Friday, April 15, 2011

SharePoint 2010 RSS Viewer Web Part Issues and Tips to display SharePoint list

After upgraded all SharePoint 2007 to 2010 in August 201, our users are excited to explore some new features and enhanced web parts. One of the enhanced web part listed in 2010 is RSS feed web part. It's quite simple when you display external public RSS feed. You just need to provide the URL to config the web part. However, there are several tricks you should be aware of before you could configure it if you need to feed SharePoint list into the web part. We are facing several issues and many people also reported some strange behaviors.

The first trick for RSS feed web part is you should change authentication provider settings from NTLM to Kerberos with AD SPN setup if you need to display any SharePoint list as RSS feed. You do NOT need to setup Kerberos if you just need to display external public RSS feed such as The way to setup is straight forward and have not changed since SharePoint 2007. You could check from central admin on each webapp as described here. I noticed if you do not setup AD SPN, the webpart is still not working. Here are the procedures to check whether Kerberosis in deed working for the webapp.

Check SPN setup using command setspn -l domain\installaccount. Here is the example output from the command. You should see three entries on the server and fully qualified name.

C:\>setspn -l na\installaccount
Registered ServicePrincipalNames for CN=,OU=CORP,OU=Service Accounts,DC=domian,DC=company,DC=com:

In order to confirm the user is indeed login using Kerberos, you could open the Security logs and filter for “Event ID: 4624”. You will see Kerberos as Authentication Package. More details in the future if you are interested in this topic.

The second trick is you only need to setup Kerberos on the site that is using RSS feed webpart. The displayed site does not need to be Kerberos enabled. I have the screen shot below that has three RSS feed web parts. As long as the web part site is Kerberos enabled, it can display both Kerberos enabled or NTLM enabled site lists.

The third trick or issue is I'm not able to setup to auto refresh the web part with the latest feeds. It is still same as 2007 that it only refresh after IISRESET! I'm able to find the AJAX options and setup to enable Asynchronous Automatic Refresh and Update as in the below screen shot. However, the web part displayed error "An unexpected error occured while rendering the webpart.". There is even an typo in the error message!

As of today August 30, Microsoft has provided a workaround to refresh this webpart. Pleas refer to here for details on the workaround.

The fourth issue is I'm not able to display the feed across the farms. See previous third RSS feed web part. I'm getting error "The RSS webpart does not support authenticated feeds." that is same as you have not setup Kerberos.

There are some other issues you may encounter fro external RSS feeds with SSL and different sources. We have noticed people mentioned they could display feed across farm we will continue to debug.
Finally Microsoft confirmed this is not support to auto feed refresh to display SharePoint lists. However, we have identified a workaround that could refresh the webpart even it's not using Ajax. Please refer the workaround and let me know how it works.

If you have error "The RSS webpart does not support authenticated feeds." on SharePoint 2013 on-premises, you might need to sett the aspnet:AllowAnonymousImpersonation to false in web.config as Brandon mentioned. I would be cautious to change it before complete testing for other webparts especially Access apps, any BCS webparts, and custom webparts using security token.

If you try to display SharePoint online O365 RSS feed from on-premises even after you configure the trust, you will still get error like 'ProtocolError occurred trying to complete the request. The server returned a status code of : Forbidden and the status description is : "Forbidden"'. I will do more research how we can configure this.


  1. is this relevant to errors i'm getting with W3C feed validation - when i try to use a list in SP 2007 as an RSS feed on a mobile site? Basically, I have a list of news releases that I'm trying to get to feed into the mobile app.

  2. I just had a meeting with Microsoft and product team has identified this as bug. The RSS feed web part is inherited from Data View web part that has AJAX function. However, RSS feed web part does not implement this function. They recommend to remove the function as solution. We are working to request to "add" AJAX function to RSS feed webpart. Please support me if you could send your STRONG business cases.

  3. We found a workaround and will published it soon.

  4. Hi

    Want to know everytime you load a page with RSS viewer webpart, is it reading the feeds from the external public RSS feed (, or is it reading from SharePoint server?

    Want to know because lets say you have 10 users on this webpage, will it be 10 outgoing internet traffic to external site or just request to sharepoint server to get the latest feeds ?


  5. Any news about that workaround?

  6. Hi,
    I am unable to get the Rss Feeds in Search results in SharePoint 2010.Please provide any information to get the rss feeds in search results.


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  8. Could you please publish workaround because our most of the sites are still hanging on external rss feed rendering.