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  • Blog Post: Working with Web Part Pages Tip #3 - Making your navigation control expandable

    The title on these posts is getting long, must be snappier! This is the third post in my “Working with Web Part Pages” series, and in this post I will step through how to group together pages by creating an “expanding/collapsing” style navigation. This becomes important as the number of pages in your...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint and RSS Feed Generation

    There seem to be a number of solutions out there to help you deliver SharePoint content via RSS, thought I would just put togther a quick summary (in no particular order!): 1. Maurice Prathers Web Part: http://www.bluedoglimited.com/Downloads/pages/SyndicationGenerator.aspx 2. Addy Santos BlogWave...
  • Blog Post: Is it taking ages to display the gallery when you are trying to add a web part?

    If you find it can sometimes take 20–30 seconds to return the web part gallery so that you can drop a web part onto a web part page then this post is for you. The problem may be because SharePoint is trying to contact the online web part gallery, however, if your machine is not connected to the...
  • Blog Post: Why can't I index SQL Server with SharePoint?

    This question is actually answered with another question. Exactly how do you index a database? The problem being that a database is just that, it’s merely data. There is no “Standard User Interface” out there that works for all databases, so how do you display search results? Sure there...
  • Blog Post: The worst possible name for a tool ever imagined (good tool though)

    I can say that because Nige can hit (well, try) me on Monday, and besides it’s true. SPUM2003 X1.1 While you are downloading this cool tool, drop a comment recommending a decent name. (btw, Patrick agrees the name is terrible) (btw, this IS a new name based on my previous dig here ) (update: Paul...
  • Blog Post: NEW DOWNLOAD: Windows SharePoint Services with Service Pack 1

    Download details: Windows SharePoint Services with Service Pack 1 Since I put on a marketing hat for a little while yesterday, I’m going to put it back on today and ask why the download file name is “STSV2.EXE”…. Guys, we are Windows SharePoint Services now, it should be WSS.EXE...
  • Blog Post: Release: Share Points SharePoint User Manager

    Nigel Bridport has dropped a great new utility into the SharePoint community with the first release of SharePoint User Manager (Nige, really need a catchier title for this one), seriously good stuff. Share Points User Manager
  • Blog Post: Indexing Individual List Items on a Portal and Returning them in Search Results

    Have you ever done a search, in a SharePoint Portal site, for a list item (announcement, contact, task, etc.) and been annoyed when the search results only bring back a link to the list and not the individual list item? By default this is the way SharePoint works. For example, lets say I was looking...
  • Blog Post: Large File Uploads

    Ever received the following message when trying to upload a file to SharePoint? The form submission cannot be processed because it exceeded the maximum length allowed by the Web administrator. Please resubmit the form with less data. If yes, then this is because by default SharePoint limits document...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint and Querystrings

    Recently did a little bit of playing with querystrings (at the end of the URL, that is after the .aspx, put a '?' then the value below, to use more than one use an '&'), thought it might be something other people are interested in. Strange that I haven't really stumbled across these documented anywhere...
  • Blog Post: Revised Content: Installing SharePoint Portal Server 2003 on a Server with Windows SharePoint Services

    Installing SharePoint Portal Server 2003 on a Server with Windows SharePoint Services
  • Blog Post: New Content: Microsoft Office Online: SharePoint Portal Server Deployment Resources

    Microsoft Office Online: SharePoint Portal Server Deployment Resources
  • Blog Post: Tool - Syndication Generator

    Maurice keeps improving his Syndication Generator, version 2 just released. Syndication Generator
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Service Pack 1 Released

    SharePoint Portal Server Service Pack 1: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=fd3ab750-c622-4488-bd06-8f5d8347e3d2&displaylang=en Windows SharePoint Services Service Pack 1: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=875da47e-89d5-4621-a319-a1f5bfedf497&displaylang...
  • Blog Post: HTTP Compression and SharePoint

    This is something I have been really interested in exploring, particularly since SPS/WSS sends down approx. 500 kb on first access (OWS.js, ie55up.js, OWS.css, SPS.css) which is quite an issue in low bandwidth deployments. Certianly interested to undertsand what sort impact this had on the weight of...
  • Blog Post: Changing the Web Parts on the "My Site" Page

    To change the web parts displayed on a users My Site the first time they log-on you just need to: Access the "My Site" page when logged in as an administrator Swap to "Shared View" using the drop down on the top right Modify the page to suit, that is, remove/add the web parts as desired Sign on as a...
  • Blog Post: New Content: International Features in SharePoint Portal Server 2003

    International Features in SharePoint Portal Server 2003
  • Blog Post: Approval Routing and Workflow

    A common question that pops up soon after people have installed WSS/SPS (especially those familiar with 2001) is what about approval routing for content (particularly documents)? Well, the bad news is that there isn't really an "out of the box" approval "workflow" (like there was in 2001). However the...
  • Blog Post: Microsofts Deployment of SharePoint

    Deploying SharePoint Products and Technologies for Enterprise Collaboration Detailed discussion about the design and deployment of the Microsoft IT hosted collaboration platform. Source: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=38eee84c-5feb-40eb-883a-69cb0827cbeb Not entirely sure why...
  • Blog Post: "My Recent Documents" web part on the Public "My Site" page

    On the Public view of the "My Site" page you will notice there is a web part called "My Recent Documents". This is generally liked however people often have concerns about the following: 1. It "can" display sensitive documents to end users 2. It is difficult to remove So, just though it would be useful...
  • Blog Post: Enabling Personalisation on Portal Area pages

    I made the following statement in yesterdays post: "....much like you can enable on any area of the Portal if you like ( Hmmm...idea for another post! )" So how do I give someone in the "Portal Members" group rights to create a personal view of a given SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Area page without...
  • Blog Post: Windows SharePoint Services, Permissions, Links and and Adaptive Interface

    I started to reply to a comment from Giles in one of my previous posts and then figured it was probably worth a post on it's own. So here is the original comment from Giles: "As a consultant, what do you tell clients looking for a collabration solution about the way all administration options are...
  • Blog Post: What are the SharePoint Portal Server Databases for?

    I'm always asked this question, so thought it might be useful to provide a quick one liner for each.: *_ Prof - This is the is the profiles database. It contains all the information relating to peoples profiles, including those imported from the AD. *_Site - This is the site database. By default it contains...
  • Blog Post: Resource Kit Preview Chapter Released

    Hey Folks, you can grab a preview of chapter 28 of the resource kit covering disaster recovery here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=60bd8fe5-804e-4a49-83db-ea41beb80f3b&displaylang=en="/A">
  • Blog Post: Advanced Migration Scenarios Documentation Released

    Another new document released to the web, this time covering a number of common migration scenarios. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=4925b907-0dd8-4be0-af9f-02c8543f47c9&displaylang=en="/A">
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