I will start in 16 Hours, 32 minutes, and 24 seconds

I am really so excited & proud to be part of SP24 J

Check out all sessions here: https://www.sp24conf.com/2014-1/Conf/LobbyPages/AllSessions.aspx     

Below is an email from the SP24 Team:

- We already have over 6000 registered attendees from over 100 countries around the globe.
- The conference has an enormous 100+ sessions covering both business and technical.
- It’s entirely on-line.
- It’s completely FREE for all attendees.
- The platform has been developed entirely using SharePoint Foundation 2013 hosted by Fpweb.net.

So if you want to learn from some of the best SharePoint speakers in the world, all you need to do is follow these simple steps:

1. Login at : https://www.sp24conf.com/  
2. Head on over to https://www.sp24conf.com/2014-1/Conf/ and select the sessions you want to see using the “Session Planner”.
We would love it if you updated your profile picture to use on the site.  And don’t forget to fill in your feedback forms (you will see those during the sessions in the session resources tab.
3. Checkout the Conference Guide

What can I do at SP24?

Session Rooms…

All speakers will present in their own session rooms. As an attendee you will be able to enjoy any session, chat with other attendees, see recommended reading that the speaker has shared and read the tweets. To get you used to the feel of a session room, the SP24 Team are currently streaming live from the SP24 “War Room” in Leeds, UK. Check it out here : https://www.sp24conf.com/2014-1/Conf/SP24/ConfPages/SessionRoom.aspx

Social Room…

Why not pop into the social room during the build up and during the conference ? https://www.sp24conf.com/2014-1/Conf/LobbyPages/LobbyChat.aspx


- The site uses some fairly new (and cool technology) so please ensure you use IE9+, Firefox 28+ and Chrome 34+ This will give you the best experience. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee the site will behave on mobiles or apple/android tablets.

- The conference will be using Google Hangouts and YouTube Live, so please ensure that you can get access to YouTube from the place where you are watching. If you are at work, REMEMBER to get permission or access via a link that allows You Tube :0

That’s all folks, we really hope to see you VERY SOON at SP24!

SP24 Team


SharePoint 2013 April CU has been postponed

Yes April 2013 CU has been postponed and because of the issue in SP1 which has been pulled in.

The KB article for SP1 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2850035/en-us has a link for the download SP1 which if you clicked now, gives you as below;

Lots of FAQ on Stefan Gobner blog http://blogs.technet.com/b/stefan_gossner/archive/2014/04/10/sharepoint-2013-sp1-and-april-cu-status.aspx a must read before you for any more updates.

Whenever Microsoft announces any other service packs or cumulative updates, you’d better wait, minimum 2 months if not more, during this time, check with forums, check with the Expert SharePointers all around, ask how is it going with the last update, wait till you hear everything is okay…

If you come and ask me, what if we are closing a project and whatsoever updates fixes a bug!! How would we wait?? .. I really have the same question but my answer may not be suitable for all cases.. I’d recommend to support the project as should be then install the update once you are sure it is ok.

I totally understand the pain this have caused for who installed SP1 L

I am Speaker in SPSBoston

To SharePointers in Boston, I will be speaking in SharePoint Saturday on 12 April 2014

My session is: Workflow Manager tips

Description: A new workflow engine is added to SharePoint 2013 and there are many steps to get it installed correctly properly you won’t from the first time, in this session, we will get it right.

Short But Straight To The PoinT J

BTW I am not going Boston, my session is over Skype.

Organization Browser blank/missing/bug in Non-MySites in SP 2013

Ya the title has a lot to say and I am disappointed as I write this post.

So I came to a point while I am implementing a SharePoint 2013 project to a client in Egypt, where they are in need for the Organization Chart, ok no problem, or I thought no problem!!

I configured the User Profile, and started a My Site with a test user, then I looked for the Organization Chart, nothing!! Inserting it as web part after clicking “Sites” on top right, you can find under your name “Personalize this Page” to be able to insert a Web Part into My Site. Ok inserted the Web Part, of course the new name in 2013 is “Organization Browser Web Part” anyway..

Organization Browser Web Part is not by default in “My Site”


Client doesn’t know SharePoint that well.. so WHO would edit his “My site” to add the Web Part!! Believe me even with a training to them, they won’t.. they will forget.. they are lazy.. CLIENTS
J nothing new.


