Monthly Archives - April 2012

SharePoint Server and Services History

SharePoint has been in the market since 2001 and it is now the best selling server product in Microsoft.

With each release of SharePoint there was new name or abbreviation for the server and there was always the SharePoint service (core/framework of SharePoint) and the SharePoint server.

Here simple diagrams the evolution of the services and its corresponding server.

SharePoint Services (Foundation)

SharePoint Service History

SharePoint Server History

SharePoint Server History

Latest version of SharePoint services is SharePoint foundation 2010 and the server is SharePoint server 2010.


SharePoint 2010 Connecters

 I found something useful, so thought to share with my readers. The following table shows the connectors that are installed by default in SharePoint Server 2010. 


This connector

Is used to connect to this type of content repository


Business Connectivity Services (internal protocol)


Business Connectivity Services URLs (internal protocol)


File shares


Web sites


Web sites over Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)


Lotus Notes databases


Exchange public folders for versions prior to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003


Exchange public folders over SSL for versions prior to Exchange Server 2003


People profiles in Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003


People profiles in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007


People profiles in Office SharePoint Server 2007 over SSL


People profiles in SharePoint Portal Server 2003 over SSL


SharePoint Team Services 1.0 sites (internal protocol)


Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 and SharePoint Portal Server 2003 sites


Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 and SharePoint Portal Server 2003 sites over SSL


Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Office SharePoint Server 2007 sites


Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Office SharePoint Server 2007 sites over SSL


Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010 sites


SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010 sites over SSL


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Default connectors (SharePoint Server 2010)



Key Difference between SharePoint 2007 and 2010

In this article i am going explain key difference between features of SharePoint 2007 and SharePoint 2010. I hope it will help you to better understand high level difference between SharePoint 2007 to SP 2010.
Concept, term, or feature New or changed Comments
Pre-upgrade checker New The pre-upgrade checker is an Stsadm command-line operation that you run in an Office SharePoint Server 2007 environment to find any potential issues for upgrade and to review recommendations and best practices. Unlike the pre-upgrade scan tool (Prescan.exe) that was used when upgrading to Office SharePoint Server 2007, the pre-upgrade checker does not make any changes to your environment. For more information, see Run the pre-upgrade checker (SharePoint Server 2010).
SharePoint Central Administration Web site Changed The Central Administration Web site has been redesigned with such new available options and functionality as the following: · The ribbon makes it easier for you to view or change details about a Web application by supplying all the options on the same page. For more information about Web applications, see Web applications management (SharePoint Server 2010). · Configuration Wizards have been added to make the configuration process easier by guiding you through the steps to configure the server farm. For more information, see Deploy a single server with SQL Server (SharePoint Server 2010). · You can now perform a backup from the Backup and Restore page. For more information, see Backup (SharePoint Server 2010). You now use the Central Administration Web site to manage services, instead using a separate administration site.
Ribbon New The ribbon user interface has been introduced to ensure a consistent user experience and to make it easier for you to work with SharePoint sites. The ribbon is contextual so that you only see the options that are relevant to the tasks that you want to perform. The ribbon is also customizable.
Service applications New New services architecture allows you to effectively manage and centralize services. Individual services can be configured independently and third-party companies can add services to the platform. For more information, see Configure services (SharePoint Server 2010).
Master pages Changed A site owner can now apply branding to their site, independent of other sites, and administrators can specify whether the system pages in the _Layouts folder are rendered by using the site master pages provided by site owners or by default master pages available across the system. Also, it is possible to use Windows PowerShell to specify a customer master page to system error pages, login pages, confirmation pages, and other non-site-specific pages.
Themes Changed SharePoint Server 2010 has changed the way themes work, making them easier to customize. You can import Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 themes directly into SharePoint Server 2010. Additionally, themes can now be applied to all subsites from this interface. For more information, see Plan for using themes (SharePoint Server 2010).
Business Connectivity Services (BCS) New Business Connectivity Services (BCS) builds on the Business Data Catalog functionality available in the previous product version to provide access to external systems from SharePoint-based solutions. BCS supports interacting with external systems using SharePoint lists and Web Parts, and also supports interacting with data from rich Office clients. For more information, see Business Connectivity Services overview (SharePoint Server 2010).
Claims-based authentication New Claims-based authentication is a new, more powerful and flexible authentication model that works with any corporate identity system, including Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), LDAP-based directories, application-specific databases, and new user-centric identity models such as LiveID. For more information, see Configure forms-based authentication for a claims-based Web application (SharePoint Server 2010).
Throttling and list controls New Throttling and list controls are two new performance controls. Throttling provides a way to control server resources and is designed so that the server can be protected from overload during peak business hours. SharePoint Server 2010 also provides several different settings that will restrict the queries that can be run against a large list. These settings can be configured for each Web application.
SharePoint Designer Changed SharePoint Server 2010 gives administrators added control over how SharePoint Designer is used in each Web application; for example, administrators control whether site administrators are allowed to customize master pages and layout pages, and whether site administrators can manage the URL structure of their site.
Developer dashboard New This is a new addition to server diagnostics and displays detailed information for each page load and therefore helps troubleshoot performance issues.
Sandboxed solutions New You can now enable site administrators to upload custom user code by using sandboxed solutions. For more information, see Plan for sandboxed solutions (SharePoint Server 2010).
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SharePoint 2010 Core Editions and Features by Editions

