Archive for November, 2014

Next Tuesday, December 2nd 2014, I will be hosting a webinar together with Datapolis to talk about workflows, and more particularly SharePoint Designer Workflows. Here is the info:

Process automation is one of the most wanted benefits that SharePoint offers. In this session we will look at three must have workflows for SharePoint by using SharePoint Designer as well as a lot of useful tips and tricks that can be used in any SharePoint 2010 & SharePoint 2013 workflows.




During this webinar you will learn how to:

– Improve business processes with workflow logic

– Select the workflow which meets your process requirements

– Choose between SharePoint Designer and other solutions depending on your needs




60 minutes



Vlad is a SharePoint Consultant with more than 5 years in IT specializing in analyzing and deploying your perfect SharePoint infrastructure. He is currently working as a President and Senior Consultant at his own company: vNext Solutions. Vlad is currently the youngest SharePoint MVP in the world and is known in the community for his technical abilities and for founding the biggest and most active SharePoint Community that you can find at Vlad also has his own blog at and he often shares his knowledge by speaking at local conferences and community events.


Please note the event is at 10AM Eastern Time on the registration page of the webinar you can switch timezone to be able to see them in your timezone.


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Today I was at a client and we wanted to create a new Managed Property called “EntityName”. It looked simple, just create a new manage property, set your options, click OK and it’s done! However, we got this strange error:

internal problem connecting to or querying the database

“The settings could not be saved because of an internal error: There was an internal problem connecting to or querying the database.”

After reading the error message, my first reaction was checking if the SQL was up and I didn’t have any Access Denied errors in the Event Viewer. However, everything looked up. I then looked up in the ULS and found the following log:

SqlError: ‘Violation of PRIMARY KEY constraint ‘PK_MSSManagedProperties’. Cannot insert duplicate key in object ‘dbo.MSSManagedProperties’. The duplicate key value is (EntityName, 0).’ Source: ‘.Net SqlClient Data Provider’ Number: 2627 State: 1 Class: 14 Procedure: ‘proc_MSS_AddManagedPropertyEx’ LineNumber: 52 Server: SQLSERVER,1433′

SqlError: ‘The statement has been terminated.’ Source: ‘.Net SqlClient Data Provider’ Number: 3621 State: 0 Class: 0 Procedure: ‘proc_MSS_AddManagedPropertyEx’ LineNumber: 52 Server: SQLSERVER,1433′

According to the log, there is already a managed property called “EntityName” in Managed properties, however when I do a Search for it, it doesn’t show up!

I wanted to know more on the problem, so I went to SQL Database (PS: Microsoft doesn’t recommend you to do this!) and looked what’s inside the ‘dbo.MSSManagedProperties’ table. I then found something really interesting, there is a field called “Hidden”! And no surprise, my “EntityName” was in there:

So, to help you in the future, here are all the hidden Managed Properties in SharePoint 2013:

PID FriendlyName PID FriendlyName
0 All


2147418028 AnchorLink


2147418033 BaseHref


2147418035 ChangeID


2147418048 ChangeIDEnd


9 ContentExcludeFromSummaries


2147418058 CrawlLogLevel


2147418036 CrawlObjectID


2147418090 CrawlUrl


2147418034 CRC


2147450879 DefaultProperties


2147418016 DirLink


2147418021 DirLinkSecurityUpdate


2147418020 DirLinkWithTime


2147418026 EndAnchor


2000000001 EntityName


2000000002 EntityNamespace


2147418022 FollowAll


Summary Description
2147418023 FollowNone


12 IndexDocId


2147418037 IndexRare


183 InternalExpiresInDays


674 IsPartiallyProcessed


2147418039 LinkHRef


2147418040 LinkOfficeChild


2147418041 LinkOfficeChildList


2147418043 NonDocument


2147418024 NormalizedForwardURL


2147418025 NormalizedURL
68 NtSdid
2147418044 ows_MetadataFacetInfo
2147418045 ows_SPLocationInfo
2147418059 ows_taxId_SPLocationInfo
2147418061 ows_taxId_SPLocationList

So, to fix this problem, make sure you name your new Managed Property something that is not in the columns above!

