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Online Workshop: SharePoint Advanced Infrastructure: Distributed Cache

Audience: SharePoint Administrators, Infrastructure Architects and Support Professionals. The esteemed Microsoft Certified Master certification is no longer obtainable... but you can still get master-class mentoring through our collection of Advanced Workshops. Delivered by one of the world's foremost SharePoint authorities, this workshop is a rare opportunity to learn from a recognised master in the field. This module provides 360 coverage of Distributed Cache, the new foundational and pre-requisite service instance in SharePoint 2013 which is an implementation of Windows Server AppFabric Caching, and provides in memory caching across a farm. Understand the background of this service, its...

Da Big Daddy: SharePoint Conference 2014

[Updated 19/02 with session timeslots and an additional session] Vegas, March, 10,000 SharePoint people. What could possibly go wrong?! The big daddy is back, SharePoint Conference 2014 promises to be another great event, and I am once again happy to be speaking at the biggest SharePoint conference on the planet. I get asked a lot about which conferences are worth the money and so on, and of course being the official show, and with the associated travel and accommodation expenses SPC is often in the “requires justification” bucket. Seriously there is no debate, it’s worth it. If you...

SharePoint & Exchange Forum: somewhere in the Baltic Sea!

I’m delighted to announce that I will again be speaking at the excellent SharePoint and Exchange Forum (SEF), coming up September 30th through October 2nd. This year, the 10th anniversary, will be a little bit extra special as it’s taking place on board Silja Symphony – a (rather large) cruise ship running between Stockholm and Helsinki. SEF is always an excellent event, with a great crowd, top quality speakers, great networking and superb evening entertainment. Head on over to the SEF website to find out more, I look forward to seeing you at the event!   ...

SharePoint Evolution Conference 2013

In just over two weeks time we are back in London, for the fifth year, with the SharePoint Evolution Conference 2013. Simply the best SharePoint event outside of North America, with the best speakers, the best content, and the best entertainment, this year’s conference promises to live up to past events. It will be a little less stressful this year, returning to a regular content schedule with a few surprises thrown in! Aside from mature content on both SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint 2010, the conference features four of the five MCAs, twelve MCMs and a boatload of MVPs. It...

Speaking Engagements – Autumn 2012

It’s once again silly season with SharePoint conferences (when isn’t it? :)) but this autumn it’s a bit more fun as we are able to discuss SharePoint 2013. I’ll be doing a few events over the next couple months. SharePoint and Exchange Forum 2012 – Stockholm, Sweden. October 22-23. This is a great event in a very cool place. Looking forward to going back to Stockholm for a few days and catching up again with some good friends and meeting some new ones. I’ll be presenting a couple of breakouts: Host Named...

What's new in SharePoint 2013 for IT Professionals: Critical Path SharePoint 2013 Office Hours

Critical Path Training have been running a series of SharePoint 2013 Office Hours, where you get a chance to ask your burning questions regarding the new version. I’m happy to be doing one of these along with my good friend Andrew Connell on September 18th at 2pm Eastern – that’s 7pm GMT or 8pm CET. The subject is What’s new in SharePoint 2013 for IT Professionals. Ask your infrastructure and operations questions about the new version of SharePoint here! We'll look at the highlights for IT Pros in the 2013 release along with coverage of...

The SharePoint Evolution Conference returns to London in April 2013

Phew! Is it really two months since we wrapped up the International SharePoint Conference back in April? It was a great privilege to work with Combined Knowledge, Steve Smith and the world class speaker team. The fantastic response we received from attendees, sponsors and the wider community makes the hard work and long hours justified. Overall the new event format worked very well, and there were no logistical or technical disasters. Of course there is significant room for improvement in the future and community feedback has been greatly received. Additional follow up materials from the conference are forthcoming and you...

Scripts from my SharePoint Conference Sessions

As promised during my sessions at the SharePoint Conference in Anaheim last week, here are the Windows PowerShell scripts demonstrated. Please note that these scripts are direct copies of those on my Virtual Machines. You *will* need to tweak them for use on your environments, and remember they are authored for the purposes of demonstration! If you wish to take pieces of them to use in a real deployment, they will need some work. The scripts are provided as is, without any warranties! You know the score. SPC407: Enterprise Deployment Considerations for the User Profile Service Application. ...

SharePoint Pod Show: MCM, Top 3 mistakes, and User Profile Sync discussion

Was chatting to my buddy Rob Foster recently and he was slagging me off for not pointing to the SharePoint Pod Show we recently recorded. So here for you listening pleasure (ahem!) is a discussion about the MCM program, some classic mistakes for SharePoint deployments and even a little bit of cricket! SharePoint MCM, Top 3 mistakes, and User Profile Sync discussion with Spencer Harbar-Episode 63   .

SharePoint 2010 Advanced Infrastructure Administrator - 29th August–2nd September, Auckland, NZ

After Tech Ed New Zealand, I’ll be hanging back in Auckland with my good buddy Steve Smith to deliver the Combined Knowledge SharePoint 2010 Advanced Infrastructure Administrator course. This is by no means your regular SharePoint admin training. According to the blurb, “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from two of the most experienced SharePoint experts in the World today and take your SharePoint knowledge to the next level!” It’s always great fun to work with Steve, and I’m looking forward to delivering this material, which steps away from the usual SharePoint featurisms and...

Summer and Autumn Speaking Engagements

It’s that time again folks, Conference craziness season is back with a vengeance after the summer. When is it *not* conference season I hear you chuckle! Anyways, I have the privilege of speaking at a number of events between now and the end of the year. It’s always a great deal of fun to meet folks at conferences and hear about their SharePoint experiences. I look forward to seeing you one of the following events.   TechReady 13 25-29 July - Seattle, WA http://www.mytechready.com/ This event is for Microsoft employees only....

Upcoming Speaking Events

I have the privilege of speaking at the following SharePoint events over the next couple of months. Looking forward to meeting everyone, if you are attending, drop by and say hello!   SharePoint Saturday Holland 26th March 2011, Utrecht, Netherlands I’ve done a couple of SharePoint Saturday events before, but only as a “virtual” presenter, this will be the first time I’ll actually be at the event. I’ll be presenting my increasingly popular Rational Guide to User Profile Synchronization session. More details.   European SharePoint Best Practices Conference 11th –...

SharePoint Connections, The Hague, 28 & 29th September

I have the privilege of speaking at the upcoming SharePoint Connections conference in the very pleasant indeed city of Den Haag (The Hague). The event is being held on 28th and 29th September, and you can find out full details and register at http://www.devconnections.com/speurope/. I will be delivering the following breakouts: MIT03: Lessons Learned and Best Practices from Enterprise Deployments of SharePoint This session covers the lessons learnt by early enterprise deployments of SharePoint Server 2010. Focusing on SharePoint 2010 specifics, the session will detail these lessons along with...

SharePoint Best Practices Conference, Washington DC, August 24-27

I’m honoured once again to be speaking at the Best Practices Conference, which is taking place in Washington D.C. August 24th thru 27th. The Best Practices Conference is easily the best non Microsoft SharePoint event, and the speaker line up is excellent. If you are implementing SharePoint 2010, you don’t want to miss this show. This year, I’m leading up the Keynote: What the Masters think About SharePoint 2010, which will feature five fellow MCMs all of whom do not work for Microsoft. I will also be presenting the following breakouts, all with updated new content specifically for...

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...

Upcoming SharePoint Community Events

I’ll be participating in a few SharePoint Community Events over the next few weeks, for those interested the details are below. Wednesday 28th April (5pm – 6pm GMT) Online SharePoint MVP Expert MSDN Chat This is a new idea, and will be interesting to see how it goes. The general idea is for you to fling your questions about SharePoint 2010 at the panel of SharePoint MVP “experts”. A free online event via MSDN.   Wednesday 5th May (5.30pm till whenever) Microsoft, Waverly Gate Edinburgh SUGUK...

Article: Rational Guide to Implementing SharePoint Server 2010 User Profile Synchronization

There's a ton of stuff out there on User Profile Sync in SharePoint Server 2010. Some of it’s good, some of it’s frankly terrible. TechNet has some of the best material, but unfortunately TechNet’s format restrictions are counter-intuitive. Therefore this article presents an end to end, “rational guide” to setting this up. There are a couple of contentious setup requirements in here. I may discuss those in more depth later. For now, the following steps are required. Don’t try and work around them, UPS will break. The following is the least privilege you can get away with. This article will also be...

SharePoint 2010 Evolution Conference Slide Decks

Here are the slides from my presentations at the SharePoint 2010 Evolutions Conference this week in London. I will be updating this page as we get through each day of the show. Monday IT101: Overview of what’s new in SharePoint 2010 for IT Pros (with Neil Hodgkinson). DD105: Multi-Tenancy in SharePoint 2010. Tuesday DD108: Claims based Authentication in SharePoint 2010. IT109: Configuring Managed Metadata Service (with Steve Smith). DEV111: Multilingual solutions with SharePoint 2010. Wednesday IT112: SharePoint 2010 Mythbusters. IT114: Configuring and managing User Profile Synchronization. ...

