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# Thursday, April 22, 2010

Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome on stage Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 !!!

Since today, both products are available for MSDN subscribers, earlier than I expected to say the truth. At the time I am writing this post, I already started the download :-)

Thursday, April 22, 2010 10:49:25 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] -
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# Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Friday last week, the SharePoint Team announced a major milestone in the SharePoint 2010 release process. One day after the TechDays in Geneva, Microsoft has frozen the code of Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010, meaning that it gives a go to release the software to the vendors.

Shortly, the bits should be available on MSDN (probably by the end of this week), but the official launch will take place the 12th of May.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010 8:32:00 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] -
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# Friday, April 09, 2010

Because I had to move my virtual machines to VMWare to enable the 64-bits guest operating systems to be installed (for SharePoint 2010), I encountered a very weird problem.

When using the NATed network, the guest OS was able to connect the Internet, but then, I had a separate network on my LAN and it was not very convenient. That is the reason why I switched them to "Bridge" on one of my NIC. The guest OS was receiving an IP address from the DHCP, was able to access the local resources (router, shared printers, etc) but impossible to go on the web.

When pinging an internet server, I received a "host unreachable" message and I tried things like "route print", setting a fixed IP, nothing solved the issue. And googling was not that successful as many people had more or less the same issues and their resolution did not help me.

In a final try, I launched a nslookup for www.google.com and got a "DNS request timed out", which was strange as the guest DNS settings were exactly the same as my Windows 7 host OS. That popped something in my mind and tried to ping google and then browse google using its IP address directly and......it worked !

The problem was then the name resolution that was not done for the guest OS. I was then able to refine my search on the web and found this : http://communities.vmware.com/message/1472066 . At the end of the thread, the solution was there "...it turned out that ShrewSoft VPN client was interfering with VMWare...". As I have Shrew VPN installed, I checked the status of this service : started.

The final word is that I stopped the "ShrewSoft DNS Proxy Deamon" and everything was working like a charm, at least on the VMWare machines side.

Friday, April 09, 2010 12:34:33 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] -
Technical
# Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Today, I had a problem I never had before with SharePoint 2010, being with the Beta or even the RC.

My Managed Metadata Server was running and a proxy created. To that proxy, I connected a site and everything seemed to work correctly. Until I created a site column of type Managed Metadata. In the place where normally you can select the term store to use for the column, there was a message saying "The required feature is not enabled for this column type", which was quite strange as I checked several times and all the needed features were activated.

As most of the times, my friend google :-) helped me. I found this post, not that new so it means that it is a know problem, not only on the RC.

Basically, according to this post, you have to activate a feature that has the ID 73EF14B1-13A9-416B-A9B5-ECECA2B0604C. But this feature is not present in the feature list from the user interface, so you have to run the stsadm command for your site.

This solved the problem, but I really wonder why it happened only this time....

Wednesday, April 07, 2010 9:10:31 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [2] -
SharePoint
# Wednesday, March 24, 2010
The 17th Swiss SharePoint Club meeting took place yesterday the 24th of March at the HEIG-Vd. 5 sessions were in the agenda : Customer experience at Cotecna : Intranet Setup with SharePoint 2007 Product Overview by Ventek International : Enterprise Search with FAST ESP Sharepoint 2010 Technology Overview by McNext : Migration path(es) from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2010 Customer experience at HEIG-Vd : SharePoint Online, Master thesis initiatives – SharePoint Competency Center Product Overview by SQLi : SharePoint workflows with Nintex
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 10:01:59 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] -
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# Tuesday, March 16, 2010
This first article of a series of 3 blog post demonstrates how to use the term store of SharePoint 2010. It will address the following points : Administration of term store Creating a term group Creating a term set Synonyms Terms Management
Tuesday, March 16, 2010 12:00:57 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] -
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# Sunday, March 07, 2010

The next Swiss SharePoint Club event will take place at the HEIG-Vd in Yverdon.

In the agenda, some customer experience at Cotecna, a presentation of the FAST ESP SharePoint 2010 and also a presentation on the migration from SP2007 to SP2010.

The complete agenda is available on the club sps web site.

Sunday, March 07, 2010 8:05:06 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] -
SharePoint

The launch date is known, it is going to be the 12th of May at 11am EST that Stephen Elop, from the Microsoft Business Division, will announce the launch of the 2010 version Office and SharePoint suite : http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/businessproductivity/proof/pages/2010-launch-events.aspx#fbid=D25IVliERtZ

So, 66 remaining days to wait....

Sunday, March 07, 2010 6:33:21 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] -
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# Saturday, February 20, 2010

After my Wifi access problem, earlier in the day, I faced another little problem when I wanted to save a document from Office Word 2010 into a SharePoint 2010 document library :

 (click for a larger view)

Apparently, this is not an error displayed only in this situation and it seems occuring independantly from the Office version or even the SharePoint version. In fact, it is also related to the way Windows Server 2008 R2 works locally. Remember, I am using my server as a workstation.

The only thing that has to be done is to add the "Desktop Experience" feature and it will work well.

Notice also that before installing this feature, I was also unable to create a "New Document" from a document library, the template was simply not downloaded to the Office client. This also has been fixed by the "Desktop Experience" feature

Saturday, February 20, 2010 6:15:18 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] -
SharePoint | Technical

When I started, few days ago, to prepare a demo about SharePoint 2010 metadata management, I would not have thought it would be that difficult to setup just the machine.

To be able to take the demo with me, I installed a laptop with Windows Server 2008 R2 and the necessary stuff and problems occured when I came nomad with it, using the wireless. Something that is not really rocket science, after all. The problem was that it was completely unable to connect any wireless network

What has to be known, nevertheless, is that on a Windows Server 2008 server box freshly installed, almost nothing is installed. Therefore, to enable to discovery and then to connect on an available WiFi, you have to add the "Wireless LAN Service" feature as it is showed in the picture below :

 (Click the picture for a larger view)

So, after few minutes of installation, I was finally able to connect on the net.

Saturday, February 20, 2010 6:05:32 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] -
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