The SharePoint Guys

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  • Blog Post: James Kemp Moving on...

    After working as a SharePoint Consultant within Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) for a number of years, I have decided to leave to become an independent SharePoint Contractor. Martin Kearn will now lead this MSDN Blog for The SharePoint Guys. Callum Shillan here: As one of the Architects working...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Server 2010 - 10 Steps to Disaster Recovery

    This article aims to help anyone creating a Disaster Recovery (DR) design/strategy for SharePoint Server 2010. This advice will be based on my experience of designing a DR model and after conversations with experts such as Spencer Harbar, Microsoft IT and SharePoint Online . Step 1. Do Some Research...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Workspace 2010 – Offline Working Capabilities

    This blog article aims to: Highlight some of the Offline Working functionality provided by Microsoft SharePoint Workspace 2010, including which Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 lists and libraries can and cannot be synchronised Highlight the ways in which SharePoint Workspace 2010 communicates...
  • Blog Post: Custom Search Control Not Being Displayed in Meeting Workspace

    Objective : Include an additional search control adjacent to the standard search box on a Meeting Workspace site, but not show any search controls on system pages (as is the default). Problem : The Meeting Workspace masterpage MWSDefaultv4.master includes the ContentPlaceHolder with id="PlaceHolderSearchArea...
  • Blog Post: How To Remove "Use My Local Drafts Folder" Checkbox

    Lots of customers I work with establish a requirement that files must be 'checked out' from SharePoint before they can be edited. This prevents multiple users from overwriting one another’s changes to files. The "check-out and check-in" functionality is a widely used in SharePoint and is just one...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 - Infrastructure Sizing - Lessons Learned on Search

    If you've ever worked with a client that has tens of thousands of users and millions of files to index, putting your neck on the line and recommending a SharePoint 2010 infrastructure that will scale to meet their requirements can at first be daunting. However, with some useful articles on TechNet and...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 – NEW Social Computing Features

    This blog post aims to provide an overview of some of the Social Computing Features available in SharePoint 2010. This will include discussions of: New User Interface Social Feedback Social Networking New User Interface The UI in SharePoint 2010 has changed a lot from SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Server 2007 For Worldwide Health and Beyond...

    Recently, James Kemp and James Daniel , both contributors of this blog, showcased freely available SharePoint software and guidance that has been designed to help Healthcare organisations address common business challenges. A video from this event has now been placed on Microsoft.com . Although aimed...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Server 2007 and Records Management: Part 4 of 4

    This is the fourth and final post in a series on Records Management using SharePoint Server 2007: 1. Introduction to Records Management, and Definition of Terms 2. Records Management using Standard SharePoint Features 3. Using t he DoD 5015.2 Records Management Resource Kit 4. Commonly Requested...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 – New Shared Services

    With SharePoint 2010 around the corner, I thought I’d provide a brief overview of the NEW Shared Service model. That is, how the Shared Service Provider (SSP) from SharePoint 2007 has fundamentally changed for SharePoint 2010. So, what’s this “Service” thing you’re on...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Server 2007 and Records Management: Part 3 of 4

    This is the third post in a series on Records Management in SharePoint: 1. Introduction to Records Management, and Definition of Terms 2. Records Management using Standard SharePoint Features 3. Using the DoD 5015.2 Records Management Resource Kit (this post) 4. Commonly Requested Enhancements...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Server 2007 and Records Management: Part 2 of 4

    This is the second post in a blog series on Records Management in SharePoint: 1. Introduction to Records Management, and Definition of Terms 2. Records Management using Standard SharePoint Features (this post) 3. Using the DOD 5015.2 Records Management Resource Kit 4. Commonly Requested Enhancements...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Server 2007 and Records Management: Part 1 of 4

    This blog series will address the role that SharePoint can play in Records Management within an organization and the abilities and functionality that can be leveraged from the platform. The blog consists of four posts: 1. Introduction to Records Management, and Definition of Terms (this post) 2...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 – Sneak Peak…

    Recently, the SharePoint Product Team released information regarding the next version of SharePoint; SharePoint 2010. News regarding the next version of Microsoft Office; Office 2010 is also surfacing. As I regularly get questions from customers regarding both products I thought I’d pull together...
  • Blog Post: How to incrementally deploy SharePoint Server 2007 MySites

    A SharePoint MySite is a type of SharePoint site that can be created to allow a user to (a) centrally manage and store their documents, content, links, and contacts, and (b) share information about themselves, such as their skills and interests. Each user within an organisation is normally given the...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Server 2007 Search – How to create a fully functioning Search Center: Part 2

    This post builds upon Part 1 of how to create a fully functioning SharePoint Search Center . In Part 1 I aimed to explain how to plan a Search Center. This post (Part 2) aims to explain how to: 1. Create a Search Center 2. Create a Search Center tab 3. Create a search query page 4. Create...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Server 2007 Search – How to create a fully functioning Search Center: Part 1

    Within Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, there exists the concept of a ‘Search Center’; a type of SharePoint site that can be created to help users find content. As one might expect, this site includes a search box, search page(s) and results page(s). However, unlike other SharePoint...
  • Blog Post: Taking SharePoint Server 2007 Files Offline – What are the options?

    This blog post aims to compare how Outlook 2007 , Groove 2007 and OneNote 2007 enable users to take files offline from SharePoint Server 2007. This is based on the Offline Working Strategy Guide which is available on Microsoft.com for free. This post is targeted at people who work offline and want to...
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