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  • Apr.16.2011

    So you've got a public-facing web site built on SharePoint 2010, and you'd like to use the surveys to poll anonymous users.  How do you go about doing that?  Well there's a number of different things you need to do.

    The first step of course is to create your survey.  Go ahead and create a new survey (typically from the View All Site Content page).  Setup your questions and defaults, and make sure everything looks good from that perspective.

    You would think that your next step is to setup permission.  Actually it isn't.  Before you can do that, you need to turn off the ViewFormPagesLockDown hidden feature that is turned on by default on publishing sites.  Now don't worry, we're not going to leave it off, as that opens a big security hole on your publishing sites.  We just need to turn it off temporarily.  To do that, run the following command on your farm.

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  • Apr.15.2011

    For those of you that didn't get a chance to get out to SharePoint Saturday in Mississauga in December, I repeated the Extranet session in a webinar today.  I've posted a PDF version of the deck.  Look for the video shortly.

    You can check out the other presentations and videos at  For details on the webinar series go to

  • Apr.11.2011

    As we see more and more public web sites being launched on SharePoint 2010, mobile support is becoming a hot issue on those sites.  Depending on your approach, you may want to create a simplified version of your site targeted to mobile devices, or you may just want your site to render as normal on mobile devices.

    The first approach of a targeted site I'll save for a later date.  We've done this for one of the sites we built for CAMH at  If you visit the site on a mobile device, you'll see a significantly simplified site targeted to mobile.  You can still reach the full site, but the default is the mobile version.

    In the second approach you just want your site to render on mobile devices.  In both scenarios actually, SharePoint tries to outsmart you to your detriment.  It detects a mobile device, and tries to redirect you to SharePoint's mobile version.  This really only applies to lists and libraries on collaboration sites, and typically gives a 401 Unauthorized on a public site.

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