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It is interesting to note the differences between Parallels and Fusion... Where VMWare Fusion Shines Over Parallels Desktop There’s no question that Parallels Desktop is the current tool to beat when it come to running Windows applications under Mac OS X. There are a number of great features that Parallels offers like being able to create a VM image from a real PC and import VMWare images. These are a few things that VMWare Fusion doesn’t yet offer, but does it matter? So one has to wonder, why choose ...
Many of us working with MOSS or WSS v3 must have been battling with this new cool product called Sharepoint Designer. And to be frank its really cool when you get to play with it well. On my Dev WSS site i wanted to get some sample data from Sql server 2005 and host it on my WSS site. So i first started by firing up sharepoint designer > Datasource Library and of course clicked on database connections It actually allows you to just type in your DATABASE name you want to connect to and then username ...
The SharePoint Products and Technologies Team Blog announced today that SharePoint has passed the $800 Million mark for the previous fiscal year and is the fastest growing Microsoft server product in Micro$oft's history. Congrats to the Blue Monster ...
*Moved to: Southparkify / Simpsonize : better with both! This is a little more representative of me than the Simpsonize one! Thanks Will...Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
Well the doohickey seems not to like my photo.  However I did manage to Southparkify myself.  Pretty schweet. (No Photo Required)


Today is the 8th Annual Sysadmin day.  The event occurs the last Friday of every July.  Be sure to tell yours you love them.


I am noticing some wierdness with the MOSS's metadata propperty mappings. The scenario I tried was, went to a document library and added a new number column, did an incremental crawl, came back to search settings and went to add a new metadata propperty. If declare the metadata propperty as Integer it does not pick up my new column, but if I declare the metadata propperty as text it does. Is that wierd or what? Technorati tags: MOSS, SharePoint, Search Cross-posted from tariqayad.com ...
A little obscure fact about WebPart Connections. If you are writing a WebPart that is a Provider as well as a Consumer it is better to give your ConnectionPoint's unique Ids. Infact if you have multple Providers on the same WebPartPage the connections wont work unless each ConnectionPoint like so [ConnectionProvider("Displa... "ConnectionPointId")]public IWebPartField ConnectionInterface(){return this;} Technorati tags: MOSS, WebParts, Connections, ConnectionPoint Ids Cross-posted from tariqayad.com ...
This blog has moved to http://www.douglasmarsh.net You will be redirected in 10 seconds. This is the first of my "rambling" posts. I've been have a problem with Tinnitus lately. It has gotten pretty serious lately and I've lot about 70% of my hearing in the effected ear. Luckily, it doesn't effect both ears so I'm still functional. Anyway, my ENT (Ear Nose and Throat) Specialist just put me on a relatively high dosage of steroids to treat the issue. Today is day one. I haven't experience any but ...
I'm attending Ted Pattison's course on WSS 3.0 this week in Redmond and today we covered quite a bit around master pages, css, and web parts. From a prior class, Ted was shown an example or intercepting the request using plain a old ASP.NET Module to rewrite the master page directive giving a site the ability to dynamically apply branding based upon configuration across a Site and Site Collection. Here's the link to the CodePlex site that includes the solution. SuperBranding - Home It's great that ...
*Moved to: How 'e' are you?Will Pritchard posted an interesting blog entry about this and I though I would give it a go... Here is how "e" I am:Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
Steven Martin, CSD Product Manager at Microsoft in his blog states: Today at the Worldwide Partner Conference in Denver, we announced that BizTalk Server 2006 R2, is set to launch in September of this year! We also gave details on pricing, licensing and SKUs— all the details can be found here—but here are the important points I want to highlight today (all available with BizTalk Server 2006 R2): · The New Branch Edition: Intra-organizational connectivity (hub / spoke) is an important scenario for ...
Using BDC to query our company's SharePoint profiles database ( SharedServices1_DB in our environment ) I was able to create a pretty snappy employee lookup. The data is contained in two tables, the first is the UserProfile_Full table, which contains the Basic Profile Information. The second is the UserProfileValue table. The two are linked by the RecordID Field. First things first - we designed a SQL query that would suit our needs and display the information we needed. Here is what my final query ...
After much research found the following KB and Hotfix for the 6398, 6482 and 7076 errors that had become the proverbial thorn in my side with my SharePoint server: KB923028 http://support.microsoft.co... Hotfix http://connect.microsoft.co... However, while installing the Hotfix, I received the following error message "Error 1324. The folder 'Program Files' contains an invalid character" So I found this KB: Error message when you try ...
