SharePoint Daily for October 31, 2008

By Chris Dooley1 Comment

Top News Stories
Remote Tools that Can Help You Save Gas (RedmondMag)
There was a book published last year entitled “Muzzle the Guzzle: 50 Fuel Saving Strategies” (I-Form Ink Publishing, 2007) containing 50 gas-saving tips and tricks intended to save you money on gas — something we sorely need right now. In chatting with various network administrators and consultants who drive to work, it appears that many are also taking whatever measures they can to save a little money.

Office Goes Online…Sort Of (Redmond Channel Partner)
Finally! Microsoft Office is going Live…for real this time. Microsoft announced this week at the PDC in L.A. that there will be browser-based versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint, with a beta probably available sometime in 2009. But let’s read the fine print from the CNET article linked above:

Windows 7 Management Features Will Make IT Admins Grin (Ars Technica)
Throughout this week’s Professional Developers Conference, Microsoft has been demonstrating a number of new features designed to make the lives of IT types easier. Shanen Boettcher, General Manager of Windows Product Management for the enterprise, demonstrated some of these features at a Windows 7 press briefing, and we’ve had the chance to look at some of them ourselves. Microsoft’s demo focused primarily on security, mobile access and deployment/troubleshooting, and there was some really interesting stuff there. Here are a few of the features we find compelling:

Microsoft’s Server Stack Gets Higher (eWeek)
News Analysis. Azure Services Platform is little more than vaporware, which is perhaps appropriate for Microsoft’s cloud operating system. But what happens when the vapor forms into a cloud? I had a freaky deja vu experience during Monday’s Professional Developers Conference keynote. Suddenly PDC 2008 felt oh-so PDC 2003, and that’s not a good thing. I came out of the PDC 2003 keynotes realizing that Windows Longhorn—what would later become Vista—was little more than vaporware. Except for what would be later called Windows Communications Foundation and Windows Presentation Foundation, Longhorn felt light on substance.

Microsoft Drops More New Codenames, Including Another ‘Mojave’ (ZDNet)
Microsoft used this week’s Professional Developers Conference to flesh out a bunch of codenames that had been circulating for the past several months — everything from “Red Dog,” to “Geneva,” to  “Zurich.” At the Los Angeles confab, the company also introduced a few brand-new codenames.

Should Enterprises Reconsider the Cloud? (PCWorld)
With support for three of the major pillars of application development and deployment — Oracle 11g, Microsoft SQL, and open source MySQL — under its belt, appears to be anticipating a major move by the enterprise into the cloud.

With Windows 7, Can Microsoft Lift the Vista Hex? (Tech News World)
Developers got a sneak peek at a pre-beta version of Windows 7 Tuesday. The upcoming operating system is scheduled to be finalized in 2010. Rather than a complete overhaul, the OS attempts to address some specific criticisms leveled against Vista since its introduction last year.

Ozzie Points to Slimmer Future for Windows Client (PCWorld)
Microsoft is putting the Windows client OS on a diet as a way to bring the PC OS into the age of cloud computing. Windows 7, Vista’s follow-up, already will be a thinner, more streamlined OS, replacing some of the software Microsoft previously included with the OS with Web-based Windows Live Services. And if comments made by Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie at Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference (PDC) this week are any indication, Windows will slim down even further in the future, returning to the original intent of an OS — a way to optimize the hardware it runs on — instead of being a bloated piece of software whose performance and value rely on compatibility with installed applications.

How Will You Make Money in the Cloud? (Redmond Channel Partner)
It’s getting serious now, this cloud computing stuff. It’s not just the up-and-coming vendors or the Web-era giants (think Google and Amazon) that are offering some sort of Software-as-a-Service model. Oh, no. As of this week, there’s an old-school player in this game in a serious way: Microsoft.

Around the Blogosphere
SharePoint – Content Types ‘Out of This World’ (Andy Dale officetalk)
Officetalk have SharePoint customers all over the UK and as one of their consultants I am often visiting clients in some quite remote parts. This week I have been working in the Orkney Islands with one of the Councils we support. The Island of Kirkwell is a lovely area and in daylight has many spectacular views, but in October when it is dark by 6pm and usually raining it isn’t the most lively of places. So with five nights on my own to fill I decided to start watching my ‘Life on Mars’ Series One DVD box set.

PDC 2008 – Day 3 (Andrew Connell)
I kicked off Wednesday (day 3) at PDC with Spence hanging with Fitz & Steve from Nintext. Fitz took the time to show me Nintex Reporting & Nintex Workflow… two very slick products. If you’re looking for a reporting solution for your SharePoint farm (specifically getting a pulse on your deployment), you need to check it out. As for workflow… one word: WOW. I’m VERY impressed. If you’re looking for a slick workflow solution for users that provides more control and power than SharePoint Designer, but not involve developers like Visual Studio 2008, this is for you. Thanks for taking the time to show me these two apps guys… looking forward to repaying the favor!

