All posts by David Wise

PowerShell Syntax Highlighting script


As a SharePoint administrator, I end up either writing a lot of PowerShell scripts or copying existing scripts and modifying them to fit a new need.  With all of these scripts comes the need to share them with other admins outside of the command line and in such a way that allows them to be easily Click to read the full post

Never Stop Learning!


Some recent comments from a member of one of the teams I work with reminded me again of how important it is to always keep learning.  People who think they have all of the answers tend to be the most ill-informed and self-absorbed individuals you will ever find and attempting to open their eyes is an exercise in frustration.  To resurrect some old farm wisdom: never try to teach a pig to sing, it just wastes your time and it annoys the pig.  Let the dinosaurs have their illusions as the world will pass them by soon enough.

If you think you know everything there is to know about whatever field you are in, check again.  Odds are that there is something you’ve overlooked or some aspect to your knowledge that is out of date.  More than likely there are entire fields of study that are closely related to your chosen path that you have no knowledge of. You might not even know that you you don’t know!

If you really are that good at what you do then seek out something where you are utterly clueless but have an interest and study it inside and out.  Preferably choose something that is outside of your professional domain if at all possible.  It is amazing how often completely unrelated disciplines intertwine once you start learning them.  Remember that ‘creativity’ is merely the ability to draw often unrelated items and concepts together for a purpose and the broader your mind, the more things you can find to put together.

Always keep learning, keep your eyes and ears open and never assume you have all of the answers.

A List of All Changes in the October 2012 Cumulative Update


The October 2012 Cumulative Update for SharePoint is out and Microsoft continues to release the list of changes in so many fragments that it is nearly impossible to answer the simple question of what has changed. So, I’ve tried to pull all of the October changes into a single place, like I did back in August. Click to read the full post

Invasion of the Metro Gnomes!


They’ve been sneaking in, one at a time … quietly, so nobody would notice it until it is too late but someone has to speak out.  That’s right, we’re under attack!  One day you are using one of your favorite file shares without a worry in the world.  The next day you log in to see the carnage wreaked by a Metro Gnome

Metro on Sky Drive

While you are still reeling from that, another Gnome attacks your mail as well.

Metro on Outlook.com
Metro on Trillian

One day it is the UI you are used to, the next it is GIANT SPACE-EATING BOXES EVERYWHERE – with 3 heads – that all look like Elvis!

Now, I realize that these are Microsoft properties and that they are doing a full court press to promote Windows 8, including Win8’s Metro UI, so it is expected that these things would happen.

How then do you explain the Metro Gnome that attacked the Trillian Instant Messenger the other day?  Did the Gnomes develope super powers?  Is it Mind Control?  Have they somehow managed to leverage Reaper Indoctrination?

I don’t know the answer but am pretty sure that we’ll all be up to our eye sockets in Metro Gnomes by Halloween – and they will be attacking from more places than just Redmond!

A List of All Changes in the August 2012 Cumulative Update


The August 2012 Cumulative Update for SharePoint 2010 is out.  However, for some reason, the folks at Microsoft have not yet seen fit to release a single list that shows all of the changes contained in a Cumulative Update.  Instead, they issue two Knowledge Base articles that each in turn include a list of links to other knowledge base articles and sometimes those link to still other knowledge base articles.  Oh, and sometimes they include still more links to other knowledge base articles in the list of fixes!  All of this adds up to make answering the relatively obvious and simple question of “What has been fixed?” a great deal more time consuming than it should be.

Since I have to look at all of the changes anyway, I just went ahead and bundled them up Click to read the full post