Point2Share

Daniel McPherson's Blog for Casual Comment on SharePoint

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About Point2Share

I'm a Rapid Response Engineer for Microsoft based in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. I provide both proactive and reactive services for our SharePoint customers.

This blog is a place for me to drop information about SharePoint and related technologies.

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    Invitations to MSN Messenger 8

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    **** UPDATE: SORRY FOLKS, ALL GONE! **** Well, this is not directly related to SharePoint, but SharePoint does integrate with Live Communcations Server! If you want an invitation to MSN Messenger 8 contact me , first 10 or so win…..
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    Indexing Individual List Items on a Portal and Returning them in Search Results

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    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...
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    Document and Folder Level Permissions

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    One of the most common issues people run into, especially those migrating from SharePoint Portal Server 2001, is the absence of folder level security. I have talked to many customers about this issue, and while I can't offer any solutions (It is security...
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    Branding SharePoint Portal Server

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    Well this is a topic very close to my heart. Having spent a significant part of my life last year (<grin>) helping a very large customer in the UK deploy SharePoint, I understand how important it is for a product like SharePoint to reflect an organisations...
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    Well I didn't know these were coming..."Windows SharePoint Services Applications Templates"

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    Just found these on Microsoft Downloads: Windows SharePoint Services Applications Template: Room And Equipment Windows SharePoint Services Applications Template: Expense Report Portal Windows SharePoint Services Applications Template: Event Planning...
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    SharePoint Document Libraries and Property Promotion

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    I have just been doing some investigations around Office Property Promotion and WSS Document Libraries and I thought it might be useful to share my learnings. What is "Property Promotion"? This is the name of the SharePoint feature which copies Office...
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    Help! I have deleted the Topics Area! (or any of the standard areas)

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    This has come up a number of times, both internally and with customers I have worked with, so what do you do when you have deleted one of the standard SharePoint Areas? The first thing to say is that it is not a really a good idea. Instead of deleting...
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    OLD CONTENT: URL's Matter! (?)

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    This is a very old post, actually I think it was one of my first. I know its a pretty cheap shot recycling content like this, but it has been one of the most popular posts and it has been hidden away in the “Articles” section of my Blog. Orignially this...
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    Is it taking ages to display the gallery when you are trying to add a web part?

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    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...
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    Bill talks about Blogs and SharePoint

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    In the following article: http://news.com.com/Gates+taking+a+seat+in+your+den/2008-1041_3-5514121.html?part=rss&tag=5514121&subj=news.1041.20 Bill talks about Blogs and SharePoint: One of the big phenomena of the year has been blogging. Has the...
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    SharePoint and Halo mentioned in same article!

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    Never thought I would see this, but SharePoint has been mentioned in an article about a possible Halo movie tie in: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/movies/2002171529_halomovie05.html Can’t wait to see what google searches (or MSN Searches...
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    Mike and the SharePoint Web Part storm of 2004!

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    Here is some excellent news, Mike Fitzmaurice (Fitz), the man in the middle of the biggest SharePoint controversy (see post comments) since the “removal” of folder level security in SPS V2 has kicked off a Blog. Mike Fitzmaurice's WebLog In...
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    SharePoint and Querystrings

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    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...
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    URL's Matter! (?)

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    As a technical consultant I'm always trying to put myself into the shoes of those who have better things do in life than wonder at 1's and 0's. Often while in "end user" mode I find myself wondering how we have let those techies get away with URL's for...
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    Why can't I index SQL Server with SharePoint?

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    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...
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    Only Five Things Wrong with SharePoint

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    Well, thats what I think the headline should have been. <sly grin> I have spent this morning reading through the various contributions to what may become the SharePoint controversy of 2005, perhaps even all time . I say this because I suspect...
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    Windows SharePoint Services, Permissions, Links and and Adaptive Interface

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    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...
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    Approval Routing and Workflow

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    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...
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    Here comes the 3rd decade...

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    Entering my third decade today, so if you feel like saying happy birthday…..and dont forget to mark your calendars for next year, I dont want to have to remind you each time, thats not what this blog is for!
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    Unwanted Authentication Prompts

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    I’m often bumping into customers who complain they are getting “Too many authentication prompts” when using SharePoint. So, I thought it would be useful to throw together a quick post outlining some of the common causes I have found...
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    Point2Share is alive!

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    Welcome to my new blog on all things SharePoint! The general idea is to follow in the now established footsteps of other Microsoftees by writing about my experiences with Microsoft SharePoint Portal server. There isn't going to be any regular schedule...
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    SharePoint Best Practice: Start with just one portal

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    This post could be a little controversial, however I’m going to put it out there, put my head down, and then look forward to hearing responses from others. Let me start with this statement: “In an ideal world, all customers would deploy just one Portal...
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    OLD CONTENT: Office 2003 Add-in: Web Parts and Components

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    I know it really looks like I’m scraping the bottom of the barrel with this post, but I’m not, honest, I have hundreds of exciting <grin> posts just waiting to be written. No really! It’s just that I get requests all the time...
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    SharePoint and RSS Feed Generation

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    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...
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    SharePoint Best Practice: Creating a dedicated Windows SharePoint Services environment

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    This is the first in my series of “Best Practices”, and this is one that I’m particularly keen on encouraging. I’m interested in your feedback. The default implementation of SharePoint Portal Server creates Windows SharePoint Services team sites on...
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