Use Logs to Debug Publishing Problems between SharePoint Designer 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010

We have spent some time, recently, building the content type, and workflow demonstrated by Eric Eaton in our Project Task Tracking video tutorial. This video tutorial can be viewed by anyone with a subscription to SharePoint-Videos.com. This video is also available as part of our SharePoint 2010 Project Management videos tutorial DVD. This DVD can be purchased either for individual viewing, or for enterprise viewing. We were neither able to associate our workflow to the Project Tasks List we created, nor to the “Project Tasks” content type we built to replicate the environmental features surrounding the points made in the…
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Use a Parallel Block to enter Two Conditions for a Workflow Built with SharePoint Designer 2010

SharePoint Designer 2010 is the preferred tool to build workflows for SharePoint Server 2010. If a workflow requires two conditions to be run, for example: If condition A AND If condition B, then the way to enter both of these tests into the workflow, joined with “and”, is to first add a “parallel block” to the workflow. Before we define a “parallel block”, it may be useful to talk about action sequence in SharePoint Designer 2010. As noted in Introduction to designing and customizing workflows, on the Microsoft® Office website, “[w]hen you have more than one action associated with a…
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Working With External Content Types with SharePoint Designer 2010

In a video tutorial titled Create External Content Types using SharePoint Designer 2010, Asif Rehmani, SharePoint MVP and MCT demonstrates how to use SharePoint Designer 2010 to work with External Content Type Site Objects in SharePoint 2010. This video tutorial is intended for an audience of SharePoint Administrators, developers, designers and architects. In an article published on msdn, Microsoft defines external content types as ” . . . reusable metadata descriptions of connectivity information and data definitions plus the behaviors you want to apply to a certain category of external data.” (quoted from the above referenced definition of external content…
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Using SharePoint Designer 2010 to Work with Site Columns and Content Types in SharePoint 2010

On the topic of site columns and content types for SharePoint 2010, Asif Rehmani, SharePoint MVP and MCT notes “both are extremely, extremely powerful functionality” in a video tutorial titled Creating and using Site Columns and Content Types. To understand Asif’s point business users should take a look at an article on the Microsoft Office website, Introduction to content types and content type publishing. This article explains “[c]ontent types enable you to organize, manage, and handle content in a consistent way across your sites. By defining content types for specific kinds of documents or information products, you can ensure that…
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Building Custom Actons for Lists in SharePoint 2010 with SharePoint Designer 2010

An important component to a successful effort to hasten user adoption for SharePoint is easing the “unfamiliar” burden for end users grappling with computing procedures written for SharePoint. SharePoint is a complex computing system with an extensive range of functionality. But getting specific functions to work to the benefit of an organization can require end users to perform a series of counterintuitive steps. SharePoint administrators, designers, developers and architects will do better to implement “user friendly” methods for end users to execute, once promising functions have been identified. Custom actions are a set of “user friendly” methods for SharePoint 2010….
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Concluding a Look at a Video Tutorial on Building a Workflow to Add Events to an Announcements List with SharePoint Designer 2010

This post continues our comments on a video tutorial, Creating a Workflow on a List using SharePoint Designer 2010, authored by Asif Rehmani, SharePoint® MVP and MCT. Be sure to add a specific value for the “Title” field of the Announcements List to which the event will be added as a new item. As Asif Rehmani explains, the “Title” field is mandatory. But adding a specific title for each event to be added as a new item to this Announcement list can be an automated process. With a click on the function (fx) button, bring up the Lookup function. The…
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Creating a Workflow on a List Using SharePoint Designer 2010

Providing Line of Business (LoB) users with workflows for business processes is a powerful way for IT organizations to hasten user adoption of computing on a SharePoint platform. In a video tutorial titled “Creating a Workflow on a List Using SharePoint Designer 2010, Asif Rehmani demonstrates how to build this type of workflow on a calendar list in SharePoint 2010. The objective of thus workflow is to automate otherwise manual actions which would likely be triggered when specific types of events are added to a shared calendar. The first step is to set the status of the workflow to “Starting.”…
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