SUGUK Manchester: Information Architecture for SharePoint Server

Earlier this week I presented a session at the SharePoint User Group UK Manchester event. Shout out to Mark Stokes for organising yet another great SUGUK event. This session was an introduction/overview of IA for SharePoint, and also highlighted the key new features in this realm within SharePoint Server 2010. For those interested you can download the slide deck below. Information Architecture for SharePoint Server

The best SharePoint Conference ever is back, with a vengeance!

No disrespect to the SharePoint Team at Microsoft. They put on a *great* show. But well, ya know, it’s an official Microsoft conference, and some things are just done better by the community. Last year in April I flew into London exhausted after a crazy six weeks in Redmond for the SharePoint Best Practices Conference. Despite really needing a months holiday, it was simply the best conference experience I’ve had in over 15 years. A *great* show, great content, great people, great organisation and great fun. By a country mile, the best SharePoint related conference ever. And it’s back,...

Microsoft SharePoint Connections 2010, Amsterdam

I’m honoured to be one of the speakers at the upcoming SharePoint Connections 2010 event in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on the 18th and 19th January. It promises to be a great show with lots of great 2010 content and speakers. The general goal of the event is to deliver highlights from the SharePoint Conference earlier this year in Las Vegas to the European audience as well as offering significant networking opportunities. Its all going down at the RAI conference centre just outside Amsterdam city. The RAI isn’t a casino, but it is an excellent conference facility! I will presenting...

DIWUG - Dutch Information Worker User Group: November 4th, Amsterdam

I’ll be in Amsterdam as one of the instructors of the SharePoint 2010 Ignite program next week. The Dutch Information Worker Group are hosting a evening event on the 4th November to coincide with Ignite. Come along and join some SharePoint Experts for a Ask the Experts panel, and probably some drinks afterwards. DIWUG - Dutch Information Worker User Group

SharePoint 2010 Evolution Conference

Last April the first European SharePoint Best Practices conference was a stunning success. Feedback from those “working” the show and attendees alike was fantastic. Not only were the technical breakout sessions first rate, featuring unique content and some of the best names in the SharePoint world, but the conference had a real community buzz. The SharePoint 2010 Evolution Conference promises to be the premier SharePoint event outside the United States. We are back in London, 19th – 21st April. Three days of SharePoint goodness. Check out the web site as more details will be added as we ramp up over...

SharePoint Conference: Vegas!

In just about two weeks, the SharePoint Community is descending upon Las Vegas for the 2009 SharePoint Conference. This will be the big coming out party for SharePoint Server 2010 and along with the conference itself promises to be a ton of fun. If you work with SharePoint this is a must attend event and it will be very interesting to see the continued growth of this event from it’s humble beginnings in Bellevue a few years back. I’ll be presenting a couple of sessions. Unfortunately I can’t provide the full abstracts as yet, but my schedule is as...

SDN Session Recap: SharePoint Architecture, Myths & Kerberos

I greatly enjoyed my recent trip to Houten, Netherlands to present at the SDN event. Many thanks to the SDN crowd and those that attended my sessions and of course the SharePint event afterwards. It was a very impressive event in terms of organisation and the other great speakers and content. Here are the slide decks from my three sessions as promised. Mythbusters: debunking common SharePoint Farm Misconceptions. Kerberos Part 1: No ticket touting here, does SharePoint add another head. Kerberos Part 2: “Advanced” Scenarios and additional considerations. ...

SDN Event June 26th, Houten, Netherlands

I will be speaking at the Software Development Network event in Houten, Netherlands on June 26th. SDN is a really strong community in the Netherlands and it is a great privilege to be selected as a speaker there amongst some other great talent. I will be presenting the following sessions: Mythbusters – debunking common SharePoint Farm Misconceptions. For admins and devs alike this popular session has once again been updated with brand new content around Agile Farms and planning for SharePoint 2010, especially for the SDN...

Adventure Works Travel finally hits the web

For those that have attended any of my recent sessions on SharePoint Web Content Management you will have already seen the Adventure Works Travel (AWT) sample site. This sample has now (finally) been released into the wild, and you can grab it at www.mssharepointdeveloper.com. Also available are a number of training modules which I contributed towards. On the right hand side, swivel the navigation to the SharePoint on the Web section to access the training and the sample. The AWT sample provides excellent guidance on building publishing sites using Office SharePoint Server’s WCM features. I know a few folks won’t thank...

