Using OOB Workflows to Provision Sites

A large part of a governance strategy is having some control on how and where SharePoint sites get created. Traditionally people focus on whether or not to turn on Self Service Provisioning. Unfortunately, this setting is at a web application level and is like a big on or off switch. If you turn it on,…

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Pro SharePoint Solution Development: Combining .NET, SharePoint and Office 2007

New SharePoint 2007 Book:   Pro SharePoint Solution Development:Combining .NET, SharePoint, and Office 2007   Overview and Goals for the Book First and foremost, this is a book for developers. It is a book about solving common problems of information workers by extending the foundation of Office 2007 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. After a…

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Secure crawls of Lotus Notes with SharePoint

I recently had to prove SharePoint’s ability to search Lotus Notes databases including honoring security. This meant that a user who did not have access to the Notes database should not see search result items in SharePoint. After having to dig through several how-to guides, knowledge base articles, and hotfixes, I finally got the solution…

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SharePoint Automation

Abstract When I meet with clients to do design sessions, I’m often asked why Microsoft made a certain SPS process this or that way. In particular, the team site creation process from within a SPS portal seems to be a popular one. Compounding this is my advice for planning ahead. During the design of SPS/WSS…

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Exploring SPS Calendar Views

AbstractSo I was asked a rather simple question recently. Here at the office, we have a custom SPS list that has start date / end date columns. Naturally, we take advantage of the ability to create calendar views of the list specifying these columns as the interval for the item. As it turns out, we…

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Impersonation, Single Sign-on, and SPS

AbstractThe scenario is a common one: An organization has some LOB application that is critical to their everyday needs. In fact users find themselves logging in periodically just to check one particular screen of information. Often, this information is summary data within the system. This article will detail a solution to build a web part…

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