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SharePoint Discussion Board Post

This handler creates a new post in a SharePoint Discussion Board.

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The SharePoint handlers require Kinetic Task 2.0 and version 0.8.8 or above of the JOpenSSL library. To fulfill these requirements, either make sure all of your handlers that require OpenSSL are all on version 0.8.8 or above OR configure the handlers to execute in a distributed task engine that is only responsible for SharePoint handlers. For more information on configuring distributed task engines, see Configuring Distributed Task Engines.

Note: This handler requires that Microsoft SharePoint must be setup to support Basic Authentication and SSL to correctly authenticate the calls the handler makes. A step-by-step process to setting this up can be found here.

Detailed Description

This handler makes a SOAP call (using Savon) to the SharePoint Web Services to post a new message to a SharePoint discussion board. Savon is then configured to work with the given account credentials. Next, the Batch XML structure is built to give the Web Service the information it needs to create the new message, which is then passed via a SOAP call to SharePoint, where the message is posted to the list. Any errors that occur during this process will be caught and re-raised by the handler. Authentication is done through SSL, so the SharePoint site being accessed needs to be setup to allow SSL connections.

Note: Make sure the SharePoint Web Services database is turned on.

How to Obtain the Homepage URL Info Value

To find the homepage url, all you have to do is look at the URL of any page on the SharePoint site. The url that should be inputted should contain both the base url (the top-most site in the collection) and the sub-site that you are on. For example, given the following URL:    

https://sharepoint.company.com/development/SitePages/Home.aspx

The base site is "sharepoint.company.com", the sub-site is "development" and the 'HomePage URL' task info values should be set to:

https://sharepoint.company.com/development

Parameters

Name Description
Discussion Post List The name of the discussion board list that the message will be posted to.
Subject The subject of the new discussion post.
Body The body of the new discussion post.

Sample Configuration

Parameter Example Configuration
Discussion Post List Name Discussion Board
Subject You can now post messages from handlers!
Body Discuss how this will help productivity

Results

This handler does not return any results.

Change Log

Version Date Description
1 2013-10-08 Initial Version