Matthew McDermott’s Blog

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The February version of the SharePoint SDK has been released! The notice is on the SharePoint Team Blog. As they say, while you are there update your Visual Studio Extensions for SharePoint. Read More →

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I just finished a strange troubleshooting session. While attempting to start the WSS Search Service the process would create the database and then error out with “File not found”. There was a bit on information in the Event Log, but it all pointed to “File not found”. I finally tried to launch regedit.exe and received the message: "Registry editing has been disabled by the administrator." Turns out there was a group policy in effect that limited the rights of the service account. Read More →

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I’ll be speaking at South by Southwest Interactive on the Content Management System Roundup panel on Tuesday, March 11th from 10-11a.m. I will represent SharePoint, while the other panel members will represent the other options available in the CMS space. It will be a short format as we only have an hour. Now all I need to figure out is how to cram everything that SharePoint does into a 10 minute talk! Read More →

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I just had the pleasure to present at the Sleepless in Dallas event. Contestants receive 8 hours of training in SharePoint and then are split into teams. The teams receive a challenge and then have all night to design, develop and present a solution using what they learned. My presentation on SharePoint Master Pages and Page Layouts. I covered how to create and troubleshoot master pages. The tool that I created to facilitate the process is my Page Anatomy master. Read More →

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I am happy to announce that I will be presenting three topics at the SharePoint Conference 2008 in Seattle March 3-6. Advanced Search Configuration and Management Organizations intending to implement a search solution in SharePoint often approach this “technical problem” by asking “What do we need to index?”. While this approach may yield results they are usually less than optimal. The approach presented in this session begins with the user and drives to determine what the user needs and wants in their search experience. Read More →

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I have been working on updating many of my “fundamental” skills lately. CSS and XSLT are two indispensable SharePoint skills that I find most SharePoint professionals lack. (Don’t get me started about basic HTML!) I recently picked up a book on CSS and the only good part of that book was that the author referenced HTML Dog. For all I care the other book could have only been one page stating “Go buy the HTML Dog book! Read More →

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You’ve been asking (dare I say begging) for the Service Pack. Well, it’s finally here! Windows SharePoint Services V3 SP1 MOSS 2007 Service Pack 1 SharePoint Designer 2007 Service Pack 1 Microsoft Office Suite SP1 Microsoft Office Visio 2007 PLEASE: Read the directions carefully and review the guidance in Deploy Software Updates for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. For example the MOSS Service Pack depends on the WSS Service Pack. Read More →

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Microsoft has released the first edition of SharePoint 2007 training. It comes in two flavors, the “Standalone Edition” for desktop playback and the “Portal Edition” for installation on your SharePoint Server. http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointserver/HA102488011033.aspx The Portal Edition installs as a solution and comes a 30 page installation guide…read the guide before you begin your installation! The content can be tailored to meet the needs of your organization and is SCORM compliant. This means that if you wish to customize or add content you need to use one of the SCORM compliant authoring tools listed in the Installation Guide. Read More →

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Recently I was working on a method to get a Flash file to read from a SharePoint list (more on that later…). I had a working solution, so I created my solution package and deployed it to our test servers. Rather than seeing my spiffy new application page (_layouts/catapult/spiffy.aspx) I received the following error: "Could not load type." Without going into all of the other solutions I tried, I found this post. Read More →

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Topic: Show and Tell: A Guided Tour of a Successful SharePoint Installation Please join us for the third meeting on Wednesday, December 12th, for a Show and Tell: a guided tour of a successful SharePoint installation (whose installation to be disclosed at the meeting, but it is a place you’ve heard of if you live in Texas!). Registration and More Information Read More →

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