Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sharepoint 2007 Showing outlook Inbox using outlook active X control

Outlook provides active X interface for displaying out look inbox and simple object tag can be used to show emails from your outlook inbox. It will display your default inbox therefore can even show images that are stored at your pst file.

You may also use this Active X control in Share point 2007 using content editor web part to display users emails but following disadvantages should be kept in mind.

  • Security concerns as it is Active X control
  • Different browser specific and deployment specific issues
  • Look n feel will be different and cannot be branded
  • Will not use Share point security but will show inbox based on outlook configuration


e.g. of HTML is as follows.

<OBJECT classid=CLSID:0006F063-0000-0000-C000-000000000046

id=ViewCtlFolder

width="100%"

height="430"

Codebase="http://activex.microsoft.com/activex/controls/office/outlctlx.CAB#ver=9,0,0,3203">>

<param name="Namespace" value="MAPI">

<param name="Folder" value="Calendar">

<param name="View" value="Day/Week/Month View With AutoPreview">

<param name="Restriction" value="">

<param name="DeferUpdate" value="0">

</OBJECT>

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Sharepoint Configuration for Outlook Web Access on any site

Outlook web access provides view on your exchange folder from any Share point site using Page Viewer Web part with query string parameters configured to display view as per your organization requirement.

As OWA designed for intranet therefore it is obviously recommended for intranet portal only. For extranet you may have to go through it with an extra security step as per your OWA configuration.

Following technet article provide details of different query string parameter for configuration of your OWA view.
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb232199(EXCHG.80).aspx

In general following query suffix for Page Viewer WebPart will suffix

https://{server name}/owa/?cmd=contents&f=inbox

Monday, January 25, 2010

Sharepoint 2007 Working with Outlook Web Access Webpart

Share point 2007 provides following web parts for accessing exchange content using share point
  1. My Calendar (use with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 or later)
  2. My Contacts (use with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 or later
  3. My Tasks (use with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 or later)
  4. My Inbox (use with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 or later)
  5. My Mail Folder (use with Microsoft Exchange Server 2000 or later)

Above web parts are provided in order to be utilized Share point My Sites. If you want to use Outlook Web Access in other website you may need to use outlook web access queries from page viewer web part.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

MOSS Administration removing bad webparts from page that doesn't open in design mode

Will working with sharepoint you may find yourself in a situation where your webpart blows up and you will not be able to access your page. You cannot fix page as design options are available for editable pages in design mode.

There is an option to remove webparts from these page to make them working. Providing query parameter Contents=1 will redirect you to WebPart administration page for selected page. This page will provide you options for removing webparts.

e.g. your page link was as follows
http://moss:2000/Pages/ErrorWebparts.aspx

Opening following url
http://moss:2000/Pages/ErrorWebparts.aspx?Contents=1

will allow you to fix your page.