Archive for ‘MOSS’

July 14, 2013

The dilemma of Double-Hop Dogma

Was wondering about the subject of the post which i am going to write. okay fine and its Double Hop Dogma. This is related to Exchange Web Services API. you can download the API from this link. Let me explain what happened. There was a requirement raised due to the fact that we cant view OWA websites (Outlook Webmail) inside an IFRAME. When we used the OWAInputWebPart the owa site used to display within the ifram of the OWAInputWebPart. Hence there was an exception saying that it cannot be displayed within IFRAME. So as a solution we had to develop our own custom web part to view the inbox emails.

Initially i was playing around with a single mail box and was able to fetch the mails without any problem. I refered this MSDN article for my reference.

binding.Credentials = new NetworkCredential("userid", "password", "domain");

So the above code works fine and was able to read the emails. As the next step the requirement was to read the emails based on the currently logged in user in Share Point. So started working on a new web part for this.

as per the link it says that…

If you want to connect to EWS from a computer that is logged on to the domain, using the credentials of the authenticated user, set the UseDefaultCredentials property on the ExchangeService object to true.

// Connect by using the default credentials of the authenticated user.
service.UseDefaultCredentials = true;

i kept trying the above code to work but unfortunately it didn’t work. I spent full whole day trying on this. I searched on the web and found the blog post about the double hop dogma. it says “The user who’s browsing the application from a client machine passes his credentials to the IIS server, i.e. the credentials of the user hop from the client to the IIS server. Subsequent to that, when the IIS application executes EWS calls, it is supposed to pass those same credentials to the Exchange server, to authenticate the logged on user. This works fine in the ideal scenario, and falters in alternative scenarios.”

They have mentioned following scenarios related to the above sentence as below:

Ideal scenario: Kerberos authentication method is being used within the organization
Frequent Scenarios: The non-ideal scenario is not being observed, i.e. NTLM might be the active authentication mechanism, or Kerberos could be failing and the application falls back on attempting authentication via NTLM which would eventually fail in a double-hop situation.”

In my case when i checked the active directory structure on the client site, i learnt that they are not using the Kebreros authentication instead they are using the NTLM authentication on AD.

So i came across the blog post : Need a way to authenticate to Exchange Web Services and based on the fact which explains that: “Create a service account that has either impersonation rights or delegate access over the employee mailboxes. Then log in as the service account.” I advised the network administrator to create a service account for me. Uplon creating the account i resumed my work as usual.

// Setup connection string
ExchangeService service = new ExchangeService(ExchangeVersion.Exchange2013);
service.Credentials = new NetworkCredential("superadmin", "password", "domain");

Impersonating the service using a difference user id.

// Impersonation
service.ImpersonatedUserId = new ImpersonatedUserId(ConnectingIdType.SmtpAddress, "");

In this place i was able to get the currently logged in user by executing the following code


Finally was able to retrieve mail details as below:

SearchFilter searchFilter = new SearchFilter.SearchFilterCollection(LogicalOperator.And, new SearchFilter.IsEqualTo(EmailMessageSchema.IsRead, false));

var inbox = new FolderId(WellKnownFolderName.Inbox);
var iv = new ItemView(9999);

FindItemsResults<Item> findResults = service.FindItems(inbox, searchFilter, iv);

if (findResults.Items.Count > 0)
foreach (Item item in findResults.Items)
mailboxDetails a = new mailboxDetails();
a.Subject = item.Subject;

Refer example post here by Jens Willmer.

Please refer the following articles to understand about Exchange Impersonation:

Delegate Access with Exchange Web Services

Exchange Impersonation vs. Delegate Access

The thread i posted on MSDN

Threads which was posted by others:

Exchange Web Services (EWS), GetItem() call produces AccessDenied error

ServiceRequestException Message : Request failed. The remote server returned an error: (401) Unauthorized

Exchange Web Services: UseDefaultCredentials property

please refer some samples related to the Exchange Web Services through this link.

Exchange Tutorial Part 1 – Impresonated Exchange Service Binding

April 3, 2013

SharePoint 2010 – Search Core Results XSLT Transformation

Suddenly your manger says to you, man, we just wanted to modify the core search results of the SharePoint 2010. So the first step is to add a Search core results web part to your search results page and open the same page in a browser. After that put the page in edit mode and choose edit web part from the Search Core Results Web Part menu.

