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SharePoint 2010 Explorations

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Architecture and development for SharePoint 2010; older posts about MOSS 2007 and WSS

I develop custom solutions with SharePoint 2010 for Microsoft customers.  When permitted, I post results of the things that were difficult to figure out, in the hopes they may help someone else.

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    Modifying My Site Owner Security

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    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...
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    Using Session State in SharePoint 2010

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    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...
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    My Site Pages and Architecture

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    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...
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    News Aggregator web part

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    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. This topic describes a way to configure SharePoint elements for displaying headlines and abstracts from news articles, aggregated across many sites. Also a description of customizing...
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    Colleagues, Social Distance & Relevance in People Search; Social Networking tools

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    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...
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    RSS Viewer web part and authenticated feeds

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    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Changing to Kerberos authentication 1. On the Central Administration page, click Application Management. 2. Under the Application Security section, click...
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    Web part comparison: SPS 2003 & WSS v2 --> MOSS 2007 & WSS v3

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    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Web parts shown in Gray were available in previous version, but not in current version. Web parts shown in Green are available in previous version and current version All other...
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    Workflow Tips (Part II - Collect Feedback)

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    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Collecting feedback from a user as part of a workflow is easily configurable out of the box, but may not be quite intuitive at first pass. Here’s a simple explanation of how...
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    MOSS Usage Reports explained

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    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...
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    SharePoint 2007 Permissions Matrix

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    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...
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    Search Results Page may be different per Search Scope

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    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 provides two categories of search scopes: Custom and Contextual . Custom scopes : “All Sites” “People”...
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    Remote Library web part (Part II - Implementation)

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    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. This topic discusses using a DataForm web part to show a view of a document library on another site. This section gives instructions for creating the web part. For a high-level description...
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    Workflow Tips (Part I - Configurable Approvers)

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    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Using SharePoint Designer (SPD), it’s possible to create a workflow that can look up a user’s identity from a SharePoint list in order to send email to the user and collect...
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    Remote Library web part (Part I - Overview)

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    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. This topic discusses using a DataForm web part to show a view of a document library on another site. This overview demonstrates how the Remote Library looks and works. Displaying...
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    SPSchedule.FromString(recurrenceValue) - syntax/format for recurrence value

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    This blog posting applies to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. The SPSchedule class allows one to specify repeating schedules for timer jobs using derived classes such as SPMinuteSchedule, SPHourlySchedule, etc. Those are pretty easy to figure...
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    Parsing multi-value fields - MultiChoice, Lookup, User, URL. Rules for the ";#" delimiter.

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    For certain types of columns (aka fields), SharePoint stores several values in one field, using a delimiter to separate the different values. Column Type Items Delimiter Example Choices , configured as Display...
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    MOSS Search UI Architecture - Introduction

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    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...
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    MOSS as front end to other storage systems

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    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...
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    Configuring Users across Site Collections

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    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...
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    Control Search Indexing (Crawling) Within a Page with Noindex

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    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...
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    Virtual PC and Virtual Server

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    Wait.. A posting not about SharePoint? How can this be? Well, it's somewhat related to SharePoint, since so many people use Virtual PC to host a development SharePoint environment. Since SharePoint requires Windows Server 2003, that's the best choice...
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    List of MOSS Timer Jobs

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    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...
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    Debugging web parts and other SharePoint custom code

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    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...
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    Measuring Concurrent Site Users – SharePoint 2010 and other

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    This post was written as I was working to analyze traffic on SharePoint 2010, but it could be used for any website log traffic analysis. Measuring concurrent users on your web site over time is important to understand characteristics of the site’s performance...
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    Hands-On SharePoint 2010

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    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...
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