The SharePoint Guys

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  • Blog Post: How to create a site provisioning capability within SharePoint’s Sandbox constraints

    This article offers a design for providing a controlled mechanism for SharePoint sub-site creation through an approval process, within the constraints of the SharePoint Sandbox . This approach could be used in a SharePoint Online/Office 365 scenario, or for within a corporate environment where there...
  • Blog Post: Content Organizer: iCustomRouter Pending State Issue

    The Content Organizer in SharePoint 2010 is a Feature that enables the routing of content to defined destinations such as SharePoint libraries, folders or other Content Organizer managed sites. It achieves this by analysing the items content type/metadata information and then matching that with a set...
  • 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: On Gardens and Governance (3rd post)

    This is the third in a series of posts that plays around with the idea that looking after SharePoint in your organization is a little like looking after a garden. We've been looking at the need for on-going governance of a SharePoint environment by way of an analogy: garden maintenance. Without some...
  • Blog Post: On Gardens and Governance (2nd post)

    This is the second in a series of posts that plays around with the idea that looking after SharePoint in your organization is a little like looking after a garden. Without some form of control over it, it will quickly deteriorate and end up as something that is neither a pleasure to use nor something...
  • Blog Post: Quick Tip: Provisioning a List View to a Web Part Page

    Following on from my recent post ( Provisioning Web Parts to a Page ), I had a question asking how to do this for List Views. Below is a code sample showing how to do this… 1: <? xml version ="1.0" encoding ="utf-8" ? > 2: < Elements xmlns ="http://schemas.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Files to the Root of a SharePoint Web Application

    I’ve recently been working on a project where a Silverlight App sitting on a separate url calls through to a WCF service hosted in SharePoint. For this to work, a “clientaccesspolicy.xml” file is required at the root of the SharePoint web application. This file will contain the following: 1: <? xml...
  • 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: On Gardens and Governance

    Just as a garden needs continual maintenance in order to maintain its appearance, so also SharePoint deployments need continual governance in order to maintain their effectiveness. Rather than explain the "what" of SharePoint Governance, this series of blog posts looks at the "why" and the "how"....
  • 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: Updated Permissions Spreadsheet for SharePoint 2010

    Permissions within SharePoint provide a great way of controlling access to SharePoint sites and content. These permissions also allow for the User Interface to be trimmed so users only see the links and the content that they have access to. Back in the days of SharePoint 2007 a colleague Mark Arend...
  • Blog Post: Office Communicator integration (Presence) in a custom webpart for SharePoint 2010

    I recently spent a while trying to integrate the Office Communicator presence pawn into a custom web part and found it a little tricky so wanted to share my learning's. With SharePoint 2010's new social capabilities, I see this integration as being a must-have for any webpart or other custom interface...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Site Directory for SharePoint 2010

    Those of you that have spent some time looking at SharePoint 2010, may have noticed that the Site Directory has been largely dropped. On account of this, myself and several other writers on this blog have been working on a custom solution called ‘Site Directory for SharePoint 2010’ which is now available...
  • 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: Configuring Business Connectivity Services (BCS) Search in SharePoint 2010

    One of the feature in SharePoint 2010 which has received one of the bigger facelifts is Business Connectivity Services (BCS) – what we used to call Business Data Catalogue (BDC) in SharePoint 2007. This is a really powerful set of tools for connecting external data into SharePoint. If you are not familiar...
  • Blog Post: Installing SharePoint 2010 on a single machine

    When SharePoint 2007 was in beta, I wrote a blog article about how to install it on a single machine. This was one of my most popular articles so I thought I’d repeat the process for SharePoint Server 2010 Beta 2. This article should be read in addition to the official installation guide on TechNet...
  • 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 2010 public beta available in November. Signup now!

    The public beta of SharePoint 2010 was announced in Jeff Teper's speech yesterday. Sign up for it now! Register : http://sharepoint2010.microsoft.com/try-it/Pages/Trial.aspx
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 resources now available!

    This is not a normal blog post, but the MCS Uk SharePoint team is very excited! The NDA has been lifted and we can start talking about the new exciting features in SharePoint 2010. New resources have been posted by the Microsoft SharePoint team. For more resources, take a look at: - SharePoint...
  • 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...
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