Friday, 24 October 2008

070-631 - TS: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, Configuring

I've just passed my Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, Configuring exam. I got 100%.


Thursday, 23 October 2008

Office SP2

I had hoped that SP2 for SharePoint 2007 and Office 2007 would be out Q1 2008. There still is a chance that it will be but based on Microsoft's announcement here it could slip to Q2 :-(

Also what is disappointing there seems to be few improvements/bug fixes to SharePoint. OR at least they are not giving much away.

Saturday, 18 October 2008


"A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools."

"The major difference between a thing that might go wrong and a thing that cannot possibly go wrong is that when a thing that cannot possibly go wrong goes wrong it usually turns out to be impossible to get at or repair."

Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless

Friday, 17 October 2008

Magic Quadrant for Information Access Technology

Gartner have recently released their Magic Quadrant for Information Access Technology ( They say “This Magic Quadrant assesses vendors with capabilities that go beyond enterprise search to encompass a range of technologies”. So who comes out top? For a clue look at the image below:

As you should be able to see or maybe you guessed, Microsoft came up on to (mostly) apparently Autonomy have a more complete vision. I’m not in the Autonomy world I don’t know there products or services so I can’t say if they are better. However despite Microsoft having only an average marketing depart (so I have learnt) at least they do a good job as to communication what the Microsoft technology stack can give a business.

So what has this to do with SharePoint? Well it does the same thing as Information access technologies. It allows users via these technologies to access applications such as DM, WCM and RDMS. SharePoint is now at that version

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Is the server hosting your SharePoint database running out of space?

If so have you checked your SharePoint log files? While installing SharePoint configuration and content databases are created in SQL Server. By default, these databases are created in Full Recovery Mode – better than none at all. So for each SharePoint database created, a data file and a full log file is also created!

But don’t forget that if backups are run without truncating the log files, your log files will quickly increase.

To find out the size of a database log file run the following Database Console Command (DBCC for short):
  1. In Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio (SQL Server 2005 or 2008), open New Query
  2. In New Query, type:
This will give the log size for databases.

For more details on DBCC SQLPERF (LOGSPACE) see

Saturday, 11 October 2008

SharePoint 2010

There has been no official name or date given to the next version of SP but I think it will be called Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2010 and that it will reach us by Q1 2010. I predict the beta will be out Q3 2009. It will be based on .Net 4.0 and only run on Windows 2008 with SQL Server 2008.

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP1 Developer Evaluation VPC Image

From what I can see this VD was released 19/09/2008 however I have found that Microsoft Date Published dates are not always correct – unless I’m wrong surely not!

Any way the vhd here:

Is a time limited evaluation VHD containing WSS 3.0 SP1, Visual Studio 2008 and the VS 2008 extensions for VS WSS 3.0, v1.1, Yippee.

What is cooler is that it has Silverlight 2.0 Beta 2 (build 2.0.30523.8) and the matching version of Visual Studio SilverLight tools.

Something tells me that we are going to see SilverLight based tools in SharePoint 2010,