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Web Parts Missing from My Site Gallery

  Asked By: Dejuan    Date: Mar 04    Category: MOSS    Views: 3739

After migrating our site from SPS v2 to MOSS, we noticed that newly created
personal sites did not have the web parts from the Basic Web Parts Feature
in their Site Collection Web Part Galleries. For example, the Content
Editor and Image web parts were missing. This means that users cannot add
these web parts to pages without first manually populating them into their
Web Part Galleries by way of "Site Settings".

The Microsoft document " Planning and architecture for Office SharePoint
Server 2007" indicates on p. 167 that these web parts are included by

> Some Web Parts are specifically suggested for specific zones in the personal
> site and personalization sites when users add Web Parts to a page in design
> mode... The suggested Web Parts for personal sites are:
> · Colleague Tracker Web Part (This is the same as the default Colleagues
Web Part.)
> · Content Editor Web Part (For example, the Getting Started with My Site
> Web Part.)
> · Page Viewer Web Part
> · Image Web Part
> · My Pictures Web Part
> · My Links Web Part
> · My Workspace Sites Web Part
> · Outlook Web Access Web Parts, including:
> · My Calendar (This is one of the default Web Parts for personal
> sites.)
> · My Inbox
> · My Mail Folder
> · My Tasks

Of course, the web parts are not "suggested... when users add Web Parts" if
they are not included in the site collection web part gallery.

Our Microsoft Support technician says that he reproduced the problem on a
clean install of MOSS -- new personal sites did not have the web parts in
the web part gallery. He said this indicates that there is nothing "wrong"
with our system, but either the documentation or the system needs to be
changed at some point so they match. He was unable to confirm that this
happens on other MOSS sites.

So I'm asking you: when your MOSS system creates new personal sites, are
the Content Editor Web Part and its fellows populated into the Site
Collection Web Part Gallery <https://mysite.wsu.edu/personal/[your
username]/_catalogs/wp/Forms/AllItems.aspx>? Did you have to do anything
special to get that to happen?



3 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Jamila Guthrie     Answered On: Mar 04

We had a similar instance like that, the difference being that it was a WSS
v2 to WSS v3. The solution that we came to was to add them back manually.
They still were available in the gallery, they just didn't show up by

Anyone else have a similar experience of know of a way to get things back
the way that they should be to make life simpler for end users?

Answer #2    Answered By: Kalpana Ghatge     Answered On: Mar 04

That's a valuable data point, because it suggests that
theproblem is not limited to personal sites  (even though we are NOT having
this problem with WSS sites, only personal sites). Because they are
personal sites, owners have to perform the manual repair, which means we
have to educate them, which is painful. We're pursuing an ONET.XML-based
workaround for site  creation at this time.

Answer #3    Answered By: Bobbie Rodgers     Answered On: Mar 04

When you were doing your migration, did you have any customized site
definitions? I'm pretty sure that the mapping file for my site  definitions
was somewhere incorrect which caused the loss of the web  parts on subsites.

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