Removing the Name ActiveX on 2010 the 2007 way

I got a new laptop for work last week and noticed that tomresing.com was asking readers to install that silly Name ActiveX control. Actually, I noticed sharepointrunner.com was showing it first and after Mark fixed his so quickly, I figured I better do the same. Aside You may be more familiar with my other new coworkers like Shane, Todd, John, Randy, Laura, Jennifer and Raymond. However, fanatical SharePoint Engineer Mark Watts, on the Rackspace Managed SharePoint team, has an excellent

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More SharePoint at Rackspace

More for me. More for them. More for you. I’m joining the incredibly talented, infamously humorous, infinitely engaging SharePoint team at Rackspace. Jeff Deverter and company have hosted the San Antonio SharePoint User Group monthly meetings at Rackspace for a couple years now and I’ve gotten to know a lot of their smart admins. With the recent addition of the SharePoint911 crew the level of SharePoint talent at Rackspace exploded overnight. If you attend conferences that include SharePoint content, it’s

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Service Application Reading

Healthy service applications are very important to a SharePoint 2010 Farm. When SharePoint 2010 was new, there was a lot of attention paid to them. The shift from the Shared Service Providers of SharePoint 2007 and earlier to the new model for 2010 was significant, both understanding the underlying concepts and the effects the shift had on the platform. Whether you are just creating your first SharePoint 2010 Farm, maintaining an existing Farm or refreshing your server application chops, I

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Elevating Privileges in SharePoint Code

Impersonation leads to Permission Trimming SharePoint uses ASP.Net impersonation to personalize the platform based on the current authorized user. SharePoint objects are aware of the user’s identity and many parts of SharePoint take advantage of this ability. For example, when you get the lists in a site through the API, you only see the ones the current user has access to. Permission trimming, as similar functions in SharePoint are often referred, is a major convenience to the end user and

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SharePoint Saturday Austin Slides

Thanks to all who attended my presentation at SharePoint Saturday Austin in January. As promised, here are the slides for your reference. Integrate External Data with bcs #spsaustx View more presentations from Thomas Resing. Picture Here’s a picture from the event by Victor:

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Cloudshare How-to 48-hour SharePoint Virtual Machines in the Cloud

I’ve blogged about SharePoint Development on Cloudshare in the past, see Some SharePoint Development Machine Options, but I thought I’d go through a screen-shot how-to so you can see how easy it is to get up and running with them. First, browse the solution showcase, pictured below: After choosing a pre-set environment of one to many vm’s, register for the trial account. I suggest trying the Microsoft Information Worker VM first because it has lots of great demos set up

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SharePoint for DBA’s Part II at SALSSA

Last night I presented SharePoint for DBA’s Part II to the San Antonio League of SQL Server Administrators. Slides The slides from the presentation are available for download and viewing on SlideShare. Screencast of part of Demo 2 I recorded a screencast of one of the demos from the presentation. Video Note: I recorded the video above because during the presentation I ran into an error which prevented the creation of the External List from the External Content Type and

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SharePoint First Steps for Administrators and Developers

In late 2006, when I asked my mentor what I needed to do to get up to speed quickly on SharePoint for my first major SharePoint project, he had great advice that I only followed reluctantly. The mentor was Matthew McDermott. He told me to read more than 1000 pages of free documentation from Microsoft. And he told me to practice it and then re-read it and only then I would know the basics. At the time, it sounded crazy

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SharePoint Weekly, Andrew Connell and MVVM

I just noticed on the SharePoint Weekly Newsletter from Nick Swan that Andrew Connell has a new blog series on SharePoint, Silverlight and MVVM. Developers love design patterns and just the thought of MVVM takes me back to my one of my favorite Computer Science classes on Java 15 years ago. If you’re not familiar with Andrew, you should check out some of his stuff. He’s one of my favorite SharePoint Development Authors and Presenters and having shared a few

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FBA Claims Super User Halloween Gotcha

I’ve been working with Claims Authentication a lot recently and I’m still tripped up by some of the basics, it would appear. Yesterday, on Halloween, I received an access denied error on my web application after configuring it for Forms Based Authentication. I had previously migrated it to windows claims, but this was my first try moving an existing web application from windows claims to FBA Claims. The error in the ULS was misleading: Cannot get Role Manager with name

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