Monthly Archives: November 2011

TechNet Simulcast Event: SharePoint 2010: SharePoint 2010 Virtualization and Maintenance

IT Professional

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server

This session will give you an overview for better evaluating SharePoint 2010 and what you need to know for maintenance. We will highlight the concepts and business scenarios of SharePoint Workspace, Co-Authoring, and SharePoint virtualization. Finally we’ll review Hyper-V basics and show you how to build a test lab for evaluating SharePoint 2010 with virtualization.Watch all sessions from this event:SharePoint 2010 for IT ProsSharePoint 2010 Virtualization and Maintenance Understanding and Deploying Office Web ApplicationsUpgrading Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 to SharePoint Server 2010.

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SharePoint Saturday Utah Speaker Schedule #SPSUTAH

I hear there were some from Boise Idaho, and from Montana who were considering coming to SharePoint Saturday Utah. We totally welcome the Idaho folks to come, and Montana, Wyoming, and Nevada too! If you’re a college student and looking to investigate SharePoint Development, see what the BI capabilities are, to dig in on SharePoint branding, or even as a business and end user you’ll find we have multiple tracks from the 100 level on up! REPOSTED FROM JOEL

With sessions like Becky Isserman’s Epic SharePoint Battle: Silverlight vs HTML 5. I wouldn’t expect less! 6 Tracks with 30 sessions, and over 25 speakers flying in from all over the country and converging in the Wasatch I want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to feel welcome. I can’t guarantee if you don’t sign up soon that we’ll have a spot. I do want to encourage you to come and bring your friends. Spread the message! Looking forward to seeing you on December 3rd.

Register today at

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Room 1 (Design)

Room 2 (Dev)

Room 3 (Business)

Room 4 (IT)

Room 5 (BI)

Room 6 (Power User)

7:30 – 9:00

Registration – Room X

8:30 – 8:55

Opening Remarks and Keynote with Liam Cleary SharePoint MVP UK

8:55 – 9:00


9:00 – 10:15

Jamie Luetjen

SharePoint Branding Tips and Tricks

Ron Fetters

Business Automation made easy using SharePoint 2010, InfoPath, and SharePoint Designer

Owen Allen

SharePoint as a Platform for Internal Business Applications

Jeremy Ragan

SharePoint Storage: Attack of the Blobs!

Vanessa Toves

Using SharePoint as a Business Intelligence Presentation Layer

Carsten Wisnes

Mastering SharePoint Calendars and Tasks

10:15 – 10:30


10:30 – 11:45

Ivan Sanders

Real World Business Workflow with SharePoint Designer 2010

Darin Dickey

Reduce Server Code: SharePoint and jQuery Better Together

Kipp Sorensen

SharePoint Jiu-Jitsu: Success through governance and adoption

Rick Taylor

SharePoint and ADFS together like—like peanut butter and jelly

Brent Tenney

Connecting SharePoint to Microsoft Dynamics

Josh Boyles

Reaching the Masses: Why SharePoint Surveys can be Great and How To Make Sure Yours Are

11:45 – 1:00

Lunch – Rooms x

1:00 – 2:15

Becky Isserman

Epic SharePoint Battle: Silverlight vs HTML 5

Roland White

InfoPath Rich Form Design

Erica Toelle    

How to Staff the Adoption Resource on Your SharePoint Project

Eric Raff

Engineering Tech Specs: The Aspirin to SharePoint Headaches

(Includes free engineering spec templates)

Norm Warren & Paul Ewert    

Business intelligence in SharePoint with Denali SQL 2012 & PowerPivot

Christian Buckley

Cleaning Up Information Architecture in SharePoint and Other Jedi Mind Tricks

2:15 – 2:30


2:30 – 3:45

Joel Oleson

Social Intranets: Making SharePoint Social

Clayton Cobb    

Building a Codeless Leave Request Application using Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010

Jeff Shuey

Paper and SharePoint Belong Together – Managing them together is not only possible, but smart business!

Jeff Deverter

SharePoint in the Cloud: What’s Up?

Vanessa Toves

Creating and Consuming a BCS Connection

Michael Horn

Infopath Forms and Anonymous websites

3:45 – 4:00


4:00 – 5:15

Ken Kuzdas

Creating Beautiful Yet Powerful Dashboards Using jQuery

Ryan McIntyre

Learn How to Build Web Templates

Noah Sparks

Building Community

Liam Cleary

Azure Cloud Authentication – Do you claim to be from the Azure Sky?

Roland White

Unleashing the Power of InfoPath 2010 SharePoint List Data Connections

Adam Burden

Identity Theft or Helpful Feature? Impersonation Steps in SharePoint Designer Workflows.

5:15 – 6:00

Closing Remarks and Giveaways – You must be present to win!


Has everyone out there noticed, all yall SharePoint folk’s that SharePoint is more and more FUN all the time… and SharePoint Saturdays ROCK!!!!!!!!



Can you name that tune, SPIN/SPOUT

I just came across this the other day while removing old content that is the results of too many searches on my Laptop.

The Microsoft® Office SharePoint™ Portal Server 2003 Document Library Migration Tools are a set of utility programs developed by Microsoft for migrating documents and associated descriptive information ("metadata") from SharePoint Portal Server Web Storage System–based document libraries to SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Microsoft SQL Server™ document libraries. The tools can export documents and associated descriptive information from SharePoint Portal Server 2001 document libraries as well as SharePoint Portal Server 2003 backward-compatible document libraries — both of which are based on Microsoft Web Storage System technology. The content exported by the tools can be imported into SharePoint Portal Server 2003 SQL Server document libraries that reside in a SharePoint Portal Server 2003 portal site, team site, My Site personal site, or SharePoint Portal Server 2003 portal area.

The two document library migration tools developed by Microsoft are Spout.exe and Spin.exe. Spout.exe, the Document Library Export Tool, is a Microsoft Windows® program that reads Web Storage System–based document libraries and exports (or outputs) the selected content as a collection of files in a format that is understood by the import program. Spin.exe, the Document Library Import Tool, is a Windows command-line program that reads the collection of files created by Spout.exe and adds the documents and associated descriptive information to the selected portal area, portal site, team site, or personal Web site on the server running SharePoint Portal Server 2003.

Related Topics

The SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Document Library Migration Tools are used for two common SharePoint Portal Server 2003 migration scenarios:

The scenarios are described in detail in the following sections. Both scenarios consist of an export phase followed by an import phase. The export settings to be used depend on how the content will be eventually imported into SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Selected variations of both scenarios are identified.

Step-by-step procedures and selected variations for these scenarios can be found in Using the Document Library Migration Tools. Detailed information about how to use the export and import tools, Spout.exe and Spin.exe, can be found in the Reference section.

Migrating a Web Storage System–Based Document Library to a Document Library

The more common migration scenario involves exporting all of the documents and associated descriptive information


SQL Server 2012 RC0 Released TODAY!

post by Robert Bruckner

Multiple Views in a Single Report – You asked for it, and we are delivering it! Power View reports now support multiple views per report. The report pictured below contains a total of five views that you can see previews of to the left of the canvas.


PowerPivot Gallery Preview

PowerPivot Gallery Preview Images – Power View now produces preview images in the PowerPivot Gallery, just like Excel workbooks. They are supported in all views of the PowerPivot Gallery (gallery, theater and carousel).PowerPoint Export


Export to Microsoft PowerPoint – Along with the ability to create reports with multiple views, you can also export your report to PowerPoint. These are not just static images. Power View reports inside PowerPoint are fully interactive


In addition, now that Power View reports support multiple views in a single report, when you click on a specific view of the report, Power View will launch with that view as the active view.


Storyboard – When you are presenting reports with multiple views in them, there is way to navigate the views in a report called storyboard. Just hover to preview any of the views and select the one you want to display.


Sorting – We are certain you saw this one coming, but Power View now supports sorting on all data regions. On tables and matrices, all you have to do is click on the column headers to sort. For charts, there is an area above the chart that we call the “floatie” that allows you to choose to sort the chart by a measure or its categories.


For charts that are displayed as multiples, you can sort those too. For multiples, sorting sorts the charts themselves by a subtotal, and of course, it’s just a click away via the floatie as well.


More Chart Features – Power View has added more functionality to charts. In particular, charts now support

• more than 20 series,
• multiple measures,
• and color (series) in scatter and bubble charts. 

The chart below shows multiple measures in action, depicting the average win percentage of major league baseball both at home and on the road over a set of years.


In the next chart, you can see colors assigned on the scatterplot.


Of course, the feature works with legend highlighting as well. Select a market size from the legend and all of the points associated with that entry will be highlighted in the chart.


Chart Highlighting Enhancements – There is also significant change to the highlighting feature with charts. When your column and bar charts contain non additive data, Power View will now display the highlighted values with a thinner column that is overlaid on top of the previous values. This is done to make it possible to see the previous values, regardless of the highlighted values.

It also makes it possible to see cases where the selected item from another visual has no representation in the chart. For example, in the chart below, not only can we see how ExpressJet compares against the average of all carriers for flights delayed by carrier, but we also can see that ExpressJet did not operate any routes greater than 1,500 miles.


Number Formatting for Tables and Matrix – Power View now supports number formatting on both tables and matrix


Slicers Cross Filter Other Slicers – When you have multiple slicers on a view now, if you select an entry in one slicer, the other slicers in the view are filtered by it.

Per Data Region Filtering – Filtering improvements are available in RC0. Power View now supports filters on each data region. The picture below shows the chart region filter selected in the filter pane. If you want to switch to filtering the entire view, just hover over the grey “view” text and select it and you’ll be on your way to filtering the entire view



Measure Filters and Filter Restatement – There are two other new features in the filter pane depicted above as well. The filter pane now supports measure filters and will also restate your filters even when a specific filter is in its collapsed


Search in Filters – But we’re not done yet. Have a long list of categories that you don’t want to wade through, use the search feature.














Drag Your Data to the Canvas – You can now drag fields directly to the canvas from the model explorer. If you hover the field over the canvas, it will create a new table. If you hover the field over an existing visualization, it will add that field to the next logical location in the visualization.




Print it! – You can now print your current view. Print is “what you see is what you get”.





Support for DirectQuery mode – DirectQuery mode for Analysis Services tabular models allows you to keep your data in a SQL Server relational database and still get the benefits of interactive reporting with Power View. You can read all about direct query mode here.

Database Image Support – Power View now supports database images stored directly in the model.




Show Items with No Data – Often referred to as “outer join”, Power View now supports the ability to display items with no data. The table below shows this feature in action.

And just like everything else in Power View, this feature is just a click away in the field well.







Measures as Non-Measures – PowerView also supports the ability to treat measures as non-measures (i.e. as categories). To do this, you just go to the field well and choose the option on the field to “Do Not Summarize” as shown below.






Below is an example of a report showing the count of airline flights by minutes late. Minutes late is a measure in the table on the left. The table on the right is the same table with the “Do Not Summarize” feature turned on.






All New Canvas Look – We’ve changed the overall look of the canvas and many of the items that you can place on the canvas. Here are a couple of examples of the new look in action.


and more….


I saw this last night and had to check it out… I don’t usually re-post others post but thank you Rob for getting this out to us a picture says a thousand words and this case it may be more… So if you don’t have it yet download it now from



Microsoft MOSDAL Support for Office 365, Part 1


This tool is designed to collect system configuration and network information in order to assist Microsoft support engineers with troubleshooting . the information will be packaged in a zip so you can easily send it to a Microsoft Support Engineer.

Welcome to MSODAL Support


Please select which language you would like to use and the wizard mode is recommended for first time users.

Also, we are going to skip entering our credentials this time and bypass Office 365 authentication tests.


Wizard Mode 1



Click Wizard Mode, leave data Collections checked and click next


Wizard Mode, Please close all other Applications such as Outlook or Lync before proceeding.


Then restart the application you had trouble with and reproduce the issue. After finishing click the generate report button.


Diagnostic Complete


Thank you for using MOSDAL. Please open the log files folder and transmit the logs file to your Microsoft Support Engineer. Click Close MOSDAL to open the log file location.

The Log file location is my documents MOSDAL folder


Since I chose the default settings and not to authenticate MOSDAL did not collect any ADFS information


However, I noticed a lot of information in the Communicator folder so I took a look at the Office Communicator File Versions.txt file and found I have different version of communicator installed.


C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Lync\communicator.exe file version is 4.0.7577.314
C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Lync\ocoffice.dll file version is 4.0.7577.0



I also, notice information in the ,net folder that listed the .Net Framework Versions Installed on this system:
.NET Framework v1.0.3705 is NOT installed.
.NET Framework v1.1.4322 is NOT installed.
.NET Framework v2.0.50727 is installed.
.NET Framework v3.0 is installed.
.NET Framework v3.5 is installed.

I am going to stop here and leave the rest for part 2. t this point I love the tool it is easy to use and even with the basic options collects so much information on your environment that I recommend running it after you migrate or just start using Office 365. MOSDAL reminds me of SPSReports for SharePoint and the MPSReports MCS to uses in the field. MOSDAL does a good job of collecting a wealth of information and whether you are working with Premier Support or supporting your self the information is invaluable and collected in one place in a readable format.

Thank you, Microsoft and the Office365 Team for providing us another tool to resolve issues in our environment specifically for folks that have deployed Office 365.



Microsoft Training Resources

Find training opportunities and recommendations anytime on the U.S. Partner Learning blog, Learning Plan Tool website, and the Local Activities Section of the Training and Events page on the U.S. partner portal.

Training for Developers

Microsoft Forefront Security

Forefront Server Security Service Kit: The Tools You Need for a Successful Deployment
TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Forefront Unified Access Gateway – Hands on with Beta 2!
TechNet Webcast: Centralizing Application Authorization with AD FS 2.0 (Level 200)
TechNet Webcast: Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010: Protection Features and Underlying Technologies (Level 300)
Build Your Forefront Security Learning Plan

Microsoft SQL Server 2012

SQL Server 2012: Technical Overview of New Features
SQL Server 2012: Optimized Developer Productivity
SQL Server 2012: Extend Data Virtually Anywhere
SQL Server 2012 Licensing Update for ISVs
Build Your SQL Server 2012 Learning Plan

November Partner Training Sweepstakes
The Partner Training Sweepstakes offers a chance to grow your skills and be entered to win great prizes. Take any of our featured Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2010, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft System Center training sessions this month and you will be entered to win a Dell Netbook or a $150 American Express gift card.




November 29 meeting of the Southern California Visual Studio Team System Users Group

This month we are holding our meeting a week later than usual because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Please join us for the next meeting of SoCal Team System on November 29. We’ll be meeting in Newport Beach at Outsource Technical 3700 Campus Drive, Suite 100. Pizza and networking starts at 6:30 pm and the meeting starts at 7:00. Meeting cost is $5 to help us cover the cost of food and beverages. Please RSVP to if you plan to attend.

Branching and Merging with TFS

This session will discuss branching and merging with Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio ALM 2010. We’ll begin with a quick overview of the TFS source control system, then explore several strategies for managing project source control. With even moderately complex projects it is far too easy to create a tangled ball of confusion by branching without a clear strategy. We’ll cover some basic branching structures that can be applied to most of the common scenarios to help untangle you.

Mike Vincent is a solutions architect and agile coach based in Orange County, California. He supports clients with application lifecycle management, Scrum coaching, and software architecture focusing on Microsoft .NET technology. He has been in the software business for over 24 years in addition to engineering and marketing management positions. Mike was previously Vice President and Treasurer of INETA Noram. He founded and leads SoCal .Net Architecture, SoCal Team System, helps run OC .NET, and is a frequent presenter at user groups, regional events, conferences, and code camps. He is a Professional Scrum Developer Trainer and Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management MVP.

The more I work with larger teams the more important Visual Studio Team Foundation Server has become and business managers with their teams of analysts. architects, QA, support folks that completely did not want to even start to embrace Agile have begun doing so in a natural way (through tooth and nail) and can begin to see the light of Areas > Scenarios > Business Requirements > Features > Action Items > Unit Testing > Code Coverage > Time Estimation and deployment through Team Foundation Server and SharePoint 2010. I think the next big wave will hit when they start and use Project Server as well. But for anyone involved in a large team effort with multiple work streams, you will need to learn how to Branch, Merge, Shelve, and Check-in your code while automating everywhere possible… This looks to be a killer session and I wish I could join you guys but I will be on site with EY in Cleveland living/loving the dream of SharePoint teams working with TFS along with mornings filled with merging and java…. Smile




The 64-bit version of the directory synchronization tool is now available.

The 64-bit version of the directory synchronization tool is now available. The 64-bit version now uses Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) 2010 as the underlying synchronization engine. FIM is installed silently when you run Setup.

To download the 64-bit version of the directory synchronization tool from the Office 365 portal



Note the dates and Size, the x64 version from dirsync.exe to dirsync.x64.exe 


Also, I shutdown the x86 server (instead of uninstalling)

Installation of the x64 DirSync

Initial welcome, Click Next


Accept the licensing Terms, Next


Choose your installation location, Next


Installation Complete, Next


Installation Finished, Click Finish



Configuration of x64 DirSync

Choose Directory Sync Configuration










Click next on the welcome screen


Enter a MSOnline Admin User








Enter a Enterprise Admin User


Choose coexistence with Exchange or not








Click Next and Configuration is complete


Choose finish and start first synchronization
















When you open the miisclient it will now be FIM 2010





Force directory synchronization using Windows PowerShell

The reason I use this blog at times is to remember the issue I tend to for get and this s one of those commands

You can use the directory synchronization Windows PowerShell cmdlet to force synchronization. The cmdlet is installed when you install the Directory Synchronization tool.

On the computer that is running the Directory Synchronization tool, navigate to the directory synchronization installation folder. By default, it is located here: %programfiles%\Microsoft Online Directory Sync.
so just add the path to your environment variables and you can run DirSyncConfigShell.ps1 to open a Windows PowerShell window with the cmdlets loaded.

Then, type Start-OnlineCoexistenceSync, and then press ENTER.




My Upcoming Events

For this year’s SPSDenver event, we will be having two full days – a SharePoint Friday hosted by COSPUG on November 11th and a SharePoint Saturday on November 12th. Like always, we’ll have many MVPs plus some SharePoint Certified Masters (MCMs) and some popular speakers from around the country who you are sure to love. We plan to make this an amazing event with tons of great information, great speakers, great food, great sponsors, and lots of fun before, during, and after.

Registration for SharePoint Friday and Saturday Denver 2011 is now open. Space is limited to 350 for Friday and Saturday, and then ShareSki has a limit of 50 on Sunday:

Also don’t forget about SPSUtah the next event SharePoint Saturday in Utah You can register at or by clicking on the registration link to the right. Tell your friends and your co-workers to sign up now to reserve their spot for this inaugural (and free) event!

In addition,I hope to see you all at the SharePoint Saturday in Austin. Come spend a day at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center with fellow SharePoint users, enthusiasts, experts, and collaborators.

And bring the whole team.

The company or organization that brings the most team members will win a $250 SharePint tab at the time and location of your choice. If the winning team brings a CxO/Principal along, we’ll bump the tab up to $500.

SharePoint Saturdays ROCKs. it’s a chance for all of us to interact with all of the other SharePoint people in each city and answer questions and help more folks learn SharePoint and enhance the skills of those already proficient.




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