Is it taking ages to display the gallery when you are trying to add a web part?

If you find it can sometimes take 20–30 seconds to return the web part gallery so that you can drop a web part onto a web part page then this post is for you. The problem may be because SharePoint is trying to contact the online web part gallery, however, if your machine is not…


Why can’t I index SQL Server with SharePoint?

This question is actually answered with another question. Exactly how do you index a database? The problem being that a database is just that, it’s merely data. There is no “Standard User Interface” out there that works for all databases, so how do you display search results? Sure there are some techniques for creating a “generic” user interface for tables, think DataGrid and the like, but I’m not convinced…


The worst possible name for a tool ever imagined (good tool though)

I can say that because Nige can hit (well, try) me on Monday, and besides it’s true. SPUM2003 X1.1 While you are downloading this cool tool, drop a comment recommending a decent name. (btw, Patrick agrees the name is terrible)(btw, this IS a new name based on my previous dig here)(update: Paul doesn’t like it either)


Searching SPS using MSN Desktop Search

It’s all about search these days, Mark show how to create a search shortcut from MSN Desktop Search to SharePoint. Searching SPS using MSN Desktop Search

Mike and the SharePoint Web Part storm of 2004!

Here is some excellent news, Mike Fitzmaurice (Fitz), the man in the middle of the biggest SharePoint controversy  (see post comments) since the “removal” of folder level security in SPS V2 has kicked off a Blog. Mike Fitzmaurice’s WebLog In my view this really is the best way to have a conversation in the Blogosphere,…


Branding SharePoint Portal Server

Well this is a topic very close to my heart.  Having spent a significant part of my life last year (<grin>) helping a very large customer in the UK deploy SharePoint, I understand how important it is for a product like SharePoint to reflect an organisations brand. In fact it can be the balance on one of those “go – no go”…


NEW DOWNLOAD: Windows SharePoint Services with Service Pack 1

Download details: Windows SharePoint Services with Service Pack 1 Since I put on a marketing hat for a little while yesterday, I’m going to put it back on today and ask why the download file name is “STSV2.EXE”…. Guys, we are Windows SharePoint Services now, it should be WSS.EXE or something…Talk about confusing….


Microsoft may be silent BUT some Microsoftees ARE listening

Just caught the “Microsoft Silent on the SmartPart” post from keen SharePointer Patrick Tisseghem and thought I would do three things: 1. Let Patrick know that while “Microsoft” (whatever that is! <grin>) may have been “Silent” some Microsoftees are out here are listening!Like the developers of SmartPart (led by Jan Tielens) I was initially a little disappointed that SharePoint Web…


NEW CONTENT: Microsoft SharePointPSSearch SQL Syntax (Preview)

Download details: Microsoft SharePointPSSearch SQL Syntax (Preview) I know a lot of people have been waiting for this, and for good reason. I suspect there is a huge opportunity for adding significant benefit to existing (and new) SharePoint Portal implementations by designing your own customised search front-ends…. …and the best bit is that it’s really not…


Release: Share Points SharePoint User Manager

Nigel Bridport has dropped a great new utility into the SharePoint community with the first release of SharePoint User Manager (Nige, really need a catchier title for this one), seriously good stuff. Share Points User Manager