Andrew Connell

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    Blog: Creating custom SharePoint timer jobs... part deux

    A few weeks back I posted about how you can create custom timer jobs for use in the latest release of SharePoint to perform scheduled tasks. However, considering there have been almost 40 comments to the post in the last three weeks, I figured the post needed some clarification (duh, ya think?). In an effort to hopefully be a bit more helpful, I’ve posted the timer job I explained in my original post in a new article, complete with the Visual Studio project & source used to create and install the timer job as well as a prebuilt WSP solution file you can use to kick the tires.
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    Blog: MOSS Timer Jobs - Create Your Own!

    In this post, I explain how you can ceate your own Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 timer jobs to perform your own scheduled processes in SharePoint.
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    Publication: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Administrator Companion

    Provides a definitive, one-stop reference for the practical information you need to plan, deploy, maintain, and support Office SharePoint Server 2007 solutions. I was a contributor on this project.
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    Blog: Jacksonville Windows Vista and Office 2007 Launch Event

    As I previously mentioned , Jacksonville, FL is hosting one of the many Windows Vista and Office 2007 Launch Events going on around the country on January 30th, 2007. Registration is now open so if you’re int he greater Jacksonville, FL area, make sure you attend this event! I’ll be co-presenting a session on Office Server 2007 in the morning. » Jacksonville Windows Vista and Office 2007 Launc Event - Registration is now open!
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    Publication: Developer's Guide to the Windows SharePoint Services v3 Platform

    The Developer’s Guide to Windows SharePoint Services v3 Platform teaches developers how to build solutions that leverage the WSS v3 platform. I was a contributor on this project.
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    Blog: Using Visual Studio 2005, MakeCab.exe and MSBuild to Create Window SharePoint Services v3 Solution Files (*.WSP's)

    In this post, I’ll explain how to create WSP’s in Visual Studio 2005 with MakeCab.exe and MSBuild… something VS2005 can’t do by default.
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    Blog: **Reminder** - Jacksonville Office Geeks monthly meeting - Building Content-Centric Sites with WCM in MOSS 2007 Thursday, December 21, 2006 @ 6p EST

    Just a friendly reminder that at next week’s Jacksonville Office Geeks Meeting I’ll be presenting on Building Content Centric sites with WCM in MOSS 2007 on Thursday, December 21, 2006. Note that we are now using the Microsoft Events site to accept registrations. Please register/RSVP so we can get an accurate count on how many will be attending to provide food and refreshments: http://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=114077 Building Content-Centric Sites with WCM in MOSS 2007Web Content Management (WCM) is a new addition to the upcoming release of MOSS 2007.
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    Blog: Site update and new links...

    Last night I took some time to go through my article HOWTO: Configuring a Office SharePoint Server 2007 Publishing Site with Dual Authentication Providers and Anonymous Access to make sure everything still worked for RTM. While I did make a change here and there, everything was basically working for RTM already. I did add additional steps that I like to do now in the Enabling Anonymous Access section (basically adding a new Policy for Web applications granting an admin-level FBA account to the site collection).
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    Blog: Jacksonville Office Geeks - December Monthly Meeting - Building Content-Centric Sites with WCM in MOSS 2007

    After skipping a month due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Jacksonville Office Geeks monthly meetings are back on! I’ll be the presenter at our next meeting on Thursday, December 21st: Building Content-Centric Sites with WCM in MOSS 2007Web Content Management (WCM) is a new addition to the upcoming release of MOSS 2007. In this session we’ll take a look at WCM and how it fits within MOSS 2007. Then we’ll dive in and take a look at what’s involved in using WCM to host, author, and manage an Internet facing content site as well as using SharePoint Designer 2007 to build custom page layouts and master pages.
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    Blog: AC's WCM Custom Commands for STSADM.EXE - Change Log

    This page contains a complete log of all additions and updates to AC’s WCM Custom Commands for STSADM.EXE page since it was initially launched on October 25, 2006. v.0.8.7.1111 - November 12, 2007 FIX: Removed the {} from the content type IDs in GenContentTypesXml. FIX: Added the XmlDocument node within the XmlDocuments section in the GenContentTypesXml command. v.0.8.7.1029 - October 29, 2007 FIX: Help message in GenContentTypesXml, GenSiteColumnsXml and PublishAllItems updated.
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    Blog: Fixes for my PublishAllItems STSADM custom command and two new commands!

    Before SharePoint Connections, I posted that I hoped to release a new version of my WCM Custom Commands for STSADM in Vegas during the show, but as with any conference, I just ran out of time. Thanks to a nice long wait in the airport before my Sunday night red-eye back east to Florida and a little spare time the last two nights, I was able to finally pull a new release together that fixed a few outstanding problems and added two new commands.
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    Blog: SharePoint Connections in Vegas next week!

