Global SharePoint Users Group – 2 Feb 2010

GSPUG Logo What’s that, you live in a distant country that has no SharePoint Users Group but you’re hungry for fellowship with other SharePoint professionals and enthusiasts? Or perhaps you’ve heard about SharePoint and you’ve wondered what exactly it is or what you can do with it?

Well then, check out the Global SharePoint Users Group, organized by professionals in the community looking to further broaden the reach of SharePoint.  The purpose of the group isn’t to replace your local users group, but rather to supplement it and provide additional knowledge.

This month, Paul Schaeflein (@paulschaeflein), SharePoint MVP, will be presenting on the topic of PowerShell for SharePoint 2010.  Paul has done much for the SharePoint community nationally as well as in the greater Chicago area. He’s got a ton of tips and and tricks to share along the lines of best practices and contextual context for solving development problems with creative and innovative solutions.

So what are you waiting for? Head on over to the GSPUG site for more info or register now at Eventbrite for the Ground Hog’s Day Edition of GSPUG!

Who: Paul Schaeflein and the SharePoint Community
What: Global SharePoint Users Group
Where: Online – EventBrite Registration
When: 2 February 2010, 7 PM EST

SharePoint Users Group – Richmond, VA Edition

In the 2003 editions of Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies, the learning curve for SharePoint development was significant as developers had to have a keen understanding of web development technologies such as CSS, JavaScipt and HTML in addition to the .net 1.1 framework as well as the webpart framework of the time. Then along came the 2007 editions of Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies in the form of MOSS and WSS v3. While there were vast improvements of the underlying development framework as most of the technical code base (but not necessarily concepts) supporting SharePoint were paved over as the collaborative framework and application server were rewritten in .net 2.0 with snippets of .net 3.0 components. This reduced the headaches of most .net developers attempting to work within the SharePoint framework as they now just had to learn the the SharePoint SDK rather than attempting to learn to pre-render HTML for their results in the previous edition as webparts were written. Additionally the solutions and features frameworks were added which made the management of added capabilities significantly easier and cleaner.

With SharePoint Server 2010, the core platform of SharePoint has been kept in place, but a lot of additional capabilities have been added to make it the developers collaborative platform dream. However, with great power comes a lot of responsibility and a lot of room for error and friction.

So where do you turn when you run into such problems?  Well there are several places to turn to when you need SharePoint help to include the MSDN Forums, SharePoint Overflow, Twitter, and your local user group.

Thursday, 28 January from 5:30-7:30 PM at SnagAJob in Glen Allen, the Richmond SharePoint User Group will be meeting. And to assist in helping developers transition into the SharePoint Server 2010 mindset, none other than Josh Carlisle from B&R Solutions will be presenting on “Reducing the Friction of SharePoint Development with SharePoint 2010”.

If you’re free and able, it looks to be a great presentation and excellent information to apply and integrate into your SharePoint delivery teams.  More information about the Richmond SharePoint Users Group can be found at:

http://go.spdan.com/rspug

Who: Josh Carlisle and other SharePoint Users, Practitioners and Professionals
What: Richmond SharePoint Users Group
Where: SnagAJob, 4880 Cox Road, Glen Allen, VA
When: 28 January from 5:30-7:30 PM

Operation ShareLove: Support Haiti Earthquake Victims

Courtesy of United Nations Photos on FlickrA little more than a week ago on 12 January 2010, the worst earthquake in nearly 200 years struck less than ten miles from the Caribbean City of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. The severity of the quake was nothing to laugh at as a magnitude 7.0 quake devastated the country. There are some estimations out that approximately 100,000 perished in this event, with approximately a third of the population being displaced from their homes or perished. Think about this – 1/3rd of the country suddenly with no where to go. I’m befuddled by this.

Courtesy of United States Navy Photos on FlickrOver the past week we have all watched international aid pour into the country in hopes of rescuing survivors trapped under the wreckage of buildings as well as to assist those injured and to care for the population as “the basics” are no more. So I know I sit, ponder and ask myself, “What is it that I can do?” By now you’ve probably heard of the SMS code to send cash through your phone to the Red Cross in support of Haiti, but what else is there?

Dux Sy (@meetdux) has established “Operation ShareLove: Haiti” as a fund drive organized to support our global brothers and sisters in Haiti. Not only are you helping out in support of those in dire to continue on living, but apparently you can benefit as well.

