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Bill Baer (ˈbɛər)

Bill Baer (ˈbɛər)

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

The SharePoint Journey

Microsoft Ignite will open the window to our vision, strategy, and future for SharePoint and provide a first look at most recent developments with SharePoint Server 2016. From the business value for organizations looking to modernize their workplace and infrastructure to the technical value it will deliver to IT Professionals and Developers as well as new hybrid investments for those customers looking to enrich their existing investments with cloud innovation. With Microsoft Ignite just around the corner, it’s time to look back and provide a little historical SharePoint information.

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Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Project Server 2007 Virtual Migration Environment Released

We just posted a new Virtual Migration Environment for SharePoint Portal Server 2003 or Project Server 2003 customers looking to migrate/upgrade to Office SharePoint Server 2007 or Project Server 2007. Overview The Virtual Migration Environment is a set of two virtual disks that provide Office Project Server 2007 and Office SharePoint Server 2007 environments, sample content, and scripts design to assist customers with upgrade and migration from Office Project Server 2003 and Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 to Project Server 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010.

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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 Additional Resources Update Center for Microsoft Office, Office Servers, and Related Products

Conference season is upon us...

Conference season is upon us and it’s gearing up to be a great way to close out the year - join me at the 2009 Microsoft SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center October 19th through October 22nd, 2009 or for those locally and can’t make the conference join me at the 2009 Pass Community Summit with Burzin Patel November 2nd through November 5th, 2009 at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle.

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Windows Rights Management Services, Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies, and Forest Boundaries

I recently was asked about the possibility of implementing Windows Rights Management Services with Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 in a resource forest, or otherwise, the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 deployment was in a forest other than that where the users reside (login forest). In this particular scenario, a one-way non-transitive trust was implemented, which provided an isolation boundary between the resource and login forest. Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 is generally supportive of the resource forest concept (see posts tagged Cross-Forest Hosting) however, with the Windows Rights Management Services (RMS) cluster in a forest other than that of the resource forest, problems will surface in that SharePoint will need to obtain a RMS user certificate / RAC (from the /_wmcs/certification pipeline) that is trusted by the RMS Licensing pipeline(s) configured in SharePoint 3.

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Best Practice Resource Center is now live...

[To avoid common pitfalls and keep your Office SharePoint Server 2007 environment available and performing well, follow these best practices based on real-world experience from Microsoft Consulting Services and the product team.]

Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Infrastructure Update Released!

The Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Infrastructure Update has been officially released. The update includes both improvements in core functional scenarios such as Office SharePoint Server Search with the introduction of S2 in addition to management enhancements resolving core customer issues such as scalability and performance improvements to support search incremental crawl (WSS), patch and upgrade of WSS server farms where a large number of host header-based site collections are implemented, support for Kerberos authentication to access SSP Web services, and more…

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SELECT FullUrl [Please Don't] from dbo.Webs

I was just browsing Mike Fitzmaurice’s blog and I’m glad to see he continues to dissuade direct database access with Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies. All too often I’ve seen what was conceptually a good idea, result in performance, scalability, and manageability problems long term. While initially an otherwise simple SELECT statement, yes, even read, may be perceived as non-intrusive, problems later down the road may be compounded by what was offered as a “simple means” to getting a particular task accomplished.

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Announcing the SharePoint Administration Toolkit

The Microsoft SharePoint Administration Toolkit contains functionality to help administrateer (good catch A Mondale) and manage Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services version 3.0. This toolkit contains two new functions - the ability to perform bulk operations on site collections and a Stsadm operation to update alert emails after a Web application has changed URLs.  Download x86 | x64

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