For those of you who were looking forwad to see this one at TSP Camp, Josef will be presenting at the Toronto SharePoint Users Group on Wednesday!
From Mark Jones, these should be required reading for all SharePoint development team leads, project managers and architects:
Whenever you do something it's always great to get feedback, but here's one I definitely didn't expect -
As of Sunday (Oct 28) it seems that server farms with uneven Windows Server patches are once again seeing issues with deployment jobs. The symptom is that deployment of x takes up to an hour to execute or propagate to all servers in the farm. For example, a web content deployment will be delayed, Forms uploaded to Forms Server aren't marked Ready for an hour, etc.As a workaround, this issue can be solved from the command line with the usual:stsadm -o execadmsvcjobsThe fix is to get all servers in the farm up to the same patch levels. Windows Server SP2 solves the issue, it includes the Feb 2007 cumulative time zone update. There is an additional patch for WSS 2.0 and SPS 2003 (previously described here), while O12 products (WSS 3.0 and MOSS) should behave correctly if the server itself is patched.[Updated Nov 1 with links to Windows Server SP2 and the SP&T Team Blog article]
The error is "Additions to this Web site have been blocked." It used to happen occasionally in WSS 2, and now it's confirmed to happen in WSS 3. What am I talking about? MOSS installations where no one monitors the size of database growth.
K2's Black Pearl is supercool and I'm really looking forward to this one. And as mentioned last week, the Call For Speakers for the October SharePoint Camp is now on!
There are three great guides to configuing FBA: Andrew Connell had the best article first. Dan Attis built on this by getting My Sites and Profile imports working (Part 1, Part 2). Then Stacey Draper wrote it for people who prefer paper in his chapter of Real World SharePoint. They all configure the web application using host headers, and this is why:
Mark your calendar! The first ever SharePoint Camp will be in Toronto, and registration will be absolutely free.
"My client asked me to come up with a presentation of whether to use to Sharepoint or Wiki or both and how. Our team is an international team with members in New York, Singapore and London. Currently we have a wiki and Sharepoint set up but there is no clear guide/structure of how or when to use each."This describes how databases, SharePoint, and Wikis should operate. Real life varies. Always remember that we're building processes, not temples.A database stores structured data. The structure is typically designed and owned by an individual. Politically, it's a dictatorship. Line-of-business applications which gather and distribute raw data are typically associated with databases.SharePoint provides webs to store lists and documents. Think of this as loosely-structured data. SharePoint lets you control this data with versioning, backup and recovery, workflow, security, policies and auditing. The structure might be seeded by an individual, but ownership is distributed. SharePoint should be designed to unfold according to to will of the distributed owners. Politically, SharePoint provides representative leadership like a parliamentary system though the leaders are typically appointed rather than elected. SharePoint is used by "information workers" to create, manage, and publish information typically stored in lists and documents. SharePoint is used as an interface to databases. SharePoint is a social tool used to recognize and reinforce relationships among people. Through either SharePoint's business intelligence capabilities or its integration with Reporting Services, SharePoint can report on data from structured and loosely structured data stores. SharePoint can index and provide search for structures, loosely structured, and unstructured data stores.A wiki provides webs to store text with embedded references to media. This is unstructured data. Wiki content can be seeded with the intention to unfold acording to some master design, but politically, it's anarchy. A wiki allow control through versioning and moderation. A wiki is well-suited for collaborative documentation.Cheers,-Eli.
Successful business is all about HR and finding people willing to think on their feet to provide great service. Back in June I had a pair of prescription sunglasses lifted (well, I left them behind and they weren't returned) while shopping for a rain jacket. I went into Hakim Optical at Dundas Square (near Yonge) after work the next day and explained that I needed polarized sunglasses for my trip "tomorrow." I was leaving at noon, and they didn't think they could do it since they were closing in an hour. the lab tech. only starts at 11 and it would be cutting it too close.
SLEEPLESS IN NY – The Ultimate SharePoint Weekend
How to change the Application Pool Identity of a WSS or MOSS web application
Just received the message below and doing anything with it (aside from warning the world) would violate several rules including:
Robert Bogue just asked the question and I wish I'd seen a list like this long ago, so here it is.
TSPUG Monthly Meeting
Tonight should be a great presentation, Nadeem Mitha is one of the few people I know who can regularly teach me new things about SharePoint. Tonight his topic is "Beyond Web Parts: Rapid Web Application Development using Windows SharePoint Services 3.0" and it should be an awesome one for aspiring and advanced developers alike. Nadeem was a presenter at Toronto CodeCamp this year and everyone I've met who attended really enjoyed what he had to say.
With planning it should be possible to keep your users running when the Office System Beta 2 Technical Refresh expires this weekend. Fortunately, you have until May 15 to upgrade your SharePoint servers.
