fredag 11 maj 2012

What site templates are available using Office 365?

Well there is a special set of site templates that are available using Office 365:

Team Site
Blank Site
Document Workspace
Basic Meeting Workspace
Blank Meeting Workspace
Decision Meeting Workspace
Social Meeting Workspace
Multipage Meeting Workspace
Group Work Site
Asset Web Database
Charitable Contribution Web
Contact Web Database
Issues Web Database
Project Web Database
Document Center
Personalization Site
Basic Search Center
Visio Process Repository
Express Team Site (only Office 365)

Using SharePoint 2010 Enterprise Edition as a comparison you would have also these site templates:
Records Center
PowerPivot Site
Business Intelligence Center
Publishing Site
Publishing Site with Workflow
Enterprise Search Center
Enterprise Wiki
FAST Search Center

torsdag 12 april 2012

15 worst passwords

The 15 most common used passwords according to "someone".
1. password
2. 123456
3. 12345678
4. qwerty
5. abc123
6. monkey
7. 1234567
8. letmein
9. trustno1
10. dragon
12. 111111
13. iloveyou
14. master
15. sunshine

onsdag 21 mars 2012

SharePoint Web Analytics Report Error

Sometimes you run into a problem that just has to do with timing. Yesterday we were working on a brand new SharePoint 2010 setup, and one of the first things to check (due to requirements) was the Web Analytics Reports.

When doing   so we got an unexpected error. There was no info in the logs related to the ID. Initially we didn’t find any data in the .usage log file but after running the two services Usage Data Import and Usage Data Processing and setting them to run every 5 minutes we did get data in the .usage log file.

But no luck. There was still the error when accessing the Web Analytics Report in Site Settings.

However, it turns out there is also a workflow that has to run, the Web Analytics Trigger Workflows Timer Job, and by default this runs once every day. So if you don’t try this the first one or two days after setup there will never be a problem. However, if you want to run this the first day after setup you have to change the schedule for this job or run it manually.

Then there was no more error.

söndag 12 februari 2012

CV’s – the death of renaissance people

The attribute “Renaissance” and the expression “Renaissance Man” is all about broad knowledge in multiple disciplines. The ambition and what is attractive is the ability to do different things at different levels within different areas and by that experience and knowledge create new things and unexpected wonders.

This was once very popular, this was once highly respected. The men and women who could master completely different tasks and succeed in doing so where regarded with respect and admired for their stamina, their never ending enthusiasm for new knowledge and willingness to tackle new situations.

Most people today will at different intervals end up in situations where one is asked to present earlier work or experiences. The most common way of doing so is by creating a CV, a resume. If you are looking for a new job or a new consultancy assignment this is the first screening before one even gets to talk to people.

The employer or the consultant manager will have a list of skills required for the job. This is often a quite narrow list of bullet points that one has to match.

So if you have been around a bit, done a few things other than just the looked after previous tasks, you are disqualified. In the long run this limits your paths and once starting down one road there is no way off that. In the other end that gives the organization, step-by-step, employees and staff that are inflexible, lack outside influences, lack abilities to adjust to new situations and super experts on one thing and one thing alone. Is this the desired way we should go?

Generally there are two accepted groups that one can be sorted in, experts or generalist. Either one can know a lot about few things or one can know a little about a lot of things. That is the common idea.  The renaissance person that actually actively cultivates his or her skills in several areas is left out of this classification.

If you are one of these persons you will find yourself creating a zillion different CV’s depending on what actual skills are asked for in a particular assignment. But you will quite often be sorted out anyway since you didn’t do just that particular thing for the last century or so. By this approach Da Vinci would never have been allowed to create defense machines, art and scientific experiments. Cicero would never have been a politician, a philosopher and author. Galileo would not have been allowed to be a master of mathematics, painting and play the lute for kings and dignitaries.  

Have you ever run into a project or application where one can see that things have been done in the way they used to be done ten years ago? Even as this is a brand new application? How is that? Well, the simple answer is if one continue to select people who have done a particular thing, and only that, for the last ten to fifteen years, you will get a product or application that is produced in the same way as it was for ten or fifteen years ago.

Have you ever found yourself going to several meetings and then afterword being refused by mutually exclusive reasons? For one you where to technical, for the other you where to broad, for a third you hadn’t done so and so many years of exactly that particular thing. Although you do have the skills asked for, you have experience of that type of work and you have succeeded before in performing the same tasks?

Then you are probably someone who refuses to be locked in by conventional constrains on your ability to learn new things. Someone who to takes on new challenges and succeed in completing them. Someone who wants to expand your experience beyond what is the absolute minimum for what is needed and someone who can see new things and new solutions.

You are probably a renaissance person.

måndag 6 februari 2012

Exploring Exchange Online: Assign your own domain

Today’s exploration of Office 365 took me to Exchange Online. One thing one for sure wants is to use once own domain(s). And the twist is that we host all our domains on our own DNS servers.
Assigning a domain that you already own, turns out to be dead easy.
I just logged into the portal at and selected the Domains option in the left-hand menu.
Then adding the domain and select to activate it for Exchange Online and Lync Online.  Once that was done i was presented with the DNS-records to add to the DNS-zone.

