Posted on 29 November 2011 by Tony
While we typically post technical tips and news here, we wanted to let you know about an exciting upcoming live chat that will be hosted by none other than Microsoft SharePoint General Manager, Eric Swift!
Though this won’t be a technical discussion, we encourage you to bring all your questions related to the SharePoint business in general, including the future of SharePoint in the Cloud and what SharePoint can do for you (and your business). Mark your calendars for the hour-long event happening Thursday, June 2 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PDT, GMT-7
. And if you haven’t already, you should “like” Microsoft SharePoint on Facebook
and RSVP for Eric Swift’s live chat here.
Eric and the team look forward to your questions — hope to chat with you then!
-Microsoft SharePoint Team
Posted on 27 November 2011 by Tony
Yes, our blog is typically a place for us to post technical tips and news, but in this case, we wanted to remind you about an exciting upcoming live chat that will be hosted by our Microsoft SharePoint Director, Jared Spataro!
And though this won’t be a technical discussion, we encourage you to bring all your questions related to the SharePoint business. Mark your calendars for this hour-long event happening Wednesday, September 14th from 12:30pm – 1:30p.m. PDT, GMT -7. And if you haven’t already, you should “like” Microsoft SharePoint on Facebook and RSVP for Jared Spataro’s live chat here.
Jared is looking forward to your questions — hopes to chat with you then!
-Microsoft SharePoint Team
Posted on 16 August 2011 by
This blog is post #3 in the Ten Days of Office series to celebrate the one-year anniversary since the release of Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010. Tune in each weekday for new tips and tricks to get the most from your Office and SharePoint e experience.
On Wednesday, as part of the one-year anniversary celebration of Office 2010, my colleague Erik Jensen wrote a great post about one way that you can get the most out of Microsoft PowerPoint through the broadcast feature. Yesterday, Roby Kurian wrote about Outlook Social Connector, including how it can provide information from SharePoint My Sites. Today, I want to share one of the ways you can get the most out of the social capabilities in Microsoft SharePoint 2010 by promoting the use of My Sites within an organization.
There’s a lot of buzz today about social networking within an organization, and with good reason! According to Gartner, “It is no longer a question of if an enterprise should invest in social software, but when, from which provider and for what business purposes.” and by 2015, 40% of large enterprises will have a corporate "Facebook," for circulating both business and personal data. (Gartner, Predicts 2011: When Social and Business Processes Collide, November 19, 2010) When done right, enterprise social networking can be a very valuable tool in helping employees find colleagues with the expertise they need to solve a problem or better serve customers. SharePoint has included My Sites since the 2003 version, and today in 2010 they are better than ever at helping people locate one another and the critical business information they share, enabling everyone to do their jobs more efficiently and feel more connected across the enterprise.
Now onto the good stuff! SharePoint My Sites is only as valuable as the information people contribute, which you can do easily by leveraging tools such as tagging, document and photo libraries and colleague connections. So in an already busy work environment, how do you ensure your employees understand the value of My Sites? Below are some tips for driving adoption in your organization.
- Identify a select group of early adopters who can spread the word about My Sites among their colleagues. Showcase them through email, a newsletter or an Intranet feature story, citing personal examples of how My Sites has improved their everyday work life. Also, reach out to the avid consumer social network users in your organization to become early adopters and promoters of safe, secure social networking inside the organization.
- Use My Sites as a marketing tool inside organizations. For example, smaller teams within a larger organization can boost their profile by making sure their My Sites are completely utilized. Each team member can list expertise, share documents, tag material and update newsfeeds, making them easier to find in an organization. In fact, simply saving your documents to your My Site will make it much easier for people to find out what you know and benefit from your work. It is much easier to find files by looking up people in SharePoint.
- Make My Sites your own. Custom skins that live on top of SharePoint allow organizations to brand My Sites, helping drive interest and loyalty. The theme might be for your department, role, or a corporate HR-sponsored initiative—whatever is most relevant for your business.
- Incorporate filling out My Sites as part of an employee orientation. This helps quickly drive adoption and ensures employees know how to properly utilize the tool. Many of your new employees will already be familiar with these tools as consumers and successful job seekers.
- Encourage high-profile executive involvement. When your executives share, they set the tone for everyone. Using the built-in blog on a My Site is a great way for executives to share trip reports, reflections on the business, and career development tips. This knowledge is shared more visibly and persistently than in email and encourages other employees to share their experiences as well.
We use My Sites widely across Microsoft, and from personal experience, it has helped me engage colleagues more quickly, locate expertise and find the information I need to not only do my job better, but be more efficient. When I can find the right contact for a customer by doing a people search, take advantage of colleagues’ presentation by finding it on their My Sites, or stay in touch with a colleague through their personal updates, SharePoint is enabling me to benefit from the power of social computing in the enterprise. That makes me more productive, effective and connected in today’s fast-paced world of business.
