Sharepoint Online (Office 365) : List Backup

My last post was on using Office 365 as a trial version. Now I have upgraded my license to P1 and have been using Sharepoint Online heavily since then. I am able to do most of the regular activities that I could do in Sharepoint Local Install, here in Sharepoint Online. Occasionally I see some functionlities or  features missing.

For eg Saving List as a template. If you are user who uses this feature to backup a list template along with its content, then missing that feature is an annoyance. Both Save as List template and List gallery links are missing in Sharepoint Online. Though the links are missing, those features are  still available. You can access them if you remember the links or connect to the online site using Sharepoint Designer and in the context menu for the list you want to take back up you can get the link to Save List as Template. See picture below

Using the link you can save the List Template along with its content. It can be downloaded from the gallery at http://SiteName/_catalogs/lt/Forms/AllItems.aspx. This trick had saved me a lot of time.

Trial and Test of Office365 – Part I

Finally I made up my mind and have started using the free trial of Office365. The setup is a breeze. I choose the P1 plan. Basically I am interested in Sharepoint Online part of the Office365. But it also come up with Exchange online and Lync Online. Additionally we get Office Webapps and Calendar apps.

The admin page is clean and intuitive. Calendar and Exchange reminds me of the Hotmail UI except everything has tint of orange instead of blue. Office Webapp reminds me of the Skydrive product. In future I hope Microsoft integrates all these into one. I dont have  office Mac so couldnt try the offline document management part.

Coming to the Sharepoint Online side, after setup it creates a Teamsite (Intranet) and an external facing Website. The external facing website home page looks lame and I might need to create my own home page. The Site features and Site Collection Features available are very less compared to an on-premise Sharepoint installation. I was expecting to have Publishing feature available but its not. But I think I can live with that.

I was able to connect to the external site using Sharepoint Designer 2010 which was seamless(surprisingly). Haven’t tried modifying existing pages or Master pages yet. But creation of new Webpart page and Blog subsite worked!!. As expected creation of Publishing subsite failed.

So far I am impressed. Will keep testing the various Sharepoint and other office features of office365.

Sharepoint 2007 server

My Atom based mini-itx machine where I was running MOSS 2007 is not booting up since yesterday 😦 I suspect the power supply has failed and hope the mother board is safe. For now cant use MOSS 2007 and need to stick with SP2010 in my laptop for all Sharepoint related stuff. Need to fix the machine some time soon.

How to find Sharepoint 2007 Trial Expiry date?

So you have installed Sharepoint Trial edition which usually expires after 180 days. After some days you might wonder at what date exactly your installation expires. I had trouble finding it too and posted my question in technet sharepoint forum. Eventually found the answer and posted that too in the thread. Find it in below thread. I believe this applies to Sharepoint 2010 also.

Sharepoint vs Drupal vs WordPress- Comparison

Here is a nice write up on Sharepoint vs Drupal. This is from microsoft blog so you might want to take this with a pinch of salt. But still it is the only blog in internet where someone is presenting the advantages of Sharepoint. Whichever blogs you might get by googling Sharepoint vs Drupal, they all speak about Drupal being best.

Updated: I recently came across this blog on Sharepoint 2010 vs WordPress. This is definitely nice read and can help decide which product to choose.

Sharepoint Office Server 2007 installation issue on Windows Server 2008 R2

Recently I tried to install Sharepoint office Server 2007 on my Windows 2008 R2 box. After taking care of all the minimum requirements on installing Sharepoint( with SP1) the setup complained that there are compatibility issues. The error message is similar to the one below.

[Window Title] Program Compatibility Assistant

[Main Instruction] This program is blocked due to compatibility issues

[Expanded Information] You must install Office SharePoint Server 2007 – Please read Microsoft Knowledge Base article: 962935 with the most recent service pack. Office SharePoint Server 2007 – Please read Microsoft Knowledge Base article: 962935 without service packs has a known compatibility issue with this version of Windows.

Ideally it seems Sharepoint 2007 with Sp1 is not compatible with Windows 2008 R2. You can install only Sharepoint Sp2 in Win2k8 R2 server. Now the problem is Sharepoint 2007 Sp2 is available as a update to the original Sharepoint installation,  which u need to have in the first place to install Sp2. But the original Sharepoint 2007 (with/without SP1) wont install on Win2k8 R2.

After a long search in internet I got a workaround for the issue. Its very simple. You need to slipstream Sp2 files into the original package.
1. Unzip the contents of the Sharepoint 2007 installation package in a folder eg c:\SPwSP1
2. Unzip the contents of the Sharepoint 2007 Sp2 files into C:\SpwSp1\Updates folder.
3. OVerwrite the files if they are already there.
3. Now run the setup in c:\SpwSp1 folder it runs without any complaint.

Did it work for you..? What is ur experience just let me know.