Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Links for 2007-12-25

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DEL.ICIO.US TOOLBOX: 180+ Del.icio.us Tools and Resources - Social bookmarking was one of the earliest trends out on the social web, and del.icio.us quickly took the lead. Today, we outline over 180 of the best tools and resources to get the most out of the number one social bookmarking site. (tags: del.icio.us tools)

SharePoint+CRM Six: Microsoft SharePoint 2007 - MySites and Facebook (Part 1) - Using Sharepoiint My Sites for Phone directory (tags: sharepoint active directory ADS)

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Links for 2007-12-22

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Download details: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Data Migration Manager - Using the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Data Migration Manager, you can convert and upload data from another customer relationship management (CRM) system to Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0. The Data Migration Manager includes default data maps to convert sour (tags: crm titan crm4.0 microsoft)

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Links for 2007-12-16

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Publicizing your Pavatar on your Blogger blog - Publicizing your Pavatar on your Blogger blog (tags: avatar security blogger)

Phil Windley's Technometria | IIW2007B Kicks Off - The various protocols, software projects, working groups, interop projects and industry consortia. slides are available (PDF). (tags: security)

Software - Is Microsoft Hyper-V a VMware Killer? - Microsoft Hyper-V could receive a warm welcome, especially from small and midsize businesses, according to Gordon Haff, an analyst at Illuminata. "In situations where companies have invested a lot in Microsoft software training with CRM, Sharepoint, and o (tags: microsoft virtualization vmware windowsserver2008)

Links for 2007-12-15

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Microsoft SharePoint Moves Into Enterprise Content Management - Microsoft has quickly created a major presence in the enterprise content management (ECM) market with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. To help IT managers assess SharePoint as an ECM platform, we turned to Tisson Mathew, Chief Technology Officer a (tags: microsoft sharepoint MOSS2007 ecm eim)

Springboard - The Springboard series is designed to offer you a growing portfolio of recommended materials, resources and experiences. Each month, our goal is to present straight talk on various known challenges and advice on how to overcome them based on early adopter (tags: microsoft vista)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Links for 2007-12-11

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Office 2.0 Database - My Office 2.0 Setup (tags: toolbelt)

bITa Center - bITa Center acts as the focal point and knowledge hub that highlights IT Alignment and Business IT Alignment as sets of relationships among strategies, frameworks and best practices. (tags: architecture framework business alignment)

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Links for 2007-12-09

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Microsoft Insurance Value Chain Architecture Framework - Microsoft recently announced the Microsoft Insurance Value Chain Architecture Framework (IVCAF) v1.0, designed to assist insurance companies in developing service-oriented architectures and deploying pre-integrated software applications around core insura (tags: microsoft insurance framework)

About Microsoft in insurance - Microsoft refers to its focus in insurance as the "insurance value chain." This term refers to the benefits associated with linking and integrating systems that were previously separate. Microsoft and partners focus on developing standard-based solutions (tags: microsoft insurance architecture framework)

DyA - Dynamische Architectuur - Deze site is geheel gewijd aan enterprise architectuur en de DYA®-aanpak die Sogeti daarvoor heeft ontwikkeld. DYA is in de loop der jaren uitgegroeid tot een de-facto standaard voor het werken onder architectuur bij Nederlandse organisaties. Ook in ande (tags: architecture framework)

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Links for 2007-12-08

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Microsoft SOA Products: Oslo - Microsoft anouncement of Oslo (tags: microsoft oslo soa)

Download details: ESB Guidance - The Microsoft ESB Guidance uses Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 to support a loosely coupled messaging architecture. BizTalk Server includes a powerful publish/subscribe mechanism for messaging applications that works by creating and filling subscription (tags: architecture biztalk ESB)

patterns & practices: Enterprise Service Bus Guidance - Home - The Microsoft ESB Guidance provides architectural guidance, patterns, practices, and a set of BizTalk Server and .NET components to simplify the development of an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) on the Microsoft platform and to allow Microsoft customers to e (tags: architecture ESB microsoft biztalk)

Financial Services - Industry Center - Financial Services (tags: architecture)

Mike Walker's Ramblings about Industry Architecture : Obtaining Enterprise Architecture Metrics - Part 2 - Obtaining Enterprise Architecture Metrics (tags: EA architecture metrics)

Service-Oriented Architecture and Enterprise Architecture, Part 2: Similarities and differences - In this article, Part 2 of this series, you examine the architecture and the governance models of both Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Enterprise Architecture (EA), and explore their similarities and differences. Then you learn about potential pro (tags: architecture EA SOA governance)

CodeProject: The “Natty” method for monitoring and encouraging systems compliance with the enterprise architecture. Free source code and programming articles - Here is a simple yet powerful method for scoring EA compliancy. This method serves two causes. First, it enables to view ‘visually’ the current state of systems compliance with the enterprise architecture. Secondly, the suggested method encourages pro (tags: EA architecture compliance)

The Architecture Journal - The Architecture Journal is an independent platform for free thinkers and practitioners of IT architecture. New editions are issued quarterly with articles designed to offer perspective, share knowledge, and help you learn the discipline and pursue the ar (tags: architecture EA)

A Day in the life of an Enterprise Architect - An enterprise architect’s role is multi-faceted and extremely dynamic. Not only must they keep track of IT concerns, but also those of the business. Through the work performed on strategic initiative, EAs strive to make alignment between IT and the busi (tags: EA architecture)

