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FREE WEBINAR – SharePoint 2010 Public Facing Sites
Although it is late notice, I thought I would put up a plug for a free webinar. SharePoint MVP Paul Stork and I are presenting on Best Practices for SharePoint 2010 Public Facing Sites. I would love to go in to all of the topics on this post, but it would be easier if you just joined the webinar. Heck, it is free! Check it out here. Hope to see you there. 4/11/2011 Update: At the request of some followers ShareSquared has provided a link to the recorded version of the webinar. Now if you missed something ......

Posted On Monday, April 4, 2011 3:31 PM

2010 SharePoint Composer Giveaway
What does SharePoint Composer, an IPad, and a Halo Reach Xbox 360 bundle have in common? The 2010 SharePoint Composer Giveaway! ShareSquared is hosting a giveaway that has some terrific prizes. We have used this same giveaway at the last few technical conferences and it is about to close. Generally, we are giving you the ability to get in on the action even if you were not able to attend one of the conferences. If you would like more detail about the giveaway, timeline, and its rules then follow ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 24, 2010 11:48 AM

SharePoint 2010 – Social Networking Feature, Integration, and Governance
Right when you thought it was safe to head in to the holiday season without more SharePoint things to populate your calendar. That is right; ShareSquared is putting on another spectacular SharePoint 2010 webinar. This time Chris Riley (of Enterprise Content Management and Capture fame) and Chris Givens (of Architecting Connected Systems fame) will be taking you through the social networking feature set. They will explain the basics of social networking, integration points with social networking, ......

Posted On Monday, November 22, 2010 10:29 AM

SharePoint Composer/Maestro Released – SharePoint 2010
After much anticipation, ShareSquared, Inc has finally released SharePoint Composer and Maestro. We have finally have made it available for purchase to the public. Internally ShareSquared consultants have been using it with our clients for a while now. These products are going to make any SharePoint implementation go smoother. If you are not familiar with SharePoint Composer and Maestro then you are in for a treat. The product is meant to help organizations logically layout their SharePoint implementation ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 16, 2010 9:38 AM

SharePoint 2010 - FSSPUsernameFilter.dll failed to load
The other evening I had the unfortunate pleasure of having to rebuild a client's SharePoint farm. Generally, SharePoint is not unstable. Unfortunately, the original consultant built the farm with one service account, which made things dicey. Murphy, of some strange law fame, stepped in and presented a situation in which that service account password had to be changed. As you would expect, the administrator changed the password. Since the administrator was newer to SharePoint he didn't realize the ......

Posted On Thursday, November 11, 2010 11:04 AM

SharePoint 2010 Design & Deployment Best Practices
Well now that SharePoint 2010 has successfully launched and everyone is scratching for every piece of best practices information they can get their hands on, I would like to invite anyone and everyone to come and take part in ShareSquared's next webinar. The webinar will cover some key information such as: Pros and cons of the different approaches to installing and configuring SharePoint 2010 Configuration Best Practices for SharePoint 2010 farms Services architecture; dependencies, licensing, and ......

Posted On Monday, May 17, 2010 9:55 AM

SharePoint 2010, Cloud, and the Constitution
The other evening an article on the Red Tap Chronicles caught my eye. The article written by Bob Sullivan titled "The Constitutional Issues of Cloud Computing" was very interesting in regards to the direction most of the technical world is going. We all have been inundated about utilizing cloud computing for reasons of price, availability, or even scalability; but what Bob brings up is a whole separate view of why a business might not want to move toward the cloud for services or applications. The ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 14, 2010 2:32 PM

PublishingWeb.ExcludeFromNavigation Missing
So recently I have had to make the transition from the SharePoint 2007 codebase to SharePoint 2010 codebase. Needless to say there hasn't been much difficulty in the changeover. However in a set of code that I was playing around with and transitioning I did find one change that might cause some pain to others out there that have been programming against the PublishingWeb object in the Microsoft.SharePoint.Publis... namespace. The 2007 snippet of code that work just fine in 2007 looks like: using ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 14, 2010 10:24 AM

Are you ready for SharePoint 2010?
With SharePoint's next release on the horizon (May 12th) many of my clients and colleagues are starting to ramp up for the upcoming tidal wave of functionality. Microsoft has been doing a terrific job of getting as much information out in the public lime light as possible over the last few months and I think that will definitely pay off with regards to acceptance of the new version of SharePoint. However, there are still some aspects of the new platform that are a little murky. Aspects such as: "Should ......

Posted On Friday, March 19, 2010 9:46 AM

Climbing higher mountains…
A while back I decided to leave ProKarma, Inc. There were many reasons for my departure most of which I won't detail in this blog post. However I am proud to announce that I am now part of the ShareSquared, Inc team. I am sure that most of you might not have ever heard of ShareSquared so that is the reason for the post. Not only to update everyone of where I have been, but also give you more information about ShareSquared. ShareSquared is a Microsoft Gold Partner that has consultants spread across ......

