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The filtering process could not be initialized. Verify that the file extension is a known type and is correct

April 30, 2014    , , ,
On analyzing SharePoint search crawl logs, found many instances of the error: "The filtering process could not be initialized. Verify that the file extension is a known type and is correct" Root cause: This is because, SharePoint server 2007 search crawler doesn't recognize Office 2010 file types (such as .docx, .pptx, .xlsx,etc). Solution: Download and Install Office 2010 Filter pack from http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=17062 to the Index server.   This filter pack installs few dlls and fixes the above issue. If you happen to see this error on PDF documents, make sure you have PDF IFilters installed and configured. Configuring iFilter for PDF Search in SharePoint 2010 - Step by Step
The filtering process could not be initialized. Verify that the file extension is a known type and is correct The filtering process could not be initialized. Verify that the file extension is a known type and is correct Reviewed by Salaudeen Rajack on April 30, 2014 Rating: 5

SharePoint 2013 Image Carousel (Rotating Banner) using Content Search Web Part

April 23, 2014    , ,
SharePoint 2013 brought an excellent web part to get content from search index, called "Content search web part". Using content search web part, We can build a simple image rotator or content slider in few steps. Content Search Web part is available only on SharePoint 2013 enterprise edition! Step 1 -  Create a Picture Library and upload images: Go to your SharePoint site, Create new picture library.  Give it a Name, Say "Slides"  Upload required banner images to the library Step 2: Trigger Incremental Crawl: Trigger an incremental crawl or wait for the incremental crawl schedule to complete, So that the picture library we created added to search index. Step 3: Add Content Search Web Part to the page Navigate to the page where you would like to add content slider, Click on Site settings gear >> Edit page >> On Insert tab, Click on Web part >> Under the content Rollup, select "Content Search" and then click on "Add&q
SharePoint 2013 Image Carousel (Rotating Banner) using Content Search Web Part SharePoint 2013 Image Carousel (Rotating Banner) using Content Search Web Part Reviewed by Salaudeen Rajack on April 23, 2014 Rating: 5

Manage My Site Promoted Sites in SharePoint 2013

April 21, 2014    , , ,
As the name indicates, SharePoint 2013 promoted sites provides a way to list important sites to the user community. These promoted sites appear under "Sites" section of user's My site. For promoted sites to work, we need user profile service application up and running(Obviously, we need SharePoint server at least, as UPA is not available in foundation version!) How to manage promoted sites in SharePoint 2013? Farm Administrators can manage these "Promoted Sites" via user profile service application. Here is how to manage promoted sites in SharePoint 2013: Say, we promote a training site. Navigate to Central Administration >> Go to your User profile service application via service application link Click on "Manage Promoted Sites" link under "My Sites Settings" Click on "New Link"  Fill the details of your new promoted site That's all. Now, when users click on "Sites" link from suite bar, they'll ge
Manage My Site Promoted Sites in SharePoint 2013 Manage My Site Promoted Sites in SharePoint 2013 Reviewed by Salaudeen Rajack on April 21, 2014 Rating: 5

Change Content Type of Existing Items in SharePoint using PowerShell

April 21, 2014    , ,
Requirement: We've an existing document library with 100's of Sales proposal documents in it. To enforce standardization, sales team created a content type "Sales Proposal". We got a requirement to change content type of all existing documents stored in a particular document library with the default content type "Document". In other words, All the documents now need to be assigned a new content type "Sales Proposal". How to change content type of existing Items (documents) in SharePoint? You can change the content type of the existing items by getting into edit properties page of the particular item and switching "Content Type" field. While its relatively easy and straightforward to change content type of existing items in SharePoint, you do not want to go through each and every single document in the document library and manually assign the new content type to it, as it will be time consuming, isn't it? Well, let us use Powe
Change Content Type of Existing Items in SharePoint using PowerShell Change Content Type of Existing Items in SharePoint using PowerShell Reviewed by Salaudeen Rajack on April 21, 2014 Rating: 5

Copy Users from One SharePoint Group to Another using PowerShell

April 17, 2014    , , , , ,
Recently, I had a requirement to copy users from one SharePoint group to another group. Unfortunately, SharePoint doesn't support nested groups. Simply renaming the group didn't help us! Well, There is no direct way to copy users from one group to another, but without having to retype each user IDs, you can use this trick to save time in copy-move SharePoint users: Go to Site Actions >> Site Settings Click on "People and Groups" under Users and Permissions group Pick required users from the source group. Click on "E-mail Users" from "Actions" menu. This launches the default E-mail client such as Outlook. Now you can copy those IDs. Head-on to the Target SharePoint group >> Add users and paste those copied IDs. The above method could be relatively simpler when you have to copy or move few users between SharePoint groups. Wouldn't it be better to use the scripted way to copy multiple users in bulk? PowerShell Script to C
Copy Users from One SharePoint Group to Another using PowerShell Copy Users from One SharePoint Group to Another using PowerShell Reviewed by Salaudeen Rajack on April 17, 2014 Rating: 5