In the Search Core Results Tool Pane open the Display Properties section and then uncheck “Use Location Visualization” and you can notice that the XSL Editor… button should become active.


Click the “XSL Editor…” button to open the Text Editor dialog.


Replace all the above XSL with the below (or just copy to the clipboard hence you will need the data in future):

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0" xmlns:xsl="">
<xsl:output method="xml" version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" indent="yes"/>
<xsl:template match="/">
<xmp><xsl:copy-of select="*"/></xmp>

The reason why I did substituted the existing XSLT is to know how the SharePoint renders the output of the search results.

So the core results search of the SharePoint will give you the results in a format as below:

      <title>Your document title</title>
      <author>Mikael Svenson</author>
      <hithighlightedsummary>This is a summary.</hithighlightedsummary>
        <HHTitle>Your document title</HHTitle>
      <imageurl imageurldescription="Web Page">/_layouts/images/html16.png</imageurl>
      <docvector>[procedure overview, 1][links, 0.707107]</docvector>
      <escprojname>00 - UNDEFINED</escprojname>
      <escdeptname>0000 - UNDEFINED</escdeptname>
      <esccategoryname>COMPANY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM</esccategoryname>
      <escsubcategoryname>GOVERNING DOCUMENTS</escsubcategoryname>

When you wanted to modify the search results, then what you have to do is to modify the XSLT part that we copied in one of the steps above. I usually used to do is to copy all those XSLT in to Visual Studio and then modifying the same as needed.


By default the search results would be as below with icons, etc.


After modifying the XSLT the search results would like below:


I was using the OOB search paging web part to get the paging for the search results.


please refer the following links for more detail:

Enterprise Search Core Results XSLT Transformation

How to: View Search Results XML Data

Take Control of Search XSL

March 31, 2013

Publishing pages based on a SharePoint Article page layout programmatically

Glad I got some few minutes to update my blog after 2 months hence was in a busy schedule. J  Please refer the below code for you to create a Publishing page on Sharepoint 2010 based on a page layout which is available in your site.

PublishingWeb publishingWeb = PublishingWeb.GetPublishingWeb(web);
string pageName = “MyPageName.aspx”;
PageLayout[] pageLayouts = publishingWeb.GetAvailablePageLayouts();
PageLayout selectedLayout = null;
foreach (PageLayout pl in pageLayouts)
if (pl.Name == "MyPublishingPageLayout.aspx")
selectedLayout = pl;
PageLayout currPageLayout = selectedLayout;
PublishingPageCollection pages = publishingWeb.GetPublishingPages();
PublishingPage newPage = pages.Add(pageName,currPageLayout);
newPage.ListItem[FieldId.PublishingPageContent] = “Content of the page”;
newPage.CheckIn(“Comment for the checkin”);
newPage.ListItem.File.Publish("page published");
newPage.ListItem.File.Approve("page approved");

please refer the following links for more details:

January 10, 2013

Branding the Sharepoint 2010 Top Navigation

IF anyone interested in doing the branding the top navigation of the sharepoint site, just start it with this link.

before branding the Top Navigation:


After branding the Top Navigation:

The above mentioned SharePoint top navigation had to support variation with the Arabic fonts. So i had issues when the top navigation turns its direction to RTL. so the solution mentioned in the below link helped me out to find the problem which made the menu to behave naughty.

the problem which i was getting is from the following style in core4.css
.menu ul.dynamic {
position: absolute;
right: -999em;

Had to override the style which was mentioned in the core4.css with the below entry:

.menu ul.dynamic {
position: absolute!important;
top: -999em!important;

refer the following link to start up the branding:

apart from the branding of the top navigation had to brand the search OOB webpart. You can find the style which i used in the below css style.

before branding the search OOB webpart:


after branding the search OOB webpart:

As well as if you need to hide the breadscrumb (sitemap path navigation) of the site please add the following entry in the master page or in a content editor web part on the page. (just check the ID of the control when browsing the page).

