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November 2008 Blog Posts

Christmas Present Recommendations

My buddy Nick Swan went and tagged me with one of these meme things. This time I’m supposed to come up five Christmas pressie recommendations – primarily gadgets. It was a bit tricky but here goes. 1. Sony PRS700 – electronic book reader. The Sony Reader is by far and away the best electronic book reader on the market, I’ve tried all of them. If you can live with the Sony ebook store limitations (which aren’t that bad actually, and of course you don’t have to use it!) it’s the mustard. I don’t have this...

SUGUK Edinburgh Meeting - Mythbusters

Many thanks to all those who attended yesterday evening’s SharePoint User Group UK Meeting at the Scottish Parliament. Big shout to Steven Hynds once again for organizing the excellent venue. As promised, the slide deck for my presentation is now available. For Andrew’s TDD whitepaper, please head on over to his site at www.21apps.com. If you have feedback on the event, or other suggestions for future topics please post them to the SUGUK forums. We look forward to future SUGUK events in Scotland. Technorati Tags: sharepoint,sharepoint farms

Triple Boot MacBook Pro Update: Running the Vista x64 Partition in VMWare Fusion.

A while back I posted my popular article series, Triple Boot MacBook Pro, which described the steps necessary to configure a three-way system running Mac OS, Windows Vista x64 and Windows Server 2008 x64. At the time it was unfortunately not possible make use of VMWare Fusion’s killer feature – running a VM directly from the Boot Camp partition (no VHDs). This was due to a couple of “issues”, which have thankfully now been addressed by VMWare. This article explains the issues and details the remaining tweaks necessary to run the Vista partition under VMWare Fusion for a triple boot system.  

Scripted Farm Deployments

It took a while but the Using scripts to automate SharePoint Server 2007 installation guidance has finally been published. Chris Smith details the release over on ToTheSharePoint. The best thing about this release are the examples and sample code, however I caution you to test appropriately and don’t be fooled into believing the premise that it’s just better. That my friends, isn’t true. Unfortunately the vendor has a nasty habit of arrogantly saying “you should be doing it like this… [link]” when they took over 18 months to produce and publish the material when others have been doing...

SharePoint 2007 Post SP1 Hotfixes Updated

Finally got around to uploading an update to my fixes article. Apologies for the delay, my excuse is my hosting “provider”, and I’m sticking to it :) SharePoint 2007 Post SP1 Hotfixes

Typemock Isolator for SharePoint

  Those crazy kids at Typemock have announced Isolator for sharepoint: It is almost the same as Typemock Isolator, but will only work on APIs that are directly connected with sharepoint’s API. That means that if you only need to test sharepoint stuff, you can get a powerful product, for a much cheaper price than the full Isolator (you can always upgrade later if you need to isolate more APIs). Info for masses, how to get free licence: Typemock are offering their new product for unit testing SharePoint...

Arpan Shah on the SharePoint Pod Show

Check out my good friend Arpan Shah, waxing lyrical on the SharePoint Pod Show! SharePoint in the Cloud, SharePoint and Azure, and Questions on SharePoint 14 and Office 14-Episode 11

SUGUK Edinburgh Meeting, November 27th

We are pleased to be back again at the Scottish Parliament for another evening of SharePoint at 6.30pm, November 27th. Many thanks to Stephen Hynds for facilitating the event. If you want to come along, please go here and register your name, otherwise the security peeps won’t let you in the building, this is after all the seat of the Scottish Government. There will doubtless be a few sherberts following the event. Spencer Harbar SharePoint MVP - MythBusters – debunking common SharePoint Farm Misconceptions This interactive, whiteboard session will dive into common SharePoint Farm Myths and discuss common misconceptions around Global Deployments, Farm...

Microsoft Certified Master for SharePoint

During TechEd ITForum a couple weeks ago, Microsoft announced the Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) for Office SharePoint Server 2007 and the Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) for Office SharePoint Server 2007. Pretty quickly a micro-debate started on this and a few people posted their thoughts on blogs. I promised at the time to do a post that detailed out the salient points, which unfortunately have been missed thus far. There has also been a lot of complaints regarding the associated cost. So here goes. Forget about the SharePoint Technical Specialist Exams Firstly, there is no relationship between the current four MSTS exams for SharePoint,...

Visual Studio 2010 Tools for SharePoint Announced at TechEd EMEA Developers 2008

Server Explorer for SharePoint viewing Lists and other artifacts in SharePoint directly inside of Visual Studio Windows SharePoint Services Project (WSP file) Import to create a new solution Added a new web part project item and showed the Visual web part designer which loads a user control as a web part for SharePoint Showed adding an event receiver for...

SharePoint by Day, SharePint by night – TechEd EMEA

We're exporting SharePoint by Day, SharePint by night, the social event for SharePoint professionals! SharePint will be on Sunday night, November 9, 2008 @ 8p at Sala Monasterio. Please leave a comment on Andrew Connell’s post to give us an idea how many people we're looking at. For those of you who've never attended a SharePint, it's pretty simple: consider it a birds-of-a-feather social event for SharePoint folks that's very lose and unstructured.