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  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 Organization Browser - Expose more than just User, Title and About Me (Sort Of).

    One of my favourite customers was very keen to display the OOB Organisation Browser web part on several of their pages but they wanted to expose more than the default values against the user. I know this can be done by clicking across to the users profile page but the extra click was not acceptable....
  • Blog Post: Sizing SharePoint - The 2nd stage Site collection recycle bin

    One of my customers asked me about the impact about the 2nd stage recycle bin on sizing a new farm. They were concerned that the default value of 50% of the current site quota could have a negative impact on sizing the farm and could influence the expected size of the contentDBs. This setting can be...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Snippets

    PowerShell Snippets As Premier Field Engineers, we often find that our customers need assistance creating PowerShell scripts that can help automate administrative processes; or retrieve information from their various SharePoint farms. Whilst each of our customers are different and have unique environments;...
  • Blog Post: Community Sites - Where are my analytics reports!

    Community Sites are a new type of site introduced in SharePoint 2013, if you are unfamiliar the following article has some background information on their purpose and functionality - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj219805(v=office.15) I was playing around with a Community Site the other...
  • Blog Post: Using PowerShell to Measure Page Download Time

    I was recently working with a customer that reported some performance issues in their SharePoint 2013 proof of concept environment, specifically page render time was very poor. I wanted to establish exactly how bad this was and also put in place some basic automated tests to measure response times over...
  • Blog Post: Windows PowerShell Script to Output Site Collection Information

    Windows PowerShell is a fantastic tool; SharePoint 2010 has literally hundreds of different PowerShell Cmdlets that are available out of the box, if you don’t believe me check this out - http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff678226.aspx . What about MOSS 2007? Whilst there aren’t any...
  • Blog Post: Remove SharePoint 2007 Top Navigation using PowerShell.

    Following on from Steve's great post yesterday about creating site Navigation from CSV it got me thinking, what If I want to use this to create the Global Navigation on a farm that already has a hotch-potch TopNav structure? If this is the situation you are in then the following PowerShell is your...
  • Blog Post: The Magically Disappearing "Destination Folder" Option

    I recently investigated an interesting issue for a customer. As you may know, when uploading a Document to a Document Library you are presented with the option to select which folder within the library to upload the document to, if the document library contains any folders. In the example below, you...
  • Blog Post: Audit settings in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007

    As you will have seen in some of our other blog entries here, we often get asked to assist our customers in creating PowerShell scripts. I've recently been working on a script to help ensure that a client is able to set site collection auditing. For compliance reasons they needed to be sure that all...
  • Blog Post: Build site navigation from CSV file

    One of our customers needed some help to build out navigation from a .csv file in their Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 environment. PowerShell seemed to be the most simple option for them; so my colleague Andy and I created the following script: [void][System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName...