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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Installing SharePoint On Vista

I tried it an it actually worked quite well, provided that you follow the steps in this article exactly. I missed a couple of the subtle things they mentioned like choosing web application and NOT standalone as you would expect.

Also, there is the final security step in IIS to turn on Basic Authentication. Once I fixed those two issues it worked like a charm. Below is the link to the steps and software provided by bamboo solutions to help developers work on sharepoint applications without needing a server environment:

Additional Tip: After installing, you may run into this issue. If the central admin just shows a blank page then you need to go into iis and click on the central admin website. Once you have done so you will see an authentication folder or tab. Make sure basic authentication is enabled.
If you are running Vista Home then it does not support Windows Authentication so you must use basic.

If you have any sharepoint tips, tricks, resources you would like to share with other sharepoint developers, please email them to Susan Fischer at

Monday, October 6, 2008

SharePoint deleted my default directory!!!!

SharePoint deleted my default website. If you got in the same boat here are some ways back. It will not do it all for you but if you catch it quick enough you can save yourself some time rebuilding.

Default website was deleted

Recreate Virtual IIS directories for exchange

If you have any tips, tricks resources you would like shared with other sharepoint developers please email them to Susan Fischer at and we will make sure they are posted.

Friday, October 3, 2008

choosing the name of your configuration database

You may find that you don't want to use the standard configuration database name but use another one. If this is the case the following link provides instructions to help you out.

If you know of any tips, tricks, resources that would benefit other sharepoint developers please email Susan Fischer at and she will ensure it get posted.

Access is denied starting Sharepoint wizard

The reason may be permissions but if you uninstalled and reinstalled sharepoint please see my previous post as it explains the other reason for this error:

If you have any tips, tricks, recommendations, warnings please email them to and I will post them on this blog.

Error during encryption or decryption. System error code 0

If you get this error when trying to start sharepoint services then you probably installed and uninstalled sharepoint to reinstall it but did not remove the admin database first. This article will assist you in fixing the issue:

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Secret to Connecting to Sharepoint internal admin database

During install it will allow you to set the database name but not the server in standalone mode. However the database is installed on the local sql server. See the following article for details:

The database instance is using the microsoft internal database server on the same server but its hidden. This article shows you how to unhide it so you can manipulate it.

If you have any tips, tricks, recommendations, warnings please email them to and I will post them on this blog.