SharePoint Virtual Labs

You can learn a lot from blogs, articles, books but I find actually ‘doing’ something is the best way to learn, that’s where the Virtual Labs come in. SharePoint 2010 MSDN Virtual Lab: SharePoint Server 2010 Connectors & Using the Business Data Connnectivity (BDC) Service New! MSDN Virtual Lab: SharePoint Server 2010: Introduction New! MSDN Virtual Lab: … Continue reading


I’m moving my blog to the word press platform, not any reflection on SharePoint as a blogging platform just to keep the hosting costs down.  I will look to provide some URL redirection or a landing page if possible for existing links to my published articles.

Programmatically create SharePoint security groups using configuration

Corey Roth has a great article “A simple way to programmatically create SharePoint security groups“.  On a recent project I needed to configure security during feature activation for security restricted WebParts (the WebParts checked the current user was a member of a particular security group) but didn’t want to hardcode the values.  The article used a XML configuration to define … Continue reading

Tip: STSADM Exporting 17KB File

When exporting a site in SharePoint 2007 using STSADM, you may get a .CMP file 17KB in size. This will be because the user who is running STSADM doesn’t have access to the site. If you give the user permissions to the site, you will export the site successfully. Always run STSADM as a user … Continue reading

Monthly Book Review

I’m currently commuting to London daily, so to pass the time of the daily commute I’m going to read a book.  I’m hoping to get through a book a month and write a review at the end of the month.  They will of course be SharePoint 2010 books or maybe the odd business focussed one … Continue reading

SharePoint MVP Renewed for 2011

I’m proud to announce that I have been awarded a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 2011.  I’m honoured to have received the award for the second year running. “Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2011 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high … Continue reading

New Content on the Microsoft Download Center – Jan 2011

Microsoft have published the following guides and whitepapers on the Microsoft Download Center.  Worth a look …   Upgrading to Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Capacity planning for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Getting started with Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 Deployment guide for SharePoint Foundation 2010 Planning guide for sites and solutions for … Continue reading