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  • Wrox, Bible and Sybex book discounts for SUGUK members

    The nice people at Wiley have organized a discount for SUGUK members on their books. For more info please visit the related forum post:

    Also they've uploaded some sample chapters for us: sharepoint 2007 design.pdf SharePoint 2007 Web Content Management Development.pdf SharePoint 2007 Workflow Programming.pdf
  • London Meeting - 25th November

    Session 1- Customizing SharePoint Search - Ben Robb

    SharePoint Search is very powerful, and there are some key best practices which should be used to ensure that your search results are giving users the ability to find information more quickly. In this session we will learn how to customise search results and what search rules should be put in place to make sure that system pages do not find their way into search results. Finally, we will explore how to apply Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) techniques so that external search engines can crawl public facing sites effectively.

    Session 2 - Lessons learned deploying SharePoint at Credit Suisse - Rickard Lofberg

    This session will explore how Credit Suisse, a world leading financial services company, has deployed SharePoint as a large scale collaboration platform.
    We will learn about the design, best practises and challenges of hosting more than 2000 Site Collections and 1.8 TB of data.
    We will cover topics ranging from the physical farm architecture to SharePoint Designer Contributor settings.
    Finally, we will discuss some of the operational process and policies needed to ensure platform stability

    For full details and to sign up please visit the following forum post :
  • London Roundup/Slides - new attendance record!

    Many thanks to everyone who came along to the SUGUK event at LBi last Thursday. 204 attendees is the new record to beat! I think we'll need to hire Earls Court in future.

    Many thanks to Riaz and Chris for their hard work putting the event and presentations together, and of course Microsoft for covering the food and drink. Here are the links to the slides:

    Any comments or feedback feel free to leave here or ping me an email...
  • October 16th - London meeting

    The full session abstracts have now been posted up for the meeting on October 16th. The titles are:

    Session1 : Web Content Management in MOSS, real life case study – Riaz Ahmed

    Session 2 : Best practices/lessons learnt: building MOSS Content Management sites – Chris O’Brien

    Full more info and to sign up visit the following forum post:

  • Session Vote!

    Session ideas have been submitted, and you can now vote at the following link:

    We'll keep the survey going until Friday 29th August.

    If there's a topic missing you feel is important please mail me at

  • London Round Up

    What a great meeting - 2 great presentations, and a record attendance. Apologies again for the lack of pizza...we'll make sure there is a sufficient supply for the next time :-)

    Thanks to everyone who came along, and of course Matt and Eric for the presentations. You can pickup the slides/code/etc from their respective blogs:

    I also recorded an interview with Eric before the meeting where we cover some of the stuff he presented, the pod cast will be up soon at

    Please keep your suggestions coming for future meetings also:
  • SharePoint Pod Show

    Just a quick entry to point you to something Rob Foster, Brett Lonsdale and I have been working on, a SharePoint related PodCast.

    The first episode is just an intro to the show and what we hope to cover in the future. The next episode should be up by the end of this week!

  • London Meeting - Aug 14th

    For those who aren't lucky enough to be on holiday we've got 2 great topics for the London Meeting. Eric - who has the record for longest distance traveled to attend a meeting, and Matt - who is only traveling from Coventry, will be your presenters. Arrive just after 6pm for a 630pm start:

    Session 1 - Eric Shrupps - SharePoint MVP

    Full Speed Ahead: Developing High Performance Applications for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007

    Discover tips, techniques, tools and best practices for creating high performance MOSS 2007 applications using Visual Studio 2008, C#, the SharePoint object model, web services, and the latest features in the .NET 3.5 framework. Learn how to measure application performance, optimize code execution, and configure SharePoint to support data intensive, highly transactional line-of-business applications.

    Session 2 - Matt Groves - SharePoint , Extranets and ISA, it's easier than you think.

    The presentation will be on configuring SharePoint for Extranet access in the real world and also how to work with ISA server as a SharePoint publishing tool

    As usual we are hosting this at the MS Victoria offices:
    Microsoft London (Cardinal Place)
    100 Victoria Street
    London SW1E 5JL
    Tel:               0870 60 10 100   


    If you'd like to attend please post your full name on this forum topic:


  • London SharePoint A&E Roundup

    Many thanks to everyone who attended the first of our SharePoint Q+A sessions. Hopefully everyone enjoyed it and got some useful information from the discussions that took place. It was great not to run out of questions! :-)

    A special thanks to Colin, Ben, Craig, Russel and Chris who let me bully them into sitting at the front.

    The format of the evening seemed to work well, but we're always trying to improve things for you so if you have any feedback or comments feel free to post them here or email me at

    Also I know a number of people were taking some notes. It would be great if you could perhaps share some of those notes and especially perhaps the companies, url's and white papers that were mentioned...feel free to post those notes here or perhaps a link to your own blog with them on...