In this article i am going to explain SharePoint 2010 Core Editions and Import facts about these editions. In next section i will explain features of Sharepoint 2010 by editon. SharePoint 2010 Core Editions
SharePoint 2010 Editions Licensing Important Facts
Foundation Windows Server must be licensed; SQL Server Standard Edition is recommended (SQL Server Express Edition may be used for small-scale deployments); Foundation Edition license is free Provides a collaboration and content-management platform. Web-based applications may be built and customized atop this platform. Is useful for small businesses and departmental deployments.
Standard Windows Server must be licensed; SQL Server Standard or Enterprise Edition is recommended; SharePoint Server 2010 must be licensed. Provides all of the capabilities of the Foundation Edition. Supports search capabilities. Supports My Sites and user profiles. Supports social tagging. Is useful for medium to large businesses and smaller deployments demanding the features provided by this edition.
Enterprise Windows Server must be licensed; SQL Server Enterprise Edition is recommended; SharePoint Server 2010 must be licensed. Provides all of the capabilities of the Foundation and Standard Editions. Supports Business Intelligence components such as Access Services and Excel Services. Supports PerformancePoint services. Is useful for large businesses and smaller deployments demanding the features provided by this edition.

How to use Windows Azure Access Controls Services Authentication with SharePoint 2010

In this article i am going to explain how we can use windows Azure access controls services authenticaiton with SharePoint 2010. By using windows Azure access control services authentication we can connect to Sharepoint 2010 with federated Live ID, Google ID, and Facebook ID.  This is lengthy guide so bear with me, i am going explain all step by step. (more…)


Error Unable to open site in SharePoint Designer 2010

In this post i am going to explain few reasons, why SharePoint 2010 designer cannot open SharePoint 2010 site.
  1. First make sure, you have permission to open site in SharePoint designer 2010.

To check this go to SharePoint 2010 central administration website then go to general application settings then click SharePoint designer. Select the web application that is hosting your site collection and make sure SharePoint Designer is enabled.

2.  Second thing is client integration should be enable for your web application, which is hosting your site collection.

To enable client integration follow these steps.
  • Go to central administration> security then click specify authentication provider;
  • Select web application which is hosting you site collection which you want to edit using SharePoint designer 2010 and click 'Default' below the 'Zone'
  • Select the select 'Yes' radio button in the Client Integration section and hit the Save button.
  • Close your SharePoint Designer 2010, if it is already open and try to open your desired SharePoint 2010 site.
Site should open successfully now :)