Friday, December 31, 2010

Code profiler for Windows Phone 7

EQATEC  has recently release comes a code-profiler that can profile your WP7 Silverlight app on real phone hardware, as well as on the emulator. The profiler is free for single-assembly applications. You can download it now from

For more info check out Channel 9 – World’s first profiler for Windows Phone 7 or the Eqatec  profiler website.


Thursday, December 30, 2010

Crop the webbrowser control in a Windows Phone 7 app

When building my Windows Phone 7 app – I needed to login into LinkedIn – unfortunately the login page of LinkedIn does not seem to scale as well as the Twitter login page so I decided to only show a specific part of the page within the WebBrowser control for Windows Phone. I kind of got it working by using the Clip property (for reference see How to: Crop an object (Silverlight))

<phone:WebBrowser HorizontalAlignment="Stretch" 
Name="webBrowser1" VerticalAlignment="Stretch" Height="466" Width="480"
IsScriptEnabled="True" Visibility="Collapsed">
<RectangleGeometry Rect="0,0,400,300" />

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Windows Phone 7–Solving the missing dll issue in Training Kit Lab–Using Pivot and Panorama controls

The lab Using Pivot And Panorama Controls seems to be missing file that supports the reference to the Syndication namespace - System.ServiceModel.Syndication.dll . You can copy that one over from the install directory of the Silverlight 3.0 SDK (C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SDKs\Silverlight\v3.0\Libraries\Client).  You can ignore the warning message when adding the dll – everything will work correctly.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Slidedecks BIWUG on SPS2010 WCM and FAST Search 2010 available

Thanks to the people who showed up on the december 2th BIWUG session despite 600 km of traffic jams  - the slide decks are now available only:

Also thanks to Sven and Pieter for delivering their presentation.

Monday, November 15, 2010

SharePoint Server 2010 Capacity Management– talking about software boundaries and limits

Some interesting stuff about software boundaries and limits in SharePoint Server 2010 – take a look at the table below. You should make a distinction between hard limits (which you simply should not exceed) and soft limits – which are a sort of recommendation.

Soft limits    
  2007 2010
Content DB Size 100 GB 200 GB
File Size 2 GB 2 GB
DB’s per web app 100 300
Site collection size 100 GB 100 GB
List items per view 2000 5000
Application Pools 8 per web server 10 per web server
Managed Paths 20 per web app 20 per web app
Documents in a library   30 million with nesting. Depends heavily on usage and size of the documents
Indexed items in search 50 million 100 million

There is also a Technet article – SharePoint Server 2010 Capacity Management: Software Boundaries and limits – which provides some additional guidance – this also puts the numbers listed above a little more in perspective.

Content database sizes up to 1 terabyte are supported only for large, single-site repositories and archives with non-collaborative I/O and usage patterns, such as Records Centers. Larger database sizes are supported for these scenarios because their I/O patterns and typical data structure formats have been designed for, and tested at, larger scales.

For a full overview of the different white papers  - check out SharePoint Server 2010 performance and capacity test results and recommendations.

In general the new scale targets for 2010 go above and beyond the ones set in 2007 but design is still important although it becomes more difficult to bring a farm down by just putting millions of docs in one library – check out It looks like you’re building a large library. Would you like help? as well as Working with large lists in SharePoint 2010 – List Throttling .

Happy SharePoint-ing


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

BIWUG Session on SharePoint 2010 and FAST Search Server 2010 on December 1th


18:00-18:30 Welcome with sandwich lunch

18:30-19:30 Building a public website with SharePoint Server 2010 – a practical case –

19:30-19:45 Break

19:45-20:45 Introduction to FAST Search Server for SharePoint 2010

Location: RealDolmen, Industriezone Zenneveld, Vaucampslaan 42, 1654 Huizingen, Belgium

Registration is now opened on the BIWUG site

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

SharePoint 2010–Training videos overview

SharePoint 2010 on Chopsticks Belux

SharePoint 2010 Connections event

SharePoint 2010 Advanced developer training

TechEd 2009 Videos

SharePoint 2010 – Visual How to’s

Big Bang Theory and Information Management videos

MVP for another year

About a month ago I found out that I have been renewed as SharePoint Server MVP. For people who don’t know what a MVP is– here’s Microsoft’s definition:

“This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in SharePoint Services technical communities during the past year.”

I became an MVP in 2005 and have been working with the Belgian SharePoint community ever since – it has been a great experience and I look forward to the next year.

