SharePoint, My Site and Managing User Profile Properties – Part 1/2

Posted by on Jun 30, 2009 in SharePoint, SharePoint 2007

Tweet A couple of months ago I posted an article introducing My Site and social enterprise networking with SharePoint, and focused the discussion around tracking colleagues via the colleague tracker web part. If you missed that article, you can access it here.  I also promised that I would provide future articles discussing other My Site features so here is a two part series on My Site and Managing user profile properties with today’s discussion around populating Windows Active Directory (AD).  Some of the common question’s asked are what fields should be populated in AD and how does...

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Outlook Web Access redirection via Microsoft ISA 2006

Posted by on Jun 23, 2009 in Exchange, Exchange 2007, ISA

Tweet We all know from experience that advising end users to browse  to https://mail.yourdomain.com/OWA if you are running Exchange 2007 or /exchange if you are running Exchange 2003 is usually problematic .  Oh! and did I forget to mention that it’s HTTPS and not http!  We must admit that not all end users are likely going to remember this URL and at times even struggle to distinguish the difference between secure and non secure sites.  Well if you are running ISA 2006 as an edge or secondary application layer firewall then we can easily simplify the URL that we will publish to our end...

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Securing your SharePoint Sites with ISA 2006 using Forms Based Authentication – Part 2/2

Posted by on Jun 19, 2009 in ISA, SharePoint, SharePoint 2007

Tweet In the second and last part of this series we will be focusing our efforts in securing our SharePoint Site through setting up a publishing rule in ISA 2006.  If you recall in the first article, we began our setup by extending the default SharePoint site into the Internet Zone, created a certificate request via IIS to be sent to a 3rd Party Certificate Authority and applied the certificate to our newly created extended site.  If you missed it, you can access part 1 here. So let’s begin the second part of our setup!  The first item we need to address is the newly created certificate...

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Securing your SharePoint Sites with ISA 2006 using Forms Based Authentication – Part 1/2

Posted by on Jun 12, 2009 in ISA, SharePoint, SharePoint 2007

Tweet Do you want to provide your information workers access to your SharePoint Site whilst out of the office easily from any internet connection without compromising security?  Do you want to accomplish this without complicated client-site VPN setups.  In this 2 part series I will be providing you with step by step instructions explaining how you can leverage Microsoft’s Internet Security and Acceleration Server (ISA) 2006 and the out of the box SharePoint publishing rule to provide secure access for your corporate users using SSL.  YES! That’s right! Whether you like it or not,...

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SharePoint Meeting Workspace Sites, How and Why?

Posted by on Jun 5, 2009 in Office, SharePoint, SharePoint 2007

Tweet SharePoint is all about collaboration right?  As much as we enjoy sending emails, there are limitations and shortcomings around collaboration when relying on good old trusty port 25.  Don’t get me wrong, Microsoft Outlook and Exchange are great communications tools but fail miserably when it comes to sharing information and working together in achieving a common goal.  Have you ever tried to organise and plan a meeting by sending emails to attendees with multiple attachments and re-sending those when modifications are made.  As a recipient this can become quite overwhelming and at...

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SharePoint and Information Management Policies

Posted by on May 29, 2009 in SharePoint, SharePoint 2007

Tweet Did you know you can create policies within SharePoint that will dictate how long a document will reside in a library before it’s automatically disposed of?  Did you know you can enable barcodes on documents for physical asset recording?  Did you know you can achieve all of this without writing a single piece code?  Information Management Policies within SharePoint is a key and usually under utilised SharePoint feature  that will assist any organisation with the lifecycle management of document  libraries, plus a whole lot more.  These policies can be created at the document...

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Stream media from your SharePoint Site with Windows 2008 Media Services

Posted by on May 22, 2009 in SharePoint, SharePoint 2007, Windows

Tweet Wouldn’t it be great if you could deliver digital media content including Windows Media Audio (WMA) and Windows Media Video (WMV) from your SharePoint site without buffering issues and poor viewing experience.  We must admit that SharePoint itself isn’t great in handling and storing digital media in particular large Video files and we can blame SQL for that!  Even though you can host WMV’s in document libraries just like any other file, features such as fast streaming capabilities effectively eliminating buffering time, and reducing the likelihood of playback interruptions due...

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Exchange 2010 Beta, So what’s new? – Part 3/3

Posted by on May 18, 2009 in Exchange, Exchange 2010

Tweet We have arrived at the final article of this series on Exchange 2010 Beta, with this post focusing on the new features and technology enhancements.  Today is all about the reasons why we are all going to migrate to this latest product offering when released to the public, right? Okay, so let’s begin with everyone’s favourite, Outlook Web Access (OWA) and focus on some of it’s new features.   OWA has come along way since the days I first used it as an end user in Exchange 5.5.  From the outset you will notice that Exchange 2010 OWA adopts the Windows Live theme, see below...

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Exchange 2010 Beta, Configuration – Part 2/3

Posted by on May 13, 2009 in Exchange, Exchange 2010

Tweet In our previous post we successfully completed our first Exchange 2010 Install, and after looking back the most difficult part was ensuring all the prerequisites were met for a new Exchange environment .  In today’s post we will continue with our installation with a focus on basic configuration to get mail flowing for internal and external clients, configuring our Anti-Spam agents on the Hub Transport Server (remember we are not utilising the Edge Role in our dev environment) and testing all of this using the brand spanking new Outlook Web Access (OWA).  Just a reminder, the next...

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Bring a web application closer to the desktop via Prism

Posted by on May 11, 2009 in Firefox, Windows

Tweet Although not necessarily a blog topic of choice I couldn’t resist myself  to not introduce Mozilla’s Firefox latest extension for “Prism”.  This little add-on allows you to convert a website to a desktop application in a matter of a couple of clicks.  The web applications that immediately came to mind included Google Apps, Facebook and YouTube. So I went ahead, downloaded the add-on from here and installed it on my Firefox browser (currently running Firefox 3.5b4 on my MAC OS X).  From here it’s pretty straight forward, you browse to the site you want to convert as a...

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