Monday, November 12, 2012

Newsfeed : we’re still collecting the latest news !!!

After you overcome My Site issue you may encounter another issue

We’re still collecting the latest news, you may see more if you try again a litter later

SharePoint 2013 newsfeed










After waiting few hours and restarted server and tried many ways but no help its shows me… above message…

and try this option : no help… :-(

So i decided to investigate ULS Log, which shows displays that “No cache hosts are present or running in the farm”

ULS Log Viewer

Under Service notice that AppFabric Caching Service was disable, I started the service and Re-set Application Pool and Re-Set IIS server NO HELP !!!


Finally discover that “Distributed cache” is stopped on SharePoint Service on Server

  • Go to Central Administration, click Application Management.
  • In Service Applications, click Manage Services on Server.
  • On the Services on Server page, locate the Distributed Cache service.
  • If the Distributed Cache service is stopped and you want to start the service, under Action, click Start.

    Servive on Server

    Click “Newsfeed” now you can view “Status update text box, newsfeeds…” enjoy…

    Faizal My Site, Newsfeed

  • SharePoint 2013 : My Site Something went wrong ?

    After Install & configure SharePoint Server 2013. First think everyone wants to explore the new feature called “Newsfeed” on My Site.

    Unfortunately, sometimes you may expected following error.

    “We’re sorry, Something went wrong with your My Site setup.

    Please try again later or contact your help desk.” 

    My Site

    This error due to root site, after Installing SharePoint 2013, you need to configure default the Root (/) site collection, sometimes you may created under /Sites/ instead of Root (/).

    Now you create new Site collection  (/) Root. this will enable you to create My Site without any issue. :-)

    Site Collection

    After Root Site collection created you may able to see Newsfeed, Blog, Apps, and Tasks


    Friday, October 12, 2012

    Office 2013, SharePoint 2013, Office 365 and Exchange 2013 RTM

    Today, Kirk Koenigsbauer, corporate vice president in the Microsoft Office Division, announced that Office solutions and other "2013"-branded products have reached the release-to-manufacturing (RTM) stage.

    Some key points

    • IT professionals and developers will be able to download the final version via their TechNet or MSDN subscriptions by mid-November.
    • General availability is planned for the first quarter of 2013. Starting October 19, customers purchasing Office 2010 from local retailers or resellers will receive the new Office for free upon availability.
    • Customers will also see a preview version of the new Office on Windows RT devices, beginning with the Windows 8 launch on October 26.
    • Rolling out new capabilities to Office 365 Enterprise customers in our next service update, starting in November through general availability.
    • Volume Licensing customers with Software Assurance will be able to download the Office 2013 applications as well as other Office products including SharePoint 2013, Lync 2013 and Exchange 2013 through the Volume Licensing Service Center by mid-November. These products will be available on the Volume Licensing price list on December 1.

    Tuesday, October 2, 2012

    Apps for SharePoint 2013

    (From My SharePoint 2013 Ignite Notebook) Part 1

    Think SharePoint 2013 as a Portal Platform, which help you understand the new paradigm shift, which helps lots of developer to do program using C#, Python, Ruby, Java, PHP, NodeJS. The SharePoint 2013 App model is based on web standards: HTML 5, CSS, JS, OAuth 2.0 and OData. Today SharePoint enable most of the SharePoint API functions remote accessible the remote interface is much easier to maintain and more secure. This also concept also open door for SharePoint Developer create Facebook kind of applications for SharePoint and Office.


    Today Application Challenges

    Till SharePoint 2010 solution deployment done either Sandbox or Farm Solutions,

    • Sandbox Solution
      • Limited
      • Only allow to access sub set of server side APIs
      • Cannot call external hosted web services
      • Use client side object call hosted web services
      • Supported for Online and on premise environment
    •  Farm Solution
      • Need big server touch
      • Not possible to deploy on SharePoint Online
      • IT Pro. Say Performance issue due to developer code
      • Deploy file to \BIN directory or GAC folder
      • Outages when deploy code
      • When error occur, affect the app pool which make cause service outage
      • Supported only for on premise environment
    • SharePoint Apps
      • Easy to deploy apps.
      • Reduce the number of 99.99
      • One set of server is for lots of customer
      • Application no longer live in SharePoint
      • Code executed in client, cloud or on-prem
      • Permission via OAuth.
      • Service bus EndPoint via REST / CSOM
      • No Sever-Side SharePoint API for Apps
      • Supports HTML5, CSS, JS and railed development

    What type application we can develop?

