SharePoint Daily for September 8, 2008

Top News Stories
CommBank Rolls Out Office 2007 (ZDNet)
The Commonwealth Bank of Australia has completed a deployment of Microsoft's new Office 2007 suite to 38,000 desktops — a year after giving Google Apps the thumbs down.

Office Live Workspace: Shadowed by Google Docs? (Redemond Mag)
Microsoft on Wednesday touted the success of its online extension to Microsoft Office, a free browser-based application that's still in beta release. One million people so far have signed up to use the Microsoft Office Live Workspace Beta after six months of the beta's public availability, according to an announcement issued by the company.

Iceberg: Cuts Code, Evolves Your Enterprise (ZDNet)
A few weeks ago when I was trying to distract my ever marathon-running mind with the death of a close friend, I spoke to Wayne Byrne - a brilliant and inspiring young chap from the shining streets of Ireland. We spoke for the best part of 2 hours, and he talked me through this software.

Are Private Clouds Pies in the Sky? (ovum)
Cloud computing is starting to take shape in interesting ways. Start-up Elastra recently closed a $12 million second round of funding to accelerate development of a VMware version of its cloud server technology that can be deployed within a company's firewall. But doesn't that run against the original premise of public cloud computing, and can companies really emulate some of its key features in-house?


Around the Blogosphere
SharePoint’s Simple Workflow (Andy Dale officetalk)
Midnight on Monday saw the close of the transfer window so for many football fans it was a late night. Some were following developments on the internet and others were tuned into Sky Sports News, all waiting for news of a major signing for their team. As a Villa fan the last minute striker signing didn’t materialise, but when the radio alarm woke me up shortly after 6am the following morning I wished for some SharePoint Workflow in my life.

SharePoint Conference - Building a SharePoint Designer Mashup (Part Deux) (Microsoft SharePoint Designer Team Blog)
Hi everyone.  For those of you who have been waiting on Part 2 of this blog, I am truly sorry.  A valuable lesson that I've learned is - Don't break a blog article into multiple parts :)  With that said, let's get right to it.For those of you who need a refresher on Part 1 (and who can blame you), please go here.

SharePoint List Data Displayed Using Silverlight Charts (Ian's SharePoint Blog)
I was talking to a customer at TechED NZ who asked if there was a simple way to chart data from a SharePoint list. Thanks to VisiFire and the SharePoint Designer blog, I was able to throw this live demo together in a few minutes using the Data View web part.

SharePoint and CRM (edhild's WebLog)
It isn't too often that I get to share publicly some of the work we do at the MTC for customers. Fortunately, the US Air Force let Microsoft turn a proof of concept I worked on into a case study. This POC was done a while ago - in fact you'll recognize some of it is on older technology than the current revisions. The solution was focused on providing a tracking system for requests for forces that come in from JFCOM. The current system (at the time) was simply Outlook and Emails. The action officers described spending 50% of their time sorting and searching through complicated email folder hierarchies. We proposed and build a system leveraging Microsoft CRM and SharePoint. On Microsoft's site, you can see a video about this solution, a demo of it online, and even more info of how this solution has generalized to tracking just about any task:

SharePoint Permission Dependency Chart (John F. Holliday)
When it comes to content management in SharePoint, half the battle is figuring out the best angle of attack.  Why?  Well, because there are so many options and combinations of options that come into play when designing a solution.

Determine Which Version of SharePoint is Installed (Dan Lewis)
I've come across this several times, where someone asks me a SharePoint question.  Not that I want to answer a question with a question, but the first thing I ask is what version of SharePoint they are running. Is it WSS 3.0 or is it MOSS 2007?  Is it Standard or Enterprise?  Is it 32-bit or 64-bit?   And typically the answer I get back is: "I dunno".  So, here's a post on how to determine what you have under the hood - hope someone finds it useful.

SharePoint is Overwhelming. SharePoint is a Piano.  (SharePoint Blogs)
I haven't posted for a while, because as I'm sure you're all aware, there are only so many minutes in the day and when you fill them with doing SharePoint, there is very little time to talk about SharePoint.  What happened is that I got very busy with multiple designs and deployments for numerous customers, both large and small.  My sales people seem to have gotten their brains wrapped around the product, too, so we're doing a lot of pre-sales work.  It is a growing market and I appear to have it nearly cornered in my neck of the woods.  No one else is offering SharePoint consulting services here.


