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File is checked out or locked for editing by someone else

Posted 20Sep11 by Erwin in General, Setup having 3 comments »

Empty error box

After upgrading some workstations to Windows 7 / 64b, users started having problems while saving big Excels. Sometimes when they open up a big Excel they get an empty error dialog window.

After editing and trying to save the document they get the following of 2 errors, they change from time to time, but most of the time it is the “File is checked out or locked for editing by someone else” error.

File is checked out or locked for editing by someone else

Document not saved

I noticed the error only appearing with big Excel documents so after some trial and error I found out the erros started appearing when the file was > 50.000.000 bytes. I knew the default file upload size in SharePoint is 50 MB, but this is quite easy to change. Go to Central Administration -> Web Application General Settings. Select the Web Application you want to change, and you will see a textbox to specify the maximum upload size. Problem solved? Not. I should have known because users on WinXP systems weren’t experiencing the same problems, so it had to be something client side.

After some googling I found the following Microsoft KB: You receive a folder copy error message when you try to download a file that is larger than 50000000 bytes from a Web folder. It was a long shot because there was nothing about SharePoint in the KB, but I tried. And, to my surprise, after changing the registry setting, all worked fine! No more errors!

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VS2010 / .NET Framework 4 Release Candidate now available!

Posted 09Feb10 by Erwin in Development having no comments »

The Release Candidate for Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 are available for  MSDN subscribers, you can download them immediately from this location.  The Release Candidate will be made available to the public on 10 February 2010.

This release includes a “go-live” license for users who want to use VS in a production environment.

Remark: Before installing the Release Candidate you will have to uninstall any previously installed Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 versions.

SharePoint Connections 2010 Amsterdam Videos

Posted 08Feb10 by Erwin in Development, End User, Setup having 1 comment »

You can find most of the videos from the SharePoint Connections 2010 conference in Amsterdam by searching for the “SPC10” tag on Channel9.

Metadata not saving when Office Document is password protected

Posted 04Feb10 by Erwin in End User having 4 comments »
This is a known issue.  The metadata is actually stored within the document and gets read into SharePoint when being saved.  Unfortunately, since the document is password protected, SharePoint cannot read the metadata values and therefore you lose them. More precise, if you open the document for example in Excel you will see in your Document Information Panel (DIP) that the metadata is stored (in the document), but you won’t see the metadata in SharePoint.

You have 2 different options to password protect an Office document, you can enter a “password to open” and/or a “password to modify“. The problem only occurs when you enter a “password to open”. If you use “password to modify” SharePoint will be able to read the metadata from the document.

SharePoint 2010 Beta 2 and Silverlight 4 Beta available

Posted 20Nov09 by Erwin in General having 1 comment »

Microsoft announced the general availability for SharePoint 2010 Beta 2:

At the PDC in n Los Angeles, Scott Guthrie announced the availability of Silverlight 4 beta:


My name is Erwin Bastiaensen and I am a Software Architect from Belgium, with a huge interest in technology. Lately I have been involved in some Java projects and implementing, interfacing and extending a Sharepoint portal.

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