Tuesday, December 19, 2006

OWC 2003 working with WSSv3

Although Microsoft no longer supports OWC 2003 for WSS v3 , they still work. Normal installation seems not to work anymore.

Use the following command:

stsadm.exe -o addwppack -filename "c:\program files\common files\microsoft shared\web server extensions\60\wppacks\microsoft.office.dataparts.cab" -globalinstall

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Dell recycling

Dell uses Community Server for their community site Direct2Dell. Interesting posting about their recycling services, which are now globally offered.

Sharepoint Beta template Helpdesk

This solution accelerator provides guidance and tools to enable IT Professionals to successfully upgrade their Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 custom sites and templates. The result: A set of custom sites and temFplates that will operate in a Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 environment. This toolkit also includes a set of upgraded Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 application templates.


I was especially interested in the new HelpDesk template

This was the command I used to install the beta template

stsadm.exe -o addtemplate -filename HelpDeskBasic_beta.stp

Followed by


Then created a site based on this template

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Community solution requirements


  • Application, database, and security best practices
  • Microsoft recommended best practices for password management
  • Highly granular permissions allow for control over all user aspects
  • No write permission required in web site directory
  • Ability to create secure private communities
  • Support for anonymous user profiles
  • Delegated permissions system
  • Auto-login
  • Evict online active users to force re-login
  • Configurable HTML filters to prevent Cross Site Script Injection (XSS) attacks


  • No artificial limits or governors
  • Server based perpetual licensing
  • Free Community License (with restrictions)
  • Flexible commercial licenses

Installation and Setup

  • Web based Installation Wizard
  • Web based administration and management
  • Full source (available as separate download)
  • 100% Microsoft .NET code (No COM, Java, or other formats)
  • Designed for multiple language support

Performance and Scalability

  • Designed from the ground-up for multi-server configurations (web farms)
  • Proven performance and scalability
  • Implements ASP.NET Caching best practices
  • Abstract, extendable data layer
  • Designed for growth
  • Innovative background processing system
  • Integrated error reporting
  • No dependencies on ASP.NET Session state


  • Full source code (available through separate download)
  • Event driven programmable "pipeline"
  • Add-on modules for extending capabilities
  • Pluggable authentication/authorization stack


  • Theme driven customization
  • Use of style sheets (CSS) to drive look-and-feel
  • Over 90 ASP.NET Server controls for declarative programming

Content Publishing

  • Syndication support using RSS 2.0
  • Receive all messages through email
  • Email subscriptions to a topic
  • Email other members privately
  • Message other members via "Private Messages"
  • Global administration email notifications

Banning and Moderation

  • Easily ban users by email, date range, or IP address
  • Optionally enable per-user moderation levels
  • Email moderators for moderation actions
  • Audit history for all moderator/workflow actions
  • Users can edit or delete posts for a period of time or indefinitely
  • Moderation privileges are assignable
  • Comment moderation


  • Rich WYSIWYG editor (no special codes or HTML knowledge required)
  • Extensible base class model for easily supporting any database
  • Registration process emails user new password
  • Topic rating and sorting
  • Sort by date, author, last viewed, date range ...
  • Track posts read and unread
  • Printer friendly versions of messages
  • Specify an icon when posting with a message
  • View member actions and where they are online
  • Quote messages in posts
  • Type emoticons in the rich editor
  • Users can login with credentials stored in encrypted cookie
  • Users can easily report offensive or objectionable posts to moderators


  • Online status of members
  • Users can upload avatars (automatically resized based on settings)
  • Share email address and IM addresses via user profile
  • Display most active posts or unanswered posts
  • Personalized user signatures
  • Users can select custom themes and can override with custom options (in some cases)
  • Rate posts


  • User statistics show online users and frequent posters
  • User ranking shows activity of users in the community

System Management

  • Single shared user base
  • Merge related topics together
  • Easily split topics into separate discussions
  • Move topics
  • Lock topics to prevent further discussions
  • Easily pin or un-pin a particular topic
  • Edits are tracked and logged
  • Full auditing of all actions performed by users, moderators, and administrators
  • Customizable ranking options
  • Groups and group avatars
  • Email forgotten password
  • Deleted threads go into a recycle bin and are not immediately removed
  • Easily unmoderate user or require moderation on users
  • IP, User, and Email address banning
  • Moderators receive alerts for posts requiring moderation
  • Specify forum auto-delete options
  • Edit members
  • Rich web based systems configuration


  • Highly customized search system for fast searches
  • Tunable searching and weighting algorithm
  • Search results filter based on user permissions
  • Search word highlighting

.NET Developer

  • Over 100,000 lines of C# source code
  • 90+ compiled ASP.NET server controls
  • Foward compatible with ASP.NET 2.0
  • Runs on ASP.NET 2.0 unmodified

Upgrade Sharepoint Services 3.0

Upgraded my research PC to WSS3.


- Windows 2003 Server SP1
- Virtual PC 2004

Additional requirements

- .Net Framework 2.0
- .Net Framework 2.0 SP1
- .Net Framework 3.0 (necessary for WWF 3.0.4202.2)

Installed also

- Sharepoint.exe
- SharepointLanguagePack

Performed an in-place install.

- Sharepoint Products and Technologies Configuation Wizard


C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727>aspnet_regiis -i
Start installing ASP.NET (2.0.50727)
Finished installing ASP.NET (2.0.50727).

[Local drive]:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\60\BIN

stsadm -o upgrade -forceupgrade -url http://URLOftheVirtualServer

Upgrade problem in the logfile:

Access denied to c:\inetpub\wwwroot\_pvt_,,,,\service.cnf

Decided not to upgrade but to go for the fresh install.

Configuration successful!

New Google service : Google Romance

Where will it end. Google introduced Google Romance, a dating service , of course with some typical Google stuff.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Goodbye Wilma, good luck in the USA


Winter In America
René Froger

Hazy Shade Of Winter
Simon & Garfunkel

Back In The USA
Linda Ronstadt

American Woman
The Guess Who



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