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Error: “Remote SharePoint site connections are not supported”


19 October, 2014

When working with SharePoint projects in Visual Studio and setting the project Site URL property, you might get the following error. Error: Remote SharePoint site connections are not supported If you have first checked the URL and if you are using, for example, fully qualified domain names instead of simply using the local machine name then this occurs if the site is not in your HOSTS file. Visual Studio will only deploy to SharePoint sites that are mapped to localhost. To fix this, simply...

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Force publishing of Content Type changes in a Content Type Hub


01 October, 2014

I personally like the SharePoint feature of content type hubs as the authors can update things like choice fields and document template associations and then push these changes farm wide. However, the normal (and manual) steps of pushing through a change is: - Edit the content type - Mark the content type for republishing - Wait for the publishing job to fire or start it manually in Central Admin - Wait for the subscription job to fire or start it manually in Central Admin I wanted an instant...

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Sandbox service failure on SharePoint 2013 with Domain Controller


04 April, 2014

The development setup on SharePoint 2013 is tricky as it normally requires several servers. I have a three-server virtual cluster on CloudShare but sometimes I need an offline solution. In these scenarios, I run a small Mac Mini in bootcamp mode, using the full 16gb RAM for the machine. I then run the domain controller and all SharePoint services plus SQL on the same machine. This is fast but not ideal and has its issues. Error When starting a sandboxed solution, you receive the following...

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Creating Clean, Compliant HTML in SharePoint 2013


08 December, 2013

Public websites should be light-weight, HTML compliant and standards-based to ensure maximum browser and device support. Achieving this using SharePoint is not possible without some serious tweaking.SharePoint adds a tonne (3.5mb and 480 inline rows of HTML) of JavaScript files, inline code, custom HTML tags and more into the pages. This is used to create the collaborative features and the editorial components, such as support for inline editing, webparts and ribbon menus. But when publishing...

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Misleading error message when opening Excel files and PowerBI samples


21 October, 2013

When opening the samples that come with PowerBI you get the following error: "Microsoft Excel cannot open or save any more documents because there is not enough available memory or disk space. . To make more memory available, close workbooks or programs you no longer need. . To free disk space, delete files you no longer need from the disk you are saving to." This is not the case. The reason that you are getting this error is because the file is blocked. Fix this by opening the...

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