Dennis Bottjer | ASP.NET + SharePoint Architect, Trainer & Speaker

"An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure" - Ben Franklin
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Keep Focused

While at the Tyson Developers Conference last week I attended a productivity session by Claudio Lassala.  During the session he introduced us to a time management technique known as Pamadoro.  Essentially, tasks are performed in 25 minute blocks with a five minute break between each work block.  Today, I found a tool called Keep Focused on The tool allows a task to be entered then the 25 minute timer count down is started.  I used Keep Focused all day and really felt quite productive. Give Keep Focused a try and see if your productivity doesn’t improve.

posted @ Tuesday, October 26, 2010 10:01 PM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Community & Events Tips-n-Tricks ]

SharePoint 2010 Custom Master Page: Required Field Pop-Up

  Overview: Creating a custom master page provides the greatest flexibility for branding a SharePoint Implementation.  However, there are many hidden traps to be aware of when creating a custom master page.  For example, it is usually best not to start from scratch but to use a copy of the v4.master or starter master page created by Randy Drisgill. Lessons Learned: The v4.master is the new default master used for SharePoint 2010 and creating a new custom master from a copy of the original v4.master will ensure the inclusion of expected SharePoint 2010 User Experience...

posted @ Thursday, September 9, 2010 8:34 PM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Debugging SharePoint Tips-n-Tricks ]

SQL Reporting Services Error Installing TFS 2010

Over the weekend I spun up a new virtual machine for a practice TFS 2010 Installation.  The TFS installation process is much improved.  It can loosely be broken into two phases which are installation and configuration.  The installation is the easy part which basically prepares the server and copies some bits to the drive.  The configuration is a little more difficult but provides some guidance to help make the important decisions.  During the configuration you make the following three key decisions. Install WSS 3.0 or use an existing SharePoint installation Install SQL Express...

posted @ Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:18 AM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Debugging SQL & LINQ TFS 2008 Tips-n-Tricks ]

Improving Performance on a Windows 7 Netbook

I recently purchased an ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005HA-PU17-BU 10.1-Inch Blue Netbook - 10.5 Hours of Battery Life (Windows 7 Starter).  In the default configuration the system only comes with one gigabyte of ram.  So naturally, I wanted to crank this up some.  I found a memory expansion kit that included a two gigabyte memory stick and an eight gigabyte SD Card.  After installing the two gigabytes of ram Windows 7 still reported only 1 gigabyte of ram.  To resolve this situation I needed to enter the bios.  To do so on the EeePC hold down the F2 keep after...

posted @ Thursday, February 18, 2010 1:36 PM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Tips-n-Tricks ]

Supporting Non XP Mode Virtual Machines on Windows 7 with Virtual PC

Issue: It is widely now that Windows 7 supports a feature know as XP Mode.  This feature leverage Virtual PC to load an XP Virtual machine allowing Windows 7 users to continue supporting legacy applications.  However, what may not be as commonly known or at least quite as obvious is how to configure Virtual PC to host another Virtual Machine beside the XP Mode VM.  Solution: The secret is locating the VPCWizzard.exe Executable within the system32 directory.  As shown in the screen shot below, you must find the VPCWizzard.exe and run this executable to configure a...

posted @ Wednesday, February 10, 2010 4:55 PM | Feedback (3) | Filed Under [ Tips-n-Tricks ]

Enabling Windows 7 God Mode!

I used Windows 7 Beta, Windows 7 RC, and now the RTM.  All three have been quite impressive.  Today, I get an email from a friend in LA that I thought was surely too good to be true. But sure enough it freaking works. My jaw hit the floor! From Email: As nice as Windows 7 is to use let’s face it — we always want total control over the computing environment. What we really want is to have total control in an easy-to-use form that puts everything at our fingertips. Enter the super secret Windows 7 God...

posted @ Tuesday, January 5, 2010 6:38 PM | Feedback (2) | Filed Under [ Tips-n-Tricks ]

Titanic Easter Egg

I was watching Dr. Who and The Doctor was stuck in 1969.  He communicated with the future by embedding Easter Eggs within DVD’s that a friend from the future would own.  This episode made me wonder if any of the DVD’s we owned contained Easter Eggs. A quick search revealed that several movies we owned had Easter Eggs.  One particular funny one is on the 3rd Titanic Disk.  It is an animated rabbit version of Titanic. Titanic Animated Rabbit Easter Egg Insert Disk 3 Select the “Special Features Gallery.”  Next, choose the “STILL GALLERIES.” ...

posted @ Saturday, January 2, 2010 12:31 AM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ Tips-n-Tricks ]

SharePoint Where is the Developer Dashboard?

Overview: SharePoint 2010 has a greatly improved development story.  Part of that story is the addition of the Developer Dashboard.  When activated a dashboard is added to the bottom each page that surfaces important debugging and performance tuning information.  For example, the developer dashboard will show how long a page took to load and all database (stored procedure) calls associated with the page processing. To Enable the SharePoint 2010 Developer Dashboard: Execute the following stsadm command from the command prompt. stsadm -o setproperty -pn developer-dashboard -pv ondemand Note:   Remember to run...

posted @ Monday, December 7, 2009 11:52 AM | Feedback (3) | Filed Under [ SharePoint Tips-n-Tricks ]

Resolving Replication Issues with Publishing Links to Client Application through SharePoint

Overview: SharePoint (MOSS 2007) has the ability for Administrators to publish links (the locations) to document libraries / lists for end users.  This allows end users to simple save documents from Office client applications such as Word and Excel by simply choosing the location instead of first navigating there using the browser and copying the URL or uploading the document.   How To Add or Remove Published Links in SharePoint:   Issue Description: Despite proper configuration, published links often take a long time to replicate to Office Client Applications.  To resolve...

posted @ Thursday, December 3, 2009 12:20 PM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ SharePoint Tips-n-Tricks ]

Teaching with Virtual Machines (Don’t forget about networking)

I’ve been teaching several SharePoint training classes in Tulsa, OK.  This morning while teaching an Admin class reality smacked me right across the face and I hadn’t even had a cup of coffee yet. We had just begun our first lab and several students were unable to access Active Directory (AD) “Users and Computers.”  Once we assigned a static IP Address to the Virtual Machines all was fine.  Oh, how easy it is too forget that Windows Services such as AD really like having an IP Address.

posted @ Monday, November 9, 2009 2:33 PM | Feedback (0) | Filed Under [ SharePoint Tips-n-Tricks ]

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