Call for Speakers is Now Open for SharePoint Saturday Boston 2014!

It’s that time of year again, when we start to think about spring, and more importantly, SharePoint Saturday Boston!

I am pleased to announce that the call for speakers for SharePoint Saturday Boston 2014 is now open! We are beta testing the new SPSEvents website, so please report us any issues you encounter as well. Go here for more information on how to register to speak at the event: http://beta.spsevents.org/city/boston/april2014 

What’s SharePoint Saturday you ask? Go here to find out: http://beta.spsevents.org/about

Speaking at the Granite State SharePoint Users Group on February 21, 2013

Granite State SharePoint Users Group (GSSPUG) NHI am pleased to announce that I will be speaking again at the Granite State SharePoint Users Group on February 21, 2013. I will be presenting “Automating your Enterprise Application Deployments with PowerShell”

Session Abstract

In enterprise application deployments to SharePoint, there are generally farms, or web applications that host specific applications for specific groups, rather than having just an all-in-one deployment. Often times, you do not have access to these other environments, and will need to pass the deployment baton off to the system administrators of those farms.

This session will walk you through how you can deploy your applications, without needing to have the administrator who will be deploying the application, have to do much more than type a few keys into the SharePoint Administration Console and press enter – and having full configuration and deployment of your custom SharePoint applications to other environments.

Meeting Location

Eaton Richmond Center, Room 122 at Daniel Webster College, Nashua, NH

Meeting Time

6P – 8P

Meeting Registration

Click here to register: http://granitestatesharepoint.eventbrite.com/?ref=ebtn

User Group Information

For more information on the Granite State SharePoint Users Group, visit them at: http://www.granitestatesharepoint.org

Hope to see you there!

Speaking at SPTechCon San Francisco in March 2013

imageI have the privilege to announce that I will be presenting again in lovely San Francisco at The SharePoint Technology Conference on March 3-6th, 2013.

Information on the event and the sessions I will be presenting is below. I hope to see you there! San Francisco is a beautiful place, and I cannot wait to get back down (and over… diagonally really) there.

 

Event Description

SPTechCon: The SharePoint Technology Conference – is the largest independent SharePoint conference in the world – for IT professionals, business managers, analysts, and developers. Choose from more than 90 Classes and Workshops!!! Learn from the brightest minds in the SharePoint universe – more than 40 Expert Speakers and Microsoft MVPs! There’s a shortage of SharePoint experts! Develop your skills, and improve your own professional standing! "I would recommend SPTechCon to SharePoint admins and developers. By far the best Tech Event I have attended." Venki Oruganti , Software Developer – Pitney Bowes

 

Planning and Configuring Extranets in SharePoint 2010

Monday, March 4 – 11:15 AM – 12:30 PM

Most companies, large or small, require contact and collaboration with external entities, whether they are vendors, clients, or contractors. SharePoint gives us the ability to open up portals for collaboration with these external entities, and this session will show you how to accomplish this using SharePoint 2010.
We will review what is required to make SharePoint “open” to the external world and discuss scenarios regarding security and privacy. We will also walk through configuring Forms-Based Authentication, Claims-Based Authentication, as well as using Business Connectivity Services in SharePoint 2010 to authenticate and manage our external users. Once completing this session, you should have a firm grasp on how to configure an extranet environment using SharePoint 2010, as well as what should be considered during the planning of your extranet scenarios.

Level: Advanced
Topic Area: IT Pro Essentials

Automating Your Enterprise Application Deployments With PowerShell

Tuesday, March 5 – 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM

In enterprise application deployments to SharePoint, there are generally farms or Web applications that host specific applications for specific groups, rather than having just an all-in-one deployment. Oftentimes, you do not have access to these other environments, and will need to pass the deployment baton off to the system administrators of those farms.
This class will walk you through how you can deploy your applications—without needing to have the administrator who will be deploying the application—have to do much more than type a few keys into the SharePoint Administration Console and press enter, and having full configuration and deployment of your custom SharePoint applications to other environments.

Level: Advanced
Topic Area: IT Pro Essentials

Speaking at the SharePoint Maine User Group – December 11, 2012

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I have the honor of speaking at the SharePoint group with by far the best acronym, SPUGME. Makes me wish I put more effort into the BASPUG acronym! 🙂

I will be up there on December 11, 2012, and presenting The Ribbon UI and Custom Actions in SharePoint 2010.

I am excited to speak at this (fairly new) group, and, to meet some more of the New England SharePoint Community.

For more information on the group, and, for the event itself, please visit: http://www.sharepointmaine.com

Extracting Solution Packages (WSPs) from SharePoint using PowerShell

I just stumbled across this link from Kirk Evanshttp://blogs.msdn.com/b/kaevans/archive/2011/12/05/extract-a-wsp-solution-from-sharepoint-2010.aspx

Basically, using 3 lines of PowerShell (which can be turned really into one if needed), to extract a SharePoint Solution Package (WSP) from the Farm Solutions collection.

