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Site Collection Master Page - how do I get PPS to link to this site Collection Master Page? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have a site collection

     

    http://server/sites/sitecollection

     

    This site collection has a Master Page Gallery with the PerforamcePointDefault.master "master page" in it.  I have two other sites under this collection. 

     

    http://server/sites/sitecollection/othersites

     

    Therer is no master page gallery for these "sub" sites (though I am not sure they are sub sites) and when I publish to them, PPS does not reference the site collection master pages because PerforamcePointDefault.master is not an option for publishing.  Without a Master Page Gallery in these sites (sub sites), how do I get the PerforamcePointDefault.master to show up as a publishing option in dashboard designer?

     

    Note that the Master Page Gallery claims that we can... "Use the master page gallery to store master pages. The master pages in this gallery are available to this site and any sites underneath it."  This note comes from the site collection master page gallery just below the title of the gallery.

     

    THanks.

    Monday, October 20, 2008 11:48 PM

Answers

  • Go to your Master Page Gallery and select the master that you want (say Custom.master).  Select the drop-down for this master and do "Send To" and then "Download a copy".  Now you have a copy of the Custom.master perhaps on your desktop.

     

    Here is the trick:

    Your top level site url for your master page gallery is something like this:

    http://site/_catalogs/masterpage/Forms/AllItems.aspx

     

    Now edit the url above to contain the path to your subsite.  Notice below I added subsite to the url.

    http://site/subsite/_catalogs/masterpage/Forms/AllItems.aspx

     

    Go to this new url and you will see most likely a blank Master page gallery for this subsite.

    Now upload the master page from your desktop.

     

    You will now be able to reference the master page for PerformancePoint.

     

    This is a bug, flaw, whatever you want to call it. It doesn't look like PerformancePoint when publishing knows about the master page gallery for the top level site.

    Monday, November 3, 2008 10:37 PM

All replies

  • Tim,

     

    If  you go to http://server/sites/sitecollection/othersites click on Site Actions -Site Settings-Modify All Site Settings-Under Galleries click Master Pages and page layouts, do you see the PerformancePointdefualt.master page?

     

     

     

    Aseem Nayar - MSFT
    Wednesday, October 22, 2008 3:58 PM
  • Thanks Aseem.  I do see the PerformancePointdefault.master page.  However, the link under http://server/sites/sitecollection/othersites references the site collection above -> http://server/sites/sitecollection .  That is not really an issue for me if PPS would recognize that the site collection main site contain the masters page rather than the site below it and reference this master page for all sites that fall below it.  If PPS cant pick this up, is it possible to configure the sites below to point to their own master page set?

     

    I am not sure if there was any setting when we configured out site collection that would have allowed sub-sites to have their own master page gallery.  I dont think so though.  When we created sub-sites from the site collection, no master gallery was contained within the sub-site structure. 

     

    Wednesday, October 22, 2008 4:49 PM
  • Anyone else?  Is there a way to have the  master page PerformancePointdefault.master defined under the site collection used by lower level sites?  If not, how do I get a master page gallery established in those lower sites so that PPS recognizes them?
    Monday, November 3, 2008 10:20 PM
  • Go to your Master Page Gallery and select the master that you want (say Custom.master).  Select the drop-down for this master and do "Send To" and then "Download a copy".  Now you have a copy of the Custom.master perhaps on your desktop.

     

    Here is the trick:

    Your top level site url for your master page gallery is something like this:

    http://site/_catalogs/masterpage/Forms/AllItems.aspx

     

    Now edit the url above to contain the path to your subsite.  Notice below I added subsite to the url.

    http://site/subsite/_catalogs/masterpage/Forms/AllItems.aspx

     

    Go to this new url and you will see most likely a blank Master page gallery for this subsite.

    Now upload the master page from your desktop.

     

    You will now be able to reference the master page for PerformancePoint.

     

    This is a bug, flaw, whatever you want to call it. It doesn't look like PerformancePoint when publishing knows about the master page gallery for the top level site.

    Monday, November 3, 2008 10:37 PM
  • Thankyou.  I am happy there's a solution but a bit sad that "master" pages are not really "masters" after all unless cloning counts. 

     

    In fact, Sharepoint has been a bit of a PainPoint with me while learning its limitations.  Site Collections and Sites and sites are all data islands - no visibility of corporate data between them without significant coding and customization (other than the wee bit offered by site columns).  Furthermore, getting data into and out of Sharepoint is not easy yet.  Done ranting. 

    Tuesday, November 4, 2008 12:26 AM
  • Actually, SharePoint is pretty good.  I believe in this case that PerformancePoint is the software with the issue.  Site collections, sites, etc. all have a fairly good architecture once you understand it.  I'm assuming that you are really talking about MOSS and not WSS.  Anyway, glad I could help.

     

    Tuesday, November 4, 2008 3:20 AM
  • Fair enough.  I dont mind Sharepoint (MOSS really).  I just dont know it well enough to use it effectively - I'll get there.  At this point however, I cant see any good reason to have multiple sites for an enterprise BI project. 

     

    From a data integration / information perspective (the heart and soul of BI), the inability of sites to see and use other site's lists and libraries (the data) is a real limitation.  Developers will spawn applications that create isolated data that wont link to other data sources.  For me, I discovered this while creating a "master" report list.  This list is for offically registering report meta data - the stuff that helps users understand the report purpose, thumbnail pic, where it is, click here to run it, who made it, when it was last updated, the type of report ect....   I want other sites to use this data but that is not possible from what I can see.

     

    Tuesday, November 4, 2008 3:49 AM