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  • Blog Post: Changing a Site Collection URL

    There is no out-of-the-box command in SharePoint to rename a site collection URL. So if you have a site created at http://team/sites/site1 and want to rename it to http://team/sites/site2 , you will need to do a backup of the site collection, delete the site collection and restore the backup under a...
  • Blog Post: Unique Document URLs in MOSS 2007 and the new Document ID feature in SharePoint 2010

    A few years ago, I was working with a Microsoft customer to deploy a Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS 2007) solution. SharePoint 2007 had just been released at the time. The customer needed document URLs stored in SharePoint to continued to work even after the document was renamed or moved. I...
  • Blog Post: Maintaining your MOSS 2007 SQL Databases

    If you're running Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS 2007), your're also running a SQL Server, hopefully the 2005 version to get the best performance. MOSS will be creating all your databases for your, so you might thing you should not worry about maintaining those databases, right? Not really...
  • Blog Post: Questions for Collection 5403 - Implementing Microsoft WSS 3.0

    As I mentioned previously, I have started an MVP training on Windows SharePoint Server 3.0 based on the eLearning Collection 5403 - Implementing Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. During the class, I posted a few questions at the end of each course in the collection. Here are those questions...
  • Blog Post: Site Directory in MOSS 2007 via a custom Search Scope

    In a Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007, you will likely need to provide your users a list of sites you host. There are a few ways to do this. First, you can leverage the out-of-the-box Site Directory template, coupled with a few settings in Central Admin to force users to select one or...
  • Blog Post: Packaging, Deploying and Instantiating SharePoint Applications

    There are tools and methods to package, deploy and instantiate SharePoint applications (I made a case for these SharePoint applications as opposed to ASP.NET applications in a previous blog post here). If you are deploying Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS 2007) in a farm environment at an...
  • Blog Post: Tips for Excel Services Beta 2

    I just wanted to share some things that I learned while implementing a proof of concept on Microsoft Office SharePoint Services (MOSS) 2007 beta 2 and more specifically regarding the Excel Services feature. First of all, if you got the beta for MOSS, Excel Services will be available as soon as you...
  • Blog Post: Steps to configure a basic MOSS 2007 farm

    I’m working on a step-by-step procedure to install Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Beta 2 (MOSS 2007), to allow my customer to create their environment by themselves. The main difficulty they have right now is the exact sequence to follow to get a basic infrastructure for team collaboration with...
  • Blog Post: Enabling and Disabling SharePoint Integration in Outlook 2007

    Outlook 2007 improves the SharePoint integration, which was already there in Outlook 2003. In a SharePoint list, you will find the "Connect to Outlook" option in the "Actions" menu in a list or library. In Outlook 2003, we had the option to use a registry setting or Group Policy Object (GPO) option...
  • Blog Post: What kind of SharePoint site should you create?

    Web 2.0 is one of those things everyone is talking about. If you’re implementing Web 2.0 with Microsoft technologies, this usually leads to a SharePoint conversation. Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS 2007) includes built-in templates for all the different types of trendy Web 2.0 sites, but...
  • Blog Post: Integrating SharePoint with other portals and web applications

    Introduction Maybe you’re lucky enough to work for a company that has standardized on SharePoint portals and ASP.NET applications across the board. In that case, you do not need to integrate different types of portals and web applications. For most large corporations, though, there will be many portals...
  • Blog Post: Outlook and SharePoint integration

    There are several integration points between Outlook 2003 and SharePoint (both Windows SharePoint Services and SharePoint Portal Server 2003). Here they are: Calendar synchronization You can synchronize your data in Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 with data from Windows SharePoint Services, so...
  • Blog Post: Step-by-Step MOSS Installation Videos from Rodney Viana

    Rodney Viana (a friend from Brazil) just shared with me two very well crafted videos describing in great detail the process to install and configure Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Rodney is working with Alfredo Fortenboher on a Video Book on Sharepoint for a project called LabClasses and was...
  • Blog Post: Q and A for Collection 5403 - Implementing Microsoft WSS 3.0

    In a previous blog post I mentioned an MVP training on Windows SharePoint Server 3.0 based on the eLearning Collection 5403 - Implementing Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 . I posted the questions I posed at the end of each course in the collection in that previous post, but never published...
  • Blog Post: Steps to Configure a basic MOSS 2007 Farm (RTM)

    I have finally gathered all the required resources to build my test server for MOSS 2007 (Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007) RTM. This includes hardware (an HP notebook with 2GB of RAM), software (Windows Server 2003 SP1, SQL Server 2005 SP1 and the RTM release of MOSS 2007) and time :-). My goal...
  • Blog Post: Searching the web for WSS v3 or MOSS 2007 sites

    It seems like the latest sport out there is looking for Windows SharePoint Server v3 (WSSv3) and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS 2007) sites. There are several blogs posts (which quickly become outdated) trying to list all the public sites that are publicly available. For instance, try...
  • Blog Post: Starting a course on Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 for Microsoft MVPs

    I will be starting an MVP-targeted course on Implementing Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 on April 23rd. This is something Microsoft offers to the MVPs and I will be monitoring that class. If you're interested in the MVP program, there are details at http://mvp.support.microsoft.com . The course uses...
  • Blog Post: Installing MOSS 2007 Beta 2 TR (or should I say upgrading?)

    If you like the majority of the IT people out there, you're not really fond of reading manuals and README files. When we need to install new software, we simply find the SETUP.EXE and start running it right away. For the latest update to the MOSS 2007 beta, that simply won't cut it. MOSS 2007 Beta2TR...
  • Blog Post: Unique Document URLs in MOSS 2007

    P.S.: There's now a feature in SharePoint 2010 to address this: See http://blogs.technet.com/blairb/archive/2009/10/20/new-document-id-feature-in-sharepoint-2010.aspx I'm currently working on a Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 implementation at a large customer that uses LiveLink. They...
  • Blog Post: The risks around SharePoint application deployment

    SharePoint is growing in popularity, partially due to its great model for describing and deploying packaged applications. This is especially true in the latest v3 or 2007 release, with the introduction of the "solution" deployment. However, if you're deploying those applications, you should be aware...
  • Blog Post: The Case for SharePoint Applications

    Introduction I have been spending some time on the idea of using SharePoint as an application hosting platform, as opposed to using regular ASP.NET applications. Some solutions are a great fit for this, others are not. My main goal is to describe some pros and cons, in order to help make the decision...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Application Development: The Process

    SharePoint Applications Again In previous blog posts, I have shared some ideas around SharePoint applications (especially ones without any code), including “Packaging, Deploying and Instantiating SharePoint Applications”, “The risks around SharePoint application deployment” and “The Case for SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Complete reference of all STSADM operations (with parameters) in MOSS 2007

    This post is obsolete. Please check the SP1 version of it at: http://blogs.technet.com/josebda/archive/2008/03/15/complete-reference-of-all-stsadm-operations-with-parameters-in-moss-2007-sp1.aspx I was looking for a specific action under "STSADM -o spsearch" and I noticed that there is no...
  • Blog Post: Processess running on a MOSS 2007 Beta 2 box

    I configured a Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Beta 2 (MOSS 2007) server and I was trying to better understand the processes that run on it. I used two computers, one running all WSS/MOSS services and the other running AD and SQL. The WSS/MOSS server is running Windows Server 2003 EE SP1 in a...
  • Blog Post: Moving your MOSS 2007 databases to a larger drive

    I was doing a small Proof-of-Concept with SharePoint Server 2007, using one server for the database (running SQL Server 2005) and another server for SharePoint Server. The problem is that the SysAdmin that installed SQL Server not only installed it on the C: drive but also let SQL creating new database...