PDC 2008 – Day 4 (Andrew Connell)
Ah… here I sit in the food court area where all the power is writing this last recap post, hanging with fellow SharePoint MVPs Spence, Andrew & Ben (only a few of us made it to this show). Kicked off the day with a session on REST & WCF where they announced the WCF REST Starter Kit.

Video: Got Search? SharePoint Search And Beyond (Michael Gannotti on SharePoint +)
Microsoft offers the full continuum of server search options from Search Server Express 2008 all the way up to Microsoft FAST search. In this video I discuss:

System Center Operations Manager is More Than Just for Monitoring SharePoint (Ian Morrish)
It also provides valuable reporting capability. The critical conditions that the SharePoint Management Pack monitors are summarized in the following reports that can be easily viewed through the System Center reporting console. Rules can be defined to alter how and when data is gathered, influencing the contents of these reports.

Microsoft’s Silverlight to Get Adaptive Streaming Boost from Akamai (Engadget HD)
Microsoft is hoping to spread the HD to more than its Xbox 360, and has partnered up with Akamai to demo its latest combination of technologies that will send 720p content smoothly over the internet. A beta release of the Silverlight player plus Akamai’s AdaptiveEdge Streaming will debut in early 2009, but the aim is as old as the hills — deliver smooth (or at least, smoothly degrading) HD video to internet viewers with standard web servers, as opposed to dedicated video streaming servers.

SharePoint Horror Stories (The Bamboo Team Blog)
A while back, our friend Andy Dale at OfficeTalk wrote an interesting post in the Bamboo Nation Forums entitled SharePoint Projects Can Fail.  It wasn’t the first time I had heard these words of caution, and it wouldn’t be the last.  Just a few weeks ago, Paul Culmsee at Seven Sigma wrote a voluminous five part blog post entitled, Why Do SharePoint Projects Fail?  Paul is a very entertaining writer and I recommend that series in particular.  I’ve also heard this phrase repeatedly at tradeshows and conferences… typically as a scare tactic warm up for a talk on deployment planning or governance.

Adding a New Item to a SharePoint Calendar (SharePoint Blank)
Having learned how to create a new SharePoint calendar yesterday, we left off with the realization that we were only part of the way towards answering a related question regarding Meeting Workspaces.  Today, we’re going to look at the next phase of my investigation, which involves adding a recurring event to the newly created calendar, and inserting a hook into that event which will associate it with a Meeting Workspace.

SharePoint Events
October 31, Perth, Australia, Perth SharePoint Users Group

November 3-7 and 10-14, Barcelona, Spain, Microsoft TechEd
November 4, Grand Rapids, Michigan, West Michigan SharePoint User Group
November 5, Chicago, Illinois, The Chicago Microsoft SharePoint Business Strategies Group November Meetup
November 5, New York, New York, SharePoint User Group: New York City
November 6, Kansas City, Kansas, Office Developer User Group of Kansas City
November 10-13, Las Vegas, Nevada, SharePoint Connections Conference
November 10, Sydney, Australia, Sydney SharePoint User Group
November 11, St. Louis, Missouri, St. Louis Sharepoint Users Group
November 12, Bloomington, Minnesota, Minnesota SharePoint User Group
November 12, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Colorado Springs SharePoint User Group
November 13, Atlanta, Georgia, MOSSmosis Atlanta
November 13, Puget Sound, Washington, Puget Sound SharePoint Users Group
November 13, Reston, Virginia, SharePoint User Group of the District of Columbia
November 13, San Francisco, California, San Fransico SharePoint Users Group
November 15-16, Sydney, Australia, Office DevCon
November 18, Adelaide, Australia, Adelaide SharePoint Usergroup
November 18, Irving, Texas, DFW SharePoint Server Community
November 19, Iselin, New Jersey, NJ SharePoint User Group
November 19, Roanoke, Virginia, Roanoke Valley SharePoint Users Group
November 20, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, Bay of Plenty User Group
November 20, Columbus, Ohio, Central Ohio SharePoint User Group
November 20, Jacksonville, Florida, Jacksonville Office Geeks
November 20, Louisville, Kentucky, Kentucky Sharepoint Users Group
November 20, Phoenix, Arizona, Arizona SharePoint Professionals Group
November 20, Virginia Beach, Virginia, Hampton Roads SQL Server and SharePoint User Group
November 26, Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland SharePoint User Group
November 26, Melbourne, Australia, Microsoft Office System Special Interest Group

January 27-29, San Francisco, California, SPTechCon

February 2-4, San Diego, California, SharePoint Best Practices Conference

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

Microsoft Updates
Description of the SharePoint Server 2007 hotfix package (Coreserver.msp): October 28, 2008 (KBAlertz)
A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problems that are described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing the problems described in this article. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

Description of the SharePoint Server 2007 hotfix package (Dlc.msp): October 28, 2008 (KBAlertz)
his hotfix package fixes the following issue that is not previously documented in a Microsoft Knowledge Base article: In SharePoint Server 2007, you create a custom router that routes documents to a specific folder in the records center. The router uses metadata on the document to do this. It does not use the content type. However, you cannot change the destination parameter inside the IRouter.OnSubmitFile method.

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