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SharePoint 2010 Training resources

Posted by Brian Gough on June 23, 2010

Last night I gave a presentation at the Developers Guild on various resources available to learn how to develop against SharePoint 2010.  We had a great crowd and many of the attendees asked for the slide deck.  I have the deck available on a sky drive for you to down load.  The deck has several links to free training resources, links to Andrew Connell’s posting about setting up your development environment, and a few companies that offer training at a cost.

Hope fully this information will give you a real good jump start on SharePoint 2010 development.

The link should be posted on the Developers Guild web site soon, but I have posted it below as well.



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SharePoint 2010 SDK is available

Posted by Brian Gough on May 22, 2010

The updated SharePoint 2010 SDK has now been released.

Here is an article that give you the details on the SDK, the download link and tips/tricks about the install and use.



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Charlotte Code Camp Presentation

Posted by Brian Gough on May 16, 2010

Saturday 15th was the Charlotte Code Camp, and it was a great success!  We had over 370 people register, and last I heard, we had over 200 during one session.

We had 10 tracks running covering content from helping with your job, to SQL, .Net and of course SharePoint.  I was very pleasantly surprised to see so many show up for my SharePoint preso, especially since SharePoint Saturday Charlotte was just a few weeks ago, and SharePoint Saturday DC was on Saturday as well.

I gave a presentation on the options available for learning SharePoint 2010 Development.  I had a great turn out, but unfortunately ran a bit over.  <blushes>


I was impressed with the enthusiasm in the room.  The attendees were there to learn about training options for developing SP2010 solutions, but when I polled the class, 90% had yet to even see SharePoint 2010!  Doh!  So I spent some time showing, very briefly, the new UI and the Developer Dashboard in 2010, before showing off VS 2010 by making and deploying a very simple workflow.

I apologize again to the attendees for getting my ending time wrong and not being able to show as much as I would have liked.

Here is a link to my presentation for you all. –

If you have any troubles accessing this, please post a comment for me and I will address it.


Thank you all for the great reviews and feedback!!


See you around the community!


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Feature Comparison for SharePoint 2010 ( MOSS v. Foundation )

Posted by Brian Gough on April 28, 2010

I have not been able to find a chart that compares the features between SharePoint Server and SharePoint Foundation so I decided I would build my own.  Based on the “New” feature lists from the two product pages from Microsoft, I put together this matrix.  I have included links to the pages for details about each feature.

 Hopefully this will help some of you out there.

  SharePoint Server SharePoint Foundation
Access Services YES YES
Business Connectivity Services YES YES
Central Administration (Redesigned) YES YES
Claims-Based Authentication YES YES
Digital Asset Management YES  
Enterprise Search YES  
Excel Services YES  
Health Monitoring YES YES
Managed Metadata YES  
PerformancePoint Services YES  
Records Management YES  
Sandboxed Solutions YES YES
Social Computing YES  
Visio Services YES  
Upgrade YES YES
Windows PowerShell YES YES


The pages where I pulled this content from….


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PowerPivot – Awesomeness…at a price…

Posted by Brian Gough on April 20, 2010

For those of you that have been hearing about this new creature called PowerPivot, here is a link to the PowerPivot home page – 


You can find some very nice demos, movies and access to a hands-on-lab to check it out.


This is a very powerful tool that will enable users to create some very nice user generated BI solutions against large amounts of data, and do it quickly.  There is also a PowerPivot for Excel add-in for excel 2010.

It really is impressive to see the responsiveness of the tool.  however, that responsiveness comes with a price.

You will need SQL Server 2008 R2 to use PowerPivot and the price of that is going up!

Rather than me retype everything, here is a link to Brent Ozar’s ( SQL MVP) article about it.

Just to give you an idea of the changes… “

R2 Enterprise Edition doesn’t come with unlimited virtualization.  To get that feature, you have to spring for the new Datacenter Edition, which costs around $60k per CPU socket”

He has many more gems at this link –


Well worth the read if you are considering using R2!.


Just thought you should know what is coming up!


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SharePoint Saturday – Charlotte comes to an end… for now

Posted by Brian Gough on April 13, 2010

SharePoint Saturday was held in Charlotte, NC on April 10th and I am happy to day it all went off quite well. 

We had 23 speakers and filled 25 sessions.  Thanks to our sponsors we had some great giveaways including 2, that’s right 2 X-Boxes, a HD Zune, a HD Flip Camera, Office 2007 Ultimate, a bunch of X-Box games and books.

My thanks to all the speakers for their time and efforts.  I also want to thank the volunteers that provided outstanding support for me to be able to make this event as successful as it was…  

Mark Wilson, Syl Walker, and Ghayth Hilal are all officers for the Developers Guild and were invaluable to this event!  Thank you so much, you all Rock!!


Our Speakers!

