Off to big blue pastures

Well it’s been a while since I posted on this blog and for good reason. In December I began a new role with Microsoft Australia. One of the side effects of taking up this role was that I resign my MVP status.

So this will be my final post to my MSMVPS blog, it was great to be a part of the MVP Program the years that I was and I was proud to call myself and MVP. I hope that I will still have the  pleasure of working with the MVP community moving forward.

Now for the good news I have a new blog, if you click here you will find my new Microsoft hosted blog. If you wish to contact me please do so via this new blog as I will not be monitoring the traffic from my old blog from now on.

Using InfoPath 2010 Today

Well this has taken a lot longer than I would have liked to get this recording up on the web.

Here it is, my session that I presented at the MOSSIG September meeting enjoy. Unfortunately the original recording I made on the night didn’t come out as well I would have liked so I had to re-record the session. I’ve done my best to address any questions that were asked on the night however if I’ve missed some please feel free to shoot them through on the comments and I’ll respond asap.

SharePoint Saturday Melbourne! 14th November

It’s now officially official, SharePoint Saturday Melbourne is locked in and scheduled for November 14th the site is now live and we are accepting Speaker Submissions so head on over to and start getting those presentation idea’s down, we will stop accepting session submissions on Oct 21st so make sure you get your ideas in, don’t forget to when making submissions this will be occurring after the SharePoint Conference in Vegas so we should have a lot more freedom to talk about some of the new features of 2010. We’ll also have event registration open in the coming days so watch this space.


“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!”

Also be sure to follow for all the latest info around the event. We are hoping we can top Sydney’s attendance this time around and make this the biggest SPS event in Australia to date.

InfoPath 2010 Picture Button Control

Wow I can’t believe its been nearly a month since my last InfoPath 2010 video, it’s amazing how time sneaks past you when your not looking. In this video I take a look at one of the new controls in InfoPath 2010 the Picture button control. This new control adds a whole heap of new opportunities when designing forms that you want to be more engaging for your form user.

Also I had a couple of comments on my last video that it was too small, I should mention that all videos on my blog are Silverlight so if you double click the video it’ll maximise to full screen.

As the dust settles from SharePoint Saturday Sydney


The very first international SharePoint Saturday is now complete and so far all feedback has been very positive. First I’d like to say a big thankyou to all the speakers that made the effort to put their sessions together, and an even bigger thankyou to those speakers who trekked both from interstate and also internationally. All sessions were very well received as is evident by the feedback we heard at the pub afterwards;

I was expecting user-group level presentations, but these were as good as anything I’d see at Tech Ed.”

–SharePoint Saturday Sydney Attendee

Secondly I’d like to shout out big props to Brian Farnhill who was instrumental in making the day as successful as it was.

While I have a couple of days off now with the family to rest and relax, I have taken some time to have a think about lessons learned and things to change for the next SharePoint Saturday which both Brian and I are hoping will be as big if not better than our first endeavour, the top 2 that spring to mind  are 1. Make sure we have coffee for attendees, decaffeinated IT people can be a very agitated bunch 2. Don’t be afraid to think bigger, while we were organising this event I found myself thinking we would have trouble to get sponsorship, or attendees or speakers but it turns out if the event is there the support will follow close behind.

Now if you happen to be in Adelaide this coming weekend 15th August then be sure to check out for details on the SPS event happening over there and if not then check out some of these pics from SharePoint Saturday Sydney

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A lap around InfoPath 2010 Part 1

With the release of the Office 2010 Client Applications earlier this week I thought it would be good to put together a couple of videos highlighting some of the new features of InfoPath 2010 Client interface, the following video takes you through some of the Interface changes in InfoPath 2010 

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

Get your wireless working in Win 2008 R2

This evening I began rebuilding my laptop with Windows 2008 R2, while the install went swimmingly I did run into an issue once my machine was up and running, I couldn’t connect to my wireless network. The now the obvious issue would be that the drivers for my wireless adapter were missing but further investigation cleared that up. My adapter was there but no wireless networks were detected.

So off to the fabled internet I went in search of answers. Turns out the Wireless Auto Configuration service is not installed on the server products by default. Open up the server feature manager and low and behold all the way at the bottom is the option to install the Wireless Auto Configuration Manager. Five minutes  later I was connected again.

Now to finish my rebuild before tomorrow morning :os