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  • Blog Post: Office SharePoint Server 2007 Technical Library - CHM

    Did you know that the content on TechNet for SharePoint Server (MOSS) is available for download in compiled help format (CHM)?    It’s been available for a few months now, but today they just released version 4.  That’s a great file to keep on a USB drive, phone, or on your mobile...
  • Blog Post: New Item icon in SharePoint - change how long it shows

    When new items are added to a list in SharePoint, a 'New Item' icon is displayed next to the new item.    So how long is new for you?  1 hour?  1 day?  1 week? 1 month? 1 year?  1 decade?  1 century?  1... okay I'll stop there.  Hopefully in 100 years we have...
  • Blog Post: What service pack is on my SQL Server?

    Quick way to determine which SP is on your SQL Server:   "If you are a DBA in a big SQL Server database shop, keeping track of what service packs are on each SQL Server can become daunting. Here are a couple of scripts that help you determine what service pack you are running on a SQL Server...
  • Blog Post: Free Screen Recorder

    Yes my dear 7 readers, not only am I back to blogging but I come bearing free gifts.  There is a utility in Windows 7 that many users don’t know about, and it will probably become one of your favorites after reading this.  It’s called the Problem Steps Recorder .  It’s perfect for documenting...
  • Blog Post: Create a Custom Theme for WSS 3.0 or MOSS 2007

    SharePoint Out-of-Box Themes If the blue and white default theme for SharePoint does not fit your style, you can choose another theme in WSS 3.0 or MOSS 2007.  SharePoint provides 18 themes out of the box.   To change the theme of a site 1. Select Site Settings under Site Actions 2. Click on...
  • Blog Post: Use PortQry to Determine Ports Listening

    Working in a new server farm, it’s inevitable that you’ll have a moment where somebody (application) or something (server) is not talking to each other.  Windows Firewall, Hardware Firewalls, ISA Server, Named Instances, Non-Default ports, Load Balancing, Multiple Nics, IIS Ports, and more. ...
  • Blog Post: Display Code in SharePoint as HTML

    I saw this question asked on Twitter, and thought of this idea.  Was pretty simple, so I thought I would share.  What if you wanted to display a code example in SharePoint?  It could be on a page, blog post, wiki, etc…  For this specific question, it was in reference to displaying...
  • Blog Post: STSADM Path - access stsadm at anytime in command prompt

    A quick way to access STSADM is to set a Path for the 12 Hive's bin folder.  Doing this, you can type " stsadm " at anytime in a command prompt window to access the operations it provides.  Access Environment Variables Go to your server's System Properties RClick 'My Computer' >...
  • Blog Post: Disable Weak Algorithms - 128 bit encryption enforced

    I recently did an implementation of ISA Server 2006 in a SharePoint farm.  The server was being utilized as a Reverse Proxy in the DMZ.  Security was a key element in this project so after implementation there was some penetration testing completed.  That revealed my server was allowing...
  • Blog Post: Different Credit Card Formats

    Found a great page that details all of the different credit card number formats. http://www.apacs.org.uk/payment_options/plastic_cards_3.html
  • Blog Post: Create a Site Collection Administrator with stsadm

    Taking over administration for SharePoint after a previous administrator was ‘let go’ always has little gotchas that pop up. One of those can be needing to create a new site collection administrator.  If you can’t get access to the site, you can use stsadm to create a site collection administrator...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Server 2007 Downloadable e-books / content

    Microsoft has a good amount of downloadable content for SharePoint.  They make some pretty good references as all of the content is actually available on TechNet.  I like to keep these on an external drive however, In case i need to research something but don't have Internet access at a client...
  • Blog Post: Shortcut to stsadm.exe

    I'm kind of a shortcut nut - and the constant looking for stsadm utility has been driven me nuts.  You can't create a shortcut directly to it.  And once you do get past, " where is it again... common ?", I keep finding myself asking " what was that command again ?". ...
  • Blog Post: How do you write that connection string again?

    Ever forget the syntax for a connection string, or do you just need to test a connection to a db? Use a UDL for that forgetful memory. On your desktop, right-click and select new text document. Rename it to something.udl. Double click the new UDL file on your desktop. Choose your Provider, and Connection...
  • Blog Post: Forms Based Authentication (FBA) for SharePoint

    I typically always hit a snag when implementing FBA for a SharePoint site.  *shrugs*   I just accept it… it will not always go smoothly for me.  :) However, there are several resources that I typically lean on as a reference if I get stuck or something isn’t working the way it’s ...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint stsadm Command History

    I can’t believe I didn’t know about this little shortcut already *hangs head in shame*.  I thought I would post this just in case I’m not the only GUI dork who isn’t a command line master-jedi. When working with the command prompt (in our case stsadm), you probably already know that you can navigate...
  • Blog Post: Setting up Live Writer to Blog on Weblogs.asp.net

    Joe Stagner has a great post on how to set up Live Writer to blog at asp.net's weblogs.  I like a lot of Live's tools, so going to start using this for blogging my posts.  (Mainly so I have a better system of managing my drafts). Setting up Live Writer to Blog on Weblogs.asp.net
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Visio Stencils

    I'm doing some architecture diagrams and site layouts for SharePoint, and came across some great stencils for use in Visio.  Enjoy... MOSS Architecture Diagrams - Visio Server Stencils Visio Stencils for Sharepoint 2007 Site Structures documentation Visio Stencils for Information Architects Update...
  • Blog Post: SharePointUrlChanger

    Buddy of mine (Scott Helm) created a nifty utility for SharePoint that allows you to change url strings in a publishing web.  Cool stuff Scott! SharePointUrlChanger - Home out on CodePlex. Project Description This is a utility that I created to change url strings that were placed in navigation and...
  • Blog Post: GoToCommand - Open Command Prompt on any folder

    This registration edit allows you to right-click on a folder, and select Go To CMD.  It will open the command prompt with it already on that folder's directory path, thus you don't have to open a command prompt and then change directories.     Download by right-click and save as, then...
  • Blog Post: GUID Creator

    If you ever need to create a custom GUID, VisualStudio actually comes with one (guidgen.exe): C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\Common7\Tools You can create the GUID in several formats, and it has a copy feature so you can paste into your source code. // {FA502476-DB91-4a16-A6B2-ADC1C1B70F9F...
  • Blog Post: Enable JavaScript in a browser

    Internet Explorer (6.0) Select ‘Tools’ from the top menu Choose ‘Internet Options’ Click on the ‘Security’ tab Click on ‘Custom Level’ Scroll down until you see section labled ‘Scripting’ Under ‘Active Scripting’, select ‘Enable’ and click OK Netscape Navigator (4.8) Select ‘Edit’ from the top menu Choose...
  • Blog Post: Start Central Administration site with STSADM

    Oops.  I stopped central admin.  Can’t access the site to start services… no bueno.  No worries however, because you can actually start Central Administration up via STSADM (don’t you just love this utility?) Web Service stsadm -o provisionservice -action start -servicetype Microsoft.SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: STSADM Custom Extensions

    Gary Lapointe has written and provided some very useful STSADM extensions: http://stsadm.blogspot.com/2007/08/stsadm-commands_09.html .You can download them (and the install instructions) from here: http://www.thelapointes.com/blog/stsadm.zip A very useful one is the import/export list: http://stsadm...
  • Blog Post: Activating ActiveX Controls

    Since Microsoft has released their new security around ActiveX Controls, you may have noticed that Internet Explorer isn’t too friendly torwards Flash anymore. For more detailed information on the new security and how Control Activation works here, Activating ActiveX Controls . Here is a quick example...