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# Thursday, May 06, 2010

Microsoft revealed couple of weeks ago a new service called docs.com.

This service offers the possibility to share Office 2010 documents and integrate directly them in Facebook. In other words, it will add a new tab in your Facebook profile, named Docs, where you will have all your published documents.

It will be possible to either upload Office 2010 documents, or to use the web version of Office 2010 to create your documents and publish them, except that it will not allow concurrent edition of the files, like in the Office Web Apps of SharePoint 2010.

The question I have in mind then is : what about Skydrive ? I have a Skydrive account which enables me to share documents in my Microsoft Live ecosystem, so what brings docs.com that is not in Skydrive ? How will Microsoft position this new product ?

Currently, the product is still in Beta and I am sure that new amazing features will be added in the next weeks or months that will help the users answering the questions....

Thursday, May 06, 2010 10:03:46 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] -
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# Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Designing a SharePoint 2010 workflow in Visio 2010 is just great. You can put the shapes on the design surface, draw the transitions, and it is really interesting for people that need visualization of their workflows. Unfortunately, this is where it stops. Because there is no direct link between Visio and SharePoint (meaning that no information from SharePoint comes to Visio), it is not possible to set the conditions or roles or users to the shapes. In other words, you can put a decision shape, but you cannot set the condition itself.

This is why the Visio file has to be exported into a .vwi (Visio Workflow Interchange) and then imported into SharePoint Designer 2010. After that, you have to set the conditions and all the parameters to the different shapes that are part of the workflow. Ok, so far, so good. But, how can I take my workflow and import it somewhere else ? How could I reuse the workflow with the parameters ?

When you export a workflow from SPD, you cannot import it, even if it is not in the same site. The message specifies that “This workflow cannot be imported because it was created in SharePoint Designer for a different site, or the original workflow has been moved or deleted. To move a workflow between sites, use Save as Template (.wsp file) instead of a Visio workflow drawing.

I tried to see what is inside a .vwi file to check what was different between the original .vwi file and the one exported by SPD. To do this, it is possible to rename the .vwi file into .zip and to look inside the compressed folder. The main difference is that an additional file has been generated, named “workflow.xoml.rules” "workflow.xoml.wfconfig.xml". Deleting this file will make this file importable again and, surprisingly, all the settings that were set in the SPD are still there.

Ok, I did it several times, in the same environment (AD), but I can imagine that it is not a “supported” way to move workflows, knowing that exporting a .wsp and deploying it is the recommended way…

Tuesday, May 04, 2010 9:49:52 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] -
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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] -
SharePoint
# 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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