SharePoint Daily for November 3, 2008

Top News Stories
Can Microsoft Keep SharePoint Rolling? (InformationWeek)
Microsoft has a juggernaut on its hands and its name is SharePoint. Microsoft has sold more than 100 million seat licenses since 2001 and is on track to generate $1 billion in SharePoint-related revenue this year.

Week in Review: Microsoft Parts the Clouds (CNET)
At this year's Professional Developers Conference, Microsoft offers glimpses into the next version of its OS, the next iteration of its productivity suite, and its cloud-computing efforts. Microsoft announced a version of Windows that runs over the Internet from inside Microsoft's own data centers. Dubbed Windows Azure, it's less a replacement for the operating system that runs on one's own PC than it is an alternative for developers, intended to let them write programs that live inside Microsoft's data centers as opposed to on the servers of a given business.

Office 14: The Horror Sequel Coming to a Browser Near You (CIO)
Windows 7. Office 14. Microsoft should start doing all its product launches on Halloween, because they're starting sound an awful lot like horror movie sequels.

Windows 7 Community Technology Preview – Impressions (eFluxMedia)
An early preview version of Microsoft’s Windows 7 has been demoed at PDC in Los Angeles earlier this week, and press members and bloggers who got to play around with it were more than happy to share their experiences.

One-to-Many (Redmond Developer News)
The traditional thinking about a "database" as a giant bucket of data that developers program against may go the way of the "anchored" desktop. With data becoming ubiquitous and synchronization to mobile clients and the cloud hurtling toward to-do lists, the app developer's role is morphing into a composite of data access, data modeling, database dev and, in some cases, even systems administration.

Google Releases New Chrome Browser Beta (
Google is rolling out the next beta release of the Chrome web browser this week. Chrome users will know they have it by clicking the wrench icon and looking at the about page. The new version number should read

Top 5 Windows 7 Features Apple Should Copy (TG Daily)
Opinion – As long as we can remember, Apple has always been viewed as being much more creative and innovative than Microsoft. If there was a new feature in Windows, you could bet that the comparison with Apple would follow almost immediately – and allegations that Microsoft simply copied what Apple had already. There is an ongoing argument, even if many Mac OS X "innovations" are borrowed from the open-source community. Expose windows manager? Borrowed from a long list of Linux UI add-ons. Spaces? Linux has had virtual desktops for years. Windows 7 came out of almost nowhere with some new features we believe Apple not only should take serious, but integrate in OS X as well.


Around the Blogosphere
Best Practices for Enterprise User Scalability in SharePoint (SharePoint Joel's SharePoint Land)
One of the oldest, but more hidden and illusive capacity boundaries is the 64K ACL limit.  It's gotten some attention lately, and is bound to scare a few people.  It's one that takes some thought, and for enterprises it should be part of your security, identity and permissions strategy.  Eli Robilard SharePoint MVP, recently included some best practices down in a post titled "SharePoint Security: Hard Limits and Best Practices."  I may clarify a few of the items in his list in this post.

Anatomy of a SharePoint Solution: The Blog (zevenseas)
Anyway, it’s time for me to get back into the series of posts I kicked off before I left:
Anatomy of a SharePoint Solution: Employee Blogging Platform
Anatomy of a SharePoint Solution: Blogs Home Screenshots

SharePoint Pod Show with Andrew Connell (SharePoint Nick)
Rob Foster had the pleasure of interviewing Andrew Connell when he was over training in Nashville. We've ended up splitting the interview into 2 sections as there was so much good stuff - you can get the first one now from here:

Nintex Workflow 2007  (zevenseas)
If you want to give your SharePoint power users the ability to create workflows without (or even with) the use of SharePoint Designer then Nintex Workflow 2007 is the workflow tool to use.

Application Pool Recycle Utility for SharePoint Developers (Spencer Harbar)
This freeware application is a System Tray utility for providing quick access to common IIS tasks which are useful on a SharePoint development box. It may also be useful to others working with IIS. In essence, it enumerates the app pools on your box and lets you right click 'em to bounce 'em!

SharePoint Designer Workflow and Email Attachments -- A Consummation Devoutly to be Wished (Paul Galvin)
Sadly, it is not to be.  We cannot send an email with attachments from a SharePoint Designer workflow using out of the box features.  This wish comes up with increasing regularity on the MSDN forums.

Windows 7 on MacBook Pro (Spencer Harbar)
During the PDC a number of folk asked me about running Windows 7 on the Mac - using BootCamp as per my Triple Boot MacBook Pro article series. I was always planning on giving it a shot as soon as I got "the goods". Whilst it might seem really obvious, the real question is:

Calling a WCF Service from a SharePoint Workflow (using Visual Studio) (Microsoft SharePoint Designer Team Blog)
Greetings all, Alex Malek here - I'm a member of the SharePoint workflow team. This week at PDC, I did a breakout session on how to call an external system from a SharePoint Workflow. Let's walk through what that process looks like!


