New Medical Condition: SharePointea Sitecollectionfearophobia

You may not have heard of this serious medical condition, but it exists in most people. It is the irrational fear of SharePoint Site Collections (and particularly Self Service Site Creation). The primary driver for this fear is that allowing people to create site collections will “prevent my ability to manage the environment effectively.”  This…

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It’s 10pm. Do you know what your server is doing?

It’s really surprising how many people really don’t. They might think they do… but they really don’t… or they don’t take a full inventory of the possibilities. Yes, most of us are relatively good at making some attempt to push scheduled activities off to the evening to prevent impacting the user experience… but can you…

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SharePoint Code Acceptance Process

While most companies make sincere attempts to stay as “out of the box” as possible, there comes a point at which custom or 3rd party code becomes necessary to meet the needs of the organization. This is NOT a bad thing… SharePoint is designed to be extended. However, there are certain steps that will help…

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Enable Page Tracing

There are times when you really want to know how your page was processed, what controls were loaded, etc. Well, there’s an old trick that not every developer knows they can turn on… page tracing output. This is easily done, and I like the idea of doing it on all development environments (but NEVER on…

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The “but no changes were made on the server?!” Fallacy

We hear this in the field constantly… a server begins experiencing difficulty or somehow acts “different”… and the first thing we hear is usually something along the lines of “no changes were made!” Truth be told, there is only one time when no changes are being made on your server… when it’s turned off. And…

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Separation of Roles

We see many instances in which the SQL DBA for SharePoint is the same as the SharePoint administrator, which also happens to be the same person as the security admin, and the support staff, and the etc., etc., etc. Even though we see these roles blended for various reasons (lack of understanding of the importance…

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Clarifications: Collaboration vs. Publishing

In SharePoint-Land there are two concepts that people have a hard time separating out: “Collaboration” and “Content Management”. A lot of people like to blend them together, use methods, features, technology, or processes… but the truth is these are separate capabilities, and should be separately managed. Lets compare… First, lets look at the communication model…

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Right vs. Wrong (not)

Someone recently posted a comment about one of my previous blog entries, and their comment in their blog reminded me of a point I’ve been meaning to make for some time:   (Cross-posted here) It’s always an honor when someone felt your blog entry was interesting or important enough to do a reciprocal blog entry…

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Portal Site Navigation Decisions

Equal only to branding, your SharePoint portal navigation structure has one of the biggest impacts on the usability of your site. Done correctly, it reflects how people in your organization work (and how you would like them to work), the importance of different aspects of the business/organization, and can very often force you to make…

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