Showing posts from October, 2014

Can't find Business Data Web Parts? Check your permissions.

Just a quick note on an issue we encountered today. Users with the Contribute permission level can, as you'd expect, edit wiki pages in SharePoint 2013. As part of the editing process, users can add various web parts to the wiki page. Today we were temporarily stumped when a user with Contribute permissions wanted to add a Visio Web Access web part to a wiki page. It turns out that this web part, along with most business data web parts, is only available when the user has the Add and Customize Pages permission (found in the Design permission level).

With the Contribute permission level, the insert web part options looked like this:

Whereas with the Design permission level, the insert web part options looked like this:

Conclusion - if your users are struggling to add business data web parts to wiki pages, it might be a permissions issue.

Server-side activities have been updated

If you use SharePoint Designer 2013 to build workflows, there's a fair chance you'll have come across the following error message:
Server-side activities have been updated. You need to restart SharePoint Designer to use the updated version of activities.  Needless to say, restarting SharePoint Designer rarely makes the error go away. The usual advice is:

Approach 1: Clear the cache folders
See for example How to Clear Your SharePoint Designer 2010/2013 Cache. If you've just deployed some custom workflow activities to your site, this will probably solve your problem (and you should clear the cache folders every time you deploy custom activities). If the error occurs spontaneously, this approach often won't help.

Approach 2: Reinstall SharePoint Designer
This might work if you've got a preview version of SharePoint Designer installed. If not, it's unlikely to help. It didn't work for me, and it didn't work for countless others on the forums.

Approach 3: Insta…