SharePoint Daily for July 18, 2008

By Chris Dooley1 Comment

Yesterday seemed to be a slow news day for SharePoint so help me out here guys, I know there has to be something good out there. Probably the biggest things I have seen this week are the start of the International SharePoint Professionals Association and  the launch of SharePoint Magazine. Bob Fox should be giving us the full scoop on the ISPA later today and John beat me to the punch (or at least the PUBLISH BUTTON) on SharePoint Magazine. I also included a link on the latest Microsoft earnings report. While not really SharePoint related I still found it interesting. Have a great weekend out there and don’t forget to send me those links.  [:D]

SharePoint in the News
SharePoint Infrastructure Updates Aim To Improve Search (InformationWeek)
Microsoft this week announced the release of a number of search-centric enhancements for SharePoint, as well as enhancements and bug fixes for content deployment. These fixes, along with some patches for MS Office Project 2007 and MS Office Project Server 2007, are being collectively packaged together as the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 Infrastructure Update.

Understanding SharePoint Through Historical Markers (CMS Watch)
While working with a client in the U.S. state of Rhode Island, I discovered an interesting approach to providing directions: don’t give directions by using landmarks that still exist, but rely on someone’s historical knowledge of what landmarks used to exist. Directions in Rhode Island, as a result, sound something like this: “Oh you need to find the airport? Just travel down Kilvert and turn left where the old AlMacs used to be.” This line of thinking is so pervasive, that’s it difficult for a “foreigner” to actually figure out how to get anywhere. However, most locals, who’ve been around while, tend to instantly understand — and can more fully comprehend the directions, as well as the geo-context.

Dimension Data Deploys New Intranet for Australian CrimTrac (CBR)
Dimension Data, a provider of IT services and solutions, has deployed a new internal collaboration platform for the Australian government’s national law enforcement information-sharing agency, CrimTrac.

SharePoint Disaster Recovery (TechTarget)
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 data is typically distributed across many locations or servers, and consists of several separate components. This creates big problems when attempting backup or disaster recovery operations on the MOSS 2007 data.

Microsoft Dinged Despite Hefty Revenues (InternetNews.com)
As expected, Microsoft turned in another record quarter — as well as another record year — when it reported fiscal 2008 revenues and earnings Thursday. But the performance wasn’t enough to cheer investors.

Around the Blogosphere
Manage E-mail in SharePoint (Get the Point)
E-mails and attachments contain a lot of critical project information, so it’s natural to want to store them along with other documents in SharePoint document libraries. This keeps everyone working on a project in sync and enables new team members to get up to speed quickly when they join mid-stream. SharePoint can also be useful as an archive for your own e-mails when inbox size is limited or if you want a convenient backup on the server.

I Want Verbose SharePoint Errors When Things Break! (SharePoint Joel’s SharePoint Land)
If you hate those generic general or unspecified error or unknown error occurred or even errors that failed and told you to contact the admin without telling you why you should contact your administrator?  I really hate it when I am the administrator and it tells me nothing! Well you can turn on verbose errors that actually tell you something.

Great Enterprise Social Computing and SharePoint Resource (Michael Gannotti on SharePoint +)
Social Computing and SharePoint. I talk about this subject all the time as it is increasingly becoming a key area of focus with the Enterprise accounts I work with here in the southeast United States.  Retail, Healthcare, Financial, Power, Manufacturing, these industries and more are all grappling with how to approach Social Computing within the context of the Enterprise space where things such as Security, SOX, HIPPA, SEC, and other areas of compliancy and restrictions come in to play. Most software on the market that focuses on Social Computing was developed with the Internet in mind and often fails to take in to account the regulatory needs within the Enterprise space.

Creating and Configuring Sites Programmatically.. I Love It! (zevenseas)
In this week I was busy with creating a webservice that automatically would create new sitecollections and subsites for a given webapplication and other parameters. Nothing fancy here right? Well.. building a webservice and hosting it in SharePoint (in my case in the LAYOUTS folder) wasn’t that easy, unless you figure out how to do it ;) The steps you have to go through, are the following :

Press Releases
Quark Acquires Assets of In.vision Research Corporation (Business Wire)
Quark Inc., announced today that it has acquired the assets of In.vision Research Corporation, a Florida-based software company that develops the industry-leading add-in to Microsoft® Word for XML authoring. This acquisition elevates Quark to the unique position of being the sole company to bring together professional design and simplified XML authoring capabilities into one single integrated system. In addition, this acquisition will enable Quark to support Microsoft Word users within all types of workflows, both desktop and enterprise.

Abel Solutions Joins Bamboo Solutions Partner Advantage Program (eMediaWire)
Abel Solutions, a leading Microsoft SharePoint solution provider, announced today that it is partnering with Bamboo Solutions, a leading supplier of Web Parts and Solution Accelerators for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server. As a member of the Bamboo Solutions Partner Advantage™ Program, Abel Solutions will receive increased exposure to Bamboo’s global customer base, as well as direct access to Bamboo’s engineering and product support teams. Abel Solutions will also gain increased exposure via Bamboo’s highly visible online store, client referrals and the opportunity to participate in co-marketing activities.

SharePoint Events*
July 21, Wellington, New Zealand, SharePoint User Group Meeting
July 22, San Jose (Santa Clara), California, SharePoint Hands-On Workshop
July 23, Iselen, New Jersey, NJ SharePoint User Group
July 24, Richmond Virginia, Richmond SharePoint User Group
July 24, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, Bay of Plenty User Group
July 24, Los Angeles (Irvine), California, SharePoint Hands-On Workshop
July 28, Christchurch, New Zealand, Christchurch SharePoint User Group
July 28, Atlanta, Georgia, Atlanta .NET User Group Meeting

August 19, Dallas – Fort Worth, Texas, DFW SharePoint community
August 26, Tampa, Florida, Tampa Office Geeks Association

September 15-17, Washington, DC (McLean, Virginia), Best Practices SharePoint Conference
September 20/21, Waltham, Massachusetts, New England Code Camp 10

* Please contact Chris Dooley (chris.dooley@bamboosolutions.com) to include your event in our listing.

Knowledge Base
Description of the Infrastructure Update for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0: July 15, 2008 (KBAlertz)
This article describes the Infrastructure Update for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 that is dated July 15, 2008. This article contains information about how to obtain the update and about issues that the update fixes. Additionally, this article contains information about issues that you may experience when you install the update and about how to determine whether the update is installed.

Issues that are fixed in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 by the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Infrastructure Update (KBAlertz)
This article describes the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 issues that are fixed in the Infrastructure Update that is dated July 15, 2008. For more information about the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Infrastructure Update, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
951695 (http://kbalertz.com/Feedback.aspx?kbNumber=951695/) Description of the Infrastructure Update for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0: July 15, 2008

A declarative workflow that is configured to start automatically when e-mail enabled items are created does not start automatically after you install Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Service Pack 1 (KBAlertz)
This problem occurs because a security fix in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP1 prevents declarative workflows from starting automatically under the system account. E-mail enabled list items are always created under the system account.

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One Comment to “SharePoint Daily for July 18, 2008”

  1. Nate Sullivan says:

    My favorite link is definitely (http://www.cmswatch.com/Trends/1310-Understanding-SharePoint-through-historical-markers).

    “While working with a client in the U.S. state of Rhode Island, I discovered an interesting approach to providing directions: don’t give directions by using landmarks that still exist, but rely on someone’s historical knowledge of what landmarks used to exist. Directions in Rhode Island, as a result, sound something like this: “Oh you need to find the airport? Just travel down Kilvert and turn left where the old AlMacs used to be.” This line of thinking is so pervasive, that’s it difficult for a “foreigner” to actually figure out how to get anywhere. However, most locals, who’ve been around while, tend to instantly understand — and can more fully comprehend the directions, as well as the geo-context.”

    As a born-and-raised Rhode Islander, I can tell you this is 100% true. Never, ever, ever ask any of us for directions — you will never find anything. Just buy a map and don’t talk to anyone.

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