Monday, September 13, 2010

SharePoint Dual Feature Bonanza

Microsoft SharePoint 2010 has more social and search features, which are intertwined to create an enticing platform for users. This and more is revealed in the Able Blue blog post “The MOSS Show Interview”, which takes you to The MOSS show site’s interview “Enterprise Social (and Search) in SharePoint 2010”.
The two part podcast interview of Matthew McDermott, who is a Microsoft SharePoint expert and MVP, talks about the new improved social features like improved My Sites, Activity Feed, tagging, rating, managed metadata, taxonomies, and folksonomies in SharePoint 2010. Matthew talks about the importance of having a search strategy, and leverage the search applications by making the search actionable and refined.
SharePoint 2010 can help create a knowledge base that benefit over a long period, and can be shared amongst users. Matthew points out, “What makes SharePoint 2010 special is its ability to gather feedback from people participating in the content consumption,” which enhances the value of the content, making it more important to the enterprise. This is enterprise social, which gains more relevance if “made more findable by tagging and using proper metadata.”
Matthew explains that SharePoint 2010 adds great enterprise social capabilities, and facilitates to integrate third party external applications like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter outside the firewall from SharePoint 2010. These social tools can be used to create a business value. The new SharePoint 2010 allows the internal as well as external URLs in the browser to be tagged, and enables the list of all the tagged URLs to collect on a tag profile page.
The managed metadata store of SharePoint 2010, allows people to create a central repository of data through service applications. There is also a feature to make the data translatable into multi-lingual forms, and even deny the use of tags for various reasons. “Activity feed is a feature through which you get your news or tips of the day by just following the tags,” Matthew reports, “and you get the ability to consume content around the organization.” He believes that this helps the employees to connect with each other, nurture cooperation, and makes them productive by improving the culture of the workplace.
The beauty of SharePoint 2010, as per Matthew McDermott is that users can themselves decide upon the governance of the data, and thus get complete control of this powerful enterprise social platform, with highly developed search techniques.
Now, how expensive is it to maintain a proprietary system that requires hands on fiddling to make work as advertised? The answer to this question is not in the movie. Maybe the sequel?

Designer Tools Top SharePoint Designer 2010

Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer is a freelance journalist and Web design program, Microsoft SharePoint and other web sites. It is part of a SharePoint product family. SharePoint Designer shares its codebase, uI and HTML rendering engine of Microsoft Expression Web, and not rely on Internet Explorer Trident engine, which is less standards compliant. One of the differences of general application, web design, Expression Web, which contains only the SharePoint site-specific models.

SharePoint Designer 2010

April 24, 2010, the latest version of SharePoint Designer was launched, has been appointed the 2010th With SharePoint Designer SharePoint Designer 2010, you can build a full, rich, reusable, process-centric applications on the SharePoint platform, integration external data. SharePoint Designer 2010 makes it possible to build composite applications or configuring the design of components such as data sources, lists, content types, views, forms, workflows, and external typesall content without writing code. In addition, SharePoint Designer 2010 now offers tools for all major components of a SharePoint solution.

The user interface of SharePoint Designer 2010 has been completely redesigned to put SharePoint in SharePoint Designer. Now, all major components of a site or a list of solutions and content types, views and forms, workflow, external data sources and types of content, layout and master pages are easy to find. The new file tab, it is easy to open existing websites or create new sites. You can also open the pages and sites you've recently worked with, and add new components such as lists and workflow for the current site Each site has an introductory page where you can change the settings or manage various aspects of your site. For example, you can now manage permissions directly from the 2010th SharePoint Designer navigation pane, it is easy to find and access all the important components of a site you use to build a solution for the gallery pages make it easy to find and edit some of the important elements of your solution. The band will make you more effective and productive in SharePoint Designer 2010, because the tape surfaces all important functions in the proper context for what youre working. Another new interface for SharePoint Designer 2010 is focused on the surface of all the important components of a SharePoint solution. If you used the folder list in previous versions of SharePoint Designer, you can still have experience of working with files and folders on your site through all files in that view.
It is not just SharePoint Designer 2010th Theres a lot more for SharePoint 2010th Leverage SharePoint Designer and other useful features in SharePoint 2010 hosting, SharePoint or SharePoint Server 2010 Foundation - dedicated hosting or shared with a provider SharePoint 2010.

Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer is a freelance journalist and Web design program, Microsoft SharePoint and other web sites. It is part of a SharePoint product family. SharePoint Designer shares its codebase, uI and HTML rendering engine of Microsoft Expression Web, and not rely on Internet Explorer Trident engine, which is less standards compliant. One of the differences of general application, web design, Expression Web, which contains only the SharePoint site-specific models.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Features and benefits of SharePoint Online

                                                           SHAREPOINT ONLINE

Now more than ever, companies use their employees in a variety of ways, realizing that people who do their work now, not just technology. The preparation of these two important and well understand the need for communication and collaboration solution will enable their companies to work together better and more efficiently. The problem arises when searching for this solution. In the fast moving technology market development occurs at a rapid pace. security needs are increasing and services are reduced manpower, and resources.

