Archives for Business Productivity

An example of SharePoint responsive design

We recently went live with a responsive retrofit of a complex SharePoint site: the website of Tennant Company. Their site looks like this at desktop resolution (click the image for a larger view): It looks like this on a small screen: You can see the responsive styles in action by resizing the site in your desktop browser: As the browser window shrinks, the page changes. The conversion used a bunch of techniques I’ve discussed before. For instance, their service-plan grid uses faux tables in place of real tables. On their product category pages, category tiles collapse down to just their
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SharePoint 2013 now available to the public

For those of you that might be living under a rock for the past 6 months, the rumors are finally true, SharePoint 2013 is finally available to the public and we can let you in on some of the changes to the platform that you will be seeing as you try to navigate this beast of a product.  First off, you can download the public beta here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/evalcenter/hh973397.aspx?wt.mc_id=TEC_121_1_4 Since there are going to be so many things to talk about with this product, we can’t just mention them all right here right now, however these are our top 5 things
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Content Query Web Part 2010 with Custom Style and Slots

Last week I co-presented at the May 2012 MNSPUG (#MNSPUG or @MNSPUG). The topic was about MOSS 2007 and SharePoint 2010 Web Parts. One of my areas of focus was the Content Query Web Part. Because we had so much to cover, I didn’t get to dive as deep into this topic as I had hoped, so I decided to write series of blog posts on the CQWP in SharePoint 2010. For this first post, I’m going to show you some of the power of the CQWP by creating a custom Style and adding “slots” based on properties. This isn’t
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SharePoint 2010 Newsfeed Security Trimming

When Service Pack 1 was released for SharePoint 2010, a new set of features was introduced in the User Profile Service Application, however over the past few weeks I have encountered an unexpected result as part of the new security trimming option.  New after SP is a set of options to specify if you want links in the activity feeds, ratings and social tags and notes to be trimmed based on who has security to those items.  You can find a ton of detail on setting up My Sites here. The default setting for the security trimming is to check
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SharePoint People Picker Hidden Fact

Over the past few years we have seen greater traction in the Extranet game for SharePoint.  With extranets there are greater security implications that come to mind, but one that seems to come up more than most is authentication.  For those that are debating on having your SharePoint extranet environment live in a DMZ domain that trusts your internal corporate domain, but your corporate domain doesn’t trust the DMZ domain (otherwise known as a one-way trust, and the way you should do it if you are having multiple AD domains involved) you will learn to have a love/hate relationship with
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Changing the SharePoint Game with PowerShell Scripts

As administrators of SharePoint 2010, the introduction of PowerShell was really a game changer for repeatable processes that need to do done in order to make the system healthy and useful.  In SharePoint 2007, we could utilize PowerShell, but all the time we needed to load the DLL using the System.Reflection namespace like this: [System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName(“Microsoft.SharePoint”) With the introduction of the SharePoint Management Shell in SharePoint 2010, however things get a little more interesting when wanting to run a scheduled task as the way that the PowerShell snap-in is loaded for this management shell.  In order to setup a scheduled task
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