Archive for November, 2011

Update Rollup 20 for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0

November 28, 2011

The Microsoft Dynamics CRM Sustained Engineering (SE) team released Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Update Rollup 20 on Thursday, November 10, 2011.

The links below will take you to the necessary information about Update Rollup 19.

General details about Update Rollup 20

  • Update Rollup 20 is cumulative.  However, the Update Rollup 20 CRM Client and Data Migration Client packages require Update Rollup 7 to be installed.  For all other CRM components, you do not need

    to install any previous Update Rollups prior to Update Rollup 20.

  • The Update Rollup 20 download contains updates for the 40 supported Language Packs. Prior to installing the Update Rollup 20 Language Pack, you must install the original Language Pack.
    • If you have Language Packs installed, you should
      1. Download the Update Rollup 20 Language Pack
      2. Install the Update Rollup 20 Language Pack
      3. De-provision the Language Pack
      4. Re-provision the Language Pack
  • Information about how to avoid reboots when installing the CRM Outlook Client can be found in the Update Rollup 4 blog posting.
  • The Update Rollup 20 Client can be deployed before the server is upgraded to Update Rollup 20.
  • Steps to make the Update Rollup 20 Client available via AutoUpdate can be found in the Update Rollup 4 blog posting.  The Link and Patch IDs can be found in KB article 2550098.
  • Each update rollup could have fixes that require manual configuration.  Please see the “Hotfixes and updates that you have to enable or configure manually” section in KB article 2550098.
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Microsoft Project Server and SharePoint 2007 and 2010 October CU 2011 Announcement

November 25, 2011

The October 2011 Cumulative Updates for Microsoft Project and Project Server 2010 have now been released. The 2007 Server packages that were withdrawn for a short period are now re-built and available.

As always, we want to encourage you to test any CUs with a recent copy of your production database before deploying into production so that we can catch any problems, and fix them, in test before they start impacting a live environment.

For 2010 we should also remind you that we recommend applying Service Pack 1 – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh272536.aspx. This article makes many references to the June CU – the October CU is cumulative so does contain all that was shipped in the June and August CU so if you haven’t installed the June or August CU then you can just install the October CU (and SP1). More details of SP1 can be found at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/project/archive/2011/06/28/announcing-the-release-of-service-pack-1-sp1-for-microsoft-project-and-project-server-2010.aspx and the downloads listed at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2510766. Q&A from the SP1 TechNet webcast can be found at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/brismith/archive/2011/07/11/project-server-2010-sp1-and-june-cu-questions-and-answers.aspx.

So without any further ado, here is the information:

October 2011 CU for Microsoft Project and Project Server 2010

Server Rollup Package(Recommended):

Description of the Project Server 2010 cumulative update package (Project server-package): October 25, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2596506

Individual Project Server Package:

Only required if you do not install the Server Rollup.

Description of the Project Server 2010 hotfix package (Pjsrvwfe-x-none.msp): October 25, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2596498

Project Client Package:

Description of the Project 2010 hotfix package (Project-x-none.msp): October 25, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2596495

More information on deploying the Cumulative Update:

The article below provides information on how to deploy the Project Server Cumulative Update.

Updates for Project Server 2010

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/projectserver/gg176680.aspx

As Project Server 2010 is now based on SharePoint Server 2010 we strongly recommend that you install the Project Server 2010 Server Rollup Package as there are a large number of individual server packages for SharePoint Server. The Project Server 2010 Server Rollup Package contains all the patches released in this Cumulative Update for SharePoint Foundation Server 2010, SharePoint Server 2010 and Project Server 2010.

For those accustomed to Project Server 2007 Cumulative Updates, you should note that the MOSS Server Rollup Package does not contain the Project Server patches. You will need to make sure that you install the MOSS + Project Server Rollup Package (the link is provided below). As in Project Server 2007, the Server Rollup Packages are much larger but they will greatly simplify your Project Server patch deployment.

Client Installation:

Installation of the client patch is straightforward and is the same as it was in Project 2007. The instructions for installing the client patch are below.

NOTE: Microsoft strongly recommends testing within a NON-Production environment prior to rollout.

  1. Download the hotfix from the link in the KB Article.
  2. Extract the patch package by running the .exe file that you downloaded.
  3. Run the extracted .exe file to apply the patch to your Project Professional/Standard client.
August October 2011 CU for Microsoft Office Project and Project Server 2007 (Thanks for spotting the type Alex!)

