The Sean Blog

  • Creating a PST in Outlook 2010

    I have a friend that is moving from Outlook 2003 to 2010, and who had trouble figuring out how to move their mail to a PST (offline mail store).  In case anyone else is looking to do this, here we go: In the top left of Outlook, click on “File”....
  • 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...
  • Windows Server 2008 - Fine Grained Password Policy Walkthrough

    Back in March, I wrote about one of the important new features in Windows Server 2008, the Fine-grained password policy (also a great post for learning more about passwords in general).  In any case, there has been an increase in available documentation...
  • 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...
  • Audit your Outlook calendar permissions

    By default, others within your organization can only see whether you are free or busy for a particular timeslot.  In theory, people should check whether you are available before scheduling an appointment with you, although nobody seems to do that...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Installing SQL Server 2005 on Windows Server 2008

    I am in the process of installing SQL Server 2005 on a new Windows 2008 Server, and ran into the following warning about missing some required components of IIS: - IIS Feature Requirement (Warning) Messages IIS Feature Requirement Microsoft Internet Information...
  • SharePoint Profile Cleanup

    I ended up having to do quite a bit of cleanup on the profiles associated with a team SharePoint server, and learned a bit in the process that doesn’t seem to be on the Internet in one place, so I thought I’d share. Note: I will touch on several related...
  • Linux on Hyper-V

    As you have probably seen on every blog under the sun, Hyper-V has released . Rather than rehash the announcement, I thought I would try something fun.  How hard is it to get various Linux distributions up and running in Hyper-V? The official list...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Map Active Directory in Visio

    I see that we released the Microsoft Active Directory Topology Diagrammer today. I'm working from home today, so I can't run it in AD and attach a screenshot, but this should be helpful for documenting your AD infrastructure. According to the product...
  • Combining Smart Art Diagrams in Word 2007

    One of the coolest features of Office 2007 is SmartArt .  It makes it incredibly easy to create great looking diagrams to show a process, cycle, hierarchy, or relationship. During some business planning recently, however, I had the need to actually...
  • Analyzing your Windows Perfmon logs

    Great writeup by Daniel Petri : Ever have a performance problem, but don't know what performance counters to collect or how to analyze them? The PAL (Performance Analysis of Logs) tool is a new and powerful tool that reads in a performance monitor counter...
  • Active Directory in the DMZ

    I’ve been waiting for this guide for a while (‘cause that’s how I roll), but if you are interested in guidance on when/how to use Active Directory in your perimeter network, the AD team has released a guide for that: Active Directory Domain Services in...
  • The Benefits of Working at Microsoft

    Why is Microsoft an incredible place to work? One of my goals of writing postings on this blog is to contribute to the body of knowledge available on the internet, and not to rehash information that has already been covered elsewhere. To that end, I will...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • Installing Fedora 9 (Sulphur) in Virtual PC 2007

    Fedora 9 was released last week, which you can download here: http://fedoraproject.org/get-fedora.html .  What's new?  Highlights from the release notes include: GNOME 2.22 . GNOME now includes a webcam photo and video creation utility called...