Rational Guide to Multi tenancy in SharePoint 2010

Spence has an interesting series of articles about multi tenancy in SharePoint 2010 – a must read

Monday, November 08, 2010

Quick Tip–Accessing guest from host with VMWare Workstation

Most SharePoint 2010 developers probably use VMWare workstation (or Virtualbox). But what if you needed to access your SharePoint 2010 environment running in a VM from your host environment? I actually needed this to write a Windows Phone 7 app for SharePoint Server 2010 and since I can’t install the Windows Phone Developer Tools on Windows Server 2008 – I decided to use the install on my Windows 7 host and access SharePoint 2010 from there.

Quite easy – just change network settings to use VMWare Network Adapter VMNet1 (Host only) - A private network shared with the host - this way you can access the host from on your guest OS.

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Overview of SharePoint 2010 powershell cmdlets

Ever wondered how you can quickly generate an overview of the available Powershell commandlets for SharePoint 2010? Try the next command:

Get-Command –PSSnapin “Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell” | select name, definition | format-list > C:\SP2010_PowerShell_Commands.txt

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

BIWUG Presentations september 2010 online

The presentations from the BIWUG session in september 2010 are available on in the meeting presentations document library :

I would like to thank the people from Quest for providing the excellent location as well as our two speakers – Fouad and Karine.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

SharePoint Server 2010 “System.ServiceModel.EndPointNotFoundException” in OWSTimer.exe

If you get this error on your SharePoint Server 2010 development machine – ""System.ServiceModel.EndPointNotFoundException” in OWSTimer.exe – then you probably need to manually start the ForeFront Identity Manager Service – it did the trick for me …

SharePoint Stef provided the solution (and additional explanation) in his blogpost – SP2010 “System.ServiceModel.EndpointNotfoundException”.

Building a claims viewer webpart for SharePoint 2010

When running through the MSDN article – Claims Walkthrouhgh: writing claims providers for SharePoint 2010 – I noticed that it did not clearly showed how the webparts where build which showed the overview of the claims for a specific request. Reza pointed me in the correct direction by sending me the link to a post from Steve Peschka (a must read blog for people who work with SharePoint and claims) – Figuring out what claims you have in SharePoint 2010.

Some things you should know when you try to build a claims viewer webpart of your own:

The code is actually pretty simple – you can use a Visual Web Part (new in 2010) or a standard webpart – here’s a snippet

IClaimsPrincipal cp = Page.User as IClaimsPrincipal;   
if (cp != null) {
IClaimsIdentity ci = (IClaimsIdentity)cp.Identity;
foreach (Claim c in ci.Claims) {
sb.Append(c.ClaimType + " " + c.Value + "<br>");

Have fun ….

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Form Based Authentication in SharePoint 2010 and what it has to do with Claim Based Authentication.

Starting from SharePoint Server 2007 it is possible to use the ASP.NET membership and role provider for authentication purposes (meaning you are not limited to pure windows authentication). SharePoint Server 2010 extends on this model by providing claim based authentication.

For authentication 2010 in SharePoint you can choose between 2 models:

  • Classic mode authentication
  • Claims based authentication mode

Classic mode is provided mostly for legacy purposes since claims is the way forward – take a look at Plan Authentication Methods (SharePoint 2010) on Technet for more details.

If you plan to use anything other then plain windows authentication you have to go for claims based authentication (CBA). Claims based authentication in 2010 supports the following underlying authentication mechanisms:

  • Windows claims (when you log on with NTLM or the Kerberos protocol)
  • Forms-based authentication claims (when you use an ASP.NET membership and role provider – so use a SQL Server or Oracle database as back-end store)
  • Security Assertions Markup Language (SAML) claims -when you log on by using a security token service (STS), such as Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) 2.0.

Claims based authentication in 2010 is implemented on top of Windows Identity Foundation (WIF) – so I recommend that you take a look at this blog post to get you started with a number of resources – Windows Identity Foundation resources for SharePoint 2010 developers.

I wanted to try out Forms-based authentication claims using SQL Server as back-end store and I tried out a number of walkthroughs but this one worked like a charm – Configuring claims and form-based authentication for use with a SQL provider in SharePoint 2010  (Thanks you, Spence for pointing me in the correct direction)

Some additional remarks:


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

BIWUG goes Facebook...

