I am Joining The Ted Pattison Group

I have been trying to come up with a good way of filling you in on the details of my exciting news. After scratching my head for a while I came up with the following format. Stolen right from one of my favorite men’s magazine, call it “20 questions with Shane”. Ok, really only 10 questions but you get the idea.

Question: Who or what is the Ted Pattison Group?

The Ted Pattison Group (TPG) is one of the leaders in SharePoint training. They are a group of highly talented individuals who live and breathe SharePoint. Using their real world expertise they have created some very awesome SharePoint Courses. It is actually a very daunting group to join. All of them are highly respected in the community and outstanding authors of some of the best books you can find.

Question: I thought you worked with SharePoint Solutions, a different training company?

Yup, I did. For the last few years I have been sub-contracting to SharePoint Solutions to teach, write, present, and consult on everything SharePoint. These awesome guys have sent me from the Pacific North West to Southern Florida and just about everywhere in between.

Question: Why make such a change?

If you have met me or followed my blog at all you know how highly I think of SharePoint Solutions and their classes. Not to mention the people. Some of my best friends in the world are at that company. So, it has to be one of the two answers below. You can pick.

Answer #1 – It is my midlife crisis. J I turn 30 in six short days. I tried buying a new fancy car but that didn’t seem to help. While the BMW 335i is an amazing thrill ride I need more change in my life.

Answer #2 – I am sick of traveling and the TPG offers some great options for staying home more. That is an interesting concept. If my math is good this is week 35 this year and I will have been on the road 27 of those weeks. Yikes! That is a lot of travel and none of those trips have been for pleasure.

Question: So why will you get to stay home more now?

Well, we will be offering my new class primarily out of a training location here in Cincinnati that is 2.9 miles from my house. And we will also be offering the class via Live Meeting . That’s right, I will sit here in my fuzzy pajamas and enlighten you about SharePoint. The good news is, no web cams required.

Question: What class will you be doing? TPG, after all, only offers developer classes.

Not anymore. This week they are launching a new course Creating Solutions with SharePoint Server 2007 Enterprise Edition which is focused on Web Designers, Content Authors and Advanced Users. But, that is not the course I will be teaching. I will be writing a brand new course called Professional SharePoint Server 2007 Administration. Sounds fancy doesn’t it? And, of course, it will be targeted at people like us. SharePoint administrators and consultants who need to know everything to make SharePoint hum along.

Question: What will be covered in the Professional Admin course?

I am glad you asked. Look for the official outline sometime this coming week. Some teaser material:

  • Hands on: A least-privileged MOSS Installation. We will setup the farm using about 6 different accounts in true application isolation with Kerberos authentication.
  • Deep dive into Central Administration and the Shared Service Provider
  • Code Access Security (CAS) and that crazy web.config from the admin’s point of view
  • Public facing web site with Anonymous and Forms Based Authentication (FBA)
  • SharePoint Performance
  • And of course Backups and disaster recovery

Question: Why did you choose to do this class?

From my teaching, speaking, and consulting experience with 2007 I have found that there is a strong demand for such a course. A class that concentrates less on day to day use of the product and more on keeping this mission critical application running smoothly.

Question: Does this change anything for SharePoint911?

Nope. As most of you know I am the principal consultant for SharePoint911 and this will continue. If anything this should give me a little more bandwidth. Business is booming here at SharePoint911 and we hope to be adding some more consultants in the very near future. Know anybody who needs a job? J

Question: Is this my first time creating a training class?

Nope. I have either written or co-written the following course for SharePoint Solutions. Advanced Administration for SPS 2003, Upgrading from SPS 2003 to MOSS 2007, and Jumpstart 2007.

Question: What should I do if you have any other questions?

If there are any question you have that I have failed to cover drop me a note and I will be happy to see if I have an answer.

Shane – SharePoint Help

SharePoint MVP Book is here!

I just got my box full of copies. Too exciting.

