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Upgrading SharePoint from MOSS 2007 to Standard 2010
Jack Cosgrove

Upgrading SharePoint from MOSS 2007 to Standard 2010

A client of our Consulting Services team recently decided to take the plunge and upgrade their SharePoint farm from Microsoft Office SharePoint Services 2007 (a.k.a. MOSS 2007) to SharePoint 2010 Standard Edition. They also decided to add a separate SQL server to their farm, which up until then had been a single-server farm. This wrinkle presented both opportunities and challenges for our upgrade strategy. I'll describe that strategy in this blog post. SharePoint offers two broad strategi...

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SharePoint Designer Workflow Mysteries: Why Your Changes Won't Take Effect
Anjali Bharadwa

SharePoint Designer Workflow Mysteries: Why Your Changes Won't Take Effect

I recently encountered an error in SharePoint Designer without a lot of documented information available and wanted to share my workaround with others who may be experiencing it. The bug occurs when attempting a specific action in SharePoint Designer 2007 and 2010, known as “collect data from user.” In SharePoint Designer 2007 the options you choose will not be marked as complete when you click “Finish.” The solution is to click throu...

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Dueling ULS Viewers
Jack Cosgrove

Dueling ULS Viewers

The Unified Logging System (ULS) logs are one of the developer's and administrator's best friends when troubleshooting SharePoint. But as anyone who has ever browsed through ULS logs can attest, their readability leaves something to be desired. In this blog, I'll review two solutions to improve the readability and searchability of ULS logs: Microsoft's own, unsupported ULS Viewer and a competing ULS viewer offered by Stefan Gordon. Let's start with the Microsoft offering. ...

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Installing a SharePoint 2010 Mixed Mode Login Page from End to End
Jack Cosgrove

Installing a SharePoint 2010 Mixed Mode Login Page from End to End

A lot of our SharePoint clients at DMC want a SharePoint site which allows users outside their company network to have login access to the site. SharePoint supports a type of user authentication called claims-based authentication, which is a composite of Windows Active Directory authentication and forms-based authentication. Forms-based authentication stores the credentials for users not within an organization's Active Directory forest in a SQL Server database. This enables external users to...

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4 Tips to Avoid Continuous Credential Prompts in SharePoint 2010
Anjali Bharadwa

4 Tips to Avoid Continuous Credential Prompts in SharePoint 2010

In some cases, regardless of how well a SharePoint site is built out, users express frustration when discussing the user experience. Examples are asking for your credentials every time you open a file, experiencing long wait times, or having trouble accessing pages. As it turns out, the difficulties that they are experiencing can usually be solved with a few simple configuration settings on your web browser. Here are some quick tips that can be performed by any novice user to enhance your use...

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So that's why businesses implement Microsoft SharePoint...
Rick Rietz

So that's why businesses implement Microsoft SharePoint...

I meet with a handful of business leaders every week, and I regularly get asked the question “What is SharePoint?”  Most people, especially busy executives, don’t have 60 minutes to hear a presentation and demonstration about SharePoint.  So here’s how the conversation usually goes: Busy Business Executive:  What is SharePoint? Me:  “SharePoint is an Enterprise Collaboration Portal” Busy Business Executive:  So, what does t...

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SharePoint of Contact: Integrating SharePoint 2010 with Microsoft CRM
Jack Cosgrove

SharePoint of Contact: Integrating SharePoint 2010 with Microsoft CRM

Greetings from DMC! My name is Jack Cosgrove, and this is my first blog post as a member of this awesome company. One of my roles at DMC is as an application developer for Microsoft SharePoint, and I hope the following blog post will be of value to both the SharePoint developer and user communities. Today I will walk through the process of integrating SharePoint with a Microsoft CRM database so that CRM data can be used within SharePoint. I was able to piece this together from ...

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Installing SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 1
Sam Weber

Installing SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 1

Microsoft has released their first service pack for SharePoint 2010 and it comes with several new features and upgrades. This blog post will guide you through the upgrade process and explain the steps you should take to deploy Service Pack 1 to your SharePoint server. Preparing for the Upgrade Before you start installing anything new on your SharePoint server always create a backup of your SharePoint database and a restore point for the server. Make sure that you are confident in your abil...

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Microsoft Releases SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 1
Rick Rietz

Microsoft Releases SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 1

Microsoft has released Service Pack 1 for Office 2010, Project Server 2010, Fast Search, SharePoint 2010 Server, SharePoint 2010 Foundation, and SharePoint Designer 2010. In order to ensure the continued stability of your SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint Foundation platforms, I highly recommend that your organizatioin take the time to install Service Pack 1. Below is a summary of a few of the key SharePoint fixes and enhancements: A large number of fixes have been made to address compatib...

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Manage your Sales Process using SharePoint Workflows
Anjali Bharadwa

Manage your Sales Process using SharePoint Workflows

Imagine you are a business that has leads coming in, but you don't have any processes defined to track these opportunities. Tasks may fall off the radar and become missed opportunities which means a loss of revenue and profit for your business. SharePoint Workflow is a cost effective solution that can bring in an immediate and hefty return on investment. In this example we are demonstrating an Internet company that sells custom t-shirts and other novelties. &...

