Skip to main content

SharePoint Reporter Blog

Go Search
SharePoint Reporter Blog Home
About Me
Contact Me
  

Webcast Tomorrow: Managing Projects with MSProject and SharePoint

Please join us tomorrow, December 4th, 2008, for a special webcast sponsored by the New York City chapter of MPUG, 'Managing Projects with MS Project and SharePoint: Collaboration, Automation and Intelligence '. Tony Zink, MCTS and Principal Consultant with MSProjectExperts, will present several ways that Microsoft Project and SharePoint can be used together to streamline how people collaborate and manage their work on projects.

The NYC chapter of the Microsoft Project User Group is a proud partner in the MPUG NORTHEAST CONNECTION, a regional partnership developed between MPUG NYC, MPUG Connecticut and MPUG Boston to share resources, learning content and best-practices for the benefit of our collective chapter membership.

The webcast will start promptly at 12:00pm eastern time; to register for this event, visit the MPUG website here:

http://www.mpug.com/Lists/Event%20Calendar/DispForm.aspx?ID=62

SharePoint Reporter Weekly Newsletter: Subscribers Lost
Some might say that it was a stroke of bad luck, and some might attribute it to someone's head being shoved too far up one's own nether regions; regardless of how you put it, I've inadvertently deleted the subscribers list for the SharePoint Reporter weekly e-mail newsletter.
 
In addition to adding RSS feeds for the latest posts and jobs to the SharePoint Reporter site, I've been working on implementing an e-mail distribution list which people can use to ask SharePoint-related questions of one another by simply sending an e-mail. The problem arose when I ran a SQL query to build a subscribers table... without noticing that I already had an existing table with the same name. Whoops!
 
For those of you who have already subscribed to the newsletter, which contains the most popular posts from the previous week as well as the latest SharePoint jobs, you will need to re-subscribe in order to continue receiving the weekly updates via e-mail. Simply visit the SharePoint Reporter site (http://www.sharepointreporter.com) and use the sign-up form in the upper right corner.
 
For those of you who have not subscribed yet, but would like to receive the most popular SharePoint-related posts and the latest SharePoint jobs from the previous week, please visit the site and sign up!
 
Thanks, and I apologize for any inconvenience that this may have caused to anyone.
 
-- Tony
 
 
SharePoint Reporter RSS Feeds Now Available
For those of you who visit the SharePoint Reporter site (http://www.sharepointreporter.com) on a regular basis for the latest SharePoint-related posts and jobs, you've probably noticed the pretty orange RSS icons on the home page...
 
You now have two options for automatically receiving the latest SharePoint info... the weekly e-mail newsletter and the new RSS feeds for SharePoint-related posts and SharePoint jobs. If you prefer e-mail over RSS, and if you haven't signed up already, please visit the SharePoint Reporter site and subscribe to the weekly newsletter in the upper right corner of the home page. If, however, you're totally hip to the RSS thing, then you can now subscribe to the latest info and receive updates automatically on a daily basis.
 
Enjoy!
 
-- Tony
 
Searching SharePoint Sites from the IE7 Search Bar

For those of you who have made the upgrade to Internet Explorer 7 (IE7), you probably have some likes and dislikes regarding the tabbed browsing feature, new security features, and the menus / toolbars / buttons layout. One of the interesting new features, however, is the search bar, which allows you to use a number of search engines, such as Google, Yahoo, and Windows Live Search… without the need to navigate directly to their sites.

But what about your corporate intranet… more specifically, what about your SharePoint environment? IE7 not only allows you to select from a list of major search engines, but it also allows you to add your own search provider. Since SharePoint has an internal search engine, why not add that to our list of IE7 search providers, making it easier for us to search for organizational artifacts… right from our IE7 search bar?

