Archive for the ‘Sharepoint General’ Category

The 2017 Update

February 6, 2017

It’s been a few years since I updated my blog. Not to say I’ve moved away from Microsoft technologies, no no, far from that, I am more engrossed with SharePoint 2013 on prem.

Learnings from the last few years:

  • Powershell (who would have thought that so much automation can be achieved with such a tiny shell!)
  • KQL – SharePoint search schema.
  • CSOM/JSOM – Incredible leaps and bounds into further customisation.

Latest development I have been creating includes customising a world map using SVG, HTML, CSS, Result Web Parts, Display Templates (the list goes on and on and on!)

Have attended many bootcamps, kept in touch with the loads of architects and professionals in the Microsoft sphere, to old faces and new.. Uzma is back on the blogging scene!



SharePoint 2013 – content by search webpart

May 24, 2013

Over the last few weeks I have got to know a small element of SharePoint 2013. Despite the normal banging my head on the table situation, it is by far a really good product.

The Content By Search webpart is by far the best feature for me so far. It changes the prospective of using multiple views to personalise content to something a lot more simpler.

If you have been a designer like me and was annoyed with the lack of design view don’t worry. If you know your codes right, there’s always a workaround.

information is not knowledge. Knowledge comes from experience.

SharePoint Evo Conference 2013

April 16, 2013

A big thank you to Combined Knowledge and partners that have organised this years conference. Day 2 is over and had a great time learning the quirks that come along SP 2013

I am going to live and breathe SharePoint 2013 in my new role so I will post any useful tid bits here.


Office 365 and SharePoint Online

July 14, 2011

Office 365 was released as an office hosted Microsoft solution, encompassing Microsoft Exchagne, Professional Plus, Lync and SharePoint 2010. This is the BPOS replacement and is worth upgrading your existing solution or see what is on offer .

I have been using the SharePoint Beta release for a while, it’s an easy, simple collaboration piece of software. Pricing wise, it will save your business stacks of money, no server administrator, no backup team to call on, Microsoft deal with this all.

The snag, you’ll need a Microsoft partner to purchase the product. If you’re interested in the Office 365. Also, the pricing can be confusing.

Check the site: for more information or.. contact me ( and I’ll assist you with your perfect plan!

Compare Microsoft 2007 Versions

October 27, 2009

Came across this excellent post with integrates version history in SharePoint with Microsoft Office 2007.

If you want to compare two different versions you can do it straight from Word. See:

SharePoint 2010

October 22, 2009

Jeff Taper, Corporate Vice President, SharePoint Server, Microsoft has released incredibly exciting news about SharePoint at this years conference.

For further information, please visit the team blog.

General SharePoint Update

July 23, 2009

Had a hiatus, now back with a an important SharePoint update.

A Technical sneak peek of SharePoint 2010 is now available on the official Microsoft website.

What impresses me the most is the page editor, far more superior than what we have on 2007.

Please note, specific hardware is required in the new 2010 version.

  • SharePoint Server 2010 will require 64-bit Windows Server 2008 or 64-bit Windows Server 2008 R2.
  • SharePoint Server 2010 will require 64-bit SQL Server 2008 or 64-bit SQL Server 2005
  • I have been busy working on SharePoint and CRM Dynamics 4.0 interactions. I have mastered the art of CRM workflows (if you need any help, contact me) so will update some tips soon.

    Office SP2 Roll Out on 28 April 2009

    April 27, 2009

    Straight from the SP Team Blog:

    Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 due to ship April 28th

    Office Service Pack team announced Service Pack 2 for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 would be available on April 28th. It provides many fixes and performance improvements, as well as some new features. Also with the new service pack, Internet Explorer 8 will be added into browser support matrix as level one, and Firefox 2.0 and 3.0 as level two. We recommend every customer to start planning their patch window to apply this service pack. Please look out for more details on April 28th.

    I would recommend that you deploy this on your dev machines to see if there are any potential issues. Keep your eyes peeled in the blogs so that you know what to expect with this new patch.

