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Auto Logon to SharePoint with the Wrong Account

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If you have IE cache your password when logging into a SharePoint site, it seems to remember that one, even if you are logged into the computer with a different account. And you can’t clear it in IE. You use the User Accounts control panel. Here’s an article about it.


Accessing SharePoint as a File System

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In order to open and save files from a client application to a SharePoint server, you have to be able to access it as a file system, not just a website in a web browser.

SharePoint allows you to access using UNC and WebDAV.

You can map a drive letter to the UNC share or the http://xyz address, or you can add a shortcut in ‘My Network Places’. These pages talk about both ways:

In order to use http://, you must have Web Folders installed. This feature comes with Microsoft Office 2000 or later (You cannot connect to a Web folder from a Windows Server 2003)

In order to use UNC or map a drive letter, the WebClient service in Windows must be running.

Google Groups Thread


Vulnerability in Web Client Service Could Allow Remote Code Execution (911927) (in Server 2003 SP1)

Should I have the Web Client Service running on the SBS2003 server?

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What does the WebDAV Redirector do?

…every access to remote files on a WebDAV server by Universal Naming Convention (UNC) … will be processed by WebDAV Redirector.

The WebClient service stop responding when you try to map a network drive to a WebDAV shared folder from a Windows Server 2003-based computer:

Unable to Add a Web Folder to the My Network Places Folder (System Policies):

About WebDAV (IIS 6.0):

Using WebDAV with IIS:


SharePoint Item-level Permissions - Edit Access

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For a list, under List Settings, Advanced Settings, Item-level Permissions, Edit Access, you can choose between:

  • All Items
  • Only their own
  • None

This setting applies to Delete Items and well as Edit Items permissions. So if you select Only their own, users can only edit and delete their own items, but cannot do anything to other users' items.

If you select None, then users with Edit Item or Delete Item permissions will still be unable to edit or delete any items. You are effectively overriding the permissions they already have for the list. This can come in handy if you have users' permissions set to include Edit Item for an entire site, but you want to restrict that for a specific list. This way you don't have to change permissions on the list (and thus stop inheriting the site's permissions, which can be bad if you ever change the site permissions - your customized list won't pick up those changed automatically!)

Of course if you have enough permissions on the list, you can still edit and delete items no matter the setting for Edit Access. I'm not sure what level, possibly Manage Lists or you may even need Full Control. I haven't tested this.

A good use for this is on a blog site where most users can only view posts, but you want them to be able to submit comments. You keep their site permissions as Read Item, then set their permissions on the Comments list to include Edit Item and Delete Item. (You can use the built-in Contribute permission level so you don't have to add specific permissions items.) You then set the Edit Access to Only their own so they cannot change other people's comments. (Unfortunately this breaks the Comments list's inheritance of permissions from the site, so be careful if you change the site permissions; you'll have the change the Comments list's permissions as well.)


Cross-Browser Compatibility Checking

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Testing your site on multiple browsers if important if you want to look professional. I found this out the very first time I showed our new site design to our Executive Director. My computer has IE7 on it, and the site looks great with it. Unfortunately as I found out that afternoon, the Director had IE6 on her PC, and the site did NOT look good. If you want to project a professional image for your organization, you have to make sure you site looks good in all the browsers commonly used by your visitors. Check your site stats to find out what browsers your visitors are using.

First, check out my previous post on testing your website on a Macintosh. has a good writeup on How to Check Your Website with Multiple Browsers on a Single Machine.

I great tool that I've found is IETester for Windows. It allows you to open side by side tabs for IE 5.5, IE 6.0, IE 7.0 and IE 8.0. I'm not sure how it does it, but it's IE 6.0 showed my website messed up just like my Director's IE 6.

Microsoft has Virtual PC images for Windows XP with IE6 and IE7 and IE8 beta.

Tredosoft has  the Multiple IE installer, which I have not tried.


Testing Your Website on a Macintosh

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The stats on our website for the first half of 2008 indicated that only 3% of our visitors used a Macintosh computer. That's a pretty small amount. It's tough to say iof we should worry about Mac users or not. (Our Managing Attorney over technology uses a Mac, so that's definitly one point for yes.) My major fear is someone in the news media who uses a Mac visits our site and sees it looks crummy on his computer, and then writes us off as unprofessional. So I think it is worth it to do at least some basic testing of our site on a Mac.

According to a Mac using friend of mine: "Safari and Firefox are the most popular browsers on the Mac. Camino was developed by the makers of Firefox but it is a ground-up mac application as opposed to Firefox which is adapted for the Mac."

Now, if you have a Mac, then you have no problem obviously. ;)

If you have a Windows machine, it may be a bit more of a problem.

You can now download Safari for Windows to get an idea of what your website would look like: has a review of Apple's Safari for Windows from a Web Developer's Point of View.

Browsrcamp can give you a free screen capture of what your site looks like on a Mac with Safari (it doesn't say what version though). You can pay if you want more Mac browser options.

Another option appears to be an Abobe AIR application called Scout that uses the Safari layout engine. The technique is described here. The post is a little old and I haven't tried it myself. has a good (but old) discussion on some options.

Of course the best option is to find someone with a Mac...


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