Thursday, February 27, 2014

SharePoint 2013: Admin SVC must be running in order to create deployment timer job

So, I tried to deploy a solution with "Install-SPSolution" and got this error:

PS C:\Users\ACCOUNT> Install-SPSolution -Identity *.wsp -GACDeployment -CompatibilityLevel 14
Install-SPSolution : Admin SVC must be running in order to create deployment
timer job.
At line:1 char:1
+ Install-SPSolution -Identity *.wsp
-GACDeployment ...
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
+ CategoryInfo          : InvalidData: (Microsoft.Share...InstallSolution: SPCmdletInstallSolution) [Install-SPSolution], SPCmdletException
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell.SPCmdletInstallSolution

Use this command:
sc config "SPAdminV4" start= Auto
Net start SPAdminV4

Or start the service via Computer Management:

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

SharePoint 2013: Service Pack 1 released

Microsoft released the first Service Pack for SharePoint 2013. It's KB2817429.

We’re delighted to announce that Service Pack 1 (SP1) for the Office 2013 and SharePoint 2013 family of products is available today! In this post, we’ll talk about how to get SP1 and the improvements you can expect in the service pack.

How to get SP1

The SP1 updates for the Windows Installer (MSI) versions of the Office 2013 desktop products, and for the SharePoint 2013 server products, are available from the Microsoft Download Center today, as well as from Microsoft Update and the Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) catalog. After a 30-day period, SP1 will begin releasing as an automatic update through Microsoft Update. If you have the Click-to-Run (non-MSI) version of Office, you will be prompted to update within the next two weeks, or you can follow the instructions on the click-to-run support page to update now.

What’s new in SP1?
SP1 provides fixes to improve general stability, functionality, and security in Office, SharePoint Server, and related products. Among the functionality improvements and changes are the following:
  • Compatibility fixes for Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer 11.
  • Better support for modern hardware, such as high DPI devices and the precision touchpad.
  • New apps for Office capabilities and APIs for developers.
  • Power Map for Excel, a 3D visualization tool for mapping, exploring, and interacting with geographical and temporal data in Excel, is now available to Office 365 ProPlus subscription customers. You can learn more about Power Map general availability on the Power BI Blog.
  • Improvements to the Click-to-Run virtualization technology that installs and updates Office 365 desktop applications.
  • SkyDrive Pro is now OneDrive for Business.

A detailed list of SP1 fixes is available for download. Additionally, SP1 includes all the Public Updates (PU) and Cumulative Updates (CU) that have been released since the 2013 family of products first became available, up to the December 2013 CU and January 2014 PU. These are listed in the following KB articles:

How to tell if you have SP1 installed
In order to determine if SP1 is installed for Office 2013 or a related product, look for the program version in the list of installed programs in the Programs and Features control panel. If SP1 is installed, the version will be 15.0.4569.1506 or higher. Additionally, if you've installed the SP1 update for an MSI product, SP1 will be listed in Installed Updates in that same control panel.


I'm going to install it in a couple of days and will be posting feedback if something is off.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

They killed InfoPath!

Microsoft decided that it's time to move on and stop introducing new versions of InfoPath or InfoPath Services. Of course it was obvious that things would have to change, because people weren't able to view InfoPath on every device. And I get that decision to cut loose ends and make sure that future products will be more open to devices like phones and tablets.

I just think it's sad to see that this easy way to produce forms won't exist beyond SharePoint 2013. I had a lot of fun with it and it was very easy to use and to "develop" for. You could bring up easy forms in minutes and they were easy to use for the users.

Hopefully Microsoft delivers an easy way to port existing InfoPath forms (as promised) and also delivers a new version of a product, that is also easy to use without coding. Let's see what the future got in store for us.

The original post.

(The emphasis on the word "easy" was supposed to be that way. InfoPath is an easy to use product, that's why I loved it.)