Two days ago the SLK project at CodePlex released their version 1.1 of the SharePoint Learning Kit. Included in their Production release is a 64-bit version for x64 MOSS Installations. New in this release is the support for 64-bit architectures. Feature Summary: Supports SCORM 1.2, SCORM 2004 and Class Server instructional content Supports tracking and grading of e-learning and non-e-learning instructional content Allows users to store and manage instructional content in SharePoint document libraries ...
Microsoft learning has announced that after August 31st, 2007 only Thomson Prometric will be allowed to conduct Microsoft Certification exams. Pearson Vue can take registration for exams till August 31st,2007 and can conduct the tests till December 31st,2007. In case you have any Pearson VUE vouchers its the time to book your registration for the exam. The official details are here I have recently taken exams for WSS 3.0 and MOSS with Pearson Vue and have taken exams with Prometric as well. I personally ...
By default Office SharePoint Server 2007 imports all profiles from the Active Directory Database. This presents an issue for some companies (mine in particular ;)). After doing some searching I found an older article by Michael Bollhoefer. He tipped me off to the following LDAP filter which worked beautifully, and after running a full profile import and reindexing our SharePoint Search those old Inactive profiles were gone from the Database and the search. (&(objectCategory=perso... ...
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 ...
With mixed emotions, I have to announce that this week I started a new job with Rockwell Collins as an Enterprise Solutions Architect. My focus will be on SOA, MOSS, TFS, and .NET development. This news came as a shock to many people, but those close to me knew that my family and I had struggled with MCS travel for a while. July 2nd was my final day as a Microsoft employee. Leaving Microsoft was a VERY tough decision for me, but it was ultimately the right decision for my family. I enjoyed working ...
This one took some time to weed out, but found that the Forefront Scan Engine had incorrectly flagged my welcome page in my Site Directory to VirusStatus=1 and was causing an Exception from HRESULT: 0x80041050 error. Solution: Open your SQL Server Management Studio and go to the Content Database where your default welcome page is returing the error (Usually WSS_Content_[someguid]). Create a new query and run: select *from AllDocswhere (VirusStatus > 0) and (VirusStatus is not null) If you get ...
George recently threw down the gauntlet to me and Jason and a few other folks, to challenge ourselves and stretch beyond our comfort zone to become better developers. So if I properly understand this latest blog frenzy, I'm supposed to pick four things that I'm going to do in order to become a better developer. I'm supposed to publish those four things in my blog, so that I'll be accountable for them. (ok seriously, if I lived up to even HALF the crap I've promised in this blog over the years... ...
A colleague recommended me Log Parser 2.2 from Microsoft Downloads. I finally gave it a whirl with some notoriously ugly SharePoint Diagnostic Logs and WOW! Get Log Parser 2.2 here. Below is an overtly simple example of the command line functionality, but I encourage you to download this powerful little guy and give him a shot. Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600](C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.C:\>logparser "select * from 'c:/logs/*.log'" -i:tsv -o:datagrid Datagrid Output from the ...
Vandana over at the SharePoint Learning Kit CodePlex site did not commit absolutely to a release date he did say this in the SLK Discussions: The 64 bit release had some hurdles in the form of license issues and then build infrastructure issues. These two have cleared now. There is one outstanding build issue Sample website validation fails during 64-bit build that has been recently reported. This turns out to be a Visual Studio issue which we have to work around to generate an error-free build. ...
Piotr over at MOSS & Collab Architecture has some good intel on this topic: Each time I venture to do some mid size and enterprise consulting, there is always the question of using SharePoint as a replacement for File Shares, or the typical Z: or G: drive mapped in an enterprise. Now, joelo has added some more more discussion in his File Servers and SharePoint Doc Libraries entry. I just wanted to add some more caveats where SharePoint simply may not work as well, and places/reasons where I recommend ...
Found two more IFilters from Citeknet.com: ZIP IFilter Beta v2.1 (x64) CHM IFilter Beta v2.1 (x64) Glad to see more support for OSS 2007 x64 coming around. Keep it coming ...
Just found this little gem from FoxIt, the same guys who make the killer Adobe Reader replacement: IFilter for x64 Windows Be sure to read the license, as the IFilter is not free (as in beer) for Server Installations. There is a licensing fee per proccessor ...
