Login prompt when opening Office documents from a public SharePoint site

Hi there,

we have a following scenario:

  • a MOSS 2007 web application,
  • publicly accessible,
  • its URL added in Internet Explorer to the intranet sites,
  • checked in and published office documents within this site.

The problem occurring is that when one wants to open a MS Office document from the site using Internet Explorer, the Office application (Word, Excel..) is asking for username and password, although the document is publicly visible and not password-protected. Even if one clicks „Cancel” on the login prompt, the file is opened seamlessly.

After some research, I came across two possible solutions that can be applied in order to get rid of the unnecessary login prompt: either remove the URL from IE’s intranet sites list (which might not be desired because of other benefits of intranet sites), or make  following changes in the applications settings in IIS (7):

Go to the web site’s features, open the request filtering feature, and in the „HTTP Verbs” tab, add a deny rule for the verbs „OPTIONS” and „PROPFIND„. In my case, the use of checking in/out documents, opening them in read-only mode etc., was not necessary in this application, thus the verbs could be inhibited without the loss of other needed functionalities.

More information can be found in this KB article.

Hope this helps,
Lukasz

NHibernate 3.2: paging broken on Oracle databases

Howdy,

after upgrading to Nhibernate 3.2.0, the pagination methods of existing projects depending on NH with Oracle databases do not work correctly anymore – they return either zero records, or an incorrect (unexpected) number of them. The problem occurs when using SetFirstResult(int) and SetMaxResults(int) methods of the ICriteria object. Apparently this is caused by a bug in the version 3.2.0. Updating to the currently latest version (3.3.0) resolves the issue.

Further information can be found here.

Hope this helps,
Lukasz

Insufficient rights when deploying a SP2010 project from Visual Studio

Hi there,

this time just a quick tip for some of you getting an error when deploying a SharePoint 2010 project from Visual Studio:

Error occurred in deployment step ‚Recycle IIS Application Pool’: Cannot connect to the SharePoint site. If you moved this project to a new computer or if the URL of the SharePoint site has changed since you created the project, update the Site URL property of the project.

In my case, the Site URL property of the project was empty but still the need was to deploy the project globally into the environment.

Furthermore, this message can be somewhat misleading, as it may occur when the user account with which you are deploying the  project with, has insufficient rights to do so (e.g. is not the member of the farm’s administrators group).

Hope this helps,
Lukasz