Archive for September, 2008

Safari per Microsoft Windows

September 30, 2008

Esiste la possibilità di installare su Windows XP o Windows Vista, il browser Safari http://www.apple.com/safari/download/.
Per coloro che sviluppano siti web, è importante, provare il proprio sito, su vari browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Netscape, ecc) , per verificare se il proprio sito funziona correttamente.
Il browser è in vari lingue, tra cui anche in italiano, per il download e maggiori informazioni, visitate il seguente sito http://www.apple.com/safari/download/.

Accessibility Kit for SharePoint (AKS)

September 29, 2008

The Accessibility Kit for SharePoint (AKS) solution will help get you started on the road to Web accessibility with an accessible platform and framework from which to launch your portal or intranet site.

Microsoft in collaboration with HiSoftware developed and support the Accessibility Kit for SharePoint (AKS) along with a partner and customer community.

http://aks.hisoftware.com

Rilasciata la nuova versione del CRM SDK 4.0.6

September 28, 2008

E’ stata appena rilasciata una nuova versione dell’SDK per il Dynamics CRM che contiene informazioni aggiornate sui plug-in, custom workflow activities, web service e data management.
Per il suo download fare click quì.

Developing Migration Methodologies

September 27, 2008

Something that always seems to strike me as somewhat interesting is when I find colleagues, co-workers and fellow engineers not really thinking through the entire process of migrating from one SharePoint services based platform to another. I tend to cringe when I hear Microsoft salesman talk about the extensibility and the modularity of SharePoint 2007 and how easy it is as an administrator to do things, so much that you don’t even need a systems administrator for regular maintenance, nor an architect or engineer to design things prior to deployment.

Low and behold that’s where the Ghost swoops in and starts pointing out the deficiencies of a system prior to migration and why it will topple and post migration on a system not well suited for it. That’s also where the Ghost starts to build up fixes and implementation guides to be sure that the system does not fail so that there’s no egg upon the face of those that will be assisting in deploying it to customers and clients.

Currently though I am working through a few migration struggles that all focus on SharePoint’s security identifier (better known as a SID) and how it’s referenced by content that resides within your friendly neighborhood content database. The stsadm migrateuser operation is fairly handy in being able to move a user from Domain A to Domain B and reassign their identity within SharePoint’s access control lists, however on a grand scale where you’re dealing with 10’s of 1000’s of site collections and web applications and users in an enterprise implementation, to say the least it can be quite daunting.

What I’ve found to be the best option is to mellow out and go Gray for a while and think things through, working out a migration strategy and methodology, while clearly communicating to customers, clients and stakeholders the risks and impacts that need to be defined so as to demonstrate the impact to the business operations.

The largest problem that I have come to find is that when migrating a user from one domain to another using out of the box Active Directory tools such as LDIFDE if I’m feeling lazy or the Active Directory Migration Tool that obviously I want to keep SID history – but wait, that’s only for the Windows 2003 user object and not the SharePoint SID. SharePoint stores both the SID information and the login name (sAMAccountName) as a property identifying the user within SharePoint.

So what happens when the sAMAccountName changes or the userlogin? As Brian Regan would say, “Hell on earth.” Okay, so it’s not that bad, rather the user just no longer has ownership of a particular file. So if a user resides in Domain A and has several hundred files spread across several web applications, what’s the best methodology to migrate their content and the user to Domain B? I ask myself that constantly.

What I have come to find is that to be successful, all SharePoint data must be migrated to the new SharePoint instance within the new domain (domain B, which has a two way trust with domain A), and then the migration of users can begin. Otherwise, as a user’s content moves to the new domain and then the user moves in, a single operational modification needs to be performed to reassign privileges to the user. Else, there is a constant struggle of moving content, reassigning permissions on both instances until all of the user’s content has been moved.

Is there an easier way to do this in a short period of time in a highly distributed system? Not that I know of… It seems that you can either go the route of six in one hand or half dozen in the other.

