SharePoint Daily for September 15, 2008

Top News Stories
Why Are You Still Wasting Money on MS Office? (Open Media Boston)
Microsoft Office has become the standard office application suite for most businesses, government offices, public schools and universities, and even nonprofits. With eight versions of MS Office available to consumers, ranging from $150 to $680 for full versions (not upgrades), and seven bulk licensing options available for organizations, it's a costly and confusing standard to maintain. Free, open source alternatives such as, NeoOffice and KOffice can open and edit MS Office files, and offer similar or additional software features without the hefty price tag and confusion. So I ask, why are you still wasting your money on MS Office?

An Enterprise Content Breakthrough? (Datamation)
Enterprises have been struggling for years to leverage all the information on business processes they have stored away in order to conduct business better. The problem is much of this information is created in unstructured documents, such as spreadsheets and word processing documents, rather than in a database, making it difficult to control and manage

Workplaces Looking to Facebook (metro)
Most people consider sites like Facebook to be a fun diversion but an increasing number of businesses are copying those sites' ways of getting people to work together.

Microsoft and Novell Announce Joint Virtualization Solution (Web 2.0 Journal)
The industry's resident odd couple, Microsoft and Novell, announced a joint virtualization solution for customers running mixed-source environments Thursday, promoting it as "the first complete, fully supported and optimized virtualization solution to span Windows and Linux environments."

Cloud Computing May Draw Government Action  (NetworkWorld)
Cloud computing will soon become an area of hot debate in Washington, D.C., with policy makers debating issues such as the privacy and security of data in the cloud, a panel of tech experts said Friday.

First Look: Microsoft Small Business Server 2008 (vnunet)
The concept behind Microsoft's Small Business Server (SBS) is simple. Take Windows Server, Exchange email and some other pieces like SharePoint Server, bundle them into a single box with some easy-to-use management tools, and sell it cheaply as an everything-you-need package for small businesses.


Around the Blogosphere
Crawl before you RUN, Newbie to SharePoint Rockstar (SharePoint Joel's SharePoint Land)
In my recent Governance talks I've been pushing a concept similar to the idea of Baby steps or crawling before you run.  Essentially the idea is you need to start with an out of the box SharePoint deployment that isn't changing before you roll it out.  The way to accomplish this is with pilot deployments and with staged deployments so you can get comfortable with moving parts.  Using MOF and implementing change control boards to review change is another way to "get use to" things as they roll out.  Product support has run into environments that are so unlike SharePoint they are asked to backup and restore what's left of their databases into a clean environment, and have even heard that that wasn't enough.  They were asked to simply move the content through web folders or map drives and copy content across to a new environment. Sad.

My Wishlist for the Next Version of SharePoint (SharePoint 2009?) (A Matter Of Degree)
Although there's no official news about the next release of SharePoint and Office 14, I'm looking forward to an improved feature set which hopefully will include some (if not all) of the items on my wishlist, shown below. This wishlist has been compiled from my own work with MOSS 2007 and what I've heard from clients over the past two years. I'll be updating it periodically.

Share More Community Tips on Office Online (Microsoft SharePoint Team Blog)
Office Online has a new commenting feature that I mentioned in an earlier post about Community Tips. When you have questions or advice about the content you find, you can sign in with a Windows Live ID and post questions or bits of advice for the rest of the community. It’s similar to comments on a blog, except that Community Tips comments are not actively monitored by the authors. That said, it’s a way to have a conversation that’s focused on content such as articles and templates.

Friday Cool Content: Interesting SharePoint Case Studies and Solutions (Get the Point)
Sometimes, it can help to see how other companies are implementing their SharePoint solutions, such as search, collaboration, document management, or portals. Michael Gannotti has some great links to case studies on his blog. They span a wide swath of industries, ranging in type from entertainment, to medical, and to financial.