SharePoint Pod Show: Challenges in Enterprise SharePoint Deployments

During the MVP Summit in Seattle a couple weeks back down I sat down with Rob Foster and Nick Swan for an interview on the SharePoint Pod Show. I waffled about various topics, some of which you may find interesting. Challenges in Enterprise SharePoint Deployments-Episode 20

European SharePoint Best Practices Conference

Next month, April 6th thru 8th, the SharePoint Best Practices Conference comes to Europe. London is the place to be, specifically the QEII Conference Center. You can register for the event here. I’ve had the privilege to present at the first event in Washington DC, and more recently the second in San Diego,CA. This conference is a great show with superb speakers and the low down dirty what you need to know to be successful with SharePoint. No fluff. No marketing. Find out more about the agenda and speakers at http://www.sharepointbestpractices.co.uk. This time around we have a great...

SharePoint Best Practices Presentations

Thanks to all who attended my sessions at the Best Practices SharePoint Conference earlier this month in San Diego. As promised, here are the presentations from these sessions. Apologies for the delay in posting these – I have been under the weather since returning from the US. A quick note on the Kerberos Config Wizard, which as I mentioned during the session, is unfortunately delayed due to legal issues. This is still the case and I am trying to progress as quickly as possible. Stay tuned for the release. DEV435: Go Live! Launching your MOSS...

Content Deployment Webcast now available on demand

Thanks to all those who attended yesterday’s webcast. A few folk asked about the download, which is now available at: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/mseventsbmo/view?id=1032396926&role=attend&pw=2E178E33   Enjoy! Some of the questions during the webcast related to disconnected deployment and also additional scenarios which cannot be achieved by using the Central Administration UI alone. I also promised to post some additional resources, here they are! We may also cover these in a future webcast: How to: Customize Deployment for Disconnected Scenarios Walk through of creating and running a job in order to save the CABs to...

MSDN Webcast: SharePoint Products and Technologies for Internet Site Development: Content Deployment

On Tuesday, January 06 I will be presenting a MSDN Webcast as part of the SharePoint for Internet Site Development series. This will take place at 11:00 AM Pacific Time, which is 19.00 PM GMT. I get all the fun topics, and I will be covering Content Deployment and even doing Content Deployment against a real site live during the Web Cast! :) The sign up page is: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032396926&Culture=en-US Content deployment enables you to run an Internet-facing site that contains content authored by people on your internal network. This capability enables network...

Speaking at the Best Practices™ SharePoint Conference

I am delighted to be speaking again at the second Best Practices™ SharePoint Conference in San Diego, CA, February 2nd thru 4th 2009. The first Best Practices™ SharePoint Conference in Washington, D.C., was a great success with awesome speakers, community events and a fantastic turnout of knowledgeable attendees. What really set this conference apart was it’s independent nature and it’s focus on real world, best practices from field deployments. This conference is not Tech Ed where a bunch of marketing folks talk up their features. This is all about the down and dirty how to make it work, the...

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

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...

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.

Simple example of why Microsoft.Web.Administration rocks

I've had a bunch of requests to start talking more about IIS7 development and whilst I've covered some examples of this previously in my SharePoint and Windows 2008 presentations I thought I'd start by providing a very simple example from APM. This is also to answer (bizarrely) the same question from two readers of this blog. This example shows how to retrieve a list of Application Pools on the box. You'd think this would be straightforward and efficient right? and easy to do in managed code without any nastiness? right? :) wrong. On IIS6 this is what you need...

SharePoint by Day, SharePint by Night - PDC2008 Edition

Blimey, it's almost time for another PDC. This will be my fourth PDC event and I'm looking forward to it. This year it's again in LA, and this year it hasn't been cancelled :) There's not much SharePoint at the event. And that's OK - indeed it's one of the reasons I'm going :) There is however some interesting introductory material - check out the details over on Paul Andrew's blog of the SharePoint related sessions. A small group of SharePoint MVPs will be in town along with some blue badge types and we are doing another SharePoint by Day, SharePoint...

Investing in Logical Architecture Design Samples

Thanks to all those who attended my session this morning at the Best Practices Conference on Global Taxonomies. As promised, below is a link to the logical architecture design samples, of which I showed a couple. From here you can get the Visio diagrams and also read an in depth article on the design trade offs which led to the example Logical Architecture.  Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog : Investing in Logical Architecture Design Samples Also, more recently a variation on the above theme has been produced for Twynham School’s solution architecture see the following technical case...

