Monthly Archives: August 2009

More On 2010 – New Screen Shots

Posted by Jim on August 27, 2009
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 Looking through my usual weekly SharePoint Blogs and site I came across the following screen shots showing the updated default UI and its use of Silverlight, cross-browser support and extended API. Ribbon and all in it’s glory what do we have to wait for ? This is going to be an interesting iteration of SharePoint.


Having endured now 2001, 2003, 2007 excitement is running through the Blogs and SharePoint user groups ……….. it’s coming it’s coming! SharePoint 2010’s default UI uses the ribbon UI of office 2007 and 2010, however this is optional and upgrades from legacy master pages and installs will default to the old style. Also they have a preview option for showing what would happen if you enabled the ribbon using your master page layout.


SharePoint 2010 now supports using LINQ without any funky abstraction through the web services natively. Also Visual Studio 2010 is reported to have a visual designer for SharePoint web parts now.



No big surprise that SharePoint 2010 makes use of Silverlight. Silverlight chart control reporting on data within the document library as seen above. I’m sure they will do media streaming as well. A number of Blogs have indicated this to be the case so that’s a new twist for the Office Expression tools.You can define simple color style themes instead of relying on the premade ones that were included in 2003 and 2007. Customization without development time.

More news as it’s released ………….. Stay tune as were off to the races with 2010!


Jim Odom

Office 2010 Inbound When?

Posted by Jim on August 27, 2009
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The “Microsoft Factory” plans to release its Office 2010 software suite in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors, making it the first Office suite to support both versions. As its name suggests, both versions will be available sometime next year. Applications included in Office 14 suite are Word, Excel , Powerpoint, Outlook , Access, InfoPath Designer, InfoPath Filler , Publisher, Groove, InterConnect, SharePoint Designer, OneNote, Visio, and Project.

A new and interesting features of Office 2010 is the addition of a Web-based version of the software. Microsoft announced this feature at its Professional Developer Conference in Los Angeles last September. The company has said there will be a free, ad-supported version. Microsoft is still working out fees for businesses who want a version without ads. A Web-based version would make it possible for Office to run on Linux or the Apple iPhone.

Combined with Windows Vista, Office 2010 is set to push 64-bit onto the masses to support the future plans of SharePoint 64-bit platform 2010 schedueled to enter the market first quarter 2010. Until Office 2010, the suite has only been available in the 32-bit flavor.Theoretically, 64-bit systems can support up to 16.8 million terabytes, though other system limitations make that quantity of RAM unfeasible at the present time. In addition, users who access large databases and spreadsheets as well as those who use multiple programs simultaneously could benefit from the move to 64-bit.The benefits of running Office in a 64-bit environment may not seem very exciting at first, but it could help expedite 64-bit adoption among other vendors. Moving to 64 bits also provides the ability to take advantage of more RAM than the 4GB limit that exists with 32-bit OSes.

Who’s Going to Vegas – Sharepoint 2010

Posted by Jim on August 23, 2009
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SPConf-02Will you be one of the lucky ones to actually see the 2010 beta before it’s released???? Where ……. the 2009 SharePoint Conference October in Vegas! Why is Microsoft waiting for this pivital point to release a product when it’s going to release to retailers first quarter 2010?

Here’s a little session sneak peek to give you taste of what’s coming…

  • A SharePoint 2010 Overview and What’s New
  • How to Upgrading to SharePoint 2010
  • Planning , SharePoint 2010 Capacity and Performance
  • Planning,  SharePoint 2010 Security and Identity Management:
  • Visual Studio 2010 Tools for Office Development
  • SharePoint 2010 Ribbon, ECMAScript and Dialog Framework Development
  • Developing with REST and LINQ in SharePoint 2010
  • Upgrading SharePoint Server 2007 Code to SharePoint 2010
  • Building SharePoint Composite Applications with the Microsoft Application Platform
  • What’s New in Business Connectivity Services (The Business Data Catalog Evolves!)
  • FAST Search for SharePoint – Capabilities Deep-Dive
  • Advanced Dashboard Creation with the all new Performance Point Services for SharePoint 2010
  • Overview of Visio 2010 and Visio Services for SharePoint 2010
  • SharePoint 2010 Web Content Management Deep-Dive

So who’s going ……….. Looks like a good mix of firs timers and a lot of the old timer who go back as far as MS Site Server 1998 (the predecessor to SharePoint) and SharePoint 2001. I think the mix is going to show how far this product has come and without question where the future of Microsoft is going.

Who really needs to go.?Now that’s a question. I think anyone needing to jump start a partnership or a large project would be a good candidate for this 6 day event. Anyone planning a migration in the next 6 months would also be  a good candidate and could gain good traction for a new or existing 2010 deployment.

 James Odom

Office Property Settings – Effects on SharePoint Search?

Posted by Jim on August 22, 2009
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Office Property Settings – Effects on SharePoint Search?

