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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Exchange 2010 Beta, First Look – Part 1/3

Posted by on May 8, 2009 in Exchange, Exchange 2010

Tweet I have been blogging a lot about SharePoint lately and thought I’d post a 3 part series about my other favourite topic of interest, Exchange.  Exchange is one of those technologies that once you spend the time designing, beta testing, dev testing and finally implementing in your production environment, there’s not too much development later in its lifecycle, so when Exchange 2010 was released as a public beta I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and set it up in my dev environment.  I implemented my first Exchange server back in the days of 5.5 and progressively...

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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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