SharePoint Guide promotion

Until the end of August I’m running a special promotion on my full SharePoint Guide. If any one you refer purchases the Guide and then lets me know it was you who made the recommendation, I’ll send you a $25 gift card from Amazon or Borders (Australia only).

So, if you refer two people who purchase the Guide then you’ll get a $50 gift card and so on. You don’t already have to be a Guide subscriber to take advantage of this offer, all you need to do is let the person purchasing the Guide know to send me an email ( providing your contact details as the reason for their purchase. Hopefully you can’t get any simpler.

The offer is only available until the end of August 2010 and you can find out all the information you need about the Windows SharePoint Operations Guide via

Wave bye bye

Google has recently announced that it is ceasing development of Wave and closing down the application by year’s end. I was a fan of Wave, even though I readily acknowledge that as an app it was a little hard to grasp but overall I thought it provided some real innovation. I do however readily acknowledge that many people, even in the tech industry didn’t ‘get it’ either.

I found it most interesting that many tech people ‘bagged’ Wave without every having used it. Even those that did really didn’t use it for anything major. In a couple of circumstances that I used it extensively I found that it did indeed have major benefits but as the collaboration conversation grew much of the information became hopelessly jumbled. At that stage the easiest thing to do was start another Wave and move some of the information there. However, that really isn’t much different from email is it now?

In some ways the failure of Wave indicates to me that technology has become such an ingrained part of society that there is now a huge reluctance to move to anything new or innovative. Sadly, there used to be a time when people would jump on new technology and really try and make it work. Now it seems to have become a case of ‘well, unless it’s really, really, really better then I’m not going to change’. Even amongst people in technology, there is a real reluctance to pioneer something new. As I said, a strong indication to me that the technology market, in all aspects, has become mature.

One of the main reasons that I became interested in Wave was the fact that it was touted as a competitor for SharePoint. In some ways SharePoint shares some of the challenges of Wave in that most people don’t have a good idea of how to use SharePoint effectively. Perhaps the fact that SharePoint supports a more structure approach to storing information and that it links better to Microsoft Office applications make it more relevant. Perhaps the fact is that SharePoint is a more mature technology that has been adopted in the enterprise for many years stand testament to the fact that it does provide solutions for businesses who want to manage their information. However I have learnt that unless you get ‘real’ people using and understanding SharePoint then it will suffer the same fate that Wave has.

Although it is sad to see Wave disappear I have no doubt that much of the technology developed there will find it way into other Google products, the most likely candidate being Gmail. I find it just as sad that the technology industry in some ways has become so staid and conservative that fails to embrace new ways of looking at old problems. In the end it shows us that ultimately technology is driven by market forces which, like it or not, you have to deal with if you are to prosper.

An interesting side note is that one of reasons for Wave’s demise is the fact that Google is working a competitor to Facebook called Google Me. Can the market really sustain two products that do ‘Facebook’? Can Google really compete with a service that already has 500 million subscribers and still growing. Interesting. Moe in an upcoming post.

SharePoint Foundation 2010 storage

On of the major issues I see arising around any migration to SharePoint Foundation 2010 is the size of the content databases. The reason is that out of the box SharePoint Foundation 2010 is installed with SQL Server 2008 Express which has a 4GB database size limit. This is a pain because Windows SharePoint Services v3 (WSS v3) came with SQL Server 2005 Embedded Edition (#SSEE) which had an unlimited database size (even though it had other limitations).

Many of the WSS v3 implementations on SBS I have seen have now grown beyond 4GB, so what’s your options if you want to upgrade to SharePoint Foundation 2010? The first was to use SQL Server 2008 Express R2 which has a database size limit of 10GB and is a free download from Microsoft. This does require manually installation prior to the installation of SharePoint Foundation 2010 as well as manual set of SharePoint 2010. However, even 10GB I can see potentially being restrictive for some of the larger Companyweb deployments.

Beyond 10GB the only option that I thought was to upgrade to a full version of SQL (i.e. Workgroup, Standard, etc) but that means shelling out money. I have however now found an option that will support databases up to 16GB for free. That method is using Remote BLOB storage.

Basically, you can install SQL Express 2008 R2, then install Remote BLOB storage and then upgrade the databases. The process is detailed in this TechNet article: – Upgrade a stand-alone installation on a domain controller by using Remote BLOB Storage (RBS) (database attach)

I haven’t tried it but it doesn’t seem much more difficult that installing an extra piece of software on the server and running an upgrade command. So where did I get the 16GB limit that Remote Blob Storage will support? Here: – Plan for remote BLOB storage (RBS) (SharePoint Foundation 2010)

where it says:

If the content databases are larger than 16 GB, you must purchase Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2008 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Cumulative Update 2, or SQL Server 2005 with SP3 and Cumulative Update 3 to support the databases instead of remaining on a free version of SQL Server.

I don’t quite see why you ‘must’ purchase an upgraded versions of SQL Server but I’ll take Microsoft at their word until I can test this further.

So there you have it. From what I can determine the largest content database you can run with on SharePoint Foundation 2010 is 16GB after which you’ll need to pay for a full version of SQL server.

IT West Cloud Seminar

Here’s some footage from my recent Cloud Seminar in co operation with IT West.

Cloud Seminar – IT West


I gotta say that Peter Vane and the people out at IT West are really switched on and professional in the way they go about marketing and providing their customers with technology information. Peter also tells me that he has had some great prospects generated directly from the presentation would could not make me happier. He deserves all the rewards for the hard work he is doing to grow his business.


If you are an end users or maybe a technology reseller and you want more information about the types of presentations and seminars I can offer please feel free to get in contact with me (, I’d be more than happy to help.

PDF icons in SharePoint Foundation 2010

After creating a complete video for Windows SharePoint Operation Guide subscribers on how to not only index PDF documents but also add a PDF icon in SharePoint Foundation 2010 I thought that what I’d do was take the part about creating PDF icons and make it public. So that’s what I’ve just gone and done and posted on YouTube.

Installing Acrobat PDF icon into SharePoint Foundation 2010


The process is pretty similar to what it was in WSS v3 except you need to use \14.0\ instead of \12.0\ in the registry and directory hives. However, this video should at least show you how to make the chance so the PDF icons will now appear next to Acrobat documents in SharePoint 2010 like so:



SharePoint Foundation and PDFs video

For subscribers to my Guide I have created a 30 minute video that shows you step by step how to index PDFs with SharePoint Foundation 2010. The video also shows you how to display a PDF icon in SharePoint Foundation 2010 rather than just the generic one.


This video is the companion to the recently added chapters to the Windows SharePoint Operations Guide. What I am trying to do now is to create a video for every major component of the Guide because most people haven’t got the time to dedicate to learning the details. So providing a video is a quick way to get a good overview of the topic and then there is always the normal Guide to fall back on to get the exact details and screenshots of what needs to be done.


I have uploaded the video to but for what I can work out I need to individually share it, which is a bit of a pain. So for the time bring if any subscriber wants access just email email me ( and I’ll make it available. Going forward I’m still looking for a good way to store and share video (and large files) via an individual login. If you have a suggestion I’d love to hear about it.


The next video I’ll be working on will take you through the process of migrating WSS v3 databases to SharePoint Foundation 2010. I’ll be doing this on SBS 2008 so that base also gets covered as well. Look out for that video soon.


Remember that I have now included videos like those mentioned above in both the Migration and SBS packs (if relevant). Thus, if you don’t believe the complete Guide is a worthwhile investment for your SBS world then the SBS Pack now includes not only SharePoint Foundation 2010 information and video tutorials.


More information about the Windows SharePoint Operations Guide can be found at

Update of WSSOPS SBS Pack

A while back I created two additional products that were a subset of my full Windows SharePoint Operations Guide ( These were the Migration Pack (Chapter 7) and the SBS Pack (Chapters 4,7,11). My thinking was that they would prove popular because they were much cheaper but still had the same information as that found in the full Guide.


Alas, these ‘Packs’ have never proved popular at all for some strange reason. In all honesty I was simply going to pull them and focus on the full product but I have a change of heart and will give them a temporary reprieve. What I will do is include the SharePoint Foundation 2010 chapters of the Guide as well with these ‘Packs’. Thus, if you buy the Migration Pack you’ll not only receive Chapter 7 from the Windows SharePoint v3 Guide but also from the SharePoint Foundation 2010 Guide. Likewise with the SBS Pack. I will also include any of the relevant videos for these chapters, thus for the SBS Pack purchasers will get access to my 3 part series showing you how to install SharePoint Foundation 2010 on SBS 2008.


Given the focus that SharePoint Foundation 2010 on SBS 2008 is generating I’m hoping that there will be demand for these products. So for less than $90 you can not only get documentation on Windows SharePoint v3 on SBS but also SharePoint Foundation 2010 on SBS including video tutorials.


For further information on all the Windows SharePoint Operations Guide products and versions, including plenty of free stuff as well and how to purchase the products, visit

August Guide Update

I’ve just completed the update of my Windows SharePoint Operations Guide ( for subscribers to download. This month has a number of updates that I think will be valuable to people looking at SharePoint 2010.


Firstly, there is information about migrating your Windows SharePoint v3 (WSS v3) data into SharePoint 2010. This comes on the back of last month’s addition of how to get SharePoint Foundation 2010 running on SBS 2008. If you have large content databases (around the 10GB or more mark) then you may have some real decisions to make as SQL 2008 Express R2 (which is free) only supports databases up to 10GB. It is a real pity that SharePoint 2010 can no longer, by default, take advantage of the SQL Server Embedded Edition which had no database size.


Secondly, there is information about getting Acrobat PDF indexing working with SharePoint Foundation 2010. Another disappointment that this is not supported out of the box and an even bigger disappointment that it is more work to get it running now. Hopefully a better solution will present itself in the future but for now at least subscribers can get it working if they want.


So what’s on the cards for next month with the Guide? At this stage I think I’ll turn my attention to documenting how to get Search Server Express 2010 and Office Web Apps running with SharePoint Foundation 2010. I’ll also be doing some videos on the migration and PDF indexing process as well. Going forward, I’ll be attempting to do videos for all the topics that I cover which will hopefully add more value for subscribers. This way they can watch the video and use the documentation for further reference.


I’m always interested to hear what people would like to see included in my guide so if you have a suggestion, I’m all ears.