News

ISA

Microsoft Forefront Edge Security and Access

ISA Server 2006 is now part of Forefront Edge Security and Access. The Forefront edge security and access products, Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2006 and Intelligent Application Gateway (IAG) 2007, provide enhanced network edge protection and application-centric, policy-based access to corporate IT infrastructure across the three primary usage scenarios listed below:

• Secure Remote Access, Optimized access for employees, partners, and customers from virtually any device or location 

• Branch Office Security, Enhanced connectivity and security for remote sites 

• Internet Access Protection, Increased resiliency for IT infrastructure from Internet-based threats 

• Learn more about Forefront Edge Security and Access

http://www.microsoft.com/forefront/edgesecurity/default.mspx

• View product tours

http://www.microsoft.com/forefront/edgesecurity/producttours.swf

• Download evaluation software

http://www.microsoft.com/forefront/edgesecurity/trial.mspx

Learn more about Intelligent Application Gateway 2007 here:

http://www.microsoft.com/forefront/edgesecurity/iag/default.mspx

BizTalk

Microsoft Business Process Alliance Enables Mainstream Adoption of Business Process Management
http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2007/feb07/02-26MSBPAPR.mspx

Microsoft and Business Process Management: A Technology Overview
http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2007/feb07/02-26MSBPAPR.mspx

SharePoint

Microsoft launch SharePoint Community Portal
A new Microsoft hosted sharepoint community portal is now ready for access. http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/sharepoint is introduced by Microsoft Senior Product Manager (Portals) Lawrence Liu and is a great new resource for everyone interested in MOSS and WSSv3

Presentation files from the European SharePoint Conference
A few more presentation files (and sample code!) have been posted to the European SharePoint Conference document library (http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/sharepoint/SPCEU2007) on the SharePoint Community Portal. Many more files will be posted within the next couple of weeks. The best way for you to keep up to date with future file postings is to subscribe to the doclib's RSS feed, which includes direct links to the files as well as the files themselves as RSS Enclosures. So, if your feed reader supports RSS Enclosures, you can configure it to download the files automatically!

This functionality has been brought to you by SharePoint's nifty RSS capabilities, which have been "baked into" all lists and libraries. For the SPCEU2007 doclib, I simply went into its RSS Settings page and enabled the options shown below.

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 SP2 Reporting Services integration with WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007
SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 (SP2), which will be released any minute now :-), enables deep integration between Reporting Services and SharePoint technologies (Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Office SharePoint Server 2007). This integration enables an end-user to view and manage reports completely from within a SharePoint environment.
http://www.microsoft.com/sql

Two extremely useful (and free!) SharePoint addons...
Two "must-have" SharePoint addon products were released earlier this month. The first is a cross browser compatible replacement for the rich text editor in MOSS 2007. The second is an offline reader for WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007 sites, which is highly recommended for staying up to date with frequently updated sites such as the SharePoint Community Portal. And yes, they are both available for free!

With the release of the r.a.d.editor for MOSS, Telerik has taken into account the feedback they gathered during the beta period. In addition to the downloadable file on their website at http://www.telerik.com/sharepoint, Telerik has also published a Deployment and Customization manual as well as a Feature Comparison guide for r.a.d.editor for MOSS vs. the OOTB MOSS rich-text editor vs. the full featured r.a.d.editor for ASP.NET.

Colligo Reader for SharePoint (http://www.colligo.com/products/sharepoint/reader_home.asp) enables you to easily download content from SharePoint sites to your laptop, so you can access the content offline rather than having to copy files one by one through a browser. Reader is a client-only application, and no server modifications are required. If you want the ability to add or update SharePoint content offline, Colligo offers a full featured Contributor for SharePoint (http://www.colligo.com/products/sharepoint/reader_home.asp) product.

Announcing the... Windows SharePoint Server 3.0, Configuring and Office SharePoint Server 2007, Configuring exams! 
Congratulations and special thanks to those of you who helping us and Microsoft Learning with building the objective domain and exam questions (most of which were SharePoint MVPs).  We received a very strong and positive response from our pilot exam takers.  I've seen a few blog posts where people have passed either one or both of the IT Pro exams.  Congratulations!

These exams give you the opportunity to prove your SharePoint Products & Technologies knowledge to both your companies, peers, and something special for your resume/CV for your future.

IT Pro Exams (Released!):

TS: Office SharePoint Server 2007, Configuring (became available on January 8, 2007)
http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-631.mspx

TS: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, Configuring (became available on January 8, 2007)
http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-630.mspx

Certifications:

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: SharePoint Services 3.0, Configuring

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: SharePoint Server 2007, Configuring

Audience Profile:

A typical candidate for this exam has a minimum of one year of experience in configuring Windows SharePoint related technologies. In addition this exam will assume that the candidate is proficient in configuring the following technologies.

