Put People First – Building a Staff Directory

This is a follow up of my previous post – Understanding SharePoint Sites When customers ask me what they should be doing with their newly deployed SharePoint environment, I say Put People First! – Let users find their peers, colleagues. Let them share information with their peers/colleagues. Redirecting your users to search page doesn’t count….


Get ready for ‘Office 15’

Are you eagerly waiting for “Office 15”? Then here is some news! We just announced the beginning of the “Office 15” Technical Preview and a public beta later this summer! (Summer in the USA, Winter here in NZ) While the Technical Preview program is already full, everyone will have the opportunity to try the Office…


Configuring Phonetic/Nickname Search in SharePoint 2010

One of the new enterprise search feature added to SharePoint 2010  is the ability to search people by their ‘nicknames’. For example: You could search ‘aron’ for ‘aaron’ or ‘jon’ for ‘john’. We geeks call this Phonetic search Below is a screen shot of the nickname search: How does this work? This is an enterprise…


User Profile Synchronization Service and FQDN

Spencer has written by far THE BEST blog post on configuring User Profile Service (UPS) Application in SharePoint 2010. Below are the steps I always check/validate when I provision the UPS: 1) Add SPFarm admin account to local administrators group 2) Allow log on locally to SPFarm admin account 3) Start the UPS synchronization service…


Understanding SharePoint Sites

SharePoint is a platform. When you deploy SharePoint, it is going to help you build and automate many business solutions, not just the project for which you are deploying. Yes, I hear you – Every project starts with building an Intranet! But is your organisation ready for the Intranet? And what about your business units/teams…