Creating a Public Facing Website on Office 365 – Part 1

This post is part 1 of my blog series “Building a Public-Facing Website on Office 365”: Creating a Public-Facing Website on Office 365 – Part 1 (This post) Office 365 Public-Facing Websites –  Master Pages & Page Layouts with Design Manager – Part 2 SharePoint 2013 on-premises provides an excellent Web Content Management System (WCMS), […]

Word experienced an error trying to open the file

The Problem Opening a Word document from Office 365 using Word 2010 or 2013 results in the following: The Cause There cause is actually Word’s default security settings… probably a good thing! The Solution You can resolve this issue in at least two ways: 1. Disable Protected View (not recommended…) You can disable protected view […]

SharePoint Evolution 2013 – #COM716 Slides

Last week was another excellent conference – SharePoint Evolution is one of these environments where you will see a bunch of other speakers attending sessions and taking notes, learning from each other’s real world experience. In particular AC’s (Andrew Connell) session on Single Page Applications using a host of open source JavaScript libraries to build […]

Speaking at the SharePoint Evolution Conference

I’m humbled and honoured to be speaking at Combined Knowledge’s SharePoint conference again this year – the list of speakers really reads like a who’s who in the SharePoint world.   It’s a fantastic conference with great real world content from speakers who have been there and done it, but also a few additional things […]

SharePoint Saturday UK Slides – SharePoint & SQL BI

Thanks to everybody who came to my session on BI for the Masses… in the last 24 hours I built a fresh SharePoint 2010 farm and all the SQL BI stack demonstrated including Reporting Services, Tabular Analysis Services, PowerView, Power Pivot and various other steps. Not out of choice, but the hosted environment I had […]

SharePoint Saturday UK 8th December

I’m really excited to be speaking at SharePoint Saturday UK next weekend, this time about SharePoint & Business Intelligence – based around SQL 2012 improvements but something for everybody (even SharePoint Foundation users!). SharePoint Saturday in the UK is by far the biggest free to attend SharePoint event in the UK – it’s sold out […]

PowerShell to disable Application Pool timeouts

There are few things more annoying in life than debugging in Visual Studio and getting an App Pool timeout in IIS7+ and having to start again… See below my PowerShell script to disable this on all application pools. Disclaimer: Only to be run on a development environment. Really!!! $AppPools = Get-WmiObject -Class IISApplicationPoolSetting -Namespace ‘root/microsoftiisv2’ […]

Balsamiq vs PowerPoint storyboarding with VS 2012

I couldn’t fit my response to a brief discussion on Twitter regarding wireframing/storyboarding options into 140 characters… so following are some useful links and background on what may work for you to illustrate your amazing new app/solution/product. Balsamiq I love Balsamiq. I use it for nearly every proposal to illustrate effectively what kind of deliverable […]

Installing Windows 8 on Lenovo W520 from USB

A few minor gotchas when installing Windows 8 RTM on my Lenovo W520 – may affect others with Optimus switchable graphics, or other Lenovos. Issues encountered initially include: USB Boot drive not being picked up properly Stuck / hung on “Getting devices ready” during installation (94%) After downloading Win 8 RTM from MSDN these steps […]

Activating Windows 8 Enterprise RTM – 0x8007007B

The Problem I came across the following error message when activating Windows 8 Enterprise x64 RTM en-gb, downloaded from MSDN: “Error 0x8007007B  The File name, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect.” The Solution Using the key provided to you (MSDN etc.) you will need to run the following in an elevated command prompt […]