Cairo SharePoint Saturday – Stay ConNectEd



 

So we have created twitter account, Facebook page and group, Yammer group & LinkedIn group to be able to stay connected and up to date to event updates. You will see our announcements, receive emails and alerts, speaker agenda, sponsors & event photos.

So choose below the best way to stay connected J

 

 

New SharePoint workflow platform: Datapolis Process System


Datapolis Process System is a visual workflow designer for SharePoint 2013 that offers a robust set of tools to simplify workflow development and deployment. At the moment it is available for on-premises deployments only, however the company plans to release its Office 365 equivalent in the future. SharePoint 2010 and 2007 are supported by older and simpler versions of that solution, branded as Datapolis Workbox.

Datapolis toolkit is integrated with the SharePoint environment, with workflow actions accessible from context menu, list, ribbon, or form, and permission and management options available in the Central Administration. Like its competitors, it models workflows using a browser-based drag and drop designer., with the workflow engine based on Windows Workflow Foundation.

The main differentiatior from solutions like Nintex or K2 is the emphasis on the state machine workflows in place of sequential ones. While you can design state machine workflows using other solutions, as well as SharePoint Designer itself, Datapolis offers that option as a default and most exposed one. As it claims, state machine workflows are more flexible, allowing rapid process improvement, and offer easier learning curve, depicting a process in a manner similar to Visio, BPM notation, and other familiar tools. Datapolis therefore positions its solution to be used for teamwork, enabling both IT engineers and less tech-experienced business people to build processes for their organization.

Similar to other workflow tools, Datapolis allows actions between each state. Within these actions, in a separate sequential designer, you can specify different functional activities which will push a process forward. It also allows storing variables and using them for comparative activities and triggers within the workflow life cycle. The model can include decision points which redirect one action to another depending on defined conditions.

Between each action, the designer can also use a standard form or a customized InfoPath form. Those forms can perform look-ups to other SharePoint lists for additional information that is sometimes needed in the process.

As for workflow security, the build-in permissions protector allows users to manage permissions on SharePoint list column level. Using filters and look-ups, you can set who has access at what time during the workflow life cycle. This can also be managed using permission groups within the workflow designer.

The new feature in Datapolis Process System are Datapolis applications. Those are said to be stand-alone objects which may contain a sub-process or group of tasks, shared by different workflows or executed in parallel. Applications can build on the basis of previously designed workflows or designed with other tools like Visual Studio. They can replace generic parts of workflows as they are stored in a single repository and modifying one application takes effect in all workflows where it was used, keeping processes coherent and up-to-date. Different applications can be grouped into solutions to unify a complex process or pull data from disparate sources. While this is a new innovation, there are as yet no practical examples of implementing it, so it will likely take some time to evaluate its effectivity.

Datapolis Process System fits in the line of tools going beyond SharePoint Designer capabilities with which you can create advanced workflows without a need to code. The choice between it and other solutions should depend on whether you prefer working with sequential or state machine workflows and if your SharePoint environment is deployed in cloud or on-premises.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SP 2010 –> SP 2013 Migration – Part 1


Finally, SharePoint 2010 migration step by step to SharePoint 2013, this will be a series of posts, here we are migrating content.

Prerequisites:

  1. Get to understand both environments pretty well
  2. Backup your SharePoint 2010 Web Application
  3. Be patient J

Currently we are in SP 2010, what do we need from here…

Installation of SharePoint 2010 environment;

  1. Windows Server 2008 R2
  2. Domain Controller
  3. SQL Server 2008 R2
  4. SharePoint 2010

I am going to start with you from scratch, by creating a web application first in 2010;

  1. Open Central Administration > Application Management > and under Web Applications, click Manage Web Applications;

  2. Click the New buttom at top left, check the properties, if it is all ok, you can leave the same for now and click “Ok”

  1. Now let’s create the Site Collection;

  2. So below is the SharePoint 2010 Web Application from Team Site Template, and I added a text in the middle … so feel the difference after we migrate but this picture is going to show the difference as well, but I mean by adding text that basically content will be migrated.

