May SharePoint Q&A with MVP Experts

MVP_FullColor_ForScreenDo you have tough technical questions regarding SharePoint for which you’re seeking answers? Do you want to tap into the deep knowledge of the talented Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals? Then join me and other SharePoint MVPs for answers to your questions in a live forum. So please join us and bring on the questions! These chats will cover WSS, MOSS and the SharePoint 2010. Topics include setup and administration, design, development and general questions. There are two different times for the chats.  Both are listed below.  I’ll be in the one on Tuesday May 25th, but you’ll find lots of experts available both days.

Tue, May 25th, 2010

7pm EDT (4pm PDT)

Wed, May 26th, 2010

Noon EDT (9am PDT)

Join the chat room on the day of the chat:


SharePoint 2010 Design & Deployment Best Practices

Please join Gary LaPointe and me for the webinar entitled SharePoint 2010 Design & Deployment Best Practices, where we will outline various critical considerations and best practice strategies for the planning, design and deployment of SharePoint 2010.

The webinar will include live demonstrations and discussion of the following points:

  • The pros and cons of the different approaches to installing and configuring SharePoint 2010
  • Configuration Best Practices for SharePoint 2010 farms
  • The Services Architecture; dependencies, licensing and topologies
  • Information Architecture guidance for sizing, multilingual support, multi-tenancy, etc.
  • Using tools such as SharePoint Composer & SharePoint Maestro to plan, document, install and configure a SharePoint 2010 deployment
  • Avoiding common pitfalls

Whether you are new to SharePoint or upgrading from a previous version, you will gain an understanding of how to effectively implement SharePoint 2010 in accordance with best practices and gain insights into techniques and tools that mitigate the effort and risk associated with implementation.

Sign-Up for the Seminar here:


My Blog has moved…. To Here!

SmashComputer If you are reading this, then you found my new Blog site where I’ll be maintaining my Blog going forward.  My old Blog at has been having displaying some problems the last couple months and since I’m no longer with Mindsharp I don’t have the access to investigate and fix the problems myself.  So I’ve been migrating all of my archive posts to this Blog, where I have full administrative control, for the last couple of months and posting to both.  I’ve decided its time to make the switchover, so going forward this will be my primary Blog listing.  Please update your RSS feeds to point at this location to keep in contact.

I’ll still be cross posting to the old site whenever possible, but I can’t guarantee that the problems there will be resolved.  So keeping your eye on this site is a better idea.

Installing SharePoint 2010 RTM on Windows 7 x64

I’ve seen several messages on support forums lately about people having problems trying to install SharePoint 2010 RTM on top of Windows 7 x64 to create a development environment.  The problems seem to stem from changes that have been made to the custom installation sequence required since documentation was written for the BETA.  The Win7 Beta install instructions don’t work quite right for the RTM version.  Microsoft updated the instructions on Technet today (April 30th), but I think they can still be somewhat intimidating since the cover Win7, Vista, and VM installations.  So I thought I would boil them down to just a simple Win7 install and include pictures.  Here are the instructions I’ve tested.  Hope they help you.

Before you Install SharePoint

1. Install Windows 7 x64. Please Note: You can’t use either the K or KN edition (Korean)

2. Install the WCF Hotfix for Microsoft Windows (KB976462). The hotfix is available here:

3. Install the ADO.NET Data Services Update for .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 to enable REST (KB976127). It’s available here:

4. Xcopy the SharePoint installation files from the DVD to a folder on your harddrive. If you downloaded them as an executable extract the files using the following command for SPF:

{path to EXE}\SharePoint.exe /extract:{subdirectory}

{path to EXE}\SharePoint.exe /extract:{subdirectory}

or this for SPS:

{path to EXE}\OfficeServer.exe /extract:{subdirectory}

5. Edit the installation configuration file called config.xml located in the \files\Setup\ folder under the subdirectory where you copied or extracted the setup files. Add the following line to the <Configuration> section:

<Setting Id="AllowWindowsClientInstall" Value="True" />

Note: These settings are Case Sensitive. Be very careful with your edits.

6. Install the following included prerequisite:

Microsoft FilterPack Beta – Found in the PrerequisiteInstallerFiles\FilterPack directory where you copied or extracted your files. Run FilterPack.msi

7. Download and install the following prerequisites:

8. Go to Control Panel > Programs and Features > Turn Windows features on or off and enable the following Windows 7 Features:


9. Restart Windows 7 to activate the new feature set.

Install SharePoint Foundation or SharePoint Server

10. To install SharePoint Server 2010 or SharePoint Foundation 2010, run Setup.exe from the folder where you extracted the files.

11. Accept the Microsoft Software License Terms.

1SPF license

12. Choose an installation type. Standalone is the easiest and sufficient for many Developers. You will need a SQL server available if you choose to do a Server Farm install.


13. Once the installation is complete, you are prompted to run the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard. Click the Close button to complete the installation and configure SharePoint.


14. After a minute or two the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard will start. Click Next.

15. You will see a dialog box warning you that Windows 7 is not supported for production environments. Click OK


16. Next you will see a dialog box warning you that some Services will be stopped. Click Yes.

17. You will see a dialog box with a progress bar. Wait for the installation to be complete.


18. You should see a Configuration Successful dialog when the install is completed. Click Finish and SharePoint will launch the Central Admin website. You can now create additional SharePoint sites as needed and install your development tools.


You can now create additional SharePoint sites as needed and install your development tools.

You can see the full instructions on Technet here: