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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.


SharePoint Products and Technologies Protocol Documentation

The SharePoint Products and Technologies Protocol Documentation has been recently published to MSND which includes technical specifications for Microsoft proprietary protocols that are implemented in SharePoint Products and Technologies. Read more…


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Service Pack 1 for SharePoint Products and Technologies

I’ve spent the past several days in Portland, Oregon speaking at a SharePoint Products and Technologies governance event and completely neglected to post any information on the now released Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Service Pack 1. For more information visit: http://blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint/archive/2007/12/11/announcing-the-release-of-wss-3-0-sp1-and-office-sharepoint-server-2007-sp1.aspx.


Slipstream, not a phenomenon in Physics

Slipstream is a common term used at Microsoft to define the merging of patches or updates into the original installation sources of a program. What are the benefits of slipstreaming…. Creating a slipstream image reduces the operational overhead required to introduce a specific build of software to include Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and/or Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 into an environment. For example, if an organization has standardized on a specific set of updates and/or patches that will be applied in a given configuration, these updates and/or patches can be included in the original installation sources and subsequently installed with the source application.

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Understanding Hierarchy and Basic Concepts of Navigation in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007/Windows SharePoint Services

Web applications are the foundation of a SharePoint Products and Technologies server farm and host the root site collection, root and subordinate webs. SharePoint Portal Server 2003 and Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 used the term Virtual Server to designate a Web application also known as a Web site in Internet Information Services. A root site [collection] is the term commonly applied to the what is the uppermost site collection within a server farm or otherwise referred to as the top-level site collection or alternatively portal site collection.

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Productivity on the go...

Of the many benefits of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0/Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, often overlooked is the native support of mobile devices through embedded mobile site URLs and mobile views. Mobile views permit both viewing and updating Lists and Document Libraries from a mobile device. When considering leveraging mobile views, you should carefully consider the restrictions on length and size of some parts of a list or library. Limitations Rendering and performance are considered in mobile views, therefore it is important to understand the limitations imposed by these considerations when implementing Lists and/or Document Libraries, for instance many common fields should have a character limitation of no greater than 20 applied, these include List and Document Library titles and names, and List and column name titles.

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Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Receives U.S. Department of Defense 5015.2 Certification

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 has received U.S. Department of Defense 5015.2 certification. The 5015.2 standard on which the Department of Defense certification is based serves as the benchmark for government and corporate organizations that manage records and documents and is endorsed by the National Archives and Records Administration. Read the entire article here.


Co-hosting Collaboration and Personal Site Collections within an Individual Web Application

One of the most common questions I receive is how to co-host traditional “team” and personal Site Collections (My Sites) within an individual Web Application in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. While possible, there are several important steps that you should be aware of. The public profile page is a document specific to the SPSMSITEHOST site template (My Site Host); unless a My Site Host is defined in the server farm, public profile pages will not be available to users.

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Securing SharePoint Products and Technologies for the Extranet

When preparing to deploy an Internet accessible Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 web farm security is the forefront of discussion and planning. To provide a brief insight into securing SharePoint Products and Technologies, I’ve decided to finally consolidate, compile and make available some of my notes. Hopefully this will be of benefit in helping others understand the method by which SharePoint Products and Technologies communicate and a high-level security overview. Internet Information Services (IIS) is the obvious first candidate for preparation and discussion –we’ve concluded IIS will be configured to use both basic and Integrated Windows authentication methods, basic allows credentials to be transmitted unencrypted and secured by SSL.

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Site Collection and subsite Backup, Restore, and Migration

I received an inquiry this week asking how to migrate an existing Site Collection as a subsite of a new parent Site Collection without having the availability of SMIGRATE in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007/Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. The answer are new STSADM parameters, import and export, which has been made available in STSADM. The import/export feature is based on the new Content Migration APIs; Recycle Bin state and alerts are not included in STSADM -o export - the requirement that the new Site Collection or subsite exists, remains as with previous versions of STSADM when using the restore parameters.

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