International SharePoint Professionals Association (“ISPA”)

I'm pleased to announce I have joined the board of the International SharePoint Professionals Association (“ISPA”). ISPA is a professional association dedicated to the promotion and global adoption of Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies.  The Association provides support and guidance to the community  by establishing connections between SharePoint professionals and groups, resources, education and information. I'm very excited to be working with a great team to drive this much needed community initiative, we have lots of great things planned for the near future. We recently put out a FAQ page that we hope answers some of the...

SharePoint Best Practices Conference

September 15th - 17th, Washington, DC. I'm pleased to be presenting a couple sessions at the SharePoint Best Practices Conference this September in Washington, DC. I hope to see some of you there. For more information, please check out the conference web site at http://www.sharepointbestpractices.com/. It promises to be a great event with some great speakers and excellent material from the real world of SharePoint deployments - not much marketing spin here is what I'm saying :). If you register before August 1st, you'll also get a copy of the recently released MS Press book, SharePoint Best Practices....

By the community, for the community - ISPA

...and little if any vendor involvement - just the way it's supposed to be. Today, well yesterday actually, the International SharePoint Professionals Association officially launched. The Association provides support and guidance to the community by establishing connections between SharePoint professionals and groups, resources, education and information. For more information, visit their web site and be sure to join right away. I'm pleased to be one of the regional leads for EMEA, and want to take this opportunity to thank Bob, Natalya , Darrin and Chris for their efforts getting things off the ground. http://www.sharepointpros.org/ Announcing the International SharePoint Professionals Association (Bob Fox)

SUGUK Edinburgh: Slide Deck

Thanks to all who attended the Edinburgh SUGUK meeting last week for a great event. A big shout out to Steven Hynds and crew for facilitating the venue. The slide deck for my talk can be found here. Hope to see you again soon (probably towards the back of August) for more SUGUK events north of the border!

Reminder: SUGUK Edinburgh Meeting on Thursday

Just a quick reminder, if you are planning on attending the SUGUK Meeting at the Parliament building in Edinburgh this Thursday, please sign up over at the SUGUK Forms.

SUGUK hits Edinburgh in June

We are pleased to announce the first SUGUK meeting in Edinburgh. The event will take place at the stunning Scottish Parliament (no snide remarks about using it for something useful please!) on Thursday June 19th. A special shout out to Stephen Hynds for organising the venue. If you get there early you'll be able to take a wee tour. The event will include two sessions by Steve Smith and myself: MOSS 2007 on Windows Server 2008 - Spencer Harbar Learn how to leverage the...

Manchester SUGUK Meeting: 24th April

Due to popular demand, SUGUK and the Manchester .NET User group are hosting Andrew Woodward and I with a couple of popular SharePoint sessions: An introduction to the Silverlight blueprint for SharePoint During the first part of the event Andrew will Walk us through configuring SharePoint and the creation of your first Silverlight application followed by a Q&A session on what this means for you and some of the challenges you are likely to face introducing Silverlight into your SharePoint applications. Kerberos...

London SUGUK meeting: Kerberos and what not

Many thanks to all those who attended the SUGUK meeting in London on Wednesday evening. Another excellent SUGUK event thanks to the great work by Nick Swan and Steve Smith. It's fantastic to see a consistently high turn out and this is a great sign that SharePoint continues on it's rightful path to world domination. Ben Robb's talk on managing deployment was superb and must see material for those working on medium and large scale development projects. My talk wasn't as good - but it was on a boring infrastructure topic - so I have an excuse (kind of!). Apologies for overrunning...

TechEd Europe Session Update

For those planning on attending my Tech Ed session, Building High Performance .com Sites on Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, it has been rescheduled for 13.30 on Wednesday, Nov. 7th. I will also be available at the ATE booths on Wednesday and Thursday. If you want to catch up regarding WCM, or any other MOSS topics drop me a line via this site.

Newcastle VBUG/SUGUK Meeting presentation materials

Here (finally) are the materials from my presentations at the VBUG/SUGUK meeting in Newcastle on the 10th September. Thanks very much for all that attended what was a great session with lots of interesting discussions and feedback. For the first session, Office SharePoint Server Farm Architecture & Design Fundamentals, the slide deck itself is not of much use as it was purely to support the discussion of Server Roles, Design Goals and Farm Topology design. Nevertheless here they are. For the second session, which appeared to generate much interest, 10 Essential SharePoint Developer Tips, I've modified the slide deck to include links...