SharePoint/Visio – Create organizational chart based on a SharePoint list

With the 2010 version, SharePoint and Visio can interoperate. In this post, I will show you how to use Visio to generate an organization chart based on SharePoint contact list. To do that, you need SharePoint 2010 (at least Foundation Server) and Visio 2010. Create the source contact list Connect to your SharePoint site and create a Contact list. I don’t do any customization on this list ‘(ie adding/deleting field)…

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BPOS/Office 365 – Blackberry service now available for free

Starting today, Blackberry services for BPOS users is now available for free. For the coming Office 365 offer, this service will be also free BUT with some change. Indeed, the Blackberry service, now called Blackberry Hosted, will directly hosted by RIM and now more managed though Office Online services. Mode detail about this announcement here http://community.office365.com/enus/office365/b/microsoft_office_365_blog/archive/2011/03/16/office-365-and-blackberry.aspx

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Network – To the end of IP v4 addresses

As you may already know, the number of available IP v4 addresses is going to zero. Recently, IANA has deliver his last IP v4 addresses range; now, only the 5 RIR (Regional Internet Registrar) are providing public IP v4 addresses. So it’s now the time to think about moving your IP infrastructure to IP v6 as it will take time to totally replace IP v4. It consists of checking your…

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BPOS / Office 365 – Communication ports needed for connectivity testing

Microsoft has released (sometime ago) an online tool to check your Internet connection compatibility with Online Services (messaging and collaboration [Exchange, Lync…]). This tool is available at the following URL http://speedtest.emea.microsoftonline.com/ There is some specific communication ports to be open in order to allow complete test: classical one: HTTP port (80) additional ones: UDP 8090, TCP 20000 and TCP 20001 If you don’t open these ports, you will have an…

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UAG – VPN access configuration

As you may already know ForeFront UAG is a solution to publish applications to external users. It may also be used as VPN access point. With UAG, you have 2 different ways to enable and configure VPN access: SSL Network Tunneling (SSTP) SSL Network Tunneling Mainly, both are working in the same way BUT there is some key differences: DHCP can not be used with SSL Network Tunneling for providing…

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SharePoint – STSAdm and PowerShell mapping

For those of you which are already working with SharePoint 2010 and have background with SharePoint 2003 / MOSS 2007, this post is for you If you are like me, you may have some difficulties to move from STSAdm command line to PowerShell, of course not for not existing STSAdm parameters. So, this link will help you to perform the translation from STSAdm to PowerShell easily http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff621084.aspx I have to…

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TMG / UAG – Antivirus exclusions

As you may already know, when you have a file system antivirus software installed on a server you have to define some exclusions (path and/or process). If you work with Exchange, SQL or SharePoint, this is something you may already have done and configured; but for those who are working with ISA, TMG, IAG or UAG, you have also to configure some antivirus exclusions. But, while there is a Microsoft…

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Online Services – New support policy

With the coming new online services (from Office 365 to Azure), Microsoft has announced new support policy for the online services. As part of this new Support Policy, a new concept called disruptive change has been introduced. Disruptive change broadly refers to changes that require significant action whether in the form of administrator intervention, substantial changes to the user experience, data migration or required updates to client software. A key…

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