Month: October 2012

Team Foundation Server 2012–Out of Preview

Earlier this morning at the Build conference in Redmond it was announced that Team Foundation Service is now out of Preview! The new URL for the service is http://tfs.visualstudio.com. You can read about the changes here: http://tfs.visualstudio.com/en-us/pricing/information/ With this change, accounts are now accessible at http://<youraccountname>.visualstudio.com. The old tfspreview.com domain will continue to work for the foreseeable future, but you should plan on starting to use the new URL. One difference is that you’ll need to type the full URL (i.e.: https://iedaddy.visualstudio.com) of your account into the Add Team Foundation Server dialog in Visual Studio. Notice that you need to use https:// as well. Rumor has it that this will not be needed after the first Visual Studio update, but for now you get to access it via SSL. There are quite a few awesome little goodies that are included with the hosted version of TFS.  And if you happen to have an MSDN subscription then just sign up for the Free Plan today and you can use the service for free. When Microsoft begins charging in 2013, access to the service will be offered as a benefit—at no additional charge—for paid MSDN subscribers at these levels: Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN Visual Studio Premium with MSDN Visual Studio Test Professional with MSDN The free plan includes these features: Up to 5 users Unlimited number of projects Version control...

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SharePoint 2013–Free Deployment Guide for SharePoint 2013 eBook

Microsoft released a free 510 page e-book about SharePoint 2013 Preview. Recently , Microsoft announced that SharePoint went officially RTM, but I believe most of the contents of this book will also apply to the RTM version.  This book provides deployment instructions for SharePoint 2013. The audiences for this book include application specialists, line-of-business application specialists, and IT administrators who are ready to deploy SharePoint 2013 This book covers everything that an IT pro needs to know about SharePoint 2013. It starts with how to design your farm, and how to install the servers and prerequisites all the way...

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SharePoint 2013–Finally Goes RTM

SharePoint 2013 final build has finally been finished! Microsoft announced it on their blog here Here is the exact blog post : Today we reached an important milestone in the development of the new Office. Moments ago, the Office engineering team signed off on the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) build. This milestone means the coding and testing phase of the project is complete and we are now focused on releasing the new Office via multiple distribution channels to our consumer and business customers. This is the most ambitious release of Office we’ve ever done. It spans the full family of Office applications, servers and cloud services. The new Office has a fresh, touch friendly design that works beautifully on Windows 8 and unlocks modern scenarios in social, reading, note-taking, meetings and communications. We are proud to achieve this milestone and are eager to deliver this exciting release to our customers. General availability is planned for the first quarter of 2013. Starting October 19, customers purchasing Office 2010 from local retailers or resellers will receive the new Office for free upon availability. Customers will also see a preview version of the new Office on Windows RT devices, beginning with the Windows 8 launch on October 26. Additionally, we have a number of programs that provide business customers with early access so they can begin testing, piloting and adopting Office within...

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SharePoint 2010–Search Core Results Append Text To Query Causes Best Bets Not To Display

Had an interesting issue where my Best Bets web part stopped displaying the keywords when I added the IsDocument:true filter to the “Append Text To Query” box.  It turns out that on the backend the value in the box was being passed to the query engine along with the query value, so for instance “Minutes” (Which matches a keyword) became “Minutes IsDocument:true” (which is not). After a bit of digging I came up with and interesting scenario – Since the first core results was causing the issue, what if I removed the filter condition from it (so it now triggered the best bets) and added a second core results with the filter I wanted?  Displaying both on the page for comparison I noticed the first unfiltered one triggered the best bets, and the second core result showed the filtered results that I wanted. The solution was: 1. remove the IsDocument:true from the first (default) Search Core Results "Append Text to Query" box 2. Add a second Search Core Results to the results page, add IsDocument:true to the second core results web part and position it in the spot right above the original core results web part. 3. Hide the first core results web part (hidden checkbox under the layouts area) So now I have best bets triggering off of the first result set and being displayed in the best...

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Windows 7 Sp1–Installing Updates

Yesterday my computer BSOD’d on me, so rather than deal with the issues I just reformatted my SSD that runs my system (C:) and did a fresh install of Windows 7 SP1.  After getting everything configured, installing Office 2010 and Visual Studio 2010 along with a couple of tools I ran Windows Update…. only 172...

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SharePoint 2013 – Certifications & Training Material

The SharePoint 2013 preview has been out for a couple of weeks and Microsoft recently announced two of their certifications for the new version of SharePoint.  Much like with 2010 I expect that they will have two tracks, one for the IT Pro for configuration and administration, and another track for the Developer.  However, the following are mostly geared for the IT Pro and deal with farm configuration, security and information architecture. Exam 70-331: Core Solutions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Design a SharePoint Topology Plan Security Install and Configure SharePoint Farms Create and Configure Web Applications and Site...

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