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  • Blog Post: Two new whitepapers posted to Technet

    Two new Groove whitepapers are now available on Technet: Microsoft Office Groove: Backup Options in an Enterprise presents information to help the reader understand the unique backup and restore requirements of Microsoft Office Groove by presenting the data storage model Groove uses, reviewing...
  • Blog Post: How To: Backup Your Groove Account

    Ask anyone who works with Groove about Backups..."Well (deep breath) it depends." That's not a bad thing, it's just a thing. You've got options: account backup; other users in the workspace; SharePoint integration; the DataBridge and the Archive Service; 3rd party backup tools... Here's what I...
  • Blog Post: MVP's discuss the future of Microsoft Office Groove

    We've just wrapped up a very productive exchange with the Office Groove and SharePoint MVP's who attended this week's Global Summit which concluded yesterday. The experience of the Groove MVP's along with the SharePoint, InfoPath, and other MVP's who attended our sessions resulted in many lively discussions...
  • Blog Post: How to: Implement a Threaded History field in a Groove Form

    In a recent query on our discussion list, we found an interesting request: Miles writes, "I’ve been using Microsoft Office Groove 2007 to implement a tool that my team uses to track code reviews. We created a form for a code review response and people create threaded discussions using these...
  • Blog Post: How to import data into a Groove Form

    My friend Josh has written up a great step by step guide on manually importing data into Groove Forms. While this manual method may not be as elegant as a web services solution (more on that later), its a simple way to bring data into a workspace. If you aren’t already familiar with Groove Forms,...
  • Blog Post: How to get started with Groove

    It is REALLY easy to get started with Groove. Just go to the web , download the client, and you are good to go. You'll need a passport account to download the client, but other than that, anyone can try Groove. The free download is valid for 60 days, during which you'll get 3 emails. First email is...
  • Blog Post: Groove Security, meet SharePoint Security.

    If you are looking at Groove and SharePoint, at some point the security questions start coming up...Does Groove support SharePoint ACL's in the SharePoint Files Tool? Who can edit content in the tool? Who can get access to the tool? Is this a violation of the SharePoint security model? Groove Security...
  • Blog Post: BroadMeadows gets its Groove on

    Dateline: SIngapore. My friend Paul, long time Groove veteran, moved to Singapore with his family to help globalize our Office Enterprise story. He's out talking to customers throughout the asia pacific region, including Australia. He writes in with this great story of Groove in action: As part...
  • Blog Post: The Bottleneck is at the top of the bottle

    I'm not a rabid Tom Peter's fan or anything (yet), but when my uncle pointed me to the blog, Dispatches form the New World of Work , I was struck by three things that I wanted to share: 1) The New World of Work is popping up everywhere! 2) "The Bottleneck Is at the Top of the Bottle”— Gary...
  • Blog Post: Collecting Our Thoughts: A Guide to Groove Web Resources

    There are a lot of places to look for information on Groove, though you may have trouble finding them amidst everything else that is going on with the Office and Vista launch. Looking for the BOM we sweated over before launch? Or looking for the latest thoughts from the thoughtful? A quick guide to help...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to the Groove Advisor!

    Readers probably know some of the Groove history , and know that Groove was acquired by Microsoft in 2005, and now ships with Office 2007 . It probably comes as no surprise that one of our biggest post-acquisition challenges has been navigating Microsoft. You don't go from 170 heads to >70,000 heads...
  • Blog Post: New Groove Portal on MSDN

    I’m pleased to announce that the new Groove portal on MSDN is live at http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/office/bb308957.aspx We now have a home for developers who want to learn more about Groove and how to develop solutions on the Groove platform. The site also links to relevant content...
  • Blog Post: Groove in the news

    http://www.builderau.com.au/program/windows/soa/Get_into_the_Groove/0,339024644,339277626,00.htm Great new article about Groove, published a couple days ago. I like how Simon handles the Groove and SharePoint question. He's got a good understanding of how the two can work together well, and highlights...
  • Blog Post: Groove and VSTO continued

    Paul Stubbs continues to develop his VSTO sample for linking Groove and Outlook. He's now conecting calendar entries. This is a great read if you are interested in building custom apps for Groove. Paul mentions in his post that he's interested in trying to build a sample using the Groove Web Helpers...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Webcast on Tips and Tricks for Groove 2007

    Just a quick post to alert you to an upcoming Webcast: Microsoft Office System Webcast: Tips and Tricks for Groove 2007, Provide Anywhere, Anytime Access to People and Information (Level 100) http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032383098&EventCategory=4&culture...
  • Blog Post: Bugs: Permissions in the Files Tool

    Thanks to Kevin Reeuwijk at Getronics for discovering a vulnerability in the Groove Files tool. He describes the problem here: http://www.buit.org/2007/02/09/security-loophole-found-in-groove-2007-files-tool/ Essentially, there is a bug which enables a user with default "participant" permissions...
  • Blog Post: How To: Using Groove and SharePoint to simplify working with Partner

    Here's the requirements; straight from the Line-Of-Business: I am using Groove to get rid of email as the main communications tool for my partners who cannot log into the corporate intranet. I have to manage 15 partners. I have setup a separate workspace for each partner. There are documents...
  • Blog Post: Groove vs. SharePoint

    I get asked a lot about Groove and SharePoint. They both support collaboration, right? Why do I need both? Can 't I just do all my work in _______? While each is a strong product in its own right, they are really targeting different types of activities. Deploy them together, and you can get some...
  • Blog Post: How to pick the right forms environment for your Groove solution.

    New whitepaper posted on MSDN! Groove provides two forms development environments. There is the Groove Forms Tool, and the Groove InfoPath Forms Tool. How do you decide when to use which one? Well, one way is to think of the Groove InfoPath form, in its current implementation, as best fit for simple...
  • Blog Post: New Groove user group opens its doors; Meanwhile, we're taking heat in the support forums

    A new user group for the global Microsoft Office Groove community has started up. The group can help adress a fundemental challenge with Groove -- how to discover and share those "invitaiton only" workspaces? The Global Groove User Group has online web forums and blogs that let you ask questions of other...
  • Blog Post: How To: Secure Groove Server Manager 2007

    If you are installing your own servers, special care must be taken to secure that infrastructure. Like other Web applications, the Groove Manager’s administrative IIS Web interface must be secured against unauthorized access and interference. Controlling network access, instituting a reliable authentication...
  • Blog Post: How To: Workspace Compatibility - Groove 2007 vs. v3

    Groove 2007 has a new workspace version from Groove v3.x. As a result, there are some compatibility issues to be aware of, as well as a simple workaround: New workspaces created with Groove 2007 are only accessible by other Groove 2007 users. You cannot invite Groove Virtual Office v3.X users...
  • Blog Post: How to use Groove for disaster planning

    John Morello is a Senior Program Manager on the Windows team. He was recently interviewed by TechNet magazine as a part of a series of Zunecasts. Listen to the whole thing, or fast forward to minute 16 for his discussion (primarily on Groove) of Microsoft’s proactive efforts then and now on Disaster...
  • Blog Post: Martin Kearn, on lessons learned with a Groove project

    Lawrence Liu pointed me to a great post by Martin Kearn on Groove. Its a bit of the good, the bad, and the ugly about his experience using Groove on a project. The whole thing is worth a read, but here is Martin's Conclusion Groove does feel like a young product and lacks some of the...