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So you are going to an event with 7,000 people that have similar interests to learn about a product that you have a vague idea about…I was excited prior to the event and nervous. I had a very bad week before the event. Every piece of technology that I brought with me to St. Louis broke. I had little sleep trying to get my code done and my technology to the point I started out with that Monday. Finally by Friday I was beat and hung out with my friends…On Saturday I went to Coders and everything after ...
*Moved to: Deploying Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Server Beta 2 - DoneWell, nothing like hitting the ground running, my first job at SSW was to join the TFS Migration Team, it was a fun experience, let me tell you how it went. Update #1 20th January 2010: Have a look at our Rules to better TFS2010 Migration Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
So just after a year of being in Australia I have finally managed to organise my first industry presentation on Commerce Server 2009. I will be presenting at SharePoint Saturday Melbourne on Saturday 14th November. My talk will cover an introduction to using Commerce Server 2009 alongside MOSS FIS. This follows on from the great success the Commerce Server product team had presenting this topic on at the SharePoint Conference in Vegas. So if you would like to come along and here my talk, please register ...
*Moved to: A change for the better #2In the last 2+ years at Aggreko I have worked with Visual Studio 2008 Team Foundation Server, Office SharePoint Server 2007 and a number of WPF, Silverlight and ASP.NET projects. There had been some discussion of a new role within Aggreko in the solution architecture arena. I also spoke to Adam Cogan who has the title “SSW Chief Architect and Microsoft Regional Director”…Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
With several successful Microsoft BizSpark Incubation Weeks (Win7 Boston, Win7 Reston, CRM Reston, CRM Boston, Win 7 Irvine, Mobility Mountain View,), we are pleased to announce Microsoft BizSpark Incubation Week for Windows Azure at Atlanta, GA during week of 9th Nov’09. The current economic downturn is putting many entrepreneurs under increasing pressure, making it critical to find new resources and ways to reduce costs and inefficiencies. Microsoft BizSpark Incubation Week for Windows Azure is ...
Hey everyone, I'm super-excited (and a little nervous) that I was given a speaking slot at SharePoint Saturday Raleigh on Nov. 7th! (Link goes to presentation overview.) There are quite a few SharePoint heavy-hitters attending (Michael Gannotti, Dan Lewis, and Joshua Carlisle to name a few), so go register today - seats are filling fast! Cheers, Adam ...
Okay, I know that I haven't posted much on the sessions as of yet, however I thought I would do that after this post. Overall the conference was outstanding. I was told that there were over 8000 people in attendance. It was really well run and the attendees were constantly doing something constructive and worthwhile. The evening events were spectacular and a lot of fun. The Microsoft folks sure know how to throw a party. I was talking to some folks that have been networking with and they asked me ...
I attended the Windows 7 launch today, and the success of the product really hit close to home. I mean that literally, as the launch event itself was held in a NYC loft space that was walking distance from my home. But I mean it figuratively as well, because I think this version of Microsoft’s client operating system, and the company’s confidence and pride around it, harkens back to a time, toward the beginning of my career, when Windows really excited people and created a buzz. Tech commentator ...
This post is the seventh in a series of postings, containing examples of SharePoint WebParts that anybody can build all by themselves. To read all posts in this series, or to get started with the RSSBus WebPart, go here. #7 – Search Email History One of my good friends here recently asked me to give him an easy way to quickly bring up a list of email correspondence to and from a particular email address over the past 6 months. This way, if he is assisting someone on the telephone or email, he can ...
Day 2 of the SharePoint Conference has just about come and gone, and I’ve shifted my focus from yesterday’s pure developer angle to topics of data and business intelligence. And there has been a lot to see. I’m sitting in the last session of the day, attending the “Business Intelligence Power Hour” and began the day with an in-depth look at SharePoint’s Business Connectivity Services (BCS, formerly known as the Business Data Catalog, or BDC). I work very closely with Microsoft Business Intelligence ...
We got a couple upcoming meetings for software developers in the Baton Rouge area that are going to be a great amount of fun and learning (what, together? Nahhh…) BRDNUG Meeting: Tomorrow, Oct 21 2009 Brian Sullivan from the Shreveport area will be coming down to speak on NHibernate with Fluent NHibernate. Should be a great meeting, I’m very sadly missing it. Agenda 5:45 pm - 6:15 pm: General Introduction/Food and Drinks 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm: Brian will speak on NHibernate with Fluent NHibernate 7:20 ...
*Moved to: Installing Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Server on Windows Vista in 3 minutesNew in Visual Studio 2010 is the ability to install TFS on XP, Vista and Windows 7. You can use SQL 2008 Express, so no large overhead, and the Basic version you use for this does have the reporting and SharePoint requirement that the main install does. That does not mean that you can't upgrade later :) Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...