I didn't understand how MOSS 2007 knows, to what repository an official file should be send. Well it is based on record routing ('doh). BUT, the 'Title' of the record routing rule MUST be the same as the content type name... This is here and pretty confusing, to me at last. Also, a document will be send to only one document library in the record repository. You can add more routing records that match the same content type. You will get no warning or error but the document will be handled by the FIRST ...
iPhone syncs with Outlook and Entourage By Ryan Block on sync Filed under: Cellphones It was definitely quickly glossed over in today's iPhone activation and sync walkthrough, but Apple pretty clearly stated that Mac users with Entourage can sync their calendars with the iPhone through iTunes, and PC users can sync their Outlook calendars the same way. That's totally heartening for any corporate calendar users wondering how they were going to get their datebooks on their new phone, but there was ...
Apple iPhone review roundup By Paul Miller on iphone Filed under: Cellphones With just a few days to go before launch, Apple has apparently lifted its embargo on the lucky few journos to get their hands on an iPhone a couple weeks early, and David Pogue, Walt Mossberg and USA Today's Edward C. Baig are doing the first honors. And honors abound: three out of three reviewers agree that the iPhone is pretty much the sexiest phone to ever hit the market, and there was no small amount of praise for the ...
I love SharePoint and after the book was published and I started reading the competitive books, I love it even more.. With that, I am going to start focusing this blog on SharePoint related data, and of course Geekswithblogs news as well. With that, I definitely want to stick to the development side of the house and wanted to know what you would like to see extending in SharePoint 2007? More Blogs and Wiki features than the community is already offering? Tutorials on Features, Web Parts, etc? Let ...
March 2-6, 2008, I should be in Seattle at the Microsoft Office SharePoint Conference 2008 event. I don't know if they heard me when I mentioned the php/mySql driven site (probably not), but now the site is actually a SharePoint 2007 site. Hopefully more information will come out about the event, but you can register to get more information here. Technorati tags: SharePoint, MOSS, SharePoint Conference, Conference, Seattle ...
Today is the first day of Pakistan Developer Conference 2007. PDC 2007 is five conferences in the row from 2003. Today I attended the awesome tracks of Naveed Bajwa he is Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) for Connected System Development, today in his first track he presents us the workflow implementation through Microsoft InfoPath 2007 and MOSS 2007. The good thing that I found is demos that he shows in his presentation [increase my practical KBs]. I found a very fascinating feature of ...
Running WSS 2.0, IE 7, Office 2003 AND Groove 2007 - recently IE 7 crashes everytime I try to open an Office document. PDF documents open just fine. The error was: "Internet Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience." Googled and tried several suggestions that did not correct the problem, including remove the Office Tools - Windows SharePoint Services Support (under the advanced add/remove for Office2003). This worked from Microsoft MVP post - Outlook ...
My daily Silverlight 'Pick of the Litter' from the web, I will add on as I come across others Performing a hitTest with Silverlight This is something folks are really wanting... it's done in JS, but uses part of the AJAX library. If you're cool with that, this is good to go! Enjoy! Silverlight Web Articles I've tagged and My Silverlight Articles and My Silverlight Tutorials ...
I was doing some work on the MOSS Search API to execute a few custom queries. I also wanted the Search Engine to return the blurb of text that contains the occurence of the searched term. A little digging around and I discovered there is a managed propperty that contains this. The managed propperty is HitHighlightedSummary (just in case any of you are stumbling down this route too). Technorati tags: MOSs, Search, SharePoint, Managed Propperties Cross-posted from tariqayad.com ...
I came across this tool from JOPX's list of SharePoint Tools (see my previous posting). Its a good thing I did, since now this is my favorite new SharePoint tool. It helps that I am playing around with Search these days to put the tool to good use. Thanks for the link Joris, and speschka you rule Technorati tags: MOSS, SHarePoint, Search Cross-posted from tariqayad.com ...
Joris has update his list of SharePoint Tools. This time its more shiny and uber than before. He provides a very upto date aggregation of the tools available for MOSS that are out there. Check it out. http://jopx.blogspot.com/20... Technorati tags: SharePoint, MOSS, Tools Cross-posted from tariqayad.com ...
Alas, my resolution to blog every day while at Tech Ed has already been broken. There is just so much information and some of the best information comes from the informal sessions in the evenings. It was really cool watching my friend Frank La Vigne (www.franksworld.com/) present at such a premier event, I remember him back when he was a presenter at a RV.NUG meeting. I talked to him tonight and he's evals look good - WAY TO GO Frank. I really enjoyed Rob Howard's presentation on ASP.NET internals. ...
