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Playing Outside Your Sandbox Slide Deck

This weekend I had the privilege of speaking at the SharePoint Saturday Conference in Vancouver.  At the conference I spoke on no code solutions for SharePoint Business Connectivity Services and the different features you had access to out of the box.  It was a great experience and one I hope to repeat in the future.  This presentation seems quite popular as I will be giving it again at the SharePoint Saturday in Calgary and the Prairie Developers Conference in Winnipeg.

As promised for all of these sessions I have attached the slide deck here for you to download for reference.

Playing outside your sandbox

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Quickly Build a Multi-Server SharePoint 2013 Developer Environment (Part 5) – AutoSPInstaller Answer File

In part five of my building a multi-server SharePoint dev environment series we are going to install SharePoint 2013.  But first I am going to cover how to create the AutoSPInstaller Answer File. We will do this using the AutoSPInstaller online tool.  There isn’t a lot of information out there on it (that I could find) so I hope it is helpful.  I am going to go through each area in pretty decent detail, but to make things easier for you, I will also provide my answer file that you can easily modify for your needs.  Once we have finished creating the answer file I will show you how to kick off the install of SharePoint.

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Unable to Uninstall SharePoint 2013

The Problem

The other day I was attempting to fix what appeared to be a configuration issue with our farm.  We were receiving version mismatch errors when running code within our farm.  It turned out there was two problems.  First the farm did indeed have a misconfiguration (I am writing about that one separately) and it was found one of our servers in the farm wasn’t functioning properly due to a recent patch not applying properly.  This post discusses the steps I took and the end result.

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SharePoint – SPView: Exception calling “Add” with “6” argument(s): “An error occurred while parsing EntityName.

Error occurred while parsing EntityName.

So had an issue today.  We were migrating data into SharePoint and once that was complete we had a request from the client to build a set of views based on a lookup list.  So out comes the old trusty PowerShell script ISE and I started plugging away at the code.  When the script was complete I ran it in the test environment where the data was contained.  When the script ran the add on the SPView collection the script stalled with error: “Exception calling “Add” with “6” argument(s): “An error occurred while parsing EntityName.”  Well that error is really easy to under stand.

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How to Bake Your SharePoint Environment Without Getting GUI

My apologies to all who have been waiting for this.  I was going through my blog site and saw this post had been sitting in draft for quite some time.  I had thought I had posted it a long time ago.  Guess I hadn’t.  My apologies.

So this is a topic I have spoken on a few times.  Basically it’s all about using PowerShell to install SharePoint for you.  Now there already is a tool out there called AutoSPInstaller which is a great tool now that it has an added feature of a GUI interface to build out the xml config.  I would like to think that my scripts are much easier to work with than that.  However, in some ways AutoSPInstaller does more than my scripts in the configuration world, but my scripts do something that AutoSPInstaller won’t.  They will also build out your entire environment, pages, lists, web parts and all.

I did up this presentation not to show off my code or to give it to others (which I have no problem doing), but I actually did it to show everyone just how easy and slick it is to use scripts to complete your work for you.  It also gave me a place to come back and grab bits of code that I could use here and there.  The GUI, while I wouldn’t call clunky, is not the smoothest experience.  And waiting for pages to refresh or having to redo steps because you clicked something you shouldn’t or filled in some incorrect data is a real pain.  This is where scripting comes in.  Yes it takes you longer to build the script, but in the end you save time.  I have reused these scripts many times now.  To give you a comparison, when we deployed these environments, my script configured and built our DEV, TEST and PROD environments (pages, lists, webparts, etc too) in about 30 min for all.

Can your GUI do that for you?

Slide deck attached.