• 18 Ways to Be a Team Member Other People Want to Work With

    This list began by reading a few articles about being a great leader and while thinking those may be great leadership qualities they are also great people qualities, team member skills, people we all want to work with traits.  We’ve all been on teams, if you haven’t you were on a team and didn’t know it, or you will someday.  It’s the number three guarantee of life, you will be on a team, it’s right up there with death and taxes.  Some teams are way more fun to be on than others, what makes those teams more fun.  Some might say it’s what you’re working on and to a certain degree that’s true, but I’ve done some nasty jobs and really enjoyed the team I was on.  It’s the people.  The people are what make a team and ultimately the work you do an enjoyable experience.  But it’s not just ...

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  • Speedtest from DC office

    So I got on this kick about testing bandwidth to various points around the world and thought I'd set up a speedtest from my DC office so others could test.  I pay for 100Mbs Down and 20Mbs up and I get about 110Mbs down and about 22Mbs up to a testing site 6 miles away.

     

    Run the test and leave your results in the comments.

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  • Is it so wrong to seed your GUID?

    I don’t know how wrong it is to seed your GUID.  But I did it just for fun and here it is http://wildwires.com/Products/GUID.aspx

    I got tired of looking at impersonal GUIDs and I wanted something familiar to look at.  I thought I wonder what if I high jacked a few of those characters for my self.  So I grabbed the first 16, there are 32 in all.  The first 16 I can put in just about anything I want.  The last 16 is the number of seconds since my birth.  So if someone has the first 16 characters and me and at the same exact second in there life as me creates a guid,  well then I guess we’ll have a duplicate.

    On the upside, I can get an understanding of what it is I’m looking at and hopefully I’ll be able to do my work faster.  I was making ...

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  • Finding Every Server That Has SharePoint Installed

    For whatever reason SharePoint teams sites tend to popup all over the network.  Somehow marketing gets a server. Marketing then installs SharePoint on it themselves.  Marketing becomes dependent on the data SharePoint houses.  This usually underpowered and fault intolerant server crashes and burns.  The data is lost.  Orgnaization suffers.

    This is just one senerio, but there are many reasons why you don’t want SharePoint weeds in your network.  Licensing.  The “What did you know and when did you know it factor” to name a few.  @buckleyPlanet posted a microblog on twitter.

    “Are there any community/3rd party replacements for the #SharePoint Asset Inventory Tool?” was the entire post that started me thinking about all that.  At the time I had totally forgotten about this tool.  Apparently it’s gone.  I don’t know why, but the links I got to give me a 403.  It could be misplaced or removed without notice.  ...

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  • Experiences with my SharePoint development farm

    So I’ve been building out a new development farm and trying a few things out on it here and there.   I’ve experimented with the dynamic ram in Hyper-v.  The database server got so messed up he didn’t even know he was running sql.  I set it back to a static amount, rebooted and all was right with the world.  I had two web front ends and the surprise there was both web front ends have to be up if you want the .wsp solution to install correctly.  I spent all my time today getting bginfo set up just the way I wanted it.  I guess the first thing to do is describe my environment.

    First off I had to make a choice between Hyper-V and VMware.  At the time I built the host my client was mostly using Hyper-V, or so I was told.  It turned out later that they ...

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  • Cheap office 365 pricing

    Alls you gotta do is . . . .

    Become a registered partner or higher, then from there join online services as a competency and then cloud services and you get office 365 free for a year and then it's half price after that if you don't meet the sales quota.

     

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  • When certificates have fallen and can’t get up.

    When upgrading to windows server 2008 R2 from sans R2 the Security Token Service loses its self-generated certificates and an error “The requested service, 'http://localhost:32843/SecurityTokenServiceApplication/securitytoken.svc' could not be activated.”  The resolution is simple enough.  Re-Provision the Token Service.  This seems like a popular way to fix a lot of things in SharePoint 2010.  Something’s broken?  Recreate the service application.  Jon in support was awesome he gave me a nice little PowerShell script.

    $sts = Get-SPServiceApplication | where {$_.name -like "*token*"}
    $sts.provision()

    All this does is find service application with the name token in it and then it provisions it.  Simple enough but took forever to figure out.

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  • Slow People Picker

    So maybe you have a slow people picker?  We did.  The network guy said “Let’s check which ports are being blocked.”  I thought “well, it’s working so I don’t know what good that’s going to do?  It’s just super slow.” but I bit my tongue and went through the motions.

    We saw that port 3268 was being blocked from SharePoint servers to AD.  We unblocked it and the people picker ran like the wind.  I was amazed.  Now that we knew the port number things became easier to find.  First thing I did was tweet about it.  Then we went and did some research.

    Our infrastructure was a little weird, they are . . . let’s say, firewall friendly.  Between the 3 servers in the SharePoint farm there are 3 firewalls and then between all that and AD there’s one going out and one before active directory.  The outbound firewall ...

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  • Google Wave RIP

    So Google officially came out and killed Wave.  Here is yet another technology that I've learned that has one away.  They claimed adoption, frankly I was waiting for it's release!  I was planning on speaking about it at the SPEVO conference in London, but I got volcanoed out but I was going to switch topics anyways. 

    Some of the problems stem from the browser war.  Chrome loosely interpreted an HTML tag while IE strictly interpreted it.  This meant that worked in chrome and not IE.  So that kind of killed the whole Google wave to SharePoint integration.  Another thing that got worse was they playback.  It sometimes got out sequence and didn't playback character for character like they promised.  In the beginning it was great because it was different by providing the user with the context of time.  Towards the end it was just another forum or discussion board. 

    It's really too bad ...

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  • Functions Used In Calculated Columns In SharePoint Lists

    A question that I've had on the back burner for quite some time is what are the functions in SharePoint calculated columns.  I've taken a cursoury look here and there and never found the answer.  I've recently been passing direct messages via twitter to AndrewClark, @sharepointac, and he sent me a message that had the answer I've been looking for http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointtechnology/CH011711171033.aspx 

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