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Project 2010 SP1 and more

A lot of exciting things happening in the world of Microsoft Project! It’s been a year since we launched and we’re seeing great customer and partner momentum with Microsoft Project 2010! I thought I would share just a few of the recent exciting news for Project 2010:

SP1 for Project desktop and Project Server will release at the end of June 2011. You can find more detailed information on the team blog. Beyond fixes, we’re shipping enhancements that include:

  • Multi-Browser Support for time entry in Project Web App
  • Improved synchronization of Project tasks to a SharePoint task list on-premises or in Office 365
  • Time-phased support for manually scheduled tasks
  • Improvements to project scheduling in Project Web App

eWeek Microsoft Project 2010 Top 10 Features. This is great to see as it highlights features across Project 2010 desktop and Project Server 2010! You can check it out at http://bit.ly/lpQVIY.

New Project 2010 Podcast on PMI. There is a great new podcast on the Project Management Institute’s Knowledge Center site. Margaret Loosemore, a Senior Product Manager on my team, gives an overview of all the great new features in Project 2010. I highly recommend checking it out here.

Microsoft Project for the Masses. A must-read whitepaper written by Innovative-e that outlines how project management can be effectively implemented without the need for complex configuration and/or processes for specific scenarios. It includes a great whitepaper and other great artifacts like videos, templates, etc. You can download from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=53cd717f-939d-4f41-921a-feb3aa9353aa&displaylang=en.

Microsoft Project Conference 2012 on March 19-22, 2012. If there’s one event you have to go to, it’s next year’s Project Conference 2012! The entire team is looking forward to this event where you’ll have an opportunity to meet the team in Redmond, the greater Project customer and partner community and share best practices. Phoenix in March is also a nice touch… nice, warm weather! While registration is not open just yet (it will be soon), you can get on the mailing list at http://www.msprojectconference.com. If you’re a partner looking for sponsorship activities, shoot me a note.

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Jared Spataro on Office 365


Hi everyone, I’m hoping you had the chance to catch Steve’s Office 365 announcement in NYC this morning. This is a really important milestone for the SharePoint business, and I’m thrilled to finally be able to talk to you more about Office 365 and SharePoint Online.

Ten years ago, the SharePoint team started with a simple goal—to help you share your work with others.  Over the last decade, we’ve experienced tremendous growth.  We’ve sold more than 100 million licenses and have grown the product into a recognized leader in collaboration, content management, search, and more.  As a part of Office 365, SharePoint Online represents the next chapter of our story and will make it easier than ever before to share your work with the people that help you get things done. 

There’s so much packed into Office 365, but there are three things I wanted to highlight:
1.      First, you’re going to love the way Office 365 makes you more productive.  The combination of Office, Exchange, Lync, and SharePoint gives you everything you need to get your work done more efficiently.
2.      Second, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to get started.  Until now, world-class collaboration solutions like SharePoint required setting up your own servers and installing the software.  Office 365 changes the game by putting a world-class productivity infrastructure just a click away. 
3.      Finally, there’s an army of people ready to help.  We have an amazing partner ecosystem and with the release of Office 365 we’re partnering in new ways with service providers like Bell Canada, Telstra and Vodafone to serve businesses of all sizes.
Get Started Today!
Whether you’re a small business or a large enterprise, the best way to learn about Office 365 and SharePoint Online is to experience them for yourself.  Here are a few ideas to get started: 
·        Try it out – If you didn’t sign up for the beta back in April, check out the Office 365 site and try it out today.
·        Move your My Sites, Team Sites, and Intranet Sites online – Once you’ve seen what it can do, you’ll want more. For immediate cost savings, consider moving your My Sites, Team Sites, and Intranet Sites to SharePoint Online. Use the SharePoint Online planning guide for Office 365 to help you develop a migration strategy.


 ·        Customize and extend – SharePoint Online has a lot to offer right out of the box.  But you can also customize and extend it to meet the needs of your growing business.  Simplify routine processes using forms and workflows.  Manage tasks and schedules with team sites.  Track business performance with dashboards and reports.  Check out the Developer Guide for more ways to make SharePoint Online work for your business.


Office 365 is an incredible value for customers and a fantastic opportunity for partners.  It’s a significant milestone for the SharePoint business, and I hope you’ll take some time to see what it can do for you.  The journey to the cloud will be an exciting ride for all of us, and I look forward to sharing more with you in Anaheim at the SharePoint Conference in October.



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Deploying an External Content Type, Error: The default web application could not be determined

I had this error today creating an External Content Type for Business Connectivity Services (BCS) in Visual Studio 2010. I had to get help resolving it so I wanted to share the resolution.

Error occurred in deployment step ‘Add Solution’: The default web application could not be determined. Set the SiteUrl property in feature BdcModelProject2_Feature1 to the URL of the desired site and retry activation.

Parameter name: properties

You can resolve this by editing the Feature1.feature file in Visual Studio 2010. Open the template and add a line to tell them what your web application is. Mine is called http://intranet.contoso.com

Add this line:     <Property Key=”SiteUrl” Value=”http://intranet.contoso.com/” />

So the full template now looks like this:

<?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”utf-8″ ?>
<Feature xmlns=”http://schemas.microsoft.com/sharepoint/“>
    <Property Key=”GloballyAvailable” Value=”true” />
    <Property Key=”SiteUrl” Value=”http://intranet.contoso.com/” />

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File Shares and SharePoint. Still a Hot Topic.

