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  • Blog Post: Most common issue with SharePoint installations – service account misuse

    It is frightening to see how many SharePoint installations have been installed with wrong service accounts. Either people are using the default domain administrator or local machine administrator for all service accounts, or they are creating a single service account for everything and in many cases...
  • Blog Post: MonteCasino.co.za and TsogoSun.co.za go live on MOSS 2007

    Both of these web sites (developed by local partner Intervate) have gone live using Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS). When you have a chance, hope on over and take a look. www.montecasino.co.za www.tsogosun.co.za Once, again these have been updated on www.informationworker.co.za/pages/showcase...
  • Blog Post: Durban FIFA World Cup 2010 Host City Web Site Launches on MOSS 2007

    Featuring Microsoft Silverlight and MOSS 2007, Durban’s official FIFA World Cup Host City web site has launched. Local South African partner AdaptIT has done an excellent job in assembling this great looking web site. This has been added to the SA showcase of MOSS internet sites . Michael
  • Blog Post: Using script.aculo.us with MOSS 2007

    “script.aculo.us provides you with easy-to-use, cross-browser user interface JavaScript libraries to make your web sites and web applications fly” - http://script.aculo.us/ I was assembling an internal web site on MOSS 2007 and found that script.aculo.us had some funky effects that I wanted to use, so...
  • Blog Post: PPT and Resources from SA MOSS Bootcamp

    Hi Fellow South African Citizens, We held a great MOSS bootcamp last week and I promised that I would share the presentations and associated resources from the event. Below are links to presentations from each day, look for the associated resources references in the notes section of each slide. ...
  • Blog Post: Gartner “SharePoint Related” Magic Quadrants Updated for 2008

    Gartner have released 3 updated Magic Quadrant reports which relate to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server. Specifically they have released the 2008 versions of: Magic Quadrant for Horizontal Portal Products Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Content Management Magic Quadrant for Information Access Technology...
  • Blog Post: Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) proposed standard announced

    Today, EMC, IBM and Microsoft (along with other leading ECM industry vendors Alfresco, Open Text, Oracle and SAP) announced a jointly developed specification called the Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) specification. CMIS uses Web Services and Web 2.0 interfaces to enable applications...
  • Blog Post: MTN.co.za Launches updated site on MOSS 2007

    Partner AquaOnline have done a simply stunning job implementing MTN's public internet site on MOSS 2007. The site looks really good and blends in nicely with all their other online solutions. Once again we have added this site to the showcase link on informationworker.co.za.
  • Blog Post: NewFunds.co.za is hosted on MOSS 2007

    Microsoft partner IQ Business Group has developed and launched www.newfunds.co.za on MOSS 2007. NewFunds is a joint initiative between Absa Capital and Vunani Capital around Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). That acronym means the same to me as TCP/IP means to the people who understand ETF's. Anyway, the...
  • Blog Post: Citadel launch refreshed internet site on MOSS 2007

    South African Microsoft partner bSolve has recently launched Citadel's internet facing web site on MOSS 2007. This looks really impressive and this adds to the list of South African public internet sites hosted on MOSS 2007. The updated list of SA internet web sites on MOSS is below: Built by AquaOnline...
  • Blog Post: Updates for SharePoint Released

    Yesterday, the SharePoint product team announced the release of important rollup updates for SharePoint Server 2007, Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, Project Server 2007, Search Server 2008, Search Server 2008 Express and Project Professional 2007. I strongly recommend reading their release announcements...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint under Hyper-V versus Virtual Server 2005 R2

    I have done a fair amount of SharePoint demos and developement over the past few years, and have always done this on my laptop using Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 or Microsoft Virtual PC, to host and run a SharePoint environment. Last year at Tech-Ed, while I was doing a demo, I had a comment from someone...
  • Blog Post: Podcasting Kit for SharePoint (PKS) Released

    The Podcasting Kit for SharePoint has been released on CodePlex. All the code is freely available, so download it and evaluate today! "If you or your organizations are interested in podcasting, have SharePoint Server 2007 deployed and about to develop your own podcasting solution then look no further...
  • Blog Post: New SharePoint Developer Portal for ASP .Net Developers

    Are you an ASP .Net developer, who is interested in developing on SharePoint (WSS or MOSS), but not sure where to start? Microsoft has just released materials targeted at you, which can be found on the new Developer Portal for SharePoint . It focuses on the top 10 developer "things" you would...
  • Blog Post: Absa Capital Revamps Portal with MOSS 2007

    "Absa Capital has revamped its web portal and standardised on Microsoft SharePoint Server" - IT-Online Read the full article here: http://it-online.co.za/content/view/287444/142/
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Introduction for .NET developers webcast series

    New to SharePoint development or want to brush up? Check out this free webcast series targeted at YOU! In this 10-part series, you will receive practical technical information from Robert Bogue and Andrew Connell, Microsoft SharePoint Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs), covering 10 fundamental developer...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Communication Protocol Documentation Released

    Have you ever wondered how Microsoft Office communicates with SharePoint, for example how does Outlook create a meeting workspace? In the past you would need to put some type of IP tracing tool between the client and the server to see what was going on, which was pretty hard and not always that clear...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Blueprint for SharePoint

    Have you thought about using Silverlight for your SharePoint site navigation, or perhaps for a custom field control. What about a cool social networking Silverlight web part. Just announced at the SharePoint Conference is a Software plus Services blueprint which covers these types of scenarios. It is...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Change Management / Internal 'Buzz' Materials Released

    Often I say to customers that Change Management is a critical component of a SharePoint Enterprise deployment. One, which if missed will severely reduce the chance of success for the deployment. New material has been released which can help with your internal marketing of SharePoint, which covers some...
  • Blog Post: www.informationworker.co.za has launched

    The uniquely South African Information Worker community site has launched. Powered by MOSS 2007, it is a great platform for driving the South African IW Community. Have a browse around the site, register and use the RSS feed on the home page to keep updated.   www.informationworker.co.za  ...
  • Blog Post: Download SP1 for MOSS, WSS 3.0 and Office 2007 Now

    Office 2007 SP1 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=9EC51594-992C-4165-A997-25DA01F388F5&displaylang=en SharePoint Designer SP1 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=B57C805D-2821-4625-A6F1-80725267F887&displaylang=en WSS 3.0 SP1 http://www.microsoft.com...
  • Blog Post: WPF Application to Aggregate Search Results from the Desktop, Internet and Intranet

    Wow, it looks pretty cool and it's practical. This Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) application from Ergo is a single application which allows you to view search results from multiple federated locations e.g. Desktop Search, MOSS Search and even your favourite Internet search engine. Download the...
  • Blog Post: MOSS Internet Sites in South Africa

    Today I heard of some more live Internet facing sites in South Africa built on MOSS 2007. Built by AquaOnline Mutual & Federal - www.mf.co.za Sun International - www.suninternational.com Built by 3Fifteen Their own web site - www.3fifteen.co.za   Built by i5 Tshwane University of Technology...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Pedia has Gone Live

    Check it out at http://sharepointpedia.com , looks pretty cool. Another awesome example of a solution built on MOSS.
  • Blog Post: SharePoint End User Training Kit (SLK) Released

    For so long we have had minimal end-user training resources. Well, now the product team has released the SharePoint End User Training Kit - http://blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint/archive/2007/10/11/sharepoint-end-user-training-kit-now-available.aspx . Also, just a couple of other links which might be useful...
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