Sunday, May 31, 2009

Add some spice to your Powerpoint decks with PPtPlex

Last week somebody told me about – which seems to be some kind of Web 2.0 example of how you can build more interactive presentations with zoom effects and so on …

It kind of reminded me of something which I saw a couple of months ago – PptPlex from OfficeLabs

pptPlex uses Plex technology to give you the power to zoom in and out of slide sections and move directly between slides that are not sequential in your presentation. Watch the videos below to see how pptPlex can help you organize and present information in a non-linear fashion. Test drive pptPlex and wow your audience with your next presentation.

I just installed and I plan to use it for every a couple of weeks … see what it gives…

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Web Testing (and load testing) SharePoint 2007 with Visual Studio 2008

Testing a SharePoint project is quite a tedious job – there are a lot of floating parts out there which make it complicated and time consuming. So everything which makes it a little easier is interesting. (Another reason for using it was to generate usage logs so that I could start working on my SharePoint extensions – Usage Statistics again) The last couple of days I have been looking at how I can use Visual Studio 2008 Test Edition to test SharePoint Server 2007 (this would also work with WSS 3.0).

To get you started there are some interesting sources out there on  Hello Its Liam:

Some other usefull resources (SharePoint specific):

General information about VSTS 2008:

Monday, May 25, 2009

SharePoint Server 2010 – some random info on the web

More and more information starts to spread about SharePoint Server 2010 – here are some links to get you started. As with most information at this stage, it is not sure that it will be a 100% accurate – and a lot of speculation is going around - but still …

Friday, May 22, 2009

Community Day 2009 – don’t forget to register

Don’t miss the biggest Belgian Community event - Community Day 2009!  This year, Community Day will take place on Thursday 25th June 2009 in Utopolis, Mechelen.

The Community Day 2009 is supported by BESUG, BIWUG, IT-Talks, MVUG (Microsoft Virtualization User Group) , Pro-Exchange, SCUG, SQLUG, VBIB (Visual Basic in Belgium), Visug, WinSec, XNA-BUG.

Register now for free for this all day event on !

Thursday, May 21, 2009

PHP SDK for Windows Azure

Not really my cup of tea but still …  - kudos to Maarten for another great initiative.

As part of Microsoft’s commitment to Interoperability, this open source project is an effort bridge PHP developers to Windows Azure. PHPAzure is an open source project to provide software development kit for Windows Azure and Windows Azure Storage – Blobs, Tables & Queues

PHP SDK for Windows Azure is an open source collaboration project driven by RealDolmen and Microsoft, based on a blog post of Maarten Balliauw.

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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 for Microsoft Outlook

Since I need to work with Dynamics CRM quite a lot lately I decided to give Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 for Microsoft Outlook a spin. This is basically an addin which allows you to work with Dynamics CRM directly from within Outlook. Allthough I like the functionality a lot I’m under the impression that it slows down Outlook quite a lot and it definitely is a memory hog. I also noticed that when your CRM server has gone down, your CRM addin can completely lockup Outlook.

Anyone care to share tips and tricks about how to overcome these annoyances?

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BIWUG presentations about SCOM, SharePoint and SharePoint Designer 2007 online

I just uploaded the presentations of yesterday’s BIWUG session to our site (check out the Meeting presentations doclib). Thanks again to Alexandre from SCUG (System Center User Group) Belgium for the presentation. In case you missed it – the presentation should be available in the coming weeks on MSDN Chopsticks as well.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Tip of the week : search for documents in SharePoint Server 2007 from within Office or Internet Explorer

Sometimes small things make the difference between a good and a great platform. This is the first of a small tips which will make your daily interaction with SharePoint a lot more productive – let’s call it SharePoint Lifehacking

Exposing Enterprise Search in SharePoint Server 2007 by using Internet Explorer 7 and the Office Research Pane

If you have a tip you want to share   - leave a comment.

How to configure the SharePoint people picker to search for users in other domains

The people picker will by default show the users in the forest that the SharePoint farm is installed (that is, the resource forest). According to the documentation Peoplepicker-searchadforests: stsadm property (Office SharePoint Server) – it should also display users in all two way trusted domains and forests but you can still use the stsadm command to be sure.

For one way trusted domains (or forests) you will need to do some extra stuff.

In a one way trust you will probably need to specify a user name and a password. This requires you to run the setapppassword operation first (For more details see Select users from multiple forest domains) - STSADM.exe -o setapppassword -password key. The key you specify here is used to encrypt the password you will use to establish the people picker connection. Note: run this on every WFE of your farm.

Next you need to add the forests/domains you are going to query using the people picker.

stsadm –o setproperty –pn peoplepicker-searchadforests –pv <list of forests or domains> -url <WebApp>,<LoginName>, <Password>

where <list of forests or domains> can be something like this ";".

Monday, May 18, 2009

BIWUG on SharePoint, SCOM and SPD

Another BIWUG event is planned on the 20th of may in the RealDolmen Offices in Huizingen - doors open at 18:00.


    • Introduction: 18:30 - 18:45
    • SharePoint and SCOM: 18:45-19:45
      • System Center Operations Manager 2007 is THE end to end Monitoring Solution. In this session we will discuss what you, as SharePoint guys, find relevant to be monitored. System Center Operations Manager uses a SharePoint Monitoring toolkit for monitoring the SharePoint Environment. This toolkit consists of a set of System Center Operations Manager 2007 management packs designed to help IT pros monitor their WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007 and 2007 SP1 environments. These newly released packs were engineered to take advantage of SCOM 2007’s features, including new and improved reporting, additional actions, new views, and integrate IIS and SQL health rollup for a better understanding of the system-level dependencies of the SharePoint environments.And last but not least: System Center Operations Manager can also emulate end user experience by monitoring a Web Application. We will show you how to monitor a Web Application, even if it is require credentials, and how to record a browser session. If you have a SharePoint environment and don’t have a monitoring solution at the moment then you can’t miss this session!
      • Speaker: Alexandre Verkinderen, SCOM MVP
    • Break: 19:45-20:00
    • SharePoint Designer 2007 – Things you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask: 20h00-21h00
      • This session will show different tips and tricks about how you can use SharePoint Designer 2007 to customize SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. There is room for questions so we will foresee 15 minutes for an whiteboard discussion about what to do and what not to do with SharePoint Designer.
      • Speaker: Joris Poelmans, SharePoint MVP

We will also give away 2 copies of SharePoint Server 2007, The Definitive Guide (O'Reilly) to attendees with the most interesting tip or trick to use SPD2007.


Industriezone Zenneveld
A. Vaucampslaan 42
1654 Huizingen
T +32 2 362 55 55
F +32 2 362 55 99

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