SharePoint Daily for October 3, 2008

Top News Stories
Migrating File Shares to SharePoint (Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine)
Chris: We just read your article, "Share Migrations Made Easy." We just had a discussion this morning about migrating shares to SharePoint. Are you aware of an easy method or utility to migrate shares to this platform and carry over permissions?

Meteor Rolls Out Office 2007 for Collaborative Business (SiliconRepublic)
While many businesses up and down the country are using Office 2007 for day-to-day business, how many are really using it by taking advantage of its collaborative elements and information management software?

Essential Business Server: Best Practices in a Box (RedmondChannelPartner)
While many partners eagerly await the debut of the solution formerly known as "Centro," some grumble that Microsoft's midmarket server bundle leaves them with too few third-party options.

Do You Drive a Hybrid? (WindowsITPro)
Hybrid is a term that you find in many contexts. Hybrid vehicles are hot items in the auto world. And there are hybrid bicycles and food from hybrid crops. But whatever the context, hybrids are models that fit a special situation.

Small Business Server 2008 Gets 'Small' Right (ITWorld)
A small business is not necessarily a simple business. That rather basic lesson has taken much of the computer industry far too many years to learn. Successful SaaS vendors have realized that small businesses need the same sort of functions and support that large enterprises get -- just in smaller quantities. Clearly Microsoft has come to the same realization with the release of Small Business Server 2008.

Apathy, Security and Fear Hinder Social Media, Study Finds (iTnews)
While social media like Facebook, Linkedin and instant messaging are increasingly being used in the workplace, new research shows that it's a highly unplanned area of development.

Not the Dreaded Blue Sky of Death Again … (All Things Digital)
If Oracle (ORCL) CEO Larry Ellison and Free Software Foundation founder Richard M. Stallman are planning a membership drive for their new Anti-Cloud Computing Coalition, they best not go knocking on Steve Ballmer’s door. Because the Microsoft CEO might not agree with their assessment of the Cloud Computing sobriquet as “complete gibberish,” “idiocy,” “stupidity” and “worse than stupidity.”

Microsoft’s Windows Cloud Smells Funny (Mashable)
I’m not a big fan of reaching for conclusions and unjustified criticism when it comes to tech journalism, because I see it way too often. But although I have no solid data to confirm it, I can’t help the feeling that Steve Ballmer’s announcement of a new OS from Microsoft and its foray into cloud computing, temporarily dubbed “Windows Cloud,” seems rather strange.

One Month Later, Has Chrome’s Polish Lasted? (Christian Science Monitor)
To judge from the thousands of articles that followed Google’s release of its Web browser, Chrome, one thing was clear: A browser war is on. But now that a month has passed, average users could be excused for wondering what all this buzz was about, and whether switching to a new browser is actually worth the effort.

New Browsers? Old SEO! (DirectNews)
A whole host of new browsers have been launched as of late - such as Firefox 3, Google Chrome and Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 - and as such, basic search engine optimisation (SEO) techniques are more important than ever.


Around the Blogosphere
Best SharePoint Books - Ratings by Joel Oleson (SharePoint Joel's SharePoint Land)
The other day I went through the SharePoint Books on Amazon and decided to put in some ratings and reviews. (Please don't be mad, these are my personal views, not those of anyone who paid me.)

The Digital Company 2013 (WorkerThreadBlog)
I picked up on this over at The Content Economy -  the Economist Intelligence Unit have published an interesting briefing paper on the digital company 2013.  If you follow the link you can download a free briefing paper on their findings.  Some points from the executive summary on their view of the 2013 workforce:

SharePoint Pod Show - Bill English and David Mann (SharePointNick)
Brett was at the SharePoint Best Practise conference a couple of weeks ago and managed to grab interviews with Bill English and David Mann. Have a listen to the podcast here:

SharePoint Migrations and Upgrades (Chandima.Net Blog for SharePoint solutions)
A few people have asked me how to approach migrations and upgrades for previous versions of SharePoint. If you are planning to migrate or upgrade the options available to you for various versions of SharePoint are as follows.

Why Would You do That? (EndUserSharePoint)
Every month or two I get an email from a novice SharePoint user who has a little experience with the “click, click, deploy” method but aren’t sure why they are doing what they just did. The typical question is stated something like this: “Yes, I can see HOW to do it, but I don’t know WHY I would do that.”

It’s All in the Way You Ask the Question… (Clever Wrokarounds)
(Nerds are going to find this post dead boring). Before I start, let me state that I am a believer in the Honey and Mumford theory of learning styles, as well as the Marston DISC assessment. I think both are closely related, and go some way to explaining many mysteries of the world like - "Why are there Metrosexuals?", "Why doesn’t everyone listen to Opeth?" and most importantly of all "What goes on in the strange world that is the engineer mind"?