<style type=”text/css”>

#ctl00_PlaceHolderTitleBreadcrumb_ContentMap {display=none;}


the complete style sheet:

/* Drop Down: Container Style */
.s4-tn ul.dynamic{
background-color:rgb(65, 64, 66)!important;
border:thin rgb(182, 164, 85) double !important;
border: thick #b6a455 double!important;

/* Drop Down: Item Padding Style */
.s4-tn li.dynamic > .menu-item{
/*padding:10px 20px 10px 20px;*/
/* Drop Down: Hyperlink Styles */
.s4-tn li.dynamic > a{
font-size: 9px!important;
border:thin rgb(182, 164, 85) double!important;
/* Drop Down: Hyperlink Hover Style */
.s4-tn li.dynamic > a:hover{
background-color:rgb(182, 164, 85)!important;
color:rgb(65, 64, 66)!important;
border: thin rgb(65, 64, 66) double!important;

/*          top menu */
/* Drop Down: Hyperlink static style */
.s4-tn li.static > .menu-item {
font-size: 9px!important;
border:thin rgb(182, 164, 85) double !important;
background-color:rgb(65, 64, 66);
border: thick #b6a455 double!important;
/* Drop Down: Hyperlink static Hover Style */
.s4-tn li.static > a:hover{
background-color:rgb(182, 164, 85)!important;
color:rgb(65, 64, 66)!important;
border: thick rgb(65, 64, 66) double!important;
/* Drop Down: Hyperlink static Hover Style */
.s4-tn li.static > a.selected{
background-color:rgb(182, 164, 85)!important;
color:rgb(65, 64, 66)!important;
border: thick rgb(65, 64, 66) double!important;
/* top down menu */
.menu-horizontal a.dynamic-children span.additional-background, .menu-horizontal span.dynamic-children span.additional-background
.menu-horizontal ul.dynamic a.dynamic-children span.additional-background, .menu-horizontal ul.dynamic span.dynamic-children span.additional-background
background-image:url(“/Style Library/Images/Arrow_English.gif”)!important;
.menu-vertical a.dynamic-children span.additional-background, .menu-vertical span.dynamic-children span.additional-background{
background-image:url(“/Style Library/Images/Arrow_English.gif”)!important;

/* Search Box */

.s4-search {
width: 220px !important;
line-height: 20px !important;
background-color: #F5EFE0 !important;
border: 1px solid #D3AE81 !important;
.s4-search .ms-sbgo {
padding: 0;
margin: 0;
line-height: 20px;
.s4-search .ms-sbgo a {
background-image: url(‘/Style Library/Images/Search_en.gif’);
background-repeat: no-repeat;
width: 120px;
height: 33px;
display: block;
.s4-search .srch-gosearchimg {
display: none;
.ms-sbscopes {
display: none;
background-color:rgb(182, 164, 85)!important;
border-bottom-color:rgb(182, 164, 85)!important;
border-top-color:rgb(182, 164, 85)!important;
border-right-color:rgb(182, 164, 85)!important;
border-left-color:rgb(182, 164, 85)!important;
.search .ms-sbcell{
.menu-horizontal li.static, .menu-horizontal a.static, .menu-horizontal span.static{

November 29, 2012

Restore-SPSite : Your backup is from a different version

I was restoring a SharePoint backup which i took it from one of our staging servers to the virtual machine in my local machine. So was unable to restore the same and was getting the following error due to imcompatible versions in between the Servers (sharepoint foundation versions).

Restore-SPSite : Your backup is from a different version of Microsoft SharePoint Foundation and cannot be restored to a server running the current version. The backup file should be restored to a server with version ‘’ or later.
At line:1 char:15 + Restore-SPSite <<<<  http://smssps:3333/ -Path ?C:\AppDev-01 backups 28 Nov 2012\ShounAlQuran\ShounalQuranAppDev01.bak” -Force -DatabaseServer “smssps” -DatabaseName “WSS_Content_ShounAlQuran”
+ CategoryInfo          : InvalidData: (Microsoft.Share…dletRestoreSite:
SPCmdletRestoreSite) [Restore-SPSite], SPException + FullyQualifiedErrorId : Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell.SPCmdletRestoreSite

use the powershell command : (get-spfarm).BuildVersion to find the version of the sharepoint foundation.

so if the versions differs please go through the following link and install the correct patches to make sure that the versions are same in both the source and the destination.

