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Landed Here Jun 06, 2008
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Posts: # / 1st / Latest 74 - Mar 09, 2008 - Jan 04, 2014
Speaking at the Columbus Buckeye SPUG
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I will be speaking at the Columbus Buckeye SharePoint Users Group on Thursday, January 16th. The meeting will start at 5:30pm. My topic will be "Share, Follow, and Sync: How SharePoint 2013 uses Personal MySites for Social functionality”. Here’s a brief description of the talk: Prior to SharePoint 2013 many organizations built a MySite Host [...] [read].
Posted: Sat, Jan 4th '14
SharePoint MVPs Volunteer for Typhoon Relief
Paul Papanek Stork
A few days after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines one of my fellow MVPs, Dux Raymond (@meetdux), suggested that we should all band together and do something to support the relief effort.  His idea was that we would all volunteer an hour or two of phone consulting time for anyone who would contribute to a [...] [read].
Posted: Wed, Nov 13th '13
MCM, MCSM, MCA Programs Cancelled
Paul Papanek Stork
Less than two months after Microsoft announced a major change to the Microsoft Certified Masters (MCSM formerly known as MCM) program they’ve dropped another bombshell on the community. At the end of June Microsoft abruptly announced that they were removing all the pre-requisites from taking the MCSM Knowledge Exams and Qualification Lab to make the [...] [read].
Posted: Sat, Aug 31st '13
SkyDrive Pro Storage Increased to 25GB
Paul Papanek Stork
Microsoft announced today on the Office 365 technology Blog that they are increasing the default storage available in each user’s SkyDrive Pro to 25GB from the current 7GB.  They’ve also added an option allowing increase to 50GB or 100GBs of storage on a user by user basis.  The optional additional storage will come out of [...] [read].
Posted: Tue, Aug 27th '13
Configuring Search Authoritative Pages with PowerShell
Paul Papanek Stork
Someone at work recently asked if you could configure the Authoritative Pages settings in SharePoint 2013 Search using PowerShell or whether the only way to do it was using the Search Service UI.  After a bit of research I found out that indeed you can configure the settings using PowerShell.  But I also found out [...] [read].
Posted: Fri, Aug 23rd '13
MCSD: SharePoint Certification Officially Announced
Paul Papanek Stork
There have been rumors running around for months about what exams would be required to earn the Microsoft Certified Solution Developer certification for SharePoint 2013.  MS Learning officially added MCSD: SharePoint to their site today.  You can see all the SharePoint certifications, including MCSD, here. The Two SharePoint specific Development exams haven’t been released yet, [...] [read].
Posted: Tue, Jul 9th '13
Make App Icons that Change with a Composed Look
Paul Papanek Stork
Recently a developer friend was wondering why all the built-in App Icons changed colors on his SharePoint 2013 site when he applied a different color scheme using the “Composed Looks” functionality,but Icons for custom apps he had deployed remained their original color.  The screenshot below shows the Site Contents page both before (Left Side) and [...] [read].
Posted: Thu, May 30th '13
I’m a New SharePoint 2010 MCM
Paul Papanek Stork
Some journeys take a lot longer than you originally expected.  I started my journey in pursuit of a Microsoft Certified Master’s SharePoint certification when I attended rotation 8 in May, 2011.  If you are wondering what it was like I can’t do a better job of describing the experience than was done by my friend, [...] [read].
Posted: Mon, May 13th '13
Presentation to Cleveland SPUG: Apps an Introduction
Paul Papanek Stork
Last week I presented a talk to the Cleveland SharePoint User’s Group on the new SharePoint 2013 “Apps” model. At the end of the talk I promised to post my slides.  You can download a PDF of the slides from the talk using the link below: An Introduction to SharePoint 2013 Apps [read].
Posted: Thu, Apr 4th '13
SPTechCon Wrap-up and Slides
Paul Papanek Stork
I finished up my last session at this year’s SPTechCon in San Francisco yesterday at 5:00 PM.  Having the first and last sessions on the last day of the conference is always a bit intimidating, but I had good attendance at both sessions.  I can’t tell you how much I appreciated those who were willing [...] [read].
Posted: Thu, Mar 7th '13
Office Developer Tools for Visual Studio 2012 ships full RTM
Paul Papanek Stork
If you who have been learning to develop the new SharePoint 2013 Apps then you know that the toolset for doing that in Visual Studio 2012 didn’t ship a finished RTM version when SharePoint 2013 shipped its RTM version in November.  Instead we’ve all still been working on a Preview 2 version.  Well no longer! [...] [read].
Posted: Mon, Mar 4th '13
SharePoint 2013 has reached RTM
Paul Papanek Stork
Earlier today Microsoft announced that Office 2013, including SharePoint Server 2013, reached the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) build.  That means that coding and testing is complete and work will now commence on getting these products packaged up and into the appropriate distribution channels for customers.  YOu can read the full announcement here:  Office Reaches RTM! [...] [read].
Posted: Thu, Oct 11th '12
4 Prerequisites Missing from SharePoint 2013 PrerequisitesInstaller.exe
Paul Papanek Stork
There is an old adage that says “When all else fails, READ THE INSTRUCTIONS!”  This is particularly true when it comes to installing Beta releases.  Unfortunately many people, including me, don’t always read all the release notes before installing.  When the preview Beta of SharePoint 2013 was released a couple weeks ago I very quickly [...] [read].
Posted: Fri, Aug 10th '12
Installing SharePoint 2013 Prerequisites Without an Internet Connection
Paul Papanek Stork
There are already several blog posts about how to install SharePoint 2013, so I won’t duplicate them here.  But all of these posts are written assuming that you SharePoint server can access the Internet.  You need this to be able to automatically download the 10 additional prerequisites that need to be installed BEFORE you can [...] [read].
Posted: Tue, Jul 17th '12
SharePoint 2013 Public Beta is Live
Paul Papanek Stork
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably already heard that the Office 15 Public Preview Beta went live YESTERDAY at about 3:30 PM. I thought it might be haelpful to put a list of useful links in one web post for everyone who is trying to find things.  Here are links to a [...] [read].
Posted: Tue, Jul 17th '12
SharePoint MVP for the 5th Year!
Paul Papanek Stork
Last weekend was really exciting for two reasons.  First, because my eldest daughter got married on Saturday.  We were so busy getting ready for the wedding that I almost forgot about my MVP award date on July 1st.  But soon enough the wedding was over and things started to get back to normal on Sunday [...] [read].
Posted: Sat, Jul 7th '12
Fix for “PDF iFilter Doesn’t Crawl Contents”
Paul Papanek Stork
I was working at a client this last week where we were having trouble getting SharePoint search to crawl the contents of PDF files.  My client said they followed this Microsoft installation guide (KB Article #2293357)  but the iFilter still wasn’t being used to crawl the contents of PDF files.  When I checked their installation [...] [read].
Posted: Sat, May 19th '12
Last Day at Sharesquared
Paul Papanek Stork
Yesterday was my last day working for Sharesquared.  I’ve really enjoyed working with a wonderful group of consultants and clients for the last couple of years but it was time for a change.  Sharesquared is a virtual company that hires the best talent they can find wherever you happen to live.  The result is a [...] [read].
Posted: Thu, Apr 19th '12
Speaking at the Cleveland SharePoint User’s Group
Paul Papanek Stork
I will be speaking at the Cleveland SharePoint User Group on Wednesday, March 28th. The meeting will start at 5:00pm. My topic will be "SharePoint 2010 Business Intelligence: What’s available WITHOUT add-ins?”. Here’s a brief description of the talk: SharePoint 2010 Business Intelligence: What’s available WITHOUT add-ins? At February’s meeting we heard a great presentation [...] [read].
Posted: Tue, Mar 27th '12
Pittsburgh SharePoint User’s Group
Paul Papanek Stork
I will be speaking at the Pittsburgh SharePoint User’s Group on Wednesday, January 18th. The meeting will start at 11:00 am and my topic will be "Users, Profiles, and MySites: Managing a Changing SharePoint User population”. Here’s a brief description of the talk: Users, Profiles, and MySites: Managing a Changing SharePoint User population Every organization [...] [read].
Posted: Sun, Jan 15th '12
Office 365 Certification Exams Being Developed
Paul Papanek Stork
Microsoft is currently working on two new certification exams for IT professionals who work with Microsoft Office 365 online systems.  The exams are due to be released in April, 2012.  You can read more about them from the links below: Exam 70-323: Administering Office 365 intended for IT professionals who administer Microsoft Office 365 in [...] [read].
Posted: Thu, Jan 12th '12
SharePoint Saturday Denver Wrap-Up
Paul Papanek Stork
I just finished up at the my talks for the Denver SharePoint Saturday event today. Since I promised attendees that I would post my slides I thought I would do it tonight before I got busy with other things when I get back to work on Monday.  I was originally scheduled to present two sessions. [...] [read].
Posted: Sun, Nov 13th '11
Managing Default Permissions in SharePoint Online (Office 365)
Paul Papanek Stork
I stumbled across an interesting difference between the Enterprise and Professional level plans of Office 365 recently.  If you subscribe to a Microsoft Office for professionals and small businesses plan (Plan P) then any non-admin user added to SharePoint online automatically has Enhanced Contributor permission in all your sites.  But if you subscribe to one [...] [read].
Posted: Tue, Nov 8th '11
SharePoint’s Managed Metadata service is NOT case sensitive
Paul Papanek Stork
I’ve done programming in a variety of environments over the years.  Case sensitivity was one of the things that was the most difficult for me to get used to when I moved from VB to C# a number of years ago.  In fact if it weren’t for Intellisense I would probably still be swearing at [...] [read].
Posted: Tue, Nov 1st '11
SharePoint Saturday: The Conference–Aug. 11-13
Paul Papanek Stork
I just got back from a week of vacation which finished up with presenting two sessions at the SharePoint Saturday: The Conference event in Washington, DC.  My talks were well received and a number of attendees asked if I would post my slides.  So here they are with a reprint of the abstracts from the [...] [read].
Posted: Mon, Aug 15th '11
Best Practices for SharePoint 2010 Upgrade & Configuration
Paul Papanek Stork
Please join Dave Milner and me for the webinar entitled Best Practices for SharePoint 2010 Upgrade & Configuration, where we will outline various critical considerations and best practice strategies for the planning and conducting an upgrade from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2010. The webinar will include live demonstrations and discussion of the following points: Who [...] [read].
Posted: Wed, Jul 20th '11
MVP for the 4th Year
Paul Papanek Stork
I just got my email that I’ve been awarded an MVP award again this year for SharePoint server. This is my fourth year and I get more EXCITED about the program every year.  One of my more exciting moments this past year was winning the scholarship that Microsoft offered for one MCM to attend Microsoft [...] [read].
Posted: Fri, Jul 1st '11
SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 1 Released
Paul Papanek Stork
The SharePoint product team released Service Pack 1 for SharePoint 2010 yesterday, along with service packs for a lot of related Office products.  In the past its been a good idea to patch SharePoint and your client applications at the same time to maintain the highest level of integration between SharePoint and the desktop.  I [...] [read].
Posted: Thu, Jun 30th '11
June SharePoint Q&A with MVP Experts
Paul Papanek Stork
Do you have tough technical questions regarding SharePoint for which you’re seeking answers? Do you want to tap into the deep knowledge of the talented Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals? Then join me and other SharePoint MVPs for answers to your questions in a live forum. So please join us and bring on the questions! These [...] [read].
Posted: Tue, Jun 21st '11
SharePoint 2010 SP1 Coming Soon…
Paul Papanek Stork
The SharePoint product team announced yesterday that Service Pack 1 for SharePoint 2010 will be available sometime late in June.  But this service pack is more than just a bug fix.  It will include some new features and functionality for SharePoint, including: A Site Recycle Bin – Recover accidentally deleted SharePoint Sites and Site Collections. [...] [read].