I’m sometimes reminded that there is still a lot of debate over how to position file shares and SharePoint in an organization. There are still many people drinking the file share Kool-Aid and that’s fine. I blogged about this a little over a year ago and it generated more than 5000 views and 8 comments/trackbacks which is about 8 more than usual. Apparently, Joel has to talk about this a lot as he posted about this again recently. (I would link you there, but his new blog is down again. Somebody please fix this! Joel’s blog is too important to be down. I joked with him when he was putting together his new site that he needed a hot standby failover solution.)
Anyways, after I posted my latest entry on geo-redundancy in SharePoint I’ve been enjoying some great debate through comments with TBA. I thought that conversation would be interesting for the rest of you. Here’s it is:
# re: More Clarification Needed? Geographic Separation of SharePoint Farm Components.
What strikes me is that due to these limitations, SharePoint cannot be easily configured to replace DFS for file storage ! SharePoint is marketed as the “file server of the future” yet it lacks the DFS’s feature of maintaining local copies of files in environments that span continents/remote locations.
If I am to store all my files in SharePoint I have to store them all in one primary data center. Obviously users from different continents are better off having the data locally…. I would think this will be the major upgrade to the next SharePoint…
Monday, April 07, 2008 12:41 PM by TBA

# re: More Clarification Needed? Geographic Separation of SharePoint Farm Components.
SharePoint and file shares co-exist, not replace one another. Each have their own merits. SharePoint makes traditional file share data usable. DFS is one of the few technologies that allow multi-master replication. You are right that users prefer data to be local for performance reasons. However, http traffic is much better than CIFS over the WAN and SharePoint supports numerous acceleration vendors to make consolidated deployments seem local.


Monday, April 07, 2008 12:52 PM by Michael Watson

# re: More Clarification Needed? Geographic Separation of SharePoint Farm Components.
You say “SharePoint makes traditional share data usable”. Ok, I have 250 Gigs of project “Delta” files located on a file share that is DFS replicated for fault-toleration and localization. I have people using that data from all-over the world. Due to SharePoint’s architectural limitation ( lack of file replication support ) I can’t migrate out of DFS.
Right, I have created a team-space in SharePoint called “Delta” – great – the team members now can use discussions / calendars / etc. However the 250 Gigs of related-files are still in DFS and people cannot use Sharepoint’t s doc management features due to this. The only way around this would be to ask people move files between SharePoint ans DFS which is silly and is up to them really – leaving you out of control.
So how exactly is SharePoint making my data usable , again ?
Tuesday, April 08, 2008 4:46 AM by TBA

# re: More Clarification Needed? Geographic Separation of SharePoint Farm Components.
Thanks for the great debate. It brings the blog to life.
Your file share data in SharePoint becomes “usable” because of the rich metadata definition, context, and most importantly, search. File Share data exists in its raw form without much context. It becomes an island, unknown outside of its most ardent users. It will most likely be duplicated by others since they are unaware it exists.
To improve upon the file share experience while still enjoying its benefits, you could link to the existing data in DFS from SharePoint or simply index the content for search. However, most organizations will prefer to simply migrate the collaboration-ready data to SharePoint. Since data usually has a preferred location it should be moved to the nearest regional SharePoint farm. This ensures the primary users of that data enjoy great performance while still providing access to users outside of the region. If the scenarios truly require it, consider using network acceleration technologies for remote collaborators or one of the SharePoint data replication solutions. We have a lot of great partners in this space and the solutions are probably much cheaper than most realize.
The bottom-line is SharePoint is part of a robust information architecture that improves upon the traditional file share experience with rich metadata, better context, and consolidated and scoped search. While there are certain scenarios were file shares are still the a great solution I’m confident that an organization will be best served by moving the majority of its collaboration to SharePoint.
Tuesday, April 08, 2008 1:43 PM by Michael Watson…(read more)
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Country and Region Term Set for SharePoint


​I thought I would share a term set that I have created using Wictor Wilén’s Excel Macro Template.

It is a list of countries grouped by region. The USA is a region to allow for the selection of states without this causing a 3rd level (silly decision on my part but I’m not going to change it at this stage). The regions are able to be selected as terms but you could set this to false for each region before importing.


Published: 28/04/2011 4:22 p.m.

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Microsoft Sharepoint Interview Questions: Share Point Certification Review

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How can I share the editing a a spreadsheet for free?

I have a spreadsheet with checklists and a weekly schedule that I and a group of friends want to share as a way to collaborate on a team project. We want to use the checklists to assign and schedule task responsibilities and record things we see and do independently, but we would all like read/write access to it. I know about collaboration tools like MS Sharepoint, but none of us have a web server, and none of us own a domain name and no one wants to spend money if we can avoid it. How can we post an excel spreadsheet somewhere and make it available to each team member for exclusive edit FOR FREE?

Chosen Answer:

Google Spreadsheets. If you have a Google Mail/Gmail Account, go to your email and click on ‘Documents’ on the upper navigation bar. You can make a spreadsheet from there or upload your own and share to your friends.
by: Lily
on: 27th March 11