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Assembly Error in STSADM MigrateUser

During a recent migration, we ran into an issue when attempting to migrate users from one domain to another using stsadm migrateuser.  Hopefully this will help any others that are getting this strange error.  Our environment was a small MOSS 2007 64-bit farm installed with slipstreamed SP2, with the February 2010 cumulative update applied. 

 We were moving from an on-premise to Hosted solution, so this required a new domain and user accounts.  Since the new domain wouldn’t know anything about the old domain’s user accounts, we added the –ignoresidhistory switch.  We ran the following command:

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Special SharePoint Video Library Offer From Bamboo Solutions

I wanted to pass-along a special promotion that Bamboo Solutions has going on…

For a limited time, when you purchase the SharePoint Video Library from Bamboo Solutions, you'll receive a free FLIP Video UltraHD Camera valued at $260.00 (see details below).

There’s no catch, no tricks; just a simple, great offer. Purchase the SharePoint Video Library for $500, and Bamboo Solutions will ship you the Flip Video UltraHD so you can start filling your video library with fun and useful video content.

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Upcoming Cloud Computing Event

I wanted to let all of our readers know about a cloud computing event that will be held in 4 cities along the East coast.  I admit, it is my company that is hosting the “4-City Tour” but this really is a going to be a good way to see many cloud platforms at work.

Highlights:

    Parallel sessions on Microsoft CRM, Salesforce.com, SharePoint, and Unified Communications
    Integration luncheon showing a live demo of integration between CRM, SharePoint, and UC
    Exclusive research on the top cloud challenges from CFOs and CIOs
    Exclusive demos of SharePoint 2010
    Exclusive session showing Microsoft CRM and Salesforce.com in a live side-by-side comparison

Cities:

    May 4 – Charlotte, NC
    May 6 – Washington, DC
    May 11 – Raleigh, NC
    May 13 – Atlanta, GA

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SharePoint 2010 Ignite Virtual Training – Day 5: Business Connectivity Services (BCS)

Many of you may be familiar with the Business Data Catalog (BDC) feature of MOSS 2007 that allowed for the integration of SharePoint with various line-of-business (LOB) systems on a read-only basis.  In SharePoint 2010, the BDC has become the BCS – Business Connectivity Services.  The BCS has it’s own dedicated database and runs as it’s own service application (as do many of the other services in SharePoint 2010) that can be enabled at the Web Application level.

With Microsoft Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 capabilities, people are now empowered with read and write access to LOB applications and external data sources (such as SQL, Oracle, SAP, CRM, Siebel, Web services, and custom applications), whether they are online or offline.  An entire site can be taken offline by using Microsoft Office Workspace and then users can resynchronize when they’re reconnected to the network.

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SharePoint 2010 Ignite Virtual Training – Day 4: “Search Gone Social”

There are many new improvements to Search within SharePoint 2010 including the new FAST Search application which further extends the out-of-box SharePoint search capability.  One exciting new FAST feature is “Visual Best Bets” within your search results.  Visual best bets show you a thumbnail image of each document found in the search results.  For certain file types such as PowerPoint, it even goes as far as allowing you to scroll through a PowerPoint presentation all while staying within your search results page.  Very impressive!

SharePoint 2010 Search Visual Best Bets

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SharePoint 2010 Ignite Virtual Training – Day 3: SharePoint Designer 2010

WOW!  That is my first impression of seeing SharePoint Designer 2010 demonstrated in today’s ignite training.  It is absolutely revolutionary!

The instructor basically called the product a complete re-write over the previous 2007 version and you will easily see why. 

You can now connect to SharePoint Designer through the ribbon directly from your SharePoint 2010 site, or you can open the site directly in the client. 

SharePoint Designer 2010

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SharePoint 2010 Ignite Virtual Training - Day 2: Windows PowerShell

During today’s SharePoint 2010 Ignite training, it was apparent that Microsoft is now turning to Windows PowerShell as the primary command line tool for interaction with SharePoint. 

I learned about many of the advantages that are obtained by utilizing the SharePoint 2010 Management Shell to script administrative tasks in SharePoint Server 2010. Windows PowerShell cmdlets go far beyond the capabilities of previous command-line tools such as STSADM.  Windows PowerShell is not a replacement for STSADM, but it certainly seems to be more flexible and powerful.

The Hands-On labs gave me a test drive into the following areas:

  • How to use Windows PowerShell scripting techniques, such as pipes, filters, wildcards, and enumerations, for SharePoint Server 2010 administration.

  • How to assign variables and use the SharePoint object model from Windows PowerShell.

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SharePoint 2010 Ignite Virtual Training - Day 1: SharePoint 2010 Overview

This week I have the privilege of attending Microsoft’s SharePoint 2010 Ignite Virtual training course.  SharePoint 2010 Ignite is deep technical training for SharePoint 2007 professionals who are looking to upgrade their skills to the new version of SharePoint.  I am excited to learn more about the new features and functionalities of SharePoint Server 2010.

