The Sean Blog

  • Process Monitor 2 Released - Now with more cowbell!

    If you have any need to find out what your computer is really doing under the hood, you know that Process Monitor is the tool.  Today, Process Monitor 2.0 was released.  From the Sysinternals blog : This major update to Process Monitor adds...
  • Uploading Spreadsheets into SharePoint Lists

    Ran into an interesting issue when trying to upload a spreadsheet from Excel 2007 into SharePoint 2007. To do so, you would normally click on Site Actions --> Create --> Import Spreadsheet.  In the past, I have found this to be the easiest...
  • Authenticate Linux/Unix to Active Directory

    If you need guidance on a Microsoft technology, we probably have a Solution Accelerator for that! Today's guide is brought to you by the letter "authentication" . Now... If you operate in a heterogeneous environment, you may one day be tasked with making...
  • Content Query Web Part on SharePoint 2010 supports multi-value lookup fields

    That is probably the geekiest blog title I have ever written.  Sorry.  This is just a very cool change between 2007 and 2010 that will probably never make it to a marketing slide, but which solves a frustration that I experienced with 2007....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Ten Themes for SharePoint

    If you want SharePoint to, well, not look like SharePoint… we just released 10 themes that look awesome! Download them here . They are packaged as SharePoint Solutions so you don’t have to do the messy work of going to all of your front end web servers...
  • Why is my hard drive spinning?

    Ever see your hard drive LED chugging away, while there was no apparent activity on your screen?  Apple solves the problem by choosing to not providing a HD LED.  What you don't know can't bug you! My wife, however, asked me to track down the...
  • 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...
  • Renaming crazy SharePoint Database Names

    When SharePoint 2007 creates new Content Databases, by default it adds a GUID to the end of the database name.  While you can rename it during the creation process, maybe you forgot to and you now you have a Content Database that looks like the one...
  • Can't read .chm (Compiled Help) on Vista/XP/2003?

    In my previous post , I mentioned that TechNet Magazine has their past issues available in HTML Help format (.chm) here .  If you navigate to that page (with a fully patched Vista or Windows XP box) and open one of the referenced files from directly...
  • Windows Server Longhorn - Per User Password Policy

    I can't imagine that this will make the front page of People Magazine , but if you are a Network or Security Admin, I have great news for you. With Windows Server Longhorn, you will be able to implement Password Policies on a Per User and Per Group level...
  • Where's My Mail Control Panel?

    (or my Quicktime Control Panel, or my Java control panel...) This has been bugging me for a while. I don't know if there is a KB article or not, but I thought I would share the solution. Ever since I have been using Windows Vista, I have not had a Mail...
  • Read-Only Domain Controller (RODC) Branch Office Guide Released

    If you are involved in a project to plan or upgrade Active Directory in your branch offices, you may have questions such as: What type of domain controller should I use for a given branch office? Does a given branch office even need a Domain Controller...
  • The top Active Directory Issues

    The Ask the Directory Services Team blog has a great post on the top 50 KB articles used to solve issues in Directory Services support during the first quarter of Microsoft fiscal year 2008 (July 2007 through September 2007). I list the top 10 below,...
  • Replacing your Motherboard (without killing Windows)

    It can be done! If you want to replace an older motherboard in your computer (without having to wipe and reload Windows), we have a KB article for that! Off to NewEgg to find a nicer Motherboard to replace the one that came for free with my Processor...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Installing Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron in Virtual PC 2007

    A picture is worth a thousand words... "An unrecoverable processor error has been encountered.  The virtual machine will reset now." It looks like Ubuntu isn't the only one with this problem... Fedora 9 releases tomorrow and according to...
  • The best feature you've never heard of...

    Although the File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) has been around since 2005 (it shipped with Windows Server 2003 R2, is present in SBS 2003 R2), I have yet to meet anyone (even hard-core Admins) who have even heard of it. It is an excellent tool to have...
  • WordPad is strangely functional

    If you are like me, you haven’t fired up WordPad since somewhere around 1998.  It has virtually no functionality at all. Except… now it does.  I was listening to Windows Weekly , and Paul Thurrott and Leo Laporte mentioned that WordPad is significantly...
  • Slipstreaming SP2 into SharePoint Server 2007

    If you are performing a greenfield or clean install of SharePoint, it is a good idea to install the latest version (which as of today would be Service Pack 2 with the April Cumulative Update).  The latest install media for SharePoint, however, only...
  • Office for Starving Students

    Are you a starving student? Would you like a copy of Microsoft Office 2007 Ultimate for cheaper than MS Employees can pick it up at the Company Store? I honestly think that Office 2007 is the best product we have released in a long time. I am a student...