Posted: Tue, May 17th '11
EU SharePoint Best Practices Wrap-Up
Paul Papanek Stork
Its been a busy four days since I got home from the EU SharePoint Best Practices Conference and a short holiday in London with my wife last week. I’ve been spending the last 4 days getting caught up so I can spend the next three weeks at the 8th MCM Rotation that starts on Monday.  [...] [read].
Posted: Fri, Apr 22nd '11
EU SharePoint Best Practices Wrap-Up
Paul Papanek Stork
Its been a busy four days since I got home from the EU SharePoint Best Practices Conference and a short holiday in London with my wife last week. I’ve been spending the last 4 days getting caught up so I can spend the next three weeks at the 8th MCM Rotation that starts on Monday.  [...] [read].
Posted: Fri, Apr 22nd '11
Looking for a Few Good Programmers…
Paul Papanek Stork
Are you an experienced SharePoint or ASP.NET developer? If you are, then ShareSquared is looking for you.  Our business is expanding and we are hoping to hire some more highly talented people to join our company.  ShareSquared architects and developers are seasoned computer science professionals with a thorough understanding of proper software construction, design patterns and [...] [read].
Posted: Wed, Aug 18th '10
BP Conference: Giving away an MSDN Subscription
Paul Papanek Stork
  If you haven’t decided to come to this year’s SharePoint Best Practices Conference then maybe this will help convince you to come.  One lucky attendee who attends at least one of my sessions will receiver a FREE one year subscription to Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate with MSDN subscription*.  Microsoft was kind enough to [...] [read].
Posted: Wed, Aug 11th '10
Enabling Anonymous Access to a BCS External List
Paul Papanek Stork
I co-presented a webinar this week for ShareSquared on using the Business Connectivity Service (BCS) to integrate application data into SharePoint.  One of the questions that came up in the Q&A was from someone who was having a problem exposing a Business Connectivity Service (BCS) External List for anonymous access on an Internet facing site.  [...] [read].
Posted: Fri, Jul 30th '10
Cleveland SharePoint User’s Group
Paul Papanek Stork
Presentation –  Upgrading to SharePoint 2010 I will be speaking at the Cleveland SharePoint User Group on Wednesday, July 28th.  The meeting will be from 4:00-6:30pm.  My topic will be "Upgrading to SharePoint 2010”.  Here’s a brief agenda for the talk: Supported and unsupported upgrade paths Choosing an upgrade approach Preparing for an upgrade    Overview of the upgrade process [...] [read].
Posted: Tue, Jul 27th '10
My Third Year as an MVP
Paul Papanek Stork
I just got my email that I’ve been awarded an MVP award again this year for SharePoint server.  This is my third year and I am still as EXCITED and HONORED as I was my first year.  Being an MVP this past year while SharePoint 2010 was being completed and released has been incredible.  I [...] [read].
Posted: Thu, Jul 1st '10
Best Practices Conference: Aug. 24-27, 2010
Paul Papanek Stork
Ever wondered whether the way you’ve designed, implemented and continue to support your SharePoint installation is the best way possible? Or could there be easier, better, more efficient ways to get things done? Almost every SharePoint practitioner I’ve met has wondered the same thing at one time or another.  Well here is your chance to [...] [read].
Posted: Thu, Jun 24th '10
Disabling the Silverlight Prompt in SharePoint 2010
Paul Papanek Stork
Don’t take the title of this post the wrong way.  I think Silverlight is a wonderful addition to SharePoint 2010 Foundation and Server.  After all, who would suggest that they really prefer the traditional user interface in screenshot 1 below, where the top half of the screen is taken up by instructions and a prompt [...] [read].
Posted: Tue, Jun 22nd '10
June SharePoint QA with MVP Experts
Paul Papanek Stork
Do you have tough technical questions regarding SharePoint for which you’re seeking answers? Do you want to tap into the deep knowledge of the talented Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals? Then join me and other SharePoint MVPs for answers to your questions in a live forum. So please join us and bring on the questions! These [...] [read].
Posted: Mon, Jun 21st '10
Using Managed Metadata in a Blank Site
Paul Papanek Stork
A question came up in last night’s MVP Experts chat about a problem using the Enterprise Metadata and Keywords Settings in a Blank site.  We suggested various solutions like not having a Managed Metadata service application configured or the fact that the Enterprise Keywords column is not available for Metadata based navigation.  But the questioner [...] [read].
Posted: Wed, May 26th '10
SharePoint 2010 Trial Versions Now Available
Paul Papanek Stork
If you’ve been wanting to get your hands on SharePoint 2010, but don’t have a subscription to either Technet or MSDN then here is your chance.  180 day evaluation copies of 4 different editions of SharePoint 2010 are now available for download FREE!  These are all SharePoint Server editions (Remember you can download a [...] [read].
Posted: Thu, May 20th '10
May SharePoint QA with MVP Experts
Paul Papanek Stork
Do you have tough technical questions regarding SharePoint for which you’re seeking answers? Do you want to tap into the deep knowledge of the talented Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals? Then join me and other SharePoint MVPs for answers to your questions in a live forum. So please join us and bring on the questions! These [...] [read].
Posted: Wed, May 19th '10
SharePoint 2010 Design Deployment Best Practices
Paul Papanek Stork
Please join Gary LaPointe and me for the webinar entitled SharePoint 2010 Design & Deployment Best Practices, where we will outline various critical considerations and best practice strategies for the planning, design and deployment of SharePoint 2010. The webinar will include live demonstrations and discussion of the following points: The pros and cons of the different [...] [read].
Posted: Tue, May 11th '10
My Blog has moved…. To Here!
Paul Papanek Stork
If you are reading this, then you found my new Blog site where I’ll be maintaining my Blog going forward.  My old Blog at http://SharePoint.Mindsharpblogs.com/pauls has been having displaying some problems the last couple months and since I’m no longer with Mindsharp I don’t have the access to investigate and fix the problems myself.  [...] [read].
Posted: Fri, May 7th '10
Trouble with My Blog
Paul Papanek Stork
If you are having problems reading my Blog on http://sharepoint.mindsharpblogs.com/pauls because you are getting prompted to login please check out the alternate site at http://dontpapanic.com/blog.  My blog entries are duplicated in both places.   [read].
Posted: Sun, May 2nd '10
Installing SharePoint 2010 RTM on Windows 7 x64
Paul Papanek Stork
I’ve seen several messages on support forums lately about people having problems trying to install SharePoint 2010 RTM on top of Windows 7 x64 to create a development environment.  The problems seem to stem from changes that have been made to the custom installation sequence required since documentation was written for the BETA.  The Win7 [...] [read].
Posted: Fri, Apr 30th '10
SharePoint QA with the MVP Experts
Paul Papanek Stork
Do you have tough technical questions regarding SharePoint for which you’re seeking answers? Do you want to tap into the deep knowledge of the talented Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals? Then join me and other SharePoint MVPs for answers to your questions in a live forum. So please join us and bring on the questions! [...] [read].
Posted: Fri, Apr 23rd '10
SharePoint and Office 2010 RTM available for download
Paul Papanek Stork
If you have a subscription to either MSDN or Technet then RTM SharePoint Server and Office Professional Plus 2010 RTM became available late yesterday for download. Since SharePoint Foundation 2010 and SharePoint Designer (SPD) 2010 are available for free they weren’t posted on either MSDN or Technet.  Instead they can be downloaded directly from the [...] [read].
Posted: Fri, Apr 23rd '10
ECM Image Capture in SharePoint 2010 Webinar
Paul Papanek Stork
Please join Chris Riley and me for the webinar entitled Enterprise Content Management & Image Capture in SharePoint 2010, where we will review the essential information you need to know to get the most out of SharePoint 2010 as a comprehensive enterprise content and document management solution. The webinar will include [...] [read].
Posted: Tue, Apr 20th '10
Finally joined Twitter
Paul Papanek Stork
Many people know that I've avoided joining Twitter for a long time.  But I finally got an offer I couldn't refuse.  I'm here at the New Zealand Community SharePoint conference and was on an expert's panel earlier today with Paul Culmsee, Chandima Kulathilake, Joel Oleson, and Steve Smith.  Before the questioning started Joel was giving me a hard time because I was the only panelist not on Twitter.  Then he gave me a choice.  Either join Twitter or join him in eating some Kina (Sea Urchin - [read].
