SharePoint Daily for August 20, 2008

Top News Stories
Improve SharePoint 2007 Design and Navigation With Managed Paths (SearchWinIT)
Managed paths give Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 administrators a powerful, yet easy mechanism for building a corporation's collaboration environment. But proper planning that includes an understanding of the needs of all business groups is crucial to the execution of a successful SharePoint design and taxonomy structure. This tip explains what managed paths are, the benefits of using them, and how to define and implement managed paths in a Microsoft SharePoint 2007 portal.

Microsoft Relaxes Virtual-machine Rules (CNET)
Microsoft on Tuesday announced a change in its licensing policy to make it easier for businesses that want the ability to shift server software that is running in a virtual machine from one physical machine to another.

Bamboo Solutions Offers Free SharePoint Calculator (CMSWire)
Microsoft Licensing is confusing at the best of times. If you’ve ever looked at their SharePoint 2007 licensing spreadsheet, then you’ll understand what a headache really is. Fear not though, because Bamboo Solution’s has come out with a tool that will help you figure out how much you will pay for SharePoint licensing before you have to talk to Microsoft themselves. And that may save you a bottle of aspirin.

Virtualization Update: Microsoft Lightens Up on its Virtual Migration Rules (Virtualization)
Microsoft Tuesday liberalized its virtual machine policies, as expected, and said that starting September 1 its big customers will be able to move Microsoft virtualized server applications between servers “in a server farm” as often as they want without paying additional licensing fees. The company is overturning its existing customer-irritating “90-day reassignment rule” that has restricted virtualized Microsoft applications to the physical servers they were assigned, allowing them be moved only every three months.

Is the Enterprise Ready for Cloud Computing? (ZDNet)
There have been multiple white papers and articles written on the topic - Is Cloud Computing Ready for the Enterprise?  The question is asked so many times now - Is Cloud Computing ready for the enterprise?  But there is an equally relevant question:  Is the enterprise ready for Cloud Computing?

 

Around the Blogosphere
Improving SharePoint with SQL Server 2008 (SharePoint Hosting and Development)
There is a vast array of new features in SQL Server 2008. While I would love to explore all of them, many are not relevant to the SharePoint admin since we are not allowed to modify the underlying schema. Also, keep in mind that while I did minimum testing to understand these features, no one (that I’m aware of) has any large scale perspective with SQL Server 2008 and SharePoint yet. This is not meant to be definitive guidance. That said, I will focus on the big wins for SharePoint and how to leverage them in your environment.

Viacom on SharePoint (Club Moss)
As an entertainment company, MTV Networks must continually work to ensure that its brands remain strong, vibrant, and deeply connected to the audiences they serve. The company's previous portal infrastructure wasn't helping people share information and ideas. End users could not publish their own content, collaborate effectively, nor find the information they needed.

Silverlight Blueprints for SharePoint Released to CodePlex! (CodeJedi)
Today Microsoft released the source code for the Silverlight Blueprints for SharePoint—based on the Silverlight Beta 2 release. The Silverlight Blueprints for SharePoint provide a way for developers to better understand how to integrate Silverlight applications with SharePoint. Silverlight is an incredibly popular technology and with the increase in SharePoint adoption we’re finding an increased call for integrating technologies like Silverlight with SharePoint.

Update on Licensing and Virtualization Support for SharePoint Products and Technologies (Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog)
Today we’re excited to announce support and licensing updates for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007 SP1 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP1 running in virtual machines. This is part of a larger announcement affecting multiple Microsoft products, including Exchange Server, SQL Server and SharePoint Server.

SharePoint Findability and your Intranet: Complete Series Registration Now Available (Mastering SharePoint)
Once again, I would like to thank everyone who attended the first webinar in the SharePoint Findability series.  As promised, the complete webinar series is now available below.

 

Press Releases
Global Collaboration Portal With Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (Product Reviews)
Microsoft Corp. today announced that HDR Inc., a leading architectural, engineering and consulting firm, has implemented an enterprisewide collaboration portal built on Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 to support its growth and commitment to client service.

 

SharePoint Events
August 20, Houston, Texas, Houston’s SharePoint User Group
August 20, Iselin, New Jersey, NJ SharePoint User Group
August 20, Indianapolis, Indiana, SharePoint Users of Indiana
August 20, Jordan, Jordan SharePoint User Group
August 21, Columbus, Ohio, COSPUG Meeting
August 21, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, Bay of Plenty User Group
August 21, Baltimore, MD, Baltimore SharePoint Users Group
August 21, Louisville, Kentucky, Kentucky Sharepoint Users Group
August 25-29, Sydney, Australia, SharePoint August Training Summit
August 26, San Antonio, Texas, San Antonio SharePoint User Group
August 26, Tampa, Florida, Tampa Office Geeks Association
August 26, Christchurch, New Zealand, Christchurch SharePoint User Group
August 26, Sydney Australia, Sydney SharePoint User Group
August 27, Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland SharePoint User Group
August 27, Melbourne, Australia, MOSSIG
August 27, Wellington, New Zealand, Wellington SharePoint User Group
August 28, Phoenix, Arizona, Arizona SharePoint Pros
August 28, Auckland, New Zealand, Auckland SharePoint User Group

September 1-3, Auckland City, New Zealand, TechEd New Zealand
September 2, Chicago, Illinois, Chicago Microsoft SharePoint Business Strategies Group
September 3-5, San Francisco, California, Office2.0 Conference
September 4, Washington, DC, Federal & Military SharePoint Users Group of Washington D.C.
September 4, Kansas City, Office Developer User Group of Kansas City
September 8-9, Stockholm, Sweden, SharePoint & Exchange Forum
September 11, San Francisco, California, San Fransico SharePoint Users Group
September 11, Bellevue, WA, Puget Sound SharePoint Users Group
September 12, Brisbane, Australia, Brisbane SharePoint Usergroup
September 15-17, Washington, DC (McLean, Virginia), Best Practices SharePoint Conference
September 20/21, Waltham, Massachusetts, New England Code Camp 10

October 27-30, Los Angeles, California, Microsoft Professional Developers Conference

November 3-7 and 10-14, Barcelona, Spain, Microsoft TechEd
November 10-13, Las Vegas, Nevada, SharePoint Connections Conference

January 26-28, San Francisco, California, SPTechCon

* Please contact Chris Dooley (chris.dooley@bamboosolutions.com) to include your event in our listing.

 

Microsoft Updates
Description of the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 hotfix package: June 5, 2008 (KBAlertz)
This article describes the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 issues that are fixed in the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 hotfix package that is dated June 5, 2008.

MS08-043: Description of the security update for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007: August 12, 2008 (KBAlertz)
Microsoft has released security bulletin MS08-043. To view the complete security bulletin, visit one of the following Microsoft Web sites:

 

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Posted Aug 20 2008, 08:54 AM by Chris Dooley

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