    Next week Penton Media is hosting the Fall 2006 edition of Dev Connections at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. There are actually a few conferences: Office Connections , Visual Studio Connections , ASP.NET Connections , SQL Server Connections , Mobile Connections , and SharePoint Connections . I’m presenting three sessions at SharePoint Connections all related to Web Content Management in MOSS 2007: HDV201: Building an Internet Site with Web Content Management in MOSS 2007: Part 1 Wednesday, November 8, 2006 @ 11:30a - 12:45p Web Content Management (WCM) is a new addition to the upcoming release of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.
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    Blog: Automatically Publishing All Items in a Publishing Site in MOSS 2007 WCM

    When developing a new site (or adding a new section to an existing site) with Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 Web Content Management (WCM), you will likely find yourself having to go back through and check-in, approve, and publish numerous items throughout the site. This is a tedious process. It sure would be nice if you could just flip a switch and say “check-in, approve, and publish everything”… wouldn’t it?
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    Blog: AC's WCM Custom Commands for STSADM.EXE

    Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) v3 includes a command line utility for administrators that allows you to perform numerous actions against your WSS v3 or Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 implementation. This utility, STSADM.EXE can be found in the [...]\12\BIN\ directory. The new version of STSADM.EXE includes the capability to add your own custom commands. This is a great vehicle for implementing your own custom administrative utilities instead of writing a separate command line or WinForm application to perform the same process.
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    Blog: HOWTO: Configuring a Office SharePoint Server 2007 Publishing Site with Dual Authentication Providers and Anonymous Access

    In this article, I’ll explain how to configure your SharePoint Server 2007 publishing sites (WCM) for dual authentication & anonymous access.
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    Blog: FloridaOfficeGeeks.org back online and upcoming TOGA meetings

    Earlier this week I mentioned that the FloridaOfficeGeeks.org site, the home for both the Tampa Office Geeks Association (TOGA) & the Jacksonville Office Geeks (JOG) [ www.JacksonvilleOfficeGeeks.org ] groups was down due to a bad WSS v3 Beta 2 -> Beta 2 TR update. Unfortunately the host wasn’t backing up the sites (or they were but they failed… regardless…) and all our content was lost… doh! The site is back up and last night I rekeyed most of the content back into the JOG site (then promptly imported all the contents of all the lists into an Access 2007 database even though the host says backups are working again).
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    Blog: Jacksonville Office Geeks - October Monthly Meeting: WSS v3 Features!

    After missing the first two Jacksonville Office Geeks* meetings for the because I was either sick (August) or out of town on business (September), I’m finally going to make a Jacksonville Office Geeks meeting! Our next meeting is on Thursday, October 26th. Here’s the session title & abstract to help you get a better idea of what we’ll be discussing: Introducing Features! A Deep Dive into the New “Feature” Infrastructure in Windows SharePoint Services v3 Microsoft is introducing a new concept to Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) v3 called Features.
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    Blog: JAXDUG Office Developer SIG web site launches, and September meeting agenda set

    Over the course of the last few months, we’ve started to see a surge in interest on topics related to Microsoft Office development at local community events in Florida. This interest is ranging from VSTO to SharePoint. We’ve seen more and more sessions at code camps such as Orlando ’s, Tampa’ s and the recent code camp in Jacksonville which had it’s own SharePoint track ! With this upsurge in interest, should people really have to wait until a code camp or another sporadic user group meeting for more SharePoint/Office dev talks?
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    Blog: 2007 Microsoft Add-in: Microsoft Save as PDF or XPS

    After all the crap a few months ago when Adobe whined long and loud enough, Microsoft pulled the ability to save files as PDF or XPS from the 2007 Office clients. However, they said they’d offer a free download that will provide this support… so here it is! This download allows you to export and save to the PDF and XPS formats in eight 2007 Microsoft Office programs. It also allows you to send as e-mail attachment in the PDF and XPS formats in a subset of these programs.
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    Blog: Web Content Management in MOSS 2007: Terminology Explained

    In talking to various people over the course of the last few months, I’ve found that there is a bit of a disconnect with some of the names and terms surrounding Web Content Management (WCM) in MOSS 2007. This post is an effort to try to clear it up a bit and explain how it fits into MOSS at the same time. Windows SharePoint Services v3 (WSS v3) This is the free version of SharePoint that gives you the core SharePoint functionality: sites, lists, document libraries, workflow (via Windows Workflow), alerts, Web Parts (via ASP.
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    Blog: Jacksonville Code Camp Recap (Part Deux) - More Tools and Blogging

    I’ve already posted my recap from last weekend’s Code Camp and there are already a few things I wish I could have included in my talks. First, the blogging talk… John-Daniel Trask posted his list of his Top 10 ways to build your blog traffic … all very good points. A few were some I hammered home during my talk at last weekend’s code camp, specifically: Be a thought-leader Participate in the online community Make commenting easy Solve a problem Post often Pimp it!
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    Blog: Jacksonville Code Camp 2006 - This Saturday!

    The second annual Jacksonville Code Camp is now less than a week away! It’s being held this Saturday, August 26th at the Florida Community College Advanced Technology Center in downtown Jacksonville, FL. While it is a free event, registration is required so make sure you register today! Come see some top notch speakers from the local community including seven MVP’s, several softies, and many other regional speakers. This is a great op for you to get *free* information on .
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    Blog: Jacksonville Code Camp 2006 - Agenda online and a full SharePoint track!

