Add External DLL with SharePoint WSP to GAC

In this blog, I will explain how you can refer external dll in your SharePoint solution to make it work wherever this dll is not there in the Global Assembly Cache. So the solution itself must contain the dll. To add dll into your SharePoint solution below are the steps:

  1. Reference the dll in the Solution references first.
  1. Now add the dll into your solution by selecting the dll. Once you add it, it will appear in the References list. But it will not be added to the package of Solution, which we have to manually do that.
  1. Open package file
  1. Open Advanced Click Add > Add Existing Assembly
  1. Select dll source path. Now click OK. Make sure Deployment Target is

Once you are done with above steps. Now verify that WSP is containing that dll.

In my case I have renamed it from EmbedExternalDLLs.wsp file  to and extract it to the folder. In that folder you will find that added dll.

Restore Site Collection with new Content database to existing web application.

In one of my project, I had requirement to migrate record center site collection to the new server but in that requirement I had to create only new site collection with existing web application and different database.

So to achieve this, below is the detailed snippet of PowerShell script.

First of all I took backup of the source site collection:

Backup-SPSite –Identity http://sharepointolddev –LiteralPath "C:\Backup\olddev.bak"

Now to restore above backup into new site collection I needed to create separate content database. Below is the script to create new content database under a web application.

New-SPContentDatabase -Name "WSS_Content_DBNew" -DatabaseServer "MYDBNAME"  -WebApplication http://sharepointdev/

Once that Database is created I created empty site collection with record center site template. Below is the snippet to create new site collection with created content database.

$site = "http://sharepointdev/sites/newdev"
$dbname = Get-SPContentDatabase "WSS_Content_DBNew"
$ownerAlias = "sp\prathod";
New-SPSite -URL $site -OwnerAlias $ownerAlias -SecondaryOwnerAlias $ownerAlias -ContentDatabase $dbname -Template "OFFILE#1"

Once site collection is created I simply restored existing site collection backup with below snippet:

Restore-SPSite –Force –Identity http://sharepointdev –LiteralPath "C:\Backup\olddev.bak"

That’s it, site collection is restored with new content database in existing web application.

Disable ItemUpdated Endless loop in Event Receiver

In one of my project, I had a requirement to build an event receiver which is for item updated.

The logic is when I update the document, programmatically my custom field will be updated with a value.

So I thought of adding event receiver for that and wrote below code:

public override void ItemUpdated(SPItemEventProperties properties)
    SPListItem listItem = properties.ListItem;
    listItem["MyCustomField"] = "Okay, I’m updated!";

When I ran this code with debugging,


fired and event receiver called again as item is being updated so my break-point started over from


It means again ItemUpdated event receiver will be called.

So this was like endless loop. There must be some workaround for this which is as follow: we need to write updating code in a way that it doesn’t trigger event receiver again.

So I have created below DisabledEventsScope class in the event receiver file.

class  DisabledEventsScope : SPItemEventReceiver, IDisposable
    // Boolean to hold the original value of the EventFiringEnabled property
    bool _originalValue;
    public DisabledEventsScope()
        // Save off the original value of EventFiringEnabled
        _originalValue = base.EventFiringEnabled;

        // Set EventFiringEnabled to false to disable it
        base.EventFiringEnabled = false ;
    public void Dispose()
        // Set EventFiringEnabled back to its original value
        base.EventFiringEnabled = _originalValue;

This class will turn off the firing of the event receiver by setting Boolean value of event receiver, run the code without endless loop. We need to implement this class in our code so that it disable event firing.

public override void ItemUpdated(SPItemEventProperties  properties)
    using (DisabledEventsScope scope = new DisabledEventsScope ())
        SPListItem listItem = properties.ListItem;
        listItem["MyCustomField"] = "Okay, I’m updated!";

Once this code is running, it won’t be firing endless loop of event receiver.

Happy SharePointing.!!

