Savings for Microsoft Certification

Thinking about 2009, and what Microsoft Certification I may work towards if any.  Ideally, Microsoft Certified Master SharePoint, but I don’t think my company is going to pay for that.  I’ve considered MCITP: Enterprise Administrator, but right now I’m on the fence. Regardless, for those that ARE working towards a certification there are some really…

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12 Days of SharePoint

(to the tune of "12 days of Christmas"…) On the twelfth day of Sharing, my SharePoint sent to me Twelve master pages Eleven site collections Ten site templates Nine BI dashboards Eight blogs a-blogging Seven search keywords Six wiki pages Five content types Four different libraries Three web parts Two task lists And a lost…

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SharePoint Enlists – Sir, Yes Sir!

I came across a recent article that spoke to SharePoint becoming the collaboration tool of choice for Military organizations across the world.  Being a veteran, this really intrigues me.  I recently finished a project implementing MOSS for a financial organization and I always had that extra "am I secure?" thought going through my mind.  I…

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SharingThePoint.com (SharePoint Blog) Go-Live

Today I launched my new blog on SharePoint at www.sharingthepoint.com. All of the pertinent posts from my old blog (http://weblogs.asp.net/danlewis/) have been migrated, as well as the majority of the comments.  The only thing that didn’t migrate too well was the date of the comments… but I can live with that. As the year 2008…

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URL Decoder/Encoder – GUID Converter

What a great little tool by Eric Meyer.  Input a nasty looking URL string, and it will make it into something that you can read.  To explain the possible benefit, let me show you what I used it for. In SharePoint, when viewing a list’s settings you can see the guid for the list in…

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OneNote to rule them all

Okay, silly title but I couldn’t resist.  :)   I’m a big fan of OneNote, and after exploring the features and a trial run of using it as my sole source for note taking, I became hooked.  Actually, I don’t remember the last time that I even carried an actual notebook around. There are a couple…

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SharePoint Administrator dissolves Webmaster role?

I saw a general discussion on a SharePoint forum about SharePoint making the Webmaster role in organizations obsolete.  Below was my response.  I’m looking forward to hearing what the rest of the SharePoint community thinks.  Personally, I think the title of ‘webmaster’ died quite some time ago.  Due exclusively to SharePoint – no. To me…

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SharePoint – a product of many names

Too often I hear SharePoint referenced in conversation, and think to myself "What SharePoint are they referring to?".   What specific product could someone be referencing when they say SharePoint?   SharePoint has had more name changes and name associations than Sean Combs (P Diddy) and Rogers Nelson (Prince) combined.  With additional functionality and the better the…

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Failure decompressing data from a cabinet file

In a previous post, Increase maximum size of List Template, I explained how to increase the maximum file size of a list / site template in SharePoint.  However, even after doing that you may encounter another error when trying to save the template: ‘Failure decompressing data from a cabinet file’. The resolution to this is…

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SharePoint Designer Licensing

I get asked often how much SharePoint Designer costs, and I never have the answer. I guess I’ve always been spoiled with Subscriptions through MSDN, TechNet, etc..  The SharePoint team published a post on licensing for SPD: http://blogs.msdn.com/sharepointdesigner/archive/2008/11/14/spd-licensing-101.aspx The software is licensed per desktop, and has an estimated retail price of $299.95.  You can upgrade…

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