    • Contact form
    • Travel request form
    • Shared documents
    • Contact list
    • Room booking
    • Visitor information
    • Claims
    • Leave applications
    • HR related forms download
    • More input look at 40 SharePoint template to develop applications

    Choice of Application type


    • Provider Hosted Apps
    • Windows Azure Auto-Provisioned Apps
    • SharePoint Hosted Apps


    SharePoint and Office apps Microsoft going to introduce a commercial public marketplace, Today Office has 75 M users, Office and SharePoint Apps concept sounds very promising. Beside the public marketplace there is also option for private corporate app catalog for enterprise

    Downslide of SharePoint Apps

    • The performance is depends on Network latency issues
    • InfoPath form not supported as SharePoint Apps
    • Timer jobs are not possible within an app
    • Deep changes to the user site are not possible with an app
    • Cannot have any server-side SharePoint code


    Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 7:00 PM (SGT)

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    Asynchronous Programming in C# 5 - 1900 - 2030 hrs

    Ever struggled writing or debugging multithreaded code? Join Joe Albahari, author of C# 5 in a Nutshell, for a practical session on how to write responsive applications in C# 5 without resorting to threads, locks or BackgroundWorker. We'll explore the theory as well as the practice behind C# 5's new asynchronous functions, and see why the old-school approach is not only hard work, but fundamentally broken. We'll also touch on Reactive Framework, and they'll be a question-and-answer session on all aspects of C# 5, asynchrony and multithreading.

    Joe Albahari is the inventor of LINQPad and an O'Reilly author. He's published 7 books with O'Reilly, including C# 5.0 in a Nutshell, and has written extensively on multithreading and parallel programming. He speaks regularly at user groups and conferences such as TechEd and YOW, and has been a C# MVP since 2008.

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    Saturday, September 1, 2012

    5th Sep. 2012 7pm AzureUG.SG User Group meeting

    (Light Refreshments will be served before the session)

    The UG leads of both Azure and Sgdotnet have gotten together to see if we can basically consolidate our events together, as our basic target audience are predominantly overlapping. For a start, we’re organizing UG events with speakers from both sides of the technology!

    Register at for this UG event -

    Date: 5th September 2012

    Venue: Level 22, CF15, Microsoft Singapore, One Marina Boulevard

    Time: Generally starts at 7pm sharp.


    “45 Minutes on Azure Websites” – Neng Giin, Technical Evangelist"


    A quick view on Azure Websites, how to get started, scale your web apps.

    About Neng Giin

    Neng Giin has held various roles in different technology companies over the last 5 years. His previous roles include Market Research Analyst, Technical Consultant, Developer Evangelist and Innovation Specialist. Neng Giin’s ultimate passion is to help people and organizations achieve their individual or organizational potential with use of technology. While not delighting in his geekish work, Neng Giin indulges himself in leisurely pursuits such as reading, tabletop games, photography and coming up with answers to obscure`e problems at Hackerspace Singapore.


    “Visual Studio 2012 – What’s in for web developers?” – Alvin Lau, SGDN"


    Learn about what platform advancements as well as how VS 2012 will help you become a more productive web developer. Expect no slides and a whirlwind tour of the feature improvements which a web developer should be concerned about in this brand new IDE.

    About Alvin Lau

    Based in Singapore, Alvin works as a Solution Architect with a large MNC and is lover of technology.

    Please RSVP to confirm your registration and attendance by 04 Sep 2012. ( ) Note that there’s currently no email confirmation for the event.

    Monday, August 6, 2012

    3 Steps to Setup your SharePoint 2013 Preview


    After long back once again, I try to create small note or share my knowledge with SharePoint community in Singapore, This article covers 3 basic steps to Install & Configure, Learn and understand the change on SharePoint 2013 Preview. I try my level best to cover visually step-by-step configuration from simply enabling Hyper-V on Windows 8, installing Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2012 to complexly installing SharePoint 2013. Hope this help you, Please note that this only for test purposes not on production.

    1. System Requirements, Download tools & Setup and Install.
    2. IT Pro & Developer Training
    3. What is New in SharePoint 2013 

    System Requirements, Download tools & Setup and Install.

    Minimum Hardware & Software Requirements

    The requirements for a development environment for an installation of apps for SharePoint 2013

    Processor: 64-bit, 4 cores

    RAM:  8 GB for production use 6 GB for developer or evaluation use

    Hard disk:  80 GB free for system drive

    Installation of SharePoint 2013 Preview is supported only on Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 x64 or Windows Server 2008 R2. (Windows 7 not supported yet)

    To install & configure how to: Set up an on-premises development environment for apps for SharePoint

    Download Tools

    1. Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2008 R2

    2. SharePoint Server 2013 Beta

    3. Visual Studio 2012

    4. SQL Server 2012 or SQL Server 2008 R2

    5. Windows 8 Hyper-V (64 bit)

    Windows 8, Go Windows Features and Enable Hyper-V feature.

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    Hyper-v Manager running on Windows 8


    I configure using Hyper-V (Windows Server 2012 RC on Windows 8), Domain Controller with SQL Server 2012.


    Install SQL Server 2012…


    Install & Configure SharePoint Server 2013

    Run SharePoint 2013 Preview Products Preparation Tool which will install all the prerequisites…


    Once prerequisites software installed, please restart your Windows 2012 OS and install SharePoint 2013 Preview.

    You can enter preview product key : 6RNT8-XV26M-GWH36-VMGQH-94MMH



    Setup completed… now run configuration wizard to configure SharePoint 2013 preview… Smile 

    SharePoint 2013 configuration Wizard helps to Install and configure features and services,Configure security and create sample data. 



    Select Create a new server farm option


    Enter SQL Server 2012 / 2008 R2 Instance name, User Name and Password.



