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Windows Azure Platform New Portal

Not sure when it changed or how long it has been available.  The thing is, tonight I logged on to my Azure account to work on a couple of projects, and there it was, a new way to manage and service my Azure environment.

So, here is a quick preview as I plan on diving deeper into the new features and the beta components.  Look pretty interesting …

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Posted On Monday, November 29, 2010 9:32 PM | Comments (0)
Great finds: SharePoint 2010 Reference and Business Intelligence documents

In browsing around and following people on twitter, I have come across valuable documentation. 

First, the SharePoint Technical Reference  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=a3b9fa1b-0300-489e-8d67-f14deb4c3a56

Second, Getting Started with Business Intelligence in SharePoint 2010 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=fc97d587-ffa4-4b43-b77d-958f3f8a87b9

Posted On Saturday, November 27, 2010 8:53 AM | Comments (0)
Great finds: AD FS and Ping Federate document

There are several documents and guides being released normally.

There is one I am personally interested in because of projects I am currently working on, and the topic of Ping Federate has been all over this. 

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=b24dbe27-5bea-4564-bf7d-c077af69e997

Posted On Saturday, November 27, 2010 8:49 AM | Comments (0)
Microsoft Lync Server 2010: TechNet Reference

As you may have heard Microsoft recently released Lync Server 2010.  This is the communications software platform, it focuses on IM, presence, conferencing and telephony.

Here is the link to the Lync TechNet reference material.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg398616.aspx

If you prefer your information in chm format, you can also get this from

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=9720c3f1-ddd4-426b-b98a-f1205561ce00&displaylang=en

Posted On Wednesday, November 24, 2010 6:05 AM | Comments (0)
Creating a Web Application using Central Administration for SharePoint Foundation 2010

A couple of days ago, I posted the general steps to create a Web Application using Central Administration for WSS 3.0. Now we are back from the past, and moving into SharePoint Foundation 2010.

Assumptions made here, you have access to the Central Administration tool, either by remotely accessing the site or by achieving access through RDP to the server.

First, we land at the main window for the Central Administration tool.

Once there, you will click on the Manage Web Applications on the Application Management section on the page.

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From the ribbon, click on New

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This will take you to another page  that will allow for you to enter the essential values to configure the Web Application.  What does essential values mean?  Providing information on the URL, port and Application Pool account to be used among other items.  Provide a different port from 80 if it is currently in use.  If deploying with TFS, important to remember are the ports used by TFS, Central Admin, SSRS, Build Server (if on the same server).

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Make sure you also have an account ready for this purpose, this account will be the one used as the identity for the Application Pool that will host your Web App and therefore site collection too. In SharePoint Foundation 2010, the process behind the enrollment of the account is a bit different.  You will need to add the service account to be available in the environment.  So in the Application Pool section of the screens above, you will click on register new managed account and the following will come up.

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I hope you find this information helpful to get you going and finding your way around.

My plan is to cover those essentials in more detail in the next series of posts.

Posted On Tuesday, November 23, 2010 7:55 PM | Comments (0)
Virtualization of SQL Server on VMware platform

We have gotten the chance to see Microsoft’s recommendations on how to go about providing a reliable virtualization platform to support SQL Server in a Hyper-V environment. While that defines an “ideal” scenario, not all deployments for a virtualized platform happen on Hyper-V, there is a large number of deployments taking place on the VMware platform.

And a recent post from Jonathan Kehayias on sqlblogs.com is a great summary of the resources available for making a great implementation possible.

Here is the link to Jonathan’s post: http://sqlblog.com/blogs/jonathan_kehayias/archive/2010/11/22/virtualizing-sql-on-vmware-reference-list.aspx

Posted On Tuesday, November 23, 2010 6:49 PM | Comments (0)
Creating a Web Application using Central Administration for WSS 3.0

Knowing fully we are now in SharePoint Foundation 2010 territory, I am going back in time.  There are still questions around how to configure or create a Web Application and then a Site Collection using WSS 3.0.  The questions have come up with companies moving to Team Foundation Server 2010 and not having had experience configuring WSS 3.0.

And in many cases they have found in being the “go to” person for anything and everything that has to do with the TFS 2010 deployment you have done.

Assumptions made here, you have access to the Central Administration tool, either by remotely accessing the site or by achieving access through RDP to the server.

First, we land at the main window for the Central Administration tool.

Once there, you will click on the Application Management Tab or left hand side navigation.

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From the Application Management page, you then need to click on the link to Create or Extend Web Application, from the SharePoint Web Application Management grouping.

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Once in the Create or Extend Web Application page, click on Create a new Web application.  This will take you to another page  that will allow for you to enter the essential values to configure the Web Application.  What does essential values mean?  Providing information on the URL, port and Application Pool account to be used among other items.  Provide a different port from 80 if it is currently in use.  If deploying with TFS, important to remember are the ports used by TFS, Central Admin, SSRS, Build Server (if on the same server).

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Make sure you also have an account ready for this purpose, this account will be the one used as the identity for the Application Pool that will host your Web App and therefore site collection too.

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Also, know the information needed for the SQL Server that will be the location for the data to be held for the content.

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I hope you find this information helpful to get you going and finding your way around.

Posted On Monday, November 22, 2010 9:14 AM | Comments (0)
Great Finds: Application Lifecycle Management for SharePoint 2010!

Over the last couple of months this topic has come up several times and it has always sparked a deep conversation on what should be included and covered by the process.

Jim Crowley has captured this in an awesome post and great read.  Very detailed!

Thanks, Jim!

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sharepointdeveloperdocs/archive/2010/11/17/application-lifecycle-management-in-microsoft-sharepoint-2010.aspx

Posted On Monday, November 22, 2010 8:53 AM | Comments (0)
MSDN Magazine Repository

I have shared this information with some of my peers as they have mentioned their dilemma of recycling or keeping their past copies of MSDN Mag, well there is always the repository of the pdf version of the Magazine in a repository from 2003to date.

Check it out: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/ee412244.aspx

Posted On Thursday, November 18, 2010 9:13 PM | Comments (0)
SQL Server Denali CTP1

SQL Server Denali CTP1 was recently announced.  What are you doing to prepare for it and check the new features?

Here is the link to the Microsoft site:

http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/en/us/product-info/future-editions.aspx

Posted On Thursday, November 18, 2010 6:52 PM | Comments (0)
SharePoint 2010 Branding

I was reading some posts today and stumbled across an amazing resource, started reading and it was impossible to put it down.  End to end real world guidance on Branding.  The authors:  Andrew Connell and Randy Drisgill.  If you have not seen what those guys can do, I recommend you look at their work, then again if you are in the SharePoint world and have not heard of them, where have you been hiding?

Anyway,  here is the link to the very impressive MSDN article. 

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg430141.aspx

Posted On Thursday, November 18, 2010 6:44 PM | Comments (0)
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