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  • Blog Post: Have you checked out Ramp Up?

    Ramp Up has just launched a brand-new learning track today: SharePoint for Developers, Part I . This track, along with the other currently offered tracks (eg, Visual Studio 2008), teaches the important skills in a guided path, making the learning process easier and more efficient. Currently, there are...
  • Blog Post: Office SharePoint Server 2007 Training (Standalone Edition)

    Interesting download – The Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Training Standalone Edition is designed to help you learn how to use the features of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server. The Training topics lead you step-by-step through beginning to advanced features, including Collaboration, Business...
  • Blog Post: 2007 Office System Document: Developer Posters

    Very cool posters I just ran across Developer Roadmap for the 2007 Microsoft Office System. Download this poster to view a developer roadmap for the 2007 Microsoft Office system programs, tools, services, and servers. Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007 Managed Object Model Poster. Download this...
  • Blog Post: Exploring SPS 2007 and Workflow

    Nobody should argue that companies depend on the flow of information and documents. Often these business processes depend on the participation of people to complete a task that ultimately contributes to the final decision. With SharePoint 2007 these types of business processes are implemented and managed...
  • Blog Post: Clinic 5046: Inside Look at Building and Developing Solutions with Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2007

    Free for a limited time! http://www.microsoft.com/learning/elearning/course/5046.asp Description: In this 2-hour clinic you will learn about the rich capabilities that Office SharePoint Server 2007 offers to developers. The clinic will focus on Fundamentals of Building Solutions...
  • Blog Post: Clinic 3370: Getting Started with Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2007 (Beta)

    Free for a limited time! http://www.microsoft.com/learning/elearning/course/3370.asp Description: This online clinic provides a rich multimedia learning experience. In this clinic, you explore the design goals and features of Office SharePoint Server 2007. You also manage documents...
  • Blog Post: Clinic 3369: Getting Started with Microsoft® Windows® SharePoint® Services 3.0 (Beta)

    Free for a limited time! http://www.microsoft.com/learning/elearning/course/3369.asp This online clinic provides a rich multimedia learning experience. In this clinic, you explore the features and technologies new to Microsoft® Windows® SharePoint® Services (WSS) 3.0. You are...
  • Blog Post: Clinic 5045: Inside Look at Developing with Microsoft® Windows® SharePoint® Services 3.0

    Free for a limited time! http://www.microsoft.com/learning/elearning/course/5045.asp Description: In this 2-hour clinic you will learn about the rich capabilities that Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 offers to developers. The clinic will focus on Architecture and List Management...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Antigen for SharePoint Trial Software

    Antigen for SharePoint helps protect SharePoint Portal Server and Windows SharePoint Services document libraries from viruses and unwanted content is available for download from here . <Download Microsoft Antigen for SharePoint Trial Software>
  • Blog Post: It’s Alive - SPS Service Pack 2

    Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Portal Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) contains significant security enhancements, in addition to stability and performance improvements. Some of the fixes included with SP2 have been previously released as separate updates. This service pack combines them into one update...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint V3 Video

    Looks like the Channel 9 folks have a pretty good video on some of the new features of SharePoint V3. http://channel9.msdn.com/Showpost.aspx?postid=115383
  • Blog Post: Comparison of features that are included in Windows SharePoint Services and in SharePoint Portal Server 2003

    I am often asked what the differences between Windows SharePoint Services and SharePoint Portal Services are. I found a pretty nice article that covered it - had never seen it before and thought it had some good information. http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;830320
  • Blog Post: New Applications for Windows SharePoint Services

    Just saw these - A new set of Windows SharePoint Services application templates are tailored to address the needs and requirements for specific business processes or sets of tasks for organizations of any size. The applications are the first out-of-box custom scenarios for the Windows SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Defining and Maintaining Project Sites Using Foundation Server

    Thanks to those that attended the mini-cast today on - Defining and Maintaining Project Sites Using Foundation Server. As promised here is the recording and slides . <<View Recording>> <<View Slides>>
  • Blog Post: The SQL Server Report Pack for SPS 2003

    In cased you missed it - A very cool tool! The Microsoft® SQL Server Report Pack for Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Portal Server 2003 is a set of predefined report definition files that work with a sample database of information extracted from a SharePoint Portal Server environment. The sample database...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Web Parts with Visual Studio 2005

    ASP 2.0 introduces a variety of new features and enhancements. One of these is Web parts. Although, the idea isn’t new, the direct inclusion within ASP.NET is an important enhancement. In this short video, I take a look at Web part within the ASP 2.0 environment. This video can be viewed here . ...
  • Blog Post: Importing an Excel spreadsheet

    Question: I have been taking a look at the ticket request form sample that you posted. It has helped me quite a bit in a solution that I am putting together for my company. However, I don’t understand how you initially imported your data from Excel into the SharePoint list? Can you show how that was...
  • Blog Post: Building InfoPath Rules

    In this previous example , I showed how you can bind an InfoPath form to the values of a SharePoint list. This shows one of the things that we can do when building an InfoPath form. Let’s extend that idea bit further to creating lookup values. In this example , we take a look at how you can use values...
  • Blog Post: Connecting to a SharePoint List

    Question: We have recently deployed SharePoint around our enterprise. The other day, I was given the task of creating our first InfoPath form. One of the requirements of the form is to provide a drop down list of data. While working with the user he showed me the items already exist within a SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: New Article Available

    My latest article is available from the folks at .NET Developers Journal Introducing SharePoint Web Services Integrate and extend your portal infrastructure Last week I attended a follow-up meeting with the staff of a local customer that had just completed a major deployment of SharePoint Services. The...
  • Blog Post: Turning Off Alerts in Windows SharePoint Services

    Question: I am planning on updating a bunch of my SharePoint sites next week. This will involve a variety of changes and I am worried about generating a bunch of Alerts for my portal users that won’t make sense. Honestly, I just want to turn off Alerts while I do this. Anyway, that you know of? Answer...
  • Blog Post: Locking Sites

    There are many reasons that an Administrator may need to place a site lock. The most common reason seems to be maintenance. In case you need to apply a site lock the following are the steps necessary. Start the SharePoint Portal Server Administrator from the Start menu. Select configure site quotas and...
  • Blog Post: Excluding Areas

    I was recently working with a customer and they had a business requirement that required one of the SPS areas be excluded from the search. In order to exclude an area from the search perform the following steps. 1. From the SPS home page 2. Select Change Settings from the Actions menu 3. From the Settings...
  • Blog Post: Configuring access requests for a list or document library

    You can allow users to request access to a particular list or document library by changing the settings for that list. If access request is enabled for a site collection, by default it is enabled for all lists in that site collection. If access request is disabled for the site collection, you cannot...
  • Blog Post: Static Site Deletion

    I was visiting a customer the other week that had recently deployed SharePoint within their enterprise. The good news was that it had caught on like wild fire within in a relatively short period of time. Users had created almost five thousand sites and the number was increasing. The main focus of our...
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