Posted: Thu, Jul 2nd '09
I've finally joined Twitter
Paul Papanek Stork
Many people know that I've avoided joining Twitter for a long time.  But I finally got an offer I couldn't refuse.  I'm here at the New Zealand Community SharePoint conference and was on an expert's panel earlier today with Paul Culmsee, Chandima Kulathilake, Joel Oleson, and Steve Smith.  Before the questioning started Joel was giving me a hard time because I was the only panelist not on Twitter.  Then he gave me a choice.  Either join Twitter or join him in eating some Kina (Sea Urchin - [read].
Posted: Thu, Jul 2nd '09
Renewed as an MVP!
Paul Papanek Stork
I'm in New Zealand this week speaking at the first New Zealand SharePoint Community Conference.   Since they are on the other side of the international date line it means that yesterday was July 1st here, but I had to wait until July 2nd (July 1st in North America) to find out whether I was re-awarded or not.  I was on pins and needles all day long waiting for my renewal email.  I had to keep telling myself it wasn't really July 1st yet. Anyway, the good news is that I have received an MVP [read].
Posted: Wed, Jul 1st '09
Hot Fix for SP2 available!
Paul Papanek Stork
Occasionally when you install Service Pack 2 on a MOSS installation it will reset the license code so that SharePoint thinks it is an evaluation copy that will expire in 180 days.  It doesn't actually break any functionality, at least not until the 180 days is up.  But it can be a bit disconcerting if you look at the licensing.  You can read more about the problem in the following KnowledgeBase article:   http://support.microsoft.com/kb/971620   The SharePoint product team issued a Hot Fix [read].
Posted: Fri, Jun 26th '09
Speaking at the New Zealand Community SharePoint Conference 2009
Paul Papanek Stork
  I'll be traveling halfway around the world next week to speak at the New Zealand Community SharePoint Conference in Wellington, New Zealand.  I'm really looking forward to the trip, even if it is the middle of winter in New Zealand right now.  My wife and I plan to stay in New Zealand for a week after the conference ends to do some sightseeing.  I just got a new Digital SLR camera that I'm hoping to try out so you may even see some pictures if you stay tuned.   Abstracts for my talks are [read].
Posted: Tue, Jun 23rd '09
SP2 is coming
Paul Papanek Stork
In all the excitement about the establishment of a name and broad dates for release of the next version of SharePoint it would be easy to overlook the upcoming release of a mere service pack.  But don’t miss out on the release of this one.  Each time Microsoft has released a service pack or update for SharePoint there has been a marked improvement in functionality and stability.  SP2 will be no exception and the Office Service Pack team just announced that the it will be available on April [read].
Posted: Thu, Apr 16th '09
It's OFFICIAL, SharePoint Server 2010!
Paul Papanek Stork
SharePoint Server 2010! The first official comment on a prospective ship date for the next version of SharePoint was released by Microsoft today.  In an interview with Chris Capossela, senior vice president of Microsoft’s Information Worker Product Management Group, it was announced that the next wave of Office products currently known as Office 14 by most people will be released starting in the second half of 2009.  The first product to be released will be Exchange 2010 which enters public [read].
Posted: Wed, Apr 15th '09
FREE Intro to SharePoint Development Training
Paul Papanek Stork
FREE is GOOD Right? I just noticed that my last several posts have all been about FREE offers.  First it was the announcement that SharePoint Designer could be downloaded for free starting April 2. Then it was an offer to try out a free online seminar to see if you wanted to attend an online conference.  In these tough economic times free is always good right?   This time its a FREE online training class to provide you with an Intro to SharePoint development.  The class also gives you a cha [read].
Posted: Thu, Apr 9th '09
FREE SSWUG.ORG Community Event!