November 21, 2012

Website got hacked

Shortly, after publishing of the website which i was working on few days back, yesterday i noticed some unexpected number of records is being inserted into one of the Share Point List we do have in our system. The purpose of the said list was to get the user comments from the website visitors for the News, Articles, etc via a User Input Form. The said form was fully secured with the client side scripts for malicious data inputs. At first i panicked, because i was worried about the rest of the user input forms also been compromised. But, thankfully its not and the intrusion was limited only to the said form above. 🙂

When investigated the data that hacker tried to inject into the system seems an automated script which is being used for SQL Injection and as well as a sort of a DOS (Denial of Service) attack. As an urgent fix for this had to implement the Captcha (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart) feature to make sure the data is being inputted by a human and not from an automated robotic program.

the scripts which was embedded..

November 14, 2012

Adding a single value and multiple values into a Lookup Column

There might be situations where you may have to add multiple values to a SharePoint list field.

SPFieldMultiChoiceValue multiChoiceFunction = new SPFieldMultiChoiceValue();

for (int i = 0; i &lt; CheckBoxList1.Items.Count; i++)
if (CheckBoxList1.Items[i].Selected)
int lvId = Convert.ToInt32(CheckBoxList1.Items[i].Value);
string lvValue = CheckBoxList1.Items[i].Text.ToString().Trim();
SPFieldLookupValue lv = new SPFieldLookupValue(lvId, lvValue);

item["Function"] = multiChoiceFunction;

below is the code snippet of the way to add a value to a SharePoint look up column field :

foreach (ListItem lst in RadioButtonList1.Items)
if (lst.Selected == true)
int lvId = Convert.ToInt32(lst.Value);
string lvValue = lst.Text.ToString().Trim();
SPFieldLookupValue lv = new SPFieldLookupValue(lvId, lvValue);
item["TypeOfTest"] = lv;
October 29, 2012

Google Map Visual Web Part

Finally was able to finish the share point 2010 visual web part which i was working on. Seems the webpart looks cool. Its nothing other than JQuery and Google MAP API v 3.o with customization.

refer the google map API documentation for the v 3.0 via this link.

the interesting part of the above web part is that the markers used to fly in to the locations based on the category. you can refer the following out of the box source code below with zero customization:

October 29, 2012

Dynamically load CSS file on SharePoint 2010

I was in a situation where i had to load a share point page into SPDialog (SP.UI.ModalDialog.showModalDialog) after removing the unwanted tags like header, footer, the ribbon, etc. (just need to add the class=”s4-notdlg” for the tags you are expecting not to be included in the dialog).

So in that case you will be in a situation where you may need to remove the background of the dialog which automatically inherits from the parent, etc in other words you may have to load a new CSS when the dialog window opens. Please follow the steps as below to load a CSS file on the fly.

var isInIFrame = window.location != window.parent.location;
		 var fileref=document.createElement("link")
  		 fileref.setAttribute("rel", "stylesheet")
 		 fileref.setAttribute("type", "text/css")
 		 fileref.setAttribute("href", "/Style%20Library/ar-sa/css/My_Dialog.css")
 		 if (typeof fileref!="undefined")

refer the following link for more details to read about more on above.

if you want to change the dialog borer, the background of the dialog caption then add the following style into your CSS file

/* dialog border black and the title of the background */

.ms-dlgBorder, .ms-dlgContent {border:1px solid #333;}
.ms-dlgTitle {
border-bottom:1px solid #fff;

August 2, 2012

MSChart Controls in SharePoint / MOSS 2010

I had a chance to develop a Survey Webpart with MS Chart Control for SharePoint 2010.

Initially thought that getting the chart controls to work in SharePoint is similar to the way that we have to do in ASP.NET. But with SharePoint there are some stuffs we have to do it manually.

You can download the MS Chart from this link  and read more about the MS Chart controls from the link.

