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  • Blog Post: Put People First – Building a Staff Directory

    This is a follow up of my previous post – Understanding SharePoint Sites When customers ask me what they should be doing with their newly deployed SharePoint environment, I say Put People First! – Let users find their peers, colleagues. Let them share information with their peers/colleagues. Redirecting...
  • Blog Post: Configuring Phonetic/Nickname Search in SharePoint 2010

    One of the new enterprise search feature added to SharePoint 2010  is the ability to search people by their ‘nicknames’. For example: You could search ‘ aron ’ for ‘ aaron ’ or ‘ jon ’ for ‘ john ’. We geeks call this Phonetic search Below is a screen shot of the nickname search: How does this work...
  • Blog Post: User Profile Synchronization Service and FQDN

    Spencer has written by far THE BEST blog post on configuring User Profile Service (UPS) Application in SharePoint 2010. Below are the steps I always check/validate when I provision the UPS: 1) Add SPFarm admin account to local administrators group 2) Allow log on locally to SPFarm admin account...
  • Blog Post: Understanding SharePoint Sites

    SharePoint is a platform. When you deploy SharePoint, it is going to help you build and automate many business solutions, not just the project for which you are deploying. Yes, I hear you – Every project starts with building an Intranet! But is your organisation ready for the Intranet? And what about...
  • Blog Post: Visualising Provisioning SharePoint 2010 Managed Metadata Fields

    Ari Bakker and Wictor Wilen both have done great jobs on documenting what it takes to provision SharePoint 2010 Managed Metadata fields. - Ari Bakker’s Provisioning SharePoint 2010 Managed Metadata fields - Wictor Wilen’s How to provision SharePoint 2010 Managed Metadata columns ...
  • Blog Post: Export (.ical) Individual Events from SharePoint Calendar

    SharePoint Calendar is a great tool to manage events related to your site and also provides many other capabilities like creating multiple calendars and overlaying calendars. The Problem What about exporting individual events as .ical so you can add them to Outlook? It is available out of the box, but...
  • Blog Post: Modal Dialog Box in SharePoint Sandbox

    Earlier I blogged about how to make use of the new dialog framework in SharePoint 2010. It covered working with Application Pages in the _layouts directory. What about sandboxed solutions? Can you create custom sandboxed dialogs? Yes, you can! It involves a little bit of work though. First of all, you...
  • Blog Post: Content Type Hub - Publishing and Subscribing to Content Types Programmatically (C# Code)

    Below is a simple code snippet that you can wrap in a site scoped feature to publish and subscribe to content types from a content type hub. As a precaution, please be careful to use this code snippet in production unless you have thoroughly tested it. Why do we need it? This is very useful when you...
  • Blog Post: Web Templates and Content Type Publishing

    The Problem Web templates allows you to specify which features to activate by customising the onet.xml file. Usually developers will pick the nearest one or more site definition’s onet.xml they want to use – copy the WebFeatures and SiteFeatures (which is totally acceptable). For example...
  • Blog Post: Web Templates – What base template should I use?

    I have had some interesting discussions with Wayne Ewington and others on what base template should you use for web templates. A little background to what this base template means to web templates: Web Templates depend on an existing site definition installed in the server. The general guideline is to...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2011– Provisioning SharePoint Sites Using Web Templates

    As promised, you can download my session – Provisioning SharePoint Sites Using Web Templates – slide deck and sample. Provisioning Sites in SharePoint 2010 Using Web Templates View more presentations from Chakkaradeep Chandran . The sample is a Sandboxed solution that can be deployed to a site (web)...
  • Blog Post: List of issues fixed in SharePoint 2010 SP1

    If you are looking for a single document that discusses about the issues fixed in SharePoint 2010 SP1, then hit the link below to download the Excel workbook that lists the issues fixed by this service pack: Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and Office servers Service Pack 1 Changes You can filter the issues...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 SP1 - Site Recycle Bin

    One of the cool new features introduced in SharePoint 2010 SP1 is the Site Recycle Bin feature. Earlier, the only way to restore deleted sites and site collections required to restore the appropriate content databases. But from SP1 onwards, deleted sites can be recovered from the Site Recycle Bin...
  • Blog Post: Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010

    SP1 for SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010 is now available for download: SharePoint Foundation 2010 - KB 2460058 SharePoint Server 2010 - KB 2460045 For known installation issues, visit here . SharePoint product team have also blogged about it here . While you are waiting for the...
  • Blog Post: Deploying a Document Template file in Content Type in a (Office365) Sandboxed Solution

    In SharePoint 2007, we have the choice of using _layouts folder for deploying document templates that are used in content types. That option still exists in SharePoint 2010 for farm based solutions, but the SharePoint Root (14 hive) is not accessible in Sandboxed solutions and hence it is not possible...
  • Blog Post: Content Type Hub FAQ and Limitations

    Content type hub is a new feature in SharePoint 2010 to manage content types centrally and publish them to the subscribed sites. As any other new feature introduced in SharePoint 2010, content type hub also has its known limitations and some workarounds for those limitations. If you are eager to know...
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