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SharePoint 2010 Service Applications Architecture (SSA)

If you have any experience in administering MOSS farms, you probably already know how isolated Shared Service Providers (SSPs) can be and how extremely difficult is to restore an SSP in case of disaster recovery. The good news is that for SharePoint 2010 SSPs are gone and we now we have more flexible services that […]

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SharePoint 2010 Backup and Restore

SharePoint Server 2010 Backup and Restore SharePoint 2010 Backups are a major advance over the backup facilities in SharePoint 2007. SharePoint can now easily maintain full backups and even granular backups, where only selected data can be restored. For this article I will demonstrate how to use PowerShell to backup and restore SharePoint applications as […]

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Getting Started with PowerShell for SharePoint

Windows PowerShell is a task-based command-line shell and scripting language designed especially for system administration. Built on the .NET Framework, Windows PowerShell™ helps IT professionals and power users control and automate the administration of the Windows operating system and applications that run on Windows. Built-in Windows PowerShell commands, called cmdlets, let you manage the computers […]

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Auto Refresh Web Parts in SharePoint 2010

Automatic page refreshes were a big pain point in SharePoint 2007. If you had a  page or list that you wished  to   refresh at regular intervals, so it the event that another user entered   items, the screen would update, there was no easy/direct way of doing this. You could of could add <meta http-equi=”refersh” content […]

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Migrate MOSS 2007 to SharePoint Server 2010.

Microsoft recently released the Beta version of SharePoint Server 2010. Microsoft claims that migrating from SharePoint 2007 to 2010 is a easy and straightforward, however, I remember when migrating from SharePoint 2003 to 2007 the process was painful and difficult and there were several  incompatible elements that had to be dealt with. So I approached […]

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Getting Started with the SharePoint 2010 Excel Services

Microsoft Excel is the most popular spreadsheet application used in every office. As such SharePoint Server provides special support for it. In the current article, we will review SharePoint Excel Services and  publish a sample spreadsheet using Excel services. Microsoft Office Excel is powerful but not perfect. For example if you want a colleague to […]

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Building Custom Workflows using SharePoint Designer 2010

SharePoint 2010 comes with several inbuilt workflow templates, such as one for document approval. Sometimes these templates are not suitable and new workflows need to be created.  You can do this in one of the following ways: Using the SharePoint Designer. Designing the workflow in Microsoft Office Visio and importing into the SharePoint Designer. Writing […]

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Building Approval Workflows with SharePoint Server 2010

Workflows (sequences of connected steps) are an everyday occurrence in most offices and as such, SharePoint 2010 provides support for workflows. In this article we review how to add an approval workflow to a SharePoint Document Library. The approval workflow is one of the few built-in workflows that come with the SharePoint 2010. Basically it […]

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Difference between WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007

SharePoint is one of the buzzwords that are used almost in every office. When a newbie enters in the world of the SharePoint technologies, one of the first questions  is: “What is the difference between the available distributions?” Generally there are two main distributions: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (WSS) and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 […]

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Sharepoint Extranet Setup with FBA (Forms Based Authentication)

At some point in your company’s SharePoint usage, you will probably want to expand the usage of your Intranet sites to clients. Extranet deployment usually requires some additional server and license resources which can add to the expense of the Sharepoint deployment. Fortunately, SharePoint Server 2007 has the Authentication Zones feature, which allows you to […]

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