Installing Telerik MOSS Editor

I’ve been working for a client where they have decided to implement the Telerik MOSS RadEditor. The editor definitely makes some great advancements against the default editor that comes out of the box with Sharepoint. Probably in my rush to get this installed and operation I missed some steps, so I thought I’d run through some of my experiences in getting this working.

  1. Download and install the ASP.Net Ajax Extensions from here this will need to be installed on all front end servers, although I’d recommend doing this on all servers in a farm in case there’s a need to redeploy servers later.
  2. Enable Ajax on all the Sharepoint front end servers. Again I’d recommend doing this to all servers. The instructions can be found on Mike Ammerlaan’s blog, here. A word of warning here these steps are pretty messy, and involve manually editing the web.config in several places. I’d strongly recommend that there is a backup copy of the web.config made before you start changing this file so that you can easily roll back in case something goes wrong, especially in production environments. You may also want to consider writing a Nant or MSBuild script to repeat these steps, especially if you are deploying into a large farm environment.
  3. Once the first 2 steps are completed the rest of the installation is pretty straight forward by adding the solution to the server in your farm which contains Central Admin. Simply follow the steps on Telerik’s site here.
  4. One last step that isn’t documented is to do an IISRESET following the deployment of the solution. Not sure exactly why but I couldn’t get it working without this magic last step.

I’ve left SDM

A couple of weeks ago I decided the time had come to move on from SDM. Although I’ve enjoyed my time here and got to work with some great people (some again), I was made an offer I couldn’t refuse. I was working through doing this during my last few weeks at Avanade but things didn’t fall into place at the time, but over the past couple of weeks it’s all fallen into place. This one has been a hard call, but sometimes it’s a matter of if don’t try this now I never will so here’s the time to take the chance.

So what am I doing ? I’m going to be a freelance IT Consultant. Initially at least I’ll be doing an interesting contract working in the Information Worker space, which is a space I’ve really enjoyed over the years. I’m also working with an ex-colleague Adam Clark, and he’s set up Sharing Minds, which is a new Technology Consulting company with a focus on Architecture, Governance and of course SharePoint Technology. Adam has some pretty cool idea’s that will soon start filtering out, taking MOSS to the next level. 

I’m going to miss the SDM. It’s has been a pretty good place to work, with an excellent team, but I’m sure I’ll stay connected to everyone through the great community we have in Melbourne.

VS 2008 Support for WSS in VSeWSS version 1.2!

The Sharepoint Team Blog have just announced Version 1.2 of the Visual Studio Extensions for WSS, which now supports Visual Studio 2008. This new version is only work with VS 2008, so if you’re still working with VS 2005 you will need to stick with Ver1.1.

Version 1.2 can be downloaded from here.