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UK Access User Group – Access Services in SharePoint 2010

Posted by workerthread on November 23, 2009

On Thursday 26th November Alan Cossey and I will be doing a joint presentation at the UK Access User Group National Seminar demonstrating the new features in Access 2010 (Alan) and Access Services in SharePoint 2010 (me). 

I have to say there’s some really clever technology  at work here and if you are working with Access now and maybe already hooking up SharePoint lists to Access 2007 then the new features in Access 2010/SharePoint 2010 are worth a look.  One thing you will notice very early on – Access macros have a new lease of life!

Booking info can be seen here and you can download the full agenda details here.

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Planning for SharePoint 2010

Posted by workerthread on May 13, 2009

So, lots of discussion in the SharePoint community following this post from the Microsoft SharePoint Team on preliminary system requirements for SharePoint Server 2010.

We’ve known for quite a while now that the next release of SharePoint will be 64-bit only.  The new and interesting information is:

It will require 64-bit Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2.  In other words, you won’t be able to use Windows Server 2003, even if it is a 64-bit version.

It will also require 64-bit SQL Server, either 2008 or 2005.  In fact Microsoft best practice suggests that in a SharePoint farm, the SQL Server boxes should be the first candidate for 64-bit technology anyway, but this certainly gives you more reason to go 64-bit.

Now it’s worth bearing in mind we are talking about a product version which isn’t even in a full beta yet, so it’s going to be a while before real deployments (probably second half of 2010 for those pioneers who aren’t afraid of arrows).  But the points covered in the post should certainly be taken into consideration, particularly if you are in the planning stage and looking at hardware and software selection.  Also Microsoft are promising a much easier upgrade path this time, which is why they’ve put the Upgrade Checker into Service Pack 2.

If you are investigating 64-bit now, I would recommend taking a look at the Combined Knowledge whitepaper on how to move MOSS2007 from 32-bit to 64-bit which you can download from here (lots of other good downloads there as well). 

You might also be interested in best practices for using virtualisation technologies in a SharePoint farm.  If so, let me point you to the set of Best Practice for Virtualizing SharePoint articles from Brian Wilson of the Microsoft UK SharePoint team.

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Twitter Swine Flu Humour from XKCD

Posted by workerthread on May 4, 2009

I felt I had to share this Twitter/Swine Flu cartoon from the wonderful XKCD


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