RDA Spotlight – Extranet Solutions with SharePoint

RDA Corporation, the fine people that gave us the ECAL Tracker on, will be presenting a webcast this Thursday (25 February) at 1 PM EST to discuss enabling SharePoint portal sites for differing business areas, specifically for an enterprise extranet portal. The overarching agenda for the webcast is as follows:

  • Definition of an Extranet
  • Hardware
  • Information Architecture
  • Security
  • Publishing
  • Maximizing Search
  • Stories from the Field

Dan Gilroy of RDA will be the presenter for the session.

Time – 1 PM EST, 25 February 2010

More information:

Online Registration:


OT: Cloud Computing and Azure

Cloud Computing and Azure are two hot topics on the horizon, albeit somewhat SharePoint independent at the moment. Microsoft will be doing a deep dive this week in Tyson’s Corner on the topics of Cloud Computing and the Windows Azure Platform. The audience for this event is more geared toward developers, however IT Pros and Architects will definitely be able to get a good level of detail about these topics.

The event will consist of three sessions to include an (1) Overview of Cloud Computing and Windows Azure, a (2) Survey of Windows Azure Storage Options and (3) Going Live with your Azure Solutions.

The time – Thursday, February 25, 2010 from 1 PM til 5 PM
The place – AMC Tysons Corner 16 (7850 Tysons Corner Center, McLean, VA 22102)

More information on the event:

Event ID Number: 1032438181

Register Online

Events SharePint

SharePint Northern Virginia Edition

Come one, come all! SharePint!!!

So not to interfere with any SharePoint events this week, but I figured that with so many folks in town this week, why not have a few social events? Who’s in town you ask? Well, MindSharp is in town for a training event and with good ole MindSharp comes Todd Bleeker. Oh but wait, there’s more! Erica Toelle happens to be around as well. What’s more, I think I saw a tweet about Jason Medero being around this week as well. And for those familiar with SharePoint Saturday Virginia Beach’s Susan Lennon, yup she’s here this week too! And not to be out done, Paul Swider will be around for a few days as well.

So what’s that mean? Social hour with the SharePoint Crew… aka SharePint 🙂

Originally we thought, “Let’s have it all in Springfield, that’s where most folks will be right?” But after a little bit of thought, it looks like we’re going to switch things up a bit:

Tentative Schedule (note changes will be tweeted by @sharepintdc)

Monday, 2/22/2010 – 7 PM – Houlihan’s in Springfield, VA (in the Hilton)
Tuesday, 2/23/2010 – 7 PM – Houlihan’s in Herndon, VA (in the Crowne Plaza)
Wednesday, 2/24/2010 – 7 PM – Rock Bottom in Arlington, VA (in Ballston Commons)
Thursday, 2/25/2010 – 7  PM –  Mike’s American Grill in Springfield, VA

So right now it’s all tentative, but hopefully we’ll be able to gather the crowd and hang out 🙂

Business Intelligence

ShareSquared in the Spotlight – Business Intelligence using SP2010 & PowerPivot

Interested in some of the new business intelligence capabilities within SharePoint Server 2010? Didn’t make it to the SharePoint Conference out in Vegas? Wondering what this thing called PowerPivot?

Check out the ShareSquared Webinar showcasing Business Intelligence using the SharePoint 2010 platform and PowerPivot.

Paul Stork and Chris Givens will be presenting the session.

When: March 2, 2010, 11 AM – 12 PM PST
Where: Webinar – Registration –
What: Tech session – More info –
Why: Why not is the question?
Who: Paul Stork and Chris Givens


First Thoughts – Rackspace Cloud Windows Beta

Blazing fast.

There you have it folks, those are my first thoughts with regard to the Rackspace Cloud Windows Beta. Not only is the service fanatical in terms of the Rackers online ready to help out should you run into problems or happen to have a question pertaining to the different servers around the clock, the system is fast.

I thought I’d provision a few servers and within about three minutes they were up and operational. Further, for only having a minuscule amount of RAM dedicated, they still seem to be working pretty snappy.

Nonetheless, props to Rackspace for building out their cloud, this relationship just got interesting 🙂

User Groups

SharePoint User Group – FedSPUG Edition

The Federal SharePoint User Group will be meeting on 4 February from 2-5 PM at the Bethesda Microsoft Office. If you’re involved with Federal Clients in the Washington DC area, this is a great opportunity to introduce your clients to new technologies, approaches, products and other organizations that use SharePoint.

For more information about the Federal SharePoint User Group, their site is located at:

Administration Infrastructure

SharePoint Server 2007 – December 2009 CU

Microsoft has released the SharePoint 2007 December 2009 Cumulative Update as of 29 January 2010. The cumulative update like all other updates includes all hotfixes since the most recent Service Pack, in this case SP2.

Information pertaining to this cumulative update is available at from the Update Resource Center at:

The WSS v3 December 2009 CU infopage is available at:

The MOSS 2007 December 2009 CU infopage is available at:

When requesting the appropriate CUs, if you’re downloading from an x86 client machine and your environment is x64 or vice versa, please note the “Show hotfixes for all platforms and languages” text next to “Number 1”.

Some insight from Joerg Sinemus regarding the December 2009 CU:

Last but not least… please remember to test all service packs, cumulative updates and hotfixes in a staging or development environment prior to implementing in your system’s production environment.