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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Pushing SharePoint Online to the Limit: Virtual Conference(Via axceler)

Extract drom the original post “Axceler is proud to be a sponsor of SharePoint Pro's, Pushing SharePoint Online to the Limit, a one-day online conference for developers and administrators of SharePoint and Office 365 products and technologies. This free conference brings industry experts straight to your computer, offering free, technical SharePoint and Office 365 training.

Visit Axceler’s booth in the virtual exhibit hall and watch some of our product videos, download a whitepaper, or read the latest on ControlPoint, Davinci, and FileLoader 2010.”

Registration: http://www.vconferenceonline.com/event/home.aspx?id=334

Complete blg post here.

Tagging Content in SharePoint Tips(Via sashashev )

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Although SharePoint provides the ability for users to be able to tag their own content, I find it tends to get a bit unmanageable and like to stick to the “Managed Metadata” feature with hierarchical predefined tags.

Here are my guidelines for tagging:

1. Think long and hard about your top level tags. You shouldn’t need more than 10 at most and there should be as little cross over as possible. Again don’t have more than 10 items per each individual branch.

2. When deciding what the tags should be, think of words that will segregate content into even chunks. Don’t create a tag that will only ever be used once. Think of the game Guess Whowhere you are trying to find the person in as few guesses as possible. You don’t start with some obscure physical feature. The first question is usually - Are you a boy (or girl) to split the content evenly.

For complete blog post visit Sashashev’s blog here.

Free Webinar and Q&A Panel with SharePoint experts – Come and get your SharePoint questions answered (Via Asif)

Extract from the orignal post “The focus of this Question and Answer session is to help You! Ever wish you could query a panel of SharePoint experts? Well, now is your chance! Submit an initial SharePoint question with registration and bring the balance of your questions to query our SharePoint experts at SharePoint-Videos.com. We’ll answer your questions and get you moving in the right direction. Just want to listen in? Not a problem. That’s perfectly alright as well.

When signing up for this session/webinar, we recommend that you use the ‘Questions and Comments’ field in the form below to provide us your question(s) in advance of the webinar.

The SharePoint panel is comprised of the following experts who encompass a wide range of SharePoint skills:”

Complete blog post here.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Automating SharePoint configuration with MSBuild and SAF(Via Mark)

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One of the major areas developed for v2 of the SharePoint Action Framework (SAF) is its ability to integrate tightly with Msbuild. In order to get SAF working, you simply need to reference the Msbuild Saf task - which can be referenced like this :

AssemblyName="Collaboris.Saf, Version=, Culture=neutral,


TaskName="Collaboris.Saf.Adapters.MSBuild.SAF" />

You may also choose to create a couple of targets (one for the Undo and one for the Do) - like this - but this is optional.


ContinueOnError="false" />


ContinueOnError="false" />

Now this is setup, you then need to create a few item groups where all the properties can be passed to.

Complete post here.

SharePoint Saturday New Hampshire 09-24-2011(Via Dan Stolts ITProGuru)

Registration is now open for our 1st SharePoint Saturday New Hampshire, which will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2011 at Southern New Hampshire University in Hooksett/Manchester. The speaker and session lists have been published as well. See the SharePoint Saturday Website for all the details: http://sharepointsaturday.org/nh/default.aspx

SharePoint Conference 2011 - SoCal SharePint(Via Chris)

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Get ready for a great evening at the 2011 SharePoint Conference! On Wednesday night, Oct 5th, after the exhibit hall reception, we will be having a SoCal SharePint party. Join us at Bar Louie's outside patio reserved specifically for us (directly across the street from the Convention Center) for a quick drink from 7 to 9pm. Meet the eBay team, one of a few reference customers of the SPC11 conference, and several SharePoint MVPs and superstars. After the SoCal SharePint, we will head over to enjoy another SharePint in the ESPNZone in Downtown Disney!

This event is hosted by the local Southern California companies that want to make sure you have a great time while in Anaheim, CA:

Complete post here.