I went to update my list of Essential WM5 Applications and the hit counter is through the roof! It's even gaining on my old SharePoint Resources article. Happily, it's up to date again with what I'm still using after nearly three years of WM5. There are a few new applications, some that turned out not-so-essential, and ratings for everything. Enjoy!
Yes, the feature was included during the betas. No, it's not there in the final release. But like Grandpa used to say, "you can't keep an open standard down forever."
You read that right. TextPad has a new major version, and it looks really good. Thank-you to the TextPad deities for continuing to support my license key. Total Commander is one of few others that does too and I've referred a thousand people to both of your sites.
Site Template Galleries and List Template Galleries are not upgraded during a migration.
This was just brought to my attention this week and if that's the case, I'll bet this arbitrary change in DST rules causes more ripples than Y2K ever did.
The short answer is that URLs don't support spaces, and UNC paths do. You're probably copying the URL into Windows Explorer, so just replace each %20 in your path with a space and you should be off to the races.
Received via e-mail and also distributed on TechNet. You need a Live ID to register. Note that the first two plus the webcast on March 8 are for Vista rather than MOSS. Enjoy!
This is a head-slapper that happened to someone on my team, the answer wasn't on-line so here it is...
[Update 2008-12-05: Justin Devine posted a fantastic article to build on this posting that contains many screen shots, additional comments and a section on writing and debugging your first SharePoint program in your new environment. So give this a read-through, but as you walk the steps I recommend starting from Justin's posting where you'll also see the visual cues and where necessary, links back to here.]
Internet Explorer is dying on me at the worst times. No "Send an error report to Microsoft," no nothing. Just dead and gone, back to the ether. It happened to me an hour ago on my old laptop in the middle of a blog post. It happened again five minutes ago on my shiny new laptop while trying to recreate the same blog post. This time I did a "Save, but don't Publish" about a half hour ago, but I've now lost about an hour today, and that's the most uncool thing any software's done to me in a long time. Take back every new feature, take back the crappy RSS implementation, just give me a browser that doesn't disappear every fiftieth time I paste text. Now to go write that post again. It's a gooder, I promise.
The Business Data Catalog (BDC) is one of the best features of MOSS 2007 (no, it's not in WSS 3.0). What excites me is the prospect of not only reading from, but writing back to data sources defined in the BDC. It's recently come up a few times and I've found that many people believe that updating source data is simply not possible, so I second-guessed myself and went back for a closer look to clarify the reality.
Once again the timeless developer question: what's your methodology? The question came up tonight, here's my current answer:
This month Bill Brockbank is our guest speaker at the Toronto SharePoint User Group (TSPUG) meeting on Wednesday, February 21 at 6:00pm. Meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at Nexient Learning, 2 Bloor West, 8th Floor.
[Update] I tried the "UME to 3.5mm" connector for Motorola Mp3 phones, and it does not work with HTC devices!
Half of the "Fab 40" have arrived! After clicking through, on the left-hand navigation you will find links to demo sites for each of the templates.
This week I ordered Todd Bleeker's new SharePoint book: Developer's Guide to the Windows SharePoint Services v3 Platform. Feedback for it is so far great, and I can't wait to give it a read. Todd receives an Attaboy for being the first to get a SharePoint dev book on the shelves, just 22 days after MOSS 2007 went RTM. Scot Hillier won that one for 2003 by publishing about a year and a half after RTM. Let's just say that life is sublime for developers in 2007.
Eidenai Innovations (EI) is looking for an IIS expert and applications architect for an excellent, large project. The right candidate will be designing an Internet Service Provider (ISP)-like hosting solution from the ground up. If you think you're the one, send a message to John Abraham (johna at eidenai.ca) with your current CV. I expect it's a 3 to 6 month engagement, though the right person might find EI to be a good home beyond that.
There's been a bunch of praise and second-guessing around the unreleased Apple iPhone. Then it occured to me that I've had all these features and more in my iMate JASJAR (aka the HTC Universal) since the summer of 2005. In fact, I've worked it to death and it needs to be replaced.
Thanks to Graham for inviting me to present and to everyone who came out last Thursday, I had a great time and your questions and comments were terrific!
There are a few good MSDN entries with samples on using the Business Data Catalog, aka the ApplicationRegistry namespace.
It's a busy week indeed with two great user group meetings covering SharePoint in Toronto.
People find it annoying that when accessing a SharePoint extranet, when you open a file stored in a Document Library, MS-Word will challenge you to enter your username and password again. It happens because the machine is outside the SharePoint domain, and your two desktop applications (Word and Explorer) are running as separate Applications, each of which needs to get its own Authentication token. Note that this doesn't happen over a VPN, which connects your machine as though it were sitting inside the domain.