Just to let everyone know that
Sharepoint 2010 and Office 2010 is on the way

After the keynote sessions and lunch the first set of breakout sessions kicked off. Needless to say with the session line up it was difficult to choose only one to attend. However I thought it would be wise to at least see what is new and get an overview of the platform. I got to the session a bit late, but I don't think that I missed much. Arpan Shah was the speaker and it was a packed house. One of the largest rooms I have seen so far. Easily over 300 people in attendance. Here is what I caught. ...
Day 1 of the Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2009 is almost over. The conference is impressive. There are over 7400 people in attendance, a number that represents 92% growth over last year and which tops this year’s Tech*Ed and MIX attendance combined. All this in a year when most events’ attendance is way down. That should tell you something about SharePoint, and should explain why Steve Ballmer, in his keynote at the conference this morning, said (1) he wasn’t going to start this keynote by talking ...
So we landed on a solution. It's not ideal by any stretch, but it does accomplish the purposes we set out to meet, and it does give us a (small) step in the right direction in terms of moving the client to using Oracle UCM as the sole company-wide content repository. To recap, here's the skinny on what we're facing: There is a mandate in the company to move all "content" to Oracle UCM (a content unification measure) There is a significant amount of content in SharePoint (in the form of lists) that ...
So first impressions….. Hmmmmm…. This is BIG! First off, the conference is sold out. There has been an increase of attendance of close to 100% since the last conference. There are people here from over 70 different countries. The keynote was not what I had expected. Ballmer did a great job explaining the new vision for SharePoint and how they are starting to embrace more of what customers, developers, and IT pro's want. Some of the key areas that came up that were of importance were: Distributed ...
Hello, Here are the companion resources for the “Dancing with SharePoint” presentation at SharePoint Saturday Kansas City! We talked about best practices to create a SharePoint virtual development environment, ways to get the most functionality out of the box, and some great development tools. Thanks to all who came!!!! “Power User Books” – For getting the most out of the box The SharePoint Shepherd's Guide for End Users Essential SharePoint 2007: A Practical Guide for Users, Administrators and Developers ...
This is my 100th post to this blog, but it’s also, in a real sense, my first. That’s because, starting now, my blog will be syndicated on RedDevNews.com and VisualStudioMagazine.com, the same sites that carry my monthly column, Redmond Review. For those who haven’t read my posts or columns before, allow me to present a quick intro. (For everyone else, go ahead and skip to the next paragraph.) My name is Andrew Brust, and I’m a Microsoft MVP and Regional Director. I don’t work for Microsoft – they’ve ...

Next week (Oct. 19-22) the Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2009 is taking place in Las Vegas.
The topic ... SharePoint 2010, there will be a lot of details coming out.

I will be there and will be liveblogging! 