Once you open up a new fresh SharePoint 2010 project with a visual web part, then add a reference to the System.Web.DataVisualization.dll.

please add these entries in the web.conf file as below:

 <add name="ChartImageHandler" preCondition="integratedMode"  verb="GET,HEAD,POST" path="ChartImg.axd"
 type="System.Web.UI.DataVisualization.Charting.ChartHttpHandler,  System.Web.DataVisualization, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35" />

 <add key="ChartImageHandler" value="storage=file;timeout=20;" />
 //<add key="ChartImageHandler" value="Storage=file;Timeout=20;Url=/_layouts/Images/MSChartImages/;" />
 //<add key="ChartImageHandler" value="Storage=memory;Timeout=20;" />

As well as please register the assembly in your user controls (.ascx file) as below.

<%@ Register Assembly="System.Web.DataVisualization, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35"
 Namespace="System.Web.UI.DataVisualization.Charting" TagPrefix="asp" %>

After that add the Chart control to your page as mentioned below:

<asp:Chart ID="Chart1" runat="server" Width="550px" Height="350px">
 <asp:Series Name="Request" XValueMember="Column1"
 ChartType="Column" Palette="EarthTones"
 <asp:ChartArea Name="MainChartArea" Area3DStyle-
 <Area3DStyle Enable3D="true"></Area3DStyle>

From your code behind, retrieve the data what you need to be pushed into chart as a datatable and just set the datasource of the chart control as below.

Chart1.DataSource = yourDataTable;

read more about the MS Chart control in below link:

July 10, 2012

System.Security.SecurityException: Request for the permission of type

System.Security.SecurityException: Request for the permission of type ‘System.Net.WebPermission, System, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089’ failed

I was getting the above error at the time when a Form (Sharepoint Webpart) submits some data to a sharepoint list. To overcome the above said error follow the below steps:

1. Navigate to the folder => “C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\14\CONFIG” and open the wss_minimaltrust.config file.

2. Under the XML section <namedpermissionsets> you can find the <permissionset>. After that add the below segement:


Error Details:

Security Exception
Description: The application attempted to perform an operation not allowed by the security policy. To grant this application the required permission please contact your system administrator or change the application’s trust level in the configuration file.

Exception Details: System.Security.SecurityException: Request for the permission of type ‘System.Net.WebPermission, System, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089’ failed.

Source Error:

An unhandled exception was generated during the execution of the current web request. Information regarding the origin and location of the exception can be identified using the exception stack trace below.

June 12, 2012

SPContentDeploymentWizard and the deployment

Finally the projects that we were working was over (not 100%) and had to deploy the site that we were developing on client site. We did some test deployments in our virtual servers using the SharePoint Content Deployment Wizard and everything was working fine. When we started deploying the site on client site using the Share Point Content Deployment Wizard it didn’t allow us to deploy the site. When it starts to deploy its getting crashed or hanged. We tried many ways to get this thing work and finally it didn’t work at all.

When investigated finally we got to know it was due to the SharePoint version. In other words the exported site from our staging environment and the SharePoint version which was installed in live environment on client site was different.

Finally we had to deploy the site by moving the content database of the sharepont site from the staging to live enviornment. woowww!! without any issue it worked fine. 🙂

you can find more details about moving a content database from this link.

May 30, 2012

Populate drop down with user created sharepoint fields

Assume that there is a situation where you have to expose only the user defined fields from a sharepoint list by filling up a dropdown. Usually when you tried to get fields collection list from a sharepoint list or a document library you will get list of columns roughly which will include around 40+ columns.

Following code snippet explains you how to populate a drop down list only with the fields that you have created.

Populatet the dropdown using a sharepoint list :

   using (SPSite site = new SPSite(siteUrl))
                    using (SPWeb web = site.RootWeb)
                        SPList list = web.Lists["MainSpecificationList"];                        

                        SPList oSPList = web.Lists["MainSpecificationList"];
                        for (int i = 0; i < list.Fields.Count - 1; i++)
                            if (!list.Fields[i].Hidden && !list.Fields[i].ReadOnlyField &&
                            list.Fields[i].Type != SPFieldType.Attachments)
                                if (list.Fields[i].Title.ToString() != "Title" && list.Fields[i].Title.ToString() != "Content Type"
                                    && list.Fields[i].Title.ToString() != "SpecificationPDFURL" && list.Fields[i].Title.ToString() != "PDF View URL")

