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SharePoint rock star wanted for Europe

Following the success of Winshuttle’s product suite as an effective way of utilising the SharePoint platform for SAP process optimisation, we are ramping up our global SharePoint competencies. We have an immediate opening for a highly motivated SharePoint rock star in Europe.

We are looking for a consultant with solid SharePoint experience who can work directly with business units to compose solutions. Are you interested? You will be helping customers to optimise SAP processes through the use of Winshuttle and SharePoint technologies. Prior experience with SAP is desired but not a must.

This is an awesome role where you will be part of a strategically important Acceleration Team where the primary objectives are customer readiness and enablement. As such, your focus will be on short and sharp engagements that prove the value of Winshuttle software and help customers to hit the ground running.

Key responsibilities include project scoping, solution architecture and proof-of-concept delivery. Expect to be working with many different customers across Europe. Ideally, you should be based out of our EMEA head office in London, but we would be willing to consider other arrangements.

I’ll be in Berlin for the European SharePoint Conference, 17th through 20th of October, and in London during the first week of November. If you are interested, please drop me a line (kristian dot kalsing at winshuttle dot com) and we can arrange to meet up for a chat. This will be a lot of fun!

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Planning SharePoint Permissions Worksheet

Download the SharePoint Permissions Planning Worksheet here

I was going to write a blog about what I considered best practices around SharePoint security but Jasper Oostervald – https://www.nothingbutsharepoint.com/sites/eusp/Pages/SharePoint-Permissions-Part-1.aspx in his 2 part blog pretty much covered exactly what I wanted to say and more.

So instead of rewriting what he said I hope to add something by providing a worksheet that I have been working on. It’s really in Alpha so if anyone can improve on it and share what they have done that would be great.

In case you are unaware, Microsoft provides planning worksheets here – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262451.aspx

In my opinion most of them complicate things by having columns that most of our projects don’t really use.

I am hoping my one is simpler and more useful.

This worksheet has 4 tabs and instructions and tips.



Start by looking at the “Sites” tab.

Here you add your sites and the permissions of those sites.


You may need to go to the Groups tab to add your new groups that you will need.

The “Content” tab is very similar to the “Sites” tab but is for assigning permission to the libraries and lists in your site.


If your dropdowns stop working you may need to reset them by following these instructions – http://spreadsheets.about.com/od/datamanagementinexcel/qt/20071113_drpdwn.htm.


I would love to get some feedback to see if this worksheet is of use to anyone or even better if someone with actual Excel skills can improve it, that would be great!

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Programmatically Setting SharePoint 2010 Calendar Overlays

I recently did a project where my client needed several calendars provisioned via a Feature Receiver when a particular type of Site Collection was created; they had one primary calendar and they wanted all the other calendars to be overlaid onto the primary one using SharePoint 2010’s Calendar overlay capabilities. Here’s a quick summary of [...]
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Microsoft SharePoint General Manager, Eric Swift, to Host Exclusive Live Chat on Facebook!

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 Swift live chat

Eric and the team look forward to your questionshope to chat with you then!

 -Microsoft SharePoint Team








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Microsoft SharePoint Director, Jared Spataro, to Host Live Chat on Facebook!

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 Spataro

Jared is looking forward to your questions — hopes to chat with you then!

 -Microsoft SharePoint Team

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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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I’ve got Georgia (plus SharePoint, BI, and scenarios) on my mind …

Hal Zucati here for SharePoint IT Pro UA.

It’s Tuesday here in Atlanta and I wanted to give you a brief recap of the conversations I’ve had with customers here at TechEd 2011.

I talked with close to 30 people yesterday on the subjects of SharePoint, Business Intelligence, and what the word “scenario” meant to them.


  • “Very useful tool, instrumental in providing the features and functionality required to allow business to grow.”
  • “Works better than my car, and I drive a Porsche.”
  • “After we implemented SharePoint Server 2010, we saw a 50% increase in internal website traffic and a 14% decrease in internal service requests.”
  • “If only it came with a comprehensive instruction book.”

I pointed the last customer to our TechNet Library, which they had not seen: “Roadmap to SharePoint Server 2010 content”, http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff627858.aspx

Business Intelligence

  • “What’s that? Like Military Intelligence?”
  • “SQL Server 2008 R2 and Excel, what else is there?” (I actually got several variations on this response.)
  • “Microsoft has that? Really?”

I pointed the last customer to the Business Intelligence in SharePoint Server 2010 Resource Center, http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/ee692578.aspx.


  • The most common first response I got was a funny look — one that appeared to represent a mixture of confusion, annoyance, and indifference.
  • “That’s where you (Microsoft) try and guess what we’re going to use your stuff [products] for and then tell us how to do it …”
  • “It’s what I (the customer) put together when I want to sell my boss something.”
  • “I honestly have no idea, but it sounds bad.”

After receiving the replies, I showed each of the people I talked to the following article, which includes an example of what we define as a scenario: “Approval Workflow: A Scenario (SharePoint Server 2010)”, http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee704556.aspx

Thanks to eveyone I spoke with on Monday and to everyone reading this.

– Hal Zucati
SharePoint IT Pro UA 


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SP 2010: List Joins & SPQuery enchancements!

