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Lync 2010 and LLDP – off by just a bit

One of the very useful new features of Lync 2010 Phone Edition is support for LLDP (Link Layer Discovery Protocol) to allow phones to receive configuration information from the switches they plug into. If you have any experience with Cisco IP Telephony, you know that Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP) is used for similar purposes to […]

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Take Your Day Back With PowerPivot

Microsoft recently released a free Excel 2010 add-in which uses PowerPivot to analyze your schedule from your Outlook calendar. The add in, named Calendar Analytics Tool, has two main benefits. The first is that it is extremely useful (and cool). By using the familiar Excel pivot table functionality, including Slicers, you have the ability to […]

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SharePoint as a Digital Marketing tool

In Digital Marketing one of the most commonly used functionality is the catalog. I recently worked on a solution where SharePoint’s unique features helped build a flexible, robust information request/catalog module. One of our main goals was to ensure that the information in the catalogs can be maintained by non-IT staff. We implemented a solution […]

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An Introduction to PowerShell Scripting

So, you’re interested in PowerShell, but aren’t sure if you want to jump right in to writing your own cmdlets? No problem; there are plenty of built-in ones to get us started. Let’s take a look at a few different ways to use cmdlets: calling them directly from PowerShell, stringing multiple cmdlets together using the […]

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JavaScript Duplicating Generated HTML in a Content Editor

Say you’ve become the office expert on food trucks. There are a lot of hungry people in your office, and you just don’t have time to keep them all updated on mobile meatballs. Why not add a Twitter list widget to your intranet site so they can track the trucks themselves? The Content Editor web […]

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Implementing Resources files with SharePoint 2010

Working on a multilingual project, I had to come up with an approach for implementing resources values used across our UI solution on the SharePoint 2010 platform. Unlike for SharePoint 2007, there is more flexibility on the new 2010 platform to implement your resx files. I found that there were two approaches that can be […]

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Custom Error Pages – SPWebApplication.SPCustomPage enumeration vs. Global.asax

With SharePoint 2010, it has definitely become easier to implement your own custom error page. Using the SPWebApplication.SPCustomPage enumeration, you can set your custom error page to override the default SharePoint one. Actually, you could do the same for your ‘AccessDenied’ or ‘Login’ pages. Here is the full list of out of box pages you […]

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Start a SharePoint 2010 / FS4SP Crawl Remotely

With SharePoint 2010 and FAST Search For SharePoint 2010 (FS4SP), it’s easy to schedule crawls to run daily, hourly, or according to any other frequency. For most scenarios, scheduled crawls work perfectly.   Sometimes it makes more sense to kick off a crawl based on an event. For example, perhaps your organization runs an Extract/Transform/Load […]

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Leveraging PowerPivot functionality in Excel

Introduction PowerPivot builds on existing Excel features and extends their functionality. Those familiar with Excel are aware of Pivot tables. Excel typically involves creating a pivot chart with one single data source. PowerPivot allows users to extract data from various sources. These data sources can also be linked to one another with in a PowerPivot […]

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InfoPath: Schema Validation Found Non-Data Type Errors

We’ve all been there: you’re putting the finishing touches on a solution when suddenly, something breaks. You barely changed anything, but your previously functional code is now giving you a nondescript error that has half a dozen potential underlying causes. I recently encountered just such a headache while building an InfoPath form. Once the form […]

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Mobile BI – Is It Realistic?

Mobile BI is gaining a lot of attention with the huge increase in the demand for mobile devices. This topic routinely comes up in conversations with our customers as they (along with everyone else) want to be able to receive the same analytics and user experience they interact with on their desktop/laptop on their smart […]

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Connecting Scorecards and Charts

Recently, I was tasked with creating an internal Dashboard which allowed for Practice Leadership to track metrics related to sales pipeline change. The first thing that came to mind was a demo I had previously seen from someone at Microsoft. The functionality consisted of selecting a KPI in a Scorecard and having a Trend Chart […]

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SQL Server Error During Lync Install

I recently visited a client who was having a miserable time getting the Lync Central Management Store database created during the Topology publishing process. They kept seeing errors similar to below: Error: Script failed (code “ERROR_CREATE_DB”) when installing “CentralMgmtStore” on “lyncserver.company.com”. For details, see the following log file: “C:UsersadminacctAppDataLocalTempCreate-CentralMgmtStore-lyncserver.company.com-[2011_01_03][10_32_38].log” 1/3/2011 10:32:38 AM Error Error: An […]

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Call Recording in Lync 2010: PSTN oddity

Lync 2010 gives users the ability to record both peer-to-peer calls as well as conference calls. It’s a handy built-in feature in the Lync 2010 client: However – I’ve noticed that there isn’t a way to record PSTN calls: I’m not 100% why PSTN calls wouldn’t be able to be recorded. Maybe because they are […]

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Communicating with FAST ESP from a .NET application through SSL

For a custom application we’re building, we decided to use SSL to communicate between our .NET application and the FAST query server. Setting up SSL to enable secure communication between a .NET application and a FAST query server is fairly simple but the FAST documentation doesn’t exactly explain it a straightforward manner. These were the […]

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SharePoint 2007 Permissions –Creating Permissions for New Sites

SharePoint 2007 Permissions –Creating Permissions for New Sites Introduction Managing SharePoint permissions can be a tricky subject to fully grasp.On one hand, the ease of point and clicking your way to adding users to sites, lists, and even list items is quite easy to do perform in SharePoint 2007.On the other hand, understanding the implications […]

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Install Nintex Workflow 2010 Feature to All Webs in a Site Collection

OOTB, Nintex Workflow 2010 requires activation of the site collection feature after installation of the product, and then activation of site features on each and every site within the applicable site collection. This is done such that the Nintex Workflow Designer is available on each of these sites. For small site collections this is fine, […]

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