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SharePoint on the Microsoft Office 365 Platform
Anjali Bharadwa

SharePoint on the Microsoft Office 365 Platform

SharePoint can now be accessed in the cloud using Microsoft’s latest business offering, Office 365. Office 365 offers access to a cloud-based suite of Microsoft applications that only require a browser and an Internet connection to access. The full suite includes: SharePoint Online Office Web Apps (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel) Exchange Online Lync Online Forefront Online Office 365 applications are hosted at Microsoft data centers, which tout a 99.9% uptime guarantee and...

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SharePoint 2007 and 2010 - Color Coding Custom Lists and Tasks
Anjali Bharadwa

SharePoint 2007 and 2010 - Color Coding Custom Lists and Tasks

Humans are visual by nature so creating a graphic icon for a list of items or tasks can be extremely beneficial when trying to sort through data. Without having to configure SharePoint Designer or writing custom code, you can create a simple color coded icon that will enhance your list tremendously in just a few minutes. Tip - For a list of available colors, click here Step 1 - Create a “Color” column in your list. This column can either be calculated using other data...

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Document Sets in SharePoint 2010
Anjali Bharadwa

Document Sets in SharePoint 2010

In many cases, a deliverable will have multiple files as part of a standard set of documents that are used together to fulfill the needs of the deliverable. Some examples would be: A manufacturing company has documents related to design, testing, and fabrication for each product it manufactures. A sales team has documents related to requirements, subcontractor quotes, estimating sheets, and the resulting proposal. A marketing team has branding materials, brochures, and advertisements r...

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Occasionally Connected Database Applications with Microsoft Sync Services
Leon Grossman

Occasionally Connected Database Applications with Microsoft Sync Services

It is often desired to have "occasionally connected" applications where a device may not always be connected to a network and that makes the task of maintaining a central data store such as SQL Server 2008R2 consistent across multiple devices and users an extremely challenging task. Fortunately, Microsoft has created Microsoft Sync Services (sync services) to address this problem. Sync services is a way of using a local database cache built on Microsoft SQL&nbs...

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DMC Leads SharePoint Team Collaboration Workshop
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Leads SharePoint Team Collaboration Workshop

Event Overview More than twenty business and IT leaders gathered on March 16, 2011 to participate in DMC’s Team Collaboration Breakfast Workshop hosted at Microsoft’s Midwest Headquarters in Downers Grove. Led by Rick Rietz, DMC’s Director of Consulting Services, the workshop focused on how to make the switch to a collaborative company culture by applying technology like Microsoft SharePoint to ease the transformation. Participants were treated to a series of ideas and su...

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DMC Achieves Microsoft Partner Gold Status in Software Development
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Achieves Microsoft Partner Gold Status in Software Development

DMC is excited to announce the achievement of Gold status within the Software Development competency of Microsoft’s new partner program. The criteria for earning Gold status in the new Microsoft Partner Network is far more stringent and promises to better represent organizations who have demonstrated the highest, most consistent capability and commitment within specific technical and business solution areas. While DMC has consistently maintained a gold level partnership with Micr...

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DMC Achieves Microsoft Partner Gold Status for SharePoint Expertise
Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Achieves Microsoft Partner Gold Status for SharePoint Expertise

DMC is excited to announce the achievement of Gold status within the SharePoint Portals and Collaboration competency of Microsoft’s new partner program. The criteria for earning Gold status in the new Microsoft Partner Network is far more stringent and promises to better represent organizations who have demonstrated the highest, most consistent capability and commitment within specific technical and business solution areas. Although Microsoft partners have up to 12 months to meet the...

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Open a Popup Window from a SharePoint Web Part
William Mortl

Open a Popup Window from a SharePoint Web Part

Recently as I was creating a SharePoint web part for a DMC client I ran across a problem which really stumped me. At first, I thought what I had was an easy problem to solve: how does one open a popup window from C# in a web part? I did a lot of research regarding the popup window problem and I discovered that the problem was not addressed in the manner which I needed literally anywhere on the Internet. So after a lot of time spent, energy wasted, and coffee drank I finally was able to engineer ...

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Custom Editor Parts in SharePoint 2010
William Mortl

Custom Editor Parts in SharePoint 2010

Creating custom web parts for SharePoint 2010 is relatively simple, as is creating basic configuration options which can be edited in the properties panel. However, as you advance in your understanding of SharePoint and custom web part creation, you inexorably run in to the problem of creating rich, custom configuration capabilities for your web part which go far beyond the basic configuration capabilities. Well, custom configuration is not all that difficult, and in this blog I am going to show...

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SharePoint 2010 Feature Highlights
Rick Rietz

SharePoint 2010 Feature Highlights

As a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, DMC has access to exclusive training and online content which allows us to better serve our clients. Important Details Users Need to Know about SharePoint 2010 is a recent webcast that Microsoft is allowing DMC to share with you. This webcast session demonstrates SharePoint 2010's new features, with a focus on Sites, Communities, and Search. The webcast runs about an hour long. If you don't have the time to view the entire webcast, you can read t...

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