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2016-07-02 05:27
Why the SharePoint 2016 MinRoles make Max SenseMicrosoft introduced the MinRole concept to the SharePoint 2016 farm setup:… Read More
2013-09-27 04:10
Does your mouse pointer freeze in Windows 8 regularly? Alt-Ctrl-Del will get you to the lock screen where the mouse works fine, but once you're back on the desktop app your mouse won't move?… Read More
2013-07-10 22:54
So today I passed 70-668. The PRO exam of the SharePoint 2010 Administrator series. And I can't tell you how relieved I am. I was kind of panicking about this one. Mainly because I had no id… Read More
2013-07-10 22:46
Ever come across this beauty?Sorry, something went wrongAccessing referenced file ...MasterPage.master... is not allowed because the reference is outside of the App Web. Oh, man this babe ha… Read More
2013-06-06 12:01
Some of you might have noticed that your windows explorer view is misbehaving in Office 365. Chances are you are using ADFS to sign into Office 365? Then the problem is clear :-)Windows Expl… Read More
2013-06-06 12:01
So a few weeks ago I passed the dreaded SharePoint 2013 Pro exam. And I must tell you, the panic was for naught. I expected it to be heaps tougher than the 331 predecessor. I was trying to r… Read More
2013-06-06 11:53
Hey folks,Today I sat and passed 70-331 and I was shocked. This is the first time that a SharePoint exam tests your abilities to the core. the 2003 and 2007 exams were glorified sales q… Read More
2013-03-05 22:46
One thing to keep in mind when accessing Central Admin on SharePoint 2013 (or 2010 for that matter) remotely is that the default URL for Central Admin does not use a FQDN. It uses the s… Read More
2013-03-05 22:46
Want to display a random picture on your web page without a single line of code? Well, server side code that is?Great. thanks to the REST API in SharePoint 2010 this has become rather s… Read More
2013-03-05 22:46
Windows 7 has this really cool feature where you can integrate external search providers into your desktop search experience. If you're running SharePoint in-house you can even connect the S… Read More
2013-03-05 22:45
One of the frustrating aspects of administering SharePoint 2010 is that neither the quick launch nor the bread crumb allow you to get back to the Service App admin page that you are currentl… Read More
2013-03-05 22:45
First the good news! Shredded Storage works like a charm on SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1. I had a 7GB content db with an average of 2 versions per document (scanned pdf), which shrank right down t… Read More
2012-04-30 03:35
We used to have a picture of the day web part back in 2007. Why the team took it out I don't know. But hey, we now need to find our own solutions to the problem.Also, the Slideshow Web Part… Read More
2012-03-09 22:12
Ever since I've joined Professional Advantage I have been doing lots of workshops with stakeholders and end users. And every time we unveil an issue in the trenches, which upper management h… Read More
2012-02-28 11:17
Google plays another round of peeky-boo. One moment a feature is there, the next it is gone. But only for those nasty iPhone users which they are not allowed to illegally track no more. I st… Read More
2012-02-05 21:26
While researching more on Test Driven Development for SharePoint I came across a cute code duel website. The basis of this website is to write valid C# code and have the PEX engine analyse t… Read More
2011-12-29 20:59
The team at Microsoft has made a great resource available for companies planning to roll out Lync within their organization. Here you will… Read More
2011-12-07 01:56
[Update 7/12/2011: Found two more Lync Labs and added them to the list]Often when I teach a course students feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information bombarding them in just five d… Read More
2011-09-19 10:08
This is something that has been one of the most exciting aspects of Office 365 for me. The fast and effective way of creating an Extranet scenario without the need to worry about firewalls… Read More
2011-09-01 04:35
Next week I am teaching how to install and configure Lync using the material provided in the course10533 from Microsoft. Although the course has some great stuff, it misses out on the really… Read More
2011-09-01 04:34
One of the probably most famous and useful navigation resource is the London Underground map. It is truly a masterpiece of navigational aid and has hardly changed since its inception. When r… Read More
2011-09-01 04:34
You'd think it to be really easy to find good information on enabling RBS for additional content databases out there. But if you landed on this blog post, then you were proven wrong, like so… Read More
2011-09-01 04:34
Totally forgot to post the fourth post in the series. If you want to earn your sharepoint 2010 professional developer credential then you'll also need to pass this exam. Measureup does not h… Read More
2011-09-01 04:34
This will be one of the most anticipated admin and dev tools released for SharePoint this year. It will come bundled with the updated version of the administrator toolkit for Share… Read More
2011-09-01 04:34
Fellow MCTs,I am posting this for the benefit of those MCTs who have not figured out that there is a whole wiki page at on this course once you log i… Read More
2011-09-01 04:34
Thank God, Microsoft Learning is fixing the date issue on the 10232 virtual machines. Looks like this time they didn't get away with "it is not broken, it is by design". So if you are planni… Read More
2011-09-01 04:33
yesterday I posted about using Asterisk with Lync. Today I will share my configuration files for getting 2Talk up and running with the latest version of Asterisk 1.6:Effectively there are tw… Read More
2011-09-01 04:33
Just after my last class today I though I'd copy the asterisk box from the presenter machine to my backup drive. I was shocked to see a 44GB file! Obviously there was some logging probl… Read More
2011-03-10 01:41
Just had the pleasure of viewing one of the new 777-300 planes from Air New Zealand. A lot of good things and a few bad things to comment on:Great:Arm rests fold up in economy. Great if trav… Read More
2011-02-16 00:28
Who has once in their life had the inner desire to change the world? You know - , when you were a kid -, that innocent wish for world peace?Or better yet… who has never hoped to chang… Read More
2011-01-27 19:52
The team at Microsoft Learning have realised that YouTube is a much better channel for on-line video based learning than hosting them on their own sites. I totally agree! subscribe… Read More
2010-09-30 05:53
I love Microsoft. No where can you expect a definitive answer. The one article will tell you that the acceptable limit for site collections per web application is 500'000 (http://technet.mic… Read More

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