12 April, 2012

sites and site collection in SharePoint 2010

Sites, Site collections and sub-sites: Very commonly used terms in SharePoint right from the first version i.e. SharePoint 2001 till new version i.e. SharePoint 2010. Every SharePoint version has some new features, new functionalities, different GUI interface and many more.
Today we are going to concentrate on site collection features, How exactly the GUI change, where exactly we need to check, what options are available, which features are important from day to day perspective.
For site designers: a site collection's galleries and libraries provide a means for creating a unified, branded user experience across all sites in the site collection.
For site collection administrators: a site collection provides a unified mechanism and scope for administration. For example, security, policies, and features can be managed for a whole site collection; Site Collection Web Analytics Reports, audit log reports, and other data can help administrators track site collection security and performance.
For farm administrators: site collections provide scalability for growth based on how much content is stored. Because each site collection can use a unique content database, administrators can easily move them to separate servers.
For site authors: a site collection's shared site columns, content types, Web Parts, authoring resources, workflows, and other features provide a consistent authoring environment.
For site users: a site collection's unified navigation, branding, and search tools provide a unified Web site experience.
The following list includes site features that you can configure uniquely:
Templates: You can make each site have a unique template. For more information, see Site templates included in SharePoint Foundation 2010.
Language: If language packs have been installed on the Web server, you can select a language-specific site template when you create a new site. Text that appears on the site is displayed in the site template’s language. For more information, see Deploy language packs (SharePoint Foundation 2010).
Security: You can define unique user groups and permissions for each site. For more information, see SharePoint 2010 Governance Planning (white paper).
Navigation: You can fine-tune your site's navigation experience by configuring unique navigation links in each part of your site's hierarchy. Site navigation reflects the relationships among the sites in a site collection. Therefore, planning navigation and planning sites structures are closely related activities. For more information, see Site navigation overview (SharePoint Foundation 2010).
Web pages: You can make each site have a unique welcome page and other pages.
Site layouts: You can make unique layouts or master pages available in a site.
Themes: You can change colors and fonts on a site. For more information, see Plan for using themes (SharePoint Foundation 2010).
Regional settings: You can change the regional settings, such as locale, time zone, sort order, time format, and calendar type. For more information, see Regional settings (SharePoint Foundation 2010).
Search: You can make each site have unique search settings. For example, you can specify that a particular site never appears in search results.
Content types: You can make each site have unique content types and site columns. For more information, see Content type and workflow planning (SharePoint Foundation 2010).
Workflows: You can make each site have unique workflows.
I hope the above mentioned information will be helpful to you and provide some insight that you are looking for. In case of any queries/questions then please let me know. I would be more than happy to help you as well as resolves your issues J J

10 April, 2012

How to start the Trace service

The Windows SharePoint Services Tracing (SPTrace) service is used by Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 to manage trace output of the call stack. When trace logging is enabled, administrators can specify the path used to store the trace logs. This log file is reused by many applications that are built on top of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0.

The Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Tracing (SPTrace) service is a required service on all Microsoft SharePoint Foundation servers. If this service is stopped, error messages are not logged on the server.

How to Start the Trace service:
1. Log on to the SharePoint Foundation server as an administrator.
2. In a Command Prompt window, type the following at the command prompt:
3. net start SPTrace

I hope the above mentioned information will be helpful to you to get some insight regarding SharePoint tracing service. In case of any issues/queries regarding the mentioned information then please let me know. I would be more than happy to help you as well as resolves your issues, thank you

SharePoint 2010 versions

This article contains a list of SharePoint 2010 version numbers and related updates.

KB Article
SP Version Number
SP2010 Server – June 2011 CU
SP2010 Foundation – June 2011 CU
SP2010 Server – Service Pack 1
SP2010 Foundation – Service Pack 1
SP2010 Server – April 2011 CU
SP2010 Foundation – April 2011 CU
SP2010 Server – February 2011 CU
SP2010 Foundation – February 2011 CU
SP2010 Server – December 2010 CU
SP2010 Foundation – December 2010 CU
SP2010 Server – October 2010 CU
SP2010 Foundation – October 2010 CU
SP2010 Server – August 2010 CU
SP2010 Foundation – August 2010 CU
SP2010 Server – June 2010 CU
SP2010 Foundation – June 2010 CU

09 April, 2012

No text converter is installed for this file type’ PowerPoint error

A PowerPoint file may become corrupt owing to a variety of reasons including corrupt operating system, application malfunction, virus infections, and human errors and so on. A corruption scenario is a great cause of worry for anyone who has invested his precious time and indulged in intensive research to create a presentation. You can sail through the above unfortunate situation if you backup your data regularly. However, if you haven’t maintained any backup, there is no need to press the panic button. There are many things you can consider doing to recover PowerPoint file than mulling over going through the grind again.

As a practical case, you may come across the following error while trying to view a ppt file sent via an e-mail:
“No text converter is installed for this file type”

As a result of the above error, you will not be able to access the data stored in the PowerPoint file.

you can receive the above error in the following circumstances:
If you are trying to open a PowerPoint 2007 file in an earlier version of PowerPoint
If you are trying to open a corrupt PowerPoint file (A PowerPoint file received via email has the tendency to get corrupt. It is a good practice to zip the file before sending it as an attachment.)

Below mentioned workarounds can be observed in order to fix the error and access the data from a ppt file:
You can install the compatibility pack which will let you open PowerPoint 2007 file 

To extract the data from a corrupt ppt file, you can observe the following PowerPoint recovery steps:
1.You can click Slides from Files on the Insert menu
2.You can try and recover text by opening a corrupt presentation in Word 
3.Try and access the file on a different hard drive or a computer
4.Open PowerPoint in safe mode and then try to open a corrupt file
5.To recover ppt file if all the above methods fail, you have to rely on a third-party utility

You can download such a tool from the Internet. Ensure you select a read-only application which doesn’t modify the original content.