Enterprise Architecture - Enterprise Architecture has become a common practice for large IT organizations. For the first time there is a methodology to encompass all of the various IT aspects and processes into a single practice. However, realizing the full potential of Enterprise (tags: architecture EA framework)

SharePoint SUSHI - Home - SUSHI is a powerful, user-friendly way to accomplish common SharePoint administrative and development tasks. (tags: sharepoint tools)

UPC Nederland - Mijn UPC - Handleidingen (tags: upc services manual)

Friday, December 07, 2007

Links for 2007-12-07

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Download details: BizTalk Server 2006 Orchestration Designer for Business Analysts - This is the self extracting executable to be used for installing the Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 Orchestration Designer for Business Analysts. This tool is intended for Business Analysts to create basic orchestration flows in the Microsoft Visio environ (tags: microsoft visio biztalk)

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

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INFO: Microsoft Guide for Designing Application-Managed Authorization - This article contains information about the Microsoft guide Designing Application-Managed Authorization. This guide provides guidelines for how to design and code application-managed authorization for single-tier or multi-tier applications that are based (tags: microsoft authorization applications)

Download details: Role-Based Access Control for Multi-tier Applications Using Authorization Manager - Authorization Manager provides an easy-to-use authorization framework for line-of-business applications where you must grant access to users according to the user’s role within an organization or application. (tags: microsoft authorization)

Welcome to eEg7 - The work of eEG7 allows standardised communication within the European insurance industry. (tags: standards architecture)

Monday, December 03, 2007

Links for 2007-12-03

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Solutions Using the Microsoft Office System - Learn how to use the Microsoft Office system to solve your business scenarios. (tags: sharepoint MOSS2007)

Sunday, December 02, 2007

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System architecture - this workspace target is to create template for system architecture documents. for the meantime I'm using RM-ODP as the base guideline for that work. I want to end up with outline of system architecture document, with few lines of explanation for each top (tags: architecture EA)

Uday's Tech Home for Microsoft Technologies: Microsoft Technical Roll Up - December 2007 - Microsoft Technical Roll Up - December 2007 (tags: microsoft research security roadmap)

Monday, November 26, 2007

Links for 2007-11-26

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EPF Composer Downloads - EPF Composer Downloads (tags: tools enterprise architecture)

Agile Enterprise Architecture - This is an Enterprise Architecture Practice - Operational Process. It follows the best of the Agile, Adaptive and Iterative principles that modern Software development follows, but also aligns closely to the concepts of TOGAF and other Enterprise Architec (tags: enterprise architecture tools)

The Protégé Ontology Editor and Knowledge Acquisition System - Protégé is a free, open source ontology editor and knowledge-base framework. (tags: enterprise architecture tools)

SharePointPedia - SharePointPedia.com is a web site where people discover and share useful content about SharePoint and SharePoint related products and technologies. It’s a social computing application built on top of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007. (tags: sharepoint KM knowledge)

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Links for 2007-11-25

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Enterprise Architecture: Home - Many organisations today are establishing an Enterprise Architecture (EA) business function. However the knowledge about enterprise architecture concepts, framework and processes within many organisations is still quite limited and at a low level of matu (tags: enterprise architecture)

COBIT Mapping: Mapping of TOGAF 8.1 With COBIT 4.0 - This document contains a detailed mapping of TOGAF 8.1 with COBIT 4.0 and also contains the classification of the standards discussed in this paper as presented in the overview document COBIT® Mapping: Overview of International IT Guidance, 2nd Edition. (tags: cobit architecture enterprise togaf framework)

MSDN Blog Postings » Posters, posters and again posters... - Here is a list of technology posters you can download (tags: posters diagram architecture)

CRM Watcher: Update WordMailMerge for Microsoft CRM 3.0 - The new version 2.64 of WordMailMerge for MS CRM 3.0 has some great new features in it. (tags: sharepoint crm)

Enterprise Architecture Overview Zachman framework - Enterprise Architecture Overview Zachman framework (tags: architecture framework zachman overview)

Putting ASP.net Application In Offline Mode Using app_offline.htm - The Code Project - ASP.NET - ASP.net has a feature that makes an application in the offline mode. In offline mode, ASP.net does not serve any request made to the application. Instead it returned an error message, which can be customized, to the user. This feature uses a file called a (tags: asp.net offline error)

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Links for 2007-11-24

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Solutions Using the Microsoft Office System - Learn how to use the Microsoft Office system to solve your business scenarios. (tags: sharepoint solutions architecture)

Windows SharePoint Services TechCenter - ISP hosting of Windows SharePoint Services sites This Visio diagram shows how an Internet service provider (ISP) hosts Internet and extranet sites based on Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 for their customers. (tags: sharepoint architecture visio)

SharePoint - Architecture - Office SystemArchitecture (tags: sharepoint visio)

Maxime Bombardier - SharePoint Architecture & Development : Visio Stencils for SharePoint 2007 sites and servers - Visio Stencils for SharePoint 2007 sites and servers (tags: visio sharepoint architecture)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

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Mauro Cardarelli : Knowledge Management and MOSS - One of the areas that MOSS really shines (from a business perspective) is Knowledge Management. (tags: sharepoint MOSS2007 KM)

Displaying Microsoft CRM Business Data in SharePoint Web Parts - Learn how to build portals and dashboards in SharePoint sites by using Web Parts that display Microsoft CRM data. This article accompanies a sample Visual Studio .NET solution that contains sample Web Parts for a Customer Service Portal. This article incl (tags: sharepoint crm microsoft)

Developing Custom Applications by Using Excel Web Services in SharePoint Server 2007 - Excel Services is a new server technology included in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. This shared service enables the ability to load, calculate, and display Microsoft Office Excel 2007 workbooks on Office SharePoint Server 2007. (tags: microsoft sharepoint)

Monday, November 19, 2007

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Cutter Consortium :: Sample Our Research - The Enterprise Architecture Online Resource Center provides you with unlimited searchable access to many information sources, including electronic copies of all Consortium Enterprise Architecture Executive Reports, and Executive Summaries, Executive Updat (tags: architecture soa)

Sunday, November 18, 2007

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Real World SOA | David Linthicum | InfoWorld | How Much Will Your SOA Cost? Here Are Some Guidelines. | November 19, 2006 05:57 PM | By Dave Linthicum - With most organizations at the initial stages of their SOA project, the first step seems to be is to figure out how much this SOA will cost. Thus, you can budget appropriately, and obtain the funding. (tags: soa estimate costs)

The Business Case for XML Web Services - This paper removes the veil of confusion that has been created by the tech-talk and hype shrouding XML Web Services and drills directly into the corporate bottom line. Using cases studies and personal experiences from corporations, academia and recent res (tags: architecture webservice soa)

Cutter Consortium :: Special Offer: What It Takes to Be a Great Enterprise Architect - Properly empowered, enterprise architects are in a position to make extraordinarily high-impact contributions to their organizations. By the same token, they can sink extraordinary resources if they focus attention in the wrong place. At any rate, with en (tags: architecture)

A Practical Approach to Enterprise Architecture

A Practical Approach to Enterprise Architecture
  1. Leverage and reuse existing investment in Microsoft Technologies and content.
  2. Quick start and minimal training required (a tool for the business).
  3. Introduce standards and metamodel gradually in line with Architectural maturity.
  4. Choose a framework: Zachman, TOGAF, ITIL, Cap Gemini’s Integrated Architecture Framework (IAF), or create a custom framework.
  5. Establish AS-IS and evolve the TO-BE architecture (baselines) within the same Repository.
  6. Provide multiple views, entry points, and user perspectives.
  7. Perform impact analysis and advanced search on information (including metadata) in the artifact library
  8. Generate HTML Portals for stakeholders and collect feedback online
  9. Import artifacts from a wide variety of external data sources and tools

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Microsoft all the way

I found the following figures. Indeed eating your own dogfood!

A week ago I was at the EBC in Redmond and got a presentation about Microsoft Internal IT.
I can't recall seeing/hearing these figures.

Microsoft internal IT:

600k connected devices
10,000 Servers
3 Datacenters 1 operations center
11% is virtualized in Microsoft Datacenters
330 of 385 servers run Windows Server 2008 (RC0) plus all 85 Microsoft.com servers
11 clustered systems
30,000 users in Redmond domain (50,000 with vendors)
NAP reporting 140K clients, 90 clients deferred mode

The Redmond Active Directory domain is running in Windows Server 2008 mode since last Thursday (Nov 1st)

Microsoft Email:
6 million internal emails per day
20 Million emails from Internet
97% rejected as spam
99,999 uptime

140,000 end users
550 buildings
98 countries
1/3 of the sites are connected over Internet only
2300 Line of business applications
1 single SAP instance (5 Terabyte database)

Windows Live Services:

130,000 servers online
435 Million unique users
280 Billion pageviews daily
12 Billion emails daily
6 billion Instant Messages daily

Remote connect:
1 million VPN sessions per month
80,000 unique OWA users
Remote app portal
TS gateway 20,000 users
Direct Connect pilot

Microsoft.com figures:
55,7 million unique users, #4 overall site in US
280,5 Unique users worldwide #6 site worldwide
15,000 request a sec

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Links for 2007-11-10

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How to: Enable incoming/outgoing email for SharePoint 2007 (tags: sharepoint exchange microsoft)

Free Help Desk Software - A new version of Ilient's SysAid Free Help Desk Software is now available. This version is completely free, with no trial period, and no ads. SysAid Help Desk Software offers efficient, web based help desk. (tags: free helpdesk itil)

Blueprint, Process Mapping | Lombardi Software - Don’t draw workflow diagrams, manage updates through email, or have structure-less documentation. Leave the hassles of documenting behind. Blueprint helps you document your processes fast and leverage your documentation across your whole company. (tags: bpm SaaS)

Everything about REST Web Services - what and how - Part 1 - The Code Project - Design and Architecture - Want to design a REST web service? Need to know what REST is and how to go about it? What are the differences between a traditional web service and a REST one? This article starts with the basics, assuming you know nothing of REST and shows you how to end (tags: webservice rest)

How to detect a duplicate entry in Microsoft CRM 3.0 - The Code Project - C# WebServices - CRM systems are great but they are very prone to human error, the ease of data entry is sometimes counterproductive especially if you want to keep your data clean. In one of my projects the client required that CRM be up to date with all the latest dat (tags: crm microsoft)

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Links for 2007-11-07

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Whitepaper-OSCI-all-up-CoreIO-FY08.pdf - Infrastructure Optimization Model (tags: microsoft infrastructure optimization)

