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.

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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.


.net posts vs Sharepoint posts

Lately, my posts to this blog have been mostly on Sharepoint. Though thats not the intention of creating this site, somehow my posts have been more biased towards Sharepoint. I have to admit that since I started posting on Sharepoint this blog’s hit rate has skyrocketed. Though thats encouraging, its not the vision with which I created this blog. I am planning to give Sharepoint posts some rest and start posting on general .net technologies covering clr to c# and wpf to ASP.net.


SharePoint 2010 Development Environment on Windows 7


With Sharepoint 2010 being available since yesterday for General Availability, I thought I will set up the dev environment in my laptop. I have Windows 7 ultimate (64 bit) in my laptop (Vista should also suffice) with 4 gig memory and that should be a reasonable configuration to install Sharepoint 2010.

I downloaded the 180 days trial from here. I choose the “SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise Client Access License features” as I felt that it better suits my development needs. The install steps are clearly captured here. The install is easy if you follow the exact steps mentioned in the page. Except that, in the Step 2 replace the following commands

For SharePoint Server 2010:
c:\SharePointFiles\OfficeServer /extract:c:\SharePointFiles

with


For SharePoint Server 2010:
c:\SharePointFiles\SharepointServer.exe /extract:c:\SharePointFiles

Otherwise you shouldnt be facing any issues with the setup. I havent yet started promgramming and testing out some code. What are your experiences..? Do let me know if you face any issue.


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.

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en/sharepointgeneral/thread/0dc6e803-1b78-498c-905f-5f6d389ceba5