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Bill Bär /bɛːr/
Bill Bär is a Senior Product Manager and Microsoft Certified Master for Microsoft Search, Assistant, and Intelligence at Microsoft in Redmond, Washington.

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Document Property Promotion and Demotion Overview and Considerations

Overview Document Property Promotion and Demotion is a Feature in versions of SharePoint designed to synchronize specific metadata across documents and its parent List columns and/or fields. Property promotion refers to the process of extracting values from properties of a document and writing those values to corresponding columns on the list or document library where the document is stored. Property demotion is the same process in reverse. Values are read from list columns and written to document properties.

OneDrive for Business Managed Deployment

Overview OneDrive for Business is cloud storage for business similar to the personal experience provided by OneDrive. It’s the place where employees can store, sync, and share their files across multiple devices with ease and security. Built through the evolution of personal sites, OneDrive for Business provides the ability for an organization to provide their users enterprise grade data mobility across devices and screens and includes both a synchronization client for offline availability and simple upload experience and a Web UX to manage content through the rich capabilities of SharePoint.

OneDrive for Business Redirection to Office 365 Overview

At the 2014 SharePoint Conference we announced the new OneDrive for Business SKU in addition to changes in Service Pack 1 functionality that enable IT administrators to selectively redirect their users to OneDrive for Business in Office 365 from SharePoint Server 2013. Planning The initial prerequisite steps to implementing OneDrive for Business redirection to Office 365 in Service Pack 1 is choosing the most effective identity management/federation options to suit your business needs.

SQL Server 2014 and SharePoint Server 2013

3/21/2014 is the first full day of Spring, and the first full day of SQL Server 2014 RTM. Undoubtedly the question will be asked when will SharePoint Server 2013 support SQL Server 2014. While it remains early, SharePoint Server 2013 will support SQL Server 2014 with the April Cumulative Update. Resources SQL Server 2014 Home [http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/products/sql-server/] What’s new in SQL Server 2014 [http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb500435(v=sql.120).aspx] Comments: March 2020 CU for SharePoint 2013 product family is available for download – Stefan Goßner - Mar 2, 2020

Quick Starting Demos with Windows PowerShell

Preparing virtual machines for demonstrations can be a tedious process, compounding this is when virtual machines need to be started or shut down in a specific order. For example, starting database servers prior to starting web servers, or starting the preferred active node before the passive node. Starting those machines; however, is only a portion of the process, in most cases you will want them to be “available” before starting a subsequent machine.

Announcing the SharePoint Diagnostic Studio

One of the most challenging aspects of maintaining a SharePoint deployment is understanding why certain events have transpired in the environment, often IT Professionals and Developers only have access to when an event occurred and are tasked with parsing Performance Counters, Event and Diagnostic logs, or executing Transact-SQL statements against the Usage database to put the what and why to the when. These tasks are typically accomplished through an array of tools such as Excel, Log Parser, SQL Server Management Studio…read more on the SharePoint Team Blog.

Categorized Index of SharePoint 2010 Whitepapers

Content Getting Started Planning Upgrade Security Governance Deployment Social Business Intelligence Web Content Management Search Other Technologies Composites Performance and Capacity Planning Additional Resources Getting Started Getting Started with Enterprise Search in SharePoint 2010 Products http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff631149.aspx Planning Evaluation Guide for SharePoint Server 2010 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262881.aspx SharePoint Server 2010 Usage Best Practices http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=5c562f71-3aa9-46fd-abac-7d381813f2b8 Sharepoint Server 2010 Adoption Best Practices http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=94ee6518-75f7-47be-b4c1-0d6ec1248486 SharePoint Server 2010 Enterprise Search Evaluation Guide http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff631150.aspx Best Practices for using Fine-Grained Permissions

Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition and SharePoint Server 2010 Better Together Whitepaper

A recently published whitepaper is now available on TechNet that describes the benefits of deploying Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 on Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition and scenarios in which its features can be applied. Excerpt Microsoft® SharePoint® Server 2010 is the business collaboration platform for the enterprise and the Internet. SharePoint Server 2010 has become a business-critical application and an integral part of business processes. To help IT infrastructures to remain flexible and scalable to help support, manage, and secure expanded functionality, an influx of additional users and locations, and increasingly robust applications such as SharePoint Server 2010, we recommend that you choose the Windows Server® 2008 R2 Enterprise operating system during initial deployment.

Gradual Site Delete in SharePoint 2010

Overlooked often in SharePoint 2010 is the new Gradual Site Delete capability which was designed to mitigate unplanned site collection outages that occurred as the result of lock escalation in Windows SharePoint Server 3.0 and Office SharePoint Server 2007 when a large site collection was requested for deletion. Before we describe Gradual Site Delete, we should understand the problem space from previous versions of the product. In Windows SharePoint Services 3.

Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administration Toolkit v1.0 Released

We’ve recently released the first administration toolkit for SharePoint Foundation and SharePoint Server 2010. The toolkit includes a new User Profile Replication Engine, a new Security Configuration Manifest, a new Content Management Interoperability Services (CMIS) Connector, and the Load Testing Kit (LTK). User Profile Replication Engine The User Profile Replication Engine was first introduced as a standalone application in later adminisration toolkits for Office SharePoint Server 2007 to replicate profiles between Shared Services Providers (SSP).

Configuring Kerberos Authentication for Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products

We’ve recently published a new whitepaper that describes the core concepts of identity in SharePoint 2010 and Kerberos’ role in authentication and delegation. The whitepaper is divided into nine (9) core scenarios: Scenario 1: Core Configuration Scenario 2: Kerberos Authentication for SQL OLTP Scenario 3: Identity Delegation for SQL Analysis Services Scenario 4: Identity Delegation for SQL Reporting Services Scenario 5: Identity Delegation for Excel Services Scenario 6: Identity Delegation for Power Pivot for SharePoint

Social Computing and Collaboration Resources

Today we released a new whitepaper that provides prescriptive guidance about profile synchronization and My Site planning and administrative tasks for SharePoint Server 2010 that combines real world scenarios and step by step instructions with accompanying screenshots to help IT Professionals and Developers successfully understand, deploy, provision, and manage the services, components, and features that support and enable user profiles, synchronization, My Site Web sites, and more. Excerpt When designing a solution for business collaboration and social computing, it is important to think about a ‘social identity’ that represents each user in the organization.

SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition and SharePoint Server 2010 Better Together Whitepaper

A recently published whitepaper is now available on TechNet that describes the benefits of deploying Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 on Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition and scenarios in which its features can be applied. Excerpt The adoption of Microsoft® SharePoint® Server 2010 can grow exponentially across an organization quickly gaining momentum and taking root as a critical part of an organization’s ecosystem. To help protect data, ensure availability, and keep costs down, we recommend that customers choose Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition during initial deployment.

New Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 IT Professional Curriculum

Looking for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 IT Professional curriculum? Microsoft Learning has recently released a new First Look Clinic and Hands on Lab that provides training explaining both new and improved features in addition to deployment, management, and overall administration guidance for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. In addition to deployment and operations you will also learn how to integrate Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 with line of business applications using BCS and troubleshoot common platform issues.

Upgrading from Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 or SharePoint Portal Server 2003 to Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 or Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010

We’ve published a new post on the SharePoint Team Blog that details the process, procedures, and options for upgrading from Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 and SharePoint Portal Server 2003 to Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 or Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 - read more here…

December 2009 Cumulative Update Packages for SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

December 2009 Cumulative Updates are available for download for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. For additional download information and detailed descriptions of the December 2009 Cumulative Update visit the Updates Resource Center for SharePoint Products and Technologies at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/office/sharepointserver/bb735839.aspx. Additional Resources Update Center for Microsoft Office, Office Servers, and Related Products

Site Recycle Bin (Microsoft IT Site Delete Capture) for Microsoft SharePoint Foundation and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Will the Microsoft IT Site Delete Capture available at www.codeplex.com/governance work with SharePoint 2010? Answer: Yes. Question: In Microsoft SharePoint Foundation and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 there is a Timer Job Definition called Gradual Site Delete, will the Microsoft IT Site Delete Capture work when this Timer Job Definition is enabled and what is this Timer Job Definition? Answer: Yes, the Microsoft IT Site Delete Capture will work with the Gradual Site Delete Timer Job Definition.

Running the Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products Preparation Tool with Local Paths on Machines without Internet Connectivity

One of the questions I’ve received on a few occasions to date is how to run the Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products Preparation Tool on a machine that does not have a connection to the Internet. There are two possible methods to working around this scenario: Manually download on another machine and then install the prerequisite software and configure the Server Roles, Role Services, and Features accordingly. See the following posts that describe the prerequisite software and accompanying download locations in addition to configuring the required Server Roles, Role Services, and Features for Microsoft SharePoint Foundation and Server 2010.

Configuring the Web and Application Server Roles for Microsoft SharePoint Server and Foundation 2010 [UPDATED]

I’ve had a couple of questions on configuring the Web and Application server roles on Windows Server 2008 to support Microsoft SharePoint Server and Foundation 2010. This post will describe the minimal prerequisite configuration to support Microsoft SharePoint Server and Foundation 2010 on Windows Server 2008. NOTE PrerequisiteInstaller.exe can be used to programmatically configure Web and application servers and install the required prerequisite software. See also http://blogs.technet.com/wbaer/archive/2009/11/18/installation-notes-for-microsoft-sharepoint-server-and-microsoft-sharepoint-foundation-2010-beta.aspx. Required Roles Application Server Web Server Role Services

Step-by-Step: Provisioning the Search Service Application

Contents Provisioning the Search Service Application Moving Query Components Creating Mirror Query Components Creating Query Components Creating Crawl Components Creating Crawl Databases Creating Property Databases Provisioning the Search Service Application Open SharePoint 2010 Central Administration. Select Managed service applications under Application Management. Select New | Search Service Application on the ribbon user interface.