The first day included an overview of the following:

  • New User Interface (the Ribbon)
  • Architectural Changes
  • Introduction to the new Service Application model (no more Shared Service Provider - SSP)
  • Business Continuity Management

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Demo Dynamics CRM, SharePoint and Salesforce.com

Looking for a fast way to get a demonstration of Dynamics CRM, Microsoft SharePoint or Salesforce.com?  A new site: demos.c5insight.com has been setup for just this purpose.  You'll find a variety of demos on the site for different types of users including:

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Deleting SharePoint Subsites

During a recent information architecture project for a client who was migrating data from a single site collection to thirteen site collections, I realized that I would need to delete one of the subsites contained within the original site collection.  It would have been nice and simple if I just needed to delete the site collection, but unfortunately this was not the case.  The problem was the overwhelming number of sites that needed to be deleted.  We all love using the stsadm command line tool, but one shortfall is that you cannot delete a site that contains a subsite.  In the past I have bit the bullet and deleted sites, one at at time, using the stsadm –o deleteweb command, but I did not have the time or patience for that in this situation. 

 After doing some online research I found the answer I was looking for; there “IS” a better way to delete sites in SharePoint

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Reconstructing "My SharePoint Sites" After a Migration

Our team recently finished a significant enterprise MOSS farm migration from a  single-server installation to a multi-server farm topology.  Once the new farm was architected and constructed, the migration went as smoothly as it could have, with no major obstacles.  However, as a day or two passed, a few of the end users began to notice a strange occurrence.

This particular client is a heavy user of the My Sites and My Links functionality.  During the migration, we used the User Profile Replication Engine, which is just one component of the SharePoint Administration Toolkit.  This allowed us to migrate user profiles, and more importantly, specific user profile properties.  The primary reason for this was to avoid an SSP migration, which is where the actual “My Links” are stored. 

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Redirecting HTTP Traffic to HTTPS in SharePoint

Recently, we deployed a large project for a multinational corporation and an interesting situation arose during the process.  The SharePoint portal for this particular client was accessible externally (outside of their corporate network).  This allowed users to access the sites worldwide without having to use a VPN to connect to the corporate network.  This is not uncommon in the SharePoint world, and we have implemented and configured a fair number of Extranet portals over the years.

This particular project was very document-centric (as are many in SharePoint), with multiple workflows for approval, updating, publishing, etc.  Because of this, the Microsoft Word client was heavily used in the application, and seamless client integration was a critical important requirement. 

 During beta testing, we discovered two strange occurrences:

1) Emails generated by the automated task creation (for document approval) had a mixture of URLs with http and https.

2) When opening a document for editing/approval, the user sometimes received an error that he/she could not approve or edit the task associated with the document.

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SharePoint Footers Made Simple

Have you ever spent hours tweaking your site footer in the SharePoint master page so that it stays at the bottom of your site, only to find out that when you view it in another browser or screen resolution it jumps back up the page?  That’s frustrating to say the least! 

In order to fulfill a client requirement on their SharePoint site, I needed to figure out how to accomplish this on a tight deadline.  I found a site that provided the perfect solution to my issue.  Ryan Fait shows how simple it is to make a “sticky footer”.  It works with just a few simple CSS classes and simple HTML markup. 

The solution has been tested in IE 5 and up, Firefox, Safari and Opera.  It basically counts a negative value from the bottom of your page and sets the footer on top of it.  The solution was easy to implement, worked perfectly, and satisfied the client!  Thanks Ryan Fait

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October Cumulative Update for WSS v3 and MOSS 2007

The October Cumulative Update (CU) for WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007 was released on October 27th.

Every two months, Microsoft tries to release updates to the Office product line, including WSS and MOSS.  The latest release addresses various issues across the board.  Microsoft and the SharePoint product team does a good job with communicating the changes, so I have included the links to “what has been fixed” as well as a post by Joerg Sinemus detailing the installation procedure for the October CU.

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Customizing SharePoint Master Pages

I was recently tasked with quickly customizing a SharePoint site to fit the needs of a client.  In other words, making a SharePoint site not look like SharePoint.  Where do you start?  It did not sound like an easy task, but rather a matter that would require a lot of research, trial and error.  I was ecstatic to stumble upon a fantastic piece of work from Heather Solomon, a web designer specializing in SharePoint branding, layout and usability.  Heather’s Base Master Page Templates strip down master pages for your use with SharePoint 2007 sites, so you don’t have to dig through tedious lines of code and formatting; Heather has done this for you!