Microsoft voor managers - Productiviteit - Dynamics Snap (tags: microsoft vision)

Overview CRM Connector to SharePoint, MOSS, SharePoint web part solutions - KWizCom.com - KWizCom CRM Connector to SharePoint, now supports MOSS 2007 - enables users to better manage documents linked to any CRM entity (Account, Lead, Product etc.). (tags: crm microsoft sharepoint)

Governance Information for SharePoint Server 2007 - Governance is the set of roles, responsibilities, and processes that you put in place in an enterprise to guide the development and use of a solution based on SharePoint Products and Technologies. Effective governance can: Protect the enterprise, such (tags: microsoft sharepoint)

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Links for 2007-11-04

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OpenSocial - Google Code - The web is more interesting when you can build apps that easily interact with your friends and colleagues. But with the trend towards more social applications also comes a growing list of site-specific APIs that developers must learn. OpenSocial provide (tags: google opensocial api)

Bill Gates: SharePoint Conference 2006 - Remarks by Bill Gates, Chairman and Chief Software Architect, Microsoft Corporation "Connecting People, Process and Information" SharePoint Conference 2006 Bellevue, Washington May 15, 2006 (tags: sharepoint microsoft)

People-Ready Business Home - People _ready. Having the right software and tools can empower your people to work more efficiently, minimize costs, and create a competitive edge for the company. (tags: people_ready microsoft)

Microsoft Office Live Small Business - Microsoft Office Online (tags: free microsoft office live)

Business Productivity Infrastructure Optimization: Technologies - Solutions for Business Productivity Infrastructure Optimization are based on Unified Communications and Collaboration and Enterprise Content Management technologies. Read how these technologies can help your business meet the demands of the new world of w (tags: microsoft people_ready infrastructure optimization io)

The Future of Information Work - Personal Space of Daniel W. Rasmus, futurist at Microsoft (tags: architecture future vision microsoft knowledge KM)

Are you People_Ready ?

New World of Work is Microsoft's Vision on the new way of working. It's not about processes but about people.

A Dialogue About Education in the
Global Knowledge Economy

The Next-Generation Workforce and Project Management

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Links for 2007-11-03

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Joel Oleson's SharePoint Land : Warm Up your SharePoint Servers... - Warm Up your SharePoint Servers... Avoid that COLD, SLOW request that baffles users... (tags: SharePoint2007 warmup vpc)

How to Create a MOSS 2007 VPC Image: Part 18 - SharePoint Reporter Blog - This time, we'll look at how to install a set of "warm-up" scripts which will help improve the initial performance of the MOSS 2007 virtual machine after boot-ups. (tags: sharepoint warmup scripts virtual pc vpc)

Brettjo :: Microsoft Exchange Messaging - Learn about how things should be done and what's coming up in the not too distant future in the Microsoft world of Messaging. (tags: microsoft exchange unified communications)

Common MS CRM performance problem - When loading forms the list of which reports are relevant and so on, are also loaded from the Reporting server. This can, in some cases, take some time, and in some bad cases, really afect the load time of forms. MS created a hotfix for this, that can (tags: crm microsoft)

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Team Blog : My Favorite Features in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 - SmartNav - Features in Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 - SmartNav (tags: crm microsoft)

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

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Draadloze multimedia-adapter (SLM5500/00) > Philips Consumer Products - Online Store - Laat de PC voor wat hij is. Geniet van uw digitale muziek, foto's en video's zoals ze bedoeld zijn. (tags: philips)

Saturday, October 20, 2007

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Serge Lenbet's MOSS Blog Space: Interesting tools and info around MOSS - Interesting tools and info around MOSS (tags: sharepoint)

NRE Q-ENERGY - Warmte zonder zorgen - Onze servicedienst is in noodgevallen 24 uur per dag, zeven dagen in de week bereikbaar. U krijgt geen antwoordapparaat, maar altijd iemand die u persoonlijk te woord staat. De storingsdienst is bereikbaar op telefoonnummer: 040 238 38 08. Storing (tags: services q-energy cv)

Problem with VSTO SE

I found some sourcecode of an interesting application , integrating Sharepoint, MS Office 2007 Powerpoint and VSTO SE.


I want to explore this sourcecode in order to investigate some alternatives for VBA Office code.

I'm running
- Vista Ultimate (Dutch language with English Language Pack installed)
- Visual Studio Standard (English)

Project doesn't open because of "project type not supported". Probably missing support for Web projects. Installing the additional software didn't solve the problem.

Installing VSTO SE doesn't work because of error "locale block", which has something to do with incompatible language versions.

My colleague at work mamaged to create a working environment. Have to check with him which versions he is running.


VSTO 2005 SE can be installed on top of any of the following versions of Visual Studio 2005:
Visual Studio 2005 Professional*
Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite
Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Software Architects
Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Software Developers
Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Software Testers
Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the Microsoft Office System

Seems I have to upgrade my Visual Studio.