I entered the records and waited for 30 minutes. It was stated that it could take up to 72 hours but who can wait for that long to check?
Then I logged into the Exchange Online web mail and tested to send email and also tested to send a mail to that mailbox.
Bingo all done! Super easy.
Next step will be to explore migrating mailboxes. Will be fun J

onsdag 1 februari 2012

Exploring SharePoint Online: Site Template Solutions

So today I decided to explore the common task of using site template solutions. Previously it has been a common task to create a site and then save it as a template, download that template, upload it to another farm and then create a new site based on that template.
Creating the site templateIn a vanilla setup of a SharePoint Foundation I created a small Support site. Just a simple thing with the following content:
1)      A document library
2)      A Customer list
3)      A Task list
I also created the custom column Customer in the document library and task list creating them as lookups from the Customer list selecting on Company. For each component I created a new view to be used on the front page and then added them as web parts to the front page web part page.
There after I connected the web parts so when one select a task in the Task list the relevant documents in the Document web part and the relevant Customer data in the Customers web part was filtered out.
Pretty easy stuff not using any fancy things or custom solutions.

I also deactivated all site features and saved the site as a site template.
Getting the site to my SharePoint Online instanceAfter downloading the WSP to my desktop and then adding it to my Solutions gallery at I activated the solution.
Then I went to the All site content page and selected to create a new site. No problems so far. The site template could be activated and shows up in the list of templates.

Well that didn’t work out very well.

Turns out that in the SharePoint Online instance several of the basic features that are native in even SharePoint Foundation has been removed. This is all very well explained here:
The error in my case happens to be for reporting services that isn’t even used in the solution but even so is included in the WSP.
Lesson learnedOnly sites that are created in SharePoint Online can be migrated into SharePoint Online using the solutions gallery and web site template mechanism.
This will be a major challenge for anyone migrating an on-premises application to SharePoint Online and will require a lot of testing and manual hands-on stuff when doing so.

tisdag 31 januari 2012

Dead easy to break SharePoint Online

So our brand new SharePoint Online is up. I decided to try the thing out a bit from a user perspective.
When logging in to the account and viewing the available  site collections I could see three available site collections.
-          The old site from BPOS
-          A new site under
-          A my Site-site collection
First thing I did was log into the old BPOS site. Ugly thing  from when playing around with BPOS. I decided to delete it so I went to Site Settings and selected the option to delete the site. All well, I thought. The site disappeared.
But, when going back to the admin interface in SharePoint Online, the site collection is still there. Now there is an option to delete a site collection from the SharePoint Online admin interface. When trying that, well, one get an error message from SharePoint Foundation. So, there is now a dead link there that cannot be deleted. And it still consumes the allocated disk space that was assigned to it.

Ok, so I thought I’d try out the new Site collection under Turns out Microsoft has generated a Team Site for us, nice, but it is in Swedish. I want it to be in English. So I wanted to delete it.  Learning of my first mistake I now did that using the SharePoint Online admin portal.
When doing so one gets a warning stating that one will not be able to create any new sites or site collections until there is a new one created using that top-level name Fair enough, I can do that, I thought.
So I deleted the site and then went for the action to create a new site collection. Somewhere around here one would guess there is an option to create that top-level site that was required. But no. One can only create sub-level site collections on the form of So I did.
Now obviously, since there is now top-level site collection the sub-level cannot be created.
And by that, 10 minutes of using and performing two actions the SharePoint Online is now broken.
In my admin interface I now have three links to site collections.
-          The new site (that just sits there being “created” – broken
-          The old BPOS site – broken
-          The new My Site, haven’t used it yet so still working, I guess.

Now after going in circles for a while I finally managed to create the top-level-site collection and then also the new sub-site eventually popped into place. It did take some trixing and waiting.
However the old BPOS-site, still there and still broken.

MS Sales Requirements

We ran into an interesting twist of being Office 365 partner today. Comes down to timeing.
When becoming a sales partner for the Office 365 program, the organization is granted 250 seats free licenses for internal use. Super stuff!
There is though a condition to this, one has to sell at least 50 licenses in one year to keep these free licenses. Fair enough.
However, the twist is that the “one year” doesn’t have anything to do when signing up for the program. It is associated with the organizations MOSPA agreement.
So we went through all the steps to become Office 365 partners and completed that January 20. However our MOSPA is up for renewal April 30. So we have about three months to fulfill the requirement rather than the announced one year.
So, if your organization is into these programs, don’t just run into them and try to get started as early as possible. Sometimes it is better to not be an early adopter. J

torsdag 12 januari 2012

New gTLD's - good or bad?

From today it is possible to register your own gTLD at It will cost you a lot of money but you get your own gTLD to use as you like.

So what is this good for and who benefits from it?The generall idea is that the limitations of the currrent systems make a lot of domains occupied and a many companies with similar names or letter combinations in different regions cannot all have their of organisation name as domain since it is taken by someone else.

What are the dangers?Well, given the still strong business of dodgy companies registering domains, and now perhaps gTLD's, that belong to others for phishing or pure black mailing purpouses, it is probably going to be even worse in this regard when they get a whole new spectrum of TLD's to work with.
It i also probably going to be very costly for all companies that have strong international brands that will be forced to protect their brand as a gTLD without actually using it.
The third issue is that internet users are probably going to have an even harder time to identify ligimate sites and organizations giving a larger spectrum for shady businesses to act in.

Can one mittigate this?
Yes, by using organization validated digital certificates or EV certificates. This will prove to the web site user what organisaton is actually behind a web site and who one is actually interacting with. This takes the digital certificate beyond the everyday usage of encryption and actually utilize the potential of the digital certificate.

tisdag 10 januari 2012

Monitor SSL Certificate Expiration

If you have a lot of SSL Certificates for different sites and solutions, there is quite often a lot of work involved in keeping track on when they expire.

I was trying ot the APM from Solarwinds ( and it actually does work. One can download a free trial from their web site.