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Success Accelerators 2009 Live Event - Microsoft Campus

I wanted to write a quick note to let everyone know that StreamLogic will be partnering with Customer Connect to present a FREE, live event this Thursday, October 29, 2009, at the Microsoft campus in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Event Details:

When? Thursday, October 29th, 8:45 AM -  1:30 PM
Attend all day, or just choose the sessions that apply to you
Where? Microsoft Campus - Charlotte, NC

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SharePoint Conference 2009: Day 4

SharePoint Conference 2009 Day 4

Today was the fourth and final day for the exceptional 2009 SharePoint Conference.  Today was a deviation from the norm, in that we did not spend the day in the typical SharePoint 2010 sessions.  We actually spent the day with the Microsoft Partner Team, attending back-to-back sessions learning how we, as partners, can leverage the SharePoint 2010 platform to create even more value for our clients. 

Anyone that knows me knows that our clients are more than just “customers.”  I firmly believe in aligning with our clients, understanding their business, understanding what pains they are feeling, and creating long-lasting, trust-based relationships with them – they are my friends.  So, when I have the opportunity to learn ways that we can add even more value than we already do, I am definitely on-board...

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SharePoint Conference 2009: Day 3

SharePoint Conference 2009 Day 3

Today started with a very good session on Governance.  This session was not only applicable to SharePoint 2010, but also to MOSS 2007. 

A few good takeaways from this session were:

  • Users find workarounds to SharePoint, so it must be easy and your users must be trained
  • Start with the intended business outcome and let that drive your governance plan
  • The SharePoint culture needs to be evangelized ‘top-down’ in the organization
  • One size does not fit all - governance plans should be tailored and can contain multiple levels

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SharePoint Conference 2009: Day 2

 Day 2 started with a session on xRM and SharePoint.  It was somewhat ironic that this session was very similar, in terms of content, to the session we do at live events and in our webinars at Success Accelerators.  There were a few custom tools that I had not seen before, but overall this was a good session for anyone looking to determine if they can leverage CRM with SharePoint.  We work closely with Customer Connect in this area, and have done quite a few integration and xRM implementations, so this is all exciting stuff, and goes back to our motto of ‘SharePoint as a platform.’

Here are a few more highlights from Day 2:

  • SharePoint Server 2010 is now better equipped to handle multi-tenancy
  • Service Applications (formerly SSP) can now be grouped and multiple (many) can co-exist

 

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SharePoint Conference 2009: Day 1

 

SharePoint Conference 2009We are at the Worldwide SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas this week, and all I can really say at this point is “WOW!”  The talented team at StreamLogic works with our clients on SharePoint implementations every day, so we definitely understand its popularity and what a great tool it is.  But walking into the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, I was overwhelmed and surprised; my thought…SharePoint is HUGE!

Day 1 started with keynote speeches from Steve Ballmer, Jeff Teper and Tom Rizzo.  Honestly, I would call this a pep-rally rather than a keynote address, as it had more of a ‘rock concert’ feel than a technology conference.  Overall, I sensed an emphasis on the concept of SharePoint as a ‘platform’, which is a concept we have been promoting for quite some time to our clients and via our live and web events.  This really hit-home when I attended the first ‘developer’ session of the day and there were over 3,000 (I assume developers) attending this one session!  In fact, one of the first demos that Tom Rizzo showed in the keynote was a more technical demo using the BCS (Business Connectivity Services – currently BDC in MOSS 2007) and web part development.

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SPC 2009 - Bamboo Solutions Booth

StreamLogic has been invited to join the Bamboo team in their booth on Monday, October 19th from 2:45 pm – 4:45 pm.  If you will be at the conference, please come by and say hello.

We’ll have a few freebies to give away as well.

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SPC 2009 Keynote address will be streamed live online

From http://www.mssharepointconference.com, catch-up on the SharePoint 2010 announcements even if you can't be at SharePoint Conference 2009 in person!

The keynote address on Monday, Oct 19th featuring Steve Ballmer and Jeff Teper will live stream from the front page of http://www.mssharepointconference.com.

The keynote will also be available for on-demand viewing starting Monday afternoon.

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SharePoint Conference 2009 is Sold Out

Well, we’re now only 3 days away and I know everyone is excited about SPC 2009. Looks like it is completely sold out, which is fantastic:

SharePoint Conference 2009 Sold Out

Straight from the SPC 2009 site, here are just a few of the ‘sneak peek’ sessions that we will be attending:

  • SharePoint 2010 Overview and What's New
  • Upgrading to SharePoint 2010

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Filebrowser 2.0 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0

Back in 2007 I developed a solution to show Windows Explorer directories and folders inside an iframe on a CRM form. I blogged about it for the Microsoft CRM Team blog on MSDN. Filebrowser allows users to directly access files and folders in a shared directory from within CRM records. The files and folders are stored on a UNC share on your server, so they’re also accessible to non-CRM users. In addition, Filebrowser incorporated some client-side script to create and display context-sensitive fol ...

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