So I scraped together the money and paid in full to go to the conference as I've said before. Here is a complete list of all the sessions I will be attending: Monday 1:15 - Overview and Whats New for SharePoint 2010 IT Pro's 2:45 - What's New in Office 2010 for Developers 4:30 - Web Content Management in SharePoint 2010 Tuesday 9:00 - Building Rich Internet Applications with Silverlight 3 and SharePoint 2010 10:30 - FAST Search for SharePoint: Capabilities and Deep Dive 1:15 - Developing SharePoint ...
There is nothing earth shattering here. I was just putting together a set of snippets to make life a little easier while developing SharePoint and Office Open XML projects. My search for information crossed a lot of different sites. MSDN has a number of articles about all the features of creating and managing snippets. Below is a compilation of the basics around creating these little helpers. Hopefully it is a little more detailed in the whys then MSDN content. Creating A Snippet File Snippet files ...
Quite simple really :) Open up an existing DVWP or create one. Right click the DVWP and select ‘Common Data View Tasks’ (or click the little arrow that appears on the top right of the DVWP) Click the ‘Parameters’ link In the dialog that opens up click the ‘New Parameter’ button. Provide a name for the parameter (e.g. IPAddress) In the ‘Parameter Source’ dropdown select ‘Server Variable’ In the ‘Server Variable Name’ text box enter REMOTE_ADDR Leave the ‘Default Value’ text box empty Click OK Now ...
When I updated the ‘Filter Criteria’ of a fully functioning DVWP through SharePoint designer I was presented with the following error: The server returned a non-specific error when trying to get data from the data source. Check the format and content of your query and try again. If the problem persists, contact the server administrator. Took me a while to figure it out. This is what caused it and how to fix it: When you create a DWVP, SPDesigner adds a parameter called ListID and assigns it the GUID ...
This post is common knowledge to all SharePoint professionals out there, but for newbie's it can save hours of hair pulling (as I’ve got to learn from a bunch of people I’ve helped out) ;) Scenario: There is a distribution list you can see and use in outlook, but when you search for the same list in SharePoint it doesn’t show up in the people picker. What gives? Chances are that the distribution list is not security enabled. This would need to be done by your domain administrator. He would need to ...
A discussion list in unlike a normal list in that it consists of two content types - a Discussion content type that maps to the discussion topic and a Message that maps to all replies to the topic. If you examine the Discussion content type you’ll see that its inherited from the Folder content type. The reply contains a field called ‘ParentFolderId’ and as the name suggests it holds the ID of the discussion topic. So naturally if you were to do a query on the list for all items with the same ParentFolderId ...
The October Service Update for Microsoft Online Services includes several new features and enhancements designed to improve the service experience for both administrators and users. The Service Update is currently being deployed into production data centers. Many of these service enhancements are the result of customer and partner feedback. The following features and capabilities are included in the October Service Update: Bulk Activation of Users PowerShell commandlets will be added to streamline ...
Over three years ago I ran in to a Microsoft server product that I fell in love with. It is enormous, complex, and useful in so many ways. Enormous because it solves many common business problems out of the box there isn't many competitors that can top that. Complex because there isn't just one way to solve most of the business problems with this product. Any solution that you create with the product can be as unique as the client you are implementing it for. Useful because even with all of the out ...
I’ve been a little scarce lately as I prepare for HDC (I’m doing a lightening round), finishing up a project for a client (rollout in a week), and help out some with Sharepoint Saturday, Kansas City (December 12th). Be sure that I will continue my series on building a dev shop and things should get more back to normal after next weekend. Stay tuned… ...
Are there any other GeeksWithBlogger heading to the SharePoint Conference ...
I’ve got an interesting challenge a client has asked me help with. We are attempting to move items from multiple custom SharePoint lists to Oracle UCM and continue to manage/review/approve the data through the SharePoint interface. Moving this list content to OUCM is part of a bigger strategy to centralize all of the “business truth” (content) to OUCM, while keeping SharePoint for collaboration. There are a lot of things to consider, and lots of risks to document. I'm just now getting to documenting ...
The Microsoft SharePoint team put together a very good blog post detailing the history of SharePoint. They posted it on Monday, October 5, 2009, just a couple of weeks before the big SharePoint 2010 announcements they’ll be making at the SharePoint Conference. My own history with SharePoint, going back to a proof of concept I did with SharePoint Portal Server 2001, isn’t nearly as happy as they describe. What I do remember from eight years ago, was some of the very odd UI that it had. (I think this ...
In my spare time I am busy preparing Commerce Server resources for the new http://www.CSDevWiki.com and some forthcoming public speaking events. So with all of these resources ready and prepared around Commerce Server 2009 development, SharePoint Commerce Services, and multi-channel e-Commerce development I think to myself why not try and share these around. So if you are in the Asia Pacific Region (and I intend to travel back to London for a holiday at some point next year too) and would like a ...
SharePoint has been around for quite some time. I first worked with it in its original version in 2001. And so began a love hate relationship that has lasted these many years. Recently I have been spending a significant amount of time writing custom web parts. Below are a number of notes I have accumulated while rediscovering what SharePoint can do. I don’t claim that these are best practices, only that they have worked for me. Environment General Creating web parts for WSS 3.0 or MOSS 2007 requires ...
Over the last couple of weeks I have dedicated quite some time to knowing Team Foundation Server (from here on out referred to as TFS) and the interaction between it and Visual Studio Team System/Team Explorer. The process has not been without pain, but with pain come great lessons. So, over the next days I will be posting here what was the success story of installation in both HTTP and then the process to get HTTPS in place too. But, how about starting to lay down the foundation of what the process ...
In the October edition of MSDN Magazine, there’s a great article that does a quick rundown of building a component that can be surfaced as a Web Part via the Gallery and placed in Web Part zones on pages. The article by Steve Fox is here: Steve Fox - Visual Studio 2010 Tools for SharePoint Development – MSDN Magazine October 2009 There’s a couple very important aspect that might not be 100% clear from the title – 1st, you’re really visually designing a User Control (ASCX). So, this is really just ...
One of the biggest successes of any technology platform is the success of its communities that back it, and in my opinion this has been one of the biggest contributing factors of SharePoint's ever growing popularity. So in contract if you look at the community effort for a product such as Commerce Server, which itself is a niche – but one that is now starting to head into mainstream with the achievements of Commerce Server 2009 and its alignment with both the SharePoint family, and moving into the ...
Recently on the MSDN forums a question was raised about how to re-style the Commerce Server catalogue when using Commerce Server 2009 within a SharePoint environment. Those who are familiar with SharePoint and web-parts may have reasonable knowledge around the use of XSLT and apply a style sheet to the web parts parameters, however out –of-the-box this becomes a little challenging for people new to the product. To demonstrate how to achieve a basic XSLT transformation, I will demonstrate splitting ...
For all 10 of you guys who read my blog and the 200 or so bots that are there to make me feel comfortable I learned something really sad tonight. Jeremy Thake, who runs http://www.sharepointdevwik... lost his shirt sponsor for SharePoint Conference. We all use it as developers in the SharePoint world from correct disposal to how would you loop through a series of items in a list. So come on guys you know you want to sponsor the shirts he was going to make up for SharePoint Conference so we all ...
In my opinion Internet Explorer, which is one of the worst product from Microsoft! (Sorry, no offense! its just my opinion and I guess most others feel the same who thinks browser should be more innovative in making us more productive) How much time it takes to load the about:blank page. why Ctrl+E doesn't go to search box? sick of useless extensions/accelerators, why cant i do paste and go in address bar? why can’t i drag a tab out of tab group? does it ever pass ACID3 test ? Does it ever pass ACID ...
Its been quite long time I haven't wrote much due to lot of travelling and non-core area related work (non connected systems, SOA & BPM work). Now, I am back and the good news is I will be drinking, eating and breathing some of the buzzwords..(because of the solutions I am concentrating and architecture of current project I am in) So, Some Buzzwords I am really gonna look/work and more deep dive areas are mentioned below… 1) SOA – Service Oriented Architecture, The most controversial Architecture ...
Sure many sharepoint Admin/ Developers/Architects must have come across this issue when trying to uninstall and re- install Sharepoint 2007. I have uninstalled sharepoint instance before just by going to the Add Remove programs and it was a breeze. But on my Dev server when i tried the same but nothing basically happened. The status bar did show as if it was uninstalled but when i go back and check nothing was removed :( I later found this which did help :www.howtonetworking.com/ms... ...
I’ve needed to pull together some resources for SharePoint training: Figured I’d post them. Virtual Labs: Get first-hand deployment experience through the Virtual Lab series. The Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, and Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 will teach you about installation, organizing content, managing user permissions, creating Web Parts for custom tasks, and much more.It's simple: no complex setup or installation is required to try ...