Resolved: The given assembly or codebase was invalid error by stsadm command (Via dhondiyals)

Extract from the original post “I was trying to register custom profiledeletehandler by using stsadm command line utility. My command, code and assembly were perfect. But even then when I was trying to execute stsadm then it was displaying “The given assembly or codebase was invalid”.

Humnnn what could be the problem then after doing some research I came to know that I wrote the part of the command in notepad first and then copy/paste this part in command line. OMG, that was some encoding problem while copy/pasting the command.

Complete post here.

Upload files from local machine to SharePoint document library Automatically (Via PRATIK)

Extract from the original post “From research I have found there are so many ways to upload files / documents from File server or from local desktop to SharePoint document library. There are lots of JavaScript available to achieve this goal.

But using these methods end user definitely becomes crazy.

Here I have used a very simple method which automatically uploads document from source folder to SharePoint document library.

Following steps we have to implement to use this method.

On your machine map a SharePoint site, make sure to create a mapped drive of SharePoint site (not a network place)

This will assign a letter to site (i.e. Z), and this will create a SharePoint site as a folder.

So now we have “Z” drive which contains our SharePoint site and all its content and when you navigate to any of the content make sure it will open a folder with “z:\content folder” (as simple as opening a local folder in C / D drive)

Now we have two local drives one is Source folder and one is SharePoint site.

Now run following command to check whether we are able to copy documents from one location to another (From local source folder to SharePoint site)

Complete post here.

SharePoint Saturday Sydney–Saturday 6th August 2011(ViaEPMSource)

Extract from the original post “I am pleased to announce that I will be spreading the Project Server Love at the forthcoming SharePoint Saturday Sydney with a session entitled ‘Leveraging Project Server 2010 for SharePoint Governance and Lifecycle Management’. The session will showcase the new SharePoint Lifecycle Management solution recently released by Microsoft and provide a glimpse of how this can be leveraged to improve governance and lifecycle management in your organisati”

You can read complete post here.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

SharePoint 2010 and Silverlight 4.0 Integration

Aug 20th, 2011. Spearheaded by Jennifer Trinanes, the First General Assembly of Philippine SharePoint Users Group was held at Microsoft Philippines, reaching out to 100 attendees. In this event, Philippines SharePoint Server MVPElczar Peralta Adame was invited to deliver a session on “SharePoint 2010 and Silverlight 4.0 Integration”. Jennifer Trinanes also gave a lecture on “Developing in SharePoint Online”.

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Taming Long SharePoint List Forms Using jQuery to Break Them into Sections (Via Marc)

Extract from the original post “Do you have any lists in SharePoint where the forms seem to go on and on, marching down the page, seemingly ad infinitum? I’ve seen lists which have over a hundred, even over 300 columns. This is a horrible thing to do to your users for so many reasons, but one of the primary reasons is that the list forms are simply unmanageable and in many cases unfathomable.

If you do have that many columns in a list and they really do need to be there, consider building custom “sub-forms” which take a more wizard-like approach. What I mean by this is that you might have a relatively short initial, customized version of the New Form which collects all of the required information. When your user saves that form, you can use SPRedirectWithID from SPServices to go to the next form in the sequence, and so on. You could, of course, develop totally custom forms, whether by using traditional .NET development or by using jQuery, and probably jQueryUI plus other plugins, and the SPServices and the Web Services to write the data into your list(s).

Complere blog post here.

SharePoint FileNotFound exception when browsing to the site settings page (Via Chad)

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You receive the following exception in the ULS log:

System.IO.FoundException: Unable to find the specified file.
at Microsoft.SharePoint.ApplicationPages.WebAdminPageBase.OnLoad(EventArgs e)
at System.Web.UI.Control.LoadRecursive()
at System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessRequestMain(Boolean includeStagesBeforeAsyncPoint, Boolean includeStagesAfterAsyncPoint)

Possible solution

Check your alternate access mappings and make sure they match up to the web application address bindings in IIS.

Complete blog post here.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

SharePoint 2010 Advanced Infrastructure Administrator - 29th August–2nd September, Auckland, NZ (Via harbar.net)

After Tech Ed New Zealand, I’ll be hanging back in Auckland with my good buddy Steve Smith to deliver the Combined Knowledge SharePoint 2010 Advanced Infrastructure Administrator course. This is by no means your regular SharePoint admin training.