Posted On Saturday, January 30, 2010 10:15 AM

SPC 2009 Advanced Service and Topologies
Presenters: Simon Skaria and Umesh Unnikrishnan This was my second session during the week. It was one in which my hopes were that they would talk about the deployment differences that SharePoint 2010 would have over 2007. I was not disappointed. So to sum it up a bit: 2010 has a much more flexible model compared to 2007. Improved security model Claims Based Authorization/SAML Better administration with Central Administration and also PowerShell Service Isolation Now the Services that you deployed ......

Posted On Monday, November 2, 2009 11:27 AM

Extranet FBA Issues
Hello all, Yes, it has been a very long time since I have posted but I have a good reason I swear. Since my last post, I have changed companies and joined ProKarma as their Microsoft Practice Director. My duties are different from being just a consultant so it is possible I will be expanding my blog posts to other things other than just SharePoint. J However until I get more time and material I figured I would post a couple of issues that I recently ran in to with a client of mine while we were trying ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 11, 2009 4:37 PM

Upcoming October CoSSUG Meeting
If you haven't been keeping up with the latest news on the Colorado Springs SharePoint User Group site (www.cossug.net) then I thought I would drop a little bit of a blast on my blog. We have decided to move the meeting nights from the first Tuesday to the second Wednesday of every month. This was mainly due to the fact that we were overlapping with another really established .NET User Group in the same area. We couldn't have that. We want everyone to be able to make it to all of the User Group meetings ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 7, 2008 9:26 AM

Easy SharePoint FBA Administration
I recently have been working on a solution for a client that is converting their current external membership website to WSS 3.0. I am so happy with the way the solution is coming together. I have always been of the opinion that you use the right tool for the right job and WSS 3.0 is the right tool for this solution. Going back to my perspective that it is easier to develop with SharePoint as a framework than to start a new web project from scratch, WSS was a natural fit for all of the functionality ......

Posted On Monday, October 6, 2008 10:20 AM

Pain in the Master Page
So last Friday one of my clients called me up in a panic. He had just realized that he had crashed his SharePoint site. What was troubling is that he was making modifications to the SharePoint sites Master Page with SharePoint Designer. Now generally as developers we know this can be a touchy situation in SharePoint using SPD, but as a business user he rightfully didn't understand the implications that using SPD had on SharePoint sites. Nevertheless here is what happened. He logged in to the site ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 9, 2008 4:33 PM

STSDEV Solution Generator
In one of my previous blog posts I was sizing up 3 different methods of generating SharePoint solutions in Visual Studio. It was a fairly lengthy post about using things like the Visual Studio Extensions, WSPBuilder, and BAT files, but one reader bought to my attention that I never evaluated the STSDEV Solution Generator. Well lucky for me the reader chimed in and let me know that there was a hole in my post. I finally was able to find something to try the STSDEV Solution Generator on to try to stretch ......

Posted On Thursday, September 4, 2008 4:15 PM

50064 – Advanced SharePoint Development, Part II
In a previous post I started to get in to how I was surprised by the amount of detail Chris Givens put in to creating this course. Nevertheless I am still astounded at the amount of detail and the depth he goes in to. Let me back up a bit here. I have been requested to teach Chris's Advanced SharePoint Developer course at AmeriTeach next week (9/8 – 9/12). So I spent much of last week getting deeper in to the instructor demos and the course labs. I was very impressed not only by the amount of detail ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 2, 2008 9:45 AM

CoSSUG Website is live…
As part of taking part in starting up a new SharePoint User Group I finally was able to get the site up and running. Funny and ironic as it might seem Shannon and I decided to go with the "eat your own dog food" approach and create the site with WSS 3.0. Furthermore our efforts were also expedited by using the Community Kit for SharePoint's User Group site template. Now don't just assume that since it is up that it will not change. There will be quite a few additions to the site in the coming days ......

Posted On Saturday, August 30, 2008 9:42 PM

MCPD Enterprise….. Finally!
Finally I was able to button up my MCPD Enterprise. I have been sitting around with the need to take that one last exam and get everything all buttoned up, but with the amount of work I have been doing over the last year or so it has been virtually impossible to get my certification taken care of. As luck would have it I have run in to a quiet period between contracts and was able to on a whim go to a testing center and get the test over with. I will say that I was not overly impressed with the test. ......

Posted On Friday, August 29, 2008 9:34 AM

Colorado Springs SharePoint User Group
So what is Big, Brainy, and new in Colorado? Well, if you haven't guessed by the title of the post then you need a course in observation. J There is a new community coming to town and it already has started to take on a life of its own. Shannon Bray and I have decided to start up a User Group on Colorado Springs. Not because there isn't one already in Denver that already does a good job, but because of popular demand from clients and associates in Colorado Springs that have to drive close to an hour ......

Posted On Saturday, August 16, 2008 12:38 PM

SharePoint Solution Generators
On the project I just completed I was in need of the ability to quickly package a site definition, web parts, and workflows for a custom SharePoint site. I ended up using 3 different techniques in order to package the 3 different solutions. Which in the long run I wouldn't recommend, but overall I now have a much deeper aspect of the different techniques I used. I will detail the pro's and con's I found for all of them and you can make your own decision as to which one you would use to suit your ......

