What is the Business Data Catalogue?

….. In short, the Business Data Catalogue (BDC) is without doubt the most powerful feature in MOSS 2007! (In my opinion)….. I know this is a rather bold statement and hopefully this article will go some way to convincing you of the same! So what does BDC actually do? The BDC is a feature of…


MOSS Architecture and Shared Services

I have been doing some work recently on MOSS architecture for large deployments and thought that I’d share some of my findings. MOSS architecture is very similar to SharePoint 2003 in some ways but different in a few crucial areas. So what is the same? MOSS adopts a typical 3-tier model with web servers at…


SharePoint on your Phone!

One of the interesting new features in MOSS 2007 is the support around mobile devices. In this article, I’ll aim to give you a quick overview of how you can get the next version of SharePoint on your phone. What are Mobile Views? Every list and library in MOSS 2007 or WSSv3 is capable of…


What is new with Columns?

Columns have always been one of the most powerful features in SharePoint as they allow you to slice and dice you data into different views that provide very compelling information to the end users. In MOSS 2007, columns have received a facelift and in this article I’ll aim to tell you what is new and…


What are Content Types?

For me, one of the coolest new features of SharePoint Server 2007 (or MOSS) is Content Types. In this article, I’ll aim to give a brief overview of what they are and why you should be getting excited about them (especially if you are from a SharePoint 2003 background).   It is worth noting that…


SPProfileUpdate – A free tool for updating SharePoint user profiles

I’ve spent a little time recently developing a Windows Form utility that allows you to update SharePoint 2003 user profiles (in a profile database) from values in a CSV file. The tool allows you to map up to 12 profile properties to colums in a CSV file. You can pick any SharePoint property to update, including…


How do you fancy a 51% performance increase in SPS 2003?

Sounds too good to be true does’nt it? Microsoft have just released some test results that compare the performance of SharePoint Portal Server 2003 on SQL 2000 vs. SQL 2005. Using SQL 2005 improves performance on every type of SharePoint farm configuration, but the most notable is a 51% increase in RPS (Requests Per Second) for…


.net 1.1 in Visual Studio 2005?

I spent a little while looking at this so I thought I’d share my findings…. Currently, if you want to write an application that runs on .net 1.1, then you have to use Visual Studio 2003. Equally, if you want to write an application that uses .net 2.0 then you have to use Visual Studio…


An Interesting Search Engine Fact

When I am not working on Microsoft stuff, I have a sideline as Chief Director of Information Systems to Scruffy Mutts …. My partners dog grooming business! Naturally, we have a website (www.scruffymutts.com) and I’ve been doing a lot of work making sure that the website is well ranked in the UK search engines (such…