  3. Now, since we are done by creating the SharePoint 2010 Web Application, we need to take a backup and copy this backup to our SharePoint 2013 environment ;)

Note:

Type backup will be SQL Server Database [the MDF & the LDF ] .. v simple

Now we need to know what is the Database name from this web application;

  1. Go to Central Administration > Application Management > and under Database, click “Manage Content Databases”

  2. Make sure you select, your web application that you just created, and that below the “Database Name” will be the database that we need to take a backup from,

  3. Now in order, to take the MDF & LDF copy, we need to stop SQL Server service,

    Note: if you don’t want to stop it, you can take another backup from SQL Server Management Studio and take backup by right clicking on the database name and the backup extension will be “.bak” this one you will not need to stop SQL Server service. So this screen shot below, is what happens when you take a copy from MDF & LDF without stopping SQL Server service

  1. To stop the SQL Server service, as below, open the “Services” from the “Administrative Tools”,

  1. They are sorted alphabetically, now stop SQL SERVER, take a copy of the MDF & LDF to somewhere outside of this VM to anywhere, then copy from this anywhere to paste inside SharePoint 2013 environment or VM

  1. Now let’s go to SharePoint 2013 VM ;) I hope you are enjoying like I am.. so below is what we should do to migrate.

What’s installed in SP 2013 environment;

  1. Windows Server 2012
  2. Domain Controller
  3. SQL Server 2012
  4. SharePoint 2013

And here I will start from scratch again; by creating first a web application but hey we won’t create a site collection, ok;

  1. Click “Manage Web Applications”;

  2. Click “New” again same as in 2010,

  3. Its fine to leave everything as is for now and click ok,

  4. Now we have a web application, don’t create a site collection,
  5. Now open SQL Server Management Studio to attach the MDF & LDF,

  6. You see below, I am attaching the same Database for the web application we create in SharePoint 2010,

  1. Now let’s test the database before migrate, run Test-SPContentDatabase cmdlet to identify missing components along with potential errors and related warnings. Check the upgrade log and deploy any missing components and re run the cmdlet to verify.

  2. Once tested, now we can mount it to the newly created web application, as below;

  3. Now below, is how it will look like the first time, the reason for this, is the Visual Upgrade from SharePoint 2010 is deprecated, now in SharePoint 2013 it is Site Collection upgrade…

    TO BE CONTINUED …

Setting Up a SharePoint 2013 BI Demo VM


Originally posted on Bhaviks B.I. Babble:

I just built up a new demo environment for BI with Windows Server 2012, SQL 2012 SP1 and SharePoint 2013. This is primarily to take advantage of the new Power View enhancements that came out with SQL 2012 SP1 but I do step through getting all the other BI services up and running. What follows is a general guide, providing an overview of the main steps and links to other information where necessary. I am focusing on the SQL and SharePoint install here, so I assume you have a Windows Server installation ready and have setup a domain and DNS services. I used Windows Server 2012 for my VM.

Pre-requisites

  1. If you don’t have an internet connection from your VM, make sure you have downloaded the Sharepoint 2013 pre-requisites. An in-depth guide exists on TechNet which discusses options on obtaining the pre-requisites, and then this guide will help you install…

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How to write a professional SharePoint C.V


Ok first there is millions of posts over the internet if you just search google, so what am I adding? I am here basically and only talking about SharePoint C.Vs

Dear SharePoint fellows;

  1. It is called SharePoint. As you can the “S” & “P” are capital
  2. No Space in the word “SharePoint”
  3. Put your title at the top of the C.V, don’t make the HR look for the current job to know your title! Make it easy seen.
    1. Some HRs doesn’t care about your technical skills but looks for your title if that’s the one she/he needs to call you and book appointment for you with the technical person.
  4. Your email should be professional like your suit.
    1. Don’t put names like “bobos”, “kity”, “toti” but instead put either full name or first and second like mai_omar_86@live.com
      J that’s mine.
  5. If you are applying for job like SharePoint, and if you once worked as accountant in the beginning of your life, don’t let the HR know about that.
    1. What does accountant has to do with SharePoint, but if you were a technical support that is okay to mention.
  6. The certificate logos are hard to be aligned as each has its word, big and small so it’s difficult to align them.
    1. What you can do, just write the certificate title, those is fair enough
  7. Your C.V should have any projects you did, if you say you have experience, don’t just write the product name!
    1. If you are fresh graduate, didn’t had the chance to do a project, tell us about the web parts you created as an example or may be workflows.
  8. If you want to put a picture, put one only one with handsome suit and tie, for ladies be formal.
  9. Align your C.V, align the text, titles and the paragraphs, add tables with no borders if required to be aligned.
  10. Please use the same font style with 3 different sizes maximum.
  11. Use 2 colors, for borders only and not for the content, like background is white and border is black or dark blue or brown but definitely not red!

So far just stick to this, should be ok.

BTW if you think, I missed something, add it in a comment to this post, would be thankful.

