Application error when access /_layouts/15/Workflow.aspx

While trying to view workflow detail page getting following error message:

Application error when access /_layouts/15/Workflow.aspx, Error=The pipe endpoint ‘net.pipe://localhost/SecurityTokenServiceApplication/appsts.svc’ could not be found on your local machine.

Make sure the Net.Pipe Listener Adapter windows service is running, if not run net start NetPipeActivator or use windows services GUI. I hope this helps.


PowerPivot Gallery – Error Could not load type ‘Microsoft.AnalysisServices.SPAddin.DataRefresh.ViewDataRefreshHistory’.

You have PowerPivot all installed and configured.You’re very excited to go add a new PowerPivot application to the library when you click on the link and are greeted with a lovely error message (shown above) that reads Could not load type ‘Microsoft.AnalysisServices.SharePoint.Integration.ReportGalleryView’.   How do we fix this and why is it happening?


Here is what you need to do:

  1. Go to SharePoint Central Admin
  2. Go to the System Settings section
  3. Click on Manage Farm Solutions under the Farm Management section
  4. Click on powerpivotwebapplicationsolution.wsp
  5. Click Deploy Solution at the top of the screen
  6. In the Deploy To section select your web application from the drop down list
  7. Click OK

farm solution


Make sure that the website urls don’t have port numbers. You will probably have to retract your solution and then re-deploy it.

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!!!

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.







Step by Step SharePoint Server 2013 Preview Installation

Step – 1 : Install Software Pr-requisite:

Please note that per-requisite installer requires internet connectivity because it will download most of these pre-requisites during the installation process. Alternatively, you can download all the pre-requisites, install them manually or create the per-requisite installer package as documented by Paul Stork –




































As described in TechNet article, Install 3 Patches for Windows Server 2008 R2. The SharePoint parsing process crashes in Windows Server 2008 R2 –

FIX: IIS 7.5 configurations are not updated when you use the Server Manager class to commit configuration changes –

You cannot customize some TCP configurations by using the netsh command in Windows Server 2008 R2        –

Run windows update until there are no more windows update requires before moving on next steps Reboot the machine before moving on next step

Install SharePoint 2013 Preview:

Run the SharePoint 2013 Preview.








Enter the key required by SharePoint 2013 Preview – 6RNT8-XV26M-GWH36-VMGQH-94MMH & click on Install Now. This should install all the bits including registry entries and registering services.









Accept License Terms









Choose installation type (standalone or server farm) or server type (complete or stand-alone) installation.

























Unchecked box and click close. Run the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration to configure the SharePoint 2013 environment.



















Create New Server Farm – Create a new Server Farm, Database Server Name and Account – Use the Administrator account , Farm Security Settings – Passphrase, Central Administration Web Site Settings, Authentication Provider – NTLM etc.
































































Additional Resources  – Installation Guides

Eric Harlan’s How to install SharePoint 2013 –

Installing SharePoint 2013 on Windows 2012 – 6 Steps Series –

Install SharePoint 2013 on AD Domain Controller – Single Server with AD, SQL, SharePoint –

Srini Sistla’s Step-by-Step Stand-Alone Installation of SharePoint Server 2013 (preview) on Windows Server 2012 / VMWare 8 –

Todd Klindt’s First Install –

Cloud Share’s SP2013 Preview installation –

George Khalil’s Installing SharePoint 2013 Preview on Windows 2012 Server with SQL 2012 – and

Doug Hemminger’s Installing SharePoint 2013 Preview in 3 Easy Steps –