Category Archives: SharePoint 2007

SharePoint File Extractor

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Do not try and find SharePoint files, that’s impossible.  Instead, only try to realize the truth… there are no SharePoint files.

In SharePoint, most (not all) files don’t actually exist in the conventional way.  What I mean by this is that you can’t just browse to a directory and open a SharePoint page in your favorite text editor and make changes.  Instead, most files in SharePoint exist as BLOB data in a SQL database and the only way to actually edit these files is through SharePoint Designer.

So what if you want to have any of these files in source control?  Of course you could use SharePoint Designer to copy/paste the contents of each target file to your file system, but that is extremely cumbersome (you can’t just copy/paste a file itself, you need to actually open it and copy the contents).  As our clients have become more and more proficient with using SharePoint Designer to make their own changes we have had an increasing need to actually get these changes in source control.

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Getting solution files from SharePoint

Mike BerrymanAnyone who has ever done any sort of custom development for SharePoint knows about .wsp files.  If you don’t know, .wsp files are packaged (IE zipped) collections of files that are deployed to a SharePoint farm.  This includes dlls, features, custom controls – just about anything done in a custom development situation for SharePoint gets packaged into a .wsp file for deployment purposes.  You can view the .wsp files deployed to any SharePoint farm via central administration.

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User Information in SharePoint Foundation

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SharePoint Foundation does not have a User Profile Service, so how are users managed?

It turns out that there is a hidden system list on SharePoint Foundation (actually all versions of SharePoint, but much more useful in SharePoint Foundation).  To view this list, you simply visit http://<YourSharePointSite>/_catalogs/users/simple.aspx or details.aspx.

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