Read the complete post at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Harbar/~3/HF2SMw20gc4/335.aspx

How Do Get Solutions Files From Existing SharePoint Farm? (Via Joe)

Extract from the original post “As well, sometimes you bring up a new dev box, and you're like well how do we get all the solutions to mirror what's in the new dev environment. Well, how do I get them out of there?

For SharePoint 2007

Came across a great tool on MSDN for being able to pull down your solutions from your SharePoint 2007 environment. It will drop all your WSPs in a folder. It's a simple command line tool in a single executable, so dependencies and other logic make this the most simple and clean solution I've come across.”

Complete post here.

SharePoint 2010 – Check Permissions & Show Me Unique Content - Grid User Post (Via Jennifer Mason)

Extract from the original post “One of the features in SharePoint is the ability to grant users access to different parts of the site. Once you do this however, it can become difficult to manage. Thankfully there are some great quick tools that are included that allow us to quickly identify the site permissions structure.

The first feature is the notification that some of the content in the site is uniquely secured. This is displayed on the site permissions page in a yellow menu bar. If you don't see this menu it means that all the content in your site inherits permissions from its parent:

For complete post click here.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Programmatically reading SharePoint Designer Workflow XOML files at run time(Via Keith Richie)

Extract from the original post "After poking around and searching for a few days without any luck, I ran across this posting from Joe Zamora: “Query/enumerate all declarative workflow templates in an SPWeb and programmatically read the XOML files”

Perfect! I thought. This was exactly what I was looking for. I took his sample, cleaned it up a bit, and wrote a method to get to the XOML file. "

Read complete blog post here.

Best Practices for Analyzing Your SharePoint Server Environment

Webcast Date and Time: Wednesday, August 17 at 8 a.m. PT/11 a.m. ET/4 p.m.

"Quest's free tool Server Administrator for SharePoint gives you confidence in your SharePoint environment by ensuring your servers and farms are configured properly and conform to best practices. In this webcast, SharePoint experts Joel Oleson and Mike Watson reunite to discuss Server Administrator's origins, the pains it addresses, and how they see this freeware tool growing through community-driven rules."

Register here.

Create Hierarchies Link in SharePoint Variation Site is not working : Resolved (Via Dhondiyal)

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"Problem: Inside variation labels, if we click on create hierarchies button nothing happens.

Scenario: I had a publishing site with variation enabled on a specific port. I backed up the site and restore it on a web site hosted on another server. This new website is on different port. Now i created a new variation label inside new site and after creating variation label, when i clicked on Create Hierarchies button nothing got happen. So i started to search the root cause of this problem. I first open the variation link to check the variation settings and here i found that location in the variation home section was pointed to the old server and settings were disabled. Humnnn it meant that this was the root cause of the problem. So question arises that how to change the settings as i wanted to keep all the sites that were earlier created by using variation hierarchies and using GUI there was no option to reset these settings"

For complete post click here.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Technical highlights in Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012(Via Jolann van Dyk)

Extract from the original post "I’ve had the privilege of working with Microsoft Dynamics AX2012 for a number of months before the 1st August general release date. I helped build the demo system used by Steve Ballmer at the Convergence launch in April (you can read about the demo here), and I’m busy implementing the system in a customer situation at the moment. Suffice to say, I’ve had enough time to note down a list of technical highlights in the latest release, and I thought it’d be only fair to share them."

Complere blog post here.

SharePoint Saturday in DC a Big Succes (Via Laurie Head)

Extract from the original post "Last week’s SharePoint Saturday The Conference in DC (August 11-13) was a terrific success. This community-organized event attracted about 2,000 registered attendees and 60 sponsors. Over 190 speakers presented 250 sessions. 150 volunteers coordinated it. Kudos to Dux Raymond Sy, managing partner at Innovative-e, and his team of volunteers who made it all happen.

