SharePoint Daily for October 7, 2008

Top News Stories
Microsoft Will Bow In-Memory Analysis, Appliance-Ready Database in 2010 (intelligent enterprise)
Microsoft SQL Server upgrades take center stage at this week's Microsoft Business Intelligence Conference 2008. 'People-Ready' enhancements promise bigger warehouses and fast, user-friendly slice-and-dice capabilities.

Microsoft Business Intelligence Solutions Resonate with Enterprises (Imperial Valley News)
Flying by the seat of one’s pants won’t cut it in today’s world of business. Decisions need to be strictly data-driven - nowhere more so than in one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies, which relies on smart, informed decision-making to bring lifesaving vaccines and medication to billions worldwide. Accordingly, New Jersey-based Merck & Co., Inc., decided four years ago to roll out business intelligence (BI) capabilities in its Merck Research Laboratories division to ensure that the company’s people always had the best, most strategic information with which to make business decisions.

IBM Bluehouse Arrives in Beta (vnunet)
IBM has unveiled new cloud computing applications, including Bluehouse that will deliver web-based social networking and collaboration tools. Announced at Lotusphere back in January 2008, Bluehouse was pitched predominantly at the SMB market. Now available as a public beta, the tool allows individuals to share documents, projects and contacts, and host online meetings.

Microsoft Starts Sharing Details on SQL Server ‘Kilimanjaro’(ZDNet)
Not every team at Microsoft is insisting on secrecy about futures. In fact, the SQL Server database team is taking a much different course than its Windows brethren.

The Case for eDiscovery (Part Two) (CMSWire)
In our quest to better understand eDiscovery and everything it has to offer, CMSWire has spent time talking with various companies that tackle the very essence of search and discovery of electronic documents.

Enterprise Social Networking v Unified Communications (ITworld)
I'm waiting for a couple of vendors to get back to me regarding their perspectives on enterprise social networking versus unified communications. I've contacted vendors from both sides of this equation so I can provide you with the different perspectives.

Welcome to the Data Cloud? (ZDNet)
‘The Cloud’ is increasingly prevalent in tech conversation these days. Stalwarts of the space such as Amazon and Salesforce go from strength to strength, whilst titans of an earlier model such as Larry Ellison and even Steve Ballmer now seek to appropriate the meme. New blogs like CloudAve play a role in aggregating commentary from near and far.

Browser Surf Wars (NetworkWorld)
Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Internet Explorer, Safari... We rate the Big 5 of the browser brigade to help you decide which should be your window to the cyber-world.


Around the Blogosphere
Freeware Antivirus - Free as a Software Concept (SharePoint Joel's SharePoint Land)
I am an advocate for free software.  From trials (nice) to free lower level software (personal/student/home editions) with an upsell or encouragement for enterprise (levels of support, special features, etc...) for paid.  I was going to give my Dad a lesson on Free Antivirus and Free Spyware removal products...  why not share my lessons with the rest of the world...

Developing a Custom Master Page (Master Pages and SharePoint part 3 of 6) (SharePoint Magazine)
This is the third article in a six-part series on ASP.NET Master Pages and SharePoint. In the previous two articles of this series we discussed master pages and how SharePoint uses them to create it’s out of the box pages. Now that we have an understanding of how master pages work and how SharePoint uses them, we can start showing how to develop custom master pages. In this article we are going to concentrate on editing master pages in SharePoint Designer.

CSS, Master Pages and Layouts Oh My... (SharePoint Branding & Design)
Master Pages, Page Layouts, and CSS are the building blocks of SharePoint. Understanding the In's and Out's of all of these might require a Master's degree. But don't worry we have tools to make this process allot easier.

Can Attachment File Names be Found Through Search? (EndUserSharePoint)
The question of the day comes from Stump the Panel: Do you know why SharePoint search skips the attached file name? The search does find the document content but if searched on document name, it returns nothing. Is there a way to include name in search?

AD Users Not Recognized in SharePoint? (Boris Gomiunik on SharePoint and Web)
Not long ago we’ve had a situation where the newly created users in Active Directory couldn’t be recognized to add them in SharePoint. The whole topology was the following:

Redecorate and Remodel, or Tear-Down? (Woody Windischman - The Sanity Point)
Last month, I talked about my SharePoint Hippocratic Oath, and using the right tool for the level of customization you are looking for. One of my key suggestions was using CSS (e.g. a SharePoint Theme) for the bulk of the work, and only moving into your Master Pages (or beyond) for those things that can't be accomplished via styling. In this posting, I will compare the what you can do with a SharePoint Theme and some minor Master Page tweaks (essentially "Redecorate and Remodel"), to what has been done with a completely green-field design (the "Tear-Down" approach).

Extending Issues and Tasks - Part 3 (EndUserSharePoint)
If you followed along with parts 1 and 2, you have a link between Issues and Tasks and a way to surface Tasks related to a displayed Issue.  But we’re not done.  Our original question from Stump the Panel has one more requirement: “not to be able to close an issue unless all its tasks are complete”


Around Bamboo Nation
Customizing SharePoint with Web Parts: Add a Content Editor Web Part (SharePoint Blank)
Regular readers may have noticed that it was the Content Editor Web Part that played a starring role in my demos of Web Part properties last week.  That's because I thought that I was going to write about the Content Editor early last week but, when I started going down that road, I quickly realized that I should spend some time on the Web Part display options first.  As a result, I ended up spending the better part of the week getting better acquainted with the Appearance, Layout, and Advanced properties of Web Parts.

SharePoint Administration Webinars (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Did you know that every week Bamboo hosts free online webinars on SharePoint Administration? What's that? You didn't know?  ::sigh::  Well, here is your chance to get up to speed quickly. If you would like a guided walkthrough demonstrating how Bamboo Solutions can help solve your SharePoint Administration challenges, including time set aside at the end for questions, you can sign up for the live version led by Jeremy Minich. If the offered times are not good for you, or if you prefer to focus on a specific facet of SharePoint Administration, we also make the session available to you broken down into shorter 10 to 15 minute sessions focusing on the topics as listed below. Don't worry, if you have questions you can leave them as a comment here, or post in the specific product forum where I will be sure to help track down the answers.


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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