Configuring Business Connectivity Services (BCS) Search in SharePoint 2010

One of the feature in SharePoint 2010 which has received one of the bigger facelifts is Business Connectivity Services (BCS) – what we used to call Business Data Catalogue (BDC) in SharePoint 2007. This is a really powerful set of tools for connecting external data into SharePoint. If you are not familiar with BCS, I’d…

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Installing SharePoint 2010 on a single machine

When SharePoint 2007 was in beta, I wrote a blog article about how to install it on a single machine. This was one of my most popular articles so I thought I’d repeat the process for SharePoint Server 2010 Beta 2. This article should be read in addition to the official installation guide on TechNet….

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SharePoint Server 2007 For Worldwide Health and Beyond…

Recently, James Kemp and James Daniel, both contributors of this blog, showcased freely available SharePoint software and guidance that has been designed to help Healthcare organisations address common business challenges. A video from this event has now been placed on Microsoft.com. Although aimed at healthcare organisations, the 40 minute video showcases IP that may be…

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SharePoint Server 2007 and Records Management: Part 4 of 4

This is the fourth and final post in a series on Records Management using SharePoint Server 2007: 1. Introduction to Records Management, and Definition of Terms 2. Records Management using Standard SharePoint Features 3. Using the DoD 5015.2 Records Management Resource Kit 4. Commonly Requested Enhancements and Features (this post) In the previous posts, we…

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SharePoint 2010 – New Shared Services

With SharePoint 2010 around the corner, I thought I’d provide a brief overview of the NEW Shared Service model. That is, how the Shared Service Provider (SSP) from SharePoint 2007 has fundamentally changed for SharePoint 2010. So, what’s this “Service” thing you’re on about? Well, officially, in SharePoint 2010 terms, a Service is a “middle…

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SharePoint 2010 resources now available!

This is not a normal blog post, but the MCS Uk SharePoint team is very excited! The NDA has been lifted and we can start talking about the new exciting features in SharePoint 2010. New resources have been posted by the Microsoft SharePoint team. For more resources, take a look at: – SharePoint 2010 Website – to view…

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Using custom Event Log Sources on Least Privilege SharePoint Servers

As you will surely be aware, it is best practice to install production SharePoint farms using something called the “least privilege account principle”. This effectively means that each service account in the farm is dedicated to a specific job and has only the minimum rights required in order to do that job. This is best…

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How to include Document Template Files in Content Type Features

I recently spent longer than I should have done trying to create what I thought was a fairly simple feature; one that adds a content type to a site collection and also adds a physical file as the document template. This is a common scenario when developing content types to be used in document libraries….

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SharePoint Server 2007 and Records Management: Part 3 of 4

This is the third post in a series on Records Management in SharePoint: 1. Introduction to Records Management, and Definition of Terms 2. Records Management using Standard SharePoint Features 3. Using the DoD 5015.2 Records Management Resource Kit (this post) 4. Commonly Requested Enhancements and Features  In the previous posts in this series I examined…

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