Think Twice (No, Make That Three Times) Before You Install IE8 Beta2 (Mike Walsh's WSS and more)
I planned for a long time to install IE8 Beta2 in a VM created specially for it, but of course I never got around to doing that (even though all I would have needed to do was make a copy of my existing VM with IE7).

Customizing Search Series: Deeper Search (SharePoint Magazine)
This is the second article within the six-part series on MOSS Search capabilities and its customization. This article builds upon the introduction article ( and will dive a little deeper into the settings and configurations.


Around Bamboo Nation
Calendaring with SharePoint (Calendaring with SharePoint)
This site section is designed to deeply explore every aspect of using calendars in SharePoint.  We'll share a long list of creative and clever uses of the SharePoint calendar, and review the growing list of third-party tools you can use that extend the power of calendaring in SharePoint.

Best Practices for your SharePoint Site: Just Say ‘No' to Folders (SharePoint Blank)
Since I launched my best practices series as a lead-in for the Best Practices SharePoint Conference which kicks off on Monday, this post marks the final entry in the series.  Show of hands now, how many of you didn't think I'd be able to bring you two straight weeks of best practices blogs?  (Since we're being honest, I'll admit that I was a teensy bit worried that I'd be able to pull it off myself.)  I hope that you've found some useful best practices recommendations here over the last two weeks that will help improve your SharePoint environment.

Announcing the PDF Document Parser in Bamboo Labs (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Bamboo PDF Document Parser is a custom document parser for PDF documents and PDF forms. It allows you to import metadata and form data from your PDF form into your SharePoint list (Promotion) and also populate your PDF document with metadata from the List (Demotion).

Q: Best Practices for Mindsharp show? A: Attend Bamboo Sessions! (The Bamboo Team Blog)
If you are one of the lucky ones to have a coveted badge to the Mindsharp Best Practices Conference, congratulations, you've got the hottest SharePoint ticket in the DC area next week!  The show kicks off Monday morning with Microsoft's Tom Rizzo giving the keynote address.  The 3-day conference will be loaded with MVP and guru brainpower from around the country.


SharePoint Events
September 15-17, Washington, DC (McLean, Virginia), Best Practices SharePoint Conference
September 16, Adelaide, Australia, Adelaide SharePoint User Group
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, Houston, Texas, Houston Area SharePoint User Group
September 17, Iselin, New Jersey, NJ SharePoint User Group
September 17, San Diego, California, Southern California SharePoint User Group
September 18, Baltimore, Maryland, Baltimore SharePoint Usersgroup
September 18, Columbus, Ohio, Central Ohio SharePoint User Group
September 18, Jacksonville, Florida, Jacksonville Office Geeks
September 18, London, England, SharePoint User Group UK
September 18, Louisville, Kentucky, Kentucky Sharepoint Users Group
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, Chicago, Illinois, The Chicago Microsoft SharePoint Business Strategies Group October Meetup
October 7, Grand Rapids, Michigan, West Michigan SharePoint User Group
October 8, Bloomington, Minnesota, Minnesota SharePoint User Group
October 8, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Colorado Springs SharePoint User Group
October 9-10, Tulsa Oklahoma, Tulsa TechFest
October 9, Puget Sound, Washington, Puget Sound SharePoint Users Group
October 14, Southfield, Michigan, Southeastern Michigan SharePoint User's Group
October 21, Tampa, Florida, Tampa Office Geeks Association
October 25-26, Los Angeles, California, SoCal Code Camp
October 25, Orlando, Florida, MOSSmosis Orlando
October 25, Puget Sound, Washington, Puget Sound SharePoint Users Group
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
Error message when you try to attach a file in a custom form on the Web site in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0: “This form was customized not working with attachment" (KBAlertz)
You use Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007 to add a Custom List Form Web Part on a Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 site. Then, you try to attach a file by clicking Attach File in the custom form on the Web site. When you do this, you receive the following error message: This form was customized not working with attachment.


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