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Glenn's Sharepoint Foundation 2010 Review for Techs

Glenn's Sharepoint Foundation 2010 Review for Techs

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The ins and outs of using Microsoft's free version of Sharepoint, Foundation 2010.
June 04
Transitioning Over to 2010

​So I had a great approach for transitioning over to SharePoint 2010.  I setup a test server with the beta version of SharePoint Foundation 2010.  I went through the process of doing a fresh install of SharePoint Services 3.0 imported my 2007 site and then upgraded to 2010.  The process was fairly smooth and worked well for me.  I started experimenting with the features of 2010 and loved the new editting features for web pages.  Along with the SharePoint upgrade I am also using this year to transition from an old IIS website to using SharePoint for our district web server.  When completed I will have document sharing, easy editting of web pages by non tech staff and give teachers easy to use and edit classroom websites.  I am pushing my development and release of 2010 so that I don't end up showing teachers how to create and edit pages in 2007 and then having to show them how to do it differently in 2010.  The end of the school year is fast approaching and I want to have the site templates done and ready for the industrious ground breaking teachers to experiment with their websites over the summer and have them in production for the start of the new school year.

I was feeling fairly comfortable with 2010 and hadn't noticed any bugs or issues with the site I transferred over.  I choose to switch over my live webserver the second weekend after the product was released.  I let staff know that I would be starting the changeover Friday afternoon so that they would know not to edit any pages once I started the conversion process.  Things went well in the conversion process and am quite pleased with my end result.  I now have an operational SharePoint Foundation 2010 website and a replicated site that I use for development of pages and programming of varous webparts to replace some of my old vbscript and .Net 1.0 and .Net 2.0 web applications.  In future posts I will be updating new discoveries I have found after making the switch and the solutions I have found to some issues I have encountered.

June 04
No Space in a Rating Scale Question

​I created a survey this week that contained a couple of Likert scale rating questions.  In the sub-question section my questions were a little on the long side and that resulted in each sub-question being displayed on 4 or 5 lines in the survey.  Each of these types of questions had about seven sub-questions.  When previewing the survey it was hard to read the sub-questions and distinguish the break between the sub-questions.  Tried putting and extra blank line between questions but the Sharepoint Engineers were a step ahead of us trying that maneuver and programmed a blank line to be deleted.  Probably did not like seeing blank line with a rating scale set of bubbles after it.  To avoid that they edit out the blanks you put in.  For a workaround I put in space followed by 20 underscores.

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That amount of underscores was just enough to force a line feed and give me a horizontal rule between each sub-question.

June 04
Welcome to my Sharepoint Foundation 2010 Blog!

So you have Sharepoint Foundation 2010, congratulations!  Nothing like a free product for web 2.0 that you can use with your existing user accounts for students, teachers and other staff.  One thing that I try to do is document things that I do.  You never know when the need might arise to do a task again, if you didn't write down what you did it can be painstakingly slow to redo the process again.  Sharepoint 2010 has only been out for a little over 3 weeks and finding good sources for how to do things are sometimes hard to find.  Tried getting reference books from the local bookstore and there was a whopping 1 title on Sharepoint 2010.

I will be using this blog to share my adventures with Sharepoint 2010.  The ins, outs and workarounds for getting things done will be recorded here for my later reference and hey if you are having the same issues maybe this will be a good resource for you.

 

 About this blog

 
About this blog
So you have Sharepoint Foundation 2010, congratulations!  Nothing like a free product for web 2.0 that you can use with your existing user accounts for students, teachers and other staff. 
I will be using this blog to share my adventures with Sharepoint 2010.   The ins, outs and workarounds for getting things done will be recorded here for my later reference and hey if you our are having the same issues maybe this will be a good resource for you.  My SharePoint site that I administer is for a K-12 school system so some of my approaches will be based on supporting that endeavor.  I will have a mix of students, teachers, administrators, parents and community members that will need to access and publish content to our SharePoint site.


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