Here's how…

  1. Visit your SharePoint website or portal of choice; in this example, I'll navigate to my MOSS 2007 portal home page:

     

  2. Enter the word "TEST" into the SharePoint search box, then click the search button or hit the [Enter] key; in this example, I'll use the search scope of All Sites:

     

  3. When the search results page is displayed, copy the URL from the address bar; in this example, the URL is:

    http://vpc01/searchcenter/Pages/Results.aspx?k=TEST&s=All%20Sites

    Notice the search keyword "TEST" in the URL, as well as "All%20Sites" (which is the URL-encoded version of "All Sites"):

     

  4. Click the drop-down arrow attached to the browser bar search button, then select the Find More Providers option:

     

  5. On the Add Search Providers to Internet Explorer 7 page, in the Create Your Own section (right side of page), enter the URL from above into the Paste the URL of the Search results page space, enter a name for the new IE7 search provider (MyCompany Portal, in this example), then click the Install button:

     

  6. In the Add Search Provider dialog box, select the Make this my default search provider as desired, then click the Add Provider button:

     

  7. To test the new IE7 search provider, enter one or more keywords into the IE7 search bar, then click the drop-down arrow attached to the search button and select the name of your new search provider (MyCompany Portal, in this example):

     

  8. IE7 should pass the search parameter to your SharePoint search engine, then display the results page:

     

Notice that when I created my MOSS 2007 search provider for IE7, I performed my initial "TEST" search using the All Sites scope. Thus, the search results URL included the "All%Sites" parameter. When I use my new search provider through IE7, that is the scope that will be used for every search.

However, if I would like to occasionally search using the This Site or People scope within my MOSS portal, then I can simply repeat the steps to create two more IE7 search providers, then name them accordingly (i.e. "MyCompany Home" and "MyCompany People").

Good Luck!

How to Create a MOSS 2007 VPC Image: The Whole 9 Yards
Now that I've finally completed my series of posts describing how to build a Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 Virtual PC image for demos and development work, here is a one-stop-shopping index of all 20 posts:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
...and there it is (whew!).
 
As I stated back when I began this series of posts, this is not intended to be the authoritive source on building a MOSS 2007 VPC image, but it's a process that has worked well for me, and hopefully it will be helpful for others.
 
I always welcome comments and suggestions, so please drop a line or three and let me know what you think.
 
Good luck!
 
-- Tony
 
How to Create a MOSS 2007 VPC Image: Part 20

Welcome to part 20 in a series of posts which describe how to create a Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS 2007) Virtual PC image for demos and development work. Last time, we looked at how to optimize our MOSS 2007 VPC image. This time, we’ll look at how to use Virtual PC’s differencing disks feature, which allows us to effectively “lock down” our new VPC image and use it as a base for creating multiple virtual machines for demos and development work, while conserving hard disk space at the same time.

 

Part 20: Creating a Virtual PC Differencing Disk

 

Launch Windows Explorer, locate and select the Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) file for your virtual machine we’ve been building, then select File > Properties:

 

 

Under the General tab of the Properties dialog box, select the Read-only attribute checkbox, then click the OK button:

 

 

In the Virtual PC Console, select File > Virtual Disk Wizard:

 

 

In the Welcome to the Virtual Disk Wizard dialog box, click the Next button:

 

 

In the Disk Options dialog box, select the Create a new virtual disk option, then click the Next button:

 

 

In the Virtual Disk Type dialog box, select the virtual hard disk option, then click the Next button:

 

 

In the Virtual Hard Disk Location dialog box, create a name for the new virtual hard disk file (VPC02 MOSS 2007 DIFF 01.vhd, in this case) and click the Browse button to locate a folder on your hard drive to store the new file, then click the Next button:

 

 

In the Virtual Hard Disk Options dialog box, select the Differencing option, then click the Next button:

 

 

In the Differencing Virtual Hard Disk dialog box, click the Browse button to locate the “parent” Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) file that we’ve been building (VPC02 MOSS SETUP DEMO, in this case), then click the Next button:

 

 

In the Completing the Virtual Disk Wizard dialog box, click the Finish button:

 

 

An alert message should be displayed, stating that the new virtual disk was created successfully; click the Close button:

 

 

In the Virtual PC Console, select File > New Virtual Machine Wizard:

 

 

In the Welcome to the New Virtual Machine Wizard dialog box, click the Next button:

