Friday, October 27, 2006

Microsoft announced Express Upgrade to Windows Vista

Today Microsoft announced Express Upgrade to Windows Vista for purchases made between October 26, 2006 and March 15, 2007. It is really strange that many manufacturers and Microsoft made a lot of people feel warm and fuzzy with the Vista Capable PC label attached to most if not all new systems, but now they may cut off many of them. However if you purchased a Vista Capable PC before October 26, 2006 don't give up. You may still be able to get refund from the PC manufacturer. My personal experience was with HP, which offered me to either cancel the order and reorder, return the PC or get a refund comparable with the price of the Vista upgrade. Guess which one I picked... Dovizhdane!

Monday, October 16, 2006

SCDNUG October Meeting - Russ Nemhauser

October Meeting - Russ Nemhauser Ineta will be providing Russ Nemhauser to speak at our meeting October 18. The meeting will be held at the Space Coast Credit Union Corporate Headquarters Introduction to ASP.NET 2.0 Web Parts Web Parts offer ASP.NET 2.0 applications the ability to provide powerful personalization functionality. In this session, you'll learn how Web Parts are implemented in ASP.NET 2.0, how to get up and running with Web Parts quickly, and how to extend the Web Parts framework. You will also learn how Web Parts functionality ties into the built-in membership features.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

SharePoint Administraion User Interface for stsadm.exe (WSS v3 beta)

After couple of weeks playing with WSS v3 and MOSS 2007 features, solutions and their deployment, I realized how central stsadm.exe for all this operations is. One way to go is to use bat files, but since I always forget command line options, I decided to create a simple user interface that saves keystrokes and help lookups. The tool incorporates the stsadm's help, so it is very easy to figure out what parameter values to put where. In addition if you need to save a parameter value that is used in different contexts you can do so by clicking on the parameter name. One good example is the url of a frequently used site. Once you save the value for all occurrences of the parameter, this parameter will allow you to select value from a list or type new one for any other operation it is used. Each executed command line is saved in a history list for easy retrieval. Download the stsadm UI from here... The tool uses an XML config file and can be easily adapted to any command line tool. If somebody is interested to use the code or make modifications let me know. If you find the tool useful and you have suggestions send a note.