PowerPoint Broadcast Slideshow feature Rocks

Check out this cool new feature in PowerPoint 2010 where you can broadcast a slideshow over the web without the need for Webex/SharedView

Very Neat!!


Creating a Custom Theme for SharePoint 2010 using PowerPoint

One of the neat little features in SharePoint 2010 is the ability to leverage your organization’s PowerPoint slide to create the look and feel for your SharePoint sites

With MOSS 2007, you had to adhere to a Corporate Style Guide and design your CSS themes manually. 

With 2010 you can leverage any existing Marketing Collateral that you might have and import those styles into SharePoint.

Here is a default SharePoint 2010 site


If you are using PowerPoint 2010, open up any PowerPoint slide and goto the BackStage and click Save As and choose “Office Theme” as your File Type Option.  Give an appropriate name for your theme, since your users will be using this name to identify the theme within the theme gallery


Now that you have saved your theme, Goto Site Settings and goto the Themes gallery and upload your newly created Office Theme


Your custom theme should now be available for your sites.

SharePoint 2010 Public beta is now available

SharePoint Server 2010 Public Beta is now available for download here

SharePoint 2010 Install & Powershell Issue on Windows Server 2008

PowerShell is an optional component available with the Windows Server 2008 default install.  If you enable this feature in Server Manager you will run into an issue when installing the pre-release version of SharePoint 2010.  2010 depends on the PowerShell CTP3 which cannot be installed without uninstalling the inbuilt PowerShell feature. 

To Uninstall PowerShell.  goto Server Manager and uncheck the PowerShell feature.

Now your 2010 install should proceed without any issues

Check this post below to review and download the various versions of Powershell


Office 2010 Beta Download available

It is PDC time this week and Office 2010 Beta is now available on TechNet. Get your download from here


Edit: Download Links arent live yet.

iPhone MTP USB Device driver issue

I reinstalled Windows 7 this weekend. This time I have decided not to install iTunes or QuickTime or any software from Apple on my main Windows machine. That said, I do want to access the pictures on my iPhone through Windows. After the reinstall, my iPhone wasnt recognized by the OS and it gave me an error about “Unable to install MTP USB device”. The fix is to go into the Device Manager, Uninstall the “Unknown MTP device” and scan for hardware changes. Windows 7 enumerated the devices and recognized the iPhone without any issues. A day without iTunes is a good computing day!

Getting Ready for SharePoint 2010

Last month at the SharePoint conference in Las Vegas, Microsoft unveiled the feature set and hardware requirements for SharePoint 2010.  2010 requires 64 bit hardware and that might mean a significant re-platforming of your existing developer machines.  With MOSS 2007 developers were free to run a test environment on their 32 bit machines using Virtual PC.  Bamboo Solutions even came up with an innovative solution to run MOSS 2007 locally on Vista machines

MOSS on Vista

However, If you are a SharePoint developer and you currently have a 32 bit machine, there are some significant changes coming down the road.

First, if you can, move on to a 64 bit platform.  Irrespective of whatever OS you run(Windows 7 , Vista or Windows Server 2008) moving to a 64 bit platform provides you the flexibility to run 64-bit 2010 Virtual machines natively using Hyper-V or VMWare Server or Virtual Box

If you are running Windows 7 and do not want to deal with VMs, there is an interesting option called “Boot from VHD” in Windows 7.  With this option,  you could boot directly into a Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 test environment VHD and hence leverage all of your system resources within the VHD.  Here is a great post that talks about the steps to prepare a VHD and boot from it.


If you are stuck with a 32 bit machine and you are not part of a hardware refresh cycle, you have one option.  If your machine has a Intel/AMD chipset that supports virtualization, make sure to update your BIOS by visiting the manufacturer’s website.  Once your BIOS is updated, you should see an option to turn on Virtualization within your BIOS setup.  After turning on virtualization within the BIOS, you can run your 2010 VMs.  Currently,  VMWare Server 2.0 and Sun’s VirtualBox support running 64 bit guests on 32 bit hosts.   The performance of these VMs on 32 bit hosts leave a lot to be desired and is definitely not recommended for hard core SharePoint development.  You will be better off developing off of a Hyper-V or VMware Server hosting your VMs remotely.

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