Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Proudly Canadian?

Great! So am I.

So, visit our site and get your choice of a free SharePoint product:

http://www.kwizcom.com/special-offers/canadieneh/

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My personal favorites you should be looking at:

  1. Data View Plus – since it is the Swiss army knife of all SharePoint viewers out there!
  2. List inline editor – I use it all the time, this one saves me literally hours of data entry or updating bugs every single day.
  3. Forms w/Custom actions – need I say more?? If you don’t know what its all about, check out this quick video http://www.kwizcom.com/sharepoint-add-ons/sharepoint-list-custom-actions/overview/
  4. Wiki Plus – Company procedures? Publish articles? Want to be able to use *real* wiki language with quick TOC?

Wow – it was hard coming up with just 4, anyway – on is yours to keep for free. Sound off in the comments for questions or feedback (guys, no support questions here please – for that visit http://support.kwizcom.com/Default.aspx or http://forum.kwizcom.com/Default.aspx as I can’t really help you in the comments)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

SharePoint designer 2010: “the business data connectivity metadata store is currently unavailable”

This was driving me crazy the other day… I tried everything, reconfiguring the services, installing updates I didn't need, uninstalling SharePoint Designer and installing it again, 32 bit, 64 bit, what ever you want.

Every time i opened SharePoint designer and tried to add an external content type, I got this error:

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Then I realized I was doing 2 things that might be the issue:

1. I was running 64 bit of SharePoint designer

2. I was running on my SharePoint Server itself, in a dev machine on CloudShare

So, I went ahead and installed SharePoint designer 32 bit on my client machine – and what do you know, it was working.

Now, the question is what was the problem – running on the server, or running the 64 bit version?

So, I uninstalled the 64 bit version and installed the 32 bit version just out of curiosity…

And what do you know? Same error message… It appears that this is not working when running on the server itself.

It might be specific to my configuration – but if you run into this error, try installing the designer on a different client machine.

Good luck!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Cannot start user profile synchronization service

I searched a lot on this issue online… for some reason it was set to the wrong user, I don’t know why or how, and I couldn’t stat this service.

Going to start the service – I could not change the account name, which was grayed out, and didn’t have the password for it – so I couldn’t start the service.

A LOT of internet searches and I didn’t find one post saying why the account id is grayed out, or how to change it.

So, I finally figured it out.

You have to go to central administration, select security on the left navigation and go to “configure service accounts”.

Here, you can select from a drop down any service you want (in my case, the user profile sync) and (finally!) here you can change it to use any other account, and add this account to the managed accounts in the farm.

Simple task, but very hard to find.

Not so intuitive, if you ask me.

Here is how this form looks like:

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