SharePoint 2013 resources on SDPS website

Microsoft has created a website for the SDPS (SharePoint Deployment Planning Services) program. Using this program, a customer can use his software assurance benefits to cover deployment and upgrade  planning services costs.
The web site contains many important resources that help Microsoft partners to improve their demo and PoC.
Here some key resources that I found on the website

August CU Updates for SharePoint 2013 has been released

The August  CU Updates for SharePoint 2013 has been released. Below are links for August CU.

  • KB 2751999 - SharePoint Foundation 2013
  • KB 2726992 - SharePoint Server 2013
  • KB 2775426 - SharePoint Server 2013 with Project Server
  • KB 2799821 - Office Web Apps Server 2013

  • Make sure to run the SharePoint configuration wizard after installing the update.

    Fixing Error : GetUserListSchema(): Failed to get the list schema XML for feature

    One of the common error that you may encounter when you try deploy a SharePoint solution is :

    Error 36 Error occurred in deployment step 'Activate Features': Cannot complete this action.
    Please try again.

    After analyzing the SharePoint log files I found out the error bellow :

    GetUserListSchema(): Failed to get the list schema XML for feature

    The error above has been caused by the manipulation bellow :

    In this project I had only one feature that contained the list definition and the list instance and then I have created a new feature scoped site and move the list definition to it. I kept the list instance in the scoped web feature.

    In order to fix the problem, you have to edit the element.xml of the list instance and add the featureid attribute. The feature id attribute should be the id of the list definition's feature.

    Here is a sample element.xml file.

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <Elements xmlns="">
      <ListInstance Title="ListInstanceName"
                    Description="My ListInstanceName">