SharePoint Daily for September 22, 2008

By Chris DooleyNo Comments

Top News Stories
Can Telecommuting Work? (TechRepublic)
With gas prices at record highs, telecommuting is being attempted again and again by companies across the country and around the globe. But is it something that small and mid-size enterprises should attempt? Here are some thoughts.

A Better Way To Collaborate: OpenACircle (ReadWriteWeb)
OpenACircle is a new collaboration tool for teams which includes innovative screen-sharing and video conferencing features for instant collaboration with co-workers. This makes OpenACircle somewhat unique in the web-based project/task management space where most competitors have just designed a lightweight version of SharePoint and offer it up as a service. Instead, OpenACircle acknowledges the fact that distributed teams need better tools for collaboration and real-time interaction than just a simple file repository and meeting workspace.

Mission Impossible: Restoring Exchange in 30 Seconds (Channel Register)
Users can use a crashed Exchange server 30 seconds after restoration is started using a new BakBone RDP product which works with SQL Server too. What clever trick is being used?

No Compensating on IT (CRN)
Kate Castellari finds out how workers’ compensation company Cambridge Integrated Services implements a CRM system to decrease administration efforts and reduce the time wasted on duplicating data.

Virtualization Causing Organizations to Rethink Disaster Recovery Plans: Symantec (eChannelLine)
In its fourth annual IT Disaster Recovery survey, Symantec Corp. discovered a significant increase in the number of organizations re-evaluating their disaster recovery (DR) plans due to virtualization.

We Just Can’t Wait for Windows 7 (Redmond Channel Partner)
Very often, we use the royal “we” here at RCPU even though the same person writes the newsletter 90 percent of the time because “we” just sounds a little more elegant and perhaps less arrogant than “I.” (Besides, we do have an editing and production team — all your editor does is type.)

Interop: Cloud Computing Faces Many Management Challenges (InformationWeek)
One of the main things many cloud computing vendors lack today is a sense of visibility into the infrastructure running the cloud, say a sampling of Interop attendees.

Around the Blogosphere Case Studies in SharePoint Dashboards – Free ScreenCast Now Available for Viewing (EndUserSharePoint)
I have started publishing a series of screencasts using the material presented in the Case Studies in SharePoint Dashboards event on September 16. The first screencast, The Overview, is now live and describes the nine web parts on the front of the Entrance Page of the dashboards.

SharePoint 2007 and Windows Server 2008 (Arpan Shah’s Blog)
With SharePoint SP1, SharePoint 2007 supports Windows Server 2008. The MOSS & WSS evaluation guides have been updated with installation instructions for Windows Server 2008. We also published a Resource Center on TechNet with information for WS08 & SharePoint @

MSSharePointDeveloper Downloads Updated (Paul Andrew)
The introduction to SharePoint Development site has been up for four months now and we just posted an update to three of the downloads.

SPBP Conference – Sessions (Dotneteers)
Well, let’s see the sessions I’ve attended on the SPBP Conference. You have to know that it was a really big and well-organized conference: with more than 350 participants (IT Pros, developers, CIOs, project managers, architects, information workers), 35 speakers with almost 80 sessions, and a lot of sponsors/exhibitors. The sessions was going in six rooms paralelly.

Using “Disable Output Escaping” in Data View (Microsoft SharePoint Designer Team Blog)
Hi everyone, Saiyue Yu here. For any field that may be rendered by SharePoint as HTML, you need to disable output escaping. At the code level, this essentially means setting disable-output-escaping = “yes” attribute for the field’s xsl:value-of tag in the Data View. When you do this, make sure that your data source is trustworthy because of the potential security risk for cross site scripting.

Whitepaper: SharePoint Performance Optimization: How Microsoft IT Increases Availability and Decreases Rendering Time of SharePoint Sites (Mohamed Zaki’s Blog)
Microsoft has released this new whitepaper on technet, this paper discuss how Microsoft discovered opportunities to enhance sharepoint performance and reduce site rendering size.

SharePoint Meets YouTube – Streaming Videos with SharePoint (SharePoint Users Group)
SharePoint provides a socially enabled platform for content management and collaboration but can come up short when it comes to streaming videos.  This is mainly because SharePoint does not stream videos at all.  While Microsoft has not claimed that SharePoint has video streaming capabilities, SharePoint experts are quick to point out how easy it is to upload a video file into a SharePoint document library.  This method, while perfectly acceptable in many cases, is not always the best or even a physically viable solution. 

SharePoint Events
September 23, Franklin, Tennessee, Nashville SharePoint Users Group
September 24, Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland SharePoint User Group
September 24, Iselin, New Jersey, New Jersey SharePoint User Group
September 24, Melbourne, Australia, Microsoft Office System Special Interest Group
September 24, Roanoke, Virginia, Roanoke Valley SharePoint Users Group
September 24, Toronto, Canada, Toronto SharePoint User Group
September 25, Phoenix, Arizona, Arizona SharePoint Professionals Group
September 25, Wellington, New Zealand, Wellington SharePoint User Group
September 30, Christchurch, New Zealand, Christchurch SharePoint User Group

October 2, Kansas City, Kansas, Kansas City Office Geeks
October 7, Chicago, Illinois, The Chicago Microsoft SharePoint Business Strategies Group October Meetup
October 7, Grand Rapids, Michigan, West Michigan SharePoint User Group
October 8, Bloomington, Minnesota, Minnesota SharePoint User Group
October 8, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Colorado Springs SharePoint User Group
October 9-10, Tulsa Oklahoma, Tulsa TechFest
October 9, Puget Sound, Washington, Puget Sound SharePoint Users Group
October 9, San Francisco, California, San Fransico SharePoint Users Group
October 14, Southfield, Michigan, Southeastern Michigan SharePoint User’s Group
October 16, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, Bay of Plenty User Group
October 16, Columbus, Ohio, Central Ohio SharePoint User Group
October 16, Louisville, Kentucky, Kentucky Sharepoint Users Group
October 21, Adelaide, Australia, Adelaide SharePoint Usergroup
October 21, Tampa, Florida, Tampa Office Geeks Association
October 25-26, Los Angeles, California, SoCal Code Camp
October 25, Orlando, Florida, MOSSmosis Orlando
October 25, Puget Sound, Washington, Puget Sound SharePoint Users Group
October 27-30, Los Angeles, California, Microsoft Professional Developers Conference

November 3-7 and 10-14, Barcelona, Spain, Microsoft TechEd
November 10-13, Las Vegas, Nevada, SharePoint Connections Conference
November 13, Atlanta, Georgia, MOSSmosis Atlanta

January 26-28, San Francisco, California, SPTechCon

* Please contact Chris Dooley ( to include your event in our listing.

Microsoft Updates
Use JavaScript to enable formatting of Data View UI controls (Microsoft SharePoint Designer Team Blog)
Hi, Andy Lewis here again.  Today I’m here to talk about how to work around a certain type of challenge you might run into when trying to customize the user experience (UX) of a form in a SharePoint application.

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