SharePoint 2010 Beta 2 released to TechNet & MSDN subscribers – Rest of the public to follow soon.

Posted by on Nov 17, 2009 in SharePoint 2010

Tweet This has to be one of the most anticipated releases of the decade, SharePoint 2010 Beta 2.  SharePoint Developers, Architects and Administrators have been waiting anxiously to get their hands on the latest beta which may potentially be a “feature complete” release of SharePoint 2010, albeit in Beta form.  SharePoint 2010 Beta 2, and let’s not forget Office 2010 Beta with its bits and pieces are made available for download to TechNet and MSDN subscribers.  For those that don’t have those subscriptions, the predicted wait may only be a couple of days away, 18th...

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Remote Desktop Services in Windows 2008 R2 – Part 2 – RD Gateway

Posted by on Nov 16, 2009 in Windows 2008 R2

Tweet Welcome to the second article in this series on Remote Desktop Services in Windows 2008 R2.  We were first introduced to the Remote Desktop (RD) Gateway in the first release of Windows 2008 and as previously mentioned in part 1 of this series, the RD Gateway was formerly known as Terminal Server (TS) Gateway.  TS Gateway opened up Remote Access barriers providing access to our Terminal Servers via SSL or port 443, as opposed to the conventional “legacy” VPN access through either IPSEC or L2TP. In Windows Server 2008 R2, not much has changed and in today’s article I will provide...

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Remote Desktop Services in Windows 2008 R2 -Part 1

Posted by on Nov 12, 2009 in Windows 2008 R2

Tweet Windows Terminal Services has come a long way since its infancy and has improved with every version of Windows, and Windows 2008 R2 is no exception.  There are even noticeable differences between Windows 2008 and Windows 2008 R2 and should be highly considered as a worthy upgrade for those currently running older versions of the Windows component.  I first began working with Terminal Server technologies back in the day of WinFrame which was a “special” version of Windows NT 3.5.1 that was developed by Citrix.  Since then I have worked with all versions of Terminal Server from NT4...

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Exchange 2010 has arrived, What’s New?

Posted by on Nov 10, 2009 in Exchange 2010

Tweet So word has hit the streets and Exchange 2010 RTM is officially available for download as a 120 trial from the Microsoft Download Centre and from the Microsoft Licensing download site for all Microsoft paying customers.   Microsoft Exchange 2010 introduces a number of enhancements and new features over it’s most recent predecessor Exchange 2007 and whilst many customers are still using Exchange 2003, Exchange 2010 has a lot to offer over Exchange 2003 and Exchange 2007.  I first blogged about Exchange 2010 when it was in beta form and you can access these articles below; Exchange...

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How to setup XP Mode on Windows 7

Posted by on Oct 27, 2009 in Virtualisation, Windows 7

Tweet Windows 7 was just recently released to the General Public and has been in the hands of TechNet and MSDN subscribers for a while before that, and one of the features that I have been utilising lately is “XP Mode” which is a glorified version of Virtual PC as we have known it in previous releases.  Windows Virtual PC for Windows 7 (not to be confused with Windows Virtual PC 2007) is actually one of two pre-requisites for XP mode with the other being “Hardware-assisted virtualization (HAV)”.  HAV are processors with the Intel VT, AMD-V or VIA VT feature which will need to be...

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SharePoint 2010 – Word has hit the streets

Posted by on Oct 20, 2009 in SharePoint 2010

Tweet The word is out, SharePoint 2010 NDA has been uplifted and we are being bombarded with information that is coming out of the SharePoint 2009 conference in Las Vegas and by the SharePoint Product Team Blog.  All I can say is WOW!  Unfortunately I was not able to attend the conference, however I have been following my fellow SharePoint tweeps who are tweeting information from various sessions being held at the conference “live”.  SharePoint 2010 is marketed as the release of the decade with great new features.  The SharePoint Team blog describe SharePoint in 1 sentence,...

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How to display a SharePoint List from another site using the Data View Web Part

Posted by on Oct 14, 2009 in SharePoint 2007

Tweet I first introduced the Data View Web Part (DVWP) in one of my articles earlier this year which you can access here and discussed a couple of scenarios in which you can utilise the DVWP.  In today’s example I will elaborate on the DVWP and provide you with a step by step scenario in how you can display a SharePoint list from one site to another site.  You can utilise the DVWP to connect to SharePoint Lists, Libraries, Database Connections etc within any site in a site collection and in today’s example I will replicate and display a SharePoint Calendar list from one Team Site to...

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Create your own SharePoint “Quote of the Day” Web Part using the CEWP – No Coding required

Posted by on Oct 6, 2009 in SharePoint 2007

Tweet This question pops up every now and then and that is, how do I create a “quote of the day” web part to place on the front page of my SharePoint Intranet Portal.  Quite easily is my response and in today’s post I will demonstrate how you can utilise the Content Editor Web Part (CEWP) to easily achieve this.  As way of background, the CEWP is an out of the box SharePoint web part allowing you to add formatted text, tables, hyperlinks and images to a Web Part page.  In addition to the above, the CEWP also allows you to add HTML content which we will utilise in the below example to...

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Windows Deployment Services, WAIK & Windows 7 – Part 4/4

Posted by on Oct 1, 2009 in Windows, Windows 2008 R2, Windows 7

Tweet Welcome to the final article in this series on Windows Deployment Services, WAIK and Windows 7.  Our first articled introduced WDS and its configuration with parts 2 and 3 focusing on our beloved WAIK tool and Windows System Image Manager and the creation of our XML answer files.  We conclude the series by introducing one of the enhanced features in WDS and Windows 2008 and that’s the ability to inject driver packages and have them deployed to our client computers along with the install image.  Note that this functionality is only available when you are installing images of the...

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Windows Deployment Services, WAIK & Windows 7 – Part 3/4

Posted by on Sep 22, 2009 in Windows, Windows 2008 R2, Windows 7

Tweet We are back again and in today’s article we will continue our efforts in automating our Windows 7 deployment via Windows Deployment Services utilising the WAIK tool and the creation of our XML Answer files.  In Part 2 of this series we focused on the creation of the WDSUnattend.xml file that is required to automate the Windows Pre Execution Boot for our WDS clients and took care of the partitioning of our disks.  If you missed part 2 of this series, you can access it here. Today we continue our efforts in utilising the Windows System Image Manager (WSIM) to create our...

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