Updated SharePoint Query Correlation ID Central Admin Page to 2013

Thanks to Ghislain Lerda, the SharePoint Query Correlation ID Central Admin Page has been migrated to 2013. There’s also a new functionality available on the results page which allows you to export the results to a txt file.

export to txt

export to txt result

The source of the project on CodePlex has been restructured to 2 branches: one for SharePoint 2010 and one for SharePoint 2013. You’ll find future changes for both projects on the same CodePlex site.

You can get the latest at the releases page on CodePlex:

The deployment and configuration of the solution is still the same. Simply install the .wsp on your farm and check the Monitoring category page in central admin. You’ll find a link to the search page there.


Custom Button in Web Applications Management Ribbon

With the release of the 2007 Microsoft Office system, Microsoft introduced a new user interface structure, known as the ribbon, that replaced the previous application drop-down menus and toolbars. The ribbon came about after much research suggested that certain applications, such as Microsoft Word, contained so many commands that users had trouble finding what they needed. Now, with SharePoint 2010, this feature is also included to leverage a same user experience. You can read more about the ribbon on MSDN.

There are numerous blog posts about customizing the ribbon, take Chris O’Brien’s example for instance, so I won’t go into detail about that.

What I wanted, was to add a button to the Web Applications Management Ribbon, and make that button work with the select web application. The first step is to enable the button, only when a web application is selected. To do this, fill in the EnabledScript property from the CommandUIHandler with a javascript function that will check whether or not to enable the button.

    CommandAction="javascript: manageBlobCache();"
    EnabledScript="javascript: checkButton();"

This is the javascript code for the checkButton() method:

function checkButton()
  var $v_0 = SP.UI.Admin.WebApplicationPageComponent.get_selectedItem();
  if ($v_0 !== null)
    $v_1 = ($v_0.getAttribute('IsCentralAdmin'))
    if ($v_1 === 'true')
      return false;
      return true;
    return false;
  return false;

SP.UI.Admin.WebApplicationPageComponent.get_selectedItem() is the key function here. You may find it in the SP.UI.Admin.debug.js in the 14\TEMPLATE\LAYOUTS folder. What it does is return the selected web application object. Another handy check is the IsCentralAdmin attribute. Sometimes you may not want to do something for the central web application. Then you can check for it, and return false.

When you wish to work with the selected web application, you can pass the ID to your application page for instance. You can do this using the dialog framework. A quick code snippet:

function manageBlobCache()
  var $v_0 = SP.UI.Admin.WebApplicationPageComponent.get_selectedItem();
  var options = SP.UI.$create_DialogOptions();
  options.url = '/_admin/customPageFolder/customPage.aspx?Id=' + $v_0.getAttribute('Id');
  options.height = 300;

In this result I show the passed ID and the retrieved web application name:

application page showing web app id

I’ve implemented this method in a solution you can find on CodePlex: http://sp2010blobcachemgr.codeplex.com/

Dynamic Settings Project

Another year, another project! Today I started working on a solution which has the capability to dynamically add and remove properties to and from the SPWeb.AllProperties propertybag. Thanks to a friend of mine for the idea!

The solution can be found on codeplex.

A screenshot of the current settings page (needs some work :-)):


Querying Correlation IDs in the Central Admin

I wrote another small solution, but this time it simplifies searching for correlation IDs. The idea is that by using SharePoint’s built-in PowerShell cmdlets, the whole farm can be queried for a correlation id. Feel free to try out a bèta release. Ideas and suggestions are always welcome.

query correlation id

You can find the project on codeplex: http://sp2010getcorrelation.codeplex.com/.

Simplifying adding farm solutions

I wrote a small solution which simplifies the process of managing farm solutions. SharePoint 2010 already has a management page which can be used to deploy, retract and remove farm solutions. The following solution will add a new category under system settings: “Solutions”, so that farm solutions can be added.

solutions system settings
More details can be found on codeplex: http://sp2010addsolution.codeplex.com/