Posts made in April, 2009

AD LDS, SharePoint and Forms Based Authentication

Posted by on Apr 30, 2009 in SharePoint, SharePoint 2007, Windows

Tweet Ever wanted to provide clients or other external parties such as vendors, affiliates etc access to your SharePoint Sites without having to provide them with a Windows Active Directory Account?  Luckily, SharePoint provides you with the ability to setup multiple authentication providers and in today’s post I will provide you with step by step instructions on how this can be easily achieved utilising Windows 2008 Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS) formerly known as Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM). Previously, the most common method of  providing...

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Exchange.. Thou shall not forward

Posted by on Apr 21, 2009 in Exchange, Exchange 2007

Tweet I came across a minor situation today when setting up a forwarding rule against an Exchange Public folder.  Having done this many times in the past, I knew I would get this accomplished in a matter of minutes.  So I began by creating the Public Folder, mail enabling it and then when into the properties of the public folder itself to create a rule which would forward the items as they arrive to multiple recipients both internal and external to the organisation. The forwarding was behaving as expected for internal recipients but none of the external recipients were receiving the emails...

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SharePoint, Exchange and Office 14 becomes 2010

Posted by on Apr 15, 2009 in Exchange, Office, SharePoint, SharePoint 2010

Tweet Microsoft has announced the official names of the next release of 3 major products, Exchange, SharePoint and Office.  Initially labelled version 14 for all 3 I can sense “the better together” marketing theme that Microsoft have used in the past when it came to releasing the same 3 products in 2007.  I will discuss some of the highlights below for each product. Exchange 2010 now available in beta can actually be downloaded from the Microsoft TechNet Site.  Some of the features noted include enhancements to the “anywhere experience” providing enhanced universal...

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Virtualising your SharePoint Environment

Posted by on Apr 14, 2009 in SharePoint, SharePoint 2007, Virtualisation

Tweet To virtualise or not to virtualise?  I thought I would provide you with some insight into my SharePoint infrastructure setup and hopefully place some minds at ease when it comes to virtualisation and SharePoint. First and foremost, all of my servers are running in a virtual environment and have been for quite some time.  Virtualisation is handled by VMware Infrastructure v3.5 across 3 beefy ESX Hosts running dual Quad Core Xeon processors with 32GB RAM each connected to a Fibre Channel Storage Area Network with 15K Disks. The ESX hosts are also housing other virtual machines outside...

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SQL 2008 Service Pack 1 released .. Did it break my SharePoint Farm?

Posted by on Apr 10, 2009 in SharePoint, SQL

Tweet Microsoft has recently released Service Pack 1 for SQL 2008 which you can download from here. Being the brave person that I am, I decided to update my SQL instance housing my SharePoint databases as soon as I could. Even though it doesn’t contain any new features but mainly bug fixes and a rollup of cumulative updates 1-3, I have a habit of being up to date! So, today was the day! After successfully updating my VMware ESX hosts to update 4, I decided I would continue with the theme of “updating” and upgrade one of my SQL 2008 boxes which is dedicated to housing my...

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