James Kemp Moving on...

After working as a SharePoint Consultant within Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) for a number of years, I have decided to leave to become an independent SharePoint Contractor. Martin Kearn will now lead this MSDN Blog for The SharePoint Guys. Callum Shillan here: As one of the Architects working in the UK MCS Practice, I’d just…

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SharePoint Server 2010 - 10 Steps to Disaster Recovery

This article aims to help anyone creating a Disaster Recovery (DR) design/strategy for SharePoint Server 2010. This advice will be based on my experience of designing a DR model and after conversations with experts such as Spencer Harbar, Microsoft IT and SharePoint Online. Step 1. Do Some Research Read articles like this. It will only take…

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SharePoint Workspace 2010 – Offline Working Capabilities

  This blog article aims to: Highlight some of the Offline Working functionality provided by Microsoft SharePoint Workspace 2010, including which Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 lists and libraries can and cannot be synchronised Highlight the ways in which SharePoint Workspace 2010 communicates with SharePoint Server 2010 and what other functionality is available within SharePoint Workspace…

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Custom Search Control Not Being Displayed in Meeting Workspace

Objective: Include an additional search control adjacent to the standard search box on a Meeting Workspace site, but not show any search controls on system pages (as is the default).  Problem: The Meeting Workspace masterpage MWSDefaultv4.master includes the ContentPlaceHolder with id=”PlaceHolderSearchArea” to display the standard search box. You might expect that if you modify the…

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How To Remove "Use My Local Drafts Folder" Checkbox

Lots of customers I work with establish a requirement that files must be ‘checked out’ from SharePoint before they can be edited. This prevents multiple users from overwriting one another’s changes to files. The “check-out and check-in” functionality is a widely used in SharePoint and is just one of the many Enterprise Content Management features available in SharePoint 2010…

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SharePoint 2010 - Infrastructure Sizing - Lessons Learned on Search

If you’ve ever worked with a client that has tens of thousands of users and millions of files to index, putting your neck on the line and recommending a SharePoint 2010 infrastructure that will scale to meet their requirements can at first be daunting. However, with some useful articles on TechNet and tools such as The…

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SharePoint 2010 – NEW Social Computing Features

This blog post aims to provide an overview of some of the Social Computing Features available in SharePoint 2010. This will include discussions of: New User Interface Social Feedback Social Networking New User Interface The UI in SharePoint 2010 has changed a lot from SharePoint Server 2007 both in the general interface and in the…

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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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