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May 2010

Managing sandbox solutions in SharePoint 2010

Microsoft has a new function in SharePoint 2010 that it calls “Sandbox” or “User Solutions,” which allows administrators and site collection owners to upload new functionality scoped to a single site collection. This means that site collection owners can host custom code or third-party add-ons that are useful to them without affecting others on the same farm. This functionality is incredibly useful in situations where organizations have shared SharePoint farms that serve the needs of various groups. It’s also useful if organizations are looking to leverage services like SharePoint Online -- which is a SaaS-based version of SharePoint -- but historically have been prevented from including custom code. A site administrator or site collection owner can add user solutions through a new gallery option in Site Settings. Anyone who has worked with SharePoint 2007 will already be familiar with the Web part, site template, master page/layout and content type galleries. The solution gallery is the latest edition. In this new gallery, user...

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