“The server could not complete your request” Error in SharePoint Designer

April 16, 2014    , , , ,
All of a sudden, SharePoint designer 2013 started giving error message " The server could not complete your request. For more specific information, click the Details button " when tried opening SharePoint 2013 sites. I've experienced this error with SharePoint 2010 sites also. First and foremost, check your server's event log for potential clues! Here are some solutions to solve this error: 1. Make sure Anonymous authentication provider is enabled in IIS: Open IIS manager, ( Start >> Run >> Type: inetmgr) Find your web application in IIS Manager Open “Authentication” module from body panel Make sure "Anonymous Authentication" is enabled. Also repeat the above steps for "SharePoint Web Services" in IIS. KB: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2758431 2. Is your server running out of Memory (RAM)?: Monitor your Server memory load from Task manager, either increase server memory (RAM) or Try reducing the load by stopping
“The server could not complete your request” Error in SharePoint Designer “The server could not complete your request” Error in SharePoint Designer Reviewed by Salaudeen Rajack on April 16, 2014 Rating: 5

Get List Items from SharePoint View in PowerShell

April 16, 2014    , , , ,
Requirement: Get all list items from a SharePoint view in PowerShell SharePoint PowerShell to Get Items in List view Here is the PowerShell script example to get list items from a SharePoint view: Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue #Variables $SiteUrl="http://intranet.crescent.com" $ListName = "Invoice" $ViewName = "2014 Invoice" #Get Web and List objects $web = Get-SPWeb $SiteURL $list = $web.Lists[$ListName] #Get the View $view = $list.Views[$ViewName] #Get All Items from the View $items = $list.GetItems($view) foreach($item in $items) { write-host $item["Title"] }
Get List Items from SharePoint View in PowerShell Get List Items from SharePoint View in PowerShell Reviewed by Salaudeen Rajack on April 16, 2014 Rating: 5

Add New Item to Link List in SharePoint using PowerShell

April 14, 2014    
Here is my PowerShell script to add new item to SharePoint link list: Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue #Custom Function to add new item to SharePoint link list Function Add-LinkListItem($WebURL, $ListName, $LinkURL, $LinkTitle) { try { $ErrorActionPreference ="Stop" #Get the Web $Web = Get-SPWeb $WebURL #Get the link list $List = $web.lists[$ListName] #Create a new item $NewItem = $list.Items.Add() #Add properties to this list item $NewItem["URL"] = "$($LinkURL), $($LinkTitle)" #Update the object so it gets saved to the list $NewItem.Update() write-host “New Item has been Added to the List!"-foregroundcolor Green } catch [System.SystemException] { write-host "New Item Creation failed due to:" $_.Exception.Message -foregroundcolor Red } finally
Add New Item to Link List in SharePoint using PowerShell Add New Item to Link List in SharePoint using PowerShell Reviewed by Salaudeen Rajack on April 14, 2014 Rating: 5

Create SharePoint Link List using PowerShell

April 14, 2014    ,
PowerShell script to create Link list in SharePoint: Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue Function Create-LinkList($WebURL, $ListName, $ListDescription) { try { $ErrorActionPreference ="Stop" #Get the Web $Web = Get-SPWeb $WebURL #Get link list template $LinkListTemplate = [Microsoft.SharePoint.SPListTemplateType]::Links #Create link list $web.Lists.Add($ListName,$ListDescription,$LinkListTemplate) write-host “New List has been created!"-foregroundcolor Green } catch [System.SystemException] { write-host "List Creation failed due to:" $_.Exception.Message -foregroundcolor Red } finally { #Dispose web object $web.Dispose() $ErrorActionPreference ="Continue" } } #Call the function to create Link lisst Create-LinkList "http://sharepoint.creswcent.com/" "Q
Create SharePoint Link List using PowerShell Create SharePoint Link List using PowerShell Reviewed by Salaudeen Rajack on April 14, 2014 Rating: 5

Add stsadm to Path Environment Variable in SharePoint Servers

April 14, 2014    
STSADM is still alive in SharePoint 2013 and in some cases we need to run this command line tool! We've to add STSADM.EXE file's location to "Path" environment variable in SharePoint servers, in order to access stsadm anywhere from command lines and from batch files. Failed to do so will result in error "'stsadm' is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file." or we'll have to specify its full path every time we run this tool. How to add stsadm to "Path" variable in SharePoint 2013 To access stsadm anywhere, we'll have to add stsadm command line tool's location to "Path" environment variable in Windows server. Navigate to: Control Panel >> System and Security >> System >> Advanced System Settings (Shortcut: sysdm.cpl) Advanced >> Environment Variables >> Under "System" variables Click on "Path" and "Edit" Append t
Add stsadm to Path Environment Variable in SharePoint Servers Add stsadm to Path Environment Variable in SharePoint Servers Reviewed by Salaudeen Rajack on April 14, 2014 Rating: 5