From his post:

$farm = Get-SPFarm

$file = $farm.Solutions.Item("extendeddiagnosticproviders.wsp").SolutionFile

$file.SaveAs("c:\temp\extendeddiagnosticproviders.wsp")

As awesome as it is easy.

Encoding Encoded Characters in XSLT for Deployment

Let’s say you are deploying out some pages, which may include some custom forms out to a list. In that case, it is pretty straight forward (example: http://www.3guysonsharepoint.com/?p=1004), just do a find and replace in your XLST for < and >, and replace with &lt; and &gt; respectively, paste it within the XSL property (<property name="Xsl" type="string">).

One thing that may trip you up, is if you actually need to keep a < or > sign in your XSLT – but, you cannot deploy the code with that, or else you’ll run into issues…

The fix? Quite simple, just encode the encoded characters, changing the ampersand (&) to &amp;lt; and &amp;gt;, also respectively.

Presentations from SharePoint Saturday New Orleans 3/24/12

Yes a month late… but, hey, it’s been a busy month!

Had a grand time in New Orleans – a well put on event as always, that I was happy to be a part of, in one of the greatest cities in the world.

http://www.sharepointsaturday.org/neworleans

Below are my two presentations from the event.

Planning and Configuring Extranets in SharePoint 2010

 

Creating Custom Actions in SharePoint 2010

Registration Open for SharePoint Saturday Boston – 4/28/12

I am pleased to announce that registration is now open for SharePoint Saturday Boston! Register today to reserve your spot. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Event Details

SharePoint administrators, end users, architects, developers, and other professionals that work with Microsoft SharePoint Technologies will meet for the 5th SharePoint Saturday Boston event on Saturday, April 28th, 2012 at the Microsoft Office located at 201 Jones Road in Waltham, MA, 02451. SharePoint Saturday is an educational, informative, and lively day filled with sessions from respected SharePoint professionals and MVPs, covering a wide variety of SharePoint-orientated topics. SharePoint Saturday is FREE, open to the public and is your local chance to immerse yourself in SharePoint! Follow us on twitter @SPSBoston. Register today to reserve your spot before they are all gone.

Our sponsors will be providing breakfast, lunch, and a snack. Microsoft is providing the facility. Many other sponsors will be providing wonderful giveaways at the end of the day.

We have speakers from around New England plus speakers flying into Boston from around the globe to provide the best event for learning cutting edge skills and techniques for implementing SharePoint at your company. SharePoint Saturday is also a great way to network with like-minded professionals.

For up to date schedule and agenda see our web site at:

http://www.sharepointsaturday.org/boston

Don’t forget to print your ticket and bring it with you to the event in order to use the Rapid Registration Line.

When is SharePoint Saturday Boston?

Saturday, April 28th, 2012
8:00AM – 6:00PM

Where will SharePoint Saturday Boston be held?

SharePoint Saturday Boston will be held at the Microsoft Waltham office at 201 Jones Rd., Sixth Floor, Waltham, MA 02451 http://www.bing.com/maps/default.aspx?v=2&style=r&lvl=100&where1=201%20Jones%20Road%2CWaltham%2CMA%2C02451

Who is organizing this event?

Jornata, ThirdM, Microsoft, and Sympraxis Consulting

How do I register?

Registration is limited and based on first come first serve basis http://spsbos.eventbrite.com

Presentation from SharePoint Saturday Virginia Beach

A big thank you to the organizers, sponsors, and attendees of SharePoint Saturday Virginia Beach! The event was well put-on, and it is a great location, with a great layout! I cannot believe it took me 4 years to get down there, I wish I had gone much sooner!

I am looking forward to the next #SPSVB, but in the meantime, you can find my presentation from my session, Planning and Configuring Extranets in SharePoint 2010 below… please leave any questions you have in the comments!

 

SharePoint Search and RTF File Indexing

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Found out today while answering a #SPHelp question for my buddy Eric Harlan, that SharePoint 2010 does not natively index RTF files, it requires an iFilter.

Luckily, there is an easy answer to it, which came back in a Google Books preview of Pro SharePoint 2010 Search. Click the link for details – http://go.gvaro.net/tLqruO

I also learned that FAST search does however index RTF files by default, thanks to @NauplisTrevor

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The good news is – you can still learn something new every day! And by all means, if you do learn something new about SharePoint, share it with the rest of the world by blogging, tweeting, or, the old school method of writing it in sidewalk chalk on your driveway (you may want to put a tarp over it if it rains however, as it will wash away. I found this out the hard way…).

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