Bill Baer

Senior Product Marketing Manager (SharePoint), Microsoft Certified Master for SharePoint, Microsoft Corporation

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  • Blog Post: Yammer Redirection in SharePoint Server 2013 Service Pack 1

    In previous articles I discussed redirecting OneDrive for Business to Office 365 in SharePoint Server 2013 Service Pack 1. In addition to new functionality that allows IT administrators to redirect OneDrive for Business and Sites pages to Office 365, Service Pack 1 also allows IT administrators to activate...
  • Blog Post: Quick Starting Demos and Windows PowerShell

    Preparing virtual machines for demonstrations can be a tedious process, compounding this is when virtual machines need to be started or shut down in a specific order. For example, starting database servers prior to starting web servers, or starting the preferred active node before the passive node. Starting...
  • Blog Post: Code Samples, Simple Translation using CSOM, REST, and Machine Translation Services

    Machine Translation Services is a powerful Shared Service Application in SharePoint Server 2013 that provides automation synchronous and asynchronous translation of documents, folders, and sites. The code samples in this post provide simple examples of synchronous document translation using the Client...
  • Blog Post: File and Folder Considerations with OneDrive for Business [UPDATED 12/10/2014]

    Updated 8/12/2014 – Removed & as an illegal character. & character is now supported with OneDrive for Business sync client and Web UX. Updated 8/22/2014 – Updated to include prohibited types per http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/office365-sharepoint-online-small-business-help/types...
  • Blog Post: Quick Starting Demos with Windows PowerShell

    Preparing virtual machines for demonstrations can be a tedious process, compounding this is when virtual machines need to be started or shut down in a specific order. For example, starting database servers prior to starting web servers, or starting the preferred active node before the passive node. Starting...
  • Blog Post: Quota Templates and Powershell

    Continuing the series using Powershell and Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies, this weeks script sample illustrates how Powershell can be leveraged to programmatically provision Quota Templates in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and/or Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Instructions...
  • Blog Post: GotDotNet Tools Republished to CodePlex

    Working with Joel Oleson we've republished many of the tools commonly available through GotDotNet to CodePlex including the SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Recycle Bin, WSS Split, SP Reports, and the SharePoint Portal Server 2003 People Picker. Happy downloading! Read more here http://blogs.msdn.com...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to the Developer Dashboard

    About the Developer Dashboard The Developer Dashboard is an instrumentation framework  new to Microsoft SharePoint Foundation and Server 2010 that can help diagnose particularly, classes of bugs that are easy to introduce through custom code, but often difficult to isolate by providing information...
  • Blog Post: Recycle Bin for SharePoint Products and Technologies 2003 (WSS/SPS 2003) 1.2 (Build 29) Released!

    Recycle Bin 1.2 (Build 29) has been released; this release addresses several issues reported in build 26, released in July. Currently this build is offered as independent libraries and will soon have an accompanying Windows Insaller Package. To install this build, stop the World Wide Web Publishing Service...
  • Blog Post: Web Services, XSL and Windows SharePoint Services Content Management *UPDATED

    I recently posted an article detailing how the Content Editor Web Part can be leveraged to display a menu based on the SELECT element, using hypertext markup and javascript to render hyperlinks in a manner that maximizes Windows SharePoint Services real-estate and promotes a positive user experience...
  • Blog Post: Understanding and Handling Microsoft IT Site Delete Capture 1.0 Archives

    Since the initial release of the Microsoft IT Site Delete Capture 1.0 Feature, one of the most commonly reported issues has been the inability to restore a site archive generated by the application. The Microsoft IT Site Delete Capture 1.0 Feature uses basic STSADM principals to both backup and restore...
  • Blog Post: New Excel Services Articles and Code Samples

    Two (2) new articles have been published centered on Excel Services programmability with accompanying sample solutions available in the Microsoft Download Center. The first article demonstrates how to extend List and query tables on Excel Services and includes content detailing external workbook references...
  • Blog Post: Deploying ProClarity Viewer 6.3 for SharePoint

    I was recently asked to deploy the ProClarity Viewer 6.3 for SharePoint Web Part - after downloading the package I realized that it was not offered in a deployable package, but rather a compressed archive of the .dwp, assembly, and resource files. The challenge became offering a user experience similar...
  • Blog Post: Programmatically Modifying Portal Site Connection Properties

    I recently received a request asking 1) if a site collections portal site connection can be programmatically replaced or modified and 2) can this be accomplished on a schedule without implementing a provisioning intercept or callback based on Site Directory metadata. First let's examine the first...
  • Blog Post: Ghosts in the Machine?

    Ghosted and unghosted pages are references not new to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, but have received increased interest as a result of their impact on upgrading from previous versions and more recently, the ability to manage pages in an unghosted state. Introduction Ghosted is the preferred...
  • Blog Post: HTTP to HTTPS Redirection with SharePoint Products and Technologies

    I've received several requests in regards to redirecting HTTP to HTTPS.  In this post I will briefly cover a select number methods and/or technologies that can be used to accomplish HTTP to HTTPS redirection. ISA 2006 Modify the Web Listener connection properties to enable HTTP to HTTPS redirection...
  • Blog Post: Code Snippet - How to Locate Host Header-based Site Collections in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

    One of the great features in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 is the ability to co-host both path-based and host header-based site collections within the same server farm and content databases. Now that you've introduced host header-based site collections to your server farm, how do you quickly identify...
  • Blog Post: MOSS 2007 & WSS 3.0 RTM Software Development Kits

    The Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 RTM Software Development Kit have been released to MSDN ; for those looking for the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Software Development Kit click here , each includes documentation, as well as code examples within the topics and contains the highest-priority...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft IT Site Delete Capture LE Version 1.0 Released

    Microsoft IT Site Delete Capture LE version 1.0 has been released. Microsoft Site Delete Capture LE version 1.0 is an Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 solution package that when deployed to a Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 or Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 server farm enables administrators...
  • Blog Post: Release SharePoint Software Development Kits are available from the Microsoft Download Center

    Release versions of the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SharePoint Software Development Kits are available from the Microsoft Download Center! Download the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and ECM Starter Kit for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server...
  • Blog Post: Migrating User Accounts in Windows SharePoint Services

    While attending Ask the Experts at the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server Conference 2008, I was asked about migrating user accounts in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 to a new login name programmatically, fortunately Windows SharePoint Services addressed user account migrations with the Windows SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: SQL Scripting for Manageability

    The attached SQL scripts are intended as sample scripts and may require some modification to suit your individual environments; however, serve as a foundation and guidance in SQL scripting under Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 . Retrieve active Content Databases from a WSS 3.0 Configuration Database...
  • Blog Post: Alternate Access Mappings and Windows Powershell

    I had a request this week on how to leverage Windows Powershell to add Alternate Access Mappings to the collection for a specific Web application.  Surprisingly after some searching I was unable to find anything existing on the topic, so for those curious see the attached script and corresponding...
  • Blog Post: Developer News, SPDisposeCheck Released and Updated Developer Guidance

    Today we announced the availability of SPDisposeCheck and updated the guidance [ Using Disposable Windows SharePoint Services Objects ]. The published guidance provides best practices to follow when using Windows SharePoint Services objects to avoid retaining the objects in memory in the Microsoft .NET...
  • Blog Post: Master Page Example

    I used the sample master pages at http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointdesigner/HA102223711033.aspx in several Feature Stapling/Receiver demonstrations over the past year and was asked if I could provide the solution package I compiled using the Clarity master page (see image) in conjunction with...