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My most recent project has been to migrate a bunch of sites from WSS 3.0 (SharePoint 2007) to SharePoint Server 2010. The users are currently working with WSS 3.0 and Office 2003, so the new ribbon based UI in 2010 will be completely new. My client wants to avoid the new SharePoint 2010 look and feel until they’ve had time to train their users, so we’ve been testing the upgrades by keeping them with the 2007 user interface. Permission to perform the Visual Upgrade One of the first things we noticed ...
After reading this section you should be able to Understand methods of network design unique to TCP/IP networks, including subnetting, CIDR, and address translation Explain the differences between public and private TCP/IP networks Describe protocols used between mail clients and mail servers, including SMTP, POP3, and IMAP4 Employ multiple TCP/IP utilities for network discovery and troubleshooting Designing TCP/IP-Based Networks The following sections explain how network and host information in ...
I occasionally get asked if we travel "a lot" at Magenic. Sometimes the question comes from job candidates. Other times it's clients, recruiters or friends. To give a simple yes or no answer would be a disservice to the person asking the question. So here is my standard answer:It depends.(That was the short version. Here's the long version...)We do have some guys that are more "national" in focus, and they can travel a fair amount. They also receive a little extra in compensation for doing so. It's ...
I’ve had my 15” Mac Book Pro for a little over a year now, and its hands-down the best laptop I’ve ever owned…hardware wise. And I tried, I really really tried, to like OSX. I even bought Parallels so I could run Windows 7 and all my development tools while still trying to live in an OSX world. But in the end, I missed Windows too much. There were just too many shortcomings with OSX that kept me from being productive. For one thing, Office for Mac is *not* Office for Windows. The applications are ...
LAN parties offer the enjoyment of head to head gaming in a real-life social environment. In general, they are experiencing decline thanks to the convenience of Internet gaming, but Kenton Varda is a man who takes his LAN gaming very seriously. His LAN gaming house is a fascinating project, and best of all, Linux plays a part in making it all work.Varda has done his own write ups (short, long), so I'm only going to give an overview here. The setup is a large house with 12 gaming stations and a single ...
Figuring out which software licensing options best suit your needs while being cost-effective can be confusing. Some businesses end up making their purchases through retail stores which means they miss out on volume licensing opportunities and others may unknowingly be using unlicensed software which means their business may be at risk. So let me help you make the best decision for your situation. You may want to review this blog post that lays out licensing basics for any organization that needs ...
You’ve likely heard about how Office 365 and Windows Intune are great applications to get you started with Cloud Computing. Many of you emailed me asking for more info on what Cloud Computing is, including the distinction between "Public Cloud" and "Private Cloud". I want to address these questions and help you get started. Let's begin with a brief set of definitions and some places to find more info; however, an excellent place where you can always learn more about Cloud Computing is the Microsoft ...
If you are installing SharePoint 2010 on a new box you might see the Setup Errors notification from the installer. In my case, I am using Windows Server 2008 R2, but I have seen the similar Error on Windows 7 as well with little less requirements. As you can understand all the “-“ bullets are the requirements that needs to be installed or configured on the box. There are two ways to do this 1) Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Product Preparation tool In the SharePoint 2010 Splash Form, you can find that ...
The biggest complaint most remote workers have in regards to working on a team? Feeling disconnected. The biggest complaint an office has about remote workers? They forget the remote workers are there and don’t always trust what they are doing. Want to learn how to get past both issues? Hi, my name is Rob and I have a confession to make. I’m a remote worker four days a week. I’m a placeshift remote worker, and yet I am still highly collaborative with my team. “Placeshifting?” you say. “Highly collaborative?” ...
If you have not heard the latest technical news yet, the SQL Server 2012 Virtual Launch event is today March 8, 2012! Register to not to miss this opportunity to interact with technology experts and win cool prizes! I am thrilled and excited! Why? Because like in the automotive industry, every new iteration of a vehicle is more fuel efficient, safer, more polished, looking more attractive and fun to drive. Sure, the the new version of the SQL Server is ready to take me further in what I can deliver ...
Our Universities and Colleges haven’t gotten it yet, and its producing a disservice to the technical industry and trickling down to every other industry that relies on technical people (read: All of them). I’m talking about the lack of soft-skills, leadership, interpersonal, and professional training that organizations are demanding from their IT professionals. Gone are the days of the stereotypical programmer that sits in a dark room lit only by a computer monitor, with food and requirements slid ...
On January 3, embarks the new start for 24 individuals. When I started with Kronos we all were escorted to the office and quickly noticed the graffiti wall. This particular wall demonstrates a unique picture of the corporation in a timeline, which I thought was a cool concept. I also liked how all the employees desk are open because the practice managers stressed that they wanted to enforce more of a team environment. I quickly noticed that all the practice manager had great experience, leadership, ...
