International SharePoint Conference Slides

A great three days at the International SharePoint Conference in London – lots of great content and good to see a lot of the usual faces, always love meeting more of the SharePoint Community. Serious props to Steve & Zoe and the rest of the Combined Knowledge crew for such a well organised conference. Here […]

Office 365: The server block is not well formed

A curious error occurred on Office365 the other day… nobody was able to access a document library on SharePoint Online – the helpful error message was “The server block is not well formed”… Without access to the server logs I raised a service request and after trying loads of things that didn’t help I was […]

Making Better Decisions with Self-Service Business Intelligence & SharePoint

I’ve just finished a couple of packed events on Self-Service BI with SQL and SharePoint… thank you all for attending in Jersey on Guernsey with Dan Hare and Mark Loane – thanks also to David Grady who was instrumental in the setup of our fancy new SQL 2012 demos with REAL data… no sight of […]

Office365 – Open PDF in the Browser

SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2010 Online have a default setting which prevents certain files (e.g. PDF) from being opened in the browser. This setting is in Central Administration – “Permissive Browser File Handling”, which allows users to open files in their native applications. This can be considered a security risk… however most organisations I have […]

Excel Services Web Access on Cloudshare

Firstly, if you are involved in any kind of software development, whether a lone ranger or a team effort, seriously consider using Cloudshare for your dev environments. It saves me and my team (local and remote) a lot of time! I have a number of environments shared across the team, mostly SharePoint 2010, some with […]

Moving WHS 2011 Client Computer Backups

Had a major disaster with multiple BSODs this week that won’t record any data to debug – time to replace a hard drive and test Windows Home Server 2011 for real. However, I’m using a small SSD as the OS drive for low power/noise and decent performance, so backing up my workstation to that drive […]

So what does “The Cloud” mean now?

I was recently in a meeting and demo about a move to “The Cloud”, specifically Office 365, where I was surprised to encounter some new definitions of “The Cloud" I think it’s fair to say that as Cloud-based services have evolved, so have opinions and the generally accepted definition of “The Cloud”, at least by […]

Speaking at the International SharePoint Conference London 2012

It’s no secret that the Combined Knowledge SharePoint Conferences are the among the  biggest and best independent SharePoint conferences, which makes me particularly pleased and proud to be a speaker again at this year’s International SharePoint Conference 2012. In a twist to the conventional SharePoint Conference, this year’s event includes never done before solution tracks […]

Channel Islands SharePoint User Group

It’s been about 6 months since I moved to Jersey to immerse myself in SharePoint at C5 Alliance – I am loving the work and the challenges so far. I also inherited a LinkedIn Channel Islands SharePoint User Group (open to all – do join if you have any interest!) which had stagnated a bit; […]

Create Thousands of Folders in SharePoint 2010 using PowerShell

I was recently trying to figure out a MOSS 2007 AND SharePoint 2003 backwards-compatible way of detecting whether a folder exists in a document library with thousands of items, from a remote location, using Out Of The Box web services… don’t ask why…! Unless I’ve missed something, it’s not possible (apart from the slightly hacky […]