SharePoint BDC Part 1: Getting Started with the Business Data Catalog

Author: Tobias Zimmergren URL: http:https:https://zimmergren.net//zimmergren.net//www.zimmergren.net | http://www.tozit.com Introduction In this article I will guide you through the very basics of getting started with Business Data Catalog, BDC: Install the AdventureWorks 2008 Sample Databases 1. We will use this database as our example for retrieving data using the BDC. I will step you through the simple process of creating your ADF (Application Definition File) 1. We will use this file as our import connection I will guide you through how we can import this ADF file and create our BDC…

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Recover/fetch the Application Pool password

Author: Tobias Zimmergren URL: http:https:https://zimmergren.net//zimmergren.net//www.zimmergren.net Introduction Alright, so we’ve had a few discussions lately regarding securing your SharePoint environments. Not only did I have a discussion about this when I were conducting SharePoint training last week, but we also covered the aspect which is a base for this article: The Application Pool Password is stored in Clear Text. If you read this article and the code associated, you’ll see how unsafe it can be to run your Application Pool accounts with too much permissions – which leads us in to…

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How to: Upload a file/document using the SharePoint Object Model

Author: Tobias Zimmergren URL: http:https:https://zimmergren.net//zimmergren.net//www.zimmergren.net Introduction I’ve been getting a couple of requests to provide details on how you can upload a file or document using the SharePoint Object Model, instead of using the UI. With this simple article, I’m walking you through the process of uploading any file to your Document Library. Note; Since this is done through the local API, you need to have this code running on the server. That means that it’s ideal to use in for example a FeatureReceiver or EventReceiver. You cannot…

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WSPBuilder - Walkthrough of the Visual Studio Add-in

Alright. People have approached me lately and asked me if I could give them a brief introduction to the WSPBuilder extensions available for Visual Studio. Instead of taking all those discussions on one by one, I’ve decided to document some of the main features here. If I’m missing out on something, please let me know and I’ll fill it up. Bil Simser did a survey with the SharePoint MVP’s and summarized the foremost favorite CodePlex projects in this article. In this article I will cover one of my favorite tools – WSPBuilder. WSPBuilder backgroundA SharePoint Solution Package…

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SharePoint Online - Customization - Part 2

SharePoint Online - Customization - Part 2

I previously wrote an Introduction to SharePoint Online which was highly appreciated, so now I’m doing a quick follow-up on how you can easily customize the appearance of your SharePoint Online site. Since we today can’t really do any customizations using .wsp packages or deploying custom code on the standard services, we’ll have to use the SharePoint Designer to do our customizations. I will show you a quick-intro on how you can get started with customization of your sites in SharePoint Online. Pre-requisitesIf you want to be able to follow along with this article yourself, please make…

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SharePoint Online – A first look

SharePoint Online – A first look

In this article I will be talking a bit about SharePoint Online, which is hosted up somewhere by the clouds. I intend to do a few articles surrounding SharePoint Online and it’s related services and what possibilities it brings to your organization. My Swedish readers, this is for you:You may have noticed that you can’t really access this service in Sweden just yet – this is because there haven’t been any official launch yet – if you hold your breath for a couple of weeks, you’ll see some interesting things. Microsoft Online Services – A brief overviewWith Microsoft…

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Starting a SharePoint workflow from code (Event Receiver)

Author: <font color="#3c3c3c" size="1">Tobias Zimmergren</font> (tobias at zimmergren dot net) URL: http://www.zimmergren.net In one of my current projects I was facing the issue of triggering a workflow – but didn’t want the entire workflow to kick off unless absolutely necessary. Instead of the traditional approach where you hook up your workflow to trigger on new items or items being changed, I want to make a check to see if anything really had changed and then check a few other variables before even starting the workflow…

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