ANNOUNCING SharePoint Saturday Sydney!


It’s official SharePoint Saturday will be happening on the 8th of August at the Microsoft office in North Ryde.

For those of you who don’t know SharePoint Saturday is the tech community craze that’s been sweeping the U.S. (and more recently the world) Originally stared by Michael Lotter the SharePoint Saturday event is based around having a single day of sessions all about SharePoint that is totally free.

“Join SharePoint architects, developers, and other professionals that work with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 for ‘SharePoint Saturday’ event.  SharePoint Saturday is an educational, informative & lively day filled with sessions from respected SharePoint professionals & MVPs, covering a wide variety of SharePoint-orientated topics.  SharePoint Saturday is FREE, open to the public and is your local chance to immerse yourself in SharePoint! “ –SharePoint

So what do we need from you? at present Brian Farnhill and I are putting out the call for content, if your interested in presenting head on over to the SharePoint Saturday Sydney web site and fill out the speaker submission form then simply email it back to us. The call for content closes on the 10th of July so if you’re planning to be in Sydney at this time and have an awesome presentation it would be great to hear from you.

Also make sure you’re following SharePoint Saturday on twitter for all the up to date information on the event.

Get SharePoint host headers working locally in Windows 2008 R2

So as we all know by now I recently rebuilt my machine with Windows 2008 R2. My main reason for doing this is so I could have a fully functional SharePoint development environment that runs locally without the need for virtual machines. Plus I now have the option of using Hyper-V when I do have the need for a virtual environment.

I did however run into an issue when I attempted to setup my local development SharePoint site. Personally I prefer to have my local dev site under a host header, this time I decided to use spdev.local as my site host header. As per usual I also updated my hosts file under c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc to point to the local IP ( for that host header.

However when I attempted to access my shiny new dev environment IE would prompt me for my credentials a number of times then simply display a blank page.

After doing some  “Binging” I tracked down the following TechNet article that informed me of a security feature related all the way back to IE 5.1. The long and short of it is that the security update in question prevents IE from navigating to a host header site on a loopback adapter.

This setting is configured in the registry on windows, and there are actually 2 registry settings that can be used to resolve this issue.

The first disables windows making the loopback check all together, the second allows you create a list of “trusted” host headers

Now while I could duplicate the instructions to this workaround best to checkout the TechNet article directly