Monday, May 14, 2007

[MOSS2007] Issue with starting the Central Admin component on another server

On an environment I have just installed I ran into an issue when I tried to start the Central Admin component on a second server. The environment consisted of two load balanced web servers and an application server. The application server had been installed first, so was running the Central Admin component. IIS had been installed on the D drive on this server.

When I tried to start the Central Admin component on one of the web servers (which only had a C partition), the component refused to start. After looking through the logs the cause turned out to be that SharePoint tried to configure the Central Admin on the D partition, because the application server also had been installed on the D partition. The only way to get around this was to create a D-partition on the web servers.

So when you are installing a SharePoint 2007 environment, make sure all partitions on all servers are the same. Or at least the drive letters.

Friday, May 11, 2007

[MOSS2007] SP1 to be released soon!!

I have just heard that SP1 is planned to be released in June/July 2007… quite soon.

[MOSS2007] Configure SharePoint 2007 to show the PDF icon [UPDATED]

To configure SharePoint 2007 to show the PDF icons with PDF documents, do the following:

  1. Download the pdf icon.
  2. Copy the image to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web server extensions\12\Template\Images
  3. Edit the docicon.xml in C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web server extensions\12\Template\XML and add: <Mapping Key="pdf" Value="icpdf.gif" />
  4. Perform an IISReset.
  5. Voila, you are done!!

PDF Icon:

[MOSS2007] Missing “Up” button in folder

I have just ran into the following issue:
When you open a document library which contains folder, the breadcrumb trail above the document library enables you to go back up into the folder structure. But when you show this library on a SharePoint page using a webpart, after going into the folder the only way to get back up is to use the “Back” button of your browser. In SharePoint 2003 the toolbar showed an “Up” button, but this button seems to have disappeared in SharePoint 2007.

Also when you apply one of the other masterpages which are supplied out-of-the-box (for example, BlueBand.Master) the breadcrumb trail which works in the default masterpage seems to break as well.

I think this might be an issue to be fixed in SP1 :-)

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

[MOSS2007] PDF and SharePoint 2007

Just like in SharePoint 2003, SharePoint 2007 does not show the pdf icon and is not able to index these files. But fortunately Microsoft made it possible to reconfigure SharePoint yourself and upload an icon and install a PDF iFilter. Adobe created an iFilter to accomplish this.

SharePoint 2003 only came as a 32-bit version, but with SharePoint 2007 SharePoint can be installed as a 64-bit version as well. And here is the catch……Adobe has not released a 64-bit version of its iFilter yet and it looks like it won’t be available for a very long time (come on Adobe!!).

To solve this issue you have several options:
  1. Reinstall the server with 32-bit Windows and reinstall SharePoint…….ok, not really an option.
  2. Not index PDF files at all…….ok, also not an option.
  3. Beg Adobe to create a 64-bit version of their iFilter…….ok, you have something to do for about 5 minutes but it won’t solve your problem. But if you have nothing to do……go ahead: Submit Product Enhancement
  4. Try to trick MOSS into accepting the 32-bit version of the iFilter…….uhm, do you really want to?
But fortunately there is a fifth solution!! A company called FoxIT released a alternative PDF iFilter............and they created a 64-bit version as well…..and it is free!! What more do you want?? Great, isn’t it :-)

So go ahead and download the 32-bit version or the 64-bit version

Happy indexing!!