    Microsoft SharePoint “14” is now Microsoft SharePoint 2010

    April 16, 2009

    Good news! SharePoint will not be called MOSS or any other acronym, SharePoint will just be SharePoint.

    Here’s what Tom Rizzo, Sr. Director at Microsoft had to say about this.

    Microsoft SharePoint “14” is now Microsoft SharePoint 2010

    You have probably seen the news announcement today where we announced the public beta for the new Microsoft Exchange Server 2010. As part of that announcement, we also talked about some of the names for the “14” wave of products including Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. I wanted to answer some questions that I think will inevitably pop to the top of your mind:

    What happened to the Office piece of the name? We love MOSS. . . .

    The first thing you’ll notice is that the MOSS acronym goes away with the new name since Office is no longer in the SharePoint official name. No one should worry that SharePoint doesn’t work great with Office 2010 since we removed Office from the name, just like people didn’t worry whether SharePoint was a great portal product when we removed Portal from the 2007 name.

    The primary reason why we took Office out of the name – lots of folks associate the name Office with the Office client. We wanted to take the opportunity to reestablish the Office name and brand to be synonymous with the client suite. I say “Give the people what they Want” so everyone should immediately think of Microsoft Office = Office apps.

    Don’t try to acronym Microsoft SharePoint Server to MSS since MSS is already taken by Microsoft Search Server. Just remember, SharePoint is SharePoint is SharePoint.

    What about Windows SharePoint Services?

    When you read through the announcement, you may be wondering what happened to Windows SharePoint Services. While we didn’t announcement anything new for WSS, and I want to assure you that we’re definitely working on a new v4 version of the product. It’s too early to drill into any of the details but WSS is getting a lot of new features and will be a great release. We’ll talk more about WSS at a later date.

    So, what was announced?

    Here are my key takeaways from the interview with Chris Capossela:

    • Exchange 2010 will lead the way for the 2010 (previously referred by its codename “14”) wave of technologies and it will be available in the second half of 2009. You can download a beta today.

    • Using Office Web applications, customers will be able to create, edit and collaborate on Office documents through a browser.

    • IT professionals will be able to choose to either deploy and manage on-premises or hosted as a service.

    • For developers, we are working on Open APIs, deep support for industry standards and developer tool support with Visual Studio 2010.

    You can read the entire interview here.

    Thomas Rizzo
    Sr. Director


    Lessons Learned from VMWare – SharePoint Stand Alone Machine

    March 26, 2009

    Main points when you’re starting a VM using an ESX server, SharePoint 2007 WILL NOT INSTALL if it does not have at least 1GB memory allocated to it.

    It will fail over step 8 of 12 in the Configuration Wizard.

    If you get an error stating that “failed to create sample data”, you need to update Component Services.

    To do this, configure the security settings for the Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator (DTC) to use the Allow Remote Clients setting. To do this, follow these steps:

    1. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Component Services.
    2. In the left pane of the Component Services snap-in, expand Component Services, and then expand Computers.
    3. Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
    4. Click the MSDTC tab, and then click Security Configuration under Transaction Configuration.
    5. Under Security Settings, click to select the Network DTC Access check box, if it is not already selected. Then, click to select the Allow Remote Clients check box
    6. Click OK.
    7. When you receive the message that states that the DTC service will be stopped and restarted, click Yes to confirm that you want to continue.
    8. Click OK when you receive the message that the DTC service was restarted.
    9. Click OK

    I would recommend that you install SQL Server 2005 as a dedicated server too, the integrated SQL Express 2005 edition may be great for a small demo environment, but if you want to scale it up, it’s a nightmare to deal with.

    Make sure at each step, WS2003 install, SQL Server and SharePoint that you run Windows Update, even in a Development area.

    Alternatively, use Microsoft’s VHD images that they have on offer, at current time of writing, the image is AOK until Jan 2010 if you licence it. See this great blog for more information.

    Toodle pips folks.