Pages Navigation Menu

Coding is much easier than you think

SharePoint 2013 CAML Designer

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in SharePoint 2013, SharePoint Tutorials | 0 comments

SharePoint 2013 CAML query builder will be a great Tool for developers, it will help to build CAML query while using the Client Side Object Model in SharePoint 2013.

SharePoint 2013 CAML query builder with advanced features 2013 can be downloaded from the below link:



Read More

How to publish SharePoint App to the Official App Store

Posted by on Apr 15, 2013 in SharePoint 2013, SharePoint Tutorials | 0 comments

In this post, I ‘ve given you the steps to go through the process of getting your app up into the Office app store so you can start making millions.
Before you decide to submit your app to the store, you need to do a few things:

Read the app store submission guidelines at These highlight the conditions your app must meet before it will be accepted. Register for a Seller account. Check out how an overview of what info you need to provide and the process of getting one. The Seller accounts can take a few days to come through, so plan ahead and be patient

Make sure you have a logo, screenshots and some descriptive text ready for the app submission. A version of your .app file that has been compiled for Release.

Decided how you are going to licence your app. The app store itself allows you to define how the app will be licensed, will it be free, will it be per purchase, per user, will there be a trial etc. Some of these decisions are not simple and require significant forethought and in some cases additional development work. For our app I decided to keep it simple and go for a free version. Microsoft published a couple of great blogs / articles helping with the licencing over at the Office apps blog.

Finally, make sure you have tested, tested and tested your app again, the submission process is very thorough and tests the functionality of your app across not only IE but all supported SharePoint 2013 browsers.

Once all of the above is ready, submitting your app is relatively simple. Navigate to the Seller Dashboard and follow the prompts to submit the app.

First choose a listing type, our app is for Project Server, so we need to choose an app for SharePoint, then click on next.
In the next screen you will be asked some information about your app like the name, version, category to list it under and some other bits and pieces. The most important part are the testing notes, these are your only real way of passing information through to the testers who are looking at your app.
As we are making the app available to everyone, there is no need to choose Trial support. Click on Next. The final bits to add before you can submit the app are screenshots and some descriptive text and links to support, EULA and Privacy policies.
APps Authentication
Once you’€™ve added that text, click on Next and your ready to submit for validation. From experience, the validation process can take around 3-5 working days. Unfortunately at the moment there is no progress indicator of where you are in the process, with the app either being in a €˜Draft€™ or €˜Approved€™ state. Once the app has become approved, it takes a few hours for it to propagate down into the SharePoint app store and to become available for everyone to download and start using.

Read More

Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 installation scenarios are not supported

Posted by on Feb 25, 2013 in SharePoint 2013, SharePoint Tutorials | 0 comments

The following SharePoint Server 2013 installation scenarios are not supported:

  • You try to install SharePoint Server 2013 on a drive that is formatted by using Resilient File System (ReFS). In this scenario, the installation fails, and the following error message is logged in the Setup log file:

    var>datetime::[940] Catalyst file system check failed: The path root D:\ is not NTFS datetime::[940] Showing message Title: ‘Setup Warning’, Message: ‘The install location must be on a drive  formatted with NTFS. Select another drive.’ datetime::[940] Message returned: 1

  • You install SharePoint Server 2013 in a workgroup.
  • You install SharePoint Server 2013 on a domain controller. This scenario is supported only for development configurations and not for production configurations.
  • You install SharePoint Server 2013 on Windows Web Server.
  • You install SharePoint Server 2013 on a virtual machine (VM) that uses Dynamic Memory. For more information about best practice configurations for SharePoint Server 2013 and virtual machines, go to the following Microsoft TechNet website:


Read More

Designer Workflow 2010: Unable to load workflow actions from the server. Please contact your server administrator

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in SharePoint 2013, SharePoint Tutorials | 3 comments

I needed to make some modifications to one of my sites with custom SharePoint designer workflows. I open SharePoint Designer, click Workflows, click my workflow and I get Message box that

Unable to load workflow actions from the server


  1. Turn on Failed Request Tracing on IIS – this did not show any more specific error, only 500 Internal Server Error on SharePoint web service call
  2. Checking ULS, nothing logged there
  3. Created empty site collection with Publishing feature and workflow – workflows open correctly
  4. Same site restored to another server – workflows open correctly
  5. I do not have any custom developed Workflow actions!
  6. I compared farm solution on one server and another server. I see some differences in solutions. I think, can have something to do with installed solutions. There is one suspicious looking solution there that we once tried to use to move site with workflows and forms from one farm to another (by saving site as WSP package). It is installed globally. I know we abandoned idea as it fad site backup/restore instead. I retract this solution. I go back to designer and find workflow working.

Conclusion :
Checking custom solutions is another checkpoint in investigation of this nasty error. I have read tones of msdn threads on this one, and causes can be different, but Designer will always give you same error message. My solution was generated from saving site as template (WSP package). It was site with custom workflows and some infopath forms deployed to this site as content type.

Read More