For those of you not in the know 16 of your favorite SharePoint MVPS got together to do a book all about real world experiences with MOSS. Each one of us wrote our own chapter completely from our point of view. Makes for a very unique book with lots of great information. I recommend everyone buys ten copies. Just for some perspective on how different of a book it is: My chapter starts out with

It was a dark and stormy night. I had just talked myself into sitting down long enough to take screenshots for my next blog posting when my phone rang. The call was from…”

I am sure it comes as a great shock to most of you but my chapter is actually on upgrading from SPS 2003 to MOSS 2007. Lots of the lessons learned from my Upgrade Class are reflected in the book. Anyway, I need to quit writing this and start reading the other chapters. Should be exciting, maybe not as exciting as Harry Potter was but pretty close. And whatever you do don’t tell my English Teacher from High School. She would never believe you that someone let me be part of a book.

Shane – SharePoint Help

I will be speaking at the Cincinnati SharePoint User Group Meeting

Come on out to Max Train in Mason for an evening of SharePoint fun. Starts off at 6:00 with a little socializing and food and then some guest speakers. First Rick Linder and Tina Stewart will be speaking on how Shepherd Color Company utilizes SharePoint. Then you will be stuck with yours truly for a little talk on Search in SharePoint. One of my favorite topics. I will be doing one of my typical all demo and questions presentations. So if you have any good questions or just want to make up something so I will flounder you should come out Monday 8/13.

For more details check the web site at http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/sharepoint/worldwide/us/heartland/default.aspx

Hope to see you there.

Shane – SharePoint Help

Give a user access to the SSP

This can be slightly more daunting and confusing to a SharePoint rookie than it should be. So I thought I would drill through the process and see if I can help someone out. The story usually goes something like this.

You are the IT guy. You got a request to install this MOSS thing so people could make web sites or something like that. Ok. After a couple of tries no problem. You got the darn thing installed for them. You create them a site collection and set them on their marry little way. No problems. Then the following week you get another call. “We need to configure search and import some profiles. We need to access the Shared Service Provider to do this. Can you let us in?” OK. Now what?

You could do it the lazy way and cross your fingers they don’t break anything by granting access to the whole web application. That was detailed in my post Become Administrator of the Entire Web Application. But even if you do this you will find they still can’t manage profiles , audiences, permissions, or usage analytics. Bummer. So what should you do?

  1. Start off by logging into the SSP admin site.
  2. Now you need to add the user just like you would to any other site. Click Site Actions > Site Settings
  3. Under Users and Permissions click Advanced permissions
  4. Click New > Add Users
  5. Enter your user and put them in a group. Normally I just place them in the Viewers group and hit OK

Now your user can log into the SSP and manage search settings, the Excel Service Settings, and can view the various links list. So how do you give them more permissions? Well in order to do that you need to give them some more access.

  1. Under User Profiles and My Sites click Personalization services permissions.
  2. Click Add Users/Groups
  3. Enter your users name select which permissions you would like to bestow upon them and click Save.

What are all of these different permissions? I am glad you asked. J

  • Create personal site gives the user the capability to create and use a My Site. Going deep here will have to be saved for another day but if you want to make that My Site link disappear take away this right from the users. But you didn’t give it to them. Why do they have it? Go back to the manage permission screen. All authenticated users were given this right by default.
  • Use personal features is another topic for another day. Essentially though this provides the My Links functionality and allows users to manage their Colleagues.
  • Manage user profiles this allows your user to do just that. Get in there and modify the profiles for this SSP. Give them this right and now they can access the links: User profiles and properties, Profile services policies, and My Site Settings.
  • Manage audiences you guessed it but now you can click that handy little Audiences link. Once you are there you can set the schedule or define the rules for building those global audiences.
  • Manage permissions this will let that user modify Personalization services permissions (the stuff we are doing right now).
  • Manage usage analytics this gives the user access to make changes to Usage reporting. Small bug here but if the user doesn’t have this right they can still open up the screen. Then if they make a change and hit ok they get a 403 forbidden error. Reminds you of SPS 2003 doesn’t it. J

So now if you have given the user all of those permissions they should be a happy camper? Depends. If you have MOSS Enterprise then probably not because they still can’t manage the BDC. Yikes! More to do.

  1. Click Business Data Catalog permissions from the main screen of the SSP
  2. Click Add Users/Groups
  3. Enter your user, select their permissions and click Save

Since I will not even claim to understand the BDC I will leave you to use the included explanations on the screen to figure out what to give your users.

Anyway, hopefully this will help you out.


Shane – SharePoint Help