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Monthly Archives: February 2008

Wellington SharePoint User Group Meeting Resources

As promised here are links to all of the resources discussed tonight:

User Group Links



Community Sites


Community Projects

Upcoming Wellington SharePoint User Group Meeting

I will be speaking at the upcoming SharePoint user group session on the 27th of Feb.

Topic: Getting the most out of your SharePoint Community

Speaker: Zac Smith

There is more to the SharePoint community than just turning up to user group meetings for free pizza and beer. Over the last year SharePoint developers around the world have been creating all kinds of enhancements, utilities, tools and extensions for SharePoint. This session aims to demonstrate how some of these can be incorporated into your SharePoint environment. Zac will showcase SharePoint community initiatives such as the Community Kit for SharePoint and some of the many CodePlex SharePoint projects . This will be a great opportunity to catch up on some of the exciting things happening in the SharePoint community space.

The session is suitable for all SharePoint enthusiasts.

We will also have a question and answer session after for any other SharePoint related questions you may have.

Please RSVP to:

Date: Wednesday 27th February 2008.Venue: Intergen Limited, Level 7, Plunket House, 126 Lambton Quay.

Presentation Starts at 6PM.

Easy way to find a ContentTypeID

This was bugging me for a while today, was trying to infer a contenttype's id using PowerShell until I noticed that it was in the URL of the content type definition. So the easiest way is to just navigate to the content type in the site content type gallery and just scrape the ID out of the URL:


All 4 SharePoint Certifications under my belt

I finally got around to sitting the rest of the SharePoint certs.

They vary quite significantly in difficulty, here are my recommendations for people thinking about sitting the exams.

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, Configuring (70-631)

This exam has a big infrastructure focus. Definately harder than its MOSS equivilent. Brush up on your network load balancing and authentication methods. Has some easier stuff on standard site configuration as well.

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, Application Development (70-541)

The general theme with the development exams is that they are much harder than the configuration ones (of course :-).

You really need to know all the various XML schemas for this - feature.xml, elements.xml, onet.xml etc.

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server, Configuring (70-630)

I thought this exam was really easy. A lot of easy questions around content types and records management. Has a few trickier questions around Enterprise features such as Excel Services and Forms Server. If you use the enterprise features a lot this probably won't be a problem.

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server, Application Development (70-542)

Of all the exams this was the hardest. The questions are basically around doing stuff in the Shared Services Provider, but in code (eg add an audience). I would recommend having quite a bit of MOSS specific dev experience before tackling this one.