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  • Blog Post: Debugging web parts and other SharePoint custom code

    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Here are some tips for debugging your SharePoint web parts and other custom code. 1. How do you debug assemblies that are in the GAC? 2. Is there an easy way of attaching the debugger to the right process? Debugging...
  • Blog Post: List of MOSS Timer Jobs

    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. MOSS has many default timer jobs; information about them can be useful to understand the workings of your MOSS farm, and potentially to troubleshoot problems or plan for related types of customizations. The attached document...
  • Blog Post: Consolidated list of MOSS items

    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Sometimes you just need a list of things provided by MOSS, in order to plan what kind of things you will make available to users within your architecture. The attached document lists all out-of-box Lists, Web Parts, Site Templates...
  • Blog Post: MOSS Usage Reports explained

    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. The site usage reports that MOSS provides are fairly simple, but can be useful if you haven't got any other tools for tracking site usage. One problem with them, however, is that the information they present is not really explained...
  • Blog Post: Colleagues, Social Distance & Relevance in People Search; Social Networking tools

    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. MOSS provides some very powerful features to enable the new buzzword "social networking." Discussions about these can be found pretty easily, and I give an overview of some tools near the end of this posting. But specifics about...
  • Blog Post: Scaling My Sites; How Many My Sites per Content DB?

    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. I've worked with several companies who have between 100,000 and 200,000 employees. Naturally, they want to architect a solution for MySites that can accommodate everyone in the company. TechNet has information in the Plan for software...
  • Blog Post: Modifying My Site Owner Security

    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. When someone creates a MySite, they are automatically given full control of that site. More accurately: a MySite is a site collection; the creator becomes the first & only Site Collection Administrator; the creator is made a...
  • Blog Post: New Design and Build Guide for MOSS 2007

    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. This is a topic near and dear to my heart. I've spent many hours helping customers plan and execute a wide range of customizations for MOSS 2007. Now, the ECM Team (Enterprise Content Management) has published an exhaustive paper...
  • Blog Post: Test With Correct Privileges

    When developing web parts and other components with code, it's important to remember that operations performed by code may require certain privileges. During development, the code runs in the security context of the developer, who is usually a server administrator. This means all operations are permitted...
  • Blog Post: My Site Pages and Architecture

    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. MySites are very interesting on many levels. When you start to think about how to architect, deploy or customize them, you may encounter some initial confusion and a lack of detailed information. For instance, did you know that...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2007 Permissions Matrix

    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Many times it helps to see an overall comparison of SharePoint 2007 permissions. I assembled a matrix that shows lots of useful information that helps you understand how permission levels are related, and how they affect security...
  • Blog Post: VSeWSS 1.1 Now Available!

    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. So, I'm not one to just post what I read on other blogs... but if you're a MOSS developer, you should definitely know about the Visual Studio Extensions for WSS 3.0, Version 1.1 . This add-on for Visual Studio turbocharges your...
  • Blog Post: Searching Resource (resx) files

    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Often, a request comes to customize some of the text that SharePoint displays. And often, that text is stored in one of SharePoint's resource files, so it's just a matter of finding the right one. But I've noticed that Windows explorer...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Lists as DataTables

    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. You may know that SPList can return a DataTable type: SPList.Items.GetDataTable(). And if you've worked with this, you may know that the DataTable you get is not databound to the list. This means you can't update the List from changes...
  • Blog Post: Master Page stsadm commands

    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Have you ever wanted to use stsadm to view or manipulate a site's master page? Unfortunately there are no default commands to do so. But stsadm is easy--and fun, some might even argue--to extend. I wrote a sample project that...
  • Blog Post: Trial Period [Evaluation Period] for this product has expired

    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. I was still getting this error on one of my VPCs, and found some blog entries with a little difficulty. Thought I'd post another to make it easier to find. One thing is, there are two possible issues that are known to cause it....
  • Blog Post: Self Service Site Creation

    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. By default, in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (if you are using the Corporate Intranet Portal template as your default site) when you go to the “Sites” link and click the Create Site button…SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Where is My Picture stored? What if My Sites are off?

    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Microsoft SharePoint 2010. MOSS 2007 MOSS user profiles have a property called Picture, which can store the URL of an image file. When this property is filled in, other MOSS features display the user's picture at useful times...
  • Blog Post: MOSS as front end to other storage systems

    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. I've been asked several times if MOSS can be used to front-end other storage systems, and wanted to post a few pointers here. I was prompted to post this when I came across notice of the recent WSS 3.0 hotfix package, and was very...
  • Blog Post: MOSS Search UI Architecture - Introduction

    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. To modify SharePoint’s default search behaviors, it’s important to understand how the user interface elements for search work together to specify a query, execute a search and display the results. The following high...
  • Blog Post: MOSS Search Query Syntax - Keyword, SQL and URL

    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. MOSS 2007's search engine supports three different types of query syntax: Keyword, SQL and URL. MSDN article Building Windows SharePoint Services Search Queries gives a reference for these syntaxes. What it doesn’t...
  • Blog Post: MOSS 2007 and Accessibility; ADA guidelines and standards

    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. I've been asked a number of times "does MOSS 2007 comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?" Well, the legislation itself doesn't specifically address software programs; it mandates equal access to general provisions...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Extensions (VSe) Deploy Failed (for SharePoint Solution)

    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. When using Visual Studio 2005 extensions for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 to deploy a solution, you may see "Deploy started" then Deploy failed " in the status window and the error " 'Object reference not set to an instance of...
  • Blog Post: Managing My Site Creation and Usage

    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Permissions may be tailored to control creation My Sites separately from the ability to use the My Profile page. This allows creation of My Sites to be blocked, but still allow users to access their own profile information, and...
  • Blog Post: Configuring Users across Site Collections

    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. SharePoint provides tools for administrators to manage users and groups that should have access to all sites within individual site collections. Managing users and groups that should have common types of access to sites across different...
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