Server Rollup Packages:

Description of the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 cumulative update server hotfix package (WSS server-package): October 25, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2596541

Description of the Office SharePoint Server 2007 cumulative update package (MOSS server-package): October 25, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2596540

Individual Product Packages:

Description of the Office SharePoint Server 2007 hotfix package (Coreserver-x-none.msp): October 25, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2596536

Description of the Office Project Server 2007 hotfix package (Pjsrvapp-x-none.msp, Pjsrvwfe-x-none.msp): October 25, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2596542

Description of the Office Project 2007 hotfix package (Project-x-none.msp): October 25, 2011

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2596533

More information on deploying the Cumulative Update:

The article below provides information on how to deploy the Project Server Cumulative Update.

Deploy cumulative updates (Project Server 2007)

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd239177.aspx

Service Pack 2 for both WSS and Office Servers 2007 are required for this Cumulative Update. The KB articles below provide information on how to download and install SP2 if you have not already done so.  As Service Pack 3 is also now available then you may wish to install this instead and I have included links for both SP2 and SP3 below..

Description of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP2 and of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Language Pack SP2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953338

Description of 2007 Microsoft Office servers Service Pack 2 and of 2007 Microsoft Office servers Language Pack Service Pack 2

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953334

Description of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP3 and of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Language Pack SP3

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2526305

Description of the 2007 Office Servers SP3 and of the 2007 Office Servers Language Pack SP3

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2526299

The Server CU is released in two different versions. The first version is in Individual Packages specific to a particular product like WSS and Project Server. These are smaller downloads but they do not include language packs or patches for other products so patches for those products would have to be downloaded and installed separately.

The second version is the Server Rollup Packages. This is a set of two rollup packages which contains all the fixes for WSS, Project Server and MOSS. These packages should be used when MOSS is part of the deployment and/or you have language packs installed. The Server Rollup Packages are much larger but they will greatly simplify MOSS patch deployment.

Client Installation:

In order to install this hotfix, you will need to have Microsoft Project 2007 SP2 installed on the client.  Again, as SP3 is now also available I have included links for both below.

Description of Office Project 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2) and of Office Project Language Pack 2007 Service Pack 2 (SP2)

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953326

Description of Office Project 2007 SP3 and of Office Project Language Pack 2007 SP3

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2526091

Once we know that SP2 or SP3 is installed, you will install the hotfix by performing the following steps:

NOTE: Microsoft strongly recommends testing within a NON-Production environment prior to rollout.

  1. Download the hotfix from either the KB Article or by using the information at the end of this email.
  2. Extract the patch package by running the .exe file that you downloaded.
  3. Run the extracted .exe file to apply the patch to your Project Professional/Standard SP1 client.

Feel free to open a support incident at http://support.microsoft.com if you run into any issues with the installation and we will be happy to help!

Free eBook: Microsoft Office 365 Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime

November 24, 2011

We are very excited to announce that we are able to offer Microsoft Office 365: Connect and Collaborate Virtually Anywhere, Anytime (ISBN 9780735656949), by Katherine Murray, as a free eBook.

For details on this book, including the Table of Contents, see our previous blog post here.

To download your free PDF eBook, click here. Updates to this eBook, as well as additional eBook formats, will become available in the future, so check this blog for updates.

To download an EPUB or a MOBI version of this eBook, click here.

 

Free eBooks: about Microsoft technology

November 23, 2011

A colleague shared with me a list of other free ebooks from Microsoft, that you may find useful too. Many of them are quite technical, so they won’t be for everybody. I bet there are some staff or students around you that would appreciate this list:

AD User Editor Webpart for MOSS 2007

November 22, 2011

Project Description
AD User Editor is a Webpart for MOSS 2007 that allows to easily modify any profile property of any person in Active Directory. Il can also be configured as “self-service” for a user to be able to modify his properties only.

  • 6 different types of properties fields: ReadOnly, Simple TextBox, DropDownList/ListBox (with predefined values), People Picker, Date Picker with calendar.
  • Multi-domaincompatible.
  • Nearly Any Active Directory property can be easily added or removed of the edit form, directly trough the webpart configuration (nothing “hard-coded”).
  • SharePoint “look & feel”
  • Available in English, Spanish and French

Additional informations and installation manual are available here (French & English): http://alexis.nomine.fr/en/sharepoint/ad-user-editor/configuration.

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SharePoint Performance Monitor v2.0

November 21, 2011

Free Performance Monitor for SharePoint

  • Monitors SharePoint performance in real-time
  • Easy to read graphical console
  • Sends email alerts when issues arise
  • Runs in your system tray

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Free SharePoint Health Monitor Tool

November 18, 2011

Free SharePoint Monitoring Tool

The SharePoint server are widely used to manage and share essential documents, business critical information across organization and it is accessed by many users in an organization. So it becomes important that the server should be always reachable to share, update, edit contents. Therefore, it is highly imperative that you monitor and manage the SharePoint server environment continuously.

