2009-10-23

SharePoint 2010 and first impressions

It has been 4 great days here in Las Vegas. Many great breakout sessions (and a couple of not so good :-)), and SharePoint 2010 looks very good. It has matured and the "child illnesses";
  • accesibility - table tags everywhere
  • really bad editor usability experience (try inserting a new image in 2007 ...)
  • shared services scalability issues
  • not very good wikis and blogs
  • no tagging
  • limited or missing taxonomy
  • hard to reuse content types accross site collection, web applications and farms
  • BDC was difficult to use
  • missing wildcard search
  • ++
are now completely cured.

2009-10-20

SharePoint 2010 and Visio Services

SharePoint 2010 includes one major new thing: Visio Services. With these services you will be able to create great visio diagrams, hook them up to live and static data, and then publish them to your SharePoint site. The diarams will be rendered in the brwoser, and therefore now need for a local Visio client viewer.

Several demos at the conference have shown some great capabilities of these Visio Services. They will be a part of the Enterprise license, and I think you all must upgrade soon to get the complete "package": Excel Services, Forms Services, Business Connectivity Services (the "old" BDC) and now also Visio Services.

The following picure illustrates what can be done (illustration copied from Visio blog on Msdn)


More will come.

2009-10-19

Let's get ready to rumble! SharePoint Conference 2009 is about to begin!

I've registered, ready for tomorrows sessions, and reading through the introduction to SharePoint 2010 - a 200 pages thick book. I think I'll skip most of the intro sessions and rather get to know more details - get "under the hood" of this "pice" of software. Next up is to take a look at the exhibitor stands, get some free drinks and meet other SharePoint enthusiasts.

2009-10-14

Seems like in every new SharePoint 2007 installation there must be some problems, and now "Your search cannot be completed because of a service error"

and the event log on the SharePoint server gave us this nice error message:

Event ID: 10036
Description: A database error occured.
Source: Microsoft OLE DB Provider for SQl Server
Code: 6610 occured 1 (times)
Description: Failed to load msxmlsql.dll

After "googling around", checking logs, reinstalling SharePoint, applying service pack 3 to the SQL 2005 Server (it installed the missing dll by the way) we gave up. Even if we provided the sql server with the missing dll it would not work. We were able to recreate the error on a different machine (and even fix it), but not to fix it on the production server.

Conclusion: Build a new SQL Server 2008 from scratch and move and upgrade the database.

1 1/2 day gone! :-(