Archives / 2013 / August
  • Newly deployed SharePoint site definitions not found in PowerShell

    Tags: SharePoint 2013, PowerShell, SharePoint

    This is a new problem for me, something that I have done many times in SharePoint 2010.  I deploy a new site definition to SharePoint (in this case from Visual Studio 2012, although I can’t see it will matters), pop into PowerShell (in my case I use PowerGUI) and try to create a site from the new definition.

    However, when in PowerShell, running a script similar to this

    $web = Get-SPWeb $SiteURL
    $templates = $web.GetAvailableWebTemplates(1033)
    $templates | Foreach {
    	Write-Host $_.Name

    You find that your new site definition is not listed in with all the other templates.

    Go and look in SharePoint, create a site and bingo, it’s there.  Weird.

    The problem is around caching in PowerShell sessions.

    Restarting IIS and SQL service didn’t work, so I had a quick Google and found this post.

    What a pain…so I quickly (with the help of this article) created a PowerShell cmdlet.

    Note: Make sure when you run the x64 version of InstallUtil (with from the VS x64 command line or C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v4.0.30319\InstallUtil.exe) otherwise you wont find it when you run

    Get-PSSnapin –registered



    I’m not entirely sure why I have never come up against this before having done it multiple times, perhaps its an update to PowerGUI and the way it handles sessions or perhaps it’s a change in SharePoint 2013 caching.  I don’t know!


    Code for the PlugIn

    Copied from the link above!.  Don’t forget to add a reference to System.Management.Automation (C:\Program Files (x86)\Reference Assemblies\Microsoft\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\System.Management.Automation.dll) and Microsoft.SharePoint

    [Cmdlet(VerbsCommon.Reset, "SPContext")]
    public class RecycleSPContext : PSCmdlet
        private static extern IntPtr FreeLibrary(IntPtr library);
        private static extern IntPtr GetModuleHandle(string lpModuleName);
        private static extern IntPtr LoadLibrary(string lpFileName);
        protected override void ProcessRecord()
            Type sprequestmanager = typeof(SPFarm).Assembly.GetType("Microsoft.SharePoint.SPRequestManager", true, true);
            Type spthreadcontext = sprequestmanager.Assembly.GetType("Microsoft.SharePoint.Utilities.SPThreadContext");
            MethodInfo setcontext = spthreadcontext.GetMethod("Set", BindingFlags.Static | BindingFlags.NonPublic);
            Type[] genericArguments = new Type[] { sprequestmanager };
            MethodInfo setcontextgeneric = setcontext.MakeGenericMethod(genericArguments);
            // set the current sprequest manager to null!
            setcontextgeneric.Invoke(null, new object[] { null });
            IntPtr p = GetModuleHandle("OWSSVR.DLL");
            string stsadmPath = SPUtility.GetVersionedGenericSetupPath("ISAPI", 15);
            p = LoadLibrary(stsadmPath + @"\OWSSVR.DLL");
            WriteObject("SharePoint context restarted at " + DateTime.Now.ToString());


    And the Installer

    public class RecycleSPContextInstaller : PSSnapIn
        public override string Description
            get { return "Recycle the SP Context"; }
        public override string Name
            get { return "RecycleSPContext"; }
        public override string Vendor
            get { return "Vendor Name"; }


  • Kendo UI grid – disable row select on command button

    Tags: kendoui, jQuery, web dev

    Kendo UI - The way of HTML5Recently I’ve been working more and more with the Kendo UI components.

    For those that don’t know, Kendo UI is a collection of HTML 5 controls from the wizards at Telerik.

    As with most controls, especially new ones like Kendo.  You find the demos look great and everything seems awesome, but when using in the real world you hit hurdles that are just not covered.

    And that is where I find myself.  I have a grid, with a custom command button, I also have row selection enabled.  I want to run separate commands on row select and the button, but Kendo UI will always execute the row select command (grid change event), even if you are hitting a command button.  I’m sure in some cases that will be fine, but it’s not ideal for me.

    So after a some poking around I found this answer on stackoverflow.

    As mentioned in the above link, this is not supported by the control as yet, so the answer as per that post is to tweak around with the CSS and javascript.  It’s not the most elegant of solutions, but this is javascript, anything is possible … elegance sometimes takes a back seat!

    Command column definition:
    Setting the class to actions being key here!

    selectable: "row",
    change: onRowSelect,
    columns: [
       command: [{
       	name: "Edit", click: function (e) {
            	console.log("edit clicked");
                    var item = this.dataItem($(e.currentTarget).closest("tr"));
    		// Remove row selected class
                    // Do something...
       }], title: " ", width: "50px", attributes: { "class": "actions" }


    Change event handler:
    Taken from stackoverflow

    function onRowSelect(arg) {
                var eventTarget = ( ? $( : $(event.srcElement);
                var isAction = eventTarget.parent().hasClass('actions');
                if (isAction) {
                    console.log("Command button hit");
                // Do what you want for row select