Author: Tobias Zimmergren http://www.zimmergren.net | http://www.tozit.com | @zimmergren
As per request by some of my readers who wanted information about how you can query SharePoint lists using joins in SharePoint 2010, here’s an introduction!
With the introduction of relationa … (More)
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Pet Peeves with the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace

Have you ever noticed how something things just gnaw at your very being. This is the case with the WP7 marketplace, the Zune software, and the things that drive me batshit crazy with a side of fries. To go. I wanted to share.


XBox Live is Not the Centre of the Universe

Okay, it’s fine that the Zune software has an XBox live tag for games so can see them clearly but do we really need to have it shoved down our throats. On every click?

Click on Games in the marketplace:


The first thing that it defaults to on the filters on the right is XBox Live:


Okay. Fine. However if you change it (say to Paid) then click onto a title when you come back from that title is the filter still set to Paid? No. It’s back to XBox Live again.

Really? Give us a break. If you change to any filter on any other genre then click on the selected title, it doesn’t revert back to anything. It stays on the selection you picked. Let’s be fair here. The Games genre should behave just like every other one. If I pick Paid then when I come back to the list please remember that.

Double Dipping

On the subject of XBox Live titles, Microsoft (and developers who have an agreement with Microsoft to produce Live titles, which generally rules out indie game developers) is double dipping with regards to exposure of their titles.

Here’s the Puzzle and Trivia Game section on the Marketplace for XBox Live titles:


And here’s the same category filtered on Paid titles:


See the problem? Two indie titles while the rest are XBox Live ones. So while XBL has it’s filter, they also get to showcase their wares in the Paid and Free filters as well.

If you’re going to have an XBox Live filter then use it and stop pushing down indie titles until they’re off the screen (on some genres this is already the case). Free and Paid titles should be just that and not include XBox Live ones. If you’re really stoked that people can’t find the Free XBox Live titles vs. the paid ones, then create a Free XBox Live filter and a Paid XBox Live filter. I don’t think we would mind much.

Whose Trial is it Anyways?

You might notice apps in the marketplace with titles like “My Fart App Professional Lite” or “Silicon Lamb Spleen Builder Free”. When you submit and app to the marketplace it can either be free or paid. If it’s a paid app you also have the option to submit it with Trial capabilities. It’s up to you to decide what you offer in the trial version but trial versions can be purchased from within the app so after someone trys out your app (for free) and wants to unlock the Super Secret Obama Spy Ring Level, they can just go to the marketplace from your app (if you built that functionality in) and upgrade to the paid version.

However it creates a rift of sorts when it comes to visibility. Some developers go the route of the paid app with a trial version, others decide to submit *two* apps instead of one. One app is the “Free” or “Lite” verions and the other is the paid version. Why go to the hassle of submitting two apps when you can just create a trial version in the same app? Again, visibility.

There’s no way to tell Paid apps with Trial versions and ones without (it’s an option, you don’t have to provide trial versions, although I think it’s a good idea). However there is a way to see the Free apps from the Paid ones so some submit the two apps and have the Free version have links to buy the paid one (again through the Marketplace tasks in the API).

What we as developers need for visibility is a new filter. Trial. That’s it. It would simply filter on Paid apps that have trial capabilities and surface up those apps just like the free ones. If Microsoft added this filter to the marketplace, it would eliminate the need for people to submit their “Free” and “Lite” versions and make it easier for the developer not to have to maintain two systems. I mean, is it really that hard? Can’t be any more difficult than the XBox Live Filter that’s already there.

Location is Everything

The last thing on my bucket list is about location. When I launch Zune I’m running in my native location setting, Canada. What’s great is that I navigate to the Travel Tools section where I have one of my apps and behold the splendour that I see:


There are my apps in the number 1 and number 4 slot for top selling in that category. I show it to my wife to make up for the sleepless nights writing this stuff and we dance around and celebrate.

Then I change my location on my operation system to United States and re-launch Zune. WTF?


My flight app has slipped to the 10th spot (I’m only showing 4 across here out of the 7 in Zune) and my border check app that was #1 is now in the 32nd spot! End of celebration.

Not only is relevance being looked at here, I value the comments people make on may apps as do most developers. I want to respond to them and show them that I’m listening. The next version of my border app will provide multiple camera angles. However when I’m running in my native Canada location, I only see two reviews. Changing over to United States I see fourteen! While there are tools out there to provide with you a unified view, I shouldn’t have to rely on them. My own Zune desktop software should allow me to see everything.

I realize that some developers will submit an app and only target it for some locations and that’s their choice. However I shouldn’t have to jump through hoops to see what apps are ahead of mine, or see people comments and ratings.

Another proposal. Either unify the marketplace (i.e. when I’m looking at it show me everything combined) or let me choose a filter. I think the first option might be difficult as you’re trying to average out top selling apps across all markets and have to deal with some apps that have been omitted from some markets. Although I think you could come up with a set of use cases that would handle that, maybe that’s too much work. At the very least, let us developers view the markets in a drop down or something from within the Zune desktop. Having to shut down Zune, change our location, and re-launch Zune to see other perspectives is just too onerous.

A Call to Action

These are just one mans opinion. Do you agree? Disagree? Feel hungry for a bacon sandwich? Let everyone know via the comments below. Perhaps someone from Microsoft will be reading and take some of these ideas under advisement. Maybe not, but at least let’s get the word out that we really want to see some change. Egypt can do it, why not WP7 developers!

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