MVP predictions for SharePoint in 2011


In the recent article of Dan Holme, I found a very interesting selection of various MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals) predictions for SharePoint in 2011. Here are the ones I selected:

  •  “Choosing a partner that understands how to properly architect cloud based SharePoint applications will make all the difference when it comes to properly securing data while also creating extensible and supportable systems.”  Todd Baginski
  • “As everyone starts to do their 2010 migrations with their freshly minted 2011 budgets demand for the best talent will be tight. “ Rob Bogue
  • “It’s also good that the training resources are better than they’ve ever been so it will be easier to educate internal staff – if you remembered that budget line. “ Rob Bogue
  • “2011 is going to be the year we point to for when SharePoint in the cloud really got its start. Office 365 (currently in beta) is amazing and it is going to spread like wildfire in 2011. “ David Mann
  • “I predict that companies will begin to take stock of their software expenses and decide to start their migrations based on business value and not on “new and shiny” like they did for the 2003 to 2007 upgrade. I predict that one driving factor in these decisions will be a focus on search (or, more correctly, findability).” Matt McDermott
  • “Companies will quickly realize that SharePoint is at the heart of all things Microsoft these days and SharePoint 2010 adoption will take off! Therefore, there will be a great need for SharePoint training and consulting.” Asif Rehmani
  • “2011 is the year we see Office365.” Darrin Bishop

But I strongly invite you to read the whole article (7-8 minutes reading):


Managed Accounts vs unmanaged accounts in SharePoint 2010


A Managed Account is effectively an Active Directory user account whose credentials are managed by and contained within SharePoint. This scenario is what enables farm administrators to join machines to the farm without specifying the credentials as had to be done in previous versions of the product:

Attention: Some SharePoint 2010 services will break, because they are default configured with managed accounts (search, usersync). SharePoint 2010 default behavior cross-pollinates unfortunately managed accounts (Search Service app) with unmanaged accounts (default cralwer).

Feedback from SharePoint Connections 2010


After participating to SharePoint Connections 2010, Den Haag, 28-29 September 2010 and to the Pre conference session on Business Connectivity Services I’ve finally succeeded in puting order to my notes and post them all here on my blog. Over all it was a very interesting event focused on SharePoint 2010 features but with comparative insights to SharePoint 2007. We had a bunch of top speakers mostly from US as well as many Microsoft partners presenting really interesting tools for SharePoint 2010 and MOSS 2007. Check it out below. Slides of the session will be availble soon on the Conference web site.

Sessions plan and schedule:

Sessions slides as uploaded by speakers:

My notes for the sessions I followed:

Tools from partners present at the SharePoint Connections 2010 in Den Haag

Information Architecture and the Managed Metadata Service: A to Z (MIT13) – my notes

Developing Windows Phone 7 Applications for SharePoint 2010 (MDV08)- mynotes

Incorporating Managed Metadata in Custom Solutions (MDV11) – my notes

Architecting and Managing Virtual- ized SharePoint 2010 Farms (MIT09) – my notes

Creating Content-Centric Sites with SharePoint 2010 Web Content Management (MNC04) – my notes

Windows PowerShell Crash Course for SharePoint Administrators (MIT07) – my notes

Creating Search-Based Solutions with SharePoint 2010 (MDV03) – my notes

Creating a Rich Business Application with the Managed Client Object Models in SharePoint 2010 (MDV01) – my notes

SharePoint & the Cloud: Pushing the Boundaries (KEYNOTE) – my notes

Business Connectivity Services Deep Dive (MDVWRK1) – my notes (1 full day Pre Conference Session)

Tools from partners present at the SharePoint Connections 2010 in Den Haag


SharePoint Connections 2010, Den Haag, 28-29 September 2010

Interesting and useful tooling I found from partners present at this conference:

  • HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff ( ) helps you automate the process of compliance testing and guarantees you that your content is following well established policies. It covers 5 important areas:
    •  Invasion of privacy – ensures that corporate sensitive information or personal data like passwords, credit cards, health records, etc are not published to sites, documents or email.  Checks various privacy protection acts and decisions (EU directives & US acts on privacy, health & children privacy acts like COPPA & GLBA, etc)
    • Accesibility compliance – WCAG (1.0 & 2.0), Common look & feel (CLF), XML accessibility Guidelines (XAG)
    • Social networking content policy enforcement (e.g. inappropriate language).
    • Brand Integrity & Site Quality (e.g. multiple logos & formats, etc)
    • Operational Security Breach (compliance with OPSEC guidelines)
  • Aptimize (; )  is an ISAPI filter  which speeds up the display of web pages in the client browser by collecting and shrinking into a single file all the dependent resources needed by the display of that page. (css, images, javascripts, etc). It also provides different options of dynamic or progressive display of your web page. The editors (AP) also provide users with a very useful free performance analysis tool. When run against one website page, it displays processing time as well as the sequence of all components called by that page and in parallel it simulates the behavior of that page in case Aptimize would be used to render that page..
  • Powershell references and scripts:
  • SharePoint Performance Manager from Idera (– allows you analyze and manage performance issues across multiple SharePoint farms from infrastructure level and up to the page display time.  Idera provides also a very nice free tool called SharePoint Performance Monitor allowing you to identify possible performance bottlenecks in your SharePoint sites (check more on the web)
  • Powershell tooling & resources:
  • Business connectivity services (BCS) tooling:
  • Windows Phone tooling:
  • Mindjet MindMap 9.0 with SharePoint add-in: gives you the ability to visualize content from Sharepoint in a Mind Manager map. (
  • Keep alive job utility from Andrew Connell ( AC’s SharePoint 2010 Site Collection Keep Alive Job Utility (v1.1 – Updated June 7, 2010) for site warm-up : to be used before demos and presentations or for testing purposes.
  • MAPILab – Reporting tool for SharePoint and Exchange :

Developing Windows Phone 7 Applications for SharePoint 2010 (MDV08)- mynotes


SharePoint Connections 2010, Den Haag, 29 September 2010

Session: MDV08: Developing Windows Phone 7 Applications for SharePoint 2010 (MDV08)

Speaker: PAUL STUBBS (

  • Globally Web parts are not rendered but only content is rendered on the mobile from a SharePoint site.
  • If you wish to render web parts content, use Mobile web part adapters:
    • Renders alternate view
    • Lookup in browser.compat config file
    • Supported in SharePoint Foundation
    • Use Microsoft.SharePoin.WebpartPages.MobileAdapter
    • Override CreateControlForDetailView()
  • Applications supported on Windows Phone:
    • Silverlight (business applications)
      • Modern XAML/event driven application UI framework
    • XNA (games)
  • Capabilities of the Phone (features writable against SharePoin)
    • Input
      • Touch
      • Hardware buttons
    • Media
      • Digital media capture&playback
      • Media Library access
    • Data
      • Isolated Storage
      • LINQ
    • .NET
      • Superset of Silverlight 3.0
      • WCF (SOAP and REST services)
    • Phone Access
      • Integrated access to phone UI
      • Sensors, camera, microphone
      • Picker for contact and photos
    • Integrated with could Services
      • App deployment & updates
      • Notifications (very important for mobile services)
      • Location
      • XBOX live
  • Authentication to SharePoint is an issue for development on mobile phones
    • The phone DOES NOT SUPPORT windows authentication yet but only Forms based authentication
    • Forms based authentication
      • Supported very easily through claims provider in SharePoint 2010
      • Provider neutral: SQL, LDAP
      • Solution: forms authentication provider can be set to LDAP and so the users will be still use the same username and password as the one in active directory
  • Windows Phone tips for SharePoint
    • Only supports Forms Based Authentication sites in SharePoint
    • FedAuth Cookie is HTTPOnly
    • Pass along in a CookieContainer: set enableHttpCookieContainer on binding. One you have it (after authentication) always pass your CookieContainer with any list call you initiate.
    • Authentication.asmx not compatible with Service Reference in Visual Studio: use instead HttpWebRequest
    • Access to list web services works fine.
  • Phone tools are working for Windows 7 only – phone development machine needs to be on Windows 7 (if you start the phone emulator in a server it will reboot L )
  • Check slides for a development environment schema
  • Tooling
    • download all tools and emulators
    • Download SharePoint 2010 Developer VHD (Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, SharePoint Enterprise with Fast, etc)
  • Run your App on a Phone for tests: Matthijs Hoekstra ( )