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August 2009 Blog Posts

Now Available – MSDN: Building Records Management Solutions with SharePoint Server 2007

An article I worked on recently has just been published to MSDN. The article walks developers through the basics of getting started with building solutions on the powerful Records Management platform available in Office SharePoint Server 2007. Learn records management features and concepts, such as Records Center configuration, and records series planning and routing, and explore the Official File Web service and a sample client application to create and deploy a custom router with a routing type. (13 printed pages) Many thanks to Randall Isenhour and the MSDN crew for their help in producing...

Digital Media Home Saga Part Two: Media Center

After a considerable amount of experimentation, I decided on the basic setup for my digital media requirements. In a nutshell this is a Windows Home Server, and a Windows 7 Media Center. This post will focus on the Media Center, which I will call MCE to save me some typing. The software is the real discussion here. I’ve used all iterations of MCE, and to be perfectly frank, the previous incarnations just weren’t up to scratch. Too many loose ends and issues with codecs and TV tuners and the UI. The good news is that with Windows 7, the...

Digital Media Home Saga Part One: Requirements

As some of you will know I’ve been over time working on a setup in the house for digital media. Recently a surprising amount of people have asked me to blog about it and my experiences. So here goes with part one of a mini series of off topic posts about it. Whilst I am a computer geek, I don’t like mess and I certainly don’t like servers in my home. Nasty computers in the living room is also a big no-no. As many of you know I am also *seriously* into music. Over the past six years I’ve...

Full Metal Architect | Disabling PAC Validation: More than meets the eyes

Marc has a good post detailing his experiences when attempting to validate “performance myths” out there on the interweb. It’s good stuff. He doesn’t talk about the default behaviour in Windows Server 2008, however it’s very valuable. It’s also refreshing to see someone actually test stuff related to SharePoint in his environment, rather than just gobbling up crappy recommendations and “best practices” from the blogosphere. Full Metal Architect | Disabling PAC Validation: More than meets the eyes