SharePoint Connections Spring 2008

Ben Curry and I will be presenting a Post Con session on April 24, 2008 at the SharePoint Connections Conference.  The session will be entitled.  HPS301: Web Content Management (Bring Your Own Laptop).  You can read the abstract describing the session below.

In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how to leverage Office SharePoint Server 2007 to build “Content Driven” Web sites that are updated by the content owners while still maintaining a strong corporate branding. We’ll follow a recurring pattern of a short slide presentation followed by a longer “hands on” demo/lab. Attendees will be provided with handouts that contain click-by-click instructions that describe how to accomplish the lab. If you prefer not to have a computer in front of you, you’ll get just as much out of watching us demonstrate. All code snippets and materials needed to complete each lab will also be provided to the students. Attendees will complete the hands-on labs on their own laptops (or at home after class). The agenda for the day will include the following lessons.

  • Introduction to “Content Driven” Web Sites 
  • Maintaining Corporate Branding with a Customized Master Page
  • Controlling Content Input with a Custom Field Control
  • Managing Content Placement with a Custom Layout Page
  • Customizing SharePoint Navigation 
  • Optimizing Performance with Output Caching Profiles and the Object Cache
  • Automating Content Deployment

I Hope to see you there!

I Love Cleveland Winters….

Living in Cleveland is always fun, but sometimes winters here can get interesting.  This weekend is no exception.  On Friday morning when I went out to run some errands at 10:00AM we had NO SNOW.  The following picture was taken at 8:00 AM this morning.



That’s right.  The official details are about 17” of snow in about 15 hours.  The last time we had snow like this was LAST Easter.  But that was only 16” of snow.  Oh yeah and this week, its supposed to reach 50 degrees by Thursday.

You gotta love Cleveland Winters….

Speaking at the Dallas/Fort Worth SharePoint User’s Group in February

I will be speaking at the Dallas Fort Worth SharePoint User’s Group on Tuesday, February 19th.  The meeting will be from 6:30-8:00pm.  My topic will be "Upgrading WSS and Office Server 2007 to Service Pack 1”.  Here’s a brief description of the talk:

In mid-December of 2007, Microsoft released the first service pack for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (WSS) and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS). These service packs are filled with hot fixes and important upgrades to WSS and MOSS.  These service packs add support for the upcoming release of Windows Server 2008, Web Parts that use ASP.NET AJAX, new STSADM operations, and much more.  But installing them requires more planning than just running SETUP.exe.  In this talk we’ll examine the points below and follow them up with a live demonstration:

    1. What common problems are fixed by the SP1
    2. What should I consider BEFORE installing SP1
    3. How do I slipstream the installations for use in Server 2008
    4. What are some of the common problems encountered when trying to install SP1
    5. What other service packs will I need to install

The User Group meets at the local Microsoft Offices in Irving, TX.  You can find the office at 7000 State Highway 16, Irving, TX 75039.  The meeting will be in the LC1 Building (Right Tower) on the 1st Floor in Room 1200 (Left of the main security desk).  The DFW SharePoint Community is the only dedicated North Texas SharePoint
forum to promote:

  • Sharing of SharePoint "Best Practices" and Successes.
  • Exchange for Issues and Work Arounds.
  • Exposure to Certified 3rd party add on products.
  • Connection Point for market and Microsoft SharePoint resources

Meetings are free and open to the public, but registration is required.  You can register for the February meeting here.

64-bit only is coming….

I’ve been working on a talk that I’ll be giving to the Dallas next month to the Dallas/Fort Worth User’s group (more on that in another post) and I ran across confirmation of something I’ve been telling students for over a year now. When you are buying new hardware for a SharePoint installation, you should ALWAYS buy 64-bit hardware.  Yes, I know mixing and matching 64 and 32 bit servers in a SharePoint role isn’t recommended, but you should still try to make all new purchases 64-bit.  Why?  Because SharePoint makes extensive use of RAM for almost everything it does.  The minimum SharePoint server I recommend anymore has 4GB RAM in it, and that’s the maximum for 32-bit hardware.  But more importantly take a look at the following quote from the White Paper that Microsoft recommends everyone read BEFORE installing either SharePoint SP1 package.

“Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Office SharePoint Server 2007 are the last SharePoint Products and Technologies versions able to run on 32-bit hardware and operating systems.”

It’s now official.  The next version of SharePoint will be 64-bit only.  We’ve already seen this happen to Exchange and many have been predicting it would happen to SharePoint soon, but this is the first time I’ve seen it in print from an official Microsoft source.  You can find the full white paper here:

Speaking at the GCPCUG Windows Server SIG

I will be speaking at the Greater Cleveland PC Users Group Windows Server SIG on Thursday, June 28th from noon til 1:30.  My topic will be an “Introduction to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007”.  Collaboration is one of the big buzzwords in the IT industry. Teams working on documents and projects together. There’s also a lot of buzz about Microsoft Sharepoint – a tool for working collaboratively. But, that buzz includes a lot of confusion about the product. This meeting will answer some of the basic questions about Sharepoint.

The GCPCUG Windows Server SIG is focused on Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Windows 2000 Server and even Windows NT.  Whether you are a network administrator, working toward certification or just interested in learning more, you can get together with other interested people at the Windows Server Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings. We are affiliated with the Greater Cleveland PC Users Group which has many special interest groups you will want to check into.

The SIG meets at the local Microsoft Offices in Independence on Oak Tree, which is about 1/2 mile West of 77 on Rockside (First Energy is also there). They are the first building complex on the right and are on the 3rd Floor.

Meetings are free and open to the public.