September 2008 Entries
SharePoint and Hyper-V

Michael Watson a Microsoft Architect and SharePoint best practices expert posted a useful link to a TechNet article on using SharePoint with Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V virtualization.

Recommendations specific to SharePoint are provided, such as not to take snapshots of virtual servers that are connected to a server farm. Detach the server from the farm first before taking any snapshot of the server. This is to avoid timer and search services from getting out of sync.

Using SharePoint Products and Technologies in a Hyper-V virtual environment
Updated: 2008-08-21


Hyper-V prerequisites from the above article

Hyper-V needs to be configured as a server role on the 64-bit editions of the Windows Server 2008 operating system. Additionally, make sure the physical hardware supports hardware-assisted virtualization. This means that the processor must be compatible with Intel VT or AMD Virtualization (AMD-V) technology, and the system BIOS must support Data Execution Prevention (DEP). DEP must be enabled.


For AMD processors there is a tool available to check if Virtualization with Microsoft Hyper-V is supported:
AMD Virtualization™ Technology and Microsoft® Hyper-V™ System Compatibility Check Utility,,30_182_871_9033,00.html

Update 1-May-2009: direct link to the AMD utility is here:

For Intel PCs, you can download the Processor Identification Utility here:

Posted On Friday, September 12, 2008 1:20 AM | Comments (21)
Unified Communications using RoundTable, SharePoint and Office

The following video is an excellent showcase of Microsoft Unified Communications Technologies using RoundTable, Office Communications Server 2007, Exchange 2007, SharePoint and Office integration. Victoria and Rachna did a great job at demonstating all these technologies without a single technical hitch, if only all demos were like these outside Microsoft ;)

World Cup Demo Winner


Posted On Thursday, September 11, 2008 8:27 AM | Comments (9)
Finally, SharePoint presentations added to PDC08 sessions!

3 SharePoint sessions have appeared on the PDC 2008 Sessions site today, if you haven't yet added these to your sessions on the PDC site go do it now so Mike Swanson can work his magic on his master sessions schedule.

Today is meant to be the last day of the revised Early Bird offer ($200 discount) for the Professional Developers Conference, so if you haven't registered yet, you still have until end of today to take advantage of this offer.

The following 3 SharePoint sessions were added to PDC08 sessions:

SharePoint: Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Extensions
Presenter: Chris Johnson
Learn how to use Microsoft Silverlight and SharePoint together. See us build a SharePoint application using the Visual Studio 2008 extensions for SharePoint.
Advanced, Cloud Services, SharePoint

FAST: Building Search-Driven Portals with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Microsoft Silverlight
Presenter: Jan Helge Sageflåt
The combination of FAST ESP and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 allows for the development of powerful search-driven portals. Learn about the architecture and functionality of FAST ESP, and see how FAST ESP can complement and extend existing search features in MOSS 2007. Watch a demonstration that shows how to create search user interfaces by configuring and extending the FAST ESP Search Web Parts, including the use of Silverlight to deliver unique search experiences.
Expert, SharePoint, Silverlight

SharePoint: Advanced Asynchronous Workflow Messaging
Presenter: Alex Malek
Learn how to build an employee on-boarding application that depends on a server located inside another company. See how to use Microsoft Visual Studio to build the document workflow and have it asynchronously message a business service hosted on an "Oslo" server behind another company's firewall.
Expert, Oslo, SharePoint, WF


Update : 2 October 2008

2 additional SharePoint sessions added!

There are now a total of 5 SharePoint sessions at PDC 2008.

Dublin and Services: Expanding your .NET and SharePoint Applications
Presenter: Jacob Avital

Would you like to extend your existing applications running on SharePoint and .NET? Or, are you developing a distributed application and wondering how to harness SharePoint, code name "Oslo," and building block services to help solve problems? See a demonstration of the following scenario: a distributed-enterprise application is initiated on a SharePoint site, and during execution, it spawns building block services and "Oslo" workflows in the cloud (and on-premises) to enrich the process. Some of these workflows use cloud services for extended capabilities--all connected through the Internet Service Bus (ISB), with the user able to see the workflow and process execution.
Advanced, Cloud Services, Oslo, SharePoint

Sharepoint Online: Extending Your Service
Presenter: Troy Hopwood
Learn how to access and manipulate SharePoint files and data remotely with Web Services, customize your design and layout, and create workflows using Office SharePoint Designer 2007. See these extensibility points for SharePoint Online and more as we show you how to improve collaboration without running any on-premises servers.
Advanced, Cloud Services, SharePoint
Posted On Monday, September 8, 2008 12:53 AM | Comments (8)

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