SharePoint 2010 – the Status Bar, Notifications & Dialogs

One of the new & useful features in SharePoint Server 2010 is the enhancements to events & notifications, the addition of the Status Bar & Dialog Framework, and how all of these features work together to provide a more productive experience for users. From a developer’s perspective, these seemingly small features can be used in…

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SharePoint 2010 – Configure it for SharePoint Designer 2010

If you’ve used SharePoint Designer for SharePoint 2007, it seemed pretty much like a standard web editing tool like Expression Web…not so with SharePoint Designer 2010, which is not only a brand new, fully capable user experience, but is reliant on the SharePoint Server to allow it to do certain things, such as modify Master…

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QuickStart: Using Hyper-V 2008 R2 for Developer Virtualization

So I embarked on setting up a new server to run my Windows Virtual images and decided to use the barebones but powerful Windows Hyper-V 2008 R2 instead of a more conventional Windows 2008 R2 server with Hyper-V installed on top. If you’re new to the concept of a Windows Server “Core installation” it can…

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VSTS 2010’s Project Types for SharePoint 2010

With the same behavior as the many other project types developers are familiar with in Visual Studio, the VSTS 2010 release includes new projects specific to SharePoint 2010. I will be walking through each of these types of projects & how you can use them, but for now, here is a taste of what’s available…

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VSTS 2010’s SharePoint Explorer

Included in VSTS 2010 is a new Server Explorer enhancement that lets you work with SharePoint 2010 servers & instances. Most developers are already very familiar with the Server Explorer for browsing IIS, File & Database servers…and this just adds the support for SharePoint 2010. You will not be able to browse older SharePoint 2007…

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Resize your Virtual Machine Hard Disk

Download the Clonezilla live ISO image and mount it as a CDROM drive for your virtual machine Once loaded, press enter on the first option(default). It will then ask for a language (defaults to English) and a keymap. If you are not sure, just press enter on the defaults. It will then ask to start…

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Tips & Tricks: Install SCCM 2007 Client Agent on Itself

  If you’re fairly new to System Center Configuration Manager 2007/R2 and are trying to use it in a non-critical/development/demo environment, one of the challenges is how to configure it and do things locally on the same machine. So for example, I want to install some random piece of software onto the SCCM server itself,…

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