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Where Should You Store Your SharePoint Solution’s Configuration Data?
This is a common scenario: you are designing a great SharePoint solution and you have some configuration information, such as URLs, connection strings, list names, and so on, that you have to deal with. What should you do? The easiest and dirtiest way is hard-coding them in code. It maybe fine for...
27 Mar 2012
Dr. Z is Master Z now!
I officially became a Microsoft Certified Master for SharePoint Server 2010 on March 22, 2012. The journey began more than a year early. If you read my earlier blog ( http://blogs.msdn.com/zwsong/archive/2011/02/24/passed-all-4-sharepoint-2010-mcp-exams-at-techready.aspx ), you would know that I passed...
25 Mar 2012
Killing two birds with one stone: SharePoint HA and DR with stretch farm, and everything you want to know about it
A single SharePoint farm running across multiple data centers is called a “stretch farm”. Using a stretched SharePoint farm, you can provide fault tolerance by following the standard guidance for making databases and service applications redundant. Therefore you can achieve high availability...
4 Apr 2011
Passed all 4 SharePoint 2010 MCP exams at TechReady
I passed all 4 SharePoint 2010 MCP exams at TechReady-12 (a Microsoft field employees only tech conference) and have gained following new MCP titles: Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD): SharePoint Developer 2010 Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): SharePoint...
24 Feb 2011
Changing SharePoint Account's Password on Client OS
As promised, I will show you how to refresh your SharePoint account on a client OS (Windows 7) after you changed its password. On my Windows 7 laptop, I use my corporate domain user (you have to use a domain account for a full version of SharePoint) as SharePoint 2010's service account (for how to...
7 Oct 2010
How To Hide Ribbon From Users Without Edit Page Privilege
Ribbon is a great new feature introduced by SharePoint 2010. It provides great user experience for users with elevated privileges, like contributors and site owners. However, for users with lease privilege, such as visitors and anonymous users, it seems like a big waste of page real estate. Because for...
29 Apr 2010
Installing Complete Version of SharePoint Server 2010 on Windows Client OS
Yes, I successfully installed complete version (not the standalone one) of SP2010 on my Windows 7 laptop. Here is how I did it: Make sure your Windows client OS is 64-bit and domain joined and you have a domain account with local administrator's privilege. I followed most of the instructions from...
29 Apr 2010
Creating a SharePoint Application Page for Anonymous Access
From time to time, you may need to create a few SharePoint application pages for anonymous users. Like log on page, the page to recover or reset passwords, a page to guide through the registration processes, etc. Besides to set up you SharePoint site to allow anonymous access, the key here is that you...
29 Apr 2010
DPAPI and SharePoint
DPAPI stands for Data Protection API. It is a pair of function calls that provide OS-level data protection services to user and system processes. http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms995355.aspx . Simply put, if your OS is Windows 2000 or later, you can use DPAPI to encrypt and decrypt data without...
22 Feb 2010
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