Adventures In SharePoint 2010 2

Time to change up the soundtrack a bit. At first it was Arrowsmith and “Toys in the Attic” followed by Mindi Abair and “It just happens that way” and finally ended with Joe Walsh and “Life’s been good”.

Now, I’m sitting here staring at the SharePoint Central Administration Screen. Good ol’ w2k8r2spsa:20111/default.aspx. Lots of settings to go through.

1st though, let’s look at the “Monitoring Section”. You might want to look at SharePoint Server 2010: Operations Framework and Checklists.

At this point, you will probably not see the yellow or red notification across the screen but it will come!

  1. Click on Monitoring
    1. Click on Health Analyzer’s “Review problems and solutions”. If there were any issues the reports would show up here.
    2. Return to Central Administration
  2. Click on application Management. Your blank site shows up as SharePoint -80 (Port 80)

    1. Now, for grins, click on Configuration Wizards
    2. Launch Farm Configuration Wizard
    3. Go with the defaults on the next page, click “Next”
    4. Notice how the “/” option for sites no longer exists
    5. Click “Cancel”, we’ll add another site in a different fashion
    6. At this point, hopefully you are still logged in as spAdmin
    7. Open up a new tab on your browser
    8. Type in the address for the computer less the port or add port 80 <computername>:80


  1. Next click on “Site Actions” then “New Site”

The default template section opens and you have “All Types” and “All Categories” open. The “blog” template is visible. If you click on the “Content” filter type, the templates are reduced to Document Workspace, Blog and Document Center. I’ll add a blog.

  1. Click on “Blog”
  2. Give the Site a title and a URL Name.
  3. Then click on more options (You can also start with this)
  4. Look at “Permissions, Navigation and Navigation Inheritance”
    1. Permissions
      1. If access to this site is the same as the parent, leave the default “Use same permissions…” checked
      2. If the site will have special permissions, select “Use Unique…” simple right?
    2. Navigation – Two options to set
      1. If you want a link on the top only, the default of No, Yes is the setting
      2. If you want a link on the top and side, Yes, Yes is the setting
      3. No links = No No
    3. Navigation Inheritance – I would have made the default “Yes” but it is set to “No”. If you want a consistent connection to the home site, switch this to “Yes”

The settings:

Get You…:


Adds “My Blog” to the link bar. The bigger deal is the “Home” button that seemed to do nothing before (e.g. Home = My Blog) has changed behavior to “Home = Site Home” and returns you to the main site page.

Ok, enough of playtime. Tomorrow it’s back to serious settings and configuration of SharePoint. It’s nice though to take a break and play with application.

Teched NA

Adding sites…

While the Jury is still out (for me at any rate) SharePoint Designer is either a help or it’s not. Prior versions of the product could be hard on SharePoint. So, taking the innocent until proven guilty, I will be using it for this iteration.

First thing, after the SharePoint Administration presented the choice, I added an Enterprise Wiki site. Et voila… What, “Adventureworks”??? Whre did that Icon come from, what’s going on??? In the land of Microsoft, Adventure Works is alive and well and a template model when you choose the Enterprise Wiki site. Templates can be changed to provide consistent site look and feel. I’ll get to those later. For now, time to modify Adventure works into something I want to use.


  1. Using Site actions, click on Edit inSharePoint Designer – If not install, go ahead and accept the install instructions (64 bit is OK if 2010 is all you’re working in)
  2. If you opened it from the site, you’ll already be where you need to be, otherwise:
    1. Click on the Open Site button
    2. type in the root site address
    3. Click on Open
  3. Click on Master Pages Link
  4. Click on nightandday.master
  5. Edit this master page
  6. This will show you the masterpage the template used when it constructed the Enterprise Wiki site.

OK, so now what? Got the master page up and you can see a lot of stuff.

  1. So, you click on the Adventure Works logo
  2. Click delete
  3. Click on the save icon.
  4. A warning pops up:

Now what?
You could goto to the Main Site Object and then click on the Edit Site Home Page link…

  1. Click on the link
  2. Click on the Edit in Browser Button
  3. Click on the check out button
  4. Edit your page

But wait, there’s more. You can’t get to the logo. It still says Adventure Works and you’re getting really tired of that site…

To recap:
You tried editing the master page directly and ran into a warning.
Going through the main page and edit site home page allowed you to edit internal items on the page but not the header.
And hey, when did source control enter the picture…

For now, take the easy road.

  1. Exit SharePoint Designer, you’ll be back
  2. Click on Site Actions
  3. Click View All Site Content
  4. Click on Site Collection Images
  5. Click on Add New Item
  6. Navigate to your new snazzy logo and click on Open
  7. Click on OK
  8. You’re presented with a form where you can add a Title, Keywords, Comments, Author, etc. about the image
  9. Click on Check in when you are done
  10. Click on Site Actions
  11. Site Settings
  12. Click on Title, Description and icon under Look and Feel
  13. In the Logo URL and Description URL box, type: “/SiteCollection/<YourLogoName>.gif
  14. Click on Click here to test, then click on ok.

What? The stories over? Naw, just this segment. Applications are the main thrust so most of the SharePoint of this blog will be talking about that.

Todays experiment? What happens when you delete the base site? Not the admin site but the :80 site. How graceful will SharePoint handle this?

Most stuff you find on the web is all about moving forward but what if you really roll the site in something that doesn’t smell quite right?

Well, here goes.

    1. VM Ware SnapShot titled PreDelete and a date (maybe it’s just age but once you have more than one of these, it’s a nice way to figure out which one is what/when)
    2. Bring up the site – yup still there…
    3. Site Actions then Site Settings
    4. Under the Site Actions Section theres a link… Delete This SIte… [click]
    5. Read the warning…

    1. Yup, looks pretty serious…
    2. And yet one more warning…might not be a good idea
    3. The “Sites been deleted page” comes up. Click the back link to verify the site has been deleted.
    4. What happend to the Admin Site?
    5. Modify the URL and add in the Admin Port and pull it up.

As expected, the admin site is just fine. Now check on the Create Site Link and lets see what deleting the primary site actually did? Remember to be logged in as the SpAdmin account.

When you click on the create a site button, you have regained the ability to create a root level site. In fact, it’s back to the base level of the install.

  1. Enter In a new Title and Description
  2. Chosse the site type
  3. Assign Primary Site and Secondary Site Admins
  4. Provide a quota if needed
  5. Click on |OK|
  6. Now, click on the link for the new site…this is NOT the |OK| button on the same page
  7. Click on Site Actions once the page load
  8. Site Permissions and give the site owner access

Now you can go back to your site with the correct login and modify and change as needed. This is what I would call a punt. Short of rebuilding the whole SharePoint site, this method provides a way to get back to square one as long as everything on the host is solid.

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