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  • Blog Post: Download all SharePoint 2010 prerequisites on one-click using PowerShell

    Dear SharePoint Geeks, I’m writing this post to share with you a very interesting PowerShell script called “ AutoSPInstaller ”, this script developed by Brian Lalancette for an easier SharePoint 2010 deployment process.This script downloads the files required by PrerequisiteInstaller...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint is leading Gartner Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals

    Gartner recently published a report by Jim Murphy, Gene Phifer, Ray Valdes and Eric Knipp: the 2010 Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portals. In the report, Microsoft not only maintains its Leadership ranking but moves into the #1 position on the report – highest on both the Ability to Execute and...
  • Blog Post: Requirement gathering for SharePoint solutions - Introduction

    It is a well known problem that developers working on a platform have the worst time in their life trying to map the user requirement to the platform capabilities, wasting countless hours in requirement gathering and wasting more time in re-building the solution that was basically structured on assumptions...
  • Blog Post: Sharepoint & IBM Domino

    the introduction of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server into organizations that have traditionally used IBM Lotus Notes and IBM Lotus Domino is increasingly common. So the normal question from the technical team is “From where we can start to integrate with SP or migrate to SP" I came here...
  • Blog Post: Get Manager approval in SharePoint Designer 2010 - Step by Step

    A fundamental condition that I always encountered when gathering workflow requirement is to get the user's manager approval, a tedious amount of coding to connect to active directory retrieve user profile information, get his manager login name, pass it as a parameter to the workflow, create a custom...
  • Blog Post: Refreshing or Filtering Data in Published Excel Services Workbooks [SharePoint 2010]

    This is Ayman El-Hattab , a Regional Technology Solution Professional (Collaboration Platform) from MEA Center of Expertise. I'm also a SharePoint MVP, active blogger, published author and a community fanatic. I'm really so excited to be a part of MEA Center of Expertise and to write the first technical...
  • Blog Post: Recursive and Folder-Scoped LINQ Queries in SharePoint 2010

    As you might experienced in SharePoint 2007, a CAML query is by default non recursive. In other words, if you execute a CAML query, you will end up with items from the list root folder. This is still the same in SharePoint 2010. You have to define extra query options as shown below in case you want to...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft MEA Center of expertise is now HIRING!

      We are now hiring Technology Solution Professional (TSP), If you are a passionate technologist with a Business Intelligence /SharePoint or ERP   technology background and you have presales experience please email your resume at  b-monael@microsoft.com Role scope: Technology Solutions...
  • Blog Post: Creating a host-named site collection programmatically

    A host header is a third piece of information that you can use in addition to the IP address and port number to uniquely identify a Web domain or, as Microsoft calls it, an application server. In SharePoint 2010, You can apply host headers at two different levels : The Web application (IIS Web...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Command Builder for SharePoint 2010 and Office 365

    Dear SharePoint Geeks, I’m here again to share with you another interesting tool to help you adopting Windows PowerShell easily to manage and administer SharePoint 2010. Today’s tool is “ Windows PowerShell Command Builder ”. Simply, it’s a GUI helps you to build a...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 as a Development Platform - From Ignite Training

    Last week, I delivered “SharePoint 2010 Ignite training for developers” for Microsoft partners @ Microsoft Egypt. I was very lucky to meet some of the top-notch developers in Egypt and teach them some of the new development features in SharePoint 2010. I received many requests to share...
  • Blog Post: Live Online SharePoint Saturday EMEA!

    SharePoint Saturday EMEA is a loosely knit group of SharePoint evangelists from around the world. We are working together, using SharePoint as a collaboration tool to sponsor live, online global events. On January 22nd, 2011, we will hold our 2nd annual, live online SharePoint Saturday event in the...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 Virtualization

    Virtualized SharePoint farms are becoming increasing prevalent in the market and with the advances and capabilities offered in HyperV, these farms are becoming increasingly sophisticated. In order to realize the benefits of virtualizing SharePoint farms, a careful process of planning, architecture and...
  • Blog Post: Feature and Solution Framework in SP2010–From Ignite Training

    As promised, here is another slide deck from SP2010 development training that I delivered last week to partners @ Microsoft Egypt. Today I’m sharing a presentation about the main building blocks of SharePoint; Features and Solutions. Your feedback is appreciated. View in brower ...