Microsoft Search Server (MSS) 2008 Express VHD

November 23, 2007

Just read a post by Mark Harrison about a Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express VHD available for download.  The download also comes with a walkthough 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.

Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express VHD


MOSSIG Enterprise Search Extravaganza

September 12, 2007

MOSSIG Enterprise Search Extravaganza - 26 Sept 2007 

This month MOSSIG will be presenting a series of Enterprise Search related topics, so come along and find out how Enterprise Search can help you unlock your businesses data and improve productivity.

Where – Microsoft, Level 5, 4 Freshwater Place, Southbank

When – 26 Sept 2007 5:30pm

Show and Tell Session – Contact Selector Control in InfoPath (Ben Walters)

Ben Walters from Strategic Data Management will be providing a brief overview of the Contact Selector control available in InfoPath 2007.

Business Session – Search possibilities in your Enterprise (Tim Wragg)

According to IDC (Content Technologies Study 2004-2005), workers spend 9.5 hours per week searching.  Join Tim Wragg from Professional Advantage as he discusses the Enterprise Searching capabilities of SharePoint 2007 and what it means for business.

The presentation will include,

  • positioning of the current search landscape from desktop to the web and where its going,
  • search features including documents, people, business data and other sources,
  • tips and tricks for an effective implementation , and
  • the gotcha’s in features and licensing.

Technical Session – How to access and search business data (Matthew Cosier)

In this half-hour session Matthew Cosier from Readify will step you through the means of integrating external data with the Business Data Catalog, and exposing it via search. In particular he will take you through the process of writing a BDC web service, generating the application definition using the new Microsoft Business Data Catalog Definition Editor tool, and finally exposing the data to SharePoint search.

To register for this meeting please email by COB Tuesday 25th September 2007.

Microsoft Enterprise Search Deep Dive Training

March 11, 2007

[via Angus Logan]

Angus has posted some great links to Microsoft Enterprise Search Deep Dive Training. I recently attended a Microsoft Enterprise Search partner briefing and can say that Microsoft are most definitely serious about their presence in the Enterprise Search space. Something quoted during the briefing was, “80% of business data lives on desktop computers.”, Microsoft have some serious plans for enabling businesses to get access to this data and all the other data that they require to do business better.

This deep dive training will be an excellent learning platform for anyone interested in understanding Microsoft’s Enterprise Search strategy.