  • Basingstoke meeting - March 27th

    A meeting slightly west of London this time which is kindly being hosted by ICS. 3 sessions to get your teeth into!

    1800 - arrive for tea and coffee

    1830 - Architecting a Highly Available MOSS Farm -  by Lewis Baldwin, ICS,  Head of Infrastructure and Support
    This 0.5 hour session will cover design considerations for architecting a highly available redundant MOSS environment.
    Overview of MOSS server roles with regard to availability and in addition specifics on how to use SQL Server 2005 Database mirroring technology to secure remote data replication to deliver a MOSS Disaster Recovery site.

    1900 - Governance: Protecting your SharePoint Investment - by Symon Garfield, ICS,  SharePoint Practice Lead
    This half hour session will present a framework that will help organisations ensure that SharePoint platforms grow in a controlled and managed manner, remain aligned with business objectives and continue to deliver genuine, measurable business value and Return on Investment.

    1930 - break for food and drinks

    2000 - Introducing Silverlight and SharePoint - by Colin Byrne, Flexnet Consultants
    Silverlight is a major new technology from Microsoft and it's new entry into the Rich Internet Applications (RIA) space.
    This presentation will explain what Silverlight is, what the benefits are over standard web development and how Silverlight can be hosted in and integrate with SharePoint.
    With few slides and plenty of demos we'll walkthrough the creation of a Silverlight video browser application that uses data from SharePoint and then deploy it to SharePoint. We'll also show how a commercial Silverlight 2.0 product for SharePoint is put together.

    For location information and to sign up please visit here:

  • Feb London meeting roundup

    Many thanks to Ben, Spencer and everyone who attended Wednesdays meeting. It was great to see so many people down the pub afterwards as well. All the mentions of going to the pub during presentations etc people looking in to the session might think all SharePoint people are alcoholics! Or perhaps it is just that SharePoint drives you to drink! :-)

    Anyway, here's a link to Spencers slides:

    Bens are also on the way.

  • London User Group Meeting - 27th Feb 2008

    back in London for another user group meeting with two more fantastic topics with SharePoint MVPs Spencer Harbar and Ben Robb...

    Session 1
    Kerberos and SharePoint: no ticket touting here. Does SharePoint add another head?

    ·         Overview of Kerberos and the benefits it offers in a SharePoint 2007 deployment.
    ·         Discussion of whether your SharePoint deployment needs Kerberos.
    ·         Tour of the required pre-requisites and configuration settings.
    ·         Approaches to automating configuration in a SharePoint Farm.
    ·         Preview of the SharePoint Farm Kerberos Configuration Utility.
    ·         Q&A/Discussion.

    Dealing with Change: How to Manage Deployment for Multi-Project MOSS Solutions

    If you are planning on using SharePoint to run a large intranet or public-facing website that has ongoing maintenance and multiple projects with different release cycles, you will be faced with challenges around how to successfully manage this in a Microsoft Office SharePoint Server environment. Learn how to leverage industry-standard processes for continuous integration and automated builds to streamline your deployment process between different environments, using MSBuild, Team Foundation Server and the SharePoint Solution, Feature and Content Deployment frameworks.


    To attend please post your full name on the following forum topic:

  • Slides from Coventry meeting

    Many thanks to everyone who attended, Matt for presenting and Trinity for hosting and providing the food. You can get the slides from Matts presentation at his blog:

  • London meeting roundup

    Many thanks to everyone who attended the meeting last night and of course to Chris and Andrew for presenting two great sessions. Here are the links to the resources available from last night:

    Chris's workflow links

    Andrews links for Search Server 2008


    If anybody has any feedback on the evening feel free to leave a comment here or send me an email.

  • London meeting - January 10th

    hope everybody has had an enjoyable break over Christmas and New Year. We're back to meetings again quickly with an event in London on January 10th. Two great topics... Workflow: A deep dive into developing workflows for SharePoint using Visual Studio and Infopath - Chris O'Brien Of the three types of workflow available to the SharePoint developer, only Visual Studio workflows provide complete flexibility and power. Without the right information however, the learning curve can be steep for the uninitiated. In this session we’ll start with initial decisions such as SharePoint Designer workflows vs. Visual Studio workflows, sequential vs. state-machine, and InfoPath vs ASP.Net for forms. From there we’ll cover the key steps to get a workflow up and running including retrieving data from an InfoPath form, configuring workflow activities, and deployment of the workflow. Over several demos, we’ll build a basic state-machine workflow, and show why workflow is a valuable addition to any SharePoint developer’s skillset. Search Server 2008 – What is it, how does it affect me and should I be testing it? - Andrew Woodward A look at the recently announced Search Server 2008. We will walk through an installation and demonstration of the new Federated Search capabilities, what’s provided out of the box, what you can get from free, how to leverage sites using and how to federate results from Google. We will discuss how this fits in with your existing WSS and MOSS deployments and the release timescales. To signup please post your fullname at the following forum topic:

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