Populate the dropdown using a sharepoint View:

   using (SPSite site = new SPSite(siteUrl))
                    using (SPWeb web = site.RootWeb)
SPView view = list.Views["SearchView"];

                        SPListItemCollection itemCol = list.GetItems(view);                                                           

                        for (int Cnt = 0; Cnt <= list.Fields.Count - 1; Cnt++)
                            if (!list.Fields[Cnt].Hidden && !list.Fields[Cnt].ReadOnlyField &&
                            list.Fields[Cnt].Type != SPFieldType.Attachments)
                                if (list.Fields[Cnt].Title.ToString() != "Title" && list.Fields[Cnt].Title.ToString() != "Content Type"
                                    && list.Fields[Cnt].Title.ToString() != "SpecificationPDFURL" && list.Fields[Cnt].Title.ToString() != "PDF View URL")

May 12, 2012

Shaerpoint Site Templates, Powershell commands to create subsites

The following list of template ids will be useful at the time when you are creating sub sites using powershell command lines.

GLOBAL#0 = Global template
STS#0 = Team Site
STS#1 = Blank Site
STS#2 = Document Workspace
MPS#0 = Basic Meeting Workspace
MPS#1 = Blank Meeting Workspace
MPS#2 = Decision Meeting Workspace
MPS#3 = Social Meeting Workspace
MPS#4 = Multipage Meeting Workspace
CENTRALADMIN#0 = Central Admin Site
WIKI#0 = Wiki Site
BLOG#0 = Blog
BDR#0 = Document Center
OFFILE#0 = Records Center
OFFILE#1 = Records Center
OSRV#0 = Shared Services Administration Site
SPS#0 = SharePoint Portal Server Site
SPSPERS#0 = SharePoint Portal Server Personal Space
SPSMSITE#0 = Personalization Site
SPSTOC#0 = Contents area Template
SPSTOPIC#0 = Topic area template
SPSNEWS#0 = News Site
CMSPUBLISHING#0 = Publishing Site
BLANKINTERNET#0 = Publishing Site
BLANKINTERNET#1 = Press Releases Site
BLANKINTERNET#2 = Publishing Site with Workflow
SPSNHOME#0 = News Site SPSSITES#0 = Site Directory
SPSCOMMU#0 = Community area template
SPSPORTAL#0 = Collaboration Portal
SRCHCEN#0 = Search Center with Tabs
PROFILES#0 = Profiles
SRCHCENTERLITE#0 = Search Center
SRCHCENTERLITE#1 = Search Center
SPSBWEB#0 = SharePoint Portal Server BucketWeb Template

you can use the following power shell script to create sub sites within a site collection.

please put the following scripts in a file and name it as you wish (for ex: MyScript.ps1). Please make sure to change the site URL and the subsite names.

Add-PsSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell

## SharePoint DLL

#Creating Sub Sites in top site collection.
Write-Output " "
Write-Output "Creating Sub Sites"

$SiteCollectionURL = "http://localhost/"

$SiteCollectionTemplate = "BLANKINTERNET#2"

$SiteCollectionLanguage = 1025

$SubSites = @("ContactUs", "Membership", "Codes", "Specification", "HR")

$Names = @("ContactUs", "Membership", "Codes", "Specification", "HR")

for($i=0 ; $i -lt $SubSites.count ; $i++)
$SiteUrl = ""
$SiteUrl = $SiteCollectionURL + "/"
$SiteUrl = $SiteUrl += $SubSites[$i]
Write-Output " "
#Write-Output "Creating Site for " += $SubSites[$i]
Write-Output " "
New-SPWeb $SiteUrl -Template $SiteCollectionTemplate -Name $Names[$i]  -UseParentTopNav -Language $SiteCollectionLanguage
Write-Output " "
#Write-Output "Site Created for " += $SubSites[$i]
Write-Output " "

Remove-PsSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell

To automatically execute the above poweshell script you can create a small bat file as below:

cd /d %~dp0
powershell -noexit -file ".\MyScript.ps1" "%CD%"
April 6, 2012

Session state can only be used when enableSessionState is set to true

Today i was working with a sharepoint visual webpart and was trying to add some data in to session and was getting the error : {System.Web.HttpException: Session state can only be used when enableSessionState is set to true, either in a configuration file or in the Page directive. Please also make sure that System.Web.SessionStateModule or a custom session state module is included in the <configuration>\<system.web>\<httpModules> section in the application configuration.
at System.Web.UI.Page.get_Session()
at inc_coe_forms.ContactUs.ContactUsUserControl.btnAddMoreFiles_Click(Object sender, EventArgs e)}


Unexpected error occurred: System.Web.HttpException: Session state can only be used when enableSessionState is set to true, either in a configuration file or in the Page directive. Please also make sure that System.Web.SessionStateModule or a custom session state module is included in the \\ section in the application configuration.