Either I create a feature with event receiver that once activated, it adds the Organization Browser Web Part to all “My Sites”, I think we need as well a Timer Job to check later if there is a new “My site” created to add the web part to it.

Ok.. many steps & lots of work to do but doable, right.

Another case:

We need this Web Part on the Portal itself and not My site.. is when we will say “Sweet times” but it is “miserable times”

Just first enable this feature “SharePoint Server Enterprise Site Collection features”.


Now try to add the Organization Browser Web Part in any page, its empty or call it blank or it is not working… I called it BUG.


Add a Content Editor Web Part below the “Organization Browser Web Part” and add this script inside it & it will work & Voila!

After searching, I got the script from here

<script type=”text/javascript”>

function CreateHierarchyChartControl(parentId, profileId, type, persistControlId) {

var i = profileId.indexOf(“|”);

var claimsmode = profileId.substr(i-1,1);

if((i >=0 ) & (claimsmode==”w”))


profileId = profileId.substr(i+1,profileId.length-i-1);

var initParam = profileId + ‘,’ + type + ‘,’ + persistControlId;

var host = document.getElementById(parentId);

host.setAttribute(‘width’, ’100%’);

host.setAttribute(‘height’, ’100%’);





top: ’30′,

width: ’100%’,

height: ’100%’,

version: ’2.0′,

isWindowless: ‘true’,

enableHtmlAccess: ‘true’



onLoad: OnHierarchyChartLoaded







Should I tell you Enjoy SharePointing!! Or just cry L anyway god bless us J

Heads Up.. Mai Omar Desouki is Speaking at the SPSGulf 2014

Article by: Mai Omar Desouki

SharePointers… this is the first SharePoint Saturday for the Gulf & ONLINE.. yup online SharePoint Saturday..

Speakers are all from different locations and still will be delivering to you the most exciting sessions by MVP, MCT & many SharePoint experts.

You’d better don’t miss it, and take a look at the speakers here

Registration is here..

Heads Up.. I am Speaking at the SPSGulf 2014

SharePointers… this is the first SharePoint Saturday for the Gulf & ONLINE.. yup online SharePoint Saturday..

Speakers are all from different locations and still will be delivering to you the most exciting sessions by MVP, MCT & many SharePoint experts.

You’d better don’t miss it, and take a look at the speakers here

Registration is here..

Live Online SharePoint Saturday Gulf – Call for Speakers is Now Open


Date: April 12th 2014

Time: 10:00 AM (GMT +4)

Location: Online

Don’t be late. Register now from here !

Fancy speaking in SPS Gulf? Submit your session from here

Interested in sponsoring SPS Gulf? Click here !

Follow #SPSGulf on twitter for more updates!

I am Speaking in SPSUtah on 1 Feb

I will be speaking in SharePoint Saturday Utah remotely J

Attendee Registration is now Open!

Register today for the 2014 Utah SharePoint Saturday event! Totally Free, Total Awesome! http://bit.ly/registerspsutah2014 ​​ and check the schedule here.

Please read Joel Oleson’s post on the announcement of SharePoint Saturday at Utah on his blog.

Follow the hashtag #SPSUtah for more details.

SharePoint Views Permission

Permissions in SharePoint are basically on;

  1. Sites,
  2. Libraries
  3. Documents
  4. Folders
  5. Lists
  6. Items

… Comment on the post if I forgot any!

Okay nothing new for who knows it, for who don’t & still searching on google, your search either will be third party tools [which you have to pay for] or just others asking the same question.

Now the work around is


  1. Create your list,
  2. Make sure the list is not in quick launch or top navigation,
  3. Whatever columns are needed, add it,
  4. Create different views,
  5. Create page for each view you created in your list,
  6. Add the list in the pages you created, while in Edit mode, edit the web part zone of the list & choose the view to display.
  7. In the pages library, here you specify unique permissions on each page; which means for each view!

More with a Trick ;)

Remember; in step 2, make sure your list is not in quick launch [left navigation] or top navigation, ok glad you remember J

Now someone with contribute permission can go to “View all site content” and see the list, now we have to hide the list yup we are going to use PowerShell to hide the list.

$webSite = Get-SPWeb “http://SharePoint Site”;

$list = $webSite.Lists["TestList"];

$list.Hidden = 1;



Enjoy SharePointing! J


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