IFilter for TIFF

Windows Server 2008 R2 comes OOTB with an IFilter, which allow the indexing of TIFFs. During the indexing the IFilter performs an OCR to recognize the actual content of the TIFF for the index.

This combined with a corresponding scanner introduces a small-sized DMS, where you can scan paper based documents to a document-library and let them being index and thus fully searchable by SharePoint.

Modifiy any page within SharePoint

There is alway something new to discover. Usually when you want to edit a page in SharePoint you just hit “Website actions” “edit page”. But certain pages don’t offer to edit themself, such as the edit-form for list-items. So what?

Just append “toolpaneview=2” to the address of the currently visible page; and magically you’ll see the WebPart-Editor-Pane, which allows to edit the current page. This way you can literally edit every page in SharePoint.

December 2009 Cumulative Update Packages for SharePoint Server 2007 und Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

On January 29th 2010 the December Cumulative-Update for WSS and MOSS has been released.

The Changes for WSS can be found in

  • 977022 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/977022/ ) Description of the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Cumulative Update Server Hotfix Package (Sts-x-none.msp): December 15, 2009
  • 977731 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/977731/ )Description of the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 hotfix package (Sts-x-none.msp, Wssmui-en-us.msp): December 15, 2009
  • 977732 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/977732/ ) Description of the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 hotfix package (Wssmui-en-us.msp): December 15, 2009

and the changes for MOSS

  • 977023 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/977023/ ) Description of the Office SharePoint Server 2007 Cumulative Update Server hotfix package (Coreserver-x-none.msp): December 15, 2009
  • 977024 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/977024/ ) Description of the Office SharePoint Server 2007 hotfix package (Dlc-x-none.msp): December 15, 2009
  • 977028 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/977028/ ) Description of the Office Project Server 2007 hotfix package (Pjsrvapp-x-none.msp, Pjsrvwfe-x-none.msp): December 15, 2009

Seems like I need to create a new Slipstream-Setup.

Slipstream for SharePoint

Just in case you’re in the need to install SharePoint and you want to incorporate the latest updates into your install – there is a better way than installing SharePoint and then start wssv3sp2-kb953338-x86-fullfile-en-us.exe and officeserver2007sp2-kb953334-x86-fullfile-en-us.exe.

Using a slipstreamed install you can install all updates during the initial installation, thus saving you a lot of time you would have spend to install the updates otherwise.

  1. Copy the SharePoint installation CD onto a network share
  2. Download of SP2 for Windows SharePoint Services as well as Office SharePoint Server
  3. Extract SP2 for Windows SharePoint Services using the /extract switch to the Updates folder within the install-folder of the SharePoint CD (wssv3sp2-kb953338-x86-fullfile-en-us.exe /extract:[path to install-folder\Updates]).
  4. Extract SP2 for Office SharePoint Server using the /extract switch to the Updates folder within the install-folder of the SharePoint CD (officeserver2007sp2-kb953334-x86-fullfile-en-us.exe /extract:[path to install-folder\Updates]).
  5. Delete wsssetup.dll from the Updates folder, because this migth cause a conflict with svrsetup.dll.

The same way applies to cumulative updates. Important is to keep the chronological order of the updates (oldest first!) as well as to first apply WSS updates before MOSS updates. So you should first integrate the December CU for WSS and then the December CU for MOSS.

This can even be applied to Language-Packs.

  1. Download of the needed Language-Pack.
  2. Extract the Language-Pack using the /extract switch.
  3. Download of Language-Pack updates.
  4. Extract the Language-Pack updates using the /extract switch.
  5. Copy the extracted files from step 4 to the Updates folder within the extracted files of step 2.

Which version of SharePoint?

Update 29.04.2010: I added the latest CUs for February and April 2001. The download for the April CU doesn’t seem to be available yet, so I cannot provide any version numbers.

There are currently a lot of updates available for SharePoint (Services as well as Portal Server), like SP1, Infrastructure Rollup, SP2 and various cumulative updates. That makes it hard to keep up to date with the latest patch-level. This little table should give some overview:

Update Name owssvr.dll Microsoft.SharePoint.portal.dll
RTM 12.0.4518.1016 12.0.4518.1016
October public update (2007) 12.0.6039.5000 12.0.6036.5000
Service Pack 1 12.0.6219.1000 12.0.6219.1000
Post-Service Pack 1 rollup 12.0.6300.5000 12.0.6300.5000
Infrastructure Update (IU) 12.0.6320.5000 12.0.6320.5000
August Cumulative Update (2008) 12.0.6327.5000 12.0.6327.5000
October Cumulative Update (2008) 12.0.6331.5000 12.0.6331.5000
December Cumulative Update (2008) 12.0.6335.5000 12.0.6335.5000
February Cumulative Update (2009) 12.0.6341.5000 12.0.6341.5002
Service Pack 2 12.0.6421.1000 12.0.6420.1000
April Cumulative Update (2009) 12.0.6504.5000 12.0.6504.5000
June Cumulative Update (2009) 12.0.6510.5001 12.0.6507.5000
August Cumulative Update (2009) 12.0.6514.5000 12.0.6514.5002
October Cumulative Update (2009) 12.0.6520.5000 12.0.6520.5000
February Cumulative Update (2010) (WSS, MOSS) 12.0.6529.5000 12.0.6529.5000
April Cumulative Update (2010) (WSS, MOSS)    

To verify the version of SharePoint you’re running go to %CommonFiles%\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\12\ISAPI and look at the file-versions of owssvrdll and/or Microsoft.SharePoint.portal.dll.

To get detailed information about hwo to deploy updates for SharePoint, check the TechNet sites on Deploy software updates for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Deploy software updates for Office SharePoint Server 2007.