AISN used this opportunity to:

reconnect with old colleagues and welcome new colleagues;
present a session (led by AISN Chair Kurt Baumann) for those who are choosing between on-premise hosting and outsourced hosting;"

Complete blog post here.

SharePoint Document library Versioning and Recommended Practices (Via Kolan Veera Reddy)

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"Based on a discussion with my colleague about SharePoint document library versioning, I thought of writing a blog post on SharePoint versioning recommended practices. By default, version history is turned off on document libraries. My own recommended practice is turn on versioning and limit the versions to 3 major and 3 minor versions with option to create major and minor versions.
· Turn on Versioning with create major and minor (draft) versions
· Limit the versions to 3 major and 3 minor
· Enable require checkout functionality

Versioning is a great feature in SharePoint that we can easily restore the documents from earlier versions in case of any data loss. It provides a safety net in the event that a corrupted version gets saved and also you can track the changes (and see who made them) from version to version at a glance."
For complete blog post, visit Kolan's blog here.

SharePoint Online Learning Materials for IT Professionals(Via SharePoint Team Blog)

Some useful links presented by the "Microsoft SharePoint team blog".If you are IT Professional looking to learn more about how SharePoint, this postis for you.

Click here to view the complete listof the informative links.

A SharePoint Saturday on Monday #SPConfRU(Via Ilia Sotnikov)

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"It was a very pleasant and unusual experience for me this week to speak at the SharePoint Conference Russia – 2011. The conference was awesome and the crowd was much more interested in SharePoint than I was expecting. My session was the last before conference wrap up, and we stayed for almost half hour after the session for Q&A! The biggest challenge for me – surprisingly – was to keep speaking Russian, and not switch to English completely when using all the SharePoint terminology."

Click here for the complete blog post.

Data Storage Changes for SharePoint 2010 (Via SharePoint Team Blog)

Extrat from the original post "Today we are announcing two related changes to the way we describe data storage in SharePoint. First, by taking advantage of performance and reliability improvements in SP1 and by defining specific requirements for large data storage in SharePoint, Microsoft is able to increase the supported limits for data storage in SharePoint.

Additionally, we are announcing that the SQL Server FILESTREAM RBS provider is now supported for use with SharePoint so that lower cost iSCSI connected NAS disk can be used. This post outlines the new data storage support limits and guidelines for scaling to those limits and it defines RBS including the new FILESTREAM RBS provider."

For complete post feel free to click here.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

SharePoint ROI (Via Michael )

Extracted from the original post "In this post I decided to summarise all finding that can be helpful to estimate the ROI of SharePoint and understand the true cost of that can be summarised as following

Server software
Virus protection & Backup
Hardware and Infrastructure
that is separated across the following categories

Hard ROI (tangible outcome) - the cost savings that will result
Soft ROI (less tangible outcome) – efficiency improvements
Risk Mitigation
that will allow to"

Click here for the complete blog post.

SharePoint 2010 Upgrade Key Resources (Via joeloleson)

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"Official SharePoint 2010 Upgrade Resource Centers

SharePoint 2010 Upgrade Resource Center – MSDN.
Upgrade and migration resource center for SharePoint Foundation 2010 - TechNet
Upgrade and migration resource center for SharePoint Server 2010 - TechNe

Unofficial 2010 Wiki Site Focused Exclusively on Upgrade - Great Design!

SharePointUpgrade.com - Community driven wiki based upgrade resources

SharePoint Joel's Recent Blog Posts Drill Down into SharePoint 2010 Upgrade Insights

PreUpgradeCheck Drill Down - A detailed look at the PreUpgradeCheck command and its reporting and best practices insights you should be using today
How to Remove Corrupted SharePoint Sites Webs and Lists including Orphaned sites - SP2 enhancements provide make removing corrupt sites and identifying sites much better
What Happened to Gradual Upgrade? - A look at how visual upgrade provides what you had with gradual upgrade"

For complete post click here.

Announcing InfoPath 2010 and SharePoint Designer 2010 No-Code Workflow Training for SharePoint 2010(Via SharePoint Solutions)

Extract from the original post "The business process automation capabilities of SharePoint 2010 (all editions) are fast becoming some of its most popular features. Streamlined business processes reduce labor and supply costs dramatically and improve both efficiency and office morale. It is rare to find one element that can make such a huge impact on a workplace environment."

For complete post click here.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Just another Don't Do this when Developing SharePoint Blog Post - IT IS NEEDED!(Via WithinSharePoint)

Ok, you hear over and over and over again, don't do this, don't do that when developing SharePoint. But it seems that not too many people listen to all that wonderful best practice guidance. This code has so many bad components to it was unbelievable. Every SharePoint rule was broken. There were so many broken things that we couldn't fix them all, so we focused on the most important and visible items.

Maarten has done a great job of summarizing all the things we had to do to fix this code. Check out his blog.

SharePoint 2010 and NKOTB (Via Alan Pelz-Sharpe)

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"It's been a crazy month with most of my time spent either with subscription customers or at conferences.

It's during these periods that I'm challenged the most, and learn the most. In other words, though I don't want this level of craziness in my life to be a constant, these periods of time are also extremely productive.

For example, over the past few weeks I have been seriously challenged to revisit and reassess my views around SharePoint. As an analyst it is all too easy to fall into the trap of studying a topic, coming to a conclusion (hopefully the right one) and then sticking with that conclusion. Time and the steady pace of progress eventually change everything, and SharePoint is no different in this regard.

It's been my observation that the entire SharePoint community is adjusting to a new reality, and that the thrill has gone. SharePoint is a huge business and will remain so for many years to come. There is no doubt about that. But the rampant excitement that we witnessed in the channel (reseller) community a couple of years ago has simmered down. The reality that there are fewer and fewer greenfield sites (organizations with no SharePoint presence) -- and that buyers of SharePoint are now trying to figure out what to do with it -- is hitting hard."
For complete post click here.

How to automatically populate metadata fields in SharePoint using the PINGAR API (Via Alyona Medelyan)

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"Extracting metadata using PINGAR API

Metadata, by definition, is "data about data". Metadata of a document can be its author, format, creation date and location -- all relatively simple to determine. It can also be information about the document's content such as tags, keywords and taxonomy entries, or names of mentioned people, organizations and locations. This kind of metadata helps greatly when narrowing down the search results, however it requires much effort when entering it by hand. This is where PINGAR's natural language processing technology comes in..."

Read complete blog post here.

Friday, August 12, 2011

SharePoint Got Talent - Winning performances

"SharePoint Got Talent" was a wonderful event that lived up to its hype. Following are the winning performances. Remaining clips of the event will be uploaded on Saturday.

Marcy Kellar Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifYNlOrOFeU
Marcy Kellar Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CP4uUHIa3qU
Marcy Kellar Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAP92D6VMww

Tiffany Songvilay Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzgYVwuJiEc
Tiffany Songvilay Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSmvhWPeEYU

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SharePoint Saturday Conference in full swing - Photos

Kanwal Khipple giving practical tips on SharePoint adoption

SharePoint MVP Kanwal Khipple presenting at SharePoint Saturday conference

Here is a video clip of SharePoint MVP Kanwal Khipple giving a presentation on SharePoint in SharePoint Saturday Conference in DC on Aug 12 2011


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SharePoint Saturday - video clip: Steve Fox delivering keynote session

Here is the link:


Steve Fox delivering keynote on Aug 12 2011

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Enjoying SharePoint Saturday Conference in DC

If you are in the area and are not attending this conference then you are really missing a good opportunity to learn something new and to meet and befriend new exciting people. It's a beautiful day today. There are hundreds of sessions to choose from. Rooms are full. It's so encouraging to see SharePoint community growing. SharePoint Saturday used to host 200 attendees at one time. Now it's more than 1200 attendees. Wow!
Visit site http://spstc.org for more information
Follow me on twitter @walisystems to see pictures of different sessions and speakers.
If you cannot join today, join tomorrow. It's holiday. There are lots of informative sessions tomorrow.
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Thursday, August 11, 2011

New Content Database and RBS Sizing Guidance (Via Russ)

Extract from the original post “I was eagerly awaiting some new content database and RBS storage guidance that I had heard was coming from Microsoft. Of course, they managed to release the new info when I was out on vacation. Then I had planned on transferring my blog to a new hosting provider and didn’t want to put out any new posts using the old system.

So yes, this post is a little late and I’m sure half of the planet has already blogged about this, but since storage and RBS are something that I’ve talked a lot about, I feel like I need to add my 2 cents to this one. What am I talking about? I’m glad you asked…

The Microsoft SharePoint Team blog has published some new guidance regarding supported content database sizes. The provide a summary of the changes and some nice background info in this blog postwhere they did a VERY good job highlighting the changes and pointing you to the new supported limit statements referenced in TechNet. So in the sections below, I want to just mention a couple of things related to the new guidance.

For complete blog post view Russ’s blog here.

Final thoughts on creating a SharePoint blog (Via Maurice Prather )

Great deal of information about sharepoint blogs in a FAQs form like

· Can you format DataViewWebParts without FP2003?

· What about search functionality?

· How did you create the Recent Referrers list?

And many more. Want t read the complete blog post…… Click here.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Keeping track of versions when content changes often (Via Getthepoint)

If your documents and list items often go through multiple revisions – or if it’s hard to keep up with who changed what – then you might consider using versioning in SharePoint.

For example, suppose a document has been reviewed and edited by numerous people, and you notice that a phrase was changed unexpectedly. You need to find out who made the change, so you can understand why the change was made and make sure it’s correct. With versioning, you can see a list of the changes and the version history.

For complete blog post click here.

Continuous Integration for SharePoint 2010 (Via Mike Morton)

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This is the initial post in a multi-part series that will cover implementing Continuous Integration for SharePoint 2010 using Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010. The series will cover in detail how to set up TFS, configure the build process, deploy the solution packages (.wsp), run tests as part of an automated build, and more.

This series is a team effort - Chris O’Brien, Kirk Evans, Saaid Khan, and I will all be involved in bringing you a set of step-by-step, in-depth articles to help you make continuous integration a part of your SharePoint development strategy.

Please click here to read the complete post.

SharePoint Saturday Conference (Via Girish Raja)

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SharePoint Saturday - The Conference” is coming up next week in the DC area and I’ll be there presenting a few sessions and we’re also hosting an amazing workshop that you don’t want to miss. First off here are some details about the conference

When: Thursday, August 11 – Saturday, August 13, 2011 8 am – 6 pm
Where: Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus, Annandale, VA
Website: http://www.spstc.org

SharePoint & Windows Azure Workshop

As part of the conference, we’ll be holding a one-day workshop on August 11th covering one of my favorite topic - SharePoint & Windows Azure Integration. You can register for the workshop here: http://calendar.activedatax.com/spsdc/EventRegistration.aspx?Rid=2778&Iid=9535&Frm and there is no additional cost for the workshop.

This action packed workshop will include presentations, demos and hands-on lab content walking through various aspects of integrating SharePoint 2010 and Windows Azure together. Please bring your laptop for this workshop to run through various hands-on lab materials. We’ll provide you credentials for a remote virtual machine to run thru the labs. You’ll also receive a free Windows Azure account (no credit card required) to help you develop Windows Azure applications while at the workshop.

Complete post here.

SharePoint Saturday Conference

I am attending SharePoint Saturday Conference this weekend. If you have not registered yet, do it now. Many workshops will be conducted on Thursday. There are hundreds of informational sessions that you can choose from.

When: Thursday, August 11 – Saturday, August 13, 2011 8 am – 6 pm
Where: Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus, Annandale, VA
Website: http://www.spstc.org

Twitter hashtag: #spstcdc

If you are not attending the conference, you may want to follow me on twitter to stay up-to-date about the conference proceedings.

My Twitter ID: @walisystems

Monday, August 8, 2011

sharepoint interview questions and answers (Via Amol Ghuge)

Amol have presented answersto the FAQs about the SharePoint. Great! Post contaning huge amount of usefu information in it.

Please feel free to read complete post here.