Posted On Monday, August 18, 2008 2:41 PM

Rainy day in Denver
So what do you do on a rainy day in Denver? Well, if you are me you will catch up on some blogging and get some other delinquent tasks. I know that I have been hiding under a rock but there has been so much going on. I just finished up a project for a client and next week I am teaching a WSS 3.0 deep dive course at AmeriTeach. Also it looks like I get to catch up on some much needed relaxation. From a previous post Chris Givens, the author of the Advanced SharePoint Developer course, sent me a copy ......

Posted On Saturday, August 16, 2008 12:12 PM

Shannon Bray is moving on up…
A guy I have known for over 4 years now is going places. I met Shannon at a contract I was working for a previous employer and quickly noticed that we both had many of the same interests and skills. Since then we have kept in contact and always seem to be pushing each other to one up the other in things like certifications, new technologies, or even interesting client engagements. Recently he came to work with me at Qortex as a Senior Solutions Developer and Microsoft Certified Trainer. Needless ......

Posted On Saturday, July 19, 2008 11:15 PM

Trike For The Troops 2008
Well, Rick White (nutball extraordinaire) is at it again. Last year on bike to work day for benefit to the US troops he took to the streets with a small trike and rode over 4 miles to work. He gained a lot of attention and raised over $5000 that went to help send care packages to the troops. This year he is upping the ante a bit. Not only does he have a new group of soldiers to help, but he also has a new trike. One that will make most mobile computing technologies look so last decade. If you would ......

Posted On Sunday, May 18, 2008 8:09 PM

Wiki - Is it right for me?
I had a respondent to another one of my posts ask me a very interesting question. I had to pause and think about the answer for a couple of minutes. I guess I had taken for granted my process for explaining when to use one method over another for implenting wiki's. If you are using SharePoint you realize that you have a couple different ways to implent a Wiki. You can create a Wiki Library in a site, or you can create a Wiki site. So what is the difference? Essentially nothing. You have the same ......

Posted On Thursday, April 17, 2008 9:04 PM

When do you throw in the towel?
In a previous post I mentioned that I recommended using WSS or SharePoint for kick starting the creation of web based applications. With that said, I need to post on another important subject that has come up in regards to that. I have a client which I really enjoy working with. They are a good company and they did see the potential benefit of using SharePoint to get their application a solid foundation. They utilized WSS 3.0 to create their web presence and web application for their customers. However, ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 15, 2008 10:02 PM

Wine and Cheese Event
A couple weeks ago I had the opportunity to present on SharePoint at a Wine and Cheese Server 2008 Launch event. It was quite an event. The event itself had over 150 attendees' signup and was very busy. And to hold true to most all events there were some terrific raffle prizes. One guy actually went home with a new Xbox 360 and Guitar Hero III. It is still amazing to me the acceptance and the challenges people are facing with SharePoint. On one hand companies are implementing SharePoint at a break ......

Posted On Thursday, March 27, 2008 8:48 PM

When TRUE is not true
Well, I am back again to just make sure that all of you SharePoint developers are not wasting your time. I am not quite sure if this has been posted before or not, but I found it impressive enough to blog about it. So here is the lead up. I am working on a great new project that requires me to create some Site Columns and Content Types using a SharePoint feature. Well I have a couple of Site Columns that need to be Rich Text multiline text areas. So in an element manifest file, you would type in ......

Posted On Monday, November 12, 2007 9:09 PM

Do you ever feel like…
You are really far behind on technology? Even though I am playing with and implementing some really cool stuff with SharePoint and some of the newer technologies, this last trip to NY for the Infusion Sleepless weekend really opened me up to the feeling that I am not doing enough to keep up. I guess I am going to have to go to the experts and really start paying attention to what is going on and watch what they have to offer. How do you say I need more time to read blogs in 13 different languages? ......

Posted On Thursday, September 13, 2007 2:15 PM

Interesting Conundrum
So, in review of the event logs on the index server of the medium MOSS 2007 farm that my client is using I keep running across a lot (And I mean A LOT) of error events, some with the Event ID of 7076 and some with 6398. I ran across this interesting blog post by Gayan Peiris. Now I am not one to just go on a hotfix rampage, but now that I have run in to problems with the last hotfix that I installed at Microsoft's request it didn't go so well. See my last post. Anyhow, I thought I would just mention ......

Posted On Sunday, July 8, 2007 9:29 PM

Disable MySite and MyLinks in Sharepoint (MOSS) 2007
Okay, this one took me a while to figure out, but nonetheless I found it and will share it. In order to turn off or disable the MySite or MyLinks functionality you need to be an Sharepoint administrator. Go to the Central Administration Web Page Click on the link for Shared Services Administration --If you have more than one SSP, select the one that is running the MySites functionality Under "User Profiles and My Sites" click Personalization Services Permissions Select the group you want to limit ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 1, 2006 1:43 PM

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