Many of you may be familiar with the Business Data Catalog (BDC) feature of MOSS 2007 that allowed for the integration of SharePoint with various line-of-business (LOB) systems on a read-only basis. In SharePoint 2010, the BDC has become the BCS – Business Connectivity Services. The BCS has it’s own dedicated database and runs as it’s own service application (as do many of the other services in SharePoint 2010) that can be enabled at the Web Application level.
With Microsoft Office 2010 and SharePoint 2010 capabilities, people are now empowered with read and write access to LOB applications and external data sources (such as SQL, Oracle, SAP, CRM, Siebel, Web services, and custom applications), whether they are online or offline. An entire site can be taken offline by using Microsoft Office Workspace and then users can resynchronize when they’re reconnected to the network.
There are many new improvements to Search within SharePoint 2010 including the new FAST Search application which further extends the out-of-box SharePoint search capability. One exciting new FAST feature is “Visual Best Bets” within your search results. Visual best bets show you a thumbnail image of each document found in the search results. For certain file types such as PowerPoint, it even goes as far as allowing you to scroll through a PowerPoint presentation all while staying within your search results page. Very impressive!
WOW! That is my first impression of seeing SharePoint Designer 2010 demonstrated in today’s ignite training. It is absolutely revolutionary!
The instructor basically called the product a complete re-write over the previous 2007 version and you will easily see why.
You can now connect to SharePoint Designer through the ribbon directly from your SharePoint 2010 site, or you can open the site directly in the client.
During today’s SharePoint 2010 Ignite training, it was apparent that Microsoft is now turning to Windows PowerShell as the primary command line tool for interaction with SharePoint.
I learned about many of the advantages that are obtained by utilizing the SharePoint 2010 Management Shell to script administrative tasks in SharePoint Server 2010. Windows PowerShell cmdlets go far beyond the capabilities of previous command-line tools such as STSADM. Windows PowerShell is not a replacement for STSADM, but it certainly seems to be more flexible and powerful.
The Hands-On labs gave me a test drive into the following areas:
How to use Windows PowerShell scripting techniques, such as pipes, filters, wildcards, and enumerations, for SharePoint Server 2010 administration.
How to assign variables and use the SharePoint object model from Windows PowerShell.
This week I have the privilege of attending Microsoft’s SharePoint 2010 Ignite Virtual training course. SharePoint 2010 Ignite is deep technical training for SharePoint 2007 professionals who are looking to upgrade their skills to the new version of SharePoint. I am excited to learn more about the new features and functionalities of SharePoint Server 2010.
The first day included an overview of the following:
During a recent information architecture project for a client who was migrating data from a single site collection to thirteen site collections, I realized that I would need to delete one of the subsites contained within the original site collection. It would have been nice and simple if I just needed to delete the site collection, but unfortunately this was not the case. The problem was the overwhelming number of sites that needed to be deleted. We all love using the stsadm command line tool, but one shortfall is that you cannot delete a site that contains a subsite. In the past I have bit the bullet and deleted sites, one at at time, using the stsadm –o deleteweb command, but I did not have the time or patience for that in this situation.
After doing some online research I found the answer I was looking for; there “IS” a better way to delete sites in SharePoint
Have you ever spent hours tweaking your site footer in the SharePoint master page so that it stays at the bottom of your site, only to find out that when you view it in another browser or screen resolution it jumps back up the page? That’s frustrating to say the least!
In order to fulfill a client requirement on their SharePoint site, I needed to figure out how to accomplish this on a tight deadline. I found a site that provided the perfect solution to my issue. Ryan Fait shows how simple it is to make a “sticky footer”. It works with just a few simple CSS classes and simple HTML markup.
The solution has been tested in IE 5 and up, Firefox, Safari and Opera. It basically counts a negative value from the bottom of your page and sets the footer on top of it. The solution was easy to implement, worked perfectly, and satisfied the client! Thanks Ryan Fait!
I was recently tasked with quickly customizing a SharePoint site to fit the needs of a client. In other words, making a SharePoint site not look like SharePoint. Where do you start? It did not sound like an easy task, but rather a matter that would require a lot of research, trial and error. I was ecstatic to stumble upon a fantastic piece of work from Heather Solomon, a web designer specializing in SharePoint branding, layout and usability. Heather’s Base Master Page Templates strip down master pages for your use with SharePoint 2007 sites, so you don’t have to dig through tedious lines of code and formatting; Heather has done this for you!
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Whether you are upgrading to SharePoint Online, 2010, 2013 or the latest 2016, this checklist contains everything you need to know for a successful transition.