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Using Multiple Displays and Projectors with Windows 8 and Lenovo W520 (nVidia Optimus)

When Lenovo started shipping hybrid graphics in their W500-series workstations, it was a great improvement for road warriors who need both full-power graphics when connected to a power source and long battery life on the go. This is achieved by the presence of two video cards – an integrated Intel chip side-by-side with an nVidia […]

Using PowerShell to Approve List Items

During the long and painful process of transferring this blog from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2010, I came across a couple of annoying problems.  Fortunately, the most annoying problem was quite easy to solve. When I copied the old list items over, they showed up in the new list with an approval status of "Pending", preventing them […]

Dancing the Netbook Boogie

I have spent a great deal of time (and even greater amounts of money) getting my fancy new Macbook Pro kitted out to be a virtual machine hosting speed demon. With a 2.6Ghz dual-core processor, 8GB of RAM and a blazingly-fast Samsung 256GB SSD inside, this thing is truly a bit-crunching monster. I was extremely […]

DAS vs. SAN in Enterprise SharePoint Architecture

For those who attended my webcast earlier this week, a question came up regarding the performance of Directly Attached Storage (DAS) versus Storage Area Network (SAN) that I felt was not answered adequately. Specifically, the attendee was curious as to why I would recommend DAS over SAN in a highly-scalable environment. The answer isn’t as […]

Debunking SharePoint Performance Myths

SharePoint is a big, complex, enterprise platform with lots of moving parts. There are multiple levels of dependencies, from the operating system to the physical network configuration, and everything has to work in harmony for SharePoint to operate at maximum efficiency. Because of all this complexity, and the dearth of authoritative information on the subject, […]

TechEd North America 2009

Yes, it’s that time again – time to start planning for TechEd 2009. This year marks a return to the consolidated one-week format from the much derided and generally loathed split two-week format of last year. It will also be moving from Orlando to Los Angeles – a welcome change of scenery, if nothing else. […]

How to Hang a SharePoint Backup Job Without a Rope

Here’s a scenario that many seasoned consultants will be familiar with. A customer has a major problem – usually self-induced – that they have been trying to solve themselves for some period of time or hired some junior consultant to elevate from a minor annoyance to a complete catastrophe. So they call me in a […]

A Personal Note Regarding the SharePoint Best Practices Conference in San Diego

As most of you know, I was scheduled to speak at the SharePoint Best Practices conference in San Diego next week. Alas, it was not meant to be. My wife is eight months pregnant and has been having a rough time of it. Odds are that we’ll be welcoming a new baby girl sometime while […]

Driving SharePoint Adoption in the Enterprise

Reading over Alex Pearce’s post regarding the BETT ’09 conference in London this week reminded me of something that’s been on my mind for a while. One of the most common complaints that I hear after an organization has adopted SharePoint is "We built it but nobody is using it". This can be a big […]

Another Year, Another Reason to Hate Technical Recruiters

Here it is, almost 2009 and I’ve gone nearly the whole year without ranting about recruiters but I just can’t take it any more. Way back in 2006 I penned an Open Letter to SharePoint Recruiters, begging them to stop trying to combine a developer and architect into a single position. A bit later, my […]