 

 

In the Options dialog box, select the Create a virtual machine option, then click the Next button:

 

 

In the Virtual Machine Name and Location dialog box, create a name for the new virtual machine file (VPC02 MOSS 2007 DIFF 01.vmc, in this case) and click the Browse button to locate a folder on your hard drive to store the new file, then click the Next button:

 

 

In the Operating System dialog box, select Windows Server 2003 from the drop-down list, then click the Next button:

 

 

In the Memory dialog box, select the Adjust the RAM option, then set a value which is at least half of the physical memory on your host machine (1000 MB, in this case), then click the Next button:

 

 

In the Virtual Hard Disk Options dialog box, select the existing virtual hard disk option, then click the Next button:

 

 

In the Virtual Hard Disk Location dialog box, click the Browse button to locate the new Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) differencing disk file that we created (VPC02 MOSS 2007 DIFF 01.vhd, in this case), then click the Next button:

 

 

In the Completing the New Virtual Machine Wizard dialog box, click the Finish button:

 

 

The new virtual machine should be listed in the Virtual PC Console (VPC02 MOSS 2007 DIFF 01, in this case):

 

 

To avoid running the “parent” virtual machine and accidentally modifying it, select the virtual machine from the Virtual PC Console (VPC02 MOSS SETUP DEMO, in this case), then click the Remove button:

 

 

A Do you want to remove this virtual machine alert message should be displayed; click the Yes button:

 

 

You should now have a protected MOSS 2007 Virtual PC base image, as well as a differenced disk which can be used for demos and development. You can use this procedure for creating multiple differencing disks which build upon the same parent MOSS 2007 virtual machine that we’ve built.

 

We’ve finally reached the end of this series of posts which describe how to get up and running with a MOSS 2007 Virtual PC image (phew!). This isn’t the last that you will be hearing from me, though; stay tuned for further posts which describe how to use some of the interesting new features of MOSS 2007.

 

Enjoy!

How to Create a MOSS 2007 VPC Image: Part 19

Welcome to part 19 in a series of posts which describe how to create a Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS 2007) Virtual PC image for demos and development work. Last time, we looked at how install a set of “warm-up” scripts which will help improve the initial performance of the MOSS 2007 portal after boot-ups. This time, we’ll look at how to optimize the size and performance of our MOSS 2007 VPC image.

 

Part 19: Optimizing the MOSS 2007 VPC Image

 

Kill unnecessary services

 

In this section, we’ll stop and disable the following unnecessary services inside the virtual machine:

 

Error Reporting Service

Help & Support

Print Spooler

 

Select Start > Administrative Tools > Services:

 

 

In the right pane of the Services window, locate and right-click on the Error Reporting Service service, then select Properties:

 

 

Under the General tab of the Error Reporting Service Properties dialog box, in the Service status section, click the Stop button:

 

 

For Startup type, select Disabled from the drop-down list, then click the OK button:

 

 

Repeat these steps to stop and disable the Help & Support service and the Print Spooler service.

 

Disable visual enhancements

 

Select Start > Control Panel > Display:

 

 

Under the Settings tab of the Display Properties dialog box, click the Advanced button:

 

 

Under the Troubleshoot tab of the Default Monitor dialog box, move the Hardware acceleration slider all the way to the left, then click the OK button:

 

 

Under the Desktop tab of the Display Properties dialog box, select (None) from the Background list, then click the Apply button:

 

 

Under the Screen Saver tab of the Display Properties dialog box, select (None) from the Screen saver drop-down list, then click the OK button:

 

 

Select Start > Control Panel > System:

 

 

Under the Advanced tab of the System Properties dialog box, under the Performance heading, click the Settings button:

 

 

Under the Visual Effects tab of the Performance Options dialog box, select the Adjust for best performance option, then click the OK button:

 

 

Disable system recovery features

 

Select Start > Control Panel > System:

 

 

Under the Advanced tab of the System Properties dialog box, under the Startup and Recovery heading, click the Settings button:

 

 

