July, 2010

  • Free Microsoft Visio Stencils

    If you have ever wanted to obtain the Visio Stencils used by the Microsoft User Assistance teams in all of our TechNet documentation… look no further, as they are available for free download. Visio stencils for IT Pro posters Microsoft Office Visio Stencil...
  • Long URL’s in SharePoint 2010

    I had a co-worker recently ask me about some of the incredibly long URL’s now used in SharePoint 2010.  In SharePoint 2007, the URL to a document hosted in a document library looked something like http://sharepoint/sites/teamsite/project%20documents...
  • Your client does not support opening this list with Windows Explorer

    Just a quick solution in case you ever get the following message when trying to open a SharePoint Document Library in explorer view from Windows Server 2008 Your client does not support opening this list with Windows Explorer. This is due...
  • Resolution to missing datasheet view with 64-bit versions of Office

    I just saw the following from our Product Quality team, and thought I would pass along the resolution.  While 64-bit installations of Office 2010 are still relatively uncommon, there are a few known issues/growing pains, and this is one of them Issue...
  • SLD, Disjoint and Discontiguous Namespaces, Oh My!

    If your domain is setup as a Single Label Domain or with a Disjoint/Discontiguous namespace, head on over to the DNS Namespace Planning Solution Center .  This Solution Center outlines Microsoft’s support policy for customers with various namespace...
  • Technical Diagrams for SharePoint 2010

    Complementing the Technical Diagrams for deploying Office 2010 post, here are the technical diagrams for SharePoint 2010.  As I am a visual person, I find these to be more helpful than the written documentation at understanding key SharePoint concepts...
  • SharePoint 2010 – 403 error when updating metadata

    I have spent a month troubleshooting a crazy problem with SharePoint 2010, stumping everyone that worked on it. The problem was just resolved, and it involves something I’ve never seen before, so I thought I would share so that the solution is out...
  • SQL Server Best Practices Analyzer

    The following screenshot will give a DBA severe indigestion (although I have to imagine it is not entirely uncommon on unmanaged installations of SQL, especially those where SQL is just the black box that is installed as a prerequisite). A SQL installation...
  • System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 Documentation

    Jason Buffington’s Book on Data Protection for Virtual Data Centers is now available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble , but while you are waiting for the UPS Man to arrive, the DPM Content Publishing team has been hard at work on documentation to help...
  • Jumpstart your Windows 7 and Office 2010 Deployment

    In case you are starting to evaluate the deployment of Windows 7 and Office 2010 in your environment (especially now that Windows 2000 is no longer supported ), I just found an excellent resource on TechNet: Building a Technical Proof of Concept for the...
  • SharePoint 2010 Certifications

    The SharePoint 2010 Certifications (both for IT Pros and Developers) both go live on Monday. For IT Pros: Exam 70-667 TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Configuring Exam 70-668 Pro: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Administrator For Developers: Exam 70-573 TS:...
  • Securing SharePoint and Project Server 2010

    A year ago, I showed how to lock down SharePoint 2007 using the Security Configuration Wizard that was introduced with Windows Server 2003.  The last post includes information on how the tool works, but  as the Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administration...
  • Microsoft Project 2010: The Missing Manual

    I just got my printed copy of Microsoft Project 2010: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore , that I was fortunate enough to be able to tech review while it was being written.  The book is absolutely excellent, both for the information on Project...
  • Linux Integration Services v2.1 for Hyper-V Released

    Get them while they’re hot!  Download here: Linux Integration Services v2.1 for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V R2 .  This version of the integration services for Hyper-V supports Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP3, SUSE Linux Enterprise...
  • Upgrading from SharePoint Portal Server and Project Server 2003 to SharePoint/Project Server 2010

    I’ll get the ugly out of the way first… When developing Project Server 2010, the development team was faced with the same constraints that any project team faces… the Project Management Triangle (which the Project Management Institute (PMI) has now replaced...
  • Multi-selecting emails in Hotmail

    Although I love the new features of the updated Hotmail, one thing that has confused me is my inability to multi-select emails by clicking one email and then Shift-clicking additional emails (as you would do in almost any application that supports multiple...
  • Technical Diagrams for deploying Office 2010

    I love the technical diagrams that the Office/SharePoint teams release… if you have access to a plotter (or Kinko’s), you can print them out and hang them on your wall.  Why wouldn’t you?  ;) All of the diagrams are available in PDF, XPS, and...
  • Office 2010 IT Professional User Readiness Resources

    If you are planning an upcoming rollout of Office 2010, the Office team has released some readiness materials to help get your end users excited about Office 2010. The download includes posters, flyers, and weekly e-mails with tips and tricks. Good stuff...
  • Bridging from MOF Guidance to Microsoft Products

    From an outside perspective, you might think that the Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) is explicitly tied to Microsoft Products.  It is not.  MOF was specifically designed to be technology agnostic, and address the operational, people, and...
  • PowerShell Reference on Bing

    In today’s “that’s kind of cool”, it turns out you can use Bing’s Visual Search for more than visualizing the top movies in theatres or new cars, you can also use it as a reference for Powershell Cmdlets.  How cool is that?  Try it here: http...
  • More than you wanted to know

    If you haven’t made it to a TechEd , you are really missing out.  Hundreds of super-smart speakers giving great presentations on all sorts of Microsoft technologies.  If if you have attended, you likely ended up with the problem that 4 can’t...
  • Learn Web Development with the Web Camps Training Kit

    Courtesy of James Senior , I see that we have released the Web Camps Training Kit: July 2010 Edition .  This is perfect timing as I am in the process of teaching myself Web Development. Overview The kit includes all the content presented around the...
  • Windows Phone Developer Resources

    I see over on the Windows Phone Developer Blog that the UI Design and Interaction Guide for Windows Phone 7 and Design Templates for Windows Phone 7 are now available for Developers.  The UI Design guide is actually a very interesting read, even...
  • System Center Essentials 2010 Resource Kit Now Available

    System Center Essentials 2010 has been out a few months ( download Microsoft System Center Essentials 2010 Trial ), and already there is a Resource Kit available! The System Center Essentials Resource Kit includes: Essentials Server Migration...
  • Learn Design with Expression Studio

    In my last post , I linked to some great training available on learning web development with Visual Studio 2010.  Complementing that content is some excellent (and free) training on Microsoft Expression Studio with sessions for visual designers and...