September 2004 - Posts

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Testing .NET updates across the enterprise? by Bil Simser

A question today for the bloggers (and readers) out there. With a size of the organization I work for (7000+ desktops, 120+ servers) it's hard to do a lot of acceptance testing when something like say a .NET patch/upgrade comes out. With hundreds of web...
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Customizing SharePoint Sites and Portals by Bil Simser

Not much of a blog this entry as it's just an aggregation of Microsoft content. I thought however people would be interested in the full set of articles published on the subject of customizing SPS. Part 1 : Introduction Part 2 : Using Templates and Site...
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GMail Invitations up for grabs by Bil Simser

Okay. I have 5, count them 5, GMail invitiations available to the first few lucky participants. However, you're going to have to work for your 1 gigabyte of free webmail storage. Send me a note on how you used SharePoint in your environment (or for a...
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Session.SessionId is *not* unique by Bil Simser

A co-worker of mine was trying to detect whether his session expired in an ASP.NET application. Before he discovered Session.IsNewSession , he was using the SessionId variable and comparing it to hidden values and whatnot. He had assumed that when a page...
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Migrating sites from dev -> acceptance -> prod by Bil Simser

One thing that comes up quite often is "How do I keep all the work I've done in development and move it to acceptance/production" with SharePoint? Luckily there's a nice command line tool that's bundled with SharePoint to do this. SMIGRATE is a tool that...
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A clean way to brand your Portal by Bil Simser

I see (and get) a lot of questions about customizing the look and feel of SharePoint Portal Server. More often than not, this leads to an answer of directly modifying the SPS.CSS files on the server. This always leads to the caveat that this file may...
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Stored Procs vs. Dynamic SQL by Bil Simser

Late last year, Rob Howard and Frans Bouma got into a fairly heated debate about this. Frans' position was that stored procs were bad, Rob wanted everyone to use them. This resulted in a fierce blog by Frans , a rebuttal by Rob and hundreds of other bloggers...
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