Branding Opportunities in SharePoint 2013

SharePoint 2013 offers several different ways to brand SharePoint 2013 site. The options for branding are yet again more versatile than in the previous versions. These options range from the relatively simple menu option Change the look and using Composed Looks to the more complex solution of generating custom master pages through Visual Studio or SharePoint Designer.

Branding Opportunities:

  • Composed Looks
  • Design Manager
  • Custom Branding Packages
  • Brand SharePoint Apps

Composed Looks
Composed looks are similar to themes in the way they change the look of a SharePoint site, they can be applied on a site by site basis and dissimilar to themes, they actually rock! A possible definition of the word “Composed” could be: “To make or create by putting together parts or elements”. I believe this fits with our use of this feature. A Composed Look is made up of:

  • Master Pages
  • CSS
  • Color palettes
  • Font palettes
  • Background image


What is Design Manager?

Design Manager is a new feature in SharePoint 2013 that puts some structure around management of branding and styling SharePoint sites and pages. This tool’s purpose is to give users a new and easy way to brand SharePoint. The goal was to allow designers to create the look and feel for a SharePoint site using the tools they are most comfortable with like Dreamweaver or Visual Studio.

If you’re starting from a publishing site, it’s pretty easy to access. You can just click the Settings menu item and the Design Manager is available.

Design Manager


Some useful links for branding options:

Creating A New Master Page In SharePoint 2013
Build and brand your website with this step-by-step guide to SharePoint web content management
SharePoint 2013 Real World Branding Part 4 – Creating, Selecting and testing the design

Best of luck!!!


Windows PowerShell Command Builder for SharePoint


The Windows PowerShell for SharePoint Command Builder enables IT pros and power users to visually assemble commands in the browser and then take those commands to their respective products.

The Windows PowerShell Command Builder for Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Microsoft SharePoint 2013, SharePoint Online, and Microsoft Office 365 is an HTML5 application that is designed to help IT professionals and power users learn how to use Windows PowerShell for administrative tasks.

Windows PowerShell Command Builder for SharePoint





For Details Click here…..

For additional information, see the Getting Started Guide.




Iterating through all Document Libraries, Folder and Item using Powershell


In order to retrieve all document libraries, get list of folder and nested folder and list document within library and folder, following script generate list. Add site name and file name to save result.

Here is the PowerShell script which can get you Files-Folders-Libraries:

#Get all lists in farm
Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue

#Get the Site collection
$Site= Get-SPSite http://sharepointsite

$outputPath = “c:\Portallist.csv”

Function GetMyFiles($Folder)

Write-Host “+in : “$Folder.Name
foreach($file in $Folder.Files)
Write-Host “`t” $file.Name
Add-Content -Path $outputPath -Value  ”                     File Name : $($file.Name)”


#Loop through all subfolders and call the function recursively
foreach ($SubFolder in $Folder.SubFolders)
if($SubFolder.Name -ne “Forms”)
Write-Host “`t” -NoNewline
Add-Content -Path $outputPath -Value  ”           Folder Name : $($SubFolder.Name)”


#Loop throuh all Sub Sites
foreach($Web in $Site.AllWebs)
Write-Host “—————————————————–”
Write-Host “Site Name: ‘$($web.Title)’ at $($web.URL)”
Add-Content -Path $outputPath -Value  “Website : $($web.Title)”
foreach($list in $Web.Lists)
#Filter Doc Libs, Eliminate Hidden ones
if(($List.BaseType -eq “DocumentLibrary”) -and ($List.Hidden -eq $false) )
Write-Host “——————————————-” “+” $List.RootFolder
Add-Content -Path $outputPath -Value  ”         Library : $($List.RootFolder)”


Sharepoint Learning Kit 2010 (SLK 2010)

SharePoint’s role in the enrichment of secondary education has been particularly strong.
SharePoint Learning Kit also known as SLK is a delivery tool for SCORM compliant documents and being used in education sector.

This E-Learning Tool can bring a different element of learning to pupils giving them access to their marks on work automatically having submitted it to the server.

What is SharePoint Learning Kit:

SharePoint Learning Kit is a SCORM 2004 certified e-learning delivery and tracking application built as a Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 solution. It works with either Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 or Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, and has the following core features:
Supports SCORM 1.2, SCORM 2004, and Class Server content, allowing users to store and manage this content in SharePoint document libraries.
Supports learner-centric and instructor-led (assigned) workflows.
Allows assignment, tracking and grading of both e-learning and non-e-learning content.

What is SCORM?
SCORM which stands for ‘Sharable Content Object Reference Model’ is a standard for web based learning.  Many companies create SCORM compliant files so they can be delivered by several SCORM delivery tools.


Learning Reference:

SharePoint 2013 RTM Download Links

The final(RTM )release of SharePoint 2013 is now available on Microsoft Website for download.