Paul Papanek Stork
Recently I Bloged about the upcoming SSWUG SharePoint Virtual Conference where I will be presenting 3 talks.  I even provided a VIP discount code that will save you $10 off the cost of the conference.  VIP code: SPVPSTSP09   But maybe you're not sold on the idea of attending a virtual conference.  Maybe you don't want to pay even a discounted price just to find out you don't like the virtual format.  Well here's your chance.  The SSWUG is sponsoring a Free, yes I said FREE, virtual communi [read].
Posted: Tue, Apr 7th '09
SharePoint Designer is now FREE!
Paul Papanek Stork
    No, this is not an April Fool's Joke that is just a day late.  The image above comes from the SharePoint Designer Online Office Site and as the download link shows SharePoint Designer is now a FREE download.  You can find an open letter from Microsoft here that explains the change.  The key points as explained by the letter are these: Starting on April 1, 2009, Microsoft is making SharePoint Designer 2007 available as a free download. Customers with SharePoint Designer 2007 Software [read].
Posted: Thu, Apr 2nd '09
SSWUG Spring vConference
Paul Papanek Stork
  I spent last Friday in Tucson, AZ recording three sessions for the upcoming online SharePoint conference being hosted by the SSWUG.  In these times of tight budgets and restricted travel this is just the conference you need to learn more about SharePoint.  Even better I can provide you with the following VIP code, SPVPSTSP09, which will get you a $10 discount when you register for the conference.  Even better the VIP code can be used in combination with other codes like early bird or alumn [read].
Posted: Fri, Mar 13th '09
I've got a NEW BLOG Address
Paul Papanek Stork
The Cobbler's Kids are finally getting shoes! Have you ever noticed that sometimes the people who work with technology are the last ones to have time to use it? Well that's the way its been for us at Mindsharp since the release of SharePoint 2007. None of us really liked the Blogging software we were using, but nobody had time to install and configure a new Blogging engine based on SharePoint 2007. Finally after more months than I would like to count we've finally had enough time to get our [read].
Posted: Sat, Feb 7th '09
SharePoint Best Practices Conference - February 2-4, 2009
Paul Papanek Stork
I just got back from the second SharePoint Best Practices Conference, and if anything this was even better than the first. Of course the weather was wonderful. I left Cleveland on Sunday with it snowing and arrived in San Diego to sunny temperatures in the 70s. The hotel staff were terrific, the other speakers were knowledgeable, and there were lots of attendees looking for answers. I did two presentations and promised that I would post my slides as soon as I got home. They'll also be comin [read].
Posted: Sat, Feb 7th '09
Microsoft Extends SharePoint Virtualization Support to Hyper-V
Paul Papanek Stork
Microsoft announced today that it will be offering Support for MOSS SP1 and WSS SP1 running under any Virtualization Software that meets the requirements of the Microsoft Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP). As of now Microsoft will support SharePoint running on Hyper-V in a Server 2008 environment and running on Virtual Server 2005. This is also an important announcement for those who want to run SharePoint on Vmware. Although they aren’t currently listed on the SVVP website [read].
Posted: Tue, Aug 19th '08
Adding Custom Web Part Page Templates
Paul Papanek Stork
I was recently asked whether it was possible to add custom Web Part Page templates to the Create page in SharePoint 2007 or whether the interface was limited to the eight existing Web Part Pages and required you to replace one of those. I knew this was possible in SharePoint 2003 and that there was an MSDN article entitled Creating Custom Web Part Page Templates for Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies that explained how to do it. But since I had never tried it in 2007 I decided to i [read].
Posted: Tue, Aug 19th '08
Guest appearance on the GeekSpeak Internet Radio Show
Paul Papanek Stork
I've been invited to do a return guest spot on MSDN's GeekSpeak Internet radio show August 6, 2008. The show is broadcast every Wednesday from 12:00-1:00PM Pacific time (3:00-4:00PM Eastern). I'll be talking about Branding using master pages in SharePoint. The abstract for the talk and registration link are listed below. Making SharePoint not look like SharePoint – SharePoint’s use of ASP.NET master pages makes it possible to completely change the branding of your SharePoint site [read].
