Data in the cloud! DataMarket Add-In for Excel and Excel Services

There are some exciting things happening around Microsoft cloud services. One of the services is Windows Azure marketplace DataMarket, a cloud service that helps end users who need data for business analysis and decision making. You can conveniently consume the data you subscribe to directly in such Microsoft Office applications as Microsoft Excel 2010 and…


Improve navigation through search results using refiners based on custom entities

Audience: Search Admin/ITPro Pre-requisite: This post assumes the reader has basic Search Administration knowledge. If you want to ease navigation through your search results and your documents already have metadata, you can enable refiners based on this metadata. But what if the documents don’t have this specific metadata that you want to refine on? In that…


Troubleshooting methodology content for SharePoint environments with the new “Claims authentication does not validate user” topic

The Claims authentication does not validate user troubleshooting topic is now available. I see troubleshooting content as falling into two categories: break-fix and troubleshooting methodology. Break-fix troubleshooting content is designed to fix a known problem based on a specific configuration and symptom. Many Knowledgebase articles fall into this category and the content typically consists of…


Configuring extranet access for PerformancePoint Services 2010

Do you have users that need access to your data, but aren’t in your intranet? A new white paper, Configuring extranet access for PerformancePoint Services 2010, describes architectural considerations for deploying PerformancePoint Services in an extranet environment. The paper provides a detailed walkthrough of the recommended architecture that uses Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) server as…