The Sean Blog

The “Get Real Work Done” Button

If you find yourself living in your inbox, finishing the day with hundreds of e-mails sent and...

Author: smearp Date: 04/29/2013

TechEd–Awesome Free Training in HD

With summer starting soon (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), work slows down as folks head out...

Author: smearp Date: 06/18/2012

Shut Down Windows 8

I didn’t see this method in Paul Thurrott’s excellent Windows 8 Consumer Preview: Lock, Sign Off,...

Author: smearp Date: 06/15/2012

Microsoft Management Summit – Free Recordings

If you were not able to make it to MMS, or were unable to clone yourself to attend all the sessions...

Author: smearp Date: 04/26/2012

Modifying SharePoint Search Results

I have put up a post over on the PTS Blog that shows how to modify SharePoint Search results to...

Author: smearp Date: 09/06/2011

Leave me alone!!! (using Lync to NOT communicate)

Ubiquitous connectivity and communication sources are a blessing and a curse.  It is amazing...

Author: smearp Date: 09/06/2011

File System Limitation

Apparently I am only the second person on the internet to hit this error (judging by my Bing search...

Author: smearp Date: 07/06/2011

Phishing and Modern Browsers

I got a rather official-looking phishing e-mail this evening, asking me to verify my Bank of America...

Author: smearp Date: 06/12/2011

Scripting a SharePoint 2010 install with Powershell

Clicking “next” “next” on an installer is sooo 2007.  If you stand up and take down SharePoint...

Author: smearp Date: 03/17/2011

Windows 7 Deployment Options for Small and Midsize Businesses

The Microsoft Download Center has a neat poster (available in PDF, Visio, and XPS formats) walking...

Author: smearp Date: 03/14/2011

How to create a SharePoint 2010 web part page that inherits the site's left navigation

The subject line says it all… if you create a web part page in SharePoint 2010, by default you will...

Author: smearp Date: 03/09/2011

Automate PDF configuration for SharePoint 2010 via PowerShell

PowerShell and SharePoint 2010 go together like peanut butter and chocolate, and Toni Frankola has...

Author: smearp Date: 02/15/2011

Embedding a PowerPoint Deck on SharePoint 2010

If you have ever wanted to know how to embed a PowerPoint Deck on a webpage in SharePoint 2010...

Author: smearp Date: 02/01/2011

Updating passwords on SharePoint 2010

Today’s entry in the “Sean’s simple question about why a KB article had not been updated leads to a...

Author: smearp Date: 01/25/2011

Blogging with Partner Technical Services

Hello All- I just wanted to write a quick note to let you know that I will be splitting my blogging...

Author: smearp Date: 01/20/2011

Windows Phone 7 App of Awesomess

I am loving my new Samsung Focus, and have been adding in some applications, including the excellent...

Author: smearp Date: 11/22/2010

Free Code Sample Request Service from the Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework team

Just saw the following announced… we have a team of folks that will write code samples for free in...

Author: smearp Date: 11/11/2010

Outlook Rules for RSS

For staying on top of my external blog feeds, I use a web-based RSS reader that works quite...

Author: smearp Date: 10/31/2010

How Do I Use OneNote?

In older versions of OneNote, you were greeted on startup with a built-in OneNote Guide that walked...

Author: smearp Date: 10/04/2010

SharePoint 2010– Storman on Steroids

AKA… how to visualize the files you are storing in SharePoint. *Update on the below after having...

Author: smearp Date: 09/28/2010

A Steady State Without SteadyState

Windows SteadyState was a great technology designed for administrators that were responsible for...

Author: smearp Date: 09/10/2010

Online Safety Resources

With school back in session soon (if not already), The Trustworthy Computing team has released a...

Author: smearp Date: 09/02/2010

Dynamic Desktop Wallpapers from RSS Feeds

I was listening to Windows Weekly on my Zune this morning, and Paul’s Pick of the Week was the Bing...

Author: smearp Date: 08/27/2010

Internet Explorer 8–Show Stop and Refresh Buttons Before Address Bar

By default, Internet Explorer 8 has the Refresh and Stop buttons on the right side of the address...

Author: smearp Date: 08/16/2010

Creating an Image Map in SharePoint Designer 2010

I’m not sure why this isn’t documented, but thought I’d share the solution in case someone is...

Author: smearp Date: 08/11/2010

Microsoft Ribbon for WPF RTW FTW

Did I fit enough acronyms (or as my editor friend corrects me… initialisms) in the title there? ;)...

Author: smearