Archives by Tag 'Architecture'

Step-by-Step SharePoint Online Authentiaction Process via HTTP Protocol

By Namwar Rizvi - Last updated: Monday, March 21, 2016

Here is the step-by-step, behind the scene, authentication process of SharePoint Online. You can use it to connect to SharePoint Online from any Microsoft or Non-Microsoft technology.  It gives you an idea of how things work at the very basic level of HTTP protocol, while authenticating a user in SharePoint Online. Assumption: User is trying […]

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All possible ways to find SharePoint Version and Build number

By Namwar Rizvi - Last updated: Monday, November 3, 2014

If you are trying to find exact Version and Patch level of your SharePoint installation, then use one of the following methods Method 1 : Using Service.cnf url Navigate to following url in your browser  <Your SharePoint Site>/_vti_pvt/Service.cnf You will a response similar to following vti_encoding:SR|utf8-nl vti_extenderversion:SR|14.0.0.4762  Check the number shown in your response at SharePoint […]

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Custom Timer Jobs versus PowerShell and Task Scheduler for Scheduled Tasks

By Namwar Rizvi - Last updated: Friday, December 7, 2012

Although I am a great fan of using PowerShell for performing lots of tasks in SharePoint quickly, but there are certain areas where PowerShell may not be the optimum solution. One of which is Custom Timer Jobs in SharePoint. Although you can schedule a PowerShell script by a task scheduler in windows to run some […]

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How to detect if the given webpage is generated by SharePoint?

By Namwar Rizvi - Last updated: Tuesday, June 5, 2012

If you want to find out whether the given web page is generated by SharePoint or not then the most authentic way of verification is to check Response Headers. SharePoint adds an specific response header (along with others) called MicrosoftSharePointTeamServices The presence of this header is a proof that the given web page is served […]

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Difference between Security Context of Workflow Code in SharePoint 2007 and 2010

By Namwar Rizvi - Last updated: Wednesday, May 16, 2012

In SharePoint 2010, any code which executes because of the changes made by the workflow process will run in context of the user who either started the workflow or responsible for changes which caused the code to be executed. But … In SharePoint 2007,  any code which executes because of the changes made by the workflow process […]

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Solution for viewing HTML files in browser from SharePoint Document Library

By Namwar Rizvi - Last updated: Sunday, March 25, 2012

In SharePoint 2010 document library, if you click on a file with .html extension, you will notice that browser will open Save File dialogue box. This behaviour stops you to view HTML files directly in browser from document library and some times it is very annoying. To resolve it and view HTML files in browser, […]

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Useful Javascript Functions and objects in SharePoint – Part 1

By Namwar Rizvi - Last updated: Sunday, February 19, 2012

SharePoint has a huge set of javascript functions and objects which are defined in essential SharePoint javascript files like init.js, core.js, forms.js etc. These files are necessary for SharePoint to function properly. There is no reason to reinvent the wheel by writing your own javascript function for something which is already provided by these core […]

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SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 1 is out!

By Namwar Rizvi - Last updated: Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Today Microsoft has released the much awaited Service Pack 1 for SharePoint 2010 along with Office 2010.  Along with many bug fixes and minor updates, here is a quick list of new functionality which SP1 will add in your SharePoint environment:   For video display, you will now be able to select a frame as […]

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List of Special Pages in SharePoint 2010 which do not use any master page

By Namwar Rizvi - Last updated: Sunday, April 10, 2011

There are some special pages in SharePoint 2010 which do not use any master page. You should be aware of these pages to avoid bad user experience while branding your site. Following is the list of those pages: AccessDenied.aspx : Displays, if user does not have permission to perform respective action. Confirmation.aspx : Displays, to […]

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HTML Field Control versus Content Editor Web Part

By Namwar Rizvi - Last updated: Sunday, April 3, 2011

Normally, people feel strong temptation to use Content Editor Web Part (CEWP) whenever they need to display HTML content on a SharePoint page. There is nothing wrong in using CEWP as far as you know when to use it and what are the alternatives. Most of the time CEWP performs as needed but there are some scenarios where we […]

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