This is the solution, Microsoft SharePoint ® Online. SharePoint Online offers companies the tools to ensure that their employees work in an efficient and concerted effort to give them a place to find resources is an organization to find information, manage content and workflow, and provide businesses with information needed to make critical decisions. Based on Office SharePoint Server 2007 This hosted solution allows Microsoft employees to create and manage custom team and project areas targeted for cooperation, and is protected sharing feature. Users will have the flexibility and customization they need to work ingeniously organization. Microsoft deals with the installation, provisioning, and above all the ongoing maintenance and upgrade of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server infrastructure. Allow the department to recover what is most important for your business, driving your business to further their goals.


SharePoint Online uses unnecessary and geographically dispersed data centers. Each data center houses a reliable infrastructure to support the service. SharePoint Online helps simplify IT administration by eliminating a company needs to install, configure, monitor and update / upgrade a collaboration solution on the premises. Since the Microsoft Online Administration Center, service administrators to create new site collections and sites, and provide access to specific users. With SharePoint Online, your business can be operational quickly with the tools your users need to communicate and collaborate effectively.


Many customers are co-existing platforms or earlier versions of SharePoint Server. Working with our partners, Microsoft can help develop a strategy for transition to SharePoint Online.


  • Shared document and meeting workspaces
  • Content management features for documents and Web content
  • Document libraries with version control
  • Seamless integration with Microsoft Office 2007 and Office SharePoint Designer
  • Standard templates including wikis, blogs, and surveys
  • E-mail alerts when documents or other items have been changed or added to a site
  • RSS feeds for SharePoint libraries and lists
  • Low-cost user licenses for "deskless workers" who use a PC on a limited basis
  • Language support for English, French, German, Spanish, and Japanese
  • Use of HTTPS to help keep Internet access secure
  • Antivirus scanning with Microsoft Forefront™ Security for SharePoint
  • Sign In application that provides single sign-on capability
  • 99.9% scheduled uptime with financially backed Service Level Agreements
  • Web form and 24/7 phone-based Tier 2 support for IT administrators 

What are the new link to download the SDK for SharePoint 2010

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Linked servers in SQL Server

It is a different field, I want to focus more. What is this?? linked server ..................

 Access to the resource in another server can be done using linked server. Since I am buying a server named "ServerA" and I would take some data on the remote server named ServerB". In this case, we need to create a linked server. We have a situation associated with the server is "ServerB"

Let's see, How to link it? How to access the data?

Goto SSMS-> Your DB Server-> Server Objects-> Linked Server->Create new Linked Server
You will get a message box to type your Linked server. You need to provide the servername.

Specify whether the SQL Server or not. If SQL Server, to provide the information necessary for connection.

The second window is authentication, you need to specify the credentials used to access the Linked Server.

The third window specifies the options to be provided for the Linked server. If everything is good. Click "Ok" button.

                                              Now, your Linked Server is created.

Now you see listed in the catalogs of the linked server.

Now, am trying to access the Linked Server's table,


Awesome, am able to see my data.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

How good is SharePoint as a Document Management System? - response

This is in response to “How good is SharePoint as Document Management System?” by Toni Frankola. In the post, Toni scored SharePoint’s Document Management (DM) capabilities on a 5-star scale using the following criteria:

·                     Metadata – 5 stars
·                     Integration - 3stars
·                     Capture – 1 star
·                     Indexing – 5 stars
·                     Storage – 3 stars
·                     Retrieval – 3.5 stars
·                     Security – 3 stars
·                     Workflow – 4 stars
·                     Collaboration – 4 stars
·                     Versioning – 4.5 stars
SharePoint Document Management Needs Multi-file Documents
I liked the post overall and agreed with most of the ratings. However, I would lower SharePoint's marks for versioning, workflow, and security. The reason is that SharePoint supports only single-file documents. I.e. a logical document is stored as a single file in SharePoint. In order for SharePoint to truly excel as a DM system, SharePoint needs to support multi-file documents. When I say "multi-file" document, I mean something like a compound document or virtual document. Yes, SharePoint Server 2010 has document sets, but they are more like the SharePoint version of Office Briefcase rather than true multi-file documents.
SharePoint’s Single-file Document Limitation
SharePoint’s single-file document limitation manifests itself in these ways:
Versioning: The version information is not very granular. You can only tell when the entire document has changed, but you can not tell which part of the document has changed. For example, your 3-person team is creating a proposal with introduction, technical approach, and pricing sections. The entire proposal has 100 versions over its lifespan. How can you tell when the pricing section was changed without going through each version? The difficulty clearly stems from the fact that SharePoint stores the entire proposal document as a single file. If the proposal were stored as a compound or virtual document with the pricing section as a separate file, it would be very easy to see exactly when the section were changed and by whom independently of the entire proposal's version history. Let me reiterate that the proposal document is logically a single document not a set of documents grouped together, so it is not quite right to represent the proposal document as a document set.
Workflow: To extend the example of the proposal document, the 3-person team has grown to a 6-person team, with different members focusing on different aspects of the proposal. The proposal is about 400 pages now, and the team has just published a major version. The approval workflow takes a long time, because the approval workflow can only be run at the granularity of the entire proposal document. That means that there are lots of reviewers for each workflow, even when the section in which a particular reviewer is interested has not changed since the last time the approval workflow was run (see above comment on versioning). This means that the reviewer is wasting his/her time needlessly looking over a 400-page document. Additionally since the workflow is running at the scope of the entire 400-page proposal, it is difficult to focus the reviewers' comments on particular sections or even to make it clear to the reviewers which sections have actually changed since the last review. If each section were a separate file, you could easily run smaller, focused workflows on just the sections that have significant changes, before running one final workflow on the completed proposal.
Security: Extending the example of the proposal even further, let's say you now have two sub contractors helping to create the proposal. You want the subs to help create portions of the technical approach. However, you do not want either of the subs to see the other’s work as it contains competitive information. Further, you don't want either of the subs to see the pricing section, since that contains your markup over their rates. There is no way to give each sub contractor access to their proper proposal sections without also granting them access to the entire proposal, as all of the sections are stored in the same file. A content manager couldeasily secure each section of the proposal individually if the proposal were stored in a multi-file format.
What else can Multi-file Documents Do?
These are just some quick notes. We have a white paper that talks about many usage scenarios made possible with multi-file documents here:

Microsoft Silverlight 4 and SharePoint 2010 Integration (book review)

SharePoint 2010 comes with native support for Silverlight allows you to create rich Internet applications (RIA) is easier and faster. And while Silverlight has been around for some years more to develop RIA Silverlight in SharePoint 2010. While you could use the classic - the approach of Web services based on SharePoint 2010 comes with the Silverlight object model that makes it easy to work with data in SharePoint Silverlight applications

Microsoft Silverlight and SharePoint 2010 Integration four book covers the basics of developing Silverlight applications in SharePoint 2010 platform. The book begins with an overview of what Silverlight is and what the integration capabilities provided by SharePoint 2010 is as follows: it is all supported with easy to follow samples. Over the next few chapters of the book deals with the integration capabilities in more detail and focus on different parts such as Silverlight Object Model, Business Connectivity Services (BCS) and SharePoint Data Services.

Although the book targets developers who have previous SharePoint experience it provides in-depth explanation of new capabilities of SharePoint 2010, so if you haven’t done that much with the newest version of SharePoint, you won’t feel lost. The detailed explanation of different pieces of the sample solutions makes it easy to learn from the examples and the clear chapter structure makes it possible to skip the pieces that you are already familiar with.

Since the book covers basic SharePoint and Silverlight development is not really suitable for beginner developers. Have an understanding of the impact of development on both platforms, display, before you start reading this book. 4 On the other hand, Microsoft Silverlight and SharePoint integration, the book covers advanced topics such as removing data from the user interface level or to discuss the distribution capabilities Various Silverlight applications in SharePoint 2010, and when to use which is what that the book does not make much developers. In fact, it is a book that provides an overview of the average level of how you can use Silverlight4 to create four RIA SharePoint in early 2010.

Microsoft Silverlight4 and SharePoint 2010 Integration is an interesting and readable book that explains the new features of SharePoint 2010 to create rich Internet applications using Silverlight in April. It provides insight into both SharePoint 2010 and Silverlight in April and is a good starting point to explore more advanced topics RIA. If you are interested in taking advantage of Silverlight to create rich applications on the SharePoint platform in 2010 but have not done much with Silverlight, however, is a book to read.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

VSeWSS:CTP of Visual Studio 2008 extensions for SharePoint v1.3

Finaly! A version 64-bit of  VS 2008 Extensions for SharePoint is out, in a form of a CTP. Yes, that means we can now develop on x64 servers as well :)
CTP 1.3 brings some new features as well:

It can be installed on computers running SharePoint Server x64 x64 OS. Previously, only single x86 server could be used.

building separate commands for the package, deploy and retract is added

The command line build together and take control is continuous integration and build servers. Old command line build SharePoint projects have been very difficult

refactoring support to rename Web Parts. Earlier rename a web part changes needed in several files in the project

See WSP improvements in the consistency of the delete function, functions merge and add event sinks for the characteristics

Solution Generator to create solutions to publish the sites now. Previously, only sites on a regular basis can be achieved

BIN allow partial trust deployment of Web Parts. CAS settings must still be provided by the developer.

new product design project SharePoint Root File itemsr.

The deployment now delete any existing functions in the contradictory development server before redistribution. Previously, the function name conflicts occur error

Auxiliary gatherings such as business logic can now be added to the solution SharePoint WSP

Hidden Features in the proposed definition of site is now shown in WSP View. They are no longer hidden

For advanced users a quick insert is included to update the compiled assembly on SharePoint Development Setup

The User Guide is now installed with the extensions instead of being a separate download

The final release of VSeWSS 1.3 is planned for the North American Spring of 2009.
You can download CTP from Microsoft Connect: