Tech-Ed is letting me speak on upgrades

Can you imagine? Me neither. 😉

I am really looking forward to this as it will give me a chance to go back into my upgrading testing phase and see what new insight I can come up with. I have done several hundred test upgrades and several customer upgrades over the last 8 months or so. It all started when I was tasked to co-author Upgrading From SharePoint 2003 to SharePoint 2007 for SharePoint Solutions. And then of course I just completed a chapter on upgrading from SPS 2003 to MOSS 2007 in the real world for the upcoming book SharePoint 2007 MVP (even though I am not listed as an author).

Now I just need to come up with something cool to give away at my session.

Shane – SharePoint Help

Editing recurring meeting workspaces

If you ever used recurring meeting workspaces in v2 you probably found they had one major flaw. There was no way to reschedule just one occurrence of the meeting. Meaning if you have a recurring meeting setup for every Monday morning this was great until… you had Monday off one week and you had to reschedule the meeting for Tuesday just for that one week. In v2 this wasn’t possible and I can tell you right now telling a client or a student this always was met with a dirty look. L

Luckily in v3 this is no longer a problem. All you have to do is go to the events list that has the meetings, find your meeting, and click edit item. Now not only is there an option to change the time but you can also change the date for just this one meeting. If you wanted to permently move the meeting to Tuesday this is possible also just click edit series.

Not my most technical posting but a pretty handy thing to know as you learn to navigate in v3.

Shane – SharePoint Help

Setting up SharePoint? Accounts need their domain.

I have been meaning to post this forever and keep forgetting. A very common issue I am seeing people have when setting up and configuring SharePoint is the way they are specifying account names. You must always specify domain\username. Even though SharePoint will never tell you this is the problem it is. Many users are tempted to just type in username for a service and then the password then they are greeted with a random/cryptic error message. After about an hour (or a day of reinstalling) they realize it was because they forgot to specify the domain name.

I will attempt to compile a list of error messages that have been caused by this issue and post them here. If you have one please post it in the comments and I will update the post. Thanks

Sample Error:

An unhandled exception occurred in the user interface.Exception Information: OSearch (SPSearchAcct)

Anyway, just a heads up!

Shane – SharePoint Help