18 November 2009

Faith in humanity

Over the past week I’ve had two things happen to me that could have been catastrophic, but as it turned out, our humanity is still strong even though we’re so rushed that we don’t always take time to show it.
First I left Boston last week on Thursday and I was so rushed that I forgot to pack my two external hard drives.  Instead, I left them on the desk in my room at the Marriott Courtyard.  I did not realize what had happened until Saturday night and when I called the hotel, they told me that I had to call the “Lost and Found” department the next morning at 9 AM.  At 9:00 AM I made the call and was overjoyed when I was told that they had found my drives and I could pick them up that Sunday when I check back in.
Then yesterday, I left my iPhone on the counter in the restroom when I was washing my hands.  I was distraught over the loss, but was very happy this morning when it turned out someone had found it and had turned it into the gym trainer yesterday.
Both cases could have been a disaster, but humanity prevailed!  THANK YOU!!!


16 November 2009


As you know, the SharePoint 2010 Beta bits dropped today.  So now the question is… what’s next?  If you’re a SharePoint Cowboy you’ve probably already downloaded the bits and fired them up in a TEST environment.  You DID do it in TEST, right? 
Anyway, so if you’re a cowboy, this post is probably not for you.  If on the other hand, you want some guidance, then read on!

  1. NOTE:  This installation assumes another SQL Server installation on the current server or another server, to be used for the installation.  After downloading the Beta bits, locate the install file.  On my VM it was named “en_office_sharepoint_server_2010_beta_x64_x16-19249.exe”.  Double click the EXE to start the installation.
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  3. SharePoint will begin the extraction of files.
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  5. Once the files are extracted, SharePoint will present you with the install screen.
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  7. Once you’ve done some reading in the “Prepare” section, proceed and click the “Install software prerequisites” link in the “Install” section and SharePoint will present you with the Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies 2010 Preparation Tool.
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  9. When you click “Next”, SharePoint will present you with the standard EULA.  Read the EULA and then check the “I accept the terms of the License Agreement(s)” checkbox to enable the Next button.
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  11. Once you click the “Next” button, SharePoint will proceed with installing the prerequisites.
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  13. Once the prerequisites have been installed, you should see the “Installation Complete” window.
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  15. Click the “Finish” button and then click the “Install SharePoint Server” link in the Install section.  SharePoint will present you with the Product Key screen.
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  17. Enter the product key that you got from MSDN and then click “Continue”.  SharePoint will present you with the Software License screen.
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  19. Once you agree with the license terms, click the “I accept the terms of this agreement” checkbox and then click “Continue”.  SharePoint will present you with the Installation Type Choice screen.
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  21. Click “Server Farm”.  SharePoint will present you with the Server Type screen.
  22. On the Server Type tab, Select “Complete”.
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  24. On the File Location tab, you can select alternative installation locations before clicking “Install Now”.
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  26. After clicking “Install Now”, SharePoint will proceed to conduct the installation.
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  28. Once complete, you’ll be presented with the Run Configuration Wizard screen.  If you wish to run the Config Wizard right away, leave the checkbox checked.  If not, simply uncheck the checkbox.  Finally, click “Close”.  The configuration steps will be the topic of my next post.
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WOW! What a game!

There are no words to describe the excitement of last night’s Colts/Patriots game other than SPECTACULAR and THRILLING!  WOW!
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Though he’s being criticized for going for it on 4th & 2 @ the Patriots 30 yard line, I would put Belichick’s decision in the same league as coaches in years past scoring the TD at the end of the game and then going for 2 to get the win rather than risk overtime on a coin toss.
When it works, you’re a genius… when it doesn’t, you’re a dog… 
If it had worked, the talking heads would have been hailing Belichick as a genius!  I think the timeout management was more of a problem.  That doesn’t take any guts… just organization… and the lack of timeouts resulted in the 4th down play not being reviewable.
Anyway, a fantastic come from behind win by the Colts… again!
As always, the Colts-Patriots game was the game of the year!


Come and get it! SharePoint 2010 Beta bits available now!

OK, if you’ve been patiently waiting since SPC09 for the SharePoint 2010 beta bits to drop, then happiness abounds because it’s available right now from TechNet and MSDN.https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/securedownloads/default.aspx?pv=42:393https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/securedownloads/default.aspx?pv=42:393 Enjoy!


13 November 2009

FAST Search docs for SharePoint 2010 beta released

As we’re all holding our breath in anticipation of the SharePoint 2010 Beta release, Microsoft is releasing fringe documentation in preparation for the big moment. The latest is the FAST Search documentation that was released yesterday. As we know, Microsoft bought FAST Search and the future of FAST and SharePoint is intertwined. There’s even docs on Powershell. So here we go…FAST Search Server deployment and configuration (Beta) FAST Search Server Cmdlets Overview (Beta) Planning and Architecture for FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint (Beta) FAST Search Server for SharePoint PowerShell Cmdlet Help (Beta) Monitoring for FAST Search Server As a bonus, there’s also the latest version of the Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Protocol Documentation. Happy reading everyone!


03 November 2009

Coming soon… my REAL WORLD Migration Guide for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 to Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Migrations!

In the 2007 cycle of SharePoint, I released a comprehensive guide to upgrading from 2003 to 2007 because all the upgrade guides I could find were simply using default installs for upgrades. That never reflects the real world scenario and complexities, so I created my upgrade guide. It was very popular and I received many appreciative comments on the post. Well, fear not, for I will be doing the same thing again for the 2010 cycle. I’m currently working on the post and will publish it soon. Initially it will be for migration to Beta 2, but I’ll update it as needed for RC and RTM, so stay tuned!


SharePoint Remote Event Receivers are DEAD!!!

 Well, the time has finally come.  It was evident when Microsoft started pushing everyone to WebHooks, but this FAQ and related announcement...