JustMeetingsNoActualWork

Aaron Bator -- SharePoint Premier Field Engineer

JustMeetingsNoActualWork

  • Another instance of "Mystery of Limited Access"

    Limited Access: The phrase means so much, but says so little to many SharePoint Adminstrators! Ran into an issue today where the permissions on a list appeared not to be applying correctly. The site administrator reported that one user was unable to...
  • Sometimes when you upgrade, you also have to downgrade

    Ran into an interesting logic puzzle today where upgrading to .Net 4 made SharePoint PowerShell angry. Had to chase my tail a little bit since the lab system I was troubleshooting had some other interesting configuration challenges with a single account...
  • Looking for a New Year's Resolution? How about learning some PowerShell?

    Okay, so this doesn't directly speak to SharePoint, but Powershell is the base. Here's a great post from a fellow PFE who suggest that if you are stuck at the gym waiting for a treadmill -- that happens at this time of year, be patient until the will...
  • Stuff IT Janitors Say

    While looking at the SharePoint Logs: "How did General Gatherers get access to my SharePoint site? Do we even have a General Gatherers in this command?" "This is not a technical book, the whole first few pages is something about families and thank...
  • Your own SQL BI Demo

    If you are as excited as I am about new features for SharePoint 2010 and business intelligence, you'll want to check out this publicly available BI Demo Site: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/bi/GetMicrosoftBI/TryIt.aspx
  • PowerPivot helps you understand the US Debt

    Whether you subscribe to the Hamiltonian theory of the need to run a deficit to have an effective government or not, there's an interesting set of data about the US National Debt which you can look at with Excel Power Pivot: http://understandingtheusdebt...
  • Power View for Everyone

    Really pleased to see there's a SharePoint Claim-Enabled site available to anyone with a Windows Live ID to experience how cool Power View reports are: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft_business_intelligence1/archive/2012/02/07/power-view-overview...
  • Your own demo image for SharePoint

    Learn by doing Like many people, I can learn about SharePoint from reading blogs or discussion board or technet. But I find I really don't understand well until I have a chance to run my own installation of SharePoint. But I know for some folks this...
  • SharePoint as a 4 step program

    I could probably come up with more than 4 steps, but here's a progression that may look familiar to some of you: "I'm using SharePoint because you made me" "I can find something useful in SharePoint, I guess it's OK" "I can learn about my...
  • Don't be an IT janitor

    Sawdust That's what the janitor in my grade school used to solve most problems. I am sure that's not what happens these days, perhaps only because there isn't a wood shop with lots of sawdust as a waste product, but every so often I run across an IT...
  • SharePoint Patching - What number was that?

    Maybe you have eidetic memory and don't need to have SharePoint build numbers translated to something human-readable like October 2012 Cumulative Update, but if you don't here's a great link to a blog which helps take the mystery out of the build numbers...
  • I can't believe I didn't blog about Light Up SharePoint before now!

    If you're like me, you often laugh at television/movies and the data displays: "Enhance sector 3" works magic in some films, but most of us are stuck working hard to display meaningful data in a non-movielike way. Take a look at this interesting take...
  • Lightswitch is cool enough to make me want to renew my visa for Visual Studio-land!

    I love when you can go to a training event or conference and you learn something. It's even better when you learn you missed a great session but you can meet the presenter over dinner. I had a great time last week at an internal training event and met...
  • Project Crescent is now Power View

    I'm still really excited about the functionality for Project Crescent, but I'm having to rewire my brain to remember the new name: Power View. But if I rewire "SQL Denali" to "SQL Server 2012", I guess I can put the two of them together. It's also...
  • SharePoint Powershell the easy way --- at least to build the commands

    I really like using Powershell commands with SharePoint 2010, but I don't always remember how to put the command strings together. Ich spreche keine Deutsch, but I do understand the concept of placing the verb at the end of a sentence, unlike Powershell...
  • Project Crescent -- Turning Business Intelligence on its head and letting all the brainy bits fall out

    At the recent SharePoint 2010 Conference in Anaheim I met some old and new friends and learned a lot. One of the things I'm really excited about is new functionality for Sharepoint 2010 once it's connected to the next version of SQL Server. There's lots...
  • Service Pack 3 available now for Office 2007, SharePoint 2007 and WSS 3.0

    Widely posted elsewhere with lots of good details -- http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2591018/ List of all 2007 Office system SP3, 2007 Office servers SP3, and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP3 packages
  • How Microsoft Does Site Governance Internally

    I'm often asked lots of questions about how Microsoft runs SharePoint. I think a cynic's view of the product is "What would Microsoft have to create to allow all 140,000+ employees and contractors to collaborate and search for content? And the answer...
  • SharePoint 2010 SP1 and patching guidance

    There's a lot of interest in getting SharePoint 2010 SP1 installed and also making sure you're doing it the right way. I found some great information in this blog post so I thought I should share: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/opal/archive/2011/06/30/the...
  • Ribbon Hero 2 is now available!

    http://www.officelabs.com/projects/ribbonhero2/Pages/default.aspx New and improved Ribbon Hero -- where you can help Clippy move out of his mom's basement!
  • Your Cloud, My Cloud, Our Cloud

    Are you confused by all the "Cloud" stuff out there? Wish you had an easy way to learn what cloud storage can do for you? Here's a couple of ways you can do that: http://www.healthvault.com/personal/index.aspx http://skydrive.live.com/ ...
  • Be a ribbon hero!

    Okay, so this does not *directly* apply to SharePoint -- which also has a ribbon interface -- but it's pretty cool. If I said there was something you can download which is a game, teaches you how to use Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010 products and you...
  • Just Meetings? No Actual Work?

    Thanks for finding my blog. Just a quick note to start to explain the title of this blog. I work for Microsoft as a Premier Field Engineer supporting SharePoint. That's just another way to say that I spend my time with Microsoft customers helping them...