I installed Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Software Architects and everything works fine now and I was able to build the project.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Links for 2007-10-14

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Open XML explained by Wouter van Vugt. - PDF E-Book Open XML explained by Wouter van Vugt. (tags: xml openxml office microsoft)

APRESS.COM: Pro SharePoint Solution Development: Combining .NET, SharePoint and Office 2007 - Supplementary Material Download. Source code. (tags: sharepoint MOSS2007 office samples)

APRESS.COM: Pro SharePoint Solution Development: Combining .NET, SharePoint and Office 2007 - Supplementary Material Download (tags: sharepoint MOSS2007 office samples)

edhild's WebLog : Video: Demo of Extending SharePoint to Collab on Document Fragments - Video: Demo of Extending SharePoint to Collab on Document Fragments (tags: sharepoint video office)

SpringerLink - Book Chapter - In this chapter we will assume that the organization has a preconstructed template for presentations of a particular type and that building the presentation is a repeatable process of putting site content on slides. So for this chapter, we will completely (tags: sharepoint webparts powerpoint)

Download details: TechNet TNT Sessions - See how to mazimize your business potential with Microsoft solutions. TechNet sessions are learning resources designed to meet the needs of IT professionals. (tags: microsoft technet)

Combined Knowledge Downloads (tags: sharepoint exchange)

Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack: Benefits With a Catch (tags: microsoft Desktop)

Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Team Blog : Important change to MOSS 2007 for Internet Sites (MOSSFIS) licensing (tags: microsoft sharepoint)

Community Kit for Sharepoint - MySiteCreate 1.0 Production (tags: sharepoint)

Unixdaemon: Delicious Checker - The Delicious Link Checker perl script is intended to help with this, with the correct credentials it will retrieve all of the users links and check them (with HEAD by default to save bandwidth), reporting if they are still accessible, or the error code ( (tags: tools)

Links for 2007-10-13

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TIDBITS on MS Dynamics CRM: Dynamics CRM v4.0 - New Features in Titan - Dynamics CRM v4.0 - New Features in Titan (tags: crm microsoft)

Dr. Dobb's | New Architect Magazine Attracts New Advertisers and Columnists | februari 3, 2002 (tags: software development dobbs)

ITarchitect | Home - Welcome to the independent site for IT Architects, where you’ll find a wide range of useful resources, including news, articles and information about relevant books, events and training courses. (tags: ict architecture)

SysQa Internet - Quality Assurance in ICT publicatiuons (tags: qa quality ict cmm cmmi)

Friday, October 12, 2007

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Dynamic MSCRM: Mail Merge from Web Client - Mail Merge has been revamped and improved greatly in the new release of MSCRM. Custom fields can now be used in Mail Merges, something that users have been wanting for a long time. The other large improvement is the capability to run a Mail Merge from the (tags: titan crm)

Download details: ADTD - With the Active Directory Topology Diagrammer tool, you can read your Active Directory structure through Microsoft ActiveX® Data Objects (ADO). The Active Directory Topology Diagrammer tool automates Microft Office Visio to draw a diagram of the Active D (tags: microsoft active directory visio diagram)

Ben Riga's Deep Shift : Titan now available to all Dynamics Partners - MS CRM 4.0 (Titan) now available to all Dynamics Partners (tags: crm microsoft titan)

SharePoint+CRM Six: Microsoft CRM 3.0 - How to Videos for Users (tags: crm training video microsoft)

SOA Roadmap


Sunday, October 07, 2007

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Enterprise Architecture Standards, Institute For Enterprise Architecture Developments (IFEAD) - Below you find - in structured lists - the titles of selected documents relevant to the subject of Enterprise Architecture, Engineering and Integration. Each title is connected to a short versions of the document, from where you can further navigate to th (tags: eam architecture)

Architecture and Architecture Modeling Techniques - There are several techniques that enable software architecture efforts. These techniques include standard modeling languages such as the Unified Modeling Language (UML); frameworks such as the Model-Driven Architecture (MDA) and the Zachman Framework; an (tags: architecture eam)

Vak-informatie Informatica en Informatiekunde - Enterprise architecture (EA) deals with the texts, models and rules of the complete information infrastructure of an enterprise. This course is intended for master students in Information Science, i.e. Business Informatics (for which the course is manda (tags: eam architecture)

Enterprise Architecture Management - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - EAM (Enterprise Architecture Management) describes and structures complex IT systems in terms of their business, application, information and technical layers, and to reform programs through the planning process as strategic business demands, and as stand (tags: eam architecture modelling)

Microsoft takes baby-steps toward web Office - Computer Business Review - Microsoft is to let small pieces of its Office suite loose on the web in the form of Microsoft Office Live Workspace, a service to provide space to store, share, and comment on documents. (tags: microsoft roadmap office live workspace)

Sunday, September 30, 2007

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Service Station: BizTalk Server 2006 Web Services -- MSDN Magazine, March 2007 - Aaron Skonnard introduces the exciting world of BizTalk Server 2006 and its support for today's Web services technologies. (tags: microsoft biztalk webservice)

Microsoft patterns & practices - Microsoft patterns & practices are Microsoft's recommendations for how to design, develop, deploy, and operate architecturally sound applications for the Microsoft application platform. (tags: microsoft patterns practices)

Download details: patterns & practices April 2007 DVD - patterns & practices are Microsoft's proven recommendations for how to design, develop, deploy, and operate architecturally sound applications for the Microsoft Platform. This DVD contains detailed technical information including printable guides, source (tags: architecture patterns practices microsoft)

Philips Support - SLM5500/05 - Wireless Multimedia Adapter (tags: philips uPnP media streaming)

Sunday, September 16, 2007

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Visual Studio 2005 SP1 - Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 continues Microsoft’s investment in market leading development tools. Service Pack 1 addresses issues that were found through a combination of customers and partner feedback, as well as internal testing. The issues add (tags: visual studio microsoft service SP1)

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

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The Problem With Measuring Time Spent on a Web Site - Nielsen/NetRatings is going to dump page views as an official measurement of web site popularity and instead start measuring the total time spent by visitors on a web site. (tags: web statistics metrics)

Ximeta NDAS external drive via Ethernet Older driver (tags: ximeta ndas)

Certigo Verzekeren (tags: architecture insurance)

Web server log analysis (User experience design resources) (tags: weblog analysis)

Web log analysis (tags: weblog analysis)

SIVI Standaardisatie Instituut voor Verzekeringen in de Intermediairbranche - Ketenintegratie is een zaak van processen en automatisering; deze op elkaar aansluiten vereist communicatie op basis van ‘dezelfde taal en woordenboek’. In de praktijk betekende dit het ontwikkelen van vier standaarden: Procesatlas Gegevensstanda (tags: sivi standards architecture insurance)

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

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Windows Server System Reference Architecture - Windows Server System Reference Architecture (WSSRA) is a detailed reference architecture, tested and proven in labs, that yields valuable implementation guidance for meeting the requirements of an enterprise. Customers can use this guidance to build high (tags: architecture WSSRA microsoft)

Sunday, August 26, 2007

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fabFORCE.net - DBDesigner 4 is a visual database design system that integrates database design, modeling, creation and maintenance into a single, seamless environment. It combines professional features and a clear and simple user interface to offer the most efficient (tags: toolbelt database design)

Creating a Custom User Site Provisioning Solution with SharePoint Server 2007 (Part 1 of 2) - Examine new capabilities built into the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Enterprise Edition, which enable business process automation and simplify the business process. This article is part 1 of 2. (18 printed pages) (tags: sharepoint SharePoint2007 MOSS2007)

Team-Based Development in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 - Learn to properly conduct team-environment development of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 sites and assemblies (Web Parts, site templates, custom list templates), as well as develop Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer artifacts (master pages, wor (tags: sharepoint MOSS2007 moss)

SharePoint Products and Technologies Customization Policy - Excellent document explaining Sharepoint customization policies http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=92311&clcid=0x409 (tags: SharePoint2007 MOSS2007 sharepoint)

Generate Excel 2007 Sheets from MSCRM Data â€" OpenXML Show « Ayaz Ahmad [MVP - MSCRM] - Office Open XML is an XML-based file format specification for electronic documents such as memos, reports, books, spreadsheets, charts, presentations and word processing documents. The specification has been developed by Microsoft as a successor of its bi (tags: crm excel asp.net)

Video upload 2

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Links for 2007-08-25

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GPS Tracking with Windows Mobile 5.0+ - The Code Project - PDA / Embedded - Use a Windows Mobile Professional phone with a GPS receiver to create a simple SMS based tracking program (tags: gps sms windows mobile)

How to send SMS messages from C# using an SQL database - The Code Project - C# Database - The system architecture used for SMS messaging cosists of a GSM Modem, that is attached to the PC with a phone-to-PC datacable, an SQL-SMS Gateway software installed onto your PC, an SQL database server, such as SQL Express or MS SQL and your SMS applicat (tags: sms gateway)

Ken Schaefer : Vista's WMDC and syncing your Smartphone over bluetooth with the Toshiba Bluetooth Stack - If you are running the new Windows Mobile Device Center on Windows Vista, and using the inbuilt Microsoft Bluetooth Stack, then syncing via bluetooth probably works fine for you. However if you are using the Toshiba Bluetooth Stack (for example, to get A2 (tags: bluetooth vista toshiba wmdc)

Download details: Microsoft Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1 for Windows Vista (32-bit) - The Windows Mobile Device Center enables you to set up new partnerships, synchronize content and manage music, pictures and video with Windows Mobile powered devices (Windows Mobile 2003 or later). The Windows Mobile Device Center combines an efficient bu (tags: windows mobile vista smartphone)

Download details: Windows SharePoint Services 3.0: Software Development Kit (SDK) - The Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SDK contains conceptual overviews, programming tasks, and references to guide you in developing solutions based on Windows SharePoint Services as a platform. (tags: sharepoint WSSv3 sdk microsoft)

Download details: SharePoint Server 2007 SDK: Software Development Kit - The Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 SDK is designed for solution providers, independent software vendors, value-added resellers, and other developers to learn about the new Office SharePoint Server 2007 enterprise application and platform. (tags: sharepoint sdk MOSS2007)

Download details: 2007 Office Sample: Building Server-Side Document Generation Solutions Using the Open XML Object Model - The download, 2007 Office Sample: Building a Server-Side Document Generation Solution Using the Open XML Object Model, provides sample files in Microsoft Visual Basic.NET and Microsoft C# that show how to use the Open XML object model to assemble document (tags: microsoft office xml server .net)

Download details: User Agent String Utility 2 - Whenever Internet Explorer releases a new major version, Microsoft makes every attempt to coordinate the change with major web site owners so that users who upgrade to the latest version can take advantage of new features available on the upgraded browsin (tags: internet ie7)

New release Bugzilla

Today the Bugzilla project has four releases!
  • 3.0.1 is the first bug-fix release for the 3.0 series. 3.0 was very stable, but 3.0.1 adds a lot of little polish fixes that greatly improves the experience of using Bugzilla.

  • 3.1.1 is the first development release toward Bugzilla 3.2. It has a huge number of new features, but is EXTREMELY UNSTABLE. It has not been tested, and should not be used in a production environment. It may fail in critical ways, or destroy your data. However, it is useful as a feature preview and for testing purposes.

Have a look.



For the newest release at last there will be some inprovements in the stylesheets you can choose to activate this be using a different custom skin.

Old skin:

New skin:

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Links for 2007-08-22

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Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Team Blog : Announcing the Availability of the SharePoint Manageability Toolkit Beta - This solution accelerator includes a new set of Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 (Ops Manager), Management Packs for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, and for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. For those who are not familiar with O (tags: sharepoint)

Download details: Windows SharePoint Services Toolkit: Document Library Event Handler - The sample in the Document Library Event Handler Toolkit (EventHandlerToolkit.exe) download introduces developers to the Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services list events feature for document libraries. The download consists of two projects, SampleEventSi (tags: sharepoint)

SharePoint+CRM Six: SharePoint 2003 & 2007: SharePoint 2003 to 2007 CSS Style sheets - In WSSv3, all SharePoint styles are defined in CORE.CSS in the folder on the SharePoint host Server: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\web server extensions\12\TEMPLATE\LAYOUTS\1033\STYLES\CORE.CSS (tags: sharepoint crm css)

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Links for 2007-08-21

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Managing Content Databases (Windows SharePoint Services 2003) - Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services uses a database to store and manage site content. Just as each virtual server can host multiple top-level Web sites, each virtual server can rely on multiple content databases to store site content. If you are running (tags: sharepoint)

Introduction - SharePoint, Document Library and SQL Server - Developer Fusion - Visual Basic, C# Programming, ASP.NET, .NET Framework and Java Tutorials - Document Libraries are collections of files that you can share with team members on a web based on Windows SharePoint services. Want to know more about Document Libraries?? Read more about Document Libraries on this site: http://office.microsoft.com/e (tags: SharePoint2007 sharepoint)

Monday, August 20, 2007

Links for 2007-08-20

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InfoWorker Solutions: MSCRM 3: Filtered view of SharePoint document library - The simplest way to add a document archive to MSCRM is to use a single, shared SharePoint document library for all MSCRM accounts and then use filtered views from MSCRM to make it look like each account have their own document library. This technique of c (tags: sharepoint crm)

Adobe XMP: Adding intelligence to media - Adobe's Extensible Metadata Platform (XMP) is a labeling technology that allows you to embed data about a file, known as metadata, into the file itself. With XMP, desktop applications and back-end publishing systems gain a common method for capturing, sha (tags: adobe xmp metadata properties)

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Links for 2007-08-19

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Download details: Office 2003 Update: Redistributable Primary Interop Assemblies - The Office 2003 Primary Interop Assemblies (PIA) redistributable is a Microsoft Windows Installer package that contains the Primary Interop Assemblies for Microsoft Office 2003 products. (tags: microsoft office interop pia)

Creating and deploying VSTO Documents inside SharePoint Document Libraries - Todd Baginski's SharePoint 2003 and MOSS 2007 Blog - Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) Documents can be deployed to or utilized as templates for a SharePoint Document Library. The process to develop VSTO Documents, deploy them to the SharePoint server, and set the proper security policies on the client (tags: sharepoint vsto)

Getting MS Word Document Properties Using Visual Studio .NET - The Code Project - Microsoft Office - This code demonstrates how to extract/retrieve the Document properties from a MS Word document file. Refer to my other articles for a proper background on MS Office Automation and how to setup your development environment if needed. I have created this as (tags: visual studio word office automation samples)

Download details: 2007 Microsoft Office System Update: Redistributable Primary Interop Assemblies - The 2007 Microsoft Office Primary Interop Assemblies (PIA) redistributable is a Microsoft Windows Installer package that contains the Primary Interop Assemblies for 2007 Microsoft Office products. (tags: office visual studio)

WindowsDevCenter.com -- Programming Word from .NET - One way to accomplish this is to couple a .NET program with the power of Microsoft Word, delegating to Word that which it does best (formatting, printing, document management). You could, of course, use a very sophisticated mail-merge from within Word its (tags: word office .net)

Download details: Virtual PC Demonstration Resources for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0 - This page contains a set of resources and demo scripts that can be used with the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0 VPC of May 2006. New demo scripts will be placed here as they become available. (tags: crm scripts)

Download details: Virtual PC Demonstration of the Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0 Professional Edition Business Application - Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0 release Virtual PC Demonstration. This demo is a one computer setup with Microsoft CRM 3.0 server and Microsoft CRM 3.0 client for Outlook. This demonstration also contains Microsoft Exchange Server 2003, Microsoft SQL Server 20 (tags: crm vpc)

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Links for 2007-08-18

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Russell Christopher's Semi-Useful BI Musings : Publishing Reporting Services reports to MOSS - Now that lots of folks are happily playing around with SSRS/MOSS integration, it's important to understand exactly how you publish the things to MOSS via Business Intelligence Studio. You still use the same dialogs you are used to, but plug different v (tags: sharepoint reporting ssrs)

Joel Oleson's SharePoint Land : Step by Step Instructions for Publishing from Access 2007 to a SharePoint Site - This was in a hands on lab to show some of the cool integration and new features in the new 2007 Microsoft Office system. On one hand, imagine how cool it would be to get all those MDB files that have been having a hard time finding a home finally findin (tags: sharepoint access)

Roadmap for publishing an Excel workbook as "one version of the truth" - SharePoint Server - Microsoft Office Online - Creating an Excel workbook that contains "one version of the truth" requires a collaborative effort between a SharePoint site administrator, a workbook author, and various end users. The following article is a roadmap that describes the basic process of p (tags: sharepoint)

Antivirus Solutions for MOSS - Jeff Holliday's SharePoint Blog - As of right now, there do not seem to be too many Antivirus solutions on the market for MOSS. Symantec and McAfee seem to be dragging their feet on releasing versions that support SharePoint 2007. Their existing products, Symantec Antivirus for SharePoi (tags: sharepoint antivirus)

Chapter 3: Planning Redundancy and Scaling the SharePoint Environment - Network World - This chapter focuses on techniques and information necessary to scale a SharePoint implementation to organizations of varying sizes. Specific components that can be scaled are described and contrasted. High-redundancy options such as clustering and Networ (tags: sharepoint database management)

Sharepoint Tips and Tricks : SharePoint Site Moves, Database Moves and Balancing Growth - SharePoint adoption is at an all time high right now with the release of MOSS 2007 and WSS 3.0, this is wonderful for your investment but can be a nightmare for a poorly planned deployment that was not ready for massive growth. Certain operational tasks (tags: sharepoint split database sqlserver balancing)

Database Mirroring in SharePoint 2007 for Disaster Recovery (tags: sharepoint MOSS2007)

SharePoint Governance and Manageability - View Release - This tool automates splitting large Windows Sharepoint Services Databases into several smaller Databases. Based on an input, the process locks, backups, deletes and restores a SiteCollection. Supports WSS2, no mention of WSS3 (tags: sharepoint)

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Links for 2007-08-16

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Microsoft Business Solutions Newsgroups Home (tags: crm)

Microsoft CRM 3.0 Tips: The inevitable sprawl of the onload event - I thought I would post an article together on how we can still use the onload event, but keep the code outside of the actual form, moving it into a more central and manageable library. (tags: crm javascript)

Redmond Developer News | Ozzie Reveals More Details of Cloud Development Platform - Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie made another rare public appearance in late July and provided a closer look at the development infrastructure set to power the company's "Software Plus Services" push. (tags: microsoft architecture strategy)

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Links for 2007-08-15

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IT's Showtime - Technet Presentation by Bart Wessels (Microsoft) (tags: SharePoint2007)

Uploading Files to SharePoint Document Library and updating any Meta data columns - The Code Project - SharePoint Server - This article describes uploading files in a sequence to a SharePoint Document Library and then using CAML, updating each file's custom meta data. This folder also also describes how to use DWS web service to create folders/subfolders in a Doc Lib and how (tags: sharepoint bulk)

Joel Oleson's SharePoint Land : How large for a single SharePoint content database? - I think my a post or second hand PPTs in the past may have confused some people about a capacity planning recommendation I've made. I have in the past said to plan for 50GB databases. This is not a scalability limit. (tags: sharepoint)

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Links for 2007-08-14

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Invoke Systems Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0 Developer's Weblog : Speed Racer - Call CRM at speeds that would impress even Trixie! (tags: crm performance tuning)

CodeGuru: Microsoft CRM Integration: Oracle Database Access from MS CRM - Today's article topic is a customization possibility demonstration for a user Web interface of Microsoft CRM. As an example, I'll use MS CRM integration with ASP.Net application, accessing customer data access when customers are stored in an Oracle 10g da (tags: crm oracle)

Microsoft Dynamics CRM @ Joris Kalz's WebLog : Updated version of the windows desktop seach integration - Thanx to the power of Microsoft Windows Desktop Search (WDS) it is very easy to integrate it with Microsoft CRM. By integrate Microsoft CRM with WDS users can easily search from the desktop to find any object inside of Microsoft CRM. This is just one more (tags: crm Desktop search)

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Team Blog : Using Database Tuning Advisor with CRM - SQL Server 2005 comes with a tool called Database Tuning Advisor (DTA) that can help you tune your database given a particular workload. The tool is an evolution of Index Tuning Wizard from previous versions of SQL Server. DTA can be a very useful tool, b (tags: crm performance tuning)

Download details: Microsoft CRM 3.0 Logical Database Diagrams - A series of diagrams showing the logical database structure for Microsoft CRM 3.0. (tags: crm)

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0: Bulk Import - The Microsoft CRM 3.0 Bulk Import Wizard helps you to import bulk data into default and custom attributes of the Lead, Account, Contact and Campaign Response system entities. The data can be retrieved from a spreadsheet, Microsoft Word document, comma-sep (tags: crm)

Invoke Systems Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0 Developer's Weblog : Invoke Systems Visio Shapes for Microsoft CRM 3.0 - Announcing Invoke Systems Microsoft CRM 3.0 Shapes for Microsoft Visio. When doing any Microsoft CRM development effort, Project Managers will need to work with our clients to gather requirements and design solutions within Microsoft CRM. Typically a lar (tags: crm)

SSW Microsoft CRM Suggestions (tags: crm)

Microsoft CRM Best Practices - Bikes Corp has implemented MSCRM 3.0 in order to ensure profitable customer relationships and happy customers. Bikes Corp. sells all kind of bikes to institutional buyers like government, schools etc. Charlie is the owner of the business. Kevin is the sal (tags: crm workflow)


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