Microsoft SharePoint Developer Documentation Team Blog

December 10, 2007

The Microsoft SharePoint Developer Documentation Team have started blogging, if you are a SharePoint developer, then this resource is going to be essential.

Visit their new blog at:

There first couple of blog posts are fantastic;

  • Extending Workflow Actions for SharePoint Designer
  • SharePoint Resource Center Pages Now Live
  • SharePoint SDKs Machine Translation Pilot
  • Creating new .ACTIONS files for code-free workflow editors
  • Content Migration in SharePoint
  • Content Migration in SharePoint (Post 2)
  • Customising Alert Notifications and Alert Templates in Windows SharePoint

Microsoft Best Practices Analyzer for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007

November 23, 2007

Have you implemented a WSS v3 or MOSS 2007 environment? Are you an administrator of a WSS v3 or MOSS 2207 environment? or are you the Security Consultant for an organisation that has deployed a WSS v3 or MOSS 2007 environment? If so, then this tool will be invaluable for you.

The Microsoft Best Practices Analyzer for WSS v3 and MOSS 2007 collects information about the topology in relation to ‘best practices’ and provides administrators with a detailed report of recommendations that can be applied to obtain greater performance, scalability and reliability.

Windows Server 2008 and WSSv3 Update

November 1, 2007

The Window Server team have announced on their blog that WSSv3 will again be provided as a separate download for Windows Server 2008.  This is how the product was prior to Windows 2003 R2.  Since Windows Server 2003 R2 was released, the WSSv3 product has been rolled into the OS, however, from Windows Server 2008 RC1 it will be segmented again, giving greater flexibility to server deployments.

WSS v3 Security Hotfix MS07-059 announced

October 10, 2007

The SharePoint Product Team have announced an important mandatory security hotfix that will be released on October 9th (PST).

Be sure to note that as Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 is included with all editions of Office SharePoint Server 2007, Microsoft Office Project Server 2007, and Performance Point Server as well as any others which include WSS 3.0 you need to apply this hotfix on those environments as well. 

We recommend applying this hotfix during your next planned downtime, or change management window and scheduling this with priority.  This hotfix contains previously released hotfixes including the DST (Daylight Savings Time) hotfix.

First, if you have deployed “host named site collections” previously known as “host header” sites you should wait to apply the hotfix if you have more than 50 host named site collections. We will be issuing a performance related fix related to the hotfix. This hotfix will include the same hotfixes as the October 9 public update in addition to the host named site collection update performance related hotfix.  You need not wait if this does not apply.

The most important thing as the title suggests is this hotfix addresses a security vulnerability in Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 that could allow cross-site scripting. This update resolves this vulnerability. Please read the entire contents of the KB article before applying the hotfix as there are a number of known issues which should be well understood. (If these links aren’t available as you read this article, they will be shortly as the hotfix becomes available.)

To view the complete security bulletin, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

Also, Service Pack 1 for WSSv3 and MOSS 2007 has entered internal testing within Microsoft and is expected to be released soon.

AJAX SharePoint List Rotator Web Part

August 29, 2007

Adam Buenz [WSS MVP] has posted about the AJAX SharePoint List Rotator Web Part

“…The AJAX SharePoint List Rotator WebPart does what its name implies; it rotates things out of a SharePoint list. In order to eliminate a postback, it uses AJAX to load and rotate the items, nothing really fancy, but I needed a way to display task items randomly in a WebPart. To be honest I didn’t spend a lot of time on it because it was a nice to have thing, and not really used that heavily for my side project…”, Adam Buenz


Adam suggests that the WebPart hasn’t been tested all that thoroughly, but it should provide a great starting point for those who want similar functionality or would like to look at AJAX within a WebPart. You can download it here.

SharePoint Web Service Example – Grabbing Wiki Content

July 26, 2007

Arpan Shah has just posted an excellent post about a session he presented at the internal Microsoft Tech Ready conference yesterday.  The article show how easy it is to use the SharePoint Web Service to consume content from SharePoint for use elsewhere.

Integrating RadControls into SharePoint 2007

July 26, 2007

Latest information from Telerik regarding its RadContols suite and integration into SharePoint 2007 and WSSv3.

The market leading RadControls for ASP.NET bring unparalleled richness, responsiveness and interactivity to your SharePoint 2007 projects. Now you can easily incorporate all Telerik ASP.NET UI products into Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) v3 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007. The integration is a straight-forward process and we supply several resources to help you along the way. The whitepaper is specially created by Andrew Connell, MVP Microsoft Office SharePoint Server, visit Andrew Connell’s website


Although these resources refer to RadMenu, other controls in the Telerik RadControls suite follow the same deployment model and requirements. While the demonstration site used in the resources is a MOSS 2007 Publishing site, these same steps apply to all WSS v3 based sites, including sites created using the Team Site or Blank Site site template.

More information is available at