Around Bamboo Nation
What’s on tap? - Upcoming Bamboo Product Releases (The Bamboo Team Blog)
It’s hard to believe that we only have two months left to go before year’s end!  Before you start thinking about opening beverages to compliment the holidays, I’d like to let you know what we currently have brewing here at Bamboo to compliment your SharePoint environment.  We’ve taken your suggestions for new products and enhancements, let them ferment a bit within our product teams, and created the following line-up for our next set of product releases.  There are so many planned releases to talk about... let’s get started with what’s on tap for November…

Happy Halloween (The Bamboo Team Blog)
It seems to me that here at Bamboo we play just about as hard as we work, and nothing screams "meaningless reason to celebrate" as much as Halloween.   If you've looked at the media tab lately or read SharePoint Daily, you'll realize that our festivities for this one day have snowballed into a demure version of Spirit Week, replete with themed days.  The kitchen has been decked out in a frightful manner, and you can't walk 5 feet without having to worry about being pummeled by the flying bat or ambushed by the motion-sensor spider.  Today I'm wearing a sombrero! Have we gone too far? Just maybe, but we're Bamboo; we take our work seriously, not ourselves.

Create a SharePoint Meeting Workspace (SharePoint Blank)
When we left off in our continuing investigation into the relationship between recurring calendar events and Meeting Workspaces, we were just about to hit Create on the New Item page.  Among the New Item selections I had chosen to apply to my new calendar item was to tick the Workspace checkbox, allowing me to associate a Meeting Workspace with the new calendar event.  As a result, upon clicking the Create button, the next page to render was the New Meeting Workspace page:

Installation and Licensing Changes (The Bamboo Team Blog)
Over the past several months, the installation and licensing methods for our Web Parts have been improved. Our installs have gone from running an MSI to Solution Deployment. Meaning that in a SharePoint farm environment with more than one Web Front End, a Web Part previously needed to be installed on each Web Front End server. But now, a Web Part should be installed on only one WFE and it will then be automatically deployed to all other WFEs in the farm.


SharePoint Events
November 3-7 and 10-14, Barcelona, Spain, Microsoft TechEd
November 4, Grand Rapids, Michigan, West Michigan SharePoint User Group
November 5, Chicago, Illinois, The Chicago Microsoft SharePoint Business Strategies Group November Meetup
November 5, New York, New York, SharePoint User Group: New York City
November 6, Kansas City, Kansas, Office Developer User Group of Kansas City
November 10-13, Las Vegas, Nevada, SharePoint Connections Conference
November 10, Sydney, Australia, Sydney SharePoint User Group
November 11, St. Louis, Missouri, St. Louis Sharepoint Users Group
November 12, Bloomington, Minnesota, Minnesota SharePoint User Group
November 12, Colorado Springs, Colorado, Colorado Springs SharePoint User Group
November 13, Atlanta, Georgia, MOSSmosis Atlanta
November 13, Puget Sound, Washington, Puget Sound SharePoint Users Group
November 13, Reston, Virginia, SharePoint User Group of the District of Columbia
November 13, San Francisco, California, San Fransico SharePoint Users Group
November 15-16, Sydney, Australia, Office DevCon
November 18, Adelaide, Australia, Adelaide SharePoint Usergroup
November 18, Irving, Texas, DFW SharePoint Server Community
November 19, Iselin, New Jersey, NJ SharePoint User Group
November 19, Roanoke, Virginia, Roanoke Valley SharePoint Users Group
November 20, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand, Bay of Plenty User Group
November 20, Columbus, Ohio, Central Ohio SharePoint User Group
November 20, Jacksonville, Florida, Jacksonville Office Geeks
November 20, Louisville, Kentucky, Kentucky Sharepoint Users Group
November 20, Phoenix, Arizona, Arizona SharePoint Professionals Group
November 20, Virginia Beach, Virginia, Hampton Roads SQL Server and SharePoint User Group
November 26, Cleveland, Ohio, Cleveland SharePoint User Group
November 26, Melbourne, Australia, Microsoft Office System Special Interest Group

January 27-29, San Francisco, California, SPTechCon

February 2-4, San Diego, California, SharePoint Best Practices Conference

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


Microsoft Updates
Description of the SharePoint Server 2007 hotfix package (Coreserver.msp): October 28, 2008 (KBAlertz)
A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problems that are described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing the problems described in this article. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

Description of the SharePoint Server 2007 hotfix package (Dlc.msp): October 28, 2008 (KBAlertz)
his hotfix package fixes the following issue that is not previously documented in a Microsoft Knowledge Base article: In SharePoint Server 2007, you create a custom router that routes documents to a specific folder in the records center. The router uses metadata on the document to do this. It does not use the content type. However, you cannot change the destination parameter inside the IRouter.OnSubmitFile method.


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