• Content Management

    At the conference last week one of the more interesting topics was Content Management Server.  I thought for sure the migration technique was going to be cut and paste your way to a successful migration.  On the surface it's really pretty good.  My site is in MCMS and I hope to migrate it.  I am using host named headers so I have to do a little research there.  apparently it's not that big of a deal but there is a little rain dance that you have to do before hand.

    Essentially what happens is the content in the content management server database is moved over to SharePoint.  Then you have to modify your templates again.  Most implementations that I've seen only have a few template and I do mean like three to five.  There are some things that don't migrate well, like connected pages.  For the most part it's way ...

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  • Office and Forms Authentication

    Because SharePoint 2007 is built on ASP.NET 2.0 we get a new wonderful feature and that's forms authentication.  Actually I think it might be more than just the idea that it's built on top of ASP.NET 2.0, it's probably because the team realized what a cool feature this would be to have for extranet and internet solutions.  In my opinion this is going to help SharePoint become a development platform.  Now if it just doesn't get priced at some astronomical figure I'll be really happy.  There are some drawbacks though.

    I think SSO breaks completely, but I haven't looked into any work arounds at all.  Search technically breaks, but there is a work around for it.  Basically you have to have two site that point to the same content.  One site uses forms authentication while the index server uses the integrated secure URL.  From what I was told search is ...

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  • SharePoint Conference 2006 has come to a close

    Ok so the conference is over and it was a great experience.  It was actually over yesterday but due to a friend of mine I was able to get in today.  It's amazing how quickly these events get torn down.  Now they are ripping up tape, bundling up cords, removing table cloths and folding up tables.  In a matter of minutes I'll be asked for the chair that I'm sitting in and you won't even know there was a Migration Planning Workshop here today.  I have an entire notepad of notes.  Not one blank page.  That's pretty amazing,  I've never been to a conference where I get more than 5 pages of notes.  Over tonight and the weekend I'm going to try to compile them into blog posts, on the appropriate days.  It seems like there something unethical about back dating a blog post, but I'm going to do it ...

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  • The first day of SharePoint conference 2006

    What a treat today was.

    By my calculations today's keynote was at least a $1.75 million value.  Someone told me they added up all the money that Mr. Gates sold over the last 2 years and it came out to being something like 7 billion.  The equation looks something like 7 Billion / 2 years / 2000 hours roughly in a year.  Mr. Gates was there for about an hour and I have to say that he does much better impromptu than he does with a regular speech.  Watching him field questions was amazing.  I've worked for lots of companies in a lot of places and I've not know anyone who knows the details of their business as well as he does.  I've often wondered how much minutia does this guy know?  How much does he really do?  I have the feeling he knows and does a lot.  I didn't ...

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  • What's up with that biological clock

    I went to bed at almost 2 am and woke up at 6:30 am.  What a drag.   I couldn't sleep anymore because my eyeballs wouldn't stay shut!  It did give me a chance to catch up on some email and and IM with a friend of mine who is preparing for a presentation.  Yesterday when I got back to my hotel I went through all my notes and blogged about what I had seen and could remember for the day.  There was a lot of stuff, I learned in one day.  Most of this stuff is 100 level type stuff for now but that's fine,  I've never seen some of these features before.  This morning I'm still enamored with wiki's blogs and rss.  I'm all inspired to put up a SharePoint community site mostly a wiki and maybe a blog.  There's already a site dedicated to SharePoint blogs they ...

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  • First day on into the first morning

    So the first day was registration and hand on lab.  I was the first one to register!  The folks inside were laughing at me because I was sitting out side at 4:30 and registration didn't start until 6:00.  They let me in around 5 pm.  I think mostly because they felt sorry for me, but that's fine I'll take it.  I completed 2 labs and reviewed several others while talking to the fella's next to me.  It was a fairly interesting conversation comparing notes of impressive problems that we've run up against.  One guy works with notes and the other was an implementer in Canada.  I'll probably run into them again.  I'm not sure how many people are here, at this point I'm guessing less than 1000?  I'm sure there will be more people who came in during the night and early morning.

    During my connection I asked my wife ...

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  • Swapping Images in InfoPath

    I'm using InfoPath a little more for this one particular project.  It's very interesting because the project is disconnected for the most part.  We are using InfoPath and satellite phones to communicate a ship's status back to the corporate offices.  I ran into a problem that caused me quite a bit of trouble and I wrote about, here’s an excerpt:

    All I wanted to do was swap out images.  I searched high and low and found all kinds of great articles with web services and other nonsense.  But I couldn't find anyplace that would show me how I could just simply swap out an image.  So I thought I'd write a short article on it.
    This is really simple if you don't try to make it too hard.  The Picture Control can either have the source linked or embedded.  The embedded control converts the image to a string and stores ...

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  • Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2006 Invitation

    About a month ago I learned of an invitation only SharePoint conference.  I guess if someone puts up a fence I gotta be on the other side of it.  I immediately put out my feelers to get my self invited.  I spoke to everyone I could think of from partners to pontificators. Well I learned that it was full with a sizable waiting list to which I was added.   I had already made plans for the 18th to speak at .NET Miami Users Group and figured I wouldn't get accepted.  So I just went back to work on my presentation.

    Around Wednesday of last week I was told that I was tentatively invited.  Great news.  So I called Alex and let him know and I started working on a replacement.  Duray Akar. Duray invited me to work on a project with him, SharePoint123.  He's real knowledgeable, so I ...

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  • Think Geek

    Ok so I've been awarded a couple of prizes from Community-Credit, and I'm forever wondering.  Where do they get that cool stupid crap at?  Ok, so let me first say that I'm fairly banner blind.  I never really noticed that there were Think Geek banners all over the Community-Credit site.  Or even knew what they did.  Until now I never got anything good in life from a banner.  Out of all the  stuff they got on Think Geek I initially ordered some cool stuff that I really need like a crossover adapter.  How cool is that?  An adapter that takes a normal Ethernet cable and turns it into a cross over cable. Sweet!  I don't know when but I'm sure I'll need this some day.  I just hope i have it with me when I do.  The other cool thing I got was a power squid.  This ...

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  • I won 13th Place!

    Well I stayed up until 11:30 last night trying to get my last minute entries into community-credit.  Thanks to my last minute efforts I fell into 13th place. 

    I won a sleeping dog!  As described by the award letter -

    The Sleeping Dog is an outrageous office toy that consists of a fake dog on a little pillow. Everyone who sees the cute little dog lying quietly by your desk will do a double take because it looks so real. Strategically place the dog in your office to startle co-workers and visitors. The Sleeping Dog is a fun office companion that is sure to bring some laughter to your workplace.

    I have a perfect home for it right here in my cube!

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