Having multiple versions of SharePoint 2013 available to you can be an overwhelming obstacle in terms of deciding which one is best. You’ve Foundation, Standard and Enterprise available to you. Depending on how vast of site deployments you are looking to roll out, below is a feature comparison chart …Read More
Sometimes a Windows update can interrupt normal use of their products like the Sync with SharePoint feature in Office
Press Win + X and select Programs and Features from the task bar menu
Click View Installed Updates
Scroll through the updates until you find the application you wish to remove …Read More
When creating a Project site from a template with a OneNote notebook in a document library, the OneNote does not copy over.
OneNote is a collaborative document. SharePoint features such as Versioning or requiring Check Out are causing issues with creating the OneNote document.
In the Library …Read More
When trying to run a PSConfig or the SharePoint Configuration Wizard the following error occurs:
An exception of type System.Data.SqlClient.SqlException was thrown.
This error can occur if you are using a port other than the default port to connect to the SQL database server.
When viewing lists with a (linked to item with edit menu) item, the view will show a TypeError:Unable to get property 'replace' of undefined or null reference error.
This issue only occurs if you are running the November 2014 CU (Build Number 15.0.4667.1000).
As well as fixes, new SharePoint updates can often break things or make things work unexpectedly. Because of this, it is important to be able to determine what updates are installed on your server. The following steps will let you know how to do this.
Through Central Admin:
Open Central …Read More
Customers running BrightWork 15.3 Preview version can upgrade to the full release of BrightWork 15.3 if you deem it worthwhile. To help you decide if it is worthwhile for you or not, we have listed the main changes applied to the full release below.
NOTE that there is …Read More
Sometimes you may want to use Microsoft Project Professional with a template other than the Structured Template. This can be done, by following the steps below.
Open the site or template you want to add task sync to
Click on Task Update
In the SharePoint ribbon, click List -> List …Read More
PowerShell Command stuck on Initializing
Issue: PowerShell command keeps repeating the Initializing… prompt for longer than 4 minutes
Probably Cause: Timer Job has stopped on one or more server
Leave the shell window running
On each server:
Press the Windows key + R
Find the SharePoint Timer …Read More
Some of our customers have begun to experience the following error(below) when attempting to open a project tasks list (171) in SharePoint 2013 from the ribbon tool bar option "Open with Project". If the client machine your using to access the site is using Windows 7 and IE 11, …Read More
While attempting to open a BrightWork Structured template tasks list(171) in SharePoint 2013 with Ms Project Professional 2013 using the ribbon option, "Open in Project", you may receive the following error message.
Sorry, we were unable to open your project. Please try again. If this happens again, contact your …Read More
Today we have identified a bug affecting the use of the Quick Edit (Datasheet) view. If the following is true, the user will no longer be able to save their changes and have the potential of losing the data from their last attempted edit:
1. If the March 2015 CU …Read More
The Projects and Work Tracker allows you to track multiple projects from a single Project site. The template comes with a task list and an issues list. You may want to add another list to the site. Please see the steps below to see how this is achieved.
Create …Read More
A BrightWork customer is using the BrightWork API and wishes to create a sub site. The code below outlines the steps to generate a sub site. Please modify this sample code where appropriate. (Note: This is a working sample and has not been tested for a production environment.)
Customers running BrightWork 15.2 Preview version are recommended to upgrade to the full release of BrightWork 15.2 especially if you are using the new Project Request Manager features. To help you decide if you need, or want, to upgrade to BrightWork 15.2 Full Release we have listed …Read More
Lately we had a customer who's SharePoint environment suffered from a strange access denied error, when a user with full control tried to create sub sites in the site collection. Each time these users tried to create either a project or team site they got "Sorry, you don't …Read More
When creating a new BrightWork Site Collection you receive the following error.
SiteFeedFeatureReceiver: can only be enabled in the same farm where MySites are deployed.
This error is also visible in the ULS logs when creating a Project Template on a BrightWork Site Collection.
* This error only applies to …Read More
The bwProjectCache list is a hidden list that is required for the operation of BrightWork Cache Reporting. If for some reason this list is corrupted the Project Cache Reporting may malfunction or not allow the addition of additional columns. In cases like this it may be nesscecary to recreate …Read More
When working in Microsoft Project Professional, you add a Domain user that does not have access to the SharePoint site you get the following error when trying to sync:
We can’t sync resource ‘Joan Soap’ to the tasks list because the resource does not exist on the SharePoint …Read More
User wants certain people to be able to create Project sites without giving the user Full Control permissions or adding them to the Owners Group.
Create a new Permission Level and SharePoint Group.
Creating a new Permission Level:
Navigate to the site root
Click Site Actions -> Site …Read More
Lately we had a number of clients who suffered from an issue on SharePoint 2013, where they lost the ability to rename a site title from its default of "Home", to a title of their choosing.
You try to rename the site title of the home page of a …Read More
Users of BrightWork Online cannot access the site despite being added as users.
Users of BrightWork Online recieve the following error in the Group column on the Users Admin page
GetSPGroup: Error in retrieving SP group
The user has not been assigned a Group on the BrightWork Site …Read More
There can be many reason why you may want to change the display name given to a user in SharePoint. Here are two primary scenarios for when you may want to use this option.
Scenarios being that SharePoint pulls the display name value from the active directory. Sometime …Read More
There are multiple scenarios in which you may want to Sign in as Different User in SharePoint 2013. There used to be a simple button to do this on the SharePoint 2010 platform but this has since been removed in SharePoint 2013.
You can sign in as a …Read More
It can be very important to know the type of list you are working with. This is especially helpful information when troubleshooting, working with BrightWork support, checking a list created by another user or dealing with report issues. It very simple to find this out.
Here are the steps.
Open …Read More
We have seen some users see the following error after provisioning a project site.
Title: An unexpected exception was encountered
Category: Severity 1 - Error
Description: An unexpected exception was encountered deleting target SPEventReceiverDefinition - Auto-Follow New Site Event receiver|WebProvisioned
System.ArgumentException: Value does not fall within the …Read More
If your carrying out platform upgrades from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013 this may interest you. We have come across site collections where the upgrade now option in the SharePoint UI for the visual upgrade had failed, yet the PowerShell command worked perfectly.
Here are the top level steps I …Read More
SharePoint administrators often need to run scheduled PowerShell against SharePoint. One particular need for this is when backing up site collections.
1. Create a PowerShell script
Tip: when working with notepad on the server, open it running it ad administrator. This will make sure that the files you save have …Read More
We came across a challenge with one of our clients where they were seeing a site take up to one and half minutes to load each morning. After the initial load the site was far more responsive but the problem could return once or twice that same morning.
We started …Read More
In November and December we saw an increase in the number of our clients upgrading to SharePoint 2013. This is not surprising as this new offering from Microsoft has been well received and is an attractive upgrade. Not to mention that BrightWork is fully SharePoint 2013 compatible.
In a survey …Read More
When attempting to preform a restore of a site collection a user continually received the following error message.
Restore-spsite : Access is denied. (Exception from HRESULT: 0x80070005(E_ACCESSDENIED))
To resolve this issue run the following code in PowerShell to give your administrator account(replace SHAREPOINT2013SPRestore below with your …Read More
We have had many enquiries about how you could use external data or external content types in SharePoint with Business Connectivity Services to an advantage. Here is an example of the potential gain of using external data through BCS and how you can use it with BrightWork.
Here is a …Read More
This week we came across an interesting error which took us some time to troubleshoot. There is a lot of conflicting information on the error online so I thought I would give you my experience.
The error occurs when you attempt to open a site using SharePoint Designer 2013. You …Read More
There are many different times where you may want to analysis how load a particular site takes to load. Here are some steps you can take to help you do this efficiently.
We will use Microsoft Internet Explorer for all our tests as this is the only browser supported 100% …Read More
Below I have listed some of the forward facing changes that a BrightWork user might encounter when upgrading from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013. These are listed in snippit form and are meant to act as a quick reference for those looking to navigate around a new site.
The Site …Read More
On the SP2010 platform this migration was simply done using a backup and restore procedure. As we found lately this is no longer supported on SharePoint 2013 e.g. you could not restore a site from a server with one cumulative update to another with a higher Cu level or …Read More
BrightWork uses Content Editor Webparts to display button menus and other information to end users. Some Site Collection Administrators have asked how they can use these Web Parts to customize their own landing pages in BrightWork.
If a Site Collection Administrator creates their own page using a HTML editor like …Read More
I was experiencing the following error in SharePoint 2013 trying to create a new web from a solution that had been uploaded to the Template Gallery for a site collection.
"Problem applying web template". "This web template required that certain features be installed, activated and licensed. The following problems are …Read More
A client asked us the following question and I thought it was a good one to share with the community. The question was..
Can you tell me what the current support level is for Macs when accessing BrightWork?
The only BrightWork requirement is that the Apple MAC machine must meet …Read More
Upgrade routes from SharePoint 2007 to 2013
SharePoint migration from 2007 to 2010
SharePoint 2010 System Requirements
BrightWork Install Guide
There may be scenarios when you want particular file types not to download from document libraries but instead behave as popup links or just open in your browser. This behaviour is controlled by a usability setting Browser File Handling in SharePoint 2010.
Here are the steps you need to make …Read More
Upgrade routes from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 013
There is no direct SharePoint upgrade path straight from: 2007 --> 2013
It must be a stepped upgrade: 2007 --> 2010 --> 2013
This is not because of BrightWork, this is a SharePoint upgrade limitation.
How to resolve the following Lookup column error in SharePoint.
An unexpected error occurred in the rendering of this web part : The query cannot be completed because the number of lookup columns it contains exceeds the lookup column threshold enforced by the administrator.
This can be resolved with a …Read More
An issue came up lately where a clients site collection was moved from one server to another. The client had set up some SharePoint to Outlook connections to some calendar lists on their original server. These connections no longer functioned in Outlook after this move. Read more on this functionality …Read More
Some users who are developing and customising new templates may want to do this in their QAT environment or test environments first, and then transfer these sites over to their production environments. This is indeed possible and her is the process.
Save your site in your QAT environment or test …Read More
Sometimes it is useful to 'turn/off' the Quick Launch on a specific page but not on the whole site. In these cases we use a simple Content Editor web part with the following HTML, depending on whether it is for SharePoint 2010 or SharePoint 2013:
[code language="…Read More
SharePoint 2013 & 2016 - BrightWork User Report
BrightWork for SharePoint 2013 and 2016 provides the BrightWork User Report feature. Access to SharePoint Central Administration is required to utilise the reports. Click the version link below for further instructions.
BrightWork for SharePoint 2016
BrightWork for SharePoint 2013
SharePoint 2007 and 2010 - …Read More
Here is a very handy one line PowerShell command if you want to get the Farm Id:
Paste this into the SharePoint 2013 Management Shell and it will display the Farm Id for your SharePoint Server farm.…Read More