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SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Features & CALS

You've just been told that despite having a SharePoint 2010 Enterprise licence, your users also need a Standard CAL + Enterprise CAL.  Shit!

Step 1:Review whether you use any enterprise features.  and if so, review which sites you need them to stay if any.

What do all those features enable exactly??  Infopath Forms Services might not mean that you can't use Infopath with SharePoint if you dont have enterprise, it may simply mean that you can't use Infopath INSIDE a browser.  So if your users have InfoPath installed on their local computer, then it's not an issue disabling Enterprise features.

Step 2:  If you don't need Enterprise features, and need to disable them because of licensing issues:

Disable in Central Admin:  Manage Web Applications > Manage Features > Deactivate SharePoint Server Enterprise Web application features on each Web Application.

Disable at Site Collection Level: Site …

SharePoint 2010 - RSS Viewer Web Part - Customise the style

For the last few days I've been looking for an example on how to customise SharePoint 2010's OOTB RSS Viewer Web Part, and finally I've found a solution that although it has quite a few steps, the final result is clean code with the ability to use CSS to style the Feed.

Thank you Ed.

To add to Ed's fantastic post, I will show you a method to create styled RSS feeds without SharePoint Designer.  Once you have found an RSS feed that you would like to manipulate, add the URL to your RSS Viewer Web Part (If you cannot find it in your list of web parts, you need to enable the SharePoint Server Standard Site Collection feature), click Apply, then click the 'XSL Editor...' button.  Copy all of the code into Notepad for ease of editing, and paste it back into the XSL Editor when you are finished.

The section of XSL you are looking for is within: <xs…

SharePoint 2010 - Access denied when trying to edit a page

The other day a few users were complaining that they were unable unable to edit pages on a site that they had Contribute Access to.

After many tries at checking everything was published, I found this blog from Harry Chen:
Turns out, that read access had been removed (unsure how!) from the site collections Master Page & Page Layout gallery.  Following Harry's instructions I was able to add the access back to the library and the issue was resolved.

Here's how:

Go to Site Actions –> Site Settings -> Master pages and page layouts -> “Library” tab from ribbon -> “Library Permissions” button at the top, right ->
Add the users or group to permissions here with at least Read access enabled.

Now, owner groups will have the permission to edit the pages.

SharePoint 2010 - "XsltListViewWebPart" Web Part appears to be causing a problem

Here's an error message I received a few weeks back from a user who was having trouble accessing a page:

Strange... Anyhow, my first thought was - Faulty Web Part - so made my way to SharePoint Designer to fix/remove the web part from the page, only to find that I was unable to connect to any sites on the entire Web Application!

Here's the Error I was receiving when trying to access SharePoint Designer:

"An error occurred while trying to fetch data from your SharePoint site. Attempted to read or write protected memory. This is often an indication that other memory is corrupt"

Now I'm thinking 'oh shit..' well not to worry, all I needed to do was a simple IISRESET and the issue was resolved.

SharePoint 2010 - Browser Compatability

Hi All,                 Our company is in the process of creating multiple websites for the internet on SharePoint.  Although we are still in the early stages, I thought you may be interested in this breakdown of Browser Compatibility for SharePoint.  This is just a basic quick-test, on our company Intranet, but once we delve further into the project I will give updates via this blog:
Basically, all 32-bit versions of browsers are supported (meaning they will help you if you're having issues,) by Microsoft except Safari, and the 64-bit version of Safari is supported with ‘limitations’.  See the info and Matrix here: (
The issue is when ActiveX or Silverlight comes into play, where some browsers either do not use ActiveX/Silverlight or render it differently, or do not render it at all.
So, best way to see how they work is to test, so here’s some initial results from my testing:

Firefox – Works fine with Silverlight, menus, w…

Bhōj Indian Restaurant Docklands - Review

After dining at Bhoj on valentines day, I thought it would be nice to give some feedback.  For those interested, you can find more direct information here: .

Location:  54 New Quay Promenade, Docklands, Melbourne.  Although it's not the easiest of locations for many Melburnians to get to, the travel time is often worth the effort, which was definitely the case for this experience.

Atmosphere:  Clean, friendly, quiet and slightly classier than the usual places I frequent.  I'd suggest sitting outside as it started to get slightly too loud inside as the tables filled out.

Price:  For the docklands, very reasonable.  We paid $55 each for a 3 course meal and your looking at around $30 for most bottles of wine.  On a normal night main meals are around $15-$20 each, or $40 for the banquet.

Food:  If I was to go to this restaurant again, I would definitely go for the banquet.  You get to taste the majority of items on the menu, and you will receive…