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  • Blog Post: 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: Datasheet feature on SharePoint not available...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Designer Training

    I have previously mentioned some free training that is available for SharePoint here: http://blogs.technet.com/seanearp/archive/2007/12/07/sharepoint-training.aspx The one thing that was lacking, however, was training for SharePoint Designer, which is really needed to make SharePoint sing. The combination...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Lectures and Whitepapers

    Good stuff! I recently attended some training with the Consultants that are featured in the videos below, and they really know their stuff. Not to mention the Sean Approved Price™ of free J Link to the TechNet Source here: http://technet2.microsoft.com/Office/en-us/library/f27b1c10-aa0f-421b-8c8f...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2007 February Cumulative Update (CU) Released!

    Good news!  The SharePoint 2007 February Cumulative Update (CU) has been released.  And there was much rejoicing. In case you were wondering (I see these questions every once in a while): Q. Does it include the Infrastructure Update? A. Yes. Q. Does it include all Hotfixes from SP1 on? A. Yes...
  • Blog Post: Take a look under the Kimono

    Have you ever been curious how Microsoft protocols such as SMB, CIFS, BITS, IPSEC, or NTLM work behind the scenes? Perhaps you are a Computer Science student, and you want to see how thing work in a commercially available Operating System, or perhaps you are a developer that works on a product that needs...
  • Blog Post: 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 Toolkit was just released (which includes...
  • Blog Post: Updating SharePoint

    I just finished installing Service Pack 2 on my team’s SharePoint server, and the process went absolutely flawlessly (which is very different from some of my past upgrades).  What made the difference?  Reading the instructions (something we geeks tend to not do :)  Before we get started...
  • Blog Post: New Stsadm Commands in SharePoint April Cumulative Update (CU)

    Todd Klindt has already covered the new stsadm commands that were added in Service Pack 2 (SP2) of SharePoint here ( Top 6 new STSADM operations in SharePoint 2007 SP2 ), but it looks like we slipped in a few more in the April Cumulative Update: Job-gradual-site-deletion Lets a site collection be marked...
  • Blog Post: Maintaining SharePoint's SQL Backend

    Many of Microsoft's enterprise-level applications use SQL Server on the back end to host data, content, etc. CRM, Operations Manager, Sharepoint... You get the idea. While many companies have Database Administrators (DBA's) to manage their business-critical databases (perhaps the ones holding customer...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Extranet Collaboration Toolkit

    SharePoint is the hottest thing going at Microsoft.  While Excel is the swiss-army-knife of desktop apps, SharePoint is the do-it-all app on the Server side.  If you are not playing with it already, then you are behind the curve.  Go download the VPC Image , the trial version ( x86 , x64...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Lockdown – The Easy Way

    If you have been tasked with securing SharePoint, there  are a lot of considerations to take into account.  How do users authenticate? Does part of your farm live in an extranet or DMZ? How do you secure user-to-server communications? How do you secure server-to-server communications? ...
  • Blog Post: Visio Bonanza

    WOW. This is an AWESOME resource.  So much so that I capitalized, bolded, italicized, AND underlined AWESOME.  I just found a page on Technet with TONS of Visio diagrams for every type of SharePoint Deployment/Topology/Project. Head on over here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/office/bb310619...
  • Blog Post: Where are my site templates

    Hello All- Every time I setup a new SharePoint 2010 portal, I hit the same problem when I go to create sub-sites…  I have no templates!  Where are my options for creating a Document Center, Search Center, Record Center, or Blog?   Fortunately, the fix is very simple.  The other templates...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Server 2010 performance and capacity test results and recommendations

    Looks like we are starting to ramp up on the documentation!  In my feed of the Microsoft Download Center, I noticed that we just posted results of internal testing on SharePoint 2010 performance.  This should be very helpful for those who are looking for some reference test results as to how...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Training

    As I have mentioned several times before, I am a big fan of free training. I am also a big fan of SharePoint . So... let's combine the two! The Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Training Standalone Edition is designed to help you learn how to use the features of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server...
  • Blog Post: 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 a PowerPoint Deck on SharePoint 2010
  • Blog Post: 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 there on the intarwebs :) Environment I have...
  • Blog Post: 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 more space to work with.  If you want to show...
  • Blog Post: How do I get out of this SharePoint Site Collection?

    Within SharePoint, you can create new Site Collections or Sub Sites, which can look exactly the same to the end user, but which have some significant differences to the administrator.  I won’t cover the differences here, but you can read more here or here . One drawback to Site Collections is the...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Blueprint for SharePoint

    Ever wanted to embed Silverlight into SharePoint? It looks like we have published some guidance on doing so here . The Silverlight Blueprint for SharePoint is source code and guidance for developers describing how to use Microsoft Silverlight and Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies together...
  • Blog Post: 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 work, the approach has two downsides: It will not...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Duplicate People Search Results (or none at all)

    I ran into an interesting issue with the People Search functionality of SharePoint today (which is the opposite of a problem I ran into sometime back, and which is also covered here ) The problem today: People results are duplicated. The problem earlier: No people results at all. The root cause of the...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 Beta available on TechNet Plus and MSDN

    The subject line says it all!  I just logged into my TechNet Plus subscription, and Office SharePoint Foundation Server (formerly Windows SharePoint Services), Office SharePoint Server 2010, Project Server 2010, Search Search Server 2010, and Web Applications Server 2010 are all available for download...
  • Blog Post: Creating Effective Enterprise Portals by Using SharePoint Server 2007

    Great report from the internal IT group here at Microsoft on how our Intranet portal was designed and hosted on SharePoint Server 2007.  I can attest that it is the place to find information within Microsoft, no matter where it may reside... Read more here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library...
  • Blog Post: 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 on changing service accounts and passwords could...