Mark Arend

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  • Blog Post: Control Search Indexing (Crawling) Within a Page with Noindex

    SharePoint provides the ability to control search indexing (a.k.a. “crawling”) within a page by using a div class named “noindex”.  This means you can flag some content on a page that should not be indexed for search results, while other content on the page is still indexed.  The typical scenario...
  • Blog Post: Using Session State in SharePoint 2010

    SharePoint 2010 uses two services related to session state that have similar names but are separate and have different purposes. ASP.NET session state may be used on SharePoint 2010 pages. This service is automatically disabled in normal installations of SharePoint 2010; it may be enabled using the instructions...
  • Blog Post: Backup/Restore for SharePoint 2010

    This is an overview of major tools and techniques available to backup/restore your SharePoint 2010 farm Using DPM to Backup/Restore SharePoint 2010 Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 (DPM) is a product designed to manage ongoing, comprehensive backups of Microsoft enterprise products...
  • Blog Post: Health Monitoring for SharePoint 2010

    This is an overview of major tools and techniques available to monitor the health of your SharePoint 2010 farm. Using SCOM to monitor SharePoint 2010 Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 (SCOM) is a product designed for enterprise health monitoring. It integrates closely with SharePoint 2010...
  • Blog Post: The Site Directory

    What happened to the Site Directory template in SharePoint 2010?  This feature was deprecated by the product group, because new features in SharePoint 2010 were deemed a better way to automatically navigate and find sites and content, over the Site Directory model (which was admittedly a bit clunky...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 SDK

    The SDK (Software Development Kit) for SharePoint 2010 RTM’d slightly after the product itself and is now available.  This download contains both SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint Foundation 2010 SDKs, which you may install separately.  About 450 MB required to install both of them, but the download...
  • Blog Post: Hands-On SharePoint 2010

    Some great resources are available for you to get hands-on tutorials and demo environments for SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010. For IT Pros : http://MSSharePointITPro.com . This TechNet resource center is the starting place for understanding how to plan the physical architecture, infrastructure and...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 List and Library Size

    Great news about increased list capacities for SharePoint 2010: Max recommended SharePoint 2010 list size is 30 million items or documents! Plus, the maximum recommended number of items or documents in a view is now 5,000. Specific guidelines are given in SharePoint Server 2010 Capacity Management...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 Content Database Size

    Great news about increased storage capacities for SharePoint 2010: Max recommended SharePoint 2010 content database size is 200 GB! This is double that of MOSS 2007, and for specific workloads— large, single-site repositories and archives with non-collaborative IO and usage patterns such...
  • 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: Using Reflector to See SharePoint's "Source" Code

    Important Note: Customers are advised to review the end user license agreement (EULA) for the relevant Microsoft products before using this tool. This blog entry does not authorize or endorse any use of Microsoft products that is not addressed specifically by the product's EULA. Do you sometimes use...
  • 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...
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