29 March, 2014

Design and Publish the Infopath form - SharePoint 2010 / SharePoint 2013

InfoPath Form Designer: 
Software application for Designing, distributing, submitting and filling the form which contains hierarchical tree view of folders and data fields. It is used to create and save the information on a web server when hosted on SharePoint.

Create a Blank Form : InfoPath Designer -> File -> New -> Blank Form.
E.g. SharePoint Site Request Form

Add 3 Sections in the Blank Form Field -> Get Sections option from the Control Tool Properties

Insert 3 Separate tables from the INSERT (Navigation Tool bar) option to the sections

Populate the required label name and assign the necessary control field to the labels from the Control Tool Properties.

Right Click on the Filed Properties -> Assign Unique name for Separate field.
For People/Group Picker field Properties -> Specify a SharePoint Site to query for People and Groups.

For the Date/Time Filed, Insert Formula as today() (on Insert Function option) -> It will display today’s date on the form.

For every Drop-Down List type Controls -> Specify the needed Choice value on the Property box.

Don’t forget to click on “Cannot be blank” option which means this field in the form should be filled up with the values.

E.g. 1: Location: Asia, Europe…

E.g. 2: Site Template: Blank, Team…..

Add Button Option in the Form for Submit the Request

Create New Rule for the Submit Button -> Rule Type: Action -> Run these action: Add -> Submit data

Add New Data Connection to submit the form: Click on Submit Data to document Library on SP Site

Specify the Document Library name and File name for the Data.

Publish the Form to a Document Library

Click on File -> Publish -> SharePoint Server -> Publishing Wizard will open
Specify the Location of SharePoint Site

Click on “Enable this form to be filled out by using a browser”

Click on the Radio button for “Document Library” to publish the form as a template in a document library.

On this step, create a new document library or Update the form template in an existing document library based on the need.

Click on Next and in the final dialog box; verify the Form information and Publish.

 By using Design Option in the InfoPath Designer, Design your Form as like this!!!!!

27 March, 2014

This website has been configured to disallow editing with SharePoint Designer

Issue Description : When i tried to open a site in sharepoint designer , it throws a below error.

Error message : "This website has been configured to disallow editing with SharePoint Designer"


1.Go to Central administration
2.Application Management à Manage WebApplication 
3.Select the web application having issue.
4.In the Ribbon, Click on General Setting à Sharepoint Designer Settings 
5.Check "Enable Sharepoint Designer" .

That's It . Now i am able to open the Site in designer.

26 March, 2014

Sign in as different user in SharePoint Designer 2010 / 2013

Sign in as different user is always useful whenever we are doing any troubleshooting any access, custom functionality, extracting the databases etc…

When we open the site in browser mode then sign in as different user is always easy to switch as well as use but in terms of designer it’s difficult to find out the option. While working on some requirements, i came across this problem and took some time to figure out this tweak but finally got it!

Please refer the following steps as well as screenshots to find out where is this option:

1)   Open your site in SharePoint designer (designer 2010/ 2013)
2)   Bottom of the task in SPD, you will find this small icon – please refer the following screenshot.

3)   If you click on it then it will show you the ‘logged in user name”

4)   If you want to ‘sign in as different user’ then click OK.
5)   As soon as you will click OK, it will give you the username and password window.
6)   Enter the username and password (domain\username)
7)   Hit OK.

That’s it – you are done!

If you have any queries/questions 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.

25 March, 2014

An error has occurred in the claim providers configured from this site collection

Let me share this article today in which the error we faced didn’t resemble with the farm configuration. We are using windows authentication and neva-eva configure the claims authentication but today we faced this strange error:

An error has occurred in the claim providers configured from this site collection.

I was working on permission part for one of the service application in Central Administration (CA), trying to give permission to one of our service account but got the above mentioned error.

It didn’t take me to figure out what’s the issue and the resolution was pretty simple

AAM i.e. alternate access mappings – Please make sure that you have configured the CA URL properly. In case of any changes with respect to host header then please do the necessary changes and check the results. 

1.   Central Administration
2.   System settings
3.   Farm management
4.   Configure alternate access mappings
5.   Select the CA URL from the top dropdown
6.   Edit public URLs
7.   Make the changes and hit OK – That’s it.

 If you have any queries/questions regarding the mentioned information then please let me know. I would be more than happy to help you as well as resolves your issues.

If you find a different solution, please report it as a comment to this post. Be sure to double-verify it: undo your solution and verify that the problem comes back, then redo it and verify that the problem goes away.

How to create Business Data Connectivity Service Application

When we need to talk about external content type then BCS plays important role w.r.t. functionality. If BCS is not active in your farm then there will be numerous problems that you will come across so by means of this article we will build the base of external CT i.e. creation of BCS SA.

I know it’s very easy to create the service application but this article might be useful for a new bie who have just started learning SharePoint.

Here are the details:

Open the Central Administration

Application management

Manage service applications

New -> Business Data Connectivity Service

You will get the following page: 

a)   Name of the database server will be there by default,
b)   Database name will be there with long GUID: Remove this GUID and use simple & short naming convention.
c)   If you have a failover configure then you can specify the name of the server, otherwise keep it empty.

Application Pool:
a)   I would recommend you to create a new application pool option
b)   Specify the name as per your requirements
c)   Select ‘configurable’
d)   Select the account from the dropdown / If you have created a new account for this functionality then register it first and then proceed further
e)   Finally click OK

By this way, Business Data Connectivity Service application will be successfully created.

If you have any queries / questions then please let me know. I would be more than happy to assist you, Thank you.