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  • Blog Post: SharePoint SP2 (WSS)

    I can't wait for it, I need it now. Service Pack 2 for SharePoint is available in the Beta of Windows Server 2003 R2 (the interim release of Windows between 2003 and longhorn). The two enhancments everyone has gotta have are: Support for IP-bound virtual servers Previous releases of Windows...
  • Blog Post: RSS for SharePoint

    Dan Larson just published his RSS plugin for SharePoint . Dan has done some awesome work on his own, as well as contract for us at Microsoft Consulting Services. He has a great web site at portalbuilder.org that has some cool tools and framework that leverages the SPS object model. He is currently...
  • Blog Post: Another SharePoint Project begins

    I am off to St. Louis next week to start another SharePoint project. I have become known in our group here at Microsoft for these types of projects because we “bend” SharePoint in a way that it was not designed out of the box. A lot of customers are using SharePoint to write WebParts for their applications...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Support from India

    I admit it, I am not the all-knowing Microsoft consultant I should be. The real truth is, our support folks have the best tools to diagnose problems a lot faster than I can muddle through things. I have had the occasion over the last few weeks to call Microsoft Support (PSS) several times with...
  • Blog Post: Changes to SharePoint 2003 Installs

    I recently worked on another SharePoint project where we did unusual things with SharePoint. But, this time we actually used some of the core SPS functionality like search to index about 5,000 documents for a call center. We built out Production last week and were doing some testing and discovered...
  • Blog Post: Inside WSS 3.0

    In a really weird coincidence today, I ran into a great book about WSS 3.0. I have been busy hacking away at some old scripts that push around templates, etc on the file system for WSS and MOSS. The goal is to take a build from Team Foundation Server (TFS) and be able to deploy it to dev, test or...
  • Blog Post: Domain Migration vs SharePoint

    As companies get acquired or you migrate off different platforms to AD, there can be quite a mess in terms of Domains and Forests. Lots of ambitious IT folks try and keep a handle on this and consolidate domains quickly as things change. This is a great idea, and keeping things simple is definately the...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Online and SBS 2003

    I have been working with the Microsoft BPOS aka Microsoft Online guys in Enterprise accounts for a while to help big companies migrate to BPOS dedicated. Don’t know what that is? Check out www.microsoftonline.com . To sum it up, it is hosted Exchange, SharePoint, OCS, LiveMeeting, and a few other offerings...
  • Blog Post: Hosted Messaging and Collaboration 3.5 released today

    This morning, Microsoft announced version 3.5 of the Solution for Hosted Messaging and Collaboration (the product formerly known as HVMC). The latest version of the solution incorporates new mobile synchronization capabilities, a variety of security enhancements, and new tools that lessen management...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 cool things

    I have been doing weird, wacky things with SharePoint for the last two years to help customers use it as their Internet facing portal. Through these experiences and tribulations, I have developed my own list of “things to hate about SharePoint Internet/Extranet facing portals”. Working with big customers...
  • Blog Post: Small Business Server 2003 Upgrade from Hell

    Last week, I decided to take a few vacation days and fly out to Ogden, Utah to help my wife’s old company upgrade from Small Business Server (SBS) 2000 to SBS 2003. They are a small, 10 person operation that manufactures high end ski and board apparel ( www.descente.net or www.ridedna.com ). The have...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 3.0 WSP Deployment Scripts

    I have been working with a customer over the last few weeks to come up with a mechanism that their Configuration Management (CM) team can use to deploy custom WSS code. Fortunately, WSS allows our developers to wrap up their code into a Solution (WSP files). The solution can have things like templates...