Friday, November 30, 2007

Preview into WSS 3.0 SP1 and SharePoint Server 2007 SP1

Anticipation and excitement around Service Pack 1 for WSS 3.0 and Office SharePoint Server 2007 has been building, and I'm excited to share some information on the upcoming service packs.  There are truly gifts for everyone in Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0 SP1 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 SP1.  From developers getting excited about AJAX support and compatibility to IT Pro's being excited about the new STSADM commands allowing them to repartition their databases not to mention the new performance, manageability, and security enhancements in Windows Server 2008 and IIS 7.  (Which easily promises to be best server OS release ever.)  Even information workers are well served with over 60 hotfixes across the SharePoint Products and Technologies addressing issues related to workflows, alerts, and list views.

Windows Server 2008 Support and Compatibility

All of the Windows Server 2008 editions except core will be compatible with WSS 3.0 SP1 and SharePoint Server SP1 at RC1 and beyond.  New slipstream download version of WSS 3.0 and Office SharePoint Server will include SP1

ASP.NET for AJAX Compatibility and Support Including Support for Web Parts Built with AJAX Control Toolkit for ASP.NET and AJAX 1.0 Extensions (941955)

You can now use the Microsoft AJAX 1.0 Control toolkit for Microsoft ASP.NET or the AJAX 1.0 Extensions for ASP.NET to create Web Parts for asynchronous post pack.  Beginning with WSS 3.0 SP1 and MOSS 2007 SP1, developers can create custom Web Parts using AJAX.

New STSAdm Commands

  • Mergecontentdbs - For consolidating or repartitioning site collections across content databases (939035)
    (Todd Klindt has written up some steps on how to use mergecontentdbs.  I also recommend some background on database partitioning of site collections and why you'd use mergecontentdbs from Joel Oleson's blog.)
  • Renamesite – used for renaming host named site collections (939535)
  • Peoplepicker-searchadcustomfilter, Peoplepicker-serviceaccountdirectorypath, Peoplepicker-setsiteaccountdirectorypath, Peoplepicker-getsiteaccountdirectorypath, Peoplepicker-tzmove - Ability to scope the People Picker for managing permissons to scope to an Active Directory OU (806244)

You'll see much more documentation on these commands at release.

Includes 60+ Hotfixes Across WSS 3.0 SP1 / SharePoint Server 2007 SP1

Top requested and support related Hotfixes are listed below.  A more verbose list of hotfixes will be included with the knowledge base content released with service pack 1.  Note: To get more information on the hotfixes below appending the hotfix number to the end of the following URL in your browser: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/

Example: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938663

  • Hotfix 938663: Timer jobs delayed one hour because of DST
  • Hotfix 936867: Inherit permissions causes permissions loss
  • Hotfix 930807: Cannot open WSS alerts in Outlook 2007 cached mode
  • Hotfix 932816: Workflow does not continue after pause for duration
  • Hotfix 936867: Export fails with FatalError User cannot be found
  • Hotfix 938888: Edit document crashes with multiple versions of Office installed
  • Hotfix 934790: Peoplepicker-searchadcustomquery filter correction
  • Hotfix 926284: List view web part not retained saving template
  • Hotfix 934793: Fixes to support indexing Exchange 2007 public folders
  • Hotfix 933819: Fixed crawling IBM Notes indexing ID access issues
  • Hotfix 934790: Fix to Alerts logic to address mails not being sent in specific scenarios
  • Hotfix 932620: Fix to CMS Migration link image attachment
  • Hotfix 939599: Fix to LDAP related FBA memory issue
  • Hotfix 939188: Content deployment fix - The file 'XXXX' is not checked out…

More later....

Joel Oleson
Sr. Technical Product Manager

Source : blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

PowerShell Plus for FREE !

PSplus

PowerShell+ is now free for non-commercial use. Get your personal copy now: http://www.powershell.com/downloads/psp1.zip!

Read more : www.powershell.com/plus

How to uninstall kb907306

If you installed the software Update for Web Folder of may 18,2007 (kb97306) you may discovered afterward that you can't uninstall it.