Phone Simulator di Openwave

September 26, 2008

Per chi sviluppa applicazioni per il web mobile Openwave mette a disposizione un insostituibile strumento desktop per testare le pagine il Phone Simulator giunto alla versione 7, questo “telefono” non solo conosce perfettamente il linguaggio XHTML-MP, ma supporta anche il CSS e, inoltre, lo SMIL-MMS nonchè il cHTML (il linguaggio per lo sviluppo di siti I-mode).

http://developer.openwave.com/dvl/tools_and_sdk/tool_chooser/index.htm

Microsoft Office PerformancePoint Server 2007

September 25, 2008

Ho raccolto alcuni link che possono aiutare nella presentazione e nella valutazione del prodotto, i primi due collegamenti riportano a documenti informativi sul prodotto e il terzo è una presentazione in formato .ppt

Performance Management Scorecards and Dashboards for IT Operations Data (Inglese)

Data Sheet for Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 (Inglese)

PerformancePoint 2007 Overview (Inglese)

Enhancing Business Performance with Microsoft Technologies
 
Infine una presentazione interattiva in flash e un filmato che illustrano le caratteristiche e l’integrazione dei prodotti BI
 
Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 Interactive Product Introduction
 
Video: Introduction to Microsoft Business Intelligence

Microsoft SQL Server 2008

September 24, 2008

Di seguito i link alla documentazione in linea che include tutte le informazioni, e anche alcune esercitazioni, per comprendere appieno le caratteristiche e le funzionalità del prodotto

Documentazione in linea di Microsoft SQL Server 2008
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=it&FamilyID=765433F7-0983-4D7A-B628-0A98145BCB97

I collegamenti successivi contengono informazioni che possono aiutarvi nella proposta del prodotto come alternativa a Microsoft SQL Server 2005

SQL Server 2008 Product Overview – What’s New
http://download.microsoft.com/download/6/9/d/69d1fea7-5b42-437a-b3ba-a4ad13e34ef6/SQL2008_ProductOverview.docx

SQL Server 2008 Business Intelligence – White Paper
http://download.microsoft.com/download/a/c/d/acd8e043-d69b-4f09-bc9e-4168b65aaa71/SQLServer2008BI.doc

SQL Server 2008 Licensing Overview
http://download.microsoft.com/download/1/e/6/1e68f92c-f334-4517-b610-e4dee946ef91/2008%20SQL%20Licensing%20Overview%20final.docx

Infine allego il link ad una breve demo di presentazione e quello dove poter scaricare la versione di valutazione

Demo: SQL Server 2008 Overview
http://www.microsoft.com/sql/2008/overviewdemo/
 
Download SQL Server 2008 Enterprise 180-day evaluation
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/bb851664.aspx

Alert Me e Search non funzionano dopo una migrazione di dominio di un server MOSS 2007

September 23, 2008

Spesso al termine del cambio di dominio di un server MOSS si verificano i seguenti problemi:

1) non funziona più Alert Me
2) non funziona più la ricerca dei documenti (Search)

il problema potrebbe essere relativo agli account utilizzati per fare funzionare i servizi che potrebbero essere associati al dominio precedente.

Consiglio di dare un occhio a questa guida:

How to change service accounts and service account passwords in SharePoint Server 2007 and in Windows SharePoint Services 3.0:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;934838

Il CRM Mobile Express di Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0

September 22, 2008

Di seguito il link alla pagina relativa a CRM Mobile Express, prodotto concesso in licenza open e scaricabile dal sito MSDN.

CRM Mobile Express
http://www.microsoft.com/italy/dynamics/crm/product/mobile.mspx

Download di CRM Mobile Express

Risorse essenziali per Infopath 2007

September 21, 2008

Per coloro che utilizzano professionalmente il programma Microsoft InfoPath 2007, possono trovare utile, il seguente post

http://blogs.msdn.com/wael/archive/2008/09/02/infopath-2007-essential-resources.aspx

nel quale sono riportati link a delle risorse molto interessanti sul programma Microsoft InfoPath 2007, ed il suo utilizzo con altri programmi, come per esempio Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.
Il post è in lingua inglese, ma il materiale è molto valido.