Free Software:

Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2013 (~ 816 MB) – Download Link
Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2013 – 32bit (~ 282 MB) – Download Link
Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2013 – 64bit (~ 324 MB) – Download Link
Microsoft Office Web Apps Server 2013 (~ 386 MB) – Download Link
Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012 (Non-RTM / Preview 2) | Installer Link | Announcement News on 12-Nov-2012

Trial/Evaluation Software:

Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 (180 days Evaluation) – via TechNet |Product Key: NQTMW-K63MQ-39G6H-B2CH9-FRDWJ
Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 (by using Office 365 Developer trial, you need not setup environment) – via MSDN

Licensed Software:
Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 – (available to MSDN Subscribers)

Pre-RTM Versions:

Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Preview (Evaluation Version link / Product Key: 6RNT8-XV26M-GWH36-VMGQH-94MMH)
Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2013 Preview (~ 947 MB) – Download Link

Working with video content in SharePoint 2013

The video experience in SharePoint 2013 is greatly enhanced.  Here are some of the highlights:

  • Easy video upload
  • HTML 5 video player
  • Built-in thumbnail capture
  • Improved management tools for large video libraries
  • Each video gets its own special page that displays more information about the video, as well as associated content

Video and Audio content type will be helpful to us to manage video and audio web content. Video and Audio content type will be available in Digital Asset Content Types section, which is found Site Settings -> Site Content Types -> Digital Asset Content Types

SharePoint 2013 upload video










  • Create asset library
  • Upload your video

SharePoint 2013 Video Page



How do I manage the properties of the video page?

After a video has been uploaded, click on the name of the video in the library, and then go to the Manage tab.

Edit Properties – The great feature is the ability to capture a video thumbnail right out of the video. The owner field defaults to the name of the person who uploaded the video, but it can be changed. There are also some checkboxes to indicate whether you want users to have the option of downloading your video or grabbing the embed code for it.   You can also select the names of the people who are shown in the video.

Permissions – Decide whom you want to share this video with, if it needs to be different than the permissions for the library itself.

Manage Video Renditions – This setting is great because it allows accommodation for end users who may be on slower network connections.  Different versions of the video with different bitrates may be uploaded here. When watching the video, end users will see a graph-like  icon on the video that will let them switch between renditions.

More details article for Video Renditions :

Set the maximum storage size of a Site Collection

To control the maximum storage size of a Site Collection by using the Set-SPSiteAdministration cmdlet.
You can type if you want to limit the Site storage to 500MB: Open Powershell

PS > Set-SPSiteAdministration -Identity http://SharePointsite `

>> -MaxSize 1500MB

MCSE: SharePoint Certification Overview

MCSE: SharePoint Certification Overview

SharePoint 2013 is part of the new version of Office, making it easy for people to stay connected, access files anytime, and maintain messaging security. Get certified as an MCSE in SharePoint and earn recognition for your expertise in helping a company organize, sync, collaborate, and share information across the organization.

To earn your MCSE SharePoint certification, start with the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification, then pass Exams 331 and 332.

SharePoint Certification




For Futher Details :

SharePoint 2013 Enterprise Search Service Crawl status “Starting” and can’t stopped

SharePoint 2013 Enterprise Search Service Crawl status “Starting” and can’t stopped.

You add content source and click on start full crawl, but search status still showing “Starting”

SharePoint 2013 Search Service Application Status Starting








Error in Event Log:
Application Server Administration job failed for service instance Microsoft.Office.Server.Search.Administration.SearchServiceInstance (ec0594b7-2b62-49a7-9cdc-ac88049f292a).
Reason: Failed to connect to system manager. SystemManagerLocations: net.tcp://server/AdminComponent1/Management

Technical Support Details:
System.InvalidOperationException: Failed to connect to system manager. SystemManagerLocations: net.tcp://server/AdminComponent1/Management —>

In Search Administration Page





Solution : Installed all the Windows Updates and Restart the server.


Dependency feature ‘PPSMonDatasourceCtype’ (id: 05891451-f0c4-4d4e-81b1-0dabd840bad4) for feature ‘BICenterDataConnections’ (id: 3d8210e9-1e89-4f12-98ef-643995339ed4) is not activated at this scope

Error when creating a sub site based on the Business Intelligence Center template









create the SharePoint 2013 Business Intelligence Center site, is working …





Here is the error message comes

Dependency feature ‘PPSMonDatasourceCtype’ (id: 05891451-f0c4-4d4e-81b1-0dabd840bad4) for feature ‘BICenterDataConnections’ (id: 3d8210e9-1e89-4f12-98ef-643995339ed4) is not activated at this scope

Dependency feature ‘PPSMonDatasourceCtype’






you need to set the appropriate settings in the Site Site Collection Feature








You need to activate the PerformancePoint Service Site Collection Features




Create BI Site again and now you can successfully created BI site.