Here's a trick to do that :

  1. Re-download the update from Microsoft Downloads
  2. Open a command line in the directory containing the downloaded file (webfldrs-KB907306-ENU.exe)
  3. Launch the package with the /C switch (Webfldrs-KB907306-ENU.exe /C) to extract the MSI file from the package.
  4. Right-click the webfldrs.msi file and chose uninstall

Monday, November 26, 2007

VMRCPlus 1.6 released

Looks like there is a new version of VMRCplus available since November 2, sorry I missed it.

According to 4sysops the Snapshot feature is now working (didn't test it yet).

You can read about this new version on Aaron Tiensivu's Blog

Download : microsoft.com/downloads

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Digg it!

digg-ready

Now you can Digg my posts !

Check the little Digg it! icon Digg it! on the bottom of each post (next to the labels) and vote for me.

For those of you interested, here's the code I have added to my blog template :


<!-- digg post link -->
<span class='item-action' style='padding-left: 12px'>
<a expr:href='"http://digg.com/submit?phase=2&url=" + data:post.url + "&title=" + data:post.title' target='_blank'>
<img alt='Digg it!' border='0' height='16' src='http://digg.com/img/badges/16x16-digg-guy.gif' style='border-right: 0px; border-top: 0px; border-left: 0px; border-bottom: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px' width='16'/>
</a>
</span>

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

FastCGI Extension for Internet Information Services 6.0

The FastCGI Extension for IIS 6.0 enables popular application frameworks that support FastCGI protocol to be hosted on the IIS web server in a high-performance and reliable way. FastCGI provides a high-performance alternative to the Common Gateway Interface (CGI), a standard way of interfacing external applications with Web servers that has been supported as part of the IIS feature-set since the very first release.

CGI programs are executables launched by the web server for each request in order to process the request and generate dynamic responses that are sent back to the client. Because many of these frameworks do not support multi-threaded execution, CGI enables them to execute reliably on IIS by executing exactly one request per process. Unfortunately, it provides poor performance due to the high cost of starting and shutting down a process for each request.

FastCGI addresses the performance issues inherent to CGI by providing a mechanism to reuse a single process over and over again for many requests. Additionally, FastCGI maintains compatibility with non-thread-safe libraries by providing a pool of reusable processes and ensuring that each process will only handle one request at a time.

Source & download : microsoft.com

Monday, November 12, 2007

Sysinternals Insight for Active Directory v1.0

adinsight

ADInsight is an LDAP (Light-weight Directory Access Protocol) real-time monitoring tool aimed at troubleshooting Active Directory client applications. Use its detailed tracing of Active Directory client-server communications to solve Windows authentication, Exchange, DNS, and other problems.

Source : bink.nu
Download : www.microsoft.com/technet/sysinternals

Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express VHD

This download consists of a virtual hard disk (VHD), along with a walkthrough guide. The guide gives a hands-on tour of the product, along with useful information for administrators and other IT professionals. You can use the guide and VHD to demonstrate many of the key features of Microsoft Search Server 2008. The VHD includes all of the files and software you need in order to complete the walkthrough. They will provide you with a basic understanding of the configuration, administration, and end-user search capabilities in Microsoft® Search Server 2008 Express edition.

Source : www.microsoft.com/downloads/

Microsoft Deployment is ready for download

Microsoft Deployment, the next version Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) 2007, is finally available at Microsoft’s Download Center. A description of all new features can be found here.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Windows PowerShell Graphical Help File (Version 2.0)

View the Windows PowerShell 2.0 help (including cmdlet help and the About topics) in a fully-searchable, graphical format (a standard Windows .chm file). Also included in the help file is the VBScript to Windows PowerShell Conversion Guide and a collection of PowerShell Tips of the Week.

Source : www.microsoft.com/downloads

Graphical PowerShell - Screenshots of Microsoft’s new free PowerShell IDE

graphical_powershell_command_line

Michael Pietroforte has a few screens shots of the new Graphical "IDE" in PowerShell 2.0 CTP in his 4sysops.com blog

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Register your @live.xx email now!

Microsoft just enabled the @live.xx signup! Go grab yours now! http://get.live.com/getlive/overview for the local domains (eg @live.co.uk) or use the following link for @live.com - @live.com signup

... Signup is still somewhat buggy as it is being rolled out so just bear with it.

Tip : You could also try this link to get an @live.ca account (in french)

Source : www.liveside.net

Network Monitor 3 One Click Capture Tool - BETA

Wish you could get a network capture from a computer with no capture software installed? Wish you could have a network traffic "flight recorder" on a USB key? Here's your answer!"

 

The motivation behind creating this tool was to provide an extremely simple way to get a trace from an end user. And the name says it all, though maybe a small bit of false advertisement as it may take a bit more than just one click :). Once you have it downloaded to your machine, you can launch the executable and it will lead you through some simple dialogs that install the tool and start a trace. Once the trace is complete, which means it was manually stopped by the user or the default time of 2 hours have passed, a window will be opened to the location for the capture, called OneClick.cap.

Read more : Technet Network Monitor Blog

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Windows Live Writer: Out of Beta

Thank you to everyone who tried out the beta releases of Writer over the last year and gave us feedback. Over 1.5 million of you downloaded our last beta release, and your input helped make Writer the product it is today. 

 

Our goal from the start has been to help make blogging more powerful, intuitive, and fun for everyone. Today, we’re proud to announce that Windows Live Writer 2008 is now available!

 

Download it :

Windows Live Writer 2008 (version 12.0.1366.1026)

Mostly this new version is focused on raising the quality of Writer and putting the final fit and finish on the product. However, there are still a few new features in this release to check out: 

  • Windows Live Space support
  • Spell checking in 4 languages
  • Generic AtomPub support
  • Windows Vista x64 support

Source : Writer Zone Blog

New Windows Live Applications

The following Windows Live applications are now out of beta :

  • Windows Live Messenger 8.5
  • Windows Live Mail
  • Windows Live Writer
  • Windows Live Photo Gallery
  • Windows Live OneCare Family Safety

Check them out at www.windowslive.com

Announcing Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express

I’m pleased to announce that we're unveiling Microsoft Search Server 2008 today at the Enterprise Search Summit in San Jose!  The really exciting news is that we're also offering a free version of this product – Microsoft Search Server 2008 Expresswhich you can download now as a release candidate.  Our team worked extremely hard to get this release to you, and we’re proud of what we’re delivering today.

 

Our aim for Search Server Express is to give you a free and powerful enterprise search product that’s incredibly easy for you to deploy. After you download it, you’ll find it takes just a few minutes to get it up and running. It’s going to be the fastest way you can bring an enterprise search experience into your business.

Source : Microsoft Enterprise Search Blog

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

What's New in CTP of PowerShell 2.0

The Community Technology Preview (CTP) of PowerShell 2.0 is now available for download. But first you should read the "What's new" posted by the Windows PowerShell Team.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Announcing SharePointPedia -- community driven content recommendations and requests!

SharePointPedia is the successor of the "Recommended Reading" lists on the Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Blog. Here's what the have to say about this new site :

SharePointPedia.com is a web site where people discover and share useful content about SharePoint and SharePoint related products and technologies. It’s a social computing application built on top of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007. Anyone with a Windows Live ID may become a registered user and can then submit content recommendations or requests, leave comments, or just vouch for whatever they like.

Note that SharePointPedia is not a wiki. It’s a “pedia” in the sense of being a compendium of useful content, but rather than being limited by just wiki functionality, it leverages the much broader set of capabilities in SharePoint. SharePointPedia is also about community, where you can find and connect with others, who have similar interests as you or who have recommended content relevant to you. We hope that you will find SharePointPedia useful, and we would greatly appreciate your feedback to make it even better.

The Microsoft SharePointPedia Team

Source : Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Blog