We’re only in February, but the rest of the 10 months left in 2012 look to be very interesting in the Microsoft space with products that Developers and IT Pros will find intriguing. Redmond Channel Partner posted a great article outlining what products we can expect to make an appearance this year and when. Some highlights: Windows 8/Windows Server 8 Well we all know this is coming, and that it will be a huge focus of Microsoft’s marketing (once their people are actually allowed to talk about it). ...
This was a big week for Windows 8 news (given the relative secrecy around the whole project). At the beginning of the week we learned that the Consumer Preview (fka the "Beta") of Windows 8 will be released at the very end of the month in concert with the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona (MWC). Then, just yesterday, Windows and Windows Live Division President Steven Sinofsky uploaded an 8600+ word post to the Building Windows 8 blog detailing Microsoft's plans for Windows on ARM (i.e. ...
Classes starting soon...First topics to start with will be Visual Studio and .NET 4. After that there are sessions on SharePoint 2010 - Admin, Dev & General Usage Inviting all the people who wish to expand their knowledge in the field of Microsoft Technologies. I will be conducting FREE classes on various streams in Microsoft Technologies like: SharePoint - Administration and Development Visual Studio - 2010 C# and .NET 4 LINQ Team Foundation Server 2010 SSIS ASP .NET Programming Office Apps ...
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It seems 2012 has started with an even faster pace than 2011 did. And with that the activities for a year full of promise have started. So far this year I am scheduled to be at the following events in Q1. Inaugural Office 365 Saturday in Redmond: February 25th, 2012. codepaLOUsa, Louisville, KY: March 15-17, 2012. There have been changes and more changes going on, but will be back to post and go through a memory dump of the challenges I have encountered, but more importantly, the solutions that have ...
Before I get into this I am not an Office Live Small Business or Office 365 expert but I have used Office Live Small Business for number of years as a light weight way of managing some parts of my business. I now need to migrate to Office 365 and one of the areas which concerned me was around custom lists which had attachments. I had a number of these with lots of rows and I had been waiting for some information on how these would be migrated and hoped they would just be migrated for me automatically. ...
If you have seen the Windows Phone commercial where the father is in the grocery store with the shopping list in OneNote you have gotten you first taste of the flexibility that can be had with OneNote. I like most consultants have a lot of fires going and once and I am finding that the templates in OneNote are helping me to get a handle on the different projects and tasks I need to track. I started using OneNote to do simply what its name suggests: take and organize notes. Lately though I am finding ...
Disclaimer Firstly, I must come clean, I work for a digital music company which is involved in digital music streaming and downloads. In no way are the views expressed are the views of the company for which I work. They are merely the subjective views of an atypical music consumer. I say atypical because despite being over 40, I seek out new bands on the radio, using listen again on 6Music and BBC Introducing programmes, such as Christian Carlisle’s excellent BBC Sheffield programme. I make an effort ...
Inviting all the people who wish to expand their knowledge in the field of Microsoft Technologies. I will be conducting FREE classes on various streams in Microsoft Technologies like: SharePoint - Administration and Development Visual Studio - 2010 C# and .NET 4 LINQ Team Foundation Server 2010 SSIS ASP .NET Programming Office Apps & Open XML Basic SQL Server and Queries Windows Azure One Note All the courses will be taught using Microsoft Official Curriculum. Soft copies of Lab material, Virtual ...
One of the great things about 2012 is that I am not in our office nearly 100% of the time during business hours. This is the first time I have been able to work from our office this much in about 4 years. In fact, we have moved three times during that four years and I have only averaged about 10-25% of my time in the office. This means I can actually setup my desk for development instead of business related tasks only. That means THREE MONITORS! My first reaction after a week with this setup: I never ...
An interesting discussion popped up on Twitter between myself, Steve Rogalsky, Terry Bunio, Mike Iwasiow, David Alpert, and some others around using hours as a software estimating unit of measure. Steve’s been reading the book Beyond the Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt and blogged about his stance on using hours for sizing work items. In a nutshell Goldratt offers the following arguments: Asking someone for a timeframe to complete a task puts their image in jeopardy PMs will always try to squeeze whatever ...
Scribe - Test Scribe is a documentation power tool designed to construct documents directly from TFS for test plan and test run artefacts for the purpose of discussion, reporting etc. Scribe only works with Microsoft Test Manager, so if you needed to generate documentation for TFS Builds, what options do you have? You could potentially modify the Build Process template to generate report documentation as the build is executed or you could use the TFS data warehouse to extract data to create rich ...
