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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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Jessica Mlinaric

DMC Leads Dashboard, SharePoint, and Baseball Workshop

Event Overview Over forty business and IT leaders gathered to attend a SharePoint Dashboard Workshop at the Tooling & Manufacturing Association on August 19, 2010 led by DMC. Everyone in attendance received a copy of the Michael Lewis best-seller Moneyball (Lewis is also the author of The Blind Side, The Big Short, and Liar's Poker). Moneyball tells the story of how Billy Beane focused on the right Key Performance Indicators to turn his perennial-losing Oakland A's into perenni...

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Video Blog: Planning a Successful Microsoft SharePoint Portal
Rick Rietz

Video Blog: Planning a Successful Microsoft SharePoint Portal

Beginning a Microsoft SharePoint Portal implementation is exciting, as it holds great promise to deliver value to everyone in your organization.  To make your SharePoint Portal project a success, it's important to do some up front planning. In this video blog, I describe some key factors to closely consider when planning your SharePoint Portal. Functional Planning: Features - Collaboration, Business Processes, Content Management, Search, Web 2.0, and KPIs/Dashboards Versio...

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Video Blog: Feature Comparison of SharePoint 2010, Foundation, MOSS, and WSS
Rick Rietz

Video Blog: Feature Comparison of SharePoint 2010, Foundation, MOSS, and WSS

Microsoft has just released SharePoint Foundation and SharePoint 2010.  In this video blog, I provide an introduction to Microsoft SharePoint and break down the key features and differences between the currently supported versions of SharePoint:   SharePoint 2010 SharePoint Foundation 2010 Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS 2007) Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (WSS 3.0)  See Related DMC SharePoint Video Blogs: Automating a SharePoint Dashboar...

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Video Blog: Automating a SharePoint Dashboard is Essential
Rick Rietz

Video Blog: Automating a SharePoint Dashboard is Essential

Instead of writing a traditional web blog, I decided to break from tradition a bit and author a video blog instead this time! Nearly all SharePoint projects I work on include a SharePoint Dashboard component that automates the aggregation of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). In this video blog, I highlight the key benefits that automating the aggregation of data via a SharePoint Dashboard have over manual KPI reporting. To have a successful SharePoint Dashboard, it is essential that senio...

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Installing Search Server Express Over Windows Sharepoint Services 3.0 with Slipstream
John Sullivan

Installing Search Server Express Over Windows Sharepoint Services 3.0 with Slipstream

Why Search Server Express(SSE) instead of Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) search? SSE provides a number of benefits over the built in WSS search. You are basically getting the paid enterprise search from MOSS without the licensing fees. It gives you the ability to search multiple scopes/site, have a central search site location, improved crawling, and many other features. Installation: Download Search Server 2008 Express here. It is important to make sure that Windows SharePoint Services...

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Facebook and SharePoint Development, Cassandra and Highly Scalable Databases
Benjamin Zeinz

Facebook and SharePoint Development, Cassandra and Highly Scalable Databases

I had a customer that wanted a Business Intelligence SharePoint web-part to track their facebook fans over time, to measure the effectiveness of their Facebook marketing push. Little did I suspect that I would be a casualty in the wars over database scalability. I was excited because I'd heard great things about the active Facebook developer community, and found that the Facebook Query language (FQL) API was quite mature compared with other REST APIs that I had worked with, and even found...

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New Charting and Spreadsheet Web Parts Provide Easy, Versatile, and Customizable Dashboard KPI Visualization
Jesse Batsche

New Charting and Spreadsheet Web Parts Provide Easy, Versatile, and Customizable Dashboard KPI Visualization

DMC has recently developed a set of versatile, powerful, time-saving, and customizable web parts to utilize in our SharePoint dashboard solutions. These tools provide a huge array of ways to visualize data and KPI's critical to a company's operation in a way that is simple and easy to interpret. Here are some of the major benefits of this new web part architecture: Learn more about DMC's SharePoint consulting dashboard services. Reduced Web Part Development Time A pri...

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