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I was working at a client that was configuring Business Connectivity Services to bring data from an ERP into SharePoint. Of course, the main benefit of bringing it to SharePoint was being able to Search information using the powerful SharePoint 2013 Search Engine.

As you see in the following screenshot, I had 4 External Content Types from which I wanted to bring information in SharePoint. This guide assumes your profile pages for your External Content Types were already created!

First of all I created a new Content Source, setup all the options and run my full Crawl, I was able to search the data in SharePoint! Great!

However, the benefit of SharePoint Search is that you can heavily customize the search in order to bring results that really matter to the user. So, in my Enterprise Search Center, I wanted to add tabs that would only show me results from Projects or Clients. So, I created a new Search Page by clicking on the “Add Page” link in the Search Center and naming it “ClientResults”.

I then went into Site Settings > Search Settings and added a new “link”. I pointed it to “/search/Pages/ClientResults.aspx”

So Now, I did the same for “Projects” As well, so now when I go into my Search Center and click the arrow, I got the “Projects” and “Clients” choices!

But, whenever I Search, it doesn’t filter anything! It’s basically the same as “Everything”. We got to go change this! I will show the screenshots from the point of a SharePoint Administrator, however you can do this even if you don’t have access to the Central Administration! If you are a Power User, you can follow the tutorial from Site Settings > Search. We will use the “Schema” and “Result Sources” option.

Back to Central Administration > Service Applications
> Search Service Applications , on the bottom left, you will click on the “Search Schema“. And then Create a New Managed Property

Here are the Details I gave it:



Now, in the Mappings to crawled properties part, click on “Add a Mapping

In the “Business Data” Category, choose the “EntityName” crawled property and select OK.


Now, just click on the OK button and the managed property will be created!


Now that we got our managed property, we will need to do a full crawl of both the BCS and the SharePoint Content Sources! This will make sure that the data is crawled, as well as the search schema is updated!

After the full crawl is done, we will go in the Search Service Application > Result Sources and then click New Result Source.

After you fill the initial information, launch the “Query Builder

Create a Result Source for a BCS Entity


In the Query Builder, we will focus on the “Property Filter” part. First of all, click on the “Select Property” dropdown, and choose to “Show all managed properties”

Afterwards, reclick on the dropdown, select the BCSEntityName managed property we just created. The operation must be “Equals“. And then you will choose “Manual Value“. In the textbox right under, insert your database name, in my case it’s “client“. And then click on “Add property Filter“.

We will then click on the “Test Query” button. If everything is ok, you will see a bunch of your records and they are pointing to the good URL of your Profile Page!

Once that works , click on Ok to close the Query Builder, and then OK again to save your new Result Source!

Now, all we have to do is modify the Search Page to show us the right stuff! Navigate to your Search Center, Search for something random and go to the “Clients” Tab. Then, click on the settings wheel and click on “Edit Page”

Then, Edit the Search Results WebPart.

Click the “Change query” button.


In the Select a Query dropdown, choose the ClientBCS option! You can then customize it further in the Refiners & Sorting options, however we won’t go there in this tutorial. Click OK.


Afterwards, click OK on the “Edit WebPart” window.

Afterwards, check in the page and publish it! Now when you search in Clients, you should only find Client Names and nothing else! You are done!

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While configuring some Search Result Sources for a client, I had the following error when trying to build my query.

“The Search display templates are not present on this site collection. To add them, you need to activate the “Search Server Web Parts and Templates” feature on the Site Collection Features page.

Display Error: The display template had an error. You can correct it by fixing the template or by changing the display template used in either the Web Part properties or Result Types.

Template ‘~sitecollection/_Catalogs/masterpage/DisplayTemplates/System/Control_QueryBuilderPreview.js’ not found or has sytax errors. (Load Template: ) ”

Search Display Templates are not present on this Site Collection

After looking at what was missing, me and my colleague Joseph Henry Passineau found that in fact there was a feature missing on the Central Administration site collection. The feature is called Search WebParts. So, to fix the problem, simply run the following command in an elevated SharePoint Management Shell:

Enable-SPFeature SearchWebParts -url http://<central admin url>

Afterwards, re open the “build your query” page, and everything should work properly!

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