Many organizations fail to miss one of the key factors needed in getting good quality search performance from SharePoint by missing the connection between rules and process of document properties. Particularly during initial migration projects or even long running systems planning, the importance of correct settings can make significant difference in how SharePoint returns the correct search Results.

How to Set up Office 2007 Personalize Setting

In order  to insure documents are being properly saving in a SharePoint environment, use these simple instructions to change your Office Suite setting. These settings will better serve the use of Office 2007 and other office systems.

Note: All documents need to be opened saved and managed in the Office 2007 suite of tools to insure the most effective use of out integrated systems. If you open a Word 2003 document please save it back as a Office 2007 document.

Step 1). Open Microsoft Word (launch the application) on your desktop.



Step 2).  Click the office button at the top left of the Microsoft Word Application to expose the Administrative menu like the following image.



Step 3).

Click on the tab Word Options button located at the very bottom right of the administration dropdown box and shown below.





Step 4).  Note the “User name” Fields at the bottom of the Word Option task panel. This example has the name jodom with no middle initial showing as the “User name”. 


Change the User name to reflect your correct name in the ERS Organization. This example was changed from jodom to James Odom and the middle initial was added.



Step 6).  Click the Ok button and the edit will be complete.


Note: This change will be reflected in all of the Microsoft 2007 tools such as Power Point and Excel.


by James R. Odom

Metadate Migration – Not what you think it is?

Posted by Jim on August 20, 2009
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Recently I was asked to recommend a File Migration tool for a project I was working on. The thrust of the requirement for a tool to migrate centered on the need to move large volumes of old file share information to a new SharePoint 2007 system .  In the migration, the desired effect was to move all of the metadata from the file shares mapping it to the new SharePoint documents.

At the forefront of the migration was an explicit need to insure author and date information be moved from the existing data. This would sound like and easy task for any of the five major migration tools on the market and I began reviewing Quest, Metalogix, AvePoint  Tzunami  tool set.

Three weeks later the reality of the requirements came into focus. Most of the required fields would easily migrate with all of the migration tools. Unfortunately a major issue developed with Author field mapping into the SharePoint Object Model?

As it turns out the Author field in Office suite is designed to be a simple text field and in SharePoint Created and Created by fields (field to map Author to) are Object Model filed variables. The issue then becomes more complicated when you look at the requirements placed on the action of moving information from an author field in MS Word to mapped object field in SharePoint. To better under the issue let look at an example I worked with the Quest File Migration software.

In the word document the Author field was jodom. That was the short Active Directory name for me in the organization. The full AD name was James Odom. As I started using the Quest Mapping tool it was apparent that Author would not just bring over a mapping to crated field of just any text. More discovery revealed that the only thing that can be mapped into SharePoint Author field is an active AD account name properly setup in the Author field of the word document.  

1)      Metadata can only be mapped into these two field is they are existing SharePoint AD accounts

2)      If the name is correctly entered in the Word Document Property fields they will line up in AD

Well at the end of the day this is a discouraging issue. The true intent of mapping is to be able to migrate existing information from the old file share information to the new system. In the case of AD accounts. Old historical documents will never line of with the AD SharePoint accounts. Individuals in the organization will come and leave and over time hundreds even thousands of documents will have usernames that no longer exist in the AD SharePoint environment?

From a designer perspective its simple to understand why this occurred. One basic rule of SharePoint is not to tap directly in to information fields in the Database but to use the object model to manage the connecting and transition of information. A violation of this will result in voiding the warranty of the product with Microsoft …………………… But from an engineering poit of view, this is a poor design!

Solution?  TBD


by: James R. Odom

Announcing SharePoint 2010 Technical Preview

Posted by Jim on August 09, 2009
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Announcing SharePoint 2010 Technical Preview

SharePoint 2010 has reached the technical preview engineering milestone. The SharePoint team is running a limited, invitation only Technical Preview program. While we’re not sharing SharePoint 2010 details at this point, we did want to give our customers & partners a sneak peek at SharePoint 2010! We’re very excited about SharePoint 2010 and looking forward to the SharePoint Conferencethis October where we’ll talk about all the investment areas across workloads and the platform. What we’re sharing today is just a fraction of what will be in SharePoint 2010!

What is SharePoint 2010?
SharePoint 2010 is the business collaboration platform for the Enterprise & the Web that enables you to connect & empower people through an integrated set of rich features. Whether deployed on-premises or as hosted services, SharePoint 2010 helps you cut costs with a unified infrastructure while allowing you to rapidly respond to your business needs.



u can get a sneak peek here.

How can I get access to SharePoint 2010?
We will announce our Public Beta availability later this year and will have more information to share on how customers and partners can participate.


How do I get ready for SharePoint 2010?

Take a look here for getting ready guidance.

How do I learn more about SharePoint 2010?
For more information including videos & answers to frequently asked questions, visit our new SharePoint 2010 landing page.


Article taken from Microsoft Press release and Blogs … All rights reserved!