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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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    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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    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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    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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    SharePoint 2010 Content Database Size

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    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...
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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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    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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    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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    Health Monitoring for SharePoint 2010

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    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...
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    SharePoint 2010 List and Library Size

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    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...
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    Backup/Restore for SharePoint 2010

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    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...
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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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    Host Named Site Collections (HNSC) for SharePoint 2010 Architects

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    I recently came across a very good blog posting on Host Named Site Collections (HNSC), and I recommend it: What Every SharePoint Admin Needs to Know about Host Named Site Collections by Kirk Evans.  Kirk has lots of good details here that will help...
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    Scripting STSADM commands

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    This posting contains tips 'n tricks for using STSADM commands within batch files. Note, the primary Microsoft reference for STSADM: TechNet article Stsadm command-line tool (Office SharePoint Server) . Testing results STSADM returns 0...
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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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    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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    Using Reflector to See SharePoint's "Source" Code

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    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...
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    SharePoint Lists as DataTables

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    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...
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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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    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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    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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    Scaling My Sites; How Many My Sites per Content DB?

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    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...
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    MOSS Search Query Syntax - Keyword, SQL and URL

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    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...
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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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    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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