Sunday, July 31, 2011

Help – Windows Phone 7.1 Emulator crashes my VMWare Workstation

When reading about the Integrating SharePoint 2010 and Windows Phone 7 Training Course on MSDN – I decided to immediately start trying out some stuff.

Since I have some SharePoint 2010 VM instances already setup and I have the Windows Phone 7.1 Development tools installed (the training kit is still written for Windows Phone 7.0 though) – I thought about just using this setup. Remember that you can quite easily access your SharePoint running within the VM instance from your guest by using the VMWare Network Adapter VMNet1 (host only) – (see quick tip – accessing guest from host with VMWare Workstation)

Unfortunately as soon as I started the Windows Phone 7.1 Emulator  - my VM just crashed – this seemed to be an issue with the beta release of Windows Phone 7 as well – check out Windows Mobile 7 Emulator kills VMWare – I tried the workaround outlined here – Round 1, fight! Windows Phone emulator x VMWare but unfortunately it did not work for me …

Anyone another workaround – please leave a comment….

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Integrating SharePoint 2010 and Windows Phone 7 Training Courses available on MSDN

This thing got me really excited – Microsoft has released a new training course on MSDN for building Windows Phone 7 apps for SharePoint 2010.  The training kit is also available as an offline training kit – both the offline and online training kit contain a number of great modules and hands on labs. Enjoy …

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Deploying farm based SharePoint solutions requires access to SharePoint databases

Something you might overlook as a SharePoint developer is the fact that when you are using STSADM commands to deploy your solution you are running under your own account context. This in contrast with actions that you perform using SharePoint central admin which will typically run under the context of the farm service account.

So if you need to deploy/upgrade farm based solutions using stsadm I would typically do the following:

  • Add your account to the local Administrators group on the SharePoint server machine
  • Add the user with the public role and db_owner role on the SharePoint database in SQL Server

For more background information – check out You receive error messages when you try to use the stsadm.exe command line tool to perform administrative operations in Windows SharePoint Services – this support article is written for 2007 but is still valid for 2010.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Introduction to FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint

Windows Phone 7 training resources for developers

If you are new to Windows Phone 7 development – there are tons of resources out there – here’s just a small list to get you started (it did for me …)

Windows Phone 7 link collection June 2011

Saturday, July 23, 2011

MSDN Forum Assistant available for download

You can now check out MSDN Forums and receive updates directly on your desktop with the MSDN Forum Assistant. Features include Ask a Question, Latest Post, Thread Updates, Priority Support, and Forum Q&A. You can download the MSDN Forum Assistant here:

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Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Claim Based Authentication in SharePoint 2010 for Community Day 2011 on slideshare

About collaboration, innovation and organizational success

Next are a collection of links which I came across during my little stroll on the web when going through my RSS subscriptions which were tagged as interesting reads. Lots of with background information on collaboration, social software, organizational success … and off course SharePoint.