Around Bamboo Nation
Customizing SharePoint with Web Parts: Web Part Advanced Properties (SharePoint Blank)
I've been working my way through the "stock" Web Part properties over the last couple of days, and since we've covered Appearance and Layout already, it's now time to begin tackling the Advanced properties.  Since the Advanced properties display takes up the entire properties task pane and then some (even with my screen resolution maxed out), I can't show them all to you in a single image.  And since they do break down rather neatly into two sections (with the second section fitting perfectly into a screen shot), I'm going to treat the two sections as having been predestined to be parts one and two of this two-part look at Web Part Advanced properties.

September e-news in a Nutshell (The Bamboo Team Blog)
If Einstein were alive now, he would definitely think our company wasn’t aging because we are moving so darn fast. The September e-news proves just that:

Add Financial Market Data to Your SharePoint Portal (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Earlier this week, we announced the launch of the Bamboo Stock Quote Web Part.  Product manager Jeff Tubb did a great job of providing an overview of the new product in his post, Announcing the Bamboo Stock Quote Web Part.  However, I wanted to do a quick follow-up post to elaborate on the capabilities of the new Web Part.  I worry that the name of the product doesn't adequately convey the full scope of the functionality provided.  It's about much more than just stock quotes!  This Web Part allows you to quickly and easily add robust market data to your SharePoint portal.


SharePoint Events
October 7, Chicago, Illinois, The Chicago Microsoft SharePoint Business Strategies Group October Meetup
October 7, Grand Rapids, Michigan, West Michigan SharePoint User Group
October 7, San Diego, California, San Diego .NET Developers Group Meeting
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 9, San Francisco, California, San Fransico SharePoint Users Group
October 14, Southfield, Michigan, Southeastern Michigan SharePoint User's Group
October 14, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Philly Office Geeks
October 15, Iselin, New Jersey, NJ SharePoint User Group
October 15, San Diego, California, Southern California SharePoint User Group
October 16, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, Bay of Plenty User Group
October 16, Columbus, Ohio, Central Ohio SharePoint User Group
October 16, London, England, SharePoint User Group UK
October 16, Louisville, Kentucky, Kentucky SharePoint Users Group
October 16, Virginia Beach, Virginia, Hampton Roads SQL Server and SharePoint User Group
October 21, Adelaide, Australia, Adelaide SharePoint Usergroup
October 21, Irving, Texas, DFW SharePoint Server Community
October 21, Perth, Australia, Perth SharePoint Users Group
October 21, Tampa, Florida, Tampa Office Geeks Association
October 22, Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland SharePoint User Group
October 22, Melbourne, Australia, Microsoft Office System Special Interest Group
October 22, Roanoke, Virginia, Roanoke Valley SharePoint Users Group
October 23, Phoenix, Arizona, Arizona SharePoint Professionals Group
October 23, Richmond, Virginia, Richmond SharePoint User Group
October 25, Puget Sound, Washington, Puget Sound SharePoint Users Group
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 6, Kansas City, Kansas, Office Developer User Group of Kansas City
November 10-13, Las Vegas, Nevada, SharePoint Connections Conference
November 13, Atlanta, Georgia, MOSSmosis Atlanta
November 20, Jacksonville, Florida, Jacksonville Office Geeks

January 26-28, San Francisco, California, SPTechCon

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


Microsoft Updates
Displaying SharePoint Lists in Web Parts (Windows SharePoint Services)
When you create a built-in or custom list in Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services, Windows SharePoint Services creates a Web Part, a basic building block of a SharePoint site, to display that list. These Web Parts are called List View Web Parts. Windows SharePoint Services stores List View Web Parts in the site collection Web Part gallery. (The site collection Web Part gallery is the most central gallery of Web Parts for a work group. By default, the gallery name is the name of the site, such as "Our Team Site Web Part Gallery.")

Six Easy Ways to Customize Your Site Using Web Parts (Windows SharePoint Services)
You don't have to be a professional Web site designer or software developer to customize your Web site created in Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services. By using built-in Web Part features described in this article, you can easily customize your site's home page other Web Part Pages that are stored in your site.

How To: Creating a VS web application below a SharePoint IIS web application (Shared Points for SharePoint...)
In certain scenarioes it would be very convenient to create a full Visual Studio web application below a SharePoint web application. This can be when you have a lot of files which do not have many connections or use of SharePoint functionality, still the must be hosted on the SharePoint server, either due to the hosting scenario or the need for some functionality or connection.


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