Month: November 2011

Issue with Azure SDK on a SharePoint Server
Issue with Azure SDK on a SharePoint Server
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Few weeks ago I and Hilton Giesenow prepared togheter a SharePoint & Azure session for the TechEd Africa and the European SharePoint conference. During the preparation we discovered an issue running the Azure Compute Emulator on a SharePoint box (Azure SDK 1.5 and 1.6). First it seemed that the user profile service screwed up after you had started the emulator for the first time, but further investigations had shown that many service applications didn’t work properly anymore. The problem was, that the emulator sets the IIS anonymous user account to the application pool’s identity. Many thanks to Wictor Wilen for telling us which IIS setting has been affected ( we owe you a pint=>summit 2011 πŸ™‚

European SharePoint Conference – Updated slides from governance session by Anders Skjoenaa
European SharePoint Conference – Updated slides from governance session by Anders Skjoenaa
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Made it back from the Berlin European SharePoint Conference 2012. A very succesful event that hopefully is the first of a long row of yearly european gatherings of the european SharePoint community.

It was great to meet so many people from all around Europe. I made new connection with some very nice people from a lot of different places; Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, UK and Russia – just to name a few – , and got to refuel a lot of old relatioships with people from Denmark, US etc. To an extend, this conference actually felt even more global than the Microsoft conference in Anaheim. It was very interesting to be a part of this.

European SharePoint Conference 2011– Berlin – Day 3
European SharePoint Conference 2011– Berlin – Day 3
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Day 3 starts – the real warriors are up and at it ready for another day. Some are still in bed after the night before!

Expert Panel Session – β€œWill Public Offerings or Private cloud Solutions influence the Adoption of SharePoint as a Web and Application Platform”. Some selected quotes:

European SharePoint Conference 2011 – Berlin – Evening 2
European SharePoint Conference 2011 – Berlin – Evening 2
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Last evening I went back to the hotel room – the first night of the conference – and was on email and calls all night – no surprises there! But on the second night I decided to finish work at 7:30pm and join the conference festivities. This was a good call!

There was a conference sit-down dinner – not that usual at a conference – certainly not at a US conference – more a European thing. Wonderful food. Superb wine. Great service. Very nice live music – a 3 piece ensemble. At dinner I sat at a table where I knew no one – and of course in a few minutes the connections were made. I sat with some folks from AI – a new records management ISV for SharePoint – with many of the folks who were originally in Meridio (that was sold to Autonomy – and as you may know Autonomy was sold to HP very recently). A very nice setting to relax and to get to know new people. Lots of praise for the conference organizing team on the week thus far.

European SharePoint Conference 2011 – Berlin – Day 2
European SharePoint Conference 2011 – Berlin – Day 2
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I am in Berlin this week for the European SharePoint Conference 2011. Nice map of the local area for walkers / joggers provided by the venue – so today I explored the local canal walks – but it was quiet before 7am!

Waiting for the keynote on Day 2 to start and funny to see the ipads, tablets, iphones and windows phones in action at a conference – looking at the conference agenda – as last minute conference additions / changes are announced. A long way from the first conference I attended years ago – that did not even have a website and the conference poster was mailed (not emailed!) a month or two in advance by regular post! No email communications. And I am not that old! What will the next 10 (or 20!) years bring?

European SharePoint Conference 2011– Berlin – Day 1
European SharePoint Conference 2011– Berlin – Day 1
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I am in Berlin this week for the European SharePoint Conference 2011.

Bjorn Olstad (now Microsoft SharePoint team and formerly CTO Fast Search) and Matt Berg (SharePoint Redmond team) from Microsoft gave a very strong opening keynote on SharePoint 2010 today – and did two good demos – of real applications built using SharePoint, that focused on the building an application using β€œintelligent search”. One of the applications was an application running inside Microsoft. Always nice to see inside the kitchen! Bjorn and Matt used some of the videos and materials from the keynote of the Worldwide SharePoint Conference – which was good for the majority of folks here who did not make it to California a few weeks ago. Nice to see the sharing of information across continents.

Workflow Shootout at the European SharePoint Conference
Workflow Shootout at the European SharePoint Conference
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One of Michael Greth’s highlights at the European SharePoint Conference was the European SharePont Workflow Shootout.We had three companies (Nintex, K2, data polis) set of 4 tasks to which they should think in 5 or 10 minutes a solution. Andrei Cathedral of our User Group as a moderator of the session DΓΌssseldorf was the perfect setting.

Redirect SharePoint Natively with a Content Editor Webpart
Redirect SharePoint Natively with a Content Editor Webpart
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It can be a pain as you reorganize your site and try to get users to update their links.

Here’s a handy way to do a redirect without editing anything server side. Not that that’s what you should do in SharePoint any way.

Add this snip of code below to to the content editor web part in HTML view on the page you want to redirect from. You will likely want to change the header bar to none to hide the web part as well.

Code Snip: Edit the URL and time as desired.

SharePoint 2010 Adoption Planning #EuropeanSP by Christian Buckley
SharePoint 2010 Adoption Planning #EuropeanSP by Christian Buckley
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At the European SharePoint Conference currently being held at the Estrel Convention Center in Berlin, Germany, I attended Matt Berg’s presentation entitled β€œDrive Adoption and Get Users Excited about SharePoint 2010.” For those who are not familiar with Matt, he is a Senior Product Marketing Manager on the Microsoft SharePoint team in Redmond, WA, and was one of the primary forces behind the SharePoint Conference held in Anaheim, CA earlier this month. In his role, he has a well-placed view into customers deploying SharePoint and partners augmenting their solutions, and I wanted to hear his perspective on one of the most important aspects of a successful SharePoint deployment: end-user adoption.

3 Execution Strategies
Matt’s (@bergasonic) message was fairly simple; however, the difficulty is often in the execution. His strategy consisted of three main points: