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  • Blog Post: How to integrate Groove with a .NET Framework Application

    John Hancock ( www.johnchancock.com ) is a Senior MCS consultant with a background in building, and writing about, .NET apps. He has recently been working with Groove, and published a great article on MSDN about integrating Groove with a custom .NET Framework application. You can download the code sample...
  • 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: 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: Silverlight in Groove

    My friend Hugh Pyle just posted this great article on using Silverlight in Groove , complete with some code samples. Not only is this cool technology, Hugh once again does a fantastic job of documenting his approach, making it very easy to follow. In his words: "This example is very simple: load...
  • 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 2007: update to the Groove Web Helpers

    Are you familiar with the Groove Web Helpers? They're designed to help you get the most from the Groove Web Services API. Though not officially "supported" they are available on CodePlex. the latest update to the Web Helpers is now available: http://www.codeplex.com/GWSV12Helpers This release:...
  • Blog Post: Did you know: Groove 2007 has spell check?

    Did you know that Office Groove 2007 has Spell Check? Although it may seem hidden, you can use Spell Check during many of your Groove activities. All you need to do is press F7 on your keyboard and Spelling will pop up! Try it when creating an Instant Message to a colleague, adding a discussion item...
  • Blog Post: How to connect Microsoft OneNote 2007 to CRM systems

    My colleague Rachel just returned from a business trip in Europe, where she was talking to our field, customers, and partners about Microsoft Groove 2007 and Microsoft OneNote 2007. Knowing she had a long plane ride ahead of her, I asked her to share some thoughts on OneNote that would be of interest...
  • Blog Post: How To: Faster Access to Groove Workspaces

    The other day I came across this solution by Laurent Kempe that gives the Groove user fast access to their workspaces using Taskbar Shortcuts. The following exert was borrowed from Laurent’s blog post " Groove Virtual Office Tips #1 : Fast access to Workspaces ": …Groove Launchbar is great...
  • 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: How to: relate two different drop down lists on the same form

    Hint: use the Key column and Key value in the Lookup options. Recently someone posed a question on our mail list, " Can I relate two drop-down list boxes on the same form? Example: In the first one I have values given by hand: soccer, basketball. And in the second one, when I choose soccer in...
  • 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: 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: Groove Webcast: Deploying Groove client and Server

    Later this morning I am hosting a webcast on deploying Groove client and server. We'll talk mainoly about how Groove works, what the deployent options are, and how to get started with your own Groove deployment. You can register for the webcast here: Attendee Registration URL: http://msevents...
  • 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: Groove and the Extranet Collab Toolkit

    New Solution Accelerator just released:  Extranet Collaboration Toolkit for SharePoint Do you need tools to collaborate securely with others across the Internet?  The Beta for the Extranet Collaboration Toolkit for Sharepoint has just been released.  Inside you'll find "Choosing a...