I just started a BIWUG group on Facebook - join us if you are interested in sharing information around the Microsoft Information Worker Community in Belgium and Luxemburg

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Powershell changes from SharePoint 2010 beta to RTM

When testing some SharePoint 2010 Powershell scripts I noticed that there have been some changes in the naming from beta to RTM – for a good overview check out Changes in SharePoint 2010 powershell commandlets (Forums)

Update: Apparently there is also a Technet page which describes the changes – Updates to Windows PowerShell cmdlets (SharePoint Server 2010)

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

10 extra seats available for BIWUG september 2010 session

The number of available seats for the BIWUG session of september 16h has been increased to 45 people (previously 30 people) so 10 people can still register – go quickly to

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Free Microsoft training sessions available at MIC Belgium

The Microsoft Innovation Center in Belgium organizes a number of interesting events:

  • SharePoint Developers Day  - 15 september
  • Club des experts: BPOS & Office Online & Office Web App – 16 september
  • Testing Visual Studio 2010 – 21  september
  • Silverlight 4 – 7 october
  • Club des experts – SharePoint & gestion documentaire
  • Construire son Mock up en quelgues heurs – 4 november 4t

All sessions are in French – and registration is possible through –

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

BIWUG IT Pro session on september 16th

BIWUG ( is announcing another session about SharePoint on September 16th at the Quest offices in Diegem.


  • 18:00-18:30 Welcome
  • 18:30-19:30 SharePoint administration and granular recovery (Speaker Quest)
  • 19:30-19:45 Break
  • 19:45-20:45 Upgrading from SharePoint Server 2007 to SharePoint Server 2010 (Speaker – Karine Bosch)

More details and registration on the BIWUG site –

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

SharePoint 2010 Meeting Workspaces and Blogs are not MUI enabled

A while ago I wrote about the new multilingual capabilities of SharePoint 2010 based on the Multilingual User Interface (MUI) – see Multilingual User Interface (MUI) in SharePoint 2010 – Part I and Multilingual User Interface (MUI) in SharePoint 2010 – Part II. But beware – apparently not all site definitions support the MUI.

If you try to enable alternate languages for a SharePoint 2010 meeting workspace you will get an error stating “this site is based on a template that does not not support alternate languages”.

Now if you want to find out which webtemplates support MUI you can run the following Powershell script:

$siteUrl = "http://hades/"
$site = get-spsite $siteurl

$site.GetWebTemplates("1033") |foreach {Write-Host $_.Title $_.Name  $_.SupportsMultilingualUI;}

you will get a listing of all installed webtemplates within thesite collection specified by the url parameter. Notice the SupportsMultilingualUI property of the SPWebTemplate object – for the Meeting Workspaces and Blog site definitions this will return False.

Next is the complete listing returned on an install with SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise Edition.

Global template GLOBAL#0 True
Team Site STS#0 True
Blank Site STS#1 True
Document Workspace STS#2 True
Basic Meeting Workspace MPS#0 False
Blank Meeting Workspace MPS#1 False
Decision Meeting Workspace MPS#2 False
Social Meeting Workspace MPS#3 False
Multipage Meeting Workspace MPS#4 False
Central Admin Site CENTRALADMIN#0 True
Wiki Site WIKI#0 True
Blog BLOG#0 False
Group Work Site SGS#0 True
Tenant Admin Site TENANTADMIN#0 True
Access Services Site ACCSRV#0 True
Assets Web Database ACCSRV#1 True
Charitable Contributions Web Database ACCSRV#3 True
Contacts Web Database ACCSRV#4 True
Issues Web Database ACCSRV#6 True
Projects Web Database ACCSRV#5 True
Document Center BDR#0 True
(obsolete) Records Center OFFILE#0 True
Records Center OFFILE#1 True
Shared Services Administration Site OSRV#0 True
PowerPoint Broadcast Site PowerPointBroadcast#0 True
PerformancePoint PPSMASite#0 True
Business Intelligence Center BICenterSite#0 True
SharePoint Portal Server Site SPS#0 True
SharePoint Portal Server Personal Space SPSPERS#0 True
Personalization Site SPSMSITE#0 True
Contents area Template SPSTOC#0 True
Topic area template SPSTOPIC#0 True
News Site SPSNEWS#0 True
Publishing Site CMSPUBLISHING#0 True
Publishing Site BLANKINTERNET#0 True
Press Releases Site BLANKINTERNET#1 True
Publishing Site with Workflow BLANKINTERNET#2 True
News Site SPSNHOME#0 True
Site Directory SPSSITES#0 True
Community area template SPSCOMMU#0 True
Report Center SPSREPORTCENTER#0 True
Collaboration Portal SPSPORTAL#0 True
Enterprise Search Center SRCHCEN#0 True
Profiles PROFILES#0 True
My Site Host SPSMSITEHOST#0 True
Enterprise Wiki ENTERWIKI#0 True
Basic Search Center SRCHCENTERLITE#0 True
Basic Search Center SRCHCENTERLITE#1 True
Visio Process Repository visprus#0 True


CustomErrors setting in SharePoint 2010 for debugging purposes

On a SharePoint 2010 development machine you typically want to see the full stack trace when an error occurs. In SharePoint 2010 you will need to modify 2 web.configs:

  • Underneath “[systemdrive]:\inetpub\wwwroot\wss\virtualdirectories\<port>”
  • In the layouts directory underneath the SharePoint root directory or 14 hive – “[systemdrive]:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\TEMPLATE\LAYOUTS

The settings that you need to change are still the same:

  • Change Debug=”true”
  • CallStack=”true”
  • CustomErrors=”Off”

Happy SharePointing …

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Access Services in SharePoint Server 2010

In Access 2007 you were able to publish data to SharePoint 2007, Access 2010 – in combination with SharePoint Server 2010 extends this functionality by allowing you to publish full Access applications to SharePoint including forms, reports, queries, etc … This can be done without involvement of developers or server administrators. Once published, your Access application can be worked with from within the SharePoint native web interface.

PS Access Services is part of SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise edition – check out SharePoint 2010 edition comparison for more details

Monday, June 21, 2010

Access Services: solving this report failed to load because session state is not turned on.

I noticed the following error recently in one of the Access web databases driven by Access Services in SharePoint Server 2010.

“This report failed to load because session state is not turned on. Contact your SharePoint farm administrator. Troubleshoot issues with Microsoft SharePoint Foundation. Correlation ID: 6968e6db-d139-4b88-bf5a-7c39c2e4a6be  Date and Time: 6/16/2010 7:37:01 AM”

The strange thing was that the State Service was in running state (within SharePoint Central Admin > Manage Service Applications). Underlying Access Services seems to use a ReportViewer Control so this article – Using Access Services with SQL Reporting Services provided the solution:

Enable the Session State for the farm by opening the SharePoint Management Shell. Enter the command [Enable-SPSessionStateService –DatabaseName “foobar”] — The DatabaseName value is the database that will be created on the computer that is running SQL Server. Perform an IIS reset.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Selling ECM,WCMS, BPM ….

Funny video  -  a fictional discussion between a business software salesperson and an IT Manager. …

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Dear CEO , why you should really consider moving to Windows 7 from Windows XP

Dear CEO, yes it is time to move away from Windows XP – here are some reasons why:

  • Mainstream support for Windows XP has already ended last year and extended support is available until 2014 – so you probably won’t be able to wait until Windows 8. You can only hold off for so long …
  • You might want to take a look at Windows 7 Business Value Analysis – depending on the type of organization you will have a different ROI and cost structure. “I haven’t heard about possible advantages” seems like a lame excuse for just sticking with what you know.
  • There are some great improvements – maybe you will not notice a lot of difference but believe me – when your workforce will adopt it Windows 7 in their home environment – they will notice these differences and might be disappointed for the lack of these features in their work environment. Yuo can even guide them using the new Enterprise Learning Framework My favorite improvements:
          • Performance improvements – yes even with older hardware I see that it just boots faster and that the settings screens load faster as well.
          • Support for 64 bit – I’m a SharePoint dev so …
          • Search desktop and programs (my personal favorite)
          • Better wireless support – I haven’t had any issues since I moved to Windows 7 – both Windows XP and Vista gave me severe headaches when using it in combination with my wireless network.
          • Productivity enhancement due to the new UI
          • DirectAccess – accessing networks without the need to VPN – I can’t wait for this one.
          • Boot from VHD option (yep probably not a typical end user operation)
  • Use the Windows 7 refresh to assess your desktop environments and try to rationalize the application portfolio you currently need to support. A migration is not only a technical operation – if you approach it intelligently you might create extra value while migrating.
  • Although the standalone user operating system becomes less relevant in a corporate environment – I do think that IT consultancy and services firms should typically lead the pack in migrations. Consider an account manager (or consultant for that matter) trying to sell the value of Windows 7 when giving a presentation with Office 2003 and Windows XP – must be a hard sell in my opinion.