    The agenda for the Jacksonville Code Camp held on August 26, 2006 is now online! Now it really feels like were less than 2 weeks out. Another thing you’ll notice is my goal of having enough people submit sessions to warrant a session track dedicated to SharePoint also came to fruition! We’ve got a softie ( David McNamee ), two authors ( Stacy Draper & myself), co-leader of the JAX Office Dev SIG ( John Holliday ), and Duray Akar !
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    Blog: Jacksonville Code Camp 2006: Registration, speakers, sessions and my sessions

    The guys rounding up the Jacksonville Code Camp have been hard at work! In the last week, the official site has been the recipient of a much needed face lift as well as the addition of a TON of content! Check out the site for the following additions: Registration information (yes, you MUST register, even though it’s a free event) List of speakers List of sessions Keep in mind, you MUST register even though this is a free event… space is limited so make sure you register!
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    Blog: SharePoint Web Content Management Links and Resources - Change Log

    This page contains a complete log of all additions and updates to the Web Content Management Links and Resources page since it was initially launched on July 30, 2006. For more information about this page, as well as information on submitting new links, refer to this post . Date Link Additions & Updates October 19, 2007 MOSS Navigation Deep-Dive - Part 1 & 2 Added link… (Added to category: Navigation).
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    Blog: JAXDUG kicks off a Office Development Special Interest Group (SIG)

    Earlier this week the local user group JAXDUG posted an announcement on our news blog that we’re starting a Office Development Special Interest Group (SIG) who’s leadership will be shared between John Holliday and myself. The focus, as stated in the post: The purpose of this special interest group is to bring the local SharePoint community together to share tips, tricks, ideas and best practices for developing solutions on the SharePoint platform.
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    Blog: RECAP: Tampa Code Camp - July 15, 2006

    Yesterday I attended the Tampa Code Camp 2006 with two local friends who rode down from Jacksonville with me Friday night: Vinay , and Greg Y. The Tampa crew did a fantastic job putting on the event and it was filled with some great regional speakers including Jim Zimmerman , Jay Kimble , Vinay Ahuja , Brian Knight , Bayer White , Stan Schultes , Tom Fuller , and David Silverlight .
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    Blog: Killer WSS v3/MOSS 2007 Developer Book (the TechEd book)

    Microsoft took two of Ted Pattison’s articles from MSDN and got John Pierce (a tech writer on the MSFT IW Adoption Group) and smashed it together to create a great overview book for developers on Windows SharePoint Services v3 & Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. I personally think the title sucks and isn’t appropriate because the 9 chapters focus on either an overview or more on specific pieces of the product stack/offerings.
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    Blog: Tampa Code Camp 2006

    The top notch Florida developer community is holding another Code Camp in Tampa on Saturday July 15th. While this event is free, there are a limited number of sessions that will be available. Last check, there were over 300 registered attendees with less than 50 spots available before it sold out… well, as sold out as a free event can be. While the event is being managed by others, I’ve got to give props to a kick-ass DE (Developer Evangelist) we’ve got in Florida: Joe Healy (aka: devfish)
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    Blog: New SharePoint Server newsgroups are here (including Web Content Management)

    As I mentioned a few weeks back , Microsoft is adding a handful of new newsgroups for SharePoint, specifically around SharePoint Server 2007. For those of you MCMS folks, the new newsgroups are the place to go for Web Content Management (successor to MCMS 2002) questions/support. The new newsgroups are (we’ll see more coming later I think): microsoft.public.sharepoint.general microsoft.public.sharepoint.design_and_customization microsoft.public.sharepoint.development_and_programming microsoft.public.sharepoint.setup_and_administration How do you access them? Use your news reader of choice and configure it to point to the public newsgroup server:
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    Blog: Office SharePoint Server 2007 @ Orlando Code Camp March 25!

    Today marks the first day of the Microsoft Office Developer Conference in Redmond, WA. There’s also another milestone: those of us who’ve been under NDA during the Office “12” beta program are now free to talk about, what’s now known as 2007 Microsoft Office System (this brand encompasses both the clients and server SKU’s). Now that the NDA has been lifted, I’m sure you’ll start to see a ton of posts about Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (hereafter MOSS).
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    Blog: Microsoft Application Versions

    The following list contains an index of the major build and version numbers for a few Microsoft products. This list is primarily for the Office Server System (OSS) developer so it doesn’t cover all Microsoft products. It’s a work in progress… if you would like to contribute, please post to the comments of this article and include a citation where the version number can be validated. Why create a list like this?
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    Blog: Adding "OpenInNewWindow" option to SharePoint Links lists

    In this article, I’ll show you how to add a new field to each link in SharePoint that allows contributors to specify links should open in new windows or not.
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    Blog: Using SharePoint search in an ASP.NET application with noise filtering

    In this post, I’ll detail the steps & code used to get this working. I used this method to add search capabilities to a site implemented with MCMS 2002.
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