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With MOSS 2007, I often got asked what order do I install these solution packages in.  Oftentimes, it was critical that they get installed in a particular order.  With features, we have had the ability to set dependencies, but we really didn’t have anything like that for solution packages.  Well, I haven’t heard people talking about this new feature yet, but we can in fact set solution dependencies in the manifest.xml file. The way it works is that it checks to see if a dependent solution has already been deployed on your farm (or site collection for sandbox solutions).  However, it won’t chain deploy child solutions for you like you can do with hidden dependent features.  It does this check when you attempt to deploy the feature (not when you add it).  It also won’t remove a parent solution should you remove any of its dependent child solutions.  Solution dependen... (more)

Creating Enterprise Search Metadata Property Mappings with PowerShell

One of the things that drove me absolutely nuts about Enterprise Search in MOSS 2007 was that there was no built-in way to export your managed property mappings and install them on a new server.  A third party utility on CodePlex helped, but it was still less than ideal.  With SharePoint 2010, well you still really can’t export your property mappings to a file, but you do get a lot of flexibility using PowerShell.  By taking a proactive approach, we can use PowerShell instead of the UI to create our property mappings. We can then use these same scripts later when its time to move... (more)

SPQuery Error: Microsoft.SharePoint.SPException

SharePoint Archiving Journal When I get an error, I like to blog about it.  Especially when the error gives you no useful information whatsoever.  Now, you can get the above error in a variety of ways, but the one I am going to discuss today is when using SPQuery.  I inherited some code that had some CAML queries in it and I could not figure out what the cause was at first.  When I called SPList.GetItems(SPQuery), I would receive something like the following. Microsoft.SharePoint.SPException was unhandled by user code Message="Cannot complete this action.\n\nPlease try again." Sour... (more)

How to: Build a SharePoint 2010 PowerShell Cmdlet

One thing that is getting a lot of attention in SharePoint 2010 is the use of PowerShell.  It’s too cool and you really have a lot of power (no pun intended) to automate just about anything in SharePoint.  In fact Kyle Kelin (@spkyle) is speaking this weekend about it at SharePoint Saturday Houston (#spshou). The Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell snapin comes with over 500 commands, but you might want to create your own.  Today’s post will show you how to get started. There are a lot of great posts out there on how to build a regular PowerShell cmdlet, but I wanted to build one tha... (more)

How to: Create an OpenSearch Provider for SharePoint

A while back, Kevin Williams pointed out to me that certain web sites could be searched in Google Chrome using the syntax query in the address bar.  For example, once I have been to youtube.com, I can later type in youtube to initiate a search query. Pressing tab, give you a spot to enter your query or you can just type a space and put in your keyword. As someone that does a lot of work with SharePoint Enterprise Search, this got me thinking.  I want my SharePoint site to show up in my browser too.  I did some research and discovered this is part of OpenSearch and that I c... (more)