The 3 Tips for SharePoint Management

Microsoft SharePoint Server is a versatile productivity booster, but managing and keeping SharePoint available and finely tuned can be challenging and time-consuming. Regardless of the size of your company, or you're focusing on physical or virtual implementation, the following three tips and tricks can help you deploy and manage your SharePoint system. #1: Don't Stumble Into the 'Wrong' Configuration Far too many companies initially implement a SharePoint configuration that is not adapted to their specific business needs. Here’s a quick tip on... Read More →
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Proper approach for a SharePoint deployment

Given my role as an account executive at IncWorx, I interface with many customers that are looking at deploying a new SharePoint farm or migrating to a newer version.  One of the big things that sets IncWorx apart is our approach when it comes to these types of engagements.  It's important to properly plan in the beginning to ensure that your business realizes the full benefits of SharePoint and it doesn't become an unused platform that your IT staff is burdoned with supporting.  The approach below outlines the steps we generally follow in one... Read More →
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Recently Viewed Documents in SharePoint 2010

If you have been following our blog or have seen any other posts, you're probably very familiar with our new UI/UX package called BrandIt.  If you haven't been, BrandIt is an easy-to-deploy UI/UX package that includes a custom master page as well as Web Parts that were designed to help improve the user experience and bolster user adoption.  With BrandIt having been in production state since the end of March, our next phase is to roll out new web parts to continue to increase the usability of SharePoint.  Our most recent web part/functionality... Read More →
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SharePoint Document Routing

IncWorx Consulting is thrilled to announce that they have recently added another remarkable product to their arsenal. This one is a rules-based document routing tool for SharePoint 2010, and is appropriately called RouteIt. This helpful package actually trumps the very basic Content Organizer feature within the SharePoint design for a variety of reasons. This blog will help you understand the differences between the two so you can see how RouteIt will dramatically increase user acceptance within your organization. RouteIt is similar to Content... Read More →
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New Branding Package Web Part: Interactive Tabbed Banner

IncWorx Consulting is very excited about a brand new product they just rolled out called BrandIt. This is a comprehensive branding package for SharePoint 2010 and a great way to customize SharePoint to give your organization's intranet a better look and feel. One of three web parts contained in this package is an interactive tabbed banner. This is advantageous because it is list-driven and supports full HTML. This was also built using jQuery, which allows content to be automatically populated from multiple lists and list views if the user... Read More →
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Could not establish trust relationship for the SSL/TLS secure channel with authority - Troubleshooting SharePoint

Calendar overlays are one of the great SharePoint 2010 benefits, but if not setup correctly during the SharePoint implementation it can be a nuisance. I want to share with everyone this fix to the error "Could not establish trust relationship for the SSL/TLS secure channel with authority" when adding an Exchange overlay.   Problem - Error message: Could not establish trust relationship for the SSL/TLS secure channel with authority After adding an Exchange overlay SharePoint 2010 displays this error.   Cause -  This error is caused by a trust... Read More →
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Integrating Mobile with SharePoint 2010

IncWorx Consulting has taken leaps and bounds in the mobile arena to integrate mobile devices to SharePoint Server 2010. Recently mobile devices have become more powerful and easy to use. Laptops, netbooks, tablet PCs, and mobile phones are relied upon to provide workers access to the information and applications that they must have to do their jobs. Additionally, developing applications for mobile devices is now easier than ever. As a result, more and more often business scenarios demand integrating client applications together with business... Read More →
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Web Application Zones in SharePoint

In talking with several clients, I've found that one of the more confusing aspects of SharePoint (both 2007 and 2010) is web application zones. There are a few reasons for this confusion, but I think one of the biggest is that the SharePoint Administrative UI usually only tells half of the story. To get the whole picture, you also need to look at how IIS, DNS and sometimes your firewall are configured.In simplest terms, a web application in SharePoint is an associate of one or more content databases to one or more IIS web sites. Each IIS web... Read More →
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SharePoint 2010's Web Content Management Sweet Spot

SharePoint 2010 as a web delivery platformI happened to find this article on cmswire.com that was talking about where SharePoint 2010 is at its best as a web delivery platform.  I think the author, William Saville makes some good points in the article, and I would like to breifly touch on some of these points.SharePoint 2010 as a facing application deliery platformSite visitors want a website that is interactive and provides some service that will deepen the users experience.  SharePoint has many features that prove to do just this.  It has the... Read More →
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SharePoint 2010 Tip Of The Week - How To Optimize Your SharePoint 2010 Farm For Enterprise Search

Many SharePoint admins know that Search is the 800 pound gorilla in your SharePoint farm. There are several schools of thinking when it comes to making your farm run better when using enterprise search. At SharePoint Conference 2011 there was a nice lecture done on the subject of performance tuning in SharePoint 2010. The lecture was done by presenter Eric Shupps a SharePoint Server MVP. Eric strongly suggested that you setup your search databases the SQL server's fastest disk. Another important tip is to isolate the crawl and temp databases. ... Read More →
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AvePoint Released DocAve 6 Public Beta

