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When it comes to
effectively taking notes, OneNote leaves Word in the dust. Don’t get me
wrong, Microsoft Word is an excellent program and is very useful for specific
tasks, but note-taking isn’t one of them. OneNote allows users to take
notes the way that works best for them. In this blog entry, I will walk you through the installation process for your computer, step-by-step.
On a recent project, I hit an issue with databases that was interesting. We were restoring a lot of databases over to a development environment from production, as well as the managed metadata database. I had gone through the whole deal, backed up the database in the old server, restored it to the development SQL server, etc. There was an issue with the Managed Metadata service that required to have service application re-created. This lead to a situation where the service application database was unprovisioned, but not deleted.
I wanted to share this quick tip with PowerShell. Many times, we need to have an easy way to find the configuration database, and like a good SharePoint administrator, you want to try and use PowerShell. I have come across other blogs here and others that mention finding this with the registry, so this is just another way to do it.
E-mail templates are a great feature available in Dynamics CRM. When Microsoft introduced the ability to access them directly from within Outlook in CRM 2011, it became even more efficient to quickly grab a template for any outgoing email. In order to use an email template, you first have to track the email in CRM. So the process works something like this: create an Outlook email | click the Track in CRM or Set Regarding button | select a template | send the email.
When reviewing a lead, account or contact prior to a sales call, it is always helpful to have as much context about a company prior to making the call. Putting a Twitter feed on the CRM record for a lead can put this information in a place where it is easy for a sales person to quickly see it. By passing in the name of the company dynamically, the feed can show relevant information about the specific company.
Twitter makes it pretty easy to generate the “base” code for integrating with CRM (or any website) as a widget. You can find their tools for generating widgets here. Even if you use my code, below, as a starting point, you’ll likely find this link helpful as you start to fine-tune your code a bit.
Even if you’ve planned your SharePoint project properly, or it might be years later, you need to rename your SharePoint 2010 server. This quick tip covers this on SharePoint 2010 which is a much cleaner experience than it was in 2007. There is an STSADM switch that can handle it, but for 2010, there is a certain procedure to yield best results. I was able to do this on a single SharePoint server earlier and it worked great! This was a single SharePoint server with SQL on another server.
For 2010, there’s a new PowerShell cmdlet for this very thing, Rename-SPServer. This is this article on TechNet covering the procedure. It has you renaming the server itself first, then fixing up SharePoint. However I’ve heard of issues with that, and I had better results by doing it in reverse. That is, running the PowerShell to fix up SharePoint then renaming the server. Here is what I did:
1: Rename-SPServer –identity “old_server_name” –name “new_server_name”
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