SPTechCon 2011 San Francisco Recap and Slides

Need I say more? I had never been out to San Francisco before, so, I had a couple of chances to get out and explore the city. Knocking off the following on my trip:
  • M5 Industries (Mythbusters!)
  • The Winchester Mystery House
  • Fisherman’s Wharf
  • The Golden Gate Bridge
  • Marin Headlands
    • WWII-era forts
  • Lombard Street
  • Alcatraz
Oh right, and also, there was this SharePoint Technology Conference going on. SPTechCon San Francisco was a great conference. Kudos to the BZ Media Team again for putting on one heck of a show!
I had a great time meeting new speakers, vendors, and attendees, as well as catching up with old friends, as well as go to a few great sessions.
A big thank you needs to go out to SPTechCon for having me there, as well as to all of the attendees of my sessions. Thank you for coming and hearing what I had to say, as well as hopefully learning a thing or two.
Below are my decks (WordPress does not incorporate these too good from slideshare, so please follow the links) from both of my sessions.


Just Freakin’ Work! Overcoming Hurdles and Avoiding Pain – Co-Presented with Mark Rackley


Creating Custom Actions in SharePoint 2010

Any questions or comments on the material from the conference – as well as any feedback from the session (please!), please leave it in the comments!

Quick Tip – Using the Resources List in Central Administration

Let’s face it, both in SharePoint 2007 and 2010, Central Administration does require a bit of clicking around. Some features and functionality you will use on a daily basis, but others, not so much. While the UI for Central Administration got a great overhaul, navigating around can be tedious.

Not that it is any rocket science here either, however, I rarely come across client environments where this is used at all. The list was available in 2007, as well as 2010. When you log into Central Administration, you’ll see the Resources link list web part off to the right. So the quick tip of the day is – make use of this!

For instance, if you need to get down to the user profile service administration screen… you need to do the following:

  1. Click on Application Management > Manage service applications
  2. Locate the service application, and click it
  3. Then you’re there.

However, just adding a link to the Resources list for this, and other commonly used items, saves both time and effort, especially if you have trouble locating your service applications. So just copy the URL, go back out to the main page, and add it in as a link.


More ideas? Maybe you need to look at the Job History for your web application each day. Instead of doing the following:

  1. Click on Monitoring > Check job status
  2. Clicking on Job History on the quick Launch
  3. Selecting Web Application from the View drop down

Just copy out the link, and add it into the Resources list for a quick link http://servername/_admin/TimerJobHistory.aspx?View=2

Now, there are many other possibilities to store these links – your bookmarks for example – while that works for you, it does not work for anyone else who needs access to Central Admin.

If you wanted to build a feature or two, you could also implement some Custom Actions here as well…

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