Usually Session state can only be used when enableSessionState is set to true, either in a configuration file or in the Page directive.

configuration file

<pages enableSessionState="true" >
 <add type="System.Web.SessionState.SessionStateModule" name="Session" />

Page directive

<%@ Page Language="C#" enableSessionState="true"%>

This happens when IIS is not configured properly after creating SharePoint application and there are web parts or features that use session you may get the above error.

You can enable the session state in IIS when you followed step as below:

April 3, 2012

101 Sharepoint 2010 Code Samples

you can download 101 SharePoint 2010 code samples from MSDN. please find the link below:

April 15, 2010

Error 4201: The instance name passed was not recognized as valid by a WMI data provider

I was unable to start the Windows Event Log service on Local Computer. When i tried to start the windows event log service was getting  “Windows could not start the Windows Event Log service on Local Computer.    Error 4201: The instance name passed was not recognized as valid by a WMI data provider.”

This happened at the time of installing MOSS 2007 in my Windows Server 2008 R2 Server machine. Totally i was gone mad coz MOSS 2007 uninstallation crashes due to some reason and was unable to find out the error due to Eventlog crash (what a hell).

Finally figured it out it was due to some permission problem and i had to apply the  SYSTEM user with full control on the folder c:\windows\system32\logfiles\wmi\RTbackup. This solved my problem and the lovely event log was working fine as usual.

more details

Another alternative way is there to renaming the RTBackup file. I didnt try that method hence i have to start the machine in safe mode. It will be a headache at all. so for anyone needs to know about that solution please refer this link.

April 14, 2010

System.IO.FileNotFoundException on "SPSite = new SPSite(url/IP)"

The below code snippet describes the way to insert user profile data into the SharePoint user profile store. At the time of running the code i came across the above said error. I was googling nearly for 1 1/2 days to figure out the problem. I was trying so many options to solve this problem and nothing worked fine. So finally figured it out its due to some permission problem with the application pool. The application pool identity account should be a domain administrator account which has full access (in other words it should be the same identity like the identity account of the MOSS application pool). details

that account should have following permissions:

  1. The account should be a server farm administrator.
  2. The account has permissions to access the content database.
  3. The account is a site collection administrator.
  4. The account  should have permission to access the Windows SharePoint Services site or the SharePoint Server 2007 site through which the code iterates.

by the way when i was reading through some of other blogs they have mentioned its due to 32/64 bit version. i tried that solution too and it didn’t work for me. you can read more about this via this link.

string strSharePointSite = @"<a href="http://NQ02WBIZWS1&quot;;">http://NQ02WBIZWS1";</a>
using (SPSite site = new SPSite(strSharePointSite))
Microsoft.Office.Server.ServerContext context = ServerContext.GetContext(site);
UserProfileManager profileManager = new UserProfileManager(context);
UserProfile newUserprofile = null;
string sAccount = @"domainname\username";
if (!profileManager.UserExists(sAccount))
UserProfile profile = profileManager.CreateUserProfile(sAccount);
if (null == profile)
textBox1.Text = "Failed to Create User with account :" + sAccount.ToString();
textBox1.Text = "UserProfileHandler.CalltotheWebService ... User profile created. ...";
textBox1.Text = "UserProfileHandler.CalltotheWebService ... User profile already exists...";
newUserprofile = profileManager.GetUserProfile(sAccount);
newUserprofile[PropertyConstants.Title].Value = "Mr.";
newUserprofile[PropertyConstants.FirstName].Value = "First Name";
newUserprofile[PropertyConstants.LastName].Value = "Last Name";
newUserprofile[PropertyConstants.Department].Value = "IT";

please refer something about access mappings because it will help in some way.