Recently I’ve been engaged to integrate Dynamics GP Manufacturing and SharePoint. It’s been a daunting task to say the least to navigate the database.

Here is a good link to assist with learning more about the data structure in GP.

I created a brand spanking new environment, Server 2008 x64, SQL Server 2008, WSPBuilder, and Visual Studio 2008 Team Systems…All the awesome that you would expect out of a base development environment for SharePoint. I get to the Shared Service Provider and it keeps prompting me to authenticate repeatedly. I checked the logs and it looked like it wasn’t even passing credentials in the Event Viewer. I got that generic can’t pass the token or whatever error. So I thought maybe it’s related to a trusted ...
Just came across this codeplex project which looks useful: jQuery Library for SharePoint Web Services http://spservices.codeplex.... <quote> Project Description This is a jQuery library which abstracts SharePoint's Web Services and makes them easier to use. It also includes functions which use the various Web Service operations to provide more useful (and cool) capabilities. </quote> ...
The Roanoke Valley SharePoint User Group (RVSPUG) held it's first "event" last Friday (September 25). The group is hopes to grow and increase community awareness by hosting the event during the workday (as opposed to the weeknight monthly meetings). Special thanks to Susan Lennon, SharePoint guru, speaker extraordinaire from Virginia Beach. She delivered two informative presentations back-to-back and answered many questions from a very interactive audience (typical Roanoke!). Susan has posted the ...
Entering function CurrentUserAlias Leaving function CurrentUserAlias Creating new Enterprise Portal Site with following the parameters:\n URL: http://Portal/sites/EP\n Title: EP Site\n LCID: 1033\n OwnerLogin: WE\AxAdmin Administration Web Service URL: http://machine:90/_layouts/... Information: Debugging mode is off. An error occured while Setup was creating a new site. Exception of type 'Microsoft.SharePoint.SoapS... was thrown. The Web site http://portal/sites/CEC ...
What a pity. I’ve spent some time recently evaluating SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services with respect to its proposed use on a UK public sector project that will implement a part of the 'national infrastructure'. In every respect but one, Reporting Services provides an excellent fit for the stated requirements. There is already a commitment to using SQL Server, and SharePoint, within the project, so Reporting Services appears the way to go. What is the exception? Well, Reporting Services provides ...