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May 2010 Blog Posts

Create your own SharePoint Server 2010 RTM Virtual Machine - The Complete Guide

Since the release of SharePoint 2010, one of the most common questions I get is “what is the best way to get up and running to be able to play around”. Microsoft of course offer a pre-canned VM which is an excellent resource for partners for sales purposes. But if you are a little more technical, you probably want to set it up yourself. Here is THE GUIDE for doing this, hot off the press from the folks at Critical Path: ***NOW AVAILABLE*** Create your own SharePoint Server 2010 RTM Virtual Machine - The Complete Guide Enjoy!

SharePoint 2010 User Profile Sync & Reboots

Since I published my article, Rational Guide to implementing SharePoint Server 2010 User Profile Synchronization, I’ve been deluged with email on the topic. All good, it shows me that I chose the right content to post, and that the content has relevance. However one key aspect keeps coming up over and over again both in these emails and on IM etc. Lots of people after attempting to provision the UPS Service from Services on Server, need to reboot the server before the service is provisioned correctly. If you are running the UPS Service instance on the machine hosting Central Administration, you MUST...

Article: Rational Guide to Multi Tenancy with SharePoint 2010

This second article in my Rational Guide series focuses on the capabilities in SharePoint 2010 which enable the delivery of hosting environments. Hosting is finally a first class citizen in SharePoint 2010, however there isn’t a great deal of material out there on this subject. This article will: walk through the problem space discuss the features of SharePoint 2010 that enable multi-tenant environments provide a step by step guide to setting it all up give general recommendations for those looking to deliver hosting platforms...

Adding SharePoint 2010 PoweShell cmdlets to your PowerShell ISE

PowerShell for SharePoint 2010 rocks. No, really it does. You hate it at first, but then it’s all pure goodness. But boy, does the UI SUCK! Crap for productivity, crap for demos, just about crap for anything other than lame jokes about old skool shell scripting. Sure, there are funky PowerShell GUIs out there, but they appear to cost money. The good news is Windows ships with it’s own IDE. This thing is called an ISE – prey how much do marketing people get paid? Anyway – that’s what I’ve been using for all my demos to show the PowerShell stuff that...

Service Application Federation with SharePoint 2010

Yalls may be playing around with Service Application Federation with SharePoint 2010 with the shiny new SharePoint Server 2010 bits. This federation is also called publishing and consuming service applications, but as I’m spending a lot of my time of late in PowerPoint, I’m using the buzzword for the time being. However, with the RTM bits there is a fundamental missing piece that is not currently documented on Tech Net. Of course you need to exchange and install the necessary certificates as detailed here. However in order to make it work the consuming farm must have permissions to...

Article: In a Nutshell: SharePoint 2010 Service Applications

SharePoint 2010 includes a fundamental architectural change from the previous version with the introduction of “Service Applications”. This new architecture has extremely broad and deep consequences for SharePoint practitioners. Unfortunately Service Applications thus far have been poorly explained and documented, and already there are many myths surrounding them. This “In a Nutshell” article is an attempt to distil the core elements down to brass tacks. It is intended primarily for architects and administrators planning their farm topologies, but will also be useful for anyone working with SharePoint 2010. http://www.harbar.net/articles/sp2010sa2.aspx