Create Custom Promoted Link Tiles in SharePoint 2013

April 10, 2014    , , ,
Promoted links list is one of the new list type (App) introduced out of the box in SharePoint 2013, Its actually a list with a special view which shows the list items as tiles. Here is an example of a SharePoint 2013 team site with promoted links  Metro UI. Obviously, We can create our own Tiles like the one in "Get Started with your site", that is shown on all new team sites in SharePoint 2013. Lets create a Promoted Links as a Quick Navigation on a SharePoint support site's Home Page. In Short, create a new Promoted Links list and add links that you need to display as tiles. Then add the Promoted Links App on a page to display links as Tiles. Step 1: Create New Promoted Links List: To begin creating a Promoted Links list, Click on Site Settings Gear >> Choose "Add an app" link Click on "Promoted Links" App list type You will be prompted for a list name. In my case, Its "Support Links" Once you have created the Promoted Li
Create Custom Promoted Link Tiles in SharePoint 2013 Create Custom Promoted Link Tiles in SharePoint 2013 Reviewed by Salaudeen Rajack on April 10, 2014 Rating: 5

SharePoint 2013 Change Site Logo Programmatically with PowerShell

April 07, 2014    , , , , ,
We can change SharePoint 2013 site logo by going to : Site Settings >> "Title, Description, and Logo" from SharePoint web user interface: Now, Lets change logo for all sites in a site collection through PowerShell to save some time. SharePoint 2013 change site logo programmatically using PowerShell: Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell -erroraction SilentlyContinue #Web URL to update Logo $WebURL = "http://sharepoint.crescent.com/sites/operations/us/" #Get the Web $Web = Get-SPWeb $WebURL $web.SiteLogoUrl = "/_layouts/15/images/sharepoint-diary-logo.png" #can be from any library too: "/sites/operations/images/Corp-Logo.png" $web.Update() Write-host "Logo updated for :"$WebURL This script changes logo programmatically for a single site. You can copy the logo file to your each WFE, so that the logo will be retrieved from file system rather from a SharePoint library. The "Images" virtual folder is map
SharePoint 2013 Change Site Logo Programmatically with PowerShell SharePoint 2013 Change Site Logo Programmatically with PowerShell Reviewed by Salaudeen Rajack on April 07, 2014 Rating: 5

SharePoint 2013 Links List Open in New Window

April 07, 2014    , , ,
I explored various methods to make SharePoint link list to open in a new window at: SharePoint Link list: Open in a New Window , While the methods discussed in the article are applicable for SharePoint 2013 too, there is a one more: using calculated columns! Lets drill down in detail with SharePoint 2013 to make links to open in new window. How to make SharePoint link open in new window? Here is the idea: Create a new custom list and make these changes to the list. Rename "Title" field to "Link Title" Add a field "Link URL" of single line of text Add a field "New Window" of choice with "Yes", "No" Add a calculated field of "Number" type with formula: =CONCATENATE("<DIV><a href='",[Link URL],IF([New Window]="Yes","' target='_blank' ","'"),">",[Link Title],"</a></DIV>") Now, the list should look like:
SharePoint 2013 Links List Open in New Window SharePoint 2013 Links List Open in New Window Reviewed by Salaudeen Rajack on April 07, 2014 Rating: 5

"New Folder" Option Missing/Disabled in SharePoint List/Library?

April 02, 2014    , , ,
So in your SharePoint 2007 List or library not getting "New Folder" option ? or the "New Folder" ribbon button is disabled in SharePoint 2013 or in SharePoint 2010? Well, Here is the fix: Go to List/Library  Settings >> Advanced Settings  Make sure the "Display 'New Folder' command on New menu?" option is marked "Yes". Click on "Save" to commit your changes. Same thing goes with SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013 also. Why Still New Folder is disabled in SharePoint 2007/2010/2013? You enabled the above option to make "New Folder" enabled, but still "New Folder" button is disabled? Well, in addition to the above settings, There is one more thing to look at is: View Settings!! Head-in to view settings, If the option to show items without folders, then the "New Folder" button will be disabled in SharePoint! Just make it to "Show Items inside folders" to get New Folder optio
"New Folder" Option Missing/Disabled in SharePoint List/Library? "New Folder" Option Missing/Disabled in SharePoint List/Library? Reviewed by Salaudeen Rajack on April 02, 2014 Rating: 5

Fix for SharePoint 2013 Drag and Drop Upload Not Working Issue

April 02, 2014    , ,
One of the cool new feature in SharePoint 2013 is the ability to drag and drop files directly into document libraries.  We had a scenario where it didn't work!  some users were unable to upload files into document libraries by dragging and dropping. They see only "New document" but "new document or drag files here" not visible. Which means: drag and drop not available for them! SharePoint 2013 drag and drop requirements: SharePoint 2013 drag and drop feature in based on HTML 5! So, the browsers which supports HTML 5, such as recent versions of IE 10 or above, Firefox, Chrome and Safari, drag and drop functionality in SharePoint 2013 works fine. This functionality also works on browsers which doesn't support HTML 5 (such as IE 8 and IE9), when you have Microsoft Office 2013 installed. Office 2013 installs an ActiveX control "SharePoint DragUpload Control (Interceptor.dll) and browsers use them for drag-and-drop functionality. BTW, Check the versio
Fix for SharePoint 2013 Drag and Drop Upload Not Working Issue Fix for SharePoint 2013 Drag and Drop Upload Not Working Issue Reviewed by Salaudeen Rajack on April 02, 2014 Rating: 5
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