The Sean Blog

  • The “Get Real Work Done” Button

    If you find yourself living in your inbox, finishing the day with hundreds of e-mails sent and received, but no productive work completed, it would be great if there was a “Get Real Work Done” button in Outlook.  Fortunately there is, although the...
  • TechEd–Awesome Free Training in HD

    With summer starting soon (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), work slows down as folks head out for vacation.  What better time to kick back and watch a TON of technical content from some of the smartest folks at Microsoft? I’m not sure when Channel...
  • Shut Down Windows 8

    I didn’t see this method in Paul Thurrott’s excellent Windows 8 Consumer Preview: Lock, Sign Off, Shut Down, Restart And Sleep article, so I thought I’d share. A quick way to shut down, restart, or log out of Windows 8 is to click on the taskbar at the...
  • Microsoft Management Summit – Free Recordings

    If you were not able to make it to MMS, or were unable to clone yourself to attend all the sessions taking place at the same time, fear not!  Over 160 sessions across 5 technical tracks are now available at Digital MMS. http://www.mms-2012.com/digitalmms...
  • Modifying SharePoint Search Results

    I have put up a post over on the PTS Blog that shows how to modify SharePoint Search results to include the Document ID in search results.  The principles in that post can be used to surface other information that may not be included in the out-of...
  • Leave me alone!!! (using Lync to NOT communicate)

    Ubiquitous connectivity and communication sources are a blessing and a curse.  It is amazing that I can speak with my co-worker in Germany and get an answer as if he were sitting right next to me.  On the flip side of the coin, my co-workers...
  • File System Limitation

    Apparently I am only the second person on the internet to hit this error (judging by my Bing search this morning), but I thought I would share the solution in case someone else ever hits it :). I was attempting to copy a 150 GB VHD file from one Windows...
  • Phishing and Modern Browsers

    I got a rather official-looking phishing e-mail this evening, asking me to verify my Bank of America sitekey.  As I do not bank with BOA, this set off some alarm bells.  I always make sure to report phishing sites through the handy “Report unsafe...
  • Scripting a SharePoint 2010 install with Powershell

    Clicking “next” “next” on an installer is sooo 2007.  If you stand up and take down SharePoint 2010 farms on a frequent basis (for development or test servers), or you want to be able to quickly do so (maybe for disaster recovery), you have two options...
  • Windows 7 Deployment Options for Small and Midsize Businesses

    The Microsoft Download Center has a neat poster (available in PDF, Visio, and XPS formats) walking through the advantages, limitations, and requirements for the different deployment options available to small and midsize businesses planning on a deployment...
  • How to create a SharePoint 2010 web part page that inherits the site's left navigation

    The subject line says it all… if you create a web part page in SharePoint 2010, by default you will have a page that has the top (global) navigation, but no current navigation on the left.  This may be exactly what you want, as you will have a bit...
  • Automate PDF configuration for SharePoint 2010 via PowerShell

    PowerShell and SharePoint 2010 go together like peanut butter and chocolate, and Toni Frankola has combined the two to automate a rather error-prone administrative task. Configuring PDF related stuff for SharePoint 2010 (and 2007) is very simple, yet...
  • Embedding a PowerPoint Deck on SharePoint 2010

    If you have ever wanted to know how to embed a PowerPoint Deck on a webpage in SharePoint 2010 (using the awesome power of PowerPoint Web App), I have just put up a post over on the Partner Technical Services Blog showing exactly how to do it . Embedding...
  • Updating passwords on SharePoint 2010

    Today’s entry in the “Sean’s simple question about why a KB article had not been updated leads to a lot of research and learning” post is courtesy of managed accounts and password changes with SharePoint 2010. History With SharePoint 2007, instructions...
  • Blogging with Partner Technical Services

    Hello All- I just wanted to write a quick note to let you know that I will be splitting my blogging time between my site here and the new blog I have setup for my team at Microsoft ( Partner Technical Services ).  My team has a ton of smart consultants...
  • Windows Phone 7 App of Awesomess

    I am loving my new Samsung Focus, and have been adding in some applications, including the excellent Weatherbug, Netflix, Facebook, and Flixter apps.  However… today I found my favorite app of all.  The app is the appropriately named PODCASTS...
  • Free Code Sample Request Service from the Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework team

    Just saw the following announced… we have a team of folks that will write code samples for free in order to save you time as a developer.  How cool is that? Today, the Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework team announces an innovative “FREE” code sample...
  • Outlook Rules for RSS

    For staying on top of my external blog feeds, I use a web-based RSS reader that works quite well.  Inside the corporate firewall, I subscribe to a number of internal/authenticated feeds from SharePoint, which are deposited into the “RSS Feeds” folder...
  • How Do I Use OneNote?

    In older versions of OneNote, you were greeted on startup with a built-in OneNote Guide that walked you through the basics of using OneNote.  With OneNote 2010, the Personal notebook is the only notebook that shows up by default. Fortunately, it...
  • SharePoint 2010– Storman on Steroids

    AKA… how to visualize the files you are storing in SharePoint. * Update on the below after having spoken with the team that runs the internal Microsoft SharePoint farm (thanks Sam for information on the impact!).  While everything mentioned does...
  • A Steady State Without SteadyState

    Windows SteadyState was a great technology designed for administrators that were responsible for computers used by many people (think labs, kiosks, internet cafes, libraries, community centers, etc).  The kind of place where people like to screw...
  • Online Safety Resources

    With school back in session soon (if not already), The Trustworthy Computing team has released a number of useful family safety resources and brochures that would be useful to hand out at a PTA Meeting. You can also use them as supplemental materials...
  • Dynamic Desktop Wallpapers from RSS Feeds

    I was listening to Windows Weekly on my Zune this morning, and Paul’s Pick of the Week was the Bing Dynamic Theme , which dynamically displays new photos from Bing as your desktop background.   Awesome… this is just like Webshots back in the...
  • Internet Explorer 8–Show Stop and Refresh Buttons Before Address Bar

    By default, Internet Explorer 8 has the Refresh and Stop buttons on the right side of the address bar.  I’m used to having them there. However, if you use alternative browsers, you may prefer to have those buttons on the OTHER side of your address...
  • Creating an Image Map in SharePoint Designer 2010

    I’m not sure why this isn’t documented, but thought I’d share the solution in case someone is looking to create an image map with SharePoint Designer 2010.  To set the stage, I’ll borrow shamelessly from the article showing how to do this with FrontPage...