflow tasks.

Posted on 8/2/2010 9:46:00 AM by sterlingt

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MyDocuments directory missing from SharePoint on Windows 7

It's fairly common practice for organizations to map its users' MyDocuments directory to a network (fileshare) location to facilitate back-up. The company laptop I received was no exception, but when I tried to download a document from SharePoint - the was no trace of MyDocuments anywhere on my machine from the file navigation dialog within SharePoint. Similarly, if I selected the 'Open in Explorer' command from the Actions dropdown - no MyDocuments. As it turns out, the network drive that MyDocuments points to is not index-able and consequently SharePoint does not acknowledge it.
When I deleted the network drive as a location and tried to add it back in, I got the following error:

This network location can’t be included because it is not indexed.

The network location also indicates a status of 'Unsupported' within the Documents Library Locations. Moreover, I can't seem to recover my original 'MyDocuments' location and instead had to create a new folder under my Users profile directory and set that as my default save location. SharePoint has no problem recognizing the new location (since it's index-able).
Here's a smattering of troubleshooting techniques I encountered for reference.



Posted on 7/13/2010 10:44:00 AM by sterlingt

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"June 'Black Tuesday' patch causes SharePoint woes"

Posted on 6/17/2010 12:11:00 PM by sterlingt

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