Around Bamboo Nation
Adding an Event to a SharePoint Calendar via Email (SharePoint Blank)
Today was another day of intensive research on my part for our forthcoming Working with Calendars in SharePoint topic area.  As such, today's research (again) directly informed today's blog post.

Application Notes Now Available for Download (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Around the Bamboo offices we get email. We get LOTS of email. Some days it seems like I see all the mail that comes to Bamboo (I don't really, but it makes me sound more important if I pretend that I do.)    Much of the mail is directed to Support or Sales, so I don't have to worry about those. Some of the mail is to me requesting stickers or with questions on our latest giveaway. Sometimes the mail is a suggestion on how we can change our site to make things easier for you. After a while you start to see trends, for example...

Rolling Out SharePoint at MegaCorp (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Dilbert does SharePoint. Some things you have to see to believe...

SharePoint Branding for the KB Accelerator – Part I (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Summary: This article is the first of five articles which will describe how to customize and brand a SharePoint site using several different methods. We will demonstrate how to customize a site template that hosts Bamboo’s Knowledge Base Solution Accelerator, and in the process review the pros and cons of each different method.

Bamboo Solutions Welcomes Adepteq to the Partner Advantage Program (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Our new partner Adepteq joins us from the United Kingdom. They are a Microsoft Gold Partner with 4 accreditations and a Microsoft Small Business Specialist. Their highly skilled professional staff focus on delivering cost effective, user friendly SharePoint solutions that often exceed their customers' expectations. I am excited they have joined our Partner Program and am looking forward to working with them.  Take a look at their unique website.


SharePoint Events
September 8-9, Stockholm, Sweden, SharePoint & Exchange Forum
September 9, Chicago Illinois, The Chicago Microsoft SharePoint Business Strategies Group September Meetup
September 9, Wayne, Pennsylvania, Philly Office Geeks
September 9, St. Louis, Missouri, St. Louis SharePoint User Group
September 10, Bloomington, Minnesota, Minnesota SharePoint User Group
September 10, Brisbane, Australia, BSPUG Lunch Time Event
September 11, San Francisco, California, San Francisco SharePoint Users Group
September 11, Bellevue, WA, Puget Sound SharePoint Users Group
September 11, Reston, Virginia, SharePoint User Group of Washington, DC
September 11, Brookfield, Wisconsin, SharePoint: What Can I Do With It?
September 12, Brisbane, Australia, Brisbane SharePoint Usergroup
September 15-17, Washington, DC (McLean, Virginia), Best Practices SharePoint Conference
September 16, Irving, Texas, DFW SharePoint Server Community
September 16, Sydney, Australia, Sydney SharePoint User Group
September 17, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, Bay of Plenty User Group
September 17, Iselin, New Jersey, NJ SharePoint User Group
September 17, San Diego, California, Southern California SharePoint User Group
September 18, Columbus, Ohio, Central Ohio SharePoint User Group
September 18, Jacksonville, Florida, Jacksonville Office Geeks
September 18, Louisville, Kentucky, Kentucky Sharepoint Users Group
September 20, Baltimore Maryland, Baltimore SharePoint Usersgroup
September 20-21, Waltham, Massachusetts, New England Code Camp 10
September 23, Franklin, Tennessee, Nashville SharePoint Users Group
September 24, Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland SharePoint User Group
September 24, Melbourne, Australia, Microsoft Office System Special Interest Group
September 24, Roanoke, Virginia, Roanoke Valley SharePoint Users Group
September 25, Phoenix, Arizona, Arizona SharePoint Professionals Group
September 30, Christchurch, New Zealand, Christchurch SharePoint User Group

October 2, Kansas City, Kansas, Kansas City Office Geeks
October 7, Grand Rapids, Michigan, West Michigan SharePoint User Group
October 8, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Colorado Springs SharePoint User Group
October 9-10, Tulsa Oklahoma, Tulsa TechFest
October 21, Tampa, Florida, Tampa Office Geeks Association
October 25-26, Los Angeles, California, SoCal Code Camp
October 25, Orlando, Florida, MOSSmosis Orlando
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
November 13, Atlanta, Georgia, MOSSmosis Atlanta

January 26-28, San Francisco, California, SPTechCon

* Please contact Chris Dooley ( to include your event in our listing.


Microsoft Updates
Description of the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 hotfix package: August 7, 2008 (KB Alertz)
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 August 7, 2008.

Error message when you edit an .aspx Web page in SharePoint Server 2007: "Value does not fall within the expected range" (KBAlertz)
When you edit an .aspx Web page in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, you receive the following error message: Value does not fall within the expected range.


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