Matt-Engel Blog

Reporting Services and Timeouts

I’ve recently been battling long running reports and how to make certain they do not timeout on the SharePoint servers.

There are several levels in SharePoint 2010 that a report can time out.  I will discuss the top three that I have encountered and what I had to do to fix them.

The first one, and the easiest to fix, is within the SSRS report that is housed on your SharePoint site.  This fixed about 75% of my problem with time-out issues.

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How to build a better Choice Filter Web Part using InfoPath 2010

The out of the box choice filter web part, for me, left a bit to be desired.  I wasn’t crazy about the interface and it just didn’t seem all that clean on a branded site.  I found a way to create the same effect using an InfoPath form.

Here’s what you need to do.

Create a new InfoPath 2010 form.

Add in a Combo Box and label it accordingly.  In my scenario, I wanted to filter through a list of implementation roll out ...

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What to do when… SSRS Reports in SharePoint 2010 do not display the Export options

What to do when…  SSRS Reports in SharePoint 2010 do not display the Export options

It can be rather frustrating for an end user when they are unable to export their favorite reports to excel or another medium.  Here’s the solution to this problem.

Internet Explorer Settings

This issue comes from IE not recognizing the site as a trusted location.
In Internet Explorer, you need to go into: Tools > Internet Options
  1. Hit the Security Tab
  2. Choose Local Intranet
  3. Hit the Sites Button
  4. Hit the Advanced Button

You can add multiple items here, or ...

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Internet Explorer error when creating a list.

Internet Explorer error when creating a list.

I have found many, many, MANY!  idiosyncrasies with Internet Explorer 64-bit and Sharepoint 2010.  Here is one that I had not yet encountered but was easily worked around.

When trying to import a spreadsheet as a list in SharePoint 2010 (Site Actions > View All Site Content > Create > Import Spreadsheet) you will receive the following error in Internet Explorer if you are using the 64-bit version.

This Feature requires Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5.0 or later, and Windows ...

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SharePoint Server 2013 Preview!

SharePoint Server 2013 Preview!

Well,  it’s been released into the wild!  I’ll start blogging about what new features I’ve found that make 2013 the latest and GREATEST!

Here are some helpful links to get you started:

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My Top SharePoint 2010 Resources

My Top SharePoint 2010 Resources

SharePoint ResourcesMy journey with SharePoint has not been without its stumbling blocks.  Whenever I encounter one, I hit Lord Google for the answers.  Here are a few of the best resource sites I have found so far.  I use most of these resources on a weekly basis.

  • SharePoint 2010 – Administration - Todd Klindt
  • InfoPath 2010 and Workflows – Wonder Laura
  • SharePoint 2010 ...
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How I found the User Information List…

How I found the User Information List…

Here’s a little background information on the User Information List (UIL).  This is a hidden list within SharePoint 2010 that stores information about a user having some metadata.  When a new user logs in for the first time, the users information is added to the UIL.  I had a problem with this list having outdated information in it which caused me major headaches for a while.  Here’s how I came across it.

We use Active Directory as our login authentication.  Every ...

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Web Part Mayhem…

Occasionally, good web parts go bad…

One morning you wake up to find your email flooded with system and end user  messages that your site is down due to an obscure error.  You can’t even get to the point of viewing the page to edit and work with the page.

If you find yourself in this situation and you do not want to go to the extent of restoring a page,you can start troubleshooting your web parts by turning them off one ...

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Orphaned SharePoint 2010 Site

I have an old production server that now serves as our Disaster Recovery server.  I had been working on revamping our Disaster Recovery Strategy when, while performing a restore from production, it crashed in mid-restore.

I found that our SQL server that houses our Disaster Recovery SharePoint Databases had run out of disk space.

I cleared out a large amount of data from the server and tried the restore function again.  The error persisted to come up again.  This is when I ...

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