Windows Server 2008 to ship without WSS

31 באוקטובר 2007

Hi, Hot from the press: The Windows Server team has decided to decouple its Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) collaboration/document workflow subsystem from Windows Server 2008. While previous Beta and RC versions actually contained WSS as part of the installation - this won't be the case for the final version of Windows Server 2008 which is slated to RTM in the first quarter of 2008. That surprising announcement came in Julius Sinkevicius' blog (the Windows Server Senior Product Manager) in October 29: "This is how Windows SharePoint Services was available to Windows Server 2003 customers (pre-R2). With the beta and...
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Source Code for out-of-the-box workflows?

Hi, Earlier this week, I had a customer that wanted to define a workflow for a Document Library. The workflow was very similar to an out-of-the-box workflow but had some minor variation. That's not the first time I heard this request. I guess you know the "Collect feedback", "Collect Signatures" and "Approval" and understand how powerful they can be. So, what can we do when we need exactly them - but with a twist? Can we customize them somehow? Well, I have an answer but like everything in MOSS - it's not a simple Yes/No. I'll break it down to...
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Photo Import for User Profiles in MOSS

29 באוקטובר 2007

Hi all, Recently, I had a customer that wanted to re-use the security badge photos from the employee's card to the My Site's user profile photos. This way, he can ensure a photo is available for all employees and provide a consistent, uniform size for all photos. But there is a catch: The badge photos are kept as BLOBs in an Oracle database. Well, I guess BDC comes into ur minds? That was our initial though as well but it seems that BDC does not support BLOB data types. This means another approach was needed to get the photos...
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New and Free Logging tool for MOSS

25 באוקטובר 2007

Hi, A customer abroad has developed a logging tool to help review all of the MOSS server logs and event logs in the same console. This tool is much nicer and easier to read than the Unified Logs solution in codeplex. A beta copy is already on codeplex and the customer is actually looking for user testing so feel free to comment back on performance and bugs. You can download the tool here By the way – Look at the picture taken from the tool. Do you see the place it uses to look for answers…? Soooo naughty...
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How does Word communicate with MOSS? A bit about WSS RPC

22 באוקטובר 2007

Here's a question I've dealt with for the last couple of days: How does Word communicate with MOSS when a document is accessed from a document library? And better yet – How can we imitate/change this default Office Client-Server behavior? This is especially important for Offline Application that needs to preserve the MOSS-Word connection although the file is opened from the local cache (usually file system). So what is the big Office secret you ask? Is it WSS? Perhaps RPC or FP RPC? Could it be Web Services or plain HTTP that does the trick? And does WebDAV have...
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How To: Create a Mobile Search Center for MOSS

11 באוקטובר 2007

Hi, One of the many cool things in MOSS is probably the "M" feature – a way to view some of MOSS's contents with a mobile device (just add "\m" to the requested path and you'll see a Mobile-Targeted page). Not too long ago, I had a customer that wanted to use this feature to enable Mobile Searching and that's how I discovered the unfortunate true - the "M" feature was nowhere to be found when you're talking about Search. Pretty wired, isn't it? Come to think of it - Search in one of the few things I would...
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MOSS Search for SSO/Form-Based Authentication Sites

Hi, It's been a while since I wrote something. I know - It sucks. Especially since I've gathered around a couple of really cool stuff to publish. 24 hours is simply not enough! Hope we'll get more in the next SP/Release… This post will deal with a huge issue in the Crawl Engine for MOSS or MOSS For Search: Crawling content for Form-Based authentication. If you ever tried it, you probably saw that we can actually use MOSS to crawl content that is saved on forms-based authentication sites (or cookie-based authentication of course). The problem is that it practically...
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