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  • Blog Post: SharePoint Session State; The Guest That Just Won’t Leave

    MOSS uses ASP.Net session state for Forms Services, Project Server, etc. SharePoint installs a PartitionResolver which redirects the ASP.NET session state module to look to the SSP DB for its stored procedures and tables for storage of session state. Within CA there is an option to turn off Session State...
  • Blog Post: Customizing the Rendering of a Custom SPField

    I was recently asked by a customer how to use a PropertySchema field value within a RenderPatten's CAML to control how a field is rendered. The idea is to create a new instance of the field and have some method to control how that field will be rendered at the time the column is instantiated. Unfortunately...
  • Blog Post: The Zero Downtime SharePoint Patching Myth

    Unfortunately it is not possible to update/patch SharePoint without occurring some amount downtime. So the only options available to us are to minimize downtime. I think of downtime in two ways, 'not available' and 'reduced functionality'. The second obviously is more closely aligned to zero downtime...
  • Blog Post: Where Did That AppPool Go?

    I am a big fan of anything that gives me more insight as to what is happening on my system. One such IIS 6 tweak which I find is greatly overlooked is the additional AppPool logging you can get out of IIS 6. It blows me away that this was not "on" by default -- but that is another blog entry. The...
  • Blog Post: Database Disconnect Issues with SharePoint

    I have spent a good deal of time lately working with one of my MOSS 2007 customers on a database disconnect issue that has been plaguing them since SPS 2003. The following blog entry are the steps I went through to track down this issue. It was not without the help of some of my co-workers that made...
  • Blog Post: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Remote Blob Storage API

    Probably one of the worst KB articles I have seen lately introduces, what has the potential to be a really exciting new feature of WSS 3.0/4.0 – Remote Blob Storage (RBS). This interface allows the storage of "blobs" outside of SQL server in a kind of BlobBank (I call dibs on this name. J ). Blobs are...
  • Blog Post: Download your Hotfixes!

    Up to this point Microsoft has always required customers to make a phone call into Microsoft Product Support to receive a hotfix. Today we have made available a web application that allows customers to fill out a simple web form and receive the hotfix by email. Here is how it works: T he form on the...
  • Blog Post: Moss & SharePoint Related MCTS Certification Information

    Recently I have been looking into MOSS related certifications and ran across the MCTS certifications. I have narrowed the huge list of certifications and exams down to just those that are MOSS 2007 and WSS V3 specific and have provided links below. MCTS Certification Configuration Windows...
  • Blog Post: WSS 3.0 32bit on x64

    Question: So what happens when you have an x64 development box running Windows 2003 R2 x64 Enterprise with IIS6 in WOW64mode and you want to install the 32bit version of WSS 3.0? Answer: --------------------------- Setup Errors --------------------------- Setup is unable to proceed...
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