2011 started with a bang and ended with a boom for me. Anyway that’s not what I want to talk about in this blog post. I am not looking back I am walking forward. I was reckless with my life for several years and thought it was the best idea to act in a certain manner. I was reckless because I was neglectful of my happiness. I am changing that in 2012. I am instituting a travel policy where I will be traveling only once a month for an event or user group and no more than once a month. That means I ...
I have been looking into InRule, a business rule management system (BRMS) from InRule Technology, recently and thought I would do an intro blog on it. I have worked with business rule engines before and from past experience have developed my own list of priorities on what I feel are the most important aspects. Here they are… Priority 1 - Reduce the cost of change For me, one of the primary reasons for implementing a business rules engine is because you are expecting change and want to reduce the ...
Tell Us Once (TUO) is the award-winning, cross-government programme that lets people inform central government and local authorities just once of a birth or death. By March 2012 it will be in service in over 95% of councils in England, Scotland and Wales. It has provided a permanent solution to the long-standing and frustrating issue of people having to notify the government multiple times. Several years ago, research showed that people had to make up to 44 contacts when reporting a death to government ...
Don’t miss out on these great session with Markus Egger in the Dallas office! Where: Microsoft Dallas Office – 7000 SR-161 (George Bush Turnpike), Dallas, TX 75039 When: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 – 1:30 – 4:30 PM Signup for this FREE event in Dallas Join Markus Egger, Microsoft RD and one of the longest running MVPs, for an afternoon of free information. CODE Magazine and EPS Software are in a unique position to share information based on real world experience in projects that are either our own ...
Microsoft are offering Office 2010 Home And Student for up to 3 PCs in 1 home for a very attractive price.Suite includes Word, Excel, Power Point and OneNote plus a wireless mouse.See http://emea.microsoftstore.... ...
Here is the official documentation on how to publish a LightSwitch application – How to: Deploy a LightSwitch Application. For this example, I’m going to show how to deploy a simple application that does not have any role-based security set up. I’ll show how we can configure that in a later post. So back over on my LightSwitch development machine the first thing we need to do is specify the type of 3-tier deployment we want. In the case of my application, I want it to be a Windows Desktop client ...
This blog post sounds specific but most of the troubleshooting tips can be applied to other scenarios: Troubleshooting Microsoft Message Queuing Issues on Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Microsoft Message Queuing (MSMQ) plays an important role in the Microsoft Lync Server 2010 Monitoring/Archiving server infrastructure: in a distributed network environment, MSMQ is used to transmit data from agents located on other servers (such as Front End Servers) to Monitoring/Archiving servers. The purpose of this ...
Microsoft Lync Server 2010 communications software and its client software, such as Microsoft Lync 2010, enable your users to connect in new ways and to stay connected, regardless of their physical location. Lync 2010 and Lync Server 2010 bring together the different ways that people communicate in a single client interface, are deployed as a unified platform, and are administered through a single management infrastructure. Workload Description IM and presence Instant messaging (IM) and presence ...
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This is very exciting for anyone close to Tampa Bay, FL Tampa Bay WinDev Meeting #1: Intro to Metro UI Our first meeting as Tampa Bay WinDev (formerly known as Tampa Bay Silverlight) will show off the new Metro UI (Windows vNext) as well as will have local (again) development speaker (and celebrity) John Papa. John will take us through the beginnings of Metro Development. Additionally this is our kickoff meeting for the new group so we will also have some additional information on what this group ...
One of the groups that I am currently President of (IASA Kansas City) is hosting an event by Rachel Hack (Google Community Manager) about the Google Fiber Project in Kansas City. The event will be hosted at Balance Point’s office off 92nd and Ward Parkway on the Missouri side of the state line. If you are interested, please check out further details here and get registered. It is after work hours from 6 to 8 PM on the night of November 29, 2011. It is free to attend and open to anyone who gets registered. ...
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About a month ago, Microsoft announced the release of Lync for Mac. If you have access to TechNet or MSDN you likely have access to download this tool. Among the benefits of the tool, being able to connect to Office 365. Exciting news, yet for some odd reason it was a battle if you had upgraded to Lion (have not heard of anyone having issues that is running on Snow Leopard). Microsoft then released an update for Lync for Mac. Now, after the update, it was still no dice for me. Upon further research ...
A friend of mine sent me an interesting blog post by Nadyne Richmond speaking about being female in the tech industry. The points in that post relate to being harassed when you put yourself in the spotlight in this industry. However, harrassment arises behind closed doors as well, right within a company. ***Side Note: I just want to make a quick point to say that not all companies are like this, but there have been a small handful that I have experienced negative behaviour within. In the same respect, ...
Isn't it funny the random stuff we think of from time-to-time? For whatever reason, the past week brought back a memory that's interesting to me, so I thought I would blog about it. Way back in 1987, my dad was retiring from the Air Force and we were moving from Spokane, Washington to Dover, Delaware. The last week we were to be in Washington we had an empty house: everything was packed, the movers had come, all of our material possessions were in the moving truck or in our cars. Of course, we needed ...
First let me say that this is a “what I like” post and not a comparison of platforms. The Windows Phone is the first smart phone that I have owned (no, I’m not 100 or 15 years old). Now that I have done the full disclosure I did want to talk about the features of the Windows Phone that I really enjoy. I have had the Samsung Focus since shortly after it came out. I have found it extremely capable and enjoy the performance of the device. It is light, durable and bright. My wife has the LG Quantum that ...
I’ve been a bookworm for years and have amassed a significant volume of books of all kinds. Most of my collection is technology related, but volumes of Conan, manga, astronomy, philosophy, genetics, personal productivity, science fiction, fantasy, and just about everything else abound. After getting my Kindle Christmas before last, and later, my iPad, I’ve grown steadily more comfortable with reading and utilizing digital printed media. This comfort level, coupled with my semi-new found desire to ...
In this Issue: Nguyen Pham, Nigel Sampson, Jesse Liberty, Derik Whittaker, Morten Nielsen, Sumit Dutta, Asim Sajjad, Peter Kuhn, Kunal Chowdhury, Beth Massi, Joost van Shaik, and Andrea Boschin. Above the Fold: Silverlight: "Setting SelectedValue for ComboBox" Asim Sajjad WP7: "Mango ‘Augmented Reality’ 101: showing a video background" Joost van Shaik Windows8: "Lighting up your C# Metro apps by Enabling Search–Part 1" Derik Whittaker LightSwitch: "Fun with the Office Integration Pack Extension for ...
Today's $10 Deal of the day at http://www.apress.com/97814... from APress is Pro SharePoint 2010 Solution Development Combining .NET, SharePoint, and Office 2010 "This book takes a practical problem-solution approach to common business challenges. You'll not only encounter interesting code samples, but also see how to combine these examples with the Microsoft collaboration platform's services. " ...
I am not too sure how long this will be valid, but here is a neat work-a-round to not having to buy the premium editions of the Blackberry “To Go” applications. The basic editions do not allow you to create new documents, so email yourself a blank spreadsheet/document copy this to your device and voila you can now save, copy etc to your hearts content! You don’t even need to buy the Office suite of products download OpenOffice instead!
Yesterday I got to participate in a very encouraging experience. I got the opportunity to collaborate on a project I've been working on with another talented developer. Being able to collaborate on this particular project allowed me to work with sql, which has been more in my wheelhouse lately and the other developer got to work with .net technologies, which is where he thrives. What's so special about collaborating with another developer you say? Well, it was more the way the collaboration took ...
Today's $10 Deal of the day from APress at is "Office and SharePoint 2010 User's Guide" "Together with SharePoint 2010, Office users can achieve goals like web sites with a consistent single view, improved collaboration within their organization, and better document management, and may even get one step closer to the paperless office we've been promised for years." ...
I work for a pretty awesome company, Online Business Systems. We’re 250+ technology and business consultants located in Winnipeg, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Portland, and Minneapolis. Throughout the summer different departments within Online’s central region office (Winnipeg) host a BBQ with donations collected going to the United Way. Today was the last one of the season, and the Tech Services group was in charge. So myself and my colleague Dave Gillies concocted a plan to assault the tastebuds ...
I'm back... what did I miss?? Oh wait... you're expecting info from me about my week I guess :) I had an awesome time: Met tons of people that I didn't already know. Renewed friendships with another ton of people I only see a couple times a year Went to Billy Hollis' PreCon and learned a lot of cool design information that I have yet to transcribe or assimilate entirely Went to Tim Huckaby's party and was "B8 ed" ... although that looked better on the girl wearing the TShirt when I got there Didn't ...
Programming for Metro Metro is the future http://zd.net/rnT9VZ .NET is for old apps. WinRT replaces WPF & WCF. XAML is big. There were no Silverlight sessions. HTML 5 and Javascript ( Blend for HTML) are back in fashion – I wont dwell on this because web apps are (inconsistently) simplistic in concept and over-complex in development. Yes, all those XAML skills are portable, Silverlight (RIP) apps can run as Metro apps with a bit of fidgeting with namespaces – you just need to know what controls ...
This week I’m at the Microsoft Build/Windows conference. Now I’ve been to many conferences throughout the years and this is the first conference where I literally knew nothing about including the agenda. When I signed up for my badge on arrival we got a conference guide with all the hours of the session but no sessions. Very secret, very cloak and dagger. This created a huge buzz but also upped the expectation quite a bit… So with the tabled laid out and the expectation high I sat down and waited ...