SharePoint Sysprep

Hello, With the wide use of virtualization platforms to run Microsoft Servers’ workloads, for the last few years, we faced a lot of questions regarding templates for SharePoint (Virtual Machines and Services Templates – in SC VMM, Base/Managed Templates, Cloning, etc.). The aim is super simple: Create once a Virtual Machine that can become a…


Have a look at Windows Server 2008 R2 default Power plan

Hi My basement allows me to run a mini digital plant at home. (Smile). Even if electrical power is pretty cheap in Quebec province (thanks to hydraulic electrical plants), you may want to have a look at the power plan your servers currently run: it may either over consuming power for nothing, or have not…

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Remotely test SharePoint 2010 software prerequisites

Hi, Most of you know the long and pretty complicated list of SharePoint 2010 prerequisites. To help having them in place, we have the PrerequisiteInstaller.exe program. But what if you want to test they are present … on a remote server using a remote Windows PowerShell session? I just finished this tricky exercise, and here’s…

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Opalis 6.3 to orchestrate SharePoint 2010

Hi, Opalis 6.3 is the new kid on the block. This version was just released last Friday and it really rocks (http://blogs.technet.com/b/systemcenter/archive/2010/11/19/announcing-the-rtm-of-opalis-6-3.aspx) You may wonder: “Why talking about System Center Opalis in my SharePoint blog?” The answer is pretty simple: MSFT announced the acquisition of Opalis on Dec.10th 2009 (you may want to read this:…

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How I became the “Grid guy”

Hi, In one of my last posts, I quickly explained I worked in the SharePoint Engineering team for few months. The experience was amazing, though pretty challenging. I found out a lot of things on a lot of topics, but I loved meeting smart, dedicated and great people. Some people wonder what I was doing…


Microsoft Online Services “map”

Hello, While in the Building 16, I worked on the mix of SharePoint with Cloud/Online services. Some may be interested understanding our branding options, as Microsoft is in. The best place to understand Microsoft Cloud story is this site: http://www.microsoft.com/cloud. But, here’s what I understood from what I learned being inside the story: Datacenter facilities…

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Working in the SharePoint Engineering team for 7 months

Hi, Not a lot of people, except few colleagues, knew about that, but I had the unique and incredible opportunity to work directly within the SharePoint Engineering team for a while. This “unique” mission started on 1/4/2010 and lasted for 7 months, financed by WW Services & MCS France, sponsored by Norm Judah (WW Services…


Improved Start & Stop local SharePoint 2010 scripts

Hi, There are few months I didn’t blog, and I am really sorry about that. The main reason for this is that I worked in SharePoint Engineering team for the last 6 months. I’ll give more details on that in a later post. Among the things I learned there, I dramatically improved my knowledge and…

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Speaker at TechReady 10

Hi, This week I had the opportunity to speak at an internal technical readiness event that takes place at Seattle. This event is called TechReady, and last week was the 10th edition. I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to speak there on the work I am involved in since the beginning of the…


Creating and delivering SharePoint 2010 Ignite France

Hello,   That’s a lots of weeks I didn’t post on the blog. I know, that’s not the first time, sorry guys. As an update on my last months, tasks, there is a lot to say and share. I’ve been very busy, and it’s not finished yet ….   First thing I wanted to share…