Building high quality WCM sites – part 1

I’ve helped build a few WCM sites the part couple of years, and for each project learned more about what it takes to a) be predictive, b) be interactive and lastly c) produce high quality sites. To me those three are the key things to focus on build WCM sites (or any SharePoint solution for…

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Microsoft Certified Master – SharePoint 2007

I just got news that I’ve officially qualified as a SharePoint 2007 MCM. What a great early Christmas present! I can only recommond this experience to everyone out there doing SharePoint stuff. It has been one of the best learning experiences that I’ve encountered. It’s an incredible eye-opener, and still after two weeks the depth and breath of…

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Back home

I managed to survive the 3 weeks of SharePoint MCM training, and I just arrived back home yesterday from Redmond. I’m now up at 2am with a major jet lag – great – Anyway, it was a great training and it’s highly recommended — Cool content and really awesome people!  

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Getting ready to leave for SharePoint MCM…

I’m getting ready to leave for 3 weeks of intensive SharePoint training in Redmond participating in rotation 4 of the SharePoint Microsoft Certified Master program.  Reading through the posts from previous participants it sounds like an awesome experience.      

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SQL Server 2008 Mirroring and "Restoring…" database state

In SQL Server 2008 — after you have restored your SQL Server databases to the mirror server and setup the connection between the principal and mirror instances, then you will discover that the database will stay in a “Restoring…” state.  In SQL Server 2005 it said DatabaseName (Mirror, Synchronized / Restoring…), but this behaviour has…

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401 error when configuring sharepoint with kerberos on IIS7

When you first configure kerberos authentication on IIS7 you will very likely experience 401 authentication errors when you try to access the site. To workaround this problem, change the authentication to have kernel-mode authentication turned off. On each front-end open IIS Manager, click the web site. Open the “Authentication” feature and select Windows Authentication. Then…

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Installing SharePoint on Windows Server 2008 R2

You will need to slipstream the install with SP2. Have a look at this post from Jie Li: http://blogs.msdn.com/opal/archive/2009/05/08/install-moss-2007-wss-3-0-on-windows-server-2008-r2-you-will-need-sp2-slipstream.aspx  

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Setting up NLB in Windows Server Hyper-V

I was setting up Microsoft NLB in a couple of Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V images… and since infrastructure in general is one of my weaker sides, I was looking for help.  I came across a couple of articles which helped me: * A Guide which is very easy to follow: http://www.jppinto.com/index.php/2009/05/install-and-configure-wlbs-nlb-on-windows-server-2008/ * Support article on…

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Exporting publishing sub-sites to new site collections

As usual Stefan writes great posts – this one is about supported export/import scenarios using stsadm. It an absolute must read if your doing MOSS publishing portals. http://blogs.technet.com/stefan_gossner/archive/2009/05/27/limitations-of-stsadm-o-export-import-related-to-publishing-sites.aspx    

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Great tip when creating page layouts

Came across some must-know information, if you create page layouts and have trouble updating the layouts. When creating publishing page layouts they are nicely wrapped in features to avoid customization of the pages in SharePoint. However, if you use SharePoint Designer to create/modify your page layouts it will automatically add meta information to the page, which…

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