Had a weird issue with an ASP.NET file that we had in our MOSS Pages directory. The page outputs an Excel file, but for some reason on mine it would render the output properly, but on everyone else's computer it would render some code-created output...that I had deleted from the page a long time ago! WTF?! But then I remembered...even though you make changes to a file, only you will see them until you PUBLISH that file. Once the file was published, the correct data was flowing out. So remember: changes ...
Cream, as in 'Pick of the Litter' is always subjective, but this is my list for today as I view my Morning Paper, and will add on as I come across others I Love my Silverlight: MossyVideo Player Ok, I wasn't going to list another Video player, but this is going to be a development sequence, and might be fun to code along with him. Falls into my category of source code==goodness. Proof-of-concept XPS reader for Silverlight Delay has produced an XPS viewer using Silverlight Alpha. Better yet, he included ...
Needing to learn MOSS "fast" - Tim points me to a bunch of nice videos on MOSS features. Kinda like the MSDN nuggets on MSDN UK site. http://www.microsoft.com/do... ...
Here are few lessons learnt from playing with the BDC on a project 1. Even though the BDC can crawl associated entities in your database schema, the search results will not show related entity instances for the item you searched. 2. In case of mapping 'complex' db schemas specially ones that contain m:n relationships between entities, sometimes it might be advisable to show un-normalized relationships via stored procedures or views, but this approach provides the following roadblocks Un-normalized ...

It's funny how things work.  There is now a 64-bit IFilter on the market from FoxIt Software.  What does this mean for us?  NO MORE 32-BIT INDEXING SERVERS IN MOSS!!!  I can't believe that Adobe dropped the ball on this one.

Anyway...Just wanted to post something about this because this is BIG news for us MOSS guys!

I'm playing a bit of catch-up here, so I hope I'm not putting up old news... a couple blog posts about Silverlight caught my eye today and thought they'd be worth noting: The Basics of a Silverlight Control -- Good Silverlight Alpha Discussion Silverlight Pad -- For those of us still playing with the Beta 1.0 Silverlight and rolling our own XAML ...
My customer has a requiirement for simple wizard style (ie Next>>Next) navigation Typical Example would be to enter details for a purchase order header, then to press "Next" and the user is taken immediately to the window for adding lines. Investigation I found number of ways to manipulate the navigation options of a SharePoint edit form page these being: 1) You can add a source querystring parameter to the url of the first page. This allows you to enter details for the header and then get ...
It is time again for another issue that I have run in to during the migration from WSS 2.0 to MOSS 2007 to be posted for everyone to see and also how we went about fixing it. If you do much with SharePoint than you will know (or should know) that there is a little command line utility that will do just about anything that you want to do with SharePoint from the command line. Yep, the little STSADM utility that helps you with installing web parts, features, attaching databases and the like is the ...
I gave a talk yesterday on using MOSS 2007 as an Application Delivery Platform. My contention is that delivering application functionality to your users is essentially the same thing as Enterprise Content Management (ECM). Think about it...ECM is all about delivering the right information at the right time to the right people. If you simply exchange the word 'information' in the sentence above with 'functionality' you get my point. If you work in the enterprise space you know the demands of a diverse ...
Well, as promised quite a while ago I was finally able to get this accomplished for the client I am working with. But before I go in to the steps that I used let me re-iterate the situation. My client has had a Team Sites box setup with WSS 2.0 for a while. This was mainly just for the use of team sites for projects and planning things. It didn't support the whole company, but made it possible for a team to work on a project/issue in a central place. The box was never meant to be a production box ...
Donn Felker has wrote a good step-by-step article on how to access and search SQL BLOB Data from MOSS 2007. SharePoint can already search Office file formats stored in the database, this article can be used as a starting point for developing a separate database that hosts binary data readable by SharePoint. In large enterprises there is always a need to put in SLAs for various data contents, it is good practice to have a separate database containing BLOBs that could amount to significant storage ...
This is a bit of a kludge in SharePoint 2007. In your site collection how do you move your search scope from one display group to another? Logically you would expect there to be an option in the context menu (i.e. Site Settings -> Search Scopes [Under Site Collection Administration]) of the search scope, or be able to change it in the subsequent page when clicking the search scope. That isnt the way. Here is how you would have to do it. 1. On the Search Scopes Page click on the name of the display ...