In the Startup and Recovery dialog box, select (none) from the Write debugging information drop-down list, then click the OK button:

 

 

Disable Remote Desktop connections

 

Select Start > Control Panel > System:

 

 

Under the Remote tab of the System Properties dialog box, in the Remote Assistance section, deselect the Turn on Remote Assistance and allow invitations to be sent from this computer checkbox, and in the Remote Desktop section, deselect the Enable Remote Desktop on this computer checkbox, then click the OK button:

 

 

Disable searching for network drives and printers

 

Launch Windows Explorer, then select Tools > Folder Options:

 

 

Under the View tab of the Folder Options dialog box, in the Advanced settings list, deselect the Automatically search for network folders and printers checkbox, then click the Apply to All Folders button:

 

 

In the Folder Views alert box, click the Yes button:

 

 

Click the OK button to accept the changes and close the Folder Options dialog box:

 

 

Defragment the virtual machine C: drive

 

Select Start > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter:

 

 

Ensure that the C: drive is selected in the upper pane of the Disk Defragmenter window, then click the Defragment button. Repeat the defragmenting process until it happens quickly (this may take several cycles).

 

Compact the Virtual Hard Disk

 

In the Virtual PC window, select CD > Capture ISO Image:

 

 

In the Select CD Image to Capture dialog box, browse through your local hard drive to locate the Virtual Disk Precompactor.iso file, then click the Open button:

 

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Virtual PC\Virtual Machine Additions\Virtual Disk Precompactor.iso

 

 

When the Microsoft Virtual Disk Pre-Compactor alert is displayed, click the Yes button:

 

 

When the process is complete, the Pre-Compaction Completed message will be displayed; click the OK button:

 

 

Select Start > Shut Down to shut down the virtual machine, then return to the Virtual PC Console and select File > Virtual Disk Wizard:

 

 

In the Welcome to the Virtual Disk Wizard dialog box, click the Next button:

 

 

In the Disk Options dialog box, select the Edit an existing virtual disk option, then click the Next button:

 

 

In the Virtual Disk to Edit dialog box, browse for the VHD (Virtual Hard Disk) file which contains your virtual machine, then click the Next button:

 

 

In the Virtual Disk Information and Options dialog box, select the Compact it option, then click the Next button:

 

 

In the Virtual Hard Disk Compaction dialog box, select the Replace the original file option, then click the Next button:

 

 

In the Completing the Virtual Disk Wizard dialog box, click the Finish button:

 

 

When the compaction process is complete, a success message will be displayed; click the Close button to acknowledge the message:

 

 

You should now have a fully-functional and optimized MOSS 2007 Virtual PC image that can be used for demos and development work.

 

In Part 20, we’ll look at using Virtual PC’s differencing disks feature, which allows us to effectively “lock down” our new VPC image and use it as a base for creating multiple virtual machines for demos and development work, while conserving hard disk space at the same time.

How to Create a MOSS 2007 VPC Image: Part 18

Welcome to part 18 in a series of posts which describe how to create a Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS 2007) Virtual PC image for demos and development work. Last time, we looked at how to install some of the Office 2007 applications into our virtual machine. This time, we’ll look at how to install a set of “warm-up” scripts which will help improve the initial performance of the MOSS 2007 virtual machine after boot-ups.

 

Part 18: Installing Warm-up Scripts

 

Download the warm-up scripts:

Filename: warmup.zip

Download URL: http://www.pptspaces.com/sharepointreporterblog/Shared%20Files/warmup.zip

 

Copy the warmup.zip file onto the C: drive of the VPC image:

 

 

Extract the warmup.zip file to create the folder C:\warmup containing three files:

HttpRequest.vbs

startup.bat

WarmUpServer.cmd

 

 

Open the startup.bat file with a plain text editor such as Windows Notepad, and update these four lines:

 

call WarmUpServer SERVERNAME

call WarmUpServer SERVERNAME:2222

call WarmUpServer SERVERNAME:5555

call WarmUpServer SERVERNAME:1111/ssp/admin

 

In this example, the four lines should read:

 

call WarmUpServer vpc02

call WarmUpServer vpc02:2222

call WarmUpServer vpc02:5555

call WarmUpServer vpc02:1111/ssp/admin

 

 

Right-click on the startup.bat file, then select Send to > Desktop (create shortcut):

 

 

Return to the Windows desktop, right-click on the new Shortcut to startup.bat icon, and select Properties from the drop-down list:

 

 

Under the General tab of the Shortcut to startup.bat Properties dialog box, enter Warm-Up for the new name of the shortcut:

 

 

Under the Shortcut tab of the Shortcut to startup.bat Properties dialog box, click the Change Icon button:

 

 

When the Change Icon alert message is displayed, click the OK button:

 

 

In the Change Icon dialog box, select an appropriate icon for the new desktop shortcut, then click the OK button:

 

 

Click the OK button to close the Shortcut to startup.bat Properties dialog box:

 

 

To run the warm-up scripts after boot-up, simply double-click on the new Warm-Up desktop icon:

 

 

A command window will open for the execution of the warm-up scripts, and the scripts may take a few minutes to run, depending upon the performance of your virtual machine; when they are finished, the command window will close automatically:

 

 

You should now have a fully-functional set of warm-up scripts installed in your virtual machine, and a shortcut on your virtual machine’s desktop to launch the script after booting.

 

In Part 19, we’ll look at some other ways that we can optimize the size and performance of our MOSS 2007 VPC image.

How to Create a MOSS 2007 VPC Image: Part 17

Welcome to part 17 in a series of posts which describe how to create a Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS 2007) Virtual PC image for demos and development work. Last time, we looked at how to install SharePoint Designer 2007 into our virtual machine. This time, we’ll look at how to install some of the Office 2007 desktop applications, including Word 2007, Excel 2007, Powerpoint 2007, and Access 2007.

 

Part 17: Installing Office 2007 Applications

 

Insert the Office 2007 installation media, start the installation, select the Add or Remove Features option, then click the Continue button:

 

 

Select Microsoft Office Access, Microsoft Office Excel, Microsoft Office PowerPoint, and Microsoft Office Word, then click the Continue button:

 

 

After the installation has completed successfully, click the Close button:

 

 

You should now have a fully-functional installation of Office 2007.

 

In Part 18, we’ll look at how to install a set of server “warm-up” scripts which will help improve the initial performance of the MOSS 2007 virtual machine after boot-ups.

How to Create a MOSS 2007 VPC Image: Part 16

Welcome to part 16 in a series of posts which describe how to create a Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS 2007) Virtual PC image for demos and development work. Last time, we looked at how to create the MOSS 2007 portal. This time, we’ll look at how to install SharePoint Designer 2007, which can be used for site design, workflow creation, and other functions.

 

Part 16: Installing SharePoint Designer 2007

 

Insert the SharePoint Designer 2007 installation media, start the installation, enter the Product Key, then click the Continue button:

 

 

Read the license agreement very carefully, select the I accept checkbox, then click the Continue button:

 

 

On the Choose the installation you want screen, select the Install Now button:

 

 

When the installation is complete, click the Close button:

 

 

Select Start > All Programs > Microsoft Office > Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007; in the Microsoft Office Activation Wizard dialog box, select the I want to activate the software over the Internet option, then click the Next button:

 

 

After the software has been successfully activated over the Internet, click the Close button:

 

 

In the SharePoint Designer window, to test its ability to connect to the MOSS 2007 portal, select File > Open Site:

 

 

In the Open Site dialog box, for Site name, enter the URL of the portal site (http://vpc02, in this case), then click the Open button:

 

 

SharePoint Designer should successfully connect to the MOSS 2007 portal, and a listing of files and folders should be displayed in the left Folder List pane, as well as the center pane:

 

 

Select File > Close Site to close the connection with the MOSS 2007 portal:

 

 

You should now have a fully-functional installation of SharePoint Designer 2007.

 

In Part 17, we’ll look at how to install some of the other Office 2007 applications into our virtual machine.

1 - 10 Next

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Admin Links