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    I found this process to be much more difficult than anticipated, and then much easier than expected once done so I figured I would do a quick post on it. The task at hand was to add a custom claim to a web app policy via PowerShell. It all works simple enough via the central admin UI. Once you get into...
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    A buddy of mine at Microsoft was good enough to point me to this video on channel 9 that talks about using PowerShell from your C# code without doing the dreaded process and spawn routine we've probably all used before. To begin with, watch the 4 minute video at http://channel9.msdn.com/posts/bruceky...
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    I’ve done a couple of blogs now about some of the multi-tenant features in SharePoint 2010 ( http://blogs.technet.com/speschka/archive/2009/11/30/enabling-multi-tenant-support-in-sharepoint-2010.aspx and http://blogs.technet.com/speschka/archive/2009/12/30/multi-tenancy-in-sharepoint-2010-part-2.aspx...
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