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Raúl Ribeiro

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 , .net, Microsoft Office SharePoint 2007, Office 2007 and 2010


SharePoint 2010 SMS Service

Now in SharePoint 2010 is possible to use SMS to alert users, and the best part is easy :)

Enter SharePoint 2010 Central Administration

Central Administration 2010

Than go to System Settings

System Settings

There you can configure Servers in Farm, Farm Features, Alternate Access Mappings, Farm Solutions and E-Mail and Text Messages (SMS)

The email settings is the same has in SharePoint 2010, but now there is a new link "Configure Mobile Account"

Mobile Account Page

If you need a text message service please click here chosse you country and network and the page will show you a list of providers that you can use.


Record Management in SharePoint 2010

Here is some new things regarding Record Management in SharePoint 2010:

  • In-place Records Management (In this method, the documents stay in the current location, and they are classified as business records)
  • Document Sets
  • Persistent Document IDs
  • Content Organizer
  • Compliance Details Menu Option

And also a very nice improvement in SharePoint 2010 folders will now be able to act as true parents, the idea now is to set metadata at the folder level, so that the child objects can inherit that information.

SharePoint Conference 2009 Statistics

I forgot to put the statistics for the 2009 SharePoint Conference, here they are:

  • 7.5 miles of network cable
  • 7,400 participants (up from 3,800) – 94% growth
  • 297 world class speakers
  • 70 countries
  • 165 sponsors
  • 300+ hours
  • 240 sessions
  • 45+ hours of hands-on labas
  • 18 customer sessions (Delloite)
  • 2 SharePoint marriages
  • Biggest Beach Party ever by Mandalay with Huey Lewis & The News

It was a really big event :)


SharePoint 2010 book from SPC09

During the SharePoint Conference whe've got a SharePoint 2010 book, actually a combination of three eval guides here is the content online :

Master PowerShell Ebook / SharePoint 2010 and PowerShell


Here is a free ebook about PowerShell, http://powershell.com/cs/blogs/ebook/ or the pdf version http://powershell.com/Mastering-PowerShell.pdf.

Here is also a blog about PowerShell and SharePoint 2010 http://stsadm.blogspot.com/search/label/SharePoint%202010


Special SharePoint 2010 Beta Developer Center

MSDN went live with a SharePoint 2010 Beta Developer Center last week. (Beta 2 will be publically available in November).

When SharePoint 2007 beta version was release there was very few information about it, but now SharePoint MSDN team is doing a very good job, check out what’s on the developer center.

Congratulations SharePoint MSDN team.

Pre-register for SharePoint 2010 Beta

Pre-Register for SharePoint 2010 Beta here: http://sharepoint2010.microsoft.com/try-it/Pages/Trial.aspx, and get notified when SharePoint 2010 Beta 2 becomes available in November.


Find out how this integrated suite of server capabilities can help your organization by providing comprehensive content management and enterprise search, accelerating shared business processes, and facilitating information-sharing across boundaries for better business insight.

SharePoint 2010 Client Object Model

In the previous SharePoint version we had some Webservices to help as comunicate with SharePoint, but how many of you created your own SharePoint WebServices ?

Now in the new SharePoint 2010 we have a Client Object Model that help us comunicate with SharePoint without the need for custom Webservices.

SharePoint comes with a WCF (client.svc) service that helps us communicate from .net, Silverlight or Javascript applications, the service as an XML input and a JSON output

client object model

It's a simple API to add,retreive, Update and Manage Data in SharePoint.

There is a new object called ClientContext, it's part of the Microsoft.SharePoint.Client and Microsoft.SharePoint.Client.Runtime

 If you want o can explore the Microsoft.SharePoint.Client namespace here http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=94afe886-3b20-4bc9-9a0d-acd8cd232c24#tm


Web Content Management in SharePoint 2010

WCM is a very important area of SharePoint, its an expensive licence so the product should work as expected.

I think in this version Microsoft did a very good job, it's amazing what they've done in 3 years, not just in the WCM part but in the entire product. 

About WCM there is a lot of improvements, the new ribbon makes life easier for content producers, for designers it's possible to controls what styles can be used on the RichTextEditor.

Has i said before SharePoint is compliant with WCAG acessibility guidelines http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG/

Now it's easier to upload pictures to SharePoint, tags that are set in local images are also promoted to SharePoint. It's possible to use wiki pages in public sites with all the look and feel of the public site, and the free structure of the new wiki pages.

The Search Engine Fields  now appears on page in edit mode.

There is a new Asset library and a new Media Player WebPart (Silverlight), now it's possible to streaming videos from the blob cache, the CQW (Content Query WebPart) has some new features like the PageFieldValue where it's possible to filter the content of the CQW using a the value of a field in the page.

A very bit improvement it the possibility to have different host headers for each site collection in one Web Application.

It's now possible to manage a site in any browser (IE, FireFox, Safari)

Now you can export publishing workflows and then reuse them in any site that you want, without the need for creating and filling for each site a new workflow.

The Incremental Content Deployment that gave so many headaches to a lot of SharePoint Administration now is more reliable with a better logging and diagnostics, it's now possible to use Point in time snapshots on SQL Enterprise also with more logging and diagnostics.