Search with Keyword Query in SharePoint OnPremise

In SharePoint 2013 on premise, I had a requirement to have a webpart, that does search each project site’s task list items to fetch the task assigned to logged in user which is not completed. All the project site has one task lists so to fetch the record so I have used KeywordQuery, which is comparatively faster than SPSiteDataQuery.
So below is the snippet to fetch the records.

using (SPSite site = new SPSite(pwaSiteUrl))
    SPUser _currUser = SPContext.Current.Web.CurrentUser;
    KeywordQuery keywordQuery = new KeywordQuery(site);
    keywordQuery.RowLimit = 500;
    keywordQuery.QueryText = "ContentClass:\"STS_ListItem_Tasks\" AND " +
                                "(PercentCompleteOWSNMBR<>1.0*) AND " +
                                "(DueDateOWSDATE:2*) AND " +
                                "AssignedTo:" + _currUser.Name;
    SearchExecutor searchExecutor = new SearchExecutor();

    ResultTableCollection resultTableCollection = searchExecutor.ExecuteQuery(keywordQuery);

    ResultTable resultTable = resultTableCollection.FirstOrDefault();
    DataTable dataTable = resultTable.Table;

In QueryText, I have used multiple fitlers on managed properties.
1. All items must be task items. ContentClass:"STS_ListItem_Tasks"
2. Task must not be completed. PercentCompleteOWSNMBR<>1.0*
3. Due Date must not be empty. DueDateOWSDATE:2* (by default system date starts with year)
4. AssignedTo must be current user.

1. For DueDateOWSDATE I have used not empty filter. Date will always be starting from 2 (current year starting digit).
2. pwaSiteURL is my project root site in that I have all my project sites, so it will search for that context only.
3. By default my custom field will not appear in the result source, so I have to add my properties to results with: keywordQuery.SelectProperties.Add("AssignedTo");

Show All People in search result Webpart

In this blog post, I will explain how you can show all people by default when you load the page having search result webpart.

I assume in your publishing page you have added search result webpart. Now Edit webpart properties and click Change query

Search Result Webpart properties

Search Result Webpart properties

In Build Your Query dialog, select a query dropdown to Local People Results (System) and in Query text add following line:


Now click Test query.

Build Your Query Dialog

Build Your Query Dialog

Once you test the query, you will see the result in the right side Search Result Preview panel.

Search User Result Preview

Search User Result Preview

Now click OK and Save the page. You will now able to see all employee directory.

Happy SharePointing!!

SharePoint 2013 Calendar not displaying correctly with IE11

SharePoint and other geeky stuff

Been working on my SharePoint Dev machine where I needed to add a calendar to my site. Wrote the code, everything looked good. I then VPN onto the client’s machine to upload the code to their QA environment. Soon as I looked at the calendar, I notice that it was displaying funny and not working as expected. After ensuring I had indeed uploaded the latest code, I decided to go back to basics and create an out of the box site and add a calendar to the site. Again the calendar didn’t look right.

Non Working Calendar

I jumped on the web front end, and used IE11 from there and the same site appeared correctly.

From my machine I checked with Chrome, Safari, Firefox and all appear correctly, but for some reason my IE didn’t work. It was the first time I’ve had a case of “It doesn’t work on…

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SharePoint 2013 List Template IDs

Some important ListTemplateID for List for version SharePoint 2013:

  • 100 – Generic list
  • 101 – Document library
  • 102 – Survey
  • 103 – Links list
  • 104 – Announcements list
  • 105 – Contacts list
  • 106 – Events list
  • 107 – Tasks list
  • 108 – Discussion board
  • 109 – Picture library
  • 110 – Data sources
  • 111 – Site template gallery
  • 112 – User Information list
  • 113 – Web Part gallery
  • 114 – List template gallery
  • 115 – XML Form library
  • 116 – Master pages gallery
  • 117 – No-Code Workflows
  • 118 – Custom Workflow Process
  • 119 – Wiki Page library
  • 120 – Custom grid for a list
  • 130 – Data Connection library
  • 140 – Workflow History
  • 150 – Gantt Tasks list
  • 200 – Meeting Series list
  • 201 – Meeting Agenda list
  • 202 – Meeting Attendees list
  • 204 – Meeting Decisions list
  • 207 – Meeting Objectives list
  • 210 – Meeting text box
  • 211 – Meeting Things To Bring list
  • 212 – Meeting Workspace Pages list
  • 300 – Portal Sites list
  • 301 – Blog Posts list
  • 302 – Blog Comments list
  • 303 – Blog Categories list
  • 1100 – Issue tracking
  • 1200 – Administrator tasks list
  • 2002 – Personal document library
  • 2003 – Private document library