SharePoint; from an Engineer's Perspective

  • European SharePoint Conference

      I'm honored to be Speaking at the European SharePoint Conference 2013. I'm speaking at the European SharePoint Conference 2013 and I’m delighted to be a part of this fantastic gathering of the SharePoint Community, Feb 4-7 2013, in Copenhagen,...
  • PowerShell for SharePoint Admins–The REAL Primer–Series #6

    This is the sixth entry of my PowerShell for SharePoint Admins series . In this session, we will configure Service Applications with corresponding databases.  I am basing this series on what SharePoint Administrators have said are the most important...
  • PowerShell for SharePoint Admins–The REAL Primer–Series #5

    This is the fifth entry of my PowerShell for SharePoint Admins series.  In this session we will learn some PowerShell cmdlets that will give us some flexibility in being able to accomplish the Top Ten things for which SharePoint Admins use PowerShell...
  • PowerShell for SharePoint Admins–The REAL Primer–Series #4

    This is the fourth entry of my PowerShell for SharePoint Admins series.  I am basing this series on what SharePoint Administrators have said are the most important tasks to accomplish in PowerShell.  Here is the list: Create/Delete Sites, Webs...
  • PowerShell for SharePoint Admins–The REAL Primer–Part 3

    I gave a talk last weekend at SharePoint Saturday NYC and took a poll. I asked the audience what were the 10 most common things SharePoint Administrators did in their jobs. Here is the list: Create/Delete Sites, Webs and Web Applications Backup and Restore...
  • PowerShell for SharePoint Admins – The REAL primer PART 2

      OK, so why haven’t I posted the second part in so long?  LIFE.  No other reason.  So—on to the next part: In Part I I told you that aliases were important and we wanted to make sure we didn’t have to remember what they were and to...
  • People still sending you MEGA attachments?

    I had a friend come to me and ask how to automatically send attachments to a certain folder as she was tired of downloading the attachments and saving them to her hard drive only to *re* upload them to a file share for consumption. I’m not much of a VBScript...
  • PowerShell for SharePoint Admins – The REAL primer PART I

    I’m not a developer. I am a straight up ITPro/Admin/Infrastructure guy. Oh, I can code. I just don’t like it and only do it when I absolutely HAVE TO. I find no pleasure in creating “cool apps” that do “cool stuff”. Opening up Visual Studio doesn’t make...
  • Read the Prescan log…CARFEFULLY!

    I thought I would start putting my experiences from the field here when I encounter either a strange occurrence or when I pull my hair out trying to figure out something and it reveals something extraordinary. I had one of “those” sessions—you know, the...
  • BPOS – What is it?

    A lot of people are asking about Business Productivity Online Services these days. Microsoft is betting the farm on S+S/SaaS/Cloud Computing. Software as a Service has long been a buzz word coming out of Redmond as well as the term “Cloud Computing...
  • MOSS Pre-Installation Health Check

    I don’t know why I haven’t blogged on this before, but I think its of great value to those who install and configure SharePoint. Yesterday @MossLover tweeted that the audit policy settings on a server had caused the installation of MOSS to fail during...
  • A Triple Double Upgrade – PART 1

    As most know, SharePoint 2010 has reached a few fortunate people in the world for them to get an advanced preview of it.  The SharePoint Community is totally awash in buzz around it while trying to be true to their Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)...
  • Robust Home Network

    Amazing the chatter that happens on Twitter these days. Some colleagues of mine @Bfox11b , @andrewconnell , and @michaeltnoel were talking about their home networks to do testing, etc.  It is a wide known fact that I run a pretty nice network with...
  • My last project while a Microsoft Blue Badge

    My former team-mate Bill Baer posted this link today and I thought I would do the same. This was an incredible project to work on. What a headache, but at the same time--it was doing something NO ONE IN THE WORLD was doing yet. http://www.microsoft...
  • Name Resolution and SharePoint

    SharePoint uses name resolution to find other servers just like any other application.  But what happens when your infrastructure uses different types of name resolution?  Don’t think there would be a problem, right?  That’s what I thought...
  • Claims Based Authentication – An Overview

    I thought I would discuss a little about what Claims Auth (ClaimsAuth) is and why its important for you to know.  In an article from Network World , it was stated that Claims Authentication is a new feature in SharePoint 2010 and understanding it...
  • Walk the walk that you talk - PART 2

    Setting up a Pre-Production environment (PPE) takes a little planning; *IF* you want it to be robust. Sure, anyone can purchase an extra box for "dev" and call that PPE, but I'm talking about REALLY have an environment that either mirrors production to...
  • Walk the walk that you talk - PART 1

    So many times you hear "Don't do this in production!  Do this in your Dev or Test environment".  More times than not, the "Dev" or "Test" environment is the developer's laptop or some spare machine that they have...
  • The 5 Commandments of SharePoint Deployments

    At Microsoft, one would think that Best Practices are the Rule of Law. So one would think. Being young to the team and to the company I see that things are not as they seem. Not as bad as it seems, nor as orderly as it seems. In my former pre-Microsoft...
  • Why I haven't blogged

    I had a discussion with a colleague from the Product Group last night as to why I don't blog often (or ever) concerning the technical aspects of SharePoint. My angle was that I work with some talented folks who spend considerable amounts of time blogging...
  • SharePoint Conference

    I am an engineering technologist at Microsoft, for those who didn't already know. My job entails creating designs and testing those designs for Microsoft's customers who choose to have Microsoft run their SharePoint infrastructures. Two of our customers...
  • Going to the Edge

    It's a new segment for EDGE , a sister channel to the famous Channel9 from Microsoft. My office mate Bill Baer and I were offered our own subchannel called the "RnB Show". It's a show targeted at ITPros who want to know more about SharePoint. We'll have...
  • Documentation

    Is it so hard to document what we do? I think so. Otherwise there would be more information out there on stuff. I'm just talking about the stuff we know about. There is so much untapped knowledge that there probably isn't time to write down what we all...
  • First post

    Well, this is my first attempt to have a purely technical blog. I will cease putting technical content on my other blog at http://slickrickistheman.spaces.live.com . If you read the 'About' you will see the purpose of my blog. I work in the Microsoft...