Meet the new WSS - SharePoint Foundation 2010

This is the new Windows SharePoint Services, it has the same licencing of the previous version (if you have a Microsoft Windows Server 2003/2008 and probably Windows Vista or Windows 7 licence you can use it for free).

It's not just the new version but it's also a very improved version of WSS, by the way SharePoint 2010 is supported on top of SharePoint Foundation.

SharePoint Foundation have things like:

  • Blob Storage (It's possible to have data storage in and out of SharePoint Foundation)
  • Rest API
  • Business Connectivity Service (the new BDC) - http://blogs.msdn.com/bcs/archive/2009/10/19/overview-of-business-connectivity-services.aspx
  • Health Analyzer
    • Built in to Central Administration the new UI provides a analysis of Farm Health with recommended actions and best practices.
  • It can handle terabytes of information
  • Advanced backup,restore and disaster recovery (You have granular backup, so it's possible to get one file from a backup without creating a new environment for that backup)
  • There is a new Developer Dashboard, where you can see all the db queries on the current page, the webparts that were executed on the page and a bunch of other information

The upgrade for SharePoint Foundation is easy, you can install it in a new server attach the database from WSS 3.0 and is done. After that the site administrator can make the Visual Upgrade when he want's (change the look of WSS to the new SPF look).

SharePoint Foundation is a good tool for scenarios like Team Sites, Starter Farm for SharePoint Server 2010, Development Playground (for developers)

On the end-user perspective there is some new features:

The new wiki pages are wonderful, it's a normal wiki page but now we can add webparts to it. You can write text then add an image, more text, add a webpart is really amazing.

Another thing that was very annoying was the image upload, now when you want to add an image you can just selected from your disk, choose the drop point and it's done.

SharePoint blogs are now more like blogs :), you know what i mean..

About Lists, now whe can have a 1 million items per folder, and there is a new field the Multiple Columns Lookup, where you can choose to retrieve more than one field from the lookup list, and it's also possible to enforce deletion when the lookup list item is deleted.

There is also a new Create List UI, in SilverLight with a search feature.

A new very interesting feature is the Sandbox that enables users to upload solutions to there site collection, and use them only on that context without the need of IT department or Central Administration Access, it has some limitations it runs on an isolated process and has resource limitations (memory, SQL, CPU). While it does not cover the full SharePoint object model it addresses key scenarios like custom web parts and event receivers.

There are somethings the SharePoint Foundation 2010 doesn't have like:

  • Social Network
  • Enterprise Content Types
  • SharePoint Server Search
  • Profiles
  • Taxonomy and MetaData

Here is the link to the SPF 2010 site - http://sharepoint2010.microsoft.com/product/related-technologies/Pages/SharePoint-Foundation-2010.aspx

SharePoint 2010 is here and you must have it

SharePoint Conference 2009 started today at 9h PST (17h in Portugal).

Steve Ballmer and Jeff Teper where in stage presenting the new SharePoint 2010, and they gave very good news:

  • Public Beta of SharePoint and Office 2010 in November :) and the RTM in the 1 Half of 2010
  • There will be a Standard License of SharePoint 2010 for Internet Sites
  • WSS change name to Windows SharePoint Foundation
  • There will be very interesting REST API's (ex: get information from excel document)
  • Multiple Document check-out's
  • Lists will handle 1 Million Items per folder, 10 Million documents in a Document List
  • In the IT administration side there will be +500 PowerShell Commands
  • The new social features like tag clouds, ratings, facebook like wall

Later i will add some photos ;)

SharePoint Conference 2009 - I'm going

This year i'm going to the SharePoint Conference 2009.

 This event will be in Las Vegas from 19 October 2009 to 22 October 2009.

I will try to post brief descriptions for each session that i'm going to attend, you can also follow my twitter http://twitter.com/becas 

If you are going to the conference just send me an email http://blogit.create.pt/blogs/raulribeiro/contact.aspx

SharePoint in plain English

 If you're new to SharePoint, or working with people who are new to SharePoint and have a hard time explaining what it is, you might find the SharePoint in Plain English video to be helpful.
This video takes a friendly approach to show how SharePoint can help you work together with others in more efficient ways. For example, SharePoint can help you plan and work on a project online instead of sending files back and forth in e-mail. 

SharePoint in Plain English

Change SharePoint Diagnostic Logging


When you change SharePoint Diagnostic Logging to use verbose, the log files will growth rapidly, so you should only use verbose mode for short periods of time.

If you change a lot of the default settings, since each category is set to a specific level (let’s say, for Backup category levels “Error” and “medium”, while maybe Search was at “Information” and “Verbose”) and want to restore everything backup to default the best way is using the STSADM command STSADM.EXE -o setlogginglevel -default

But if you have enough patience and you know exactly the levels for all categories, you can of course do it using the UI ;-)

Get SharePoint List in XML Format
I was building an InfoPath and it was necessary to retrieve information from a SharePoint List in XML format so i used this simple URL:

http://YOUR SITE/_vti_bin/owssvr.dll?Cmd=Display&List={LISTGUID}&View={VIEWGUID}&XMLDATA=TRUE

With this url you can create views with the information that you need and use it in xml format.