Mike Oryszak
Ken Price
Steve Pietrek
Christina Wheeler
Parth Patel
Chuck Traywick
Mike Brannon
Ryan van Osdol
Russ Basiura Jr.
Sam Carlson
Paul Telkamp
Bill England
Fabian G. Williams
Kevin Dostalek
Becky Isserman
Brian Jackett
Christian Buckley
Dan Gilroy
Al Himler
Eamonn McGuinness
Josh Carlisle
Bill Jones
Chris McNulty


Our Sponsors!

Central Piedmont Community College
Blue Thread Technologies
ettain Group
O’Reilly Media
Cardinal Solutions

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SharePoint Saturday – Charlotte

Posted by Brian Gough on March 8, 2010

Things are really starting to pick up speed with the SharePoint Saturday event. 

We have some great speakers, great sponsors, and some real nice door prizes!

We will have at least one Zune HD.. maybe more…  🙂

Registration is open so be sure to sign up now as seats go fast and we have a limited amount of space.

Be sure to spread the word too.  this is a great opportunity for you to get your manager in front of people that help them understand the value of SharePoint better.

We will have content fro both 2007 and the Beta 2010 versions, so it will be a great time to see the new version and learn about its improvements.


Register for SPS Charlotte


Hope to see you there!!



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SharePoint Saturday – Charlotte

Posted by Brian Gough on February 1, 2010

Ahhhh… spring is in the air.. even if the temperature is in the teens at night here in Charlotte!

It must mean time for SharePoint Saturday!!  Yes, that excellent event for all things SharePointy ( new word for Websters Dictionary )  is coming back to charlotte, NC.

This year it will be on April 10, 2010 at the Central Piedmont Community College – Levin Campus.

Wiht all the buzz about the upcoming 2010 release, this event is sure to pack ‘em in.  this will be a great opportunity to get some answers on SharePoint 2007 as well as see and learn more about the 2010 release.  Tell your managers, CIO’s, developers, admins, and even end-users about this event.  There will be something for everyone!!

We still have openings for Presenters and Sponsors!

To get more information such as how to apply as a speaker or a sponsor, visit the site at   you will find links there on how to apply, directions to the event etc…

I will be posting updates on the site as they happen.


See ya there!!

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SharePoint 2010 Beta Goes Public

Posted by Brian Gough on November 19, 2009

The much anticipated Office 2010 Public Betas are now available!!

If you wish to down load the SharePoint 2010 Beta’s go to the MSDN site and you will see them “front and center”.



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Sharing documents with ‘Restricted Read’

Posted by Brian Gough on November 16, 2009

I wanted to take a moment and share one way that you can let your team collaborate on documents and make them available to “end users” without having to copy the document somewhere else. After all, one of the primary goals we have is to reduce redundancy in our document storage right?

Well, depending on how SharePoint is implemented in your location there can be several scenarios. I will describe just one here in case it may help any of you.

In my scenario, the company has several levels to their hierarchy, the bottom two being Departments then Teams. The Teams will have their own site collection to use, but this “Team” site is NOT accessible by the masses in the company. They require that the team members work on documents and house them in their Team site. This is fine until the documents the team produces need to be made available to the masses. What then?

One way is to leverage the ‘Restricted Read’ permission. Users with this permission will be able to open a document in a library if given a direct link to the document. They will not be able to navigate to any of the pages for the library or the site itself.

Example: You have a document library called “Group Reports”. You can give a user ‘Restricted Read’ rights on that library,and when you give them a link to a specific document and they will be able to open it and read the document. However, they will not be able to view the AllItems.aspx page for “Group Reports” or any other system page.

This is how we make it work:

Create a SharePoint group or use the Visitors group and add the people to that group that should have this restricted access to the documents. If you want all employees to have this kind of access, you can use the “NT Authenticated Users” account or any AD Security Group if you wish. Make sure this Group does NOT have any access to the site itself. You can check this by looking at your ‘Site Permissions’ to see all the groups and users that have access to your site.

Now, to give that group restricted access to the document library… In the ‘Document Library Settings’, you want to click the link ‘Permissions for this document library’. Then under ‘actions’, select ‘Edit Permissions’. You will get a warning that you will no longer be inheriting permissions from the parent. This is what we want, so click OK.

Next we want to add the SharePoint group we created (or the Visitors group if that’s what you are using), and grant the group ‘Restricted Read’ access.

Now when any member of that group tries to access your site or the library itself, they will get the ‘Access Denied’ message. However, if you give them a direct link to one of the documents in the library, they will be able to open it just fine.

Now the team can have one place to work on all their content and still be able to deliver it to others without them having access to the whole site.

Other points of interest

If you use major and minor versioning, they will only see the last major version.

Whether you send the link via email, use a Content Query web part, or some 3rd party tool to pull the list of documents and render it someplace else, they should still only see the latest major version.

Again, this is just one scenario. What would be best for your particular environment may vary, but at least this may give you an idea or sense of possibilities you were not aware of before.

Good luck!

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