Tag Archives: SharePoint

SharePoint 3.0 Patch Gotha – Ouch! …don’t do it

Just found out my installing a SharePoint patch in my lab has now fully broken the site and made it unusable.  In my case this is a SharePoint 3.0 installation on a Windows 2003 R2 x86 server.  Unfortunately this comes at a bad time and who really ever wants something broken by a patch?

So FYI consider laying off installing this patch if you can.


You got a love an explanation that starts off backpedaling some CYA:

"The first thing we want to clarify is how SharePoint 3 updates are being installed. There are two main phases (detailed description <link>) Phase one is the binary deployment, this is where the actual SharePoint files are updated. The second phase is the provisioning of the databases, if for any reason the provisioning doesn’t complete, your sites will be inaccessible. You may see errors similar to the ones mentioned on this blog post “Companyweb Inaccessible After SharePoint 3.0 Service Pack 2”, also, you may see an event with an error mentioning the text “Invalid Signature” or “missing Windows Internal Database signatures.". Almost all of this issues we have seen on this update is phase two failing."

Here’s how my failure of their fix went from my command prompt:

C:\Documents and Settings\dale>C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\We

b server extensions\12\BIN\psconfig -cmd upgrade -inplace b2b -wait -force

‘C:\Program’ is not recognized as an internal or external command,

operable program or batch file.

;REM note that I had to put quotations around the path for it to work (article incorrectly implied cut and paste were sufficient)

C:\Documents and Settings\dale>"C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\W

eb server extensions\12\BIN\psconfig" -cmd upgrade -inplace b2b -wait -force

SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard version 12.0.6500.5000

Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation 2005. All rights reserved.

Performing configuration task 1 of 4

Initializing SharePoint Products and Technologies upgrade…

Successfully initialized SharePoint Products and Technologies upgrade.

Performing configuration task 2 of 4

Initiating the upgrade sequence…

Successfully initiated the upgrade sequence.

Performing configuration task 3 of 4

Upgrading SharePoint Products and Technologies…

Failed to upgrade SharePoint Products and Technologies.

An exception of type Microsoft.SharePoint.Upgrade.SPUpgradeException was thrown.

  Additional exception information: Upgrade completed with errors.  Review the u

pgrade.log file located in C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Se

rver Extensions\12\Logs\Upgrade.log.  The number of errors and warnings is listed

at the end of the upgrade log file.

Total number of configuration settings run: 3

Total number of successful configuration settings: 2

Total number of unsuccessful configuration settings: 1

Successfully stopped the configuration of SharePoint Products and Technologies.

Configuration of SharePoint Products and Technologies failed.  Configuration must

be performed before you use SharePoint Products and Technologies.  For further

details, see the diagnostic log located at C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft

Shared\Web Server Extensions\12\LOGS\PSCDiagnostics_6_28_2010_21_14_15_740_7

85893312.log and the application event log.

Unleash the Power of OneNote and SharePoint – No Cost Webinar by Malcolm Eaton

· An Overview of OneNote
· Organizing your Notes within OneNote
· Type Anywhere / Autosave
· Taking Screen Clippings
· Integration with Outlook
· Sending Notes in Various Formats
· Auto Table Creation
· Tagging Notes and Creating Note Summary Reports
· Live Note Sharing/Editing Sessions
· Searching Notes and Within Images
· Performing Math Calculations on the fly
· OneNote Etiquette
· Integrating OneNote and SharePoint
· Creating Shared Notebooks in WSS
· Searching OneNote files in SharePoint
· What’s coming in OneNote 2010


The webinar and notes available for on demand replay.