For more details on how to participate in Operation ShareLove, I strongly urge you to check out the Op SL page at http://sp.meetdux.com/archive/2010/01/18/operation-sharelove-support-haiti-earthquake-victims-amp-win.aspx.

SharePoint Users Group – Baltimore Edition

Live in the greater Baltimore Washington metropolitan region? Interested in applying and integrating SilverLight technologies to SharePoint Server capabilities? Then check out the Baltimore SharePoint Users Group on Thursday, 21 January from 6 til 8 PM at the UMBC Research and Technology Park South Campus. For more information about the event, check out the Baltimore SharePoint User Group site at:

http://go.spdan.com/bmorespug

Becky Isserman from B&R Solutions will be presenting “Dazzling SharePoint 2010 with SilverLight”. If you’re still diving deep into the SharePoint 2010 Server Beta 2 that was released back before Thanksgiving 2009, and UX is your thing, definitely consider attending this presentation – well worth your time.  On top of that though, the opportunity to network with others from the greater Baltimore Washington area in the SharePoint profession is a great opportunity.

Who: Becky Isserman and other SharePoint Professionals, and Enthusiasts
What: Baltimore SharePoint Users Group
Where: UMBC Research and Technology Park, South Campus, 1450 South Rolling Road, Baltimore, MD
When: 21 January 2010, 6-8 PM

Office Communicator Conferencing Add-in x64 Support

Office2010Beta2-OCSR2x64ConferencingTabFor those of you that are running Office Communicator 2007 R2 and Office 2010 Beta 2, and you’ve been running on Windows x64 and wondering when Microsoft would release their Office Conferencing Add-in pack that you could use without downgrading to x86 binaries of Office 2010 Beta 2, behold the x64 plug in is now available.

It’s best to first install the Office Communicator 2007 R2 Cumulative January Update referenced in a previous post here at SPDan.com here.

Once you’ve installed the Cumulative Update, Microsoft has the x64 Conferencing add-in available at:

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/help/HA102368901033.aspx

If you’re looking to grab the x64 edition and don’t feel like scrolling down:

http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=180490

While this may not seem that big a deal to some, it’s very helpful for those that live by their calendar synchronized through Exchange and need to plan LiveMeeting invites a day or two out for distribution to several individuals to collaborate on a project together or demonstrate a code release.

Bottom line, thank you Microsoft for adding the capability for those using x64 based Office 2010 Beta 2 the ability to use Communicator more seamlessly!

Office Communicator 2007 R2 January CU

For those of you that leverage Office Communicator 2007 R2, you might be happy to know that Microsoft has released a cumulative update to fix a few of the integration problems between Communicator and Office 2007 and seems to work with the Office 2010 Beta 2 software for all you early adopters out there.

Like other cumulative updates the package contains hotfixes previously released to ensure that you’re not having to patch together several different patch packages (we’re living in 2010 remember, patch management processes have been ironed out).  The core three issues that this CU includes that go above and beyond the hotfixes previously released include:

More information about the package can be read at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/976135

or if you just want to download the package immediately for application to your system

Microsoft Office Communicator 2007 R2 Hotfix KB 976135

Upon completion of this installation your Communicator R2 application will be running at version 3.5.6907.83

SharePoint Users Group – Hampton Roads Edition

The Hampton Roads SharePoint User Group will be meeting this month on Thursday, 21 January from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Virginia Beach Advanced Technology Center, Room 131. If you attended SharePoint Saturday Virginia Beach recently then you already know the location of the HRSSUG. This is a great event to meet fellow SharePoint professionals in the Hampton Roads area to include Susan Lennon, Kevin Griffin, Tasha Scott and several others.

This month, Kevin Griffin will be presenting on the topic of jQuery and how to utilize jQuery with SharePoint. While the topic is definitely geared more toward developers since Kevin is himself a profound .net developer, other SharePoint individuals such as architects and administrators would benefit greatly from such information.

For more information on the Hampton Roads SharePoint Users Group, check out their site at:

http://go.spdan.com/hrssug

Who: Kevin Griffin
What: Hampton Roads SharePoint Users Group
Where: Virginia Beach Advanced Technology Center, 1800 College Cresent, Virginia Beach, VA
When: 21 January 2010, 6:30-8:30 PM