A List of All Changes in the February 2013 Cumulative Update


This article continues my series of attempting to put all of the various changes in a Cumulative Update into a single place.  This post only covers the February 2013 Cumulative Update for SharePoint 2010.  The details regarding the specific CU Click to read the full post

Another Option for Missing “Sign in as Different User” link in SharePoint 2013


In SharePoint 2010, there was a wonderful option called “Sign in as Different User” that would allow you to quickly, easily and painlessly switch user accounts in the browser without losing your place on a site. This worked wonderfully for developers and for Admins where they have multiple IDs. However, it confused the average user and Click to read the full post

Creating “Dynamic” XSL Variables


One of the really ugly things about working with Xsl is that it doesn’t support actual variables. There is a ‘variable’ element but it isn’t actually a variable; it is a constant as the value cannot be changed once it has been set. This leads to all sorts of horrible solutions, like duplicating Xsl for the various possible values/conditions or even turning a block of Xsl into a template and then passing parameters to it every time that value is needed. The latter works and is supported but is frequently overkill.

However, there is another way Click to read the full post

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!