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  • Blog Post: Load Testing SAML (PING) Based SharePoint 2013 Sites

    I have to proof to a customer that their SharePoint infrastructure supports their user base and workload. So the logical solution is to Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) to build web tests and load tests and simulate the load and see how the farm reacts. There is one problem: the sites are based on...
  • Blog Post: Simple way to hide Suite Links

    Suite Links is where you see "Newsfeed, SkyDrive, Sites" on your SharePoint site's top right corner. Courtesy of http://www.learningsharepoint.com/2012/08/09/sharepoint-2013-hide-newsfeed-skydrive-sites-deltasuitelinks/ , you can inject a snippet of JavaScript to simply hide the DIV containing the...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Codeless SharePoint Development

    May this be every SharePoint developer's principle: DO NOT write code if you don't have to . Don't get me wrong, I am a developer and I love to write code more than anything else. However, I find that not to write code, when it is feasible of cause, is the way to make a SharePoint development project...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Using Enterprise Library 4.1 in SharePoint 2007 development projects

    Yes, you CAN use Enterprise Library 4.1 ( http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc467894.aspx ) in your SharePoint 2007 development projects. Here is how: Install .NET Framework 3.5 if it is not present on SharePoint servers. EntLib 4.1 is based on 3.5 framework. Enable 3.5 for MOSS applications...
  • Blog Post: Configure SharePoint servers to use proxy with credentials

    If your enterprise has a proxy server for all servers with credentials, your SharePoint servers may not be able to connect to Internet. You would probably see errors on RSS Viewer webparts trying to read feeds from Internet. You need to write some code and deploy a DLL and modify web.config to solve...
  • Blog Post: How to create a HTML search box for SharePoint search

    Search in Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services supports URL syntax. You can encode search keywords and parameters in URL and post directly to the search page. For more information about SharePoint search URL syntax, please refer to: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa979736.aspx . Following...
  • Blog Post: How to configure client certificate for SharePoint authentication

    SharePoint supports client certificate authentication. However, before you enable SharePoint and IIS for client certificate authentication, make sure that a X.509 PKI is in place within your IT infrastructure. It is not recommended to apply client certificate authentication to public facing Internet...
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