April 5, 2010

Value cannot be null. Parameter name: serverContext

If you are getting the error “Value cannot be null. Parameter name: serverContext”, as the first step please make sure that you have configured your Shared Services properly and its running.

April 16, 2009

SharePoint consistently prompting for user credentials

When SharePoint bugs you to enter user name and password again and again at the time of login then you can solve it by following the step described below :

  • In IE, go to ‘Tools’
  • Click on ‘Internet Options’
  • Open ‘Security’ tab
  • Click on ‘Custom level’
  • Scroll down and select ‘Automatic logon with current username and password’
  • Click ok
April 7, 2009

SharePoint Designer Offered as Free

Microsoft has announced informing that share point designer now available as a free tool. you can download it from here.

as well as Microsoft plans to ship the next version of SharePoint Designer with the next SharePoint release called “SharePoint 14”

April 5, 2009

Arabic Language Pack for MOSS 2007

before installing the Arabic Language pack make sure that you have installed the Microsoft Office Project Server 2007. Once its done as the next step double check whether is that your Windows 2003 Arabic language support. If not follow the steps :

Install additional language files :

  1. Click Start, point to Settings and then Control Panel, and then click Regional and Language Options.

  2. In the Regional and Language Options dialog box, on the Languages tab, in the Supplemental Language Support section, select one or both of the following checkboxes:

    • Install files for complex script and right-to-left languages

    • Install files for East Asian languages

  3. Click OK in the dialog box that alerts you that additional disk space is required for the files.

  4. Click OK to install the additional language files.

  5. When prompted, insert your Windows Server 2003 product disc or provide the location of your Windows Server 2003 installation files.

  6. When prompted to restart your computer, click Yes.

you can download the Arabic Language pack for MOSS 2007 from this link :

for other languages you can find details from this link :

you can read about the way to install the Arabic Language pack in Windows 2008 server from here : Installing Arabic Language Pack for MOSS 2007 over Windows Server 2008



March 11, 2009

The SPPersistedObject, PolicyConfigService Name=PolicyConfigService Parent=SPFarm Name=SharePoint_Config, could not be updated because the current use

when i was creating a Records Center in MOSS 2007, suddenly i had to encount for an error :

03/11/2009 10:44:59.45 w3wp.exe (0x0D44) 0x0D3C Windows SharePoint Services Topology 8dyu High The SPPersistedObject, PolicyConfigService Name=PolicyConfigService Parent=SPFarm Name=SharePoint_Config, could not be updated because the current user is not a Farm Administrator.

so the workaround for this error is :

  1. Select you Web Site under Application Pools
  2. Right click => select properties
  3. Go to Identity tab and change the User Credentials to the same credentials that is being used to login to the Sharepoint Central Administration site.
  4. Dont forget to do a iisreset.
March 5, 2009

How To Debug WebParts in VS 2008

If we need to debug a WebPart which is being integrated into Sharepoint Website then have to modify the existing values in web.config as below :

<customErrors mode=“Off” />

<compilation batch=”false” debug=”true“>

Once the web.config is updated then you can directly set a breakpoint in your webpart source code and can debug in a Visual Studio environment.

1. Open your web part solution in VS 2008
2. Open Moss site or Web part page in a IE (Web Browser)
3. Place a Breakpoint in your code
4. Select Attach to Process from the DEBUG menu from the VS.
5. From the available process list select “w3wp.exe” & click on attached button.

March 5, 2009

This solution contains two assemblies with the same name, or the SharePoint server already has an assembly with the specified name.

if you prompted for an error “This solution contains two assemblies with the same name, or the SharePoint server already has an assembly with the specified name.” at the time of deploying a custom web part or any component in sharepoint as the solution you have to do this :

See if the feature (webpart, lists, etc) that you’re trying to add still exists in the “C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\TEMPLATE\FEATURES” path. if its then remove and try to deploy it again.

January 30, 2009

Microsoft Share Point Server

through out past few weeks I had a chance to explore the features of the Microsoft Share Point Server. So i m planning to keep all of you guys updated with the stuffs that i did explore in a detailed form when time permits.