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 Sunday, 19 October 2008
stsadm extensions

Many thanks to Gary Lapointe who developed some very useful extensions for the SharePoint command line tool stsadm.exe.


Among other cool features with this extesions you are able to:

  • copy lists and list items between sites, sitecollection... including versions and more
  • move sites, create searchscopes, and a lot of more...

SharePoint Designer - Custom Workflow Activities

The team from codeplex did a great job again. They developed some very useful custom workflow activities for the SPD.

Please find them here:

This useful activities will include:
  • grant permissions on items
  • reset list permissions inheritance
  • check user permissions/groups
  • extended email features
  • and more ...

Sunday, 19 October 2008 10:04:04 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    -
 Sunday, 24 August 2008
When your trying to add an Active directory import to your Sharepoint SSP and get an error when retrieving the schema you have to create the following registry key on your SharePoint server:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> System -> CurrentControlSet -> Services -> NetLogon -> Parameters -> NeutralizeNT4Emulator (New DWord)
After creating the registry key you have to set the value of it to "1".
Following this procedure you will immediately be able to retrieve the schema and finish the step for creating the AD profile import.
Sunday, 24 August 2008 11:04:15 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    -
 Monday, 18 August 2008

Site object Guidelines for acceptable performance Notes Scope of impact when performance degrades
Site collection 50,000 per Web application

Total farm throughput degrades as the number of site collections increases.


Web site

250,000 per site collection

You can create a very large total number of Web sites by nesting the subsites. For example, 100 sites, each with 1000 subsites, is 100,000 Web sites. The maximum recommended number of sites and subsites is 125 sites with 2,000 subsites each, for a total of 250,000 sites.

Site collection


2,000 per Web site

The interface for enumerating subsites of a given Web site does not perform well as the number of subsites surpasses 2,000.

Site view


5 million per library

You can create very large document libraries by nesting folders, using standard views and site hierarchy. This value may vary depending on how documents and folders are organized, and by the type and size of documents stored.



2,000 per view

Testing indicates a reduction in performance beyond two thousand items. Using indexing on a flat folder view can improve performance.

List view

Document file size

50MB (2GB max*)

File save performance is proportional to the size of the file. The default maximum is 50 MB. This maximum is enforced by the system, but you can change it to any value up to 2 GB.

Library, file save performance


2,000 per Web site

Testing indicates a reduction in list view performance beyond two thousand entries.

List view

Field type

256 per list

This is not a hard limit, but you might experience list view performance degradation as the number of field types in a list increases.

List view


2,000 per document library

4,096 per list

This is not a hard limit, but you might experience library and list view performance degradation as the number of columns in a document library or list increases.

Library and list view

Web Part

50 per page

This figure is an estimate based on simple Web Parts. The complexity of the Web Parts dictates how many Web Parts can be used on a page before performance is affected.


Monday, 18 August 2008 10:58:14 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    -
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Wednesday, 14 May 2008 18:28:52 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    -
 Monday, 10 March 2008
Following error appears when opening a SharePoint list within the datasheet view:
The list cannot be displayed in Datasheet view for one or more of the following reasons:
  • a datasheet component compatible with Windows SharePoint Services is not installed
  • your browser does not support ActiveX controls
  • support for ActiveX controls is disabled
1.       close your Internet Explorer
2.       open your Start menu -> Run… -> ""regedit
3.       delete the following folder in the registry
Path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX Compatibility
Sub-Key: {65BCBEE4-7728-41A0-97BE-14E1CAE36AAE}

4.       Start Internet Explorer again and try!
Monday, 10 March 2008 19:03:18 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    -
SharePoint | Office
 Sunday, 10 February 2008


You have a group of fields (see picture 1) and you need a rule which validates all fields, if at least
of these fields is filled out or selected (depending on the field type).

The rule for this validation:

Sunday, 10 February 2008 09:43:35 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    -
 Saturday, 09 February 2008


If you are working with Infopath 2007 (maybe together with SharePoint 2007) and if you are creating
a new form, you often need fields which are mandatory.

Sometimes it happens, that a specifc field should be mandatory, just if another field (for example a checkbox,
or a specific field within a dropdown menu) is selected (or another textbox isn't empty for example).

If you know how, it's easy to create such a rule :-)

All what you need is to create a rule (see picture), which validates the field (which is related to the "optional"
mandatory field) if it is checked or not. Of course you can also connect the "optional" mandatory
field (in our case the address field) to a drop down box for example.

Saturday, 09 February 2008 09:39:04 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    -
 Sunday, 13 January 2008


After installing Sharepoint 2007 the Admin Content DB has a strange name.

How to rename the Admin Content DB:

  • within SQL Server, backup the Sharepoint_AdminContent_132465789... db
  • restore database with new name “Sharepoint_AdminContent”
  • within the Sharepoint Central Administration go to Application Management > Content Databases
  • select the Central Administration webapplication and delete the content database.
  • after the last step, you will get an error message on the Central Administration Page and you will
    not be able to get back into it -> thats normal!!
  • with the commandline tool stsadm start the following command:

    stsadm -o addcontentdb -url http://portal:1234 -databasename Sharepoint_AdminContent -databaseserver  servername

    (1234 = Port of Central Administration)

That's it!!

Sunday, 13 January 2008 09:28:53 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    -
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