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SharePoint 2010 & Site Directory revisited: bug fix request rejected by Microsoft

SharePoint 2010 & Site Directory revisited: bug fix request rejected by Microsoft

We received the official, and well thought out, answer back from Microsoft regarding the Site Directory bug that I reported on with my post “SharePoint 2010 and the Site Directory” back in December 2010.
 
Here is the official answer from Microsoft:

Issue Summary
Site collection creation fails with access denied error when the master site directory site collection is located on a web application which is using the new claims aware authentication method.

Cause for Rejection and Technical Explanation
The Microsoft Office team has reevaluated this bug and unfortunately our initial decision still holds.  We realize that this causes a lot of inconvenience but the code change required is extremely large and introducing a change can leave behind a huge and unexpected bug trail.

The site directory feature has been deprecated in SharePoint 2010.

Site Directory provided site collection admins a central location where they can pin bunch of URLs with categories. Users could then browse through categories, view and access all URLs/sites associated with the site collection. In SharePoint 2010, social tagging provided a much richer way to categorize URLs, and we provided tag cloud web part for navigation. To avoid having two similar solutions, site directory was deprecated.

Please know we carefully review all Hotfix request because each code change that we implement must maintain or improve the quality and stability of the product.  We strive for this to ensure the continuing integrity of the code base and to maintain a supportable product. While we recognize the impact that this issue is having on you, we cannot compromise the stability of the product’s code base using the Hotfix process.

Alternative solution

1. Ensure that the master site directory site collection is located on a web application which is using classic windows authentication.

2. Disable master site directory setting and explore the capabilities of the new social tagging feature to categorize sites. Learn more about this new feature at ”Social tagging overview (SharePoint Server 2010)” http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff608137.aspx

SharePoint 2010 and the Site Directory

SharePoint 2010 and the Site Directory

My colleague and friend, Derek Martin of Slalom Consulting, just posted about a bug that we found with SharePoint 2010 and the Site Directory. 

The short story is when you enable the Site Directory and you are using SharePoint 2010 in Claims mode for your web apps (including the site that houses the site directory) Central Administration is in Classic mode (the default and recommended way) and actions that call a web service from CA that touch back to the Site Directory will fail with errors that do not give you any real clues as to what is going on.

The bug has been logged with Microsoft and we are awaiting the Product Team’s acceptance the they will fix this with a patch, service pack or QFE.  More when we hear it.

For the full details please check out Derek’s blog.