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This week, I needed to deploy lookup columns to some of my lists and as usual I wanted to avoid writing code at all costs.   As some of you may know, Kyle Kelin and I debate this topic often as he prefers a code approach.  I figured it had to be possible with CAML, but many claimed it was not even possible.  A few approaches showed up out there involving using code to modify the elements.xml file with your GUID, but that just wasn’t going to cut it for me.  One popular post on the topic by Josh Gaffey, started me in the right direction, but there were a few hurdles I ran into as I was trying to implement it.  It would create the list, show the content type, and site columns, but when I tried to create a new item, the lookup column was not there.  The basic technique is that you specify the path to the list in the form of (Lists/MyListName) in the List attribute of ... (more)

How to: Create a Site Collection at the Root Level of Your Web Application

Have you ever wanted to create a site collection off the root of your site at a path such as (/MySiteCollection), only to find a screen that looks like this? This really stinks.  After all, I don’t want my site new site collection to be under /personal or /sites. I want it to be under the root (/). The link to the left points us to the managed paths page, but you need to know what you are doing.  Going to the managed paths page, we see something like this. As you can see we have four entries listed, but only two are setup as Wildcard inclusions.  Looking at the dropdownlist fro... (more)

Intro to Querying Lists with REST and ListData.svc in SharePoint 2010

SharePoint Archiving Journal on Ulitzer What I really like about SharePoint 2010 is all of the new ways we can get at list data.  You can always use the Client Object Model, Linq to SharePoint, or the existing object model, but one neat new way to get at list data is with listdata.svc.  ListData.svc provides a way of getting information from a list (or lists using joins) using REST.  What you end up with is a nice RSS feed of list data, that you can consume with whatever client you would like.  You can construct URLs in various manners to get specific records, do joins, or perfo... (more)

Windows Azure for Noobs

Azure Track at Cloud Expo Ok, so I admit I’ve been busy on projects and of course I’ve been focusing a ton on SharePoint 2010. In the meantime, I hadn’t been paying much attention to what’s been developing with cloud computing and more specifically in this case Windows Azure.  I was, in fact, a noob. :-) This week I had the opportunity to attend a Windows Azure Boot Camp, so that now makes me an expert. At least that is what my boss will claim. :-) So this post today is for those of you who haven’t been keeping up and want to know about some of the basics.  It’s not to teach you ... (more)

A Look at Windows 8 Hyper-V for SharePoint People

Windows 8 recently hit RTM and became generally available to MSDN and TechNet subscribers in the last couple of weeks.  If you run Windows 8 Enterprise, one new feature you gain is the ability to use Hyper-V.  I personally was excited to try out this new feature since I have had issues with pretty much every other virtualization platform out there.  I’m no virtualization expert by any means, but hopefully these tips will be useful for you if you want to try out SharePoint on Hyper-V. If you are like me, you probably have a number of virtual machines already created that you don’... (more)