Captare Training is becoming a very leading SharePoint Training portal though its online offering and its hiring of SharePoint MVP’s for its instructors

SharePoint Application Template EZ Installation via Script

Recently I had the pleasure of presenting to the Cincinnati SPUG, SharePoint Users Group at MAX – www.maxtrain.com

My presentation materials can all be found at my website at www.duitsmart.com/sharepoint.aspx

The reason why you might be interested in checking this out for yourself is that I’ve compiled a batch script which will install all of the SharePoint Fantastic Forty Application Templates (and any others you throw in the install directory) in a simple 6 minute process.  This simple process is what is missing from the free download and instead you would have had to go to the command line and type a series of STSADM commands over and over.  An appreciative colleague of mine complained to me that I should have written this several months back when he spent over 1-1/2 hours installing the template pack. 🙂

In addition, I’ve provided a compliation of encompassing information from Microsoft on Site Admin Templates and Server Admin Templates.  I hope you enjoy this centralized information portal as much as I have in building it.

Please leave a comment right here after you get a chance to see and use it.  If there is something I’ve overlooked or could be changed to make it better please let me know.

SharePoint ActiveX Override (SPAXO)

Here’s another Codeplex free concoction to enhance your SharePoint site. This HTTP Module removes the annoying and not needed (in this specific scenario) Active X security prompt when accessing an Internet (public) facing SharePoint site.

Creator, Larry Riemann of SharePoint 911 was kind enough to present his code design to the Cincinnati SPUG (SharePoint User Group) last evening at MAX Technical Training.  This was following my presentation on an easy site template scripted installation (blog post soon).  That place rocks BTW!  It cannot be said enough, thank you Denise Bartick and Stacey Creamer for your ongoing user group support!

Although I’m not a developer (or interested in becoming one) I was amazed at the complexity and simplicity of the code work he had presented.  As he stated over and over, this code was focused on universal functionality and “performant” (is that really a word?) response.

SharePoint ActiveX Override (SPAXO)
by Larry Riemann and Randy Drisgill
Project Description
SPAXO is a solution that hides the Name.dll ActiveX warning which many public facing MOSS sites experience with IE7. This Feature adds JavaScript that disables the warning via a .NET HTTP Module. Simply deploy and activate, no need to edit the master page.
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SPAXO Benefits

  • Overrides the JavaScript that causes the Name.dll ActiveX message to show in IE7
  • Installs via SharePoint solution (WSP) and activated by a SharePoint Feature
  • No need to edit your master page or pages
  • Affects all pages of your site
  • Works with every master page
  • Works despite switching master pages
  • Can be turned off easily by de-activating the Feature

SharePoint ActiveX Override (SPAXO) – Home

SharePoint – New Beta Extranet Collaboration Toolkit

FYI – I’m putting this on my list of thing to research & explore for 2008. If an “easy” extranet SharePoint site can be made possible, I’m VERY interested and I think many businesses might benefit from this too.

The Extranet Collaboration Toolkit for SharePoint helps enhance security by creating each collaboration site as a SharePoint site collection. This ensures that teams using one collaboration site will not be able to view documents on another site, unless they are explicitly given access.  In addition, the toolkit puts all external users in ADAM (Microsoft’s lightweight directory service), rather than in the organization’s primary internal directory.

The benefits for your customers include:
Boosts security.
  The toolkit allows team members to store and share documents centrally on their organization’s server, instead of e-mailing documents to others across the Internet.  And instead of giving VPN access to external team members (therefore granting them access to everything on the internal network), site owners can give external members access to just the team collaboration site.

Easy to deploy.  Automated tools and step-by-step instructions allow customers to deploy this Solution Accelerator quickly and easily – in as little as two hours, instead of weeks or months without the toolkit.

Easy to use.  Once the toolkit is deployed, team members can set up their own SharePoint collaboration sites in minutes.  The toolkit’s web-based interface makes it simple for team members to share documents and collaborate with each other across the Internet.

Reduces IT costs and boosts productivity.  Project team members can manage sites on their own, freeing up scarce IT resources to focus on higher-return activities.

Thoroughly tested.  The toolkit is extensively tested in our labs, and verified by customers and partners under real-world conditions.

The Extranet Collaboration Toolkit for SharePoint is now in Beta and available via MSConnectTo learn more about the toolkit, click here.

Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Team Blog : New Beta Extranet Collaboration Toolkit