Managing “Default Growth Rate” on SQL Databases

23 October, 2014

SQL databases are normally set up using default settings which sets the growth rate of the database, i.e. the size the database grows each time when it runs out of space. During this time, the database is executing in a single-thread mode and this behavior is bad for performance, especially for SharePoint installations where many write operations occurs when many users upload documents. Identify default databases A very clever set of scripts are available from the RedGate blog “simple talk”.


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.


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.


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.


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.