AvePoint released the DocAve 6 public beta that simplifies deployment, monitoring, and enforcement of Microsoft SharePoint 2010 governance policies.  It manages development and lets you test production farms with ease.  It also features a redesigned, ribbon based interface to simplify and automate SharePoint governance and management.  Key benefits of DocAve 6 include Increase Business Productivity, Reduce Total Cost of Ownership, Provides IT Assurance and Enable Security & Compliance for Business Content.  These benefits help deliver... Read More →
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SharePoint 2010 Access error on Android's default browser - SharePoint Mobile

With more and more people using Android Phones and Tablets, it has come to my attention that the Android Phone’s and Tablets default browsers block the SharePoint 2010 credentials popup window. This makes it difficult to login and edit your site on the go. If you have a SharePoint site, and plugin your URL into the Android browser you might get a 401 Unauthorized error. Unfortunately, the default browser blocks the login prompt popup which could prevent anyone on one of these devices from logging into their SharePoint site. I recently spent a... Read More →
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Release Earnings Faster on Wall Street Using SharePoint Server 2010.

IncWorx Consulting, a Managed Gold PartnerProblem:For decades, financial reports and data gathering were very time-consuming practices, especially when earnings were expected to be delivered to the SEC in such short time frames. Even more pressure was added considering what happened in 2008. Analysts would spend an exorbitant amount of time gathering quantitative data, checking and rechecking numbers, tracking down support documentation and getting sign-offs from Executive Management. This in turn, added costly mistakes when an analyst reported... Read More →
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What's New in SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 1?

What are the new features offered by Service Pack 1 for SharePoint 2010?Support for SQL Server 2011SharePoint's ability to integrate with SQL Server has greatly enhanced the product. With new features emerging in the "Denali" version of SQL Server, implementing SharePoint 2010 will become even more powerful.Shallow CopyWith this new feature, you are now able to move site collections to new content databases without moving Remote Blob storage content. This way, you don't have to copy the unstructured data in the file store because only the... Read More →
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Ruven Gotz: SharePoint Saturday Chicago: Suburbs Edition

SharePoint Saturday Standout: Ruven Gotz I attended SharePoint Saturday this weekend 6.11.11 and was blown away by Ruven Gotz's presentation on Effective Requirements Gathering Workshop - How to organize and Run Them. He highlighted ways to help organizations have a successful SharePoint implementation by gathering the right information from the start. Ruven suggested to have a group from three to eight people to gather information about documents, meta data, site structure, wire-framing & business process workflows. He introduced tools like... Read More →
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SharePoint Branding: Mobile Solutions

In a world that is increasingly mobile, there is an increased need for enterprise systems that easily translate to a mobile platform.  One of the major SharePoint 2010 benefits is the out of the box functionality that allows users to view a condensed version of SharePoint.  SharePoint 2010 will automatically determine if a user is using a mobile browser and, if so, redirect accordingly.  This featuer is customizable using the "compat.browser" file within your virtual directories.  It is customizable at the site collection level.The default... Read More →
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How to redeem your SDPS vouchers

Most people who have Microsoft enterprise agreements have software assurance benefits, and with these benefits are SDPS Vouchers.  SharePoint Deployment and Planning Services is what the acronym stands for.  The program was designed (by IncWorx and Microsoft) to help customers not only take advantage of their Enterprise Agreements, but also to point them into the direction of SharePoint firms who have a proven track record with the platform.  In order for a SharePoint firm to become a SDPS certified partner, they must pass a number of tests,... Read More →
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Scanning, Indexing and Regulatory for Financial Services: Implementing SharePoint 2010

In the financial service industry numerous papers and important information are processed hourly. From prospectuses to important client information, organizations are striving to find a platform to store emails, faxes and compliance documents that are vital to day to day operations. Unexpected overhead is incurred when this process is manual, this in turn adds to the spike in operational costs including employee time to manage paper documents and opportunity cost lost in preforming these tasks opposed to other more meaningful tasks. Financial... Read More →
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Team Foundation Server Integration With SharePoint

Team Foundation Server (TFS) is the first full feature software development life cycle product that Microsoft introduced. It offers source control, data collection, reporting, and project tracking and is mostly utilized for software development projects where collaboration is key to the completion of the project. TFS can be used by itself or in collaboration with Visual Studio Team System, serving as the back end platform. If you use it while implementing SharePoint 2010 as well, TFS can be a life saver.Think of TFS as a wheel. Source control... Read More →
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SharePoint 2010 My Site Capabilities

A very interesting  and relatively new feature of SharePoint implementation is the My Site functionality. My Site is very similar to Facebook regarding the personalized look and feel of your profile. My Site provides a way to save and share your work, find and connect to other employees in order for them to view your work, and even customize who views it or how they view it. In the private view, you will see information of interest to you based on your membership in a particular audience. For example, a new employee might see links to training... Read More →
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