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  • Blog Post: Quick Tip: Provisioning Web Parts to a Page

    When deploying a page to SharePoint through a Modules feature, there are several options adding web parts to this. These are as follows: Add the web parts to the page programmatically via a feature receiver. This approach can be done quickly and easily if you are familiar with coding, however if...
  • 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: Using custom Event Log Sources on Least Privilege SharePoint Servers

    As you will surely be aware, it is best practice to install production SharePoint farms using something called the “least privilege account principle”. This effectively means that each service account in the farm is dedicated to a specific job and has only the minimum rights required in order to do that...
  • Blog Post: How to include Document Template Files in Content Type Features

    I recently spent longer than I should have done trying to create what I thought was a fairly simple feature; one that adds a content type to a site collection and also adds a physical file as the document template. This is a common scenario when developing content types to be used in document libraries...
  • 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: 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: Modifying out-of-the-box SharePoint Server 2007 files

    One of the most common and simple ways to customise SharePoint is to directly modify the files that are installed as part of the product (referred to as ‘SharePoint-owned’ files). This is common practice; but not necessarily good practice for many reasons, the most obvious being that this type of...
  • Blog Post: “Relative Links” Error Message when verifying an InfoPath Form Template

    Data connections are very used n InfoPath to pull data in from many different sources. The data connections are called UDC files. They areused by the Forms Service Proxy Web Service Protocol to connect to a target Web service. A form template uses the information in a UDC file to connect to a data source...
  • Blog Post: Enabling an Information Policy for expiring content

    This article relates to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS) and Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services V3.0 (WSS). A useful, but little used feature in SharePoint is the ability to add Information policies to Sites to provide enhanced control on information. SharePoint has a few that are...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Server 2007 Master Page Content Place Holders

    Introduction SharePoint solutions are shaped by business requirements and organizational needs, and so it is natural that they vary in their level of complexity as well as in their use of the different technical capabilities of the platform. However, I have observed that ‘Site Branding’ to some...
  • Blog Post: Developing Application Pages for SharePoint Server 2007

    Developing application pages for SharePoint can be challenging. This blog post provides guidance on some methods that I use to make the development process easier. Application Pages? When developing applications on the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS) framework, there are several...
  • 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: SharePoint Server 2007 Profile Properties and their default Active Directory mappings

    A couple of weeks ago a question was raised about which profile properties available in SharePoint Profile Database are mapped through to Active Directory and what fields they relate to. After some digging around and not finding a great deal on the subject I thought Iw ould knock together a quick post...
  • Blog Post: Using multiple Contact Selector controls in a single InfoPath form

    I know what you’re thinking ….”Wooohooo … yet another article from Martin about InfoPath and the Contact Selector control!”. I know I’m sounding a bit like a broken record with this particular topic right now but there are lots of useful tips to share about this control and how to get the best of it...
  • Blog Post: Drill through the Records Center structure using the DOD5015.2 add-on pack

    The Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 DoD 5015.2 Add-On Pack has been around for sometime now. In this post, I want to share a high level overview of the add-on pack File Plan and then detail how to drill down through the Records Center structure created by the File Plan using the associated development...
  • Blog Post: Quick Tip: Storing InfoPath Contact Selector values in SharePoint

    Some time ago now, I published a post entitled Quick Tip: Using the SharePoint ‘Person or Group’ field in code which covered details of how to use the ‘Person or Group’ field type in your custom applications. As I eluded to at the end of that post, one of the most common uses of the ‘Person or Group...
  • Blog Post: Virtualizing SharePoint Server 2007 Series - High availability and disaster recovery, deployment best practices, common mistakes and summary

    An internal memo was sent to all employees by Steve Ballmer recently extolling the fact that we ALL need to take personal responsibility for our impact on the world and its environment and that we all need to invest in environmental sustainability. Enterprise virtualization technologies have matured...
  • Blog Post: Virtualizing SharePoint Server 2007 Series - Monitoring and managing virtualized SharePoint environments

    This topic provides guidance on the key physical and virtual performance counters you need to watch for each of the resources. I must be honest, unless you are nut for infrastructure performance and optimization, the information below is not exactly as riveting as watching an episode of CSI (New York...
  • Blog Post: Virtualizing SharePoint Server 2007 Series - SharePoint server role recommendations for virtualized environments

    Each role in the SharePoint farm have finer nuances that need to be taken into account before deciding whether it is a good candidate for virtualization. This topic highlight some of the key considerations for each role in your farm. This topic discusses: Virtualizing the web role Virtualizing...
  • Blog Post: Virtualizing SharePoint Server 2007 Series - Optimizing the performance of a virtualized SharePoint environment

    There are differences between physical hardware and the virtual implementation of hardware that host your SharePoint farm. Many of these differences are subtle and not obvious. This topic will highlight some of the important differences and explain how that impacts your virtual machine design and how...
  • Blog Post: Virtualizing SharePoint Server 2007 Series – Introduction

    Over the last 18 months we have been involved in a number of projects helping clients deploy SharePoint into virtualized environments. As a result of these projects we learnt a great deal about how to virtualize SharePoint, and during November 2008, Martin Kearn , James O`Neill and I presented two sessions...
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