Posted: Thu, Jul 24th '08
Branding Talk for the Cleveland SharePoint User Group
Paul Papanek Stork
I will be speaking at the Cleveland SharePoint User Group on Wednesday, July 23rd. The meeting will start at 4:00pm. My topic will be "SharePoint Branding”. Here's a brief description of the talk: • SharePoint BrandingSharePoint’s use of ASP.NET master pages makes it possible to completely change the branding of your SharePoint site. In this talk I will describe how SharePoint uses master pages. I'll also demonstrate building a new master page from scratch and converting a [read].
Posted: Wed, Jul 23rd '08
I'm a New SharePoint MVP
Paul Papanek Stork
I just got the email a few minutes ago and had to share the news. I’ve been named a SharePoint Server MVP for as of today, July 1, 2008. I owe a big thank you to Todd Bleeker who nominated me and to anyone else who added a good word or endorsement to the process along the way. I am incredibly EXCITED and hope to continue to live up to the honor that has been bestowed on me. [read].
Posted: Tue, Jul 1st '08
SharePoint Best Practices Conference - September 15-18, 2008
Paul Papanek Stork
Ever wondered whether the way you've designed, implemented and continue to support your SharePoint installation is the best way possible? Or could there be easier, better, more efficient ways to get things done? Almost every SharePoint practitioner I've met has wondered the same thing at one time or another. Well here is your chance to find out. Join some of the brightest SharePoint experts in the business to discuss just what are SharePoint's Best Practices. The first, and to the best of my k [read].
Posted: Thu, Jun 26th '08
Win a free e-Book about ASP.NET
Paul Papanek Stork
Manning Publishing is giving away ebooks on .NET.... Starting on June 19, 2008 Manning Publishing is launching the ".NET Daily Drawing.” This promotion will run until July 17,2008. Each day’s lucky winner can choose one free .NET ebook of their choice. On the last day of the drawing, Manning will award one lucky winner... the entire Manning .NET library! (That’s nearly a $3000 value...) Click the banner below to enter your name for the daily drawing. [read].
Posted: Thu, Jun 26th '08
Speaking at the Cleveland SharePoint User's Group
Paul Papanek Stork
I will be speaking at the Cleveland SharePoint User Group on Wednesday, May 28th. The meeting will start at 4:00pm. My topic will be "SharePoint Content and Infrastructure Deployment”. Here's a brief description of the talk: • SharePoint Content and Infrastructure DeploymentDeploying a custom SharePoint Web site can be confusing due to the array of tools available. This is complicated even more because some tools are only appropriate in certain circumstances. In this session we [read].
Posted: Tue, May 20th '08
Adding Useful Visual Studio External Tools
Paul Papanek Stork
We add a couple of External Tools to our Visual Studio 2005 environment when teaching SharePoint classes to simplify some two common tasks encountered when developing for SharePoint. The first tool generates a unique Globally Unique Identifier (GUID) and places it in your clipboard so that you can paste it directly into Features or Solution manifests. The other tool can retrieive the Public Key BLOB and Token from a signed dll so that you can use them in custom webpart or dwp files, safe contr [read].
Posted: Wed, May 14th '08
Speaking at the Central Ohio SharePoint User Group in May
Paul Papanek Stork
I will be speaking at the Central Ohio SharePoint User Group on Thursday, May 15th. The meeting will be from 5:30-7:30pm. My topic will be "SharePoint Content and Infrastructure Deployment”. Here's a brief description of the talk: • SharePoint Content and Infrastructure DeploymentDeploying a custom SharePoint Web site can be confusing due to the array of tools available. This is complicated even more because some tools are only appropriate in certain circumstances. In this sessi [read].
Posted: Mon, May 12th '08
I Love Cleveland Winters....
Paul Papanek Stork
Living in Cleveland is always fun, but sometimes winters here can get interesting. This weekend is no exception. On Friday morning when I went out to run some errands at 10:00AM we had NO SNOW. The following picture was taken at 8:00 AM this morning. That's right. The official details are about 17” of snow in about 15 hours. The last time we had snow like this was LAST Easter. But that was only 16” of snow. Oh yeah and this week, its supposed to reach 50 degrees by Thursday [read].
Posted: Sun, Mar 9th '08



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