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

13 Comments so far

  1.   AC [MVP MOSS] on August 28th, 2007          Reply

    Welcome to the TPG team Shane!

  2.   Gabrielle Clark on August 28th, 2007          Reply

    Congratulations, Shane! I am looking forward to your new course. Its one I definately need as I try to get my arms around what it actually means to ‘administer’ our SharePoint farm. Will it be offered via Live Meeting??

  3.   Shane on August 28th, 2007          Reply

    Yup, the class will be offered via Live Meeting. I don’t know when yet but hopefully by the end of the year.

  4.   Mrs. Cow on August 28th, 2007          Reply

    This is udderly fantastic:)

  5.   John Holliday on August 28th, 2007          Reply

    Hi Shane – welcome to the team! I’m really looking forward to working with you.

  6.   Robert Bolton on August 28th, 2007          Reply

    How can we be kept abreast of this new Professional SharePoint Server 2007 Administration course? What is the cost, what is the venue, when, etc.? I need to know these kinds of things in order to scope it as part of my budget planning for the new fiscal, which starts on Oct 1.

  7.   Shane on August 29th, 2007          Reply

    Robert – Hit the contact link above or keep an eye out on the blog. First class is October 29 and i “think” you can use this link to register http://www.tedpattison.net/register.aspx?OfferingID=41

  8.   Robin on August 29th, 2007          Reply

    Congrats with the new job mate! Good luck!

  9.   Todd Klindt on August 30th, 2007          Reply

    Congrats Shane.


  10.   Nita Arvind on September 6th, 2007          Reply

    Congrats Shane! I like the way you went about writing this post! When i read the heading, the natural question that popped up in my head was the first question you addressed. So I guess that means you are a natural teacher…
    Here I am having a problem,
    You see i am deploying a web part. I created it in my virtual machine and had deployed it there … and it works perfectly. I then tried to deploy it in our staging environment. I put in the ASsembley folder , then go to the gallery, add the webpart. Then go to site and try adding the webpart to the page. The moment i select the webpart from the pop-up gallery, a ‘forbidden 403’ error shows up.
    I have tried deploying in the bin and as a CAB file and i end up facing the same problem. The site to which the webpart was added shows the ‘forbidden 403’ error.
    I hope you will be able to tell me what i might be doing wrong.

  11.   Shane Young on September 6th, 2007          Reply

    Did you add an entry for your web part in the web.config as a safe control?

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