IE cannot display the web page – happens when creating new web application


A friend today was investigating in this till he solve it, let me name him “Hytham Elabady” Senior Developer @ Allianz J spend quite good time, actually I just didn’t pay attention to this issue but he put it on mind till it worked, I thought I have good RAM so oh no never Time out L but …. It was … anyway find the solution below..

The below solution is for Web Applications and it doesn’t have to be a SharePoint web application 2010 or 2013… what so ever, it is general time out behavior due to that whatever the web application doing in the background, it took more than expected so it timed out.

Solution:

  1. Open IIS,
  2. Click on Central administration – under sites,
  3. Click on advanced settings,
  4. Increase the “Connection Time-out (seconds), by default it is 120, make it 240 for example, it’s up to you..

     

    Now create your web application & let me know J

     

     

 

 

SharePoint Free Consultation – Day 2 @ 6PM


On Sunday 1 June 2014 @ 6 PM, is the second SharePoint Consultation, this time it will be recorded.

To join, send me your email or just write your email on a comment on this post & I will send you an invitation.

Save the Date & the link: https://plus.google.com/events/cmscptc14f93h3o2lnma3r32or4 as we will use Google Hangout.

Note: please try to run Google hangout before the discussion starts as it asks you to download a plug in so we don’t waste time waiting.

Stayed Tuned to the date & prepare your questions J

Heads Up – All SP24 Sessions Are Now On-Demand!


Below is the mail coming from SP24 Team; I won’t write it in a better way but sharing for whoever didn’t participate in such a huge conference & also will send it to my co-workers who started to follow the SharePoint-Community & some already following …

Before you read the mail; BIG THANK YOU to SP24 TEAM for the effort done & for volunteering your time to make SP24 succeed & it was big success!

Well as we have just finished playing out our last SP24 Rewound session and are delighted that so many tuned in to watch the sessions this time around. We are also really pleased that the whole event ran very smootly and with no problems. It’s amazing what you can do in SharePoint with a bit of sleep, T-L-C and time! ;)

A BIG Thanks!

As this will be one of our last communications for a while, we wanted to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you to all of the Speakers, Anchors, Sponsors, helpers, Fpweb.net (for hosting) and to all 7500 Attendees! Without you the whole event wouldn’t have been possible.

SP24 Resources

You will have probably noticed that as you attended various sessions in the conference, you automatically received slides and code samples shared by the speakers. For convenience, these resources are not only available in each Session Room, but are also consolidated centrally in your ‘My SP24 Resources’ page. As you attend more sessions on-demand, this list will automatically grow with related resources. Please note: we don’t have all of the speaker slides yet but are working on it (hint, hint Speakers ;)).

How to watch the On-Demand Sessions?

Over the next few days we will be tidying up the site to put it into “On-Demand Mode”, but for now all you need to do is log-in and go to the ‘Session Planner’. Once there, click on any session that you want to watch and it will automatically start playing. Couldn’t be easier!

Are we doing it again?

The short answer – we really hope so! Putting this event together was a lot of fun and it was amazing to connect so many SharePoint enthusiasts with so many world famous SharePoint experts. It was even more fun building it all on top of SharePoint 2013 Foundation!

We are definitely up for doing it again – but to keep it free, we need support from SharePoint-related organizations who are looking for ways to engage with a Worldwide audience in a way that’s very unique. If you are interested in sponsoring SP24 2015, please get in touch with
Jon Manderville
who will register your interest and give you more information as it becomes available.

On that note, it’s good bye from all of us on the SP24 Team and we hope you enjoy the on-demand sessions.

PS. Don’t forget those Speaker submission forms ;)

Thanks

SP24 Team

SharePoint Free Consultation


Dear SharePoint Fellows,

This is to support you even better & faster, if you are reading this, properly you are one of the 4 or 5 daily calls/Facebook chat/Skype calls that I receive & to make it easier for you & me, I made a tiny weekly plan for both of us J

I decided to make a public Consultation call for 30 min on Sundays & once per week, it can be 1 to 1 or many to 1 [I am the one J], I didn’t say what hour but we can chat 1 day in advance to arrange accordingly, I am just trying to be flexible.

In scope:

This SharePoint Consultation call is basically to answer any type of SharePoint questions… yes any.

Out of scope:

I am not going to write for you a piece of code, or control your machine over remote desktop to solve a configuration issue… because this needs time & it’s only 30min.

Way of contact me:

Skype/E-mail: mai_omar_86@live.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/modesouki

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