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SharePoint 2010 BCS small differences at the Features in Foundation, Standard or Enterprise

Well, that’s just an informing post. I think it is useful to know which features are available in SharePoint within the different versions. For example that the search of external data is not available in SharePoint Foundation which means that it won’t crawl your external datasource.

So i found this table at the site of microsoft http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee556390.aspx

Business Connectivity Services Feature Foundation Edition Standard Edition Enterprise Edition
External List

External Data column

Business Data Connectivity (BDC) service

Connector Framework

Secure Store Service

External Data Search

Profile Pages

Business Data Web Parts

Rich Client Integration

So as you might see, the External Data Search is available at Standard Version or higher but not at Foundation. Such information might be very interesting if you’re planning using BCS for your application. If you use Foundation, you have to use the Search Server Express which is for free and have more options that get the external data searchable.

Maybe you are also interested into “symptoms and issues you may encounter with the SharePoint Server search connector framework [...]” and some solutions to them? Should have a look at this page.

I’ll come up with a post how to make the bdc model crawable in the next days. So i recommend to come back again or just use the rss feed of this blog.

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SharePoint 2010 Change text of add new item

Creating a list is normally not that difficult. But if you use the list in order to manage travel requests, vacation requests or any requests, you might don’t like the text of the link “add new item” below the listview which comes with the standard.

If the user wants to make a new request of whatever, he expect that there is a link to add a new request of whatever and not add new item. You maybe like to have something like

  • request travel
  • request vacation
  • add new request XX
  • and new project request

Whatever you want to have there, it is possible just by using the SharePoint Designer. (more…)

SharePoint 2010 Can i get back my deleted document?

That never happens. Nobody would delete a document which he or she might could need anytime again. There is no reason to care about the deletion of documents and / or elements. Never ever would one of your customers come to you with the question: “Can i get back my deleted documents?”

Exactly, the question is: When is a document really deleted? And for who is the document deleted?

Deletion at frontend

Ok, now i am the normal user with normal rights. I delete a whole list cause i did some mistakes. I go to the list settings and click on delete list.
What happens? (more…)

Summary of my Day 2 at the European SharePoint Conference in Berlin 2011

It is all about - What you have to manage if you think about SharePointToday is day 2 of visiting the SharePoint Conference in Berlin. If you listen to so many people speaking about SharePoint they always talk about: Simplicity, Culture, Business Requirements, Content, People, Slow Innovation and of course Search. It seems to be that the most important function in SharePoint is the Search Function.

If there is something we have learned from Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Ebay and Co. than it is something like this:

  • Users wants to see what is new
  • Users wants to see what has changed
  • Users wants hidden treasures and deals
  • Users wants to have comments
  • Users wants to have the knowledge of the “Experts”
  • Users wants to have the knowledge of the “Intelligent” System
So the challange is to give the users the option to find everything they need in one place. But be careful it is not easy to establish social media in the enterprise. You have to deal with the speed of change, globalization and workforce demographics. Now it is easy to say “We need social media” but do you realy need everything, everywhere and everytime? Sometimes it is better to do more with less. Be sure that your stuff is ready to understand what is possible with social media before they get the tools to do everything wrong. So one best practice tip is to start small and innovate slow. Do not doing thinks only because it is cool. And do not think that with SharePoint or other software the perfect solution is right there.
Here are some statements to think about:
  • Identify business gaps that can be done more productive by social features
  • Things that will ruin social media for everyone
.             –  Updating Facebook every 5 minutes
.             –  Posting photos of your boss
.             –  Blogging company announcments
.             –  Tweeting within a team meeting
.             –  Posting work party videos
  • Just because it is moved into SharePoint does not immidiately solve your issues
  • Try to send a email without knowing to whom you have to send the email
  • They are here and they did not need email – next generation workforce
  • It is all about limitaion