• Web Administration/Internet Information Services 6.0
• General Windows Server 2003 Directory Administration
• General Networking Infrastructure
• General Knowledge of Office SharePoint Server 2007
• General understanding of .NET 2.0 as it relates to SharePoint Services 3.0
• General understanding of Internet Security and Acceleration Server
• Network Load-balancing for applications
• Administering SQL Server 2000 or 2005 for SharePoint Services 3.0
• General Security/Authentication practices
• Back-up/Restoration of data

Dev Exams (ETA: March):

TS: Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 - Application Development
http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-541.mspx

The Technology Specialist (TS) Exam 70-541: TS: Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 - Application Development is in development. It is expected to be released in mid-winter 2007.

TS: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 - Application Development
http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-542.mspx

The Technology Specialist (TS) Exam 70-542: TS: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 - Application Development is in development. It is expected to be released in March 2007. 

Downloads

SharePoint

Completing the "Fantastic 40" – 20 remaining application templates now available, plus more!
As alluded to earlier, the 20 remaining Application Templates of the “Fantastic 40” are now available for download! ( http://www.microsoft.com/sharepointapps) These server admin templates for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 provide more enhanced functionality than the first 20 templates, including some with built-in workflows, heavily customized lists and libraries, and advanced data views. Moreover, these new templates are available not just in English but 10 additional languages: French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese (BR), Japanese, Korean, Hebrew, Chinese (simplified), and Chinese (traditional). The additional languages will be available within the next few days.

The Community Kit for SharePoint: User Group Edition

The Community Kit for SharePoint: User Group Edition (or CKS:UGE) 1.0 is a site admin template (.STP file) designed for user group websites. The default settings and content of a SharePoint site that's been created with this template can be used with minimal modification by any Microsoft product oriented user group. Nevertheless, a user group of any product will find this template to be a compelling option with which to create a SharePoint site for its members.

You can access the CKS:UGE demo site at http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/sharepoint/cks/uge

ISA

Installing the Windows SBS 2003 R2 Premium Technologies
Use the step-by-step information provided in these documents to help you install ISA Server 2004 with Service Pack 1 and SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition on your Windows SBS 2003 R2 network.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=29cb973d-41d8-4a5e-9312-90982a0fc164&DisplayLang=en

Forefront Edge Security and Access Demonstration Toolkit
This demonstration toolkit comprises virtual machine-based demonstrations of Intelligent Application Gateway (IAG) 2007 and Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2006.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ec908733-d480-46c1-bcba-2b75219e2a28&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Network Monitor 3
Tool to allow capturing and protocol analysis of network traffic
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=aa8be06d-4a6a-4b69-b861-2043b665cb53&DisplayLang=en

BizTalk

BizTalk Server 2006 Developer Productivity Study
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6ec68631-2b4c-485f-83cf-7c26893839c4&displaylang=en

11 new case studies published this month which reference Biztalk Server.  Click the link below any time to see the latest Biztalk case studies.
http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/search.aspx?ProTaxID=1265&NoDays=30

Events/WebCasts

SharePoint

09 Mar 2007 : TechNet Webcast: Planning For and Deploying SharePoint Server 2007 (Part 1 of 2) (Level 200)
In this webcast, we provide a detailed overview of the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 architecture. Learn about the concepts behind the topology, server roles, network conditions, and security topics. We show you the three-tier administration model and how the three components (central administration, shared services, and site settings) are commonly used. Find out about SharePoint Server 2007 deployment options and how to determine the correct topology to use for installation. Join us for scenarios that illustrate four different topologies, progressing from deployment of a single server to various server farm options
http://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032330326&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

12 Mar 2007 : TechNet Webcast: SharePoint Server 2007 Search Technical Drilldown (Level 200)
In this webcast, we review the new Search features in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. We look at the challenges you face supporting disparate repositories, and we illustrate how SharePoint Server 2007 can help you address those issues. Discover the new features and enhanced architecture of SharePoint Server 2007 as we explore some specific SharePoint Server 2007 usage scenarios.
http://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032330507&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

14 Mar 2007 : TechNet Webcast: Installing and Configuring Basic Search with SharePoint Server 2007 for Search (Level 300)
In this webcast, we provide an overview of the new Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 for Search. We show you how to quickly enable basic search across Universal Naming Convention (UNC) file shares, internal Web sites, SharePoint sites, Microsoft Exchange Server public folders, and Lotus Notes databases—all without complex coding.

