Sharepoint at home: few learned tips to share

Hi, Like few geeks at Microsoft, I host my own server infrastructure at home. Even if wife and sons do everything they can to bring it down (like complaining on the noise, or tearing the cables), I maintain this up and running, playing and learning a lot. In my infrastructure, I host my a MOSS…


SharePoint and IT Pros: few possible improvements to ease their lifes

Hi, Few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to express to the SharePoint Product Management team various ideas I have around SharePoint and IT Pros audiences. Based on my different experiences and engagements with customers, the discussion was very interesting. I often thought back on topics we could cover, as Microsoft, to ease the life of IT…

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Automating WSS v3/MOSS 2007 development environment setup: Synthesis

Hi, This long post series raised interest from many of you. Thanks for that. I was asked few times to provide a little synthesis and the scripts used, so here they are: Steps : Planning Decisions Windows Server 2003 unattended setup Unattended DC promo Active Directory preparation & SQL Server 2005 SP2 setup SharePoint prerequisites…

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White Paper on unattended / scripted MOSS 2007 setup is available !

Hi all, From various customer engagements, few months ago, I realized Microsoft had to bring in one place a way to industrialize MOSS 2007 environments setup. Once available in a coherent and unified resource, it could benefit equally SP developers, knowing their work will deploy more easily, and the administrators, being able to dramatically improve…


Automating WSS v3/MOSS 2007 development environment setup: part XIII – Install SharePoint Designer 2007

Hi, Now that you know how to setup Office 2007 (Enterprise in previous post), you’re able to setup SharePoint Designer 2007, Project Pro 2007 and Visio 2007. It’s just a question of reapplying the process and creating the right files. I stay on MSP approach for SharePoint Designer. Here’s the steps and results: launch “setup…

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Automating WSS v3/MOSS 2007 development environment setup: part IV – Unattended DC Promo

Hello, In the previous post, I described how to setup Windows Server 2003 an unattended way. Now, I’ll describe how to transform this server in a Domain Controller. It’s quite simple; just use an answer file, as an argument to the dcpromo.exe instruction. Now, like all answer files, a lot of crap (sorry, options) disturbs…

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Automating WSS v3/MOSS 2007 development environment setup: part III – Windows Server 2003 unattended setup

Hello, To setup Windows Server an unattended way, you have 3 options: Sysprep RIS (Remote Installation Services – named Windows Deployment Services (WDS) in Windows Server 2008) 1 answer file I will use the answer file. To create an answer file, insert or mount a Windows Server 2003 CD in any workstation (nothing is modified…

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Automating WSS v3/MOSS 2007 development environment setup: Part II – Decisions

Hello, Previous post discussed the different options (mandatory and others) you needed to evaluate before setting up a SharePoint development environment. In the next series, I plan to explain one way to create this an automated way (or unattended).To do so, I made these decisions for the environment: 1 Virtual Machine with 2 Virtual Hard…

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Automating WSS v3/MOSS 2007 development environment setup: Part I – Planning

Hello, Recently, I advised customers on their development environments. Many different options are possible and each choice done brings benefits and limitations. In this post and few others to follow, I will discuss the main options, with their impacts, and then describe how to automate the setup of the developers’ environment, to insure the use…

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