Posted on 12 August 2011 by Spade
Learn real world tips for configuring SharePoint claims based security from Altaf Gilani and Mark Massad. In this episode, we discuss how to implement claims based security in SharePoint, including lessons learned and general guidance. Altaf and Mark also give some valuable instrumentation and debugging tips that can save you hours of time. They also discuss implementing claims augmentation to add additional custom claims.
Posted on 07 April 2011 by Tony
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Posted on 07 April 2011 by Tony
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Posted on 07 April 2011 by
Retrieving a list using the Serve-side Object Model*******************************************Problem
: In MOSS we could use CAML queries or the SharePoint API (Server side object model) to retrieve list data. In SP2010 there are various methods for getting a list however, the Server-side Object Model has been improved/enhanceced.
SPSite site = new SPSite(“http://demo.dev”);
SPWeb web = site.OpenWeb();
SPList list = web.Lists["Customers"];
If the list doesn’t exist you received a NullReferenceException. A try catch block is usually wrapped around the list retrieval however, SP2010 has an improved method TryGetList().
SPList list = web.TryGetLists["Customers"]; // if list doesn’t exist list will be null.
Other improvements to the API include: TryGetFieldByStaticName,
Problem: SPSite and SPWeb objects are not automatically disposed.
Resolution: Use either using statements or try catch finally statements to dispose of SPWeb and SPSite objects. Check all code using the SPDisposal tool.
Reading this post jogged my thoughts on the 2 topics posted above. This is useful for SP developers to know.
Posted on 06 April 2011 by Tony
SharePoint Retreat London 2011, Saturday, March 05, 2011 London held by Andrew Woodward (@AndrewWoody
) & Wes Hackett. A brilliant day, if you get a chance to go to 1 of these you should. Met some good SP people and got great tips & pointers. The bonus was I won a Type Mock Isolator licence.
Andrew gave a clear example that we worked on throughout the day, enjoyed the unit testing with nUnit. I’m not totally sold on the TypeMoch as I feel like I’m testing the SharePoint API but it does increase code coverage.
Paul Hunt (@cimares) has done 3 great posts on the SPRetreat event. Paul has transcribed the sessions extremely well and with good examples delivered in a step by step approach.
Posted on 04 April 2011 by
A few content management and site editing tips for power users on this bacon flavoured unicorn morning. The theme here is keep it clean!
- Write “friendly” email addresses
- Remember it’s human beings reading your content. So seeing something like “If you have questions please send an email to Corporate.Comm@mycompany.com” breaks up the readiblity. Instead just do the simple steps of writing the content in plain English and going back, highlighting the name and insert a link (note: you might have to prefix the link with mailto:email@example.com). It makes for a friendlier looking page and hides the ugliness that are sometimes in email addresses.
- Use friendly column and list names
- This is a big pet peeve of mine. When you first create a column or list with spaces the internal name is changed. The display name might be “My Amazing List of Animals with Large Testicles” but the internal (and link) name becomes “My_x00x20_Amazing_x00x20_List_x00x20_of_x00x20_Animals_x00x20_with_x00x20_Large_x00x20_Testicles”. What’s worse is if you create a publishing page named “This Website is Fueled By a Dolphin’s Spleen”. Not only is it incorrect grammar, but the apostrophe wreaks havoc on both the internal name for the list (with lots of crazy hex codes) as well as the hyperlink (where everything is uuencoded). Instead create the list with a distinct and compact name then go back and change it to whatever you want. The end result is a better formed name that you can both script and access in code easier.
- Keep your Views Clean
- When you add a column to a list or create a new list the default is to add it to the default view. Do everyone a favour and don’t check this box! The default view of a list should be something similar to the Title field and nothing else. Keep it clean. If you want to set a defalt view that’s different, go back and create one with all the fields and filtering and sorting columns you want and set it as default. It’s a good idea to keep the original AllItems.aspx (note the lack of space in the filename!) easy and unfiltered. It’s also a good idea to keep your column count down in views. Don’t let every column be added by default and don’t add every column just because you can. Create separate views for distinct responsibilities and try to keep the number of columns down to a single screen to prevent horizontal scrolling.
- Simple Navigation
- The Quick Launch is a great tool for navigating around your site but don’t use the default of adding all lists to it. Uncheck that box and keep navigation simple. Create custom groupings that make sense so if you don’t have a site with “Documents and Lists” but “Reports and Notices” makes more sense then do it. Also hide internal lists from the Quick Launch. For example, if most users don’t need to see all the lookup tables you might have on a site don’t show them. You can use audience filtering on the Quick Launch if you want to hide admin items from non-admin users so consider that as an option.
Posted on 29 March 2011 by Tony
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