Attend this session to gain a better understanding of:

• The key feature and installation differences between Office SharePoint Server 2007 for Search and the search features of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. 
• The steps required to install and configure basic search with Office SharePoint Server 2007 for Search across multiple content stores.
• The upgrade path to Office SharePoint Server 2007

http://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032325464&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

16 Mar 2007 : TechNet Webcast: Planning for and Deploying SharePoint Server 2007 (Part 2 of 2) (Level 200)
In this second part of our webcast series, we move beyond the architectural overview provided in the previous session to discuss proper planning for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Learn about advanced settings, scripting tips, and other considerations for successfully installing and maintaining SharePoint Server 2007. We cover topics such as Web load balancing, password management, and authentication settings. We also discuss ways to perform disaster recovery once you have installed SharePoint Server 2007. From the basic Recycle Bin to the backup/restore utility, join us to become familiar with the tools available to secure the data on SharePoint Server 2007 in your organization
http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032330088&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

19 Mar 2007 : TechNet Webcast: Security for SharePoint Products and Technologies (Level 200)
We discuss the security methods for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 in this webcast. We review different authentication methods and detail their benefits and limitations. Other topics we cover in this session include:

•  Management of permissions.
•  Role of permissions with SharePoint groups.
•  Permission levels.
•  New permissions available in SharePoint Server 2007.
•  Access rights.
•  Web farm configuration and topology.
•  Secure topology.
•  Secure communication.
•  Security hardening.

http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032330328&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

21 Mar 2007 : TechNet Webcast: Installing and Configuring Search in SharePoint Server 2007 (Level 300)
In this webcast, we provide a brief overview of the search features in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and show you how to enable basic search across the breadth of disparate data repositories within your enterprise. Learn how to search for data, including people and line-of-business (LOB) applications, without the need for complex coding. We examine installation and configuration of iFilters, content stores, crawl rules, content properties, people search, and search scopes. We also cover the configuration of the Search Center user interface (UI) to provide a tailored user experience specific to your organization.
http://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032325466&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

28 Mar 2007 : TechNet Webcast: Extending Search Capabilities with Office SharePoint Server 2007 (Level 300)
Join this webcast to learn how protocol handlers extend the capabilities of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 search services by exposing data sources and permitting external content sources to be crawled and indexed. We show you how to use the Office SharePoint Server 2007 protocol handler architecture to extend the search capabilities of SharePoint Server 2007 to additional content sources. Attend this session to gain a better understanding of the architecture of protocol handlers, the software development kit (SDK) and resources you need, and what steps you need to take to develop your own protocol handlers.
http://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032325468&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US

New KB’s

ISA

Authentication fails when client computers use Internet Explorer 7 to authenticate with an upstream ISA Server computer through a downstream ISA Server computer that does not require authentication

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927265

ISA Server 2004 and ISA Server 2006 do not support traffic redirection

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/888042

SharePoint

Information about the Maintenance Plan Wizard in SQL Server 2005 and about tasks that administrators can perform against SharePoint databases
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/932744

RSS feeds are not updated as expected when you configure them for content in a Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Web site by using an RSS reader
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/932741

Description of the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 hotfix package: February 10, 2007
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/932621

The data in a workbook is not displayed when you use Excel Web Access to open a workbook that queries a Jet database
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/928755

Description of the SharePoint Server 2007 hotfix package: January 25, 2007
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/931497

Members of the domain local group cannot view a Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Web site
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/932378

How to configure SharePoint Server 2007 to use a database that is hosted on a server that is running SQL Server in an untrusted domain
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/932376

Description of the SharePoint Server 2007 hotfix package: February 7, 2007
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/931496

Description of the SharePoint Server 2007 hotfix package: February 10, 2007
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/932620

You cannot crawl case-sensitive Web content in SharePoint Server 2007
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/93261

BizTalk

FIX: You receive an Event ID 5719 error message when you process a message that contains consecutive empty elements in BizTalk Server 2006
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927741

FIX: Side-by-side deployment does not work as expected when convoys are used in orchestrations in BizTalk Server 2004
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/911617

You can resume the upgrade process if an unexpected error occurs when you upgrade from BizTalk Server 2004 to BizTalk Server 2006
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/930481

FIX: You receive an error message when you use BizTalk Accelerator for SWIFT 2.1 to process many SWIFT MT535 messages
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/930550

FIX: You receive an error message when you use BizTalk Accelerator for SWIFT 2.1 to process many SWIFT MT535 messages
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/930949

FIX: Messages may be lost when you use the BizTalk Adapter for MQSeries 2.0 to process messages
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/926584

Error message when you use the ADT^A03.txt file in the BizTalk Server Accelerator for HL 7 1.3 tutorial
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/931817