If you agree or disagree … just leave a comment

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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

SharePoint Saturday Belgium Presentations and code samples

I finally collected all the presentations and code samples from the different sessions about SharePoint 2010 at our first SharePoint Saturday here in Belgium. Enjoy

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

SharePoint 2010 development random links

Mental note – need to check links listed below about SharePoint 2010 – some interesting stuff in there. Probably something to do during the summer holidays…

Download links for SharePoint Foundation 2010 (WSS 4.0) and SharePoint Designer 2010

Did you know that there’s a great way to learn to work with the SharePoint 2010 platform. Just download SharePoint Foundation 2010 - if you would follow the logic of naming from the previous versions, this would have been Windows SharePoint Services 4.0 – together with SharePoint Designer 2010. These tools do not have any additional license cost. So why not try them out…

  • SharePoint Foundation 2010
  • SharePoint Designer 2010 (32-bit)
  • SharePoint Designer 2010 (64-bit) Note: This is the 64-bit version of SharePoint Designer. SharePoint Designer 2010 only connects to SharePoint 2010. To connect to SharePoint 2007 and earlier sites you must continue to use SharePoint Designer 2007. If you elect to install both applications side-by-side, you must download the 32-bit version of SharePoint Designer 2010, and install it after installing SharePoint Designer 2007. Please also note that 64 bit Office applications will not run if SharePoint Designer 2007 is installed; 64-bit Office 2010 applications should only be used if not connecting to SharePoint 2007 servers.
  • Search Server 2010 Express -If you’re using SharePoint Foundation, you can easily add search capabilities to your collaboration environment across SharePoint sites, file shares, web sites, Exchange Public Folders, and third party repositories using Microsoft Search Server 2010 Express

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

PowerPivot is the analysts/managers killer app

I did some demos recently at a SharePoint event @RealDolmen last week and one of the things I demoed was PowerPivot – a technology not specifically linked to SharePoint but it can be integrated.  So here goes my PowerPivot elevator pitch:

PowerPivot is a separate add-in for Excel which adds an in-memory cube which allows you import enormous quantities of data with incredible speed into Excel from different data sources.  You can define relationships between these data sources and parse through this data using pivot tables, pivot charts or using the new Data Analysis Expressions (DAX).

If you want to learn more about PowerPivot definitely take a look at PowerPivot Component Architecture which is an excerpt from the Microsoft SQL Server PowerPivot Planning and Deployment technical white paper.

Business intelligence in SharePoint 2010

As I already mentioned in one of the SharePoint 2010 practice sessions here at RealDolmen – Business Intelligence on the Microsoft platform is a great value proposition. With SharePoint as front end visualization plaform you can create amazing looking dashboards – here are a collection of links which came through in the RSS feeds I follow but I’m still surprised by how people still seem to ignore this great feature set.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Enterprise Search in SharePoint Server 2010 and FAST Search 2010

Here’s a collection of links which will help you get started with Enterprise Search on the 2010 platform. With the addition of Fast  to the Microsoft Enterprise gamma the functional spectrum which is covered has broadened enormously. Have fun …

Starting points:

  • Search Technologies for SharePoint 2010 Products Visio schema 
  • FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint Evaluation Guide
  • SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise Search Evaluation Guide
  • Getting started with Enterprise Search in SharePoint 2010
  • Guide for IT Pros for Microsoft Search Server 2010 Beta
  • Learning material:

  • Microsoft Partner Training – Developer training – Advanced Fast Search for Developers
  • Microsoft Partner Training – IT Pro Training – Advanced Fast Search for IT Pros 
  • Technical articles:

    Background info:

    Microsoft free e-books – Visual Studio 2010 and SQL Server 2008 R2

    • Moving to Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 : The book is not a language primer, a language reference, or a single technology book. It’s a book that will help professional developers move from previous versions of Visual Studio (starting with 2003 and on up). It will cover the features of Visual Studio 2010 through an application. It will go through a lot of the exciting new language features and new versions of the most popular technologies without putting the emphasis on the technologies themselves. It will instead put the emphasis on how you would get to those new tools and features from Visual Studio 2010
    • Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 : Part I, “Database Administration,” is written with the DBA in mind and introduces
      readers to the numerous innovations in SQL Server 2008 R2. In Part II, “Business Intelligence Development,” readers discover components new to the SQL Server data platform, as well as significant enhancements to the reporting component.