    If you wish to change default port no, please change as well (I change to port no 2013)



    While installing SharePoint 2013 for a Stand-Alone setup on Hyper-V encounter some issues.

    Step 3. "Failed to create a Configuration Database"

    Step 3. “Failed to connect to the configuration database”

    Step 3. “Failed to create sample database”

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    To resolve above issue follow the steps

    Step 1: SQL Server 2012 Management Studio Access the below (.\ZAREEF) > Security > Logins > {logged in user account} > Server Roles >

    Step 2: Provide following server Roles for Administrator account

    • dbcreate
    • public
    • serveradmin
    • setupadmin
    • sysadmin


    Step 3: Services required to run the Configuration Wizard

    • AppFabric Caching Service
    • SQL Server Agent (SHAREPOINT)
    • Workstation - need to be started.

    Step 4:

    • Open a SharePoint PowerShell command prompt
    • . cd to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\15\BIN
    • Substituting your own values where needed, run the command:
    • .\PSCONFIG.EXE -cmd Configdb create SkipRegisterAsDistributedCacheHost user ZAREEF\Administrator password <yourpassowrd> passphrase <yourpassphrase>
    • Re-run the SharePoint 2013 Product Configuration Wizard.  It should run right through the first 3 steps and start processing from step 4.


    Note, you may have to clean up databases created from previously failed attempts by the wizard. (else system will have more than one configuration and administration database).


    configuration wizard will start from task 4 to 10 and complete….


    Welcome to SharePoint 2013 preview… and follow the steps to configure Service Application and Site Collection to explore new features SmileOpen-mouthed smileThumbs up


    Incase if need to Install & Configure using Virtual Box visit :

    How to Creating Image 

    Setup & Configure domain controller

    Install & Configure SQL Server 2012

    Install & Configure SharePoint 2013

    Also SharePoint 2013 on Windows Server 2008 R2 with SQL Server 2008 R2

    If you need to know How to Upgrade from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2013 Step by Step by Ali.Mazaheri


    SharePoint 2013 training for IT pros

    Find IT pro-focused how-to training and walkthrough videos with this interactive course about SharePoint 2013 including changes and new features for search, social, plus deployment and performance/scalability.

    Downloadable links for the presentations (.pptx) for each module are available later on this page. You can also download all presentations.



    SharePoint 2013 training for developers

    Developer-focused how to training and walkthrough videos about Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013 including changes and new features for search, social, ECM, WCM, and REST. Learn about apps for Office and SharePoint.

    Important: These videos are based on an earlier preview version of Office 2013, SharePoint 2013, and Visual Studio so you might notice a few discrepancies


    What is New in SharePoint 2013

    • Developer Tool : Visual Studio and SharePoint Designer, in addition to providing the release of newly developed web-based tool "Napa" Office 365 Development Tools for developing apps
    • Web Standard: Common web standards like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Furthermore, implementation relies on established protocols like the Open Data protocol (OData), and OAuth.
    • Mobility: SharePoint-powered mobile applications for Windows Phone using the new SharePoint phone application wizard template in Visual Studio
    • Social: Adds new features that improve and facilitate the enterprise social activities within the organization:
      • Follow people as well as content (documents, sites, tags)
      • Share personal documents easily and keep track of access
      • Keep up-to-date with activities of interest
      • Company Feeds


    To learn about SharePoint 2013 Preview ESN Capabilities :

    • Community Site: Features such as reputation, categories, featured discussions, a question-post type, and best replies let community members easily find popular discussions, relevant information, and people with similar interests. Members build reputation as they participate in communities


    • Search: several enhancements, custom content processing with the Content Enrichment web service, and a new framework for presenting search result types. Additionally, there have been significant enhancements made to the keyword query language (KQL)


    • Workflow: SharePoint Designer 2013 Preview to author powerful workflows, and a new set of Visual Studio 2012 workflow project templates let developers access more sophisticated features like custom actions. Perhaps most importantly, Windows Azure Workflow is fully integrated with the model for apps for SharePoint
    • ECM: Newly expanded set of .NET server managed APIs, to customize Enterprise Content Management (ECM) experiences and behavior. Design Manager, Managed Navigation, Cross-Site Publishing and EDiscovery.
    • BCS : has been improved and enhanced in many ways, including OData connectivity, external data systems such as SAP, ERP, and CRM,external events, external data in apps, filtering and sorting, support for REST, and others
    • Application Service: Word Automation Services and PowerPoint Automation Services (a new feature for SharePoint). SharePoint also provides data analysis tools, like PerformancePoint Services and Visio Services, that enable business intelligence, and powerful new features in Excel Services

    Changes SharePoint Server 2013 Preview.

    • The visual upgrade feature in SharePoint Server 2010 is not available in SharePoint 2013 Preview.
    • The Document Workspace site template is not available
    • The Personalization Site site template is not available
    • The Group Work site template is not available
    • Can't edit workbooks in the browser that have external data connections, due to design limitation
    • Web Analytics in SharePoint Server 2010 has been discontinued and Analytics processing for SharePoint 2013 Preview is now a component of the Search service.