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SharePoint BCS profile form and the dreaded Minimal Download Strategy

December 6, 2013 Leave a comment

SharePoint Version: SharePoint 2013 Enterprise, (October 2013 CU)

Came across a nice little nugget from SharePoint 2013 recently.  I had to create a BCS connection to external data in a SQL Azure database. Got the BCS connection working (eventually).

When I created the external list in a team site, I could see the list items ok, but when I clicked to open one by selecting View Profile, I would get the lovely:



But that’s ok, because we have a correlation ID we can trace in the logs. The Correlation ID is

00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000. Try finding that in the logs.



After much messing around with the BCS (obviously thinking that the issue is in the profile form), it turns out it had nothing to do with BCS. It was actually the feature Minimal Download Strategy.


Disable this feature, and the profile form works fine.

This is not the first time this (unbelievably poorly implemented) feature has bitten me. It is now our standard practice to disable this for every site. How sad is that.

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Live Writer Draft Folder

November 21, 2012 1 comment

So I recently moved all my documents to SkyDrive – love it.  Can get to them from all machines, including Android, windows phone and Surface.  Then I rebuilt my machine and all my docs were right there… except for the hundreds of draft blogs that I never posted.  Now you can imagine the state of panic I was in, given that I am a frequent semi-annual blogger!

Live Writer, great and all as it is does not give you an option to specify your folder to store blog files.  It’s <user>\documents\My Web Logs and that’s it.

So a little bit of Bingaling and I found how to change this through the registry (thanks to Larry).

It’s a quick modification to the following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Live\Writer\PostsDirectory

By default this key does not exist, so you will need to create it.

1. Open up regedit

2.Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows Live\Writer

3. Right click on the “Writer” folder in the left pane and choose New > String Value

4. Name the value PostsDirectory and then double-click on it to edit

5. Enter your new location (<user>\SkyDrive\LiveWriter for example)

6. Save


Alternatively you can do it through PowerShell:

New-ItemProperty “HKCU:\Software\Microsoft\Windows Live\Writer” -Name “PostsDirectory”  -value “C:\Users\<user>\SkyDrive\Live Writer”



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Linking accounts in

August 1, 2012 Leave a comment

If you recently switched to the shiny new from, you may be getting used to the new super-clean UI and navigation.  One thing I liked with was the ability to link accounts, so you can easily switch from one Hotmail accounts to the other.


I thought they had removed this from the new, but eventually found it buried under settings.

To link an account:


From your username menu, select Account Settings

On the Microsoft Account page, you will see a link to Manage Linked Accounts


Here you can add other hotmail/live/outlook accounts.

Happy linking!

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SharePoint Auditing – Where are my logs?

November 24, 2009 Leave a comment

When I went to view the logs under Site Settings –> Site Collection Administration, there was no link to “View Audit Logs”


According to 949605:

“This issue may occur if any of the following templates were used to create the default site: “

  • Document Workspace
  • Wiki
  • Blog
  • Records Center

I was in a Publishing Site, so I guess we can add that to the list.

“To resolve this issue, run the following STSADM command on the SharePoint server for each affected site collection: “

stsadm -o activatefeature -name Reporting -url http://yourserver/sitecollection/ -force

This activated the feature and now I am able to see the report page.


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