On the Create Search Service Application dialog specify the name for the new Search Service Application or accept the default name, usually Search Service Application 1.

Step-by-Step: Provisioning the Web Analytics Service Application on Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Beta

Prerequisites Usage and Health Data Collection and the Session State Service Application have been provisioned on the farm. Provisioning the Web Analytics Service Application Open SharePoint 2010 Central Administration. Select Manage service applications under Application Management. Select New | Web Analytics Service Application on the ribbon user interface.

On the Create Web Analytics Service Application dialog specify the name for the new Web Analytics Service Application or accept the default name, usually Web Analytics Service Application 1.

Installation notice for the SharePoint Server Public Beta on Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and Microsoft Windows 7

If you will be installing the SharePoint Server Public Beta on Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 or Microsoft Windows 7 you will need to download and install an update from http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/Downloads/DownloadDetails.aspx?DownloadID=23806 to resolve an issue that occurs in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 when provisioning Service Applications or when accessing pages that make service calls. These operations will result in an error “System.Configuration.ConfigurationErrorsException: Unrecognized attribute ‘allowInsecureTransport’. Note that attribute names are case-sensitive.

New Update Center for Microsoft Office, Office Servers, and Related Products

We launched a new update center for Microsoft Office, Office Servers, and related products today. The Update Center for Microsoft Office, Office Servers, and Related Products provides information about current and past updates for Office, Forms Server, Groove Server, PerformancePoint Server, Project Portfolio Server, Project Server, Search Server, SharePoint Server, and Windows SharePoint Services. You can additionally subscribe to the RSS feed to receive important news about new and existing updates as they become available.

Upgrade Support for Prerelease Versions to Release Versions of Microsoft SharePoint Server and Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010

I’ve been receiving this question frequently this week so I’m sure others are asking as well: Question Can I upgrade prerelease versions of Microsoft SharePoint Server or Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 to the release version when it becomes available? Answer No, the prerelease (beta) versions of Microsoft SharePoint Server and Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 are for evaluation purposes only and upgrade to the release version of these products when they become available is not supported.

SharePoint Products TechCenter for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010

The SharePoint Products TechCenter on TechNet has been updated to include documentation and resources specific to Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010. The SharePoint Products TechCenter beta resources include categorized documentation and guidance on planning, deploying, and operating Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and product evaluation guides in addition both to resource centers and technical references specifically designed to provide both general product and feature overviews, guidance on managing privacy, permissions, read-only sites and more.

Intermittent Database Server Connectivity and Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies

Intermittent connectivity to a database server hosting Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies databases can occur for a number of reasons. In some cases it may be related to a simple database connection timeout configuration setting in Windows SharePoint Services or in other cases it may be one or more operating system and/or hardware configurations. In this post we’ll examine several options and configuration settings that can be adjusted to help isolate or mitigate such occurrences.

Just Published - Configure a Server Farm for Minimal Downtime During Software Updates

New documentation was recently published which provides guidance and examples on how to configure your server farms for minimal downtime during software updates http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee514459.aspx.

Microsoft SharePoint Administration Toolkit

The 4th release of the Microsoft SharePoint Administration Toolkit is now available for download and includes improvements in the SharePoint Diagnostics Tool (SPDiag), a new Permissions Reporting Tool, a new bulk Quota processing tool, in addition to the Security Configuration Wizard Manifests. The Microsoft SharePoint Administration Toolkit is an excellent suite of utilites aimed at the system administrator to assist in both isolating issues, understanding the overall environment they support, and making common administrative tasks more efficient and reliable.

SharePoint Manageability Toolkit Updated

I received word over the weekend Solution Accelerators have updated the SharePoint Manageability Toolkit. See below for a complete list of updates: Linked Reports are added specific to the MOSS and WSS Management Pack. They consists of performance reports, alerts reports, event analysis reports, Most common alerts and Most common Events reports with respect to the target objects of our Mp such as MOSS computer Group, WSS Computer Group, MOSS computer role/ Moss Server and WSS computer Role/ WSS server.

IT Pro Resources for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0

Technical Library Product Overview Discover what’s new in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and locate product information. Help & How-to Get help and answers to frequently asked questions and common scenarios. Planning & Architecture Get planning and architecture information for implementing Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 in your own environment. Development Find SDK’s, screencasts, and blogs. Deployment & Upgrade Guides Find installation and configuration resources to include recommended topologies and scenarios.

IT Pro Resources for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007

Technical Library Product Overview Discover what’s new in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and locate product information. Help & How-to Get help and answers to frequently asked questions and common scenarios. Resource Kit Resource kit for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Supplemental Documentation Download supplementation documentation for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Planning & Architecture Get planning and architecture information for implementing Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 in your own environment.
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