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Problems Publishing Infopath 2007 Forms to MOSS 2007 Content Types

Posted on 2009-02-17
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We have been publishing infoPath forms to MOSS content types , initially without experiencing any problems. Our problem started only last month when we promoted additional fields on existing forms and then published the forms to back to the same content types.
When we publish already published forms to content types, a dialog with the  following error is returned. "Updating the site content type failed"

If this same form is published to a form library library or a new content type, rather than an existing content type then the form publishes without an error.

We have tried the following:

"      We removed all promoted fields, publishing is still unsuccessful
"      We removed content from the form including fields, the publishing is still not successful
"      We have worked through the event logs (attached), after we set SharePoint events to verbose, and  tried different options he googled without  success.
"      We searched the Internet for a solution. Most responses posted made reference to removing promoted fields which as stated above does not resolve the issue. There were also comments made about possible timeouts when publish to the SQL Database but we are not publishing to a database. Furthermore, if this was the cause the problem should also occur then as well when publishing to a library or new content type?

The Verbose logs have been attached, containing the portion relevant to the form being published at that stage.

Verbose-Logs.txt
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Before commenting on it, I would like to know how you deploy infopath forms to your sharepoint portal? Which method do you use? Do you use features for this?
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We use a straight publish to content types in MOSS: We don't use features for publishing. Something else that may be relevant: The forms are browser-enabled.
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What I would recommend is that you publish infopath forms using features. That way content types for those forms will also be created automatically in the sites where you activate those features. That way, just uninstall and reinstall the new form feature. Content type should also be updated like that. Just ensure to remove the content type from site content types once you uninstall the feature.
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by:Driesvdc
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Thank you for the feedback - We'll try that and let you know how it goes.
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Hi, if you want to do it this way, closely follow this blog entry:
http://blah.winsmarts.com/2008-8-Deploying_InfoPath_2007_Forms_to_Forms_Server_-and-ndash_Properly.aspx

Hopefully you'll get it right the first time :)

P.S. Just ensure you must use the published form. And before you use it with feature, use stsadm and verifyformtemplate command to verify it. It should give 0 errors  , tho some warnings are ok.  Because if there are any errors, your form will hang while installing and you can't delete it then . Best of luck
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Much appreciated and greetings from south Africa!
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