Thursday, September 22, 2011

SharePoint 2010 SP1 released and Office Sept CU available

SharePoint 2010 SP1 was released on 28th June 2011 and it is available for download

It is important to have your systems updated with the latest service packs and subsequently with the cumulative updates (CU) which MS typically releases each month.

Some important points to note before going ahead with the installation: 

  1. Do read the known issues published on the TechNet: 
  2. Be aware about the order to follow in case of these updates: 
    • Update SharePoint Foundation first with SP1 and then install the CU 
    • Then SharePoint Server with SP1 and then install June CU 
  3. If you have a farm installation, then run “psconfig –cmd upgrade –inplace b2b -wait” on every server in the farm following the final update installed else run the same command on your standalone box
  4. To verify if the updates have been installed properly, check the Central Administration à System Settings à Manage Servers In Farm
    Or, in PowerShell, write (get-spfarm).buildversion
It should display 14.0.6029.1000 after SharePoint Server 2010 SP1. Hope this helps folks trying to keep their SP2010 boxes up-to-date.

For any other assistance, go through SharePoint 2010 Team Blog here

Fix Configuration of the Document ID feature

With SP2010, Microsoft has tried to provide an excellent and helpful feature for uniquely identifying a document within a site collection called DocumentID.
Well, you might ask the rationale behind this tiny change from MS side..right?

Basically, with the previous version of SharePoint product i.e. MOSS 2007, if the user moved a document within a site collection, lets say from one document library to another or the folder containing the file has been renamed or your site URL has been modified in someway, then you would typically face a situation which in IT is called a Broken Link or simply put a bad url :(.

Hence, in the site collection features, you would typically get an option to activate/deactivate the Document ID Service

Document ID Service
Once you have this activated, you would expect the Document ID column to show up when you try to add a new document to a library, unfortunately there is another catch here. You might see this message, "Configuration of the Document ID feature is scheduled to be completed by an automated process." as highlighted in the image below:

This message is shown because the timer job called Document ID enable/disable job has been activated. Once the job completes at the scheduled time, the message will go away or else you may run the timer job and put it to completion forcibly by clicking "Run Now". However, I can assure you that even after the previous step, there is no certain time when the Document ID would show up if you go for a new document upload.

Document ID enable/disable Job

One v.important note that if your doc lib was already having some documents, you would need to explicitly perform some action for this new column of Document ID to show up..for example Check-in/Check-out of docs.

Do try this out and explore this cool stuff from SharePoint 2010!


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