Friday, November 30, 2007

Adding a user to a MOSS Site

Adding a user to a MOSS Site
Before a user can be added in a SharePoint site, he/she must first exist in a directory service (i.e. Active Directory, Local server user). If not, that user cannot be given access to a SharePoint site.
From the main page, click “Site Actions”
Click “Site Settings”
Click “People and Groups”

Click “New”
Click “Add User”. This will navigate you to the following page.

All users entered must be validated against the directory service (i.e. Active Directory, Local Server), as indicated by the “Check Names” and “Browse” icons located below the “Users/Groups” entry box. At this point, you can either enter a known user name and validate them by clicking the “Check Names” icon, or clicking the “Browse” icon to search for the desired user. Clicking the “Browse” icon will produce the following pop-up window.

After the correct user is selected, select the desired persmissions and click “OK”. The new user can now login into the SharePoint site.

To view all permissions assigned to all users, navigate to the “People and Groups” window and click “All People” from the left pane.

Free Second Shot

Microsoft is offering a free Second Shot on certification exams through Prometric. To register for a free second shot, go to After registering, you will receive an e-mail with a link providing a voucher #. Please note this link will produce a unique voucher # every time it's clicked. This offer is valid through January 30, 2008.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Wi-Fi T-Shirt

I normally wouldn't blog anything about T-Shirts, but this is just over the top that it leaves me speechless. Thanks to the ingenious ThinkGeek robot monkeys you can display the current wi-fi signal strength to yourself and everyone around you with this stylish Wi-Fi Detector Shirt. The glowing bars on the front of the shirt dynamically change as the surrounding Wi-Fi signal strength fluctuates.

For more info or to order, go to

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Cool Articles

Listed below are a few articles that I thought were very interesting, courtesy of CodeProject.

Windows Presentation Foundation
A Simple WPF Explorer Tree - Sacha Barber
A Simple WPF Explorer TreeC# (C# 3.0); Windows (WinXP, Vista), .NET (.NET 3.0); Win32, VS (VS2005, VS2008), WPF; Dev

C# Database
SQL Server Network Instance Detector - Syed Mujtaba Hassan
A simple, ready-to-use control for C# beginners to detect all SQL Server instances in a network and then list all the databases hosted on the selected serverC#; Windows, .NET (.NET 2.0); Win32, VS, ADO; DB, Dev

Silverlight Alien Sokoban - Daniel Vaughan
A fun Silverlight implementation of the game Sokoban. Contrasting Silverlight 1.1 and WPF, while showcasing some new features of C# 3.0, Expression Design, Expression Blend, and Visual Studio 2008.C# (C# 3.0); Windows, .NET (.NET 3.5); ASP.NET, Win32, VS (VS2008), XAML, WebForms; Dev, Design

C# Programming
Simple Vector Shapes - acontoli
A 2D vector shapes and RTFcontrol editorC# (C# 2.0); Windows, .NET (.NET 2.0); Win32, VS; Dev

Writing Your Own GPS Applications - Jon Person.
What is it that GPS applications need to be good enough to use for in-car navigation? Also, how does the process of interpreting GPS data actually work?

Microsoft Office
Outlook 2003 Style Navigation Pane - Muhammed Sahin
Outlook 2003 Style Navigation Pane (Almost 2007 Style)C# (C# 2.0); Windows, .NET; Win32, VS (VS2005); Dev

System Programming
Detecting USB Drive Removal in a C# Program - Jan Dolinay
An article on detecting insertion and removal of removable drives in C#C# (C# 2.0); Windows,
.NET (.NET 2.0); Win32, VS (VS2005); Dev

Friday, November 9, 2007

Microsoft Search Server 2008 Software Development Kit (SDK)

Yesterday, I made a blog entry on Microsoft's recent release of Search Server 2008. To go along with that release, an SDK is also available. The Microsoft Search Server 2008 Software Development Kit (SDK) includes documentation for Microsoft Search Server 2008. Its object models are based on the Enterprise Search object model in Office SharePoint Server 2007 with some additional members in the search-related namespaces for federated search.

To read more about the SDK or download it, go to

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Search Server 2008

Microsoft recently released a product called "Search Server 2008". The list of features include:

Search Center
No Pre-Set Document Limits
Extensible Search Experience
Relevance Tuning
Continuous Propagation Indexing
Federated Search Connectors
Indexing Connectors
Security-Trimmed Results
Unified Administration Dashboard
Query and Results Reporting
Streamlined Installation
High Availability and Load Balancing

This list of features represents features included with the Enterprise Client Access License version of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. Some features will shortly be released as part of an Enterprise Search feature pack. Essentially, Search Server 2008 uses the same search engine used in SharePoint 2007. However, with SharePoint 2007 you also get the following features:

People and Expertise Searching
Business Data Catalog
SharePoint Productivity Infrastructure

The Express version and a trial version of the Enterprise version are available as free downloads from

Friday, November 2, 2007

Microsoft Presence Sample for Smart Client Applications

Microsoft recently released an updated version of it's presence controls. It includes two managed code user controls to display presence status and provide real-time collaboration options in .NET applications.

One control presents an interactive presence icon next to a control on a form that contains a name. The second control is derived from a ListView control to display the presence status icon next to names in a list. Both controls provide tooltips, a context menu, and events for contact status changes.

To download samples of the presence controls, go to

Thursday, November 1, 2007

November .Net Events

Listed below is a summary of the .Net events scheduled for this month. Attend a few and increase your .Net knowledge!

Nov 8th: SQL User Group Meeting

Nov 13th: .Net User Group Meeting

Nov 27th: C#/VB.Net User Group Meeting - "Configuring MOSS 2007"