Application templates for WSSv3

April 30, 2007

Check out this excellent resource, the Application templates for Windows SharePoint Service 3.0 page on the Microsoft TechNet website.

Application templates are out-of-the-box custom scenarios tailored to address the needs and requirements of specific business processes or sets of tasks in organizations of any size. They can be applied to a task, such as managing a help desk or tracking a marketing campaign, to easily create a dedicated Web-based application for a more efficient and effective way of working.

While application templates can be used to solve particular business needs, they also provide a starting point for partners and developers looking to build deeper SharePoint-based solutions. The templates make use of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 capabilities and are compatible with Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007 to help make customization easier.

Application Templates for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 are separated into two groups, site admin templates and server admin templates, providing the right combination of integration with the platform and ease-of-deployment within an organization.

Site admin templates are custom templates that are easy for any SharePoint site administrator to install into the template gallery without requiring server administration access.

Server admin templates were created as site definitions, enabling tighter integration and enhanced functionality within the Windows SharePoint Services platform. They require a server administrator to install.

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MOSSIG Meeting – 2nd May 2007

April 30, 2007

The next MOSSIG meeting will be held this Wednesday evening in the Microsoft Innovation Centre, Level 5, 4 Freshwater Place Southbank at 5:30pm. If you could please register for this event to aid us with catering it would be appreciated.

April Meeting—2nd May 2007 (5:30pm)

Show and Tell Session – How to effectively use the Outlook Calendar (Geoff Schaller)

Outlook 2007 takes collaboration to a new level, the integration with SharePoint Calendars being one of the added features. This session will show you how to get the most out of Outlook Calendar for both individuals and teams.

Business Session – The SharePoint Solution – a “How To” for Business Analysts and System Architects. (Ishai Sagi – SharePoint MVP)

The good, the bad and the ugly of SharePoint Architecture. Ishai will present how Microsoft Office SharePoint should be viewed from the Business Analyst and Systems Architect perspective.

Technical Session – Advanced workflows in MOSS and NINTEX (Steve Heaney)

Using the example of a common business process, this presentation looks at the workflow authoring scenarios available in MOSS and the advantages of using Nintex Workflow 2007.


SharePoint Manager 2007

April 30, 2007

Carsten Keutmann has released SharePoint Manager 2007, an excellent SharePoint object model explorer and management utility. Also, check out my MOSS Resources page for blog links, book recommendations and useful utilities.


devK2.Net goes live

April 24, 2007

A colleague of mine Chris O’Connor (aka Grumpy Wookie) has just created another blog where he will be focusing his K2.Net blogging (devK2.net). Chris gets really excited by K2 and is by no doubt the SDM resident expert. I look forward to reading this blog and seeing where it takes him.

“This site is run as an enthusiast non-company-sponsored developer site, having used the K2.NET product amongst other (primarily Microsoft) development tools.

I receive no royalties or commissions from SourceCode, nor profit from sales of K2.NET. Although, I have been pestering my local developer evangelist for a free T-Shirt.”

Chris O’Connor, devK2.net


APAC SharePoint Conference – I’ll be there

April 23, 2007

I just recieved confirmation from my employer (SDM) that I will be going to the APAC SharePoint Conference in Sydney.

This exclusive Microsoft event is the third and final of three global SharePoint Conferences, following Seattle and Berlin. This world-class, two-day conference, to be held at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney from May 15-16, will showcase the latest innovations, features and functionality for the 2007 SharePoint products and technologies. The conference will provide an unprecedented opportunity for customers and partners in the Asia Pacific region to meet and network with Microsoft Office System product development teams, fellow IT professionals and architects, and partners. With only 500 places available, this event is not to be missed!

APAC SharePoint Conference


Content deployment turned my site off

April 18, 2007

I am currently working on content deployment for a MOSS WCM site and came across an interesting scenario. Internally I have an authenticated staging environment where my users will be authoring and approving content. Externally I have an anonymous blank site that will be populated using content deployment jobs. Basically after deploying the content to the external server, the website became unaccessible – “Page cannot be displayed” error. I found that this was because the anonymous access to this server had been turned off, so I turned it back on and the site came up. I then did another content deployment and the same thing happened. I then realised that the Content Deployment Path was configured to deploy “All” the security information. I adjusted this to be “None” and bobs your uncle it all works now.


Holiday picture from Queensland

April 16, 2007

As promised here are some holiday snaps from my trip to Queensland.

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