The ManageEngine “Free SharePoint Health Monitor” tool will address this requirement. The “Free SharePoint Health Monitor” tool monitors the important parameters of SharePoint environments such as SharePoint Site, IIS server, MSSQL server and Host server. The light weight tool fetches the data about the SharePoint environment and present them as visually elegant graphs and report.

The Free SharePoint Health Monitor is a real-time performance monitor tool and it can monitor the SharePoint server from remote location. The best part is that the tool is made available, absolutely FREE of cost.

Key Benefits

Free SharePoint Health Monitor tool provides a exclusive monitoring of SharePoint 2010 Server and SharePoint 2007 Server. The tool shows the actual number of Current Connection and Maximum Connections of the SharePoint web server. Using the tool, the administrator can view the IIS parameters such as version, IIS state, Service type and Web directories path. Tool monitors SharePoint services, MSSQL parameters such as Free Pages, Page Reads, Page Writes, SQL Cache memory and Buffer Cache Hit Ratio and more.

The tool shows the actual resource utilization of the windows servers like CPU utilization, memory utilization and disk utilization as elegant graphs. Using the tool, administrator can set the threshold values for CPU, Disk and Memory utilization, like critical and warning thresholds. Whenever, the server crosses the threshold limits corresponding alerts are shown.

The free tool serves as a smart desktop tool , gives out-of-box monitoring solution for SharePoint environment and helps administrator to monitor sharepoint environment effortlessly.

Features of ManageEngine SharePoint Health Monitor Tool:

Monitors SharePoint 2010 Server
Monitors SharePoint 2007 Server
Monitors IIS Server and Web Directories
Monitors MS SQL Servers Environment
SharePoint Service running state
SharePoint Site Response Details
Real-time monitoring tool

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Download Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 (SP1)

November 17, 2011

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 SP1 provides a reliable and optimized virtualization solution enabling organizations to improve server utilization and reduce costs.
Dynamic Memory – a memory management enhancement new for Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 SP1 – pools and dynamically distributes all the memory of a physical host. Memory can be dynamically reallocated between different virtual machines in response to the changing workloads of these machines. Dynamic Memory thus enables more efficient use of memory while maintaining consistent workload performance and scalability. Implementing Dynamic Memory means that higher levels of server consolidation can be achieved with minimal impact on performance. Dynamic Memory also means larger numbers of virtual desktops per Hyper-V host for VDI scenarios.

When you download the software, you’re automatically registered to receive valuable resources delivered at convenient intervals to help you get the most out of Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 SP1.

Register for download and guided evaluation

The List Filter Web Part for SharePoint 2010 from Sapiens

November 15, 2011

With this SharePoint 2010 List Filter Web Part you can quickly drill down, search and find the information you need. The Web Part supports Key Word Search and configurable Filter Fields to drill down and filter data in any SharePoint 2010 List. Save your filter settings to create public and private reusable filters.

Key Features

  • Supports All Lists and Document Libraries
  • Search Box to find keywords in any of your lists fields, supports wildcards
  • Configurable filter fields to drill down
  • Supports all native field types, including Date and Lookup! 1)
  • Allows filtering of date ranges (from – to)
  • Save and apply filter settings
  • Create public or private reusable filters
  • Print view opens in a new tab or window
  • works asynchronously – no postback or screen refresh
  • Independent configuration of view fields and filter fields

1) Unsupported Field Types for display in filter fields are attachments, computed, calculated, note and url)

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SharePoint Administration Kit from Axceler

November 14, 2011

Both Microsoft SharePoint administration and SharePoint governance are growing concerns in many organizations.  How will you, as a SharePoint farm administrator, be able to enforce your policies to make sure your SharePoint team stays in compliance with your IT governance directives?  How can you get SharePoint visibility and control, especially security, user activity, and storage?  If you are an administrator for SharePoint, this is an essential kit to help you. And best of all, it’s FREE.

Learn how to get control and keep control over your rapidly growing SharePoint environment before it gets control over you.

The SharePoint Adminstration Kit contains:

  • Free application:  SharePoint application to identify your most popular and largest SharePoint sites and documents
  • Presentation: SharePoint Administration Overview
  • Video:  SharePoint Administration and Governance demonstration, including SharePoint permissions
  • Report:  Five Secrets to Controlling SharePoint
  • Report: Good, Better, Best Reporting in SharePoint
  • Report: What to Look for in a SharePoint Management Tool
  • Report:  How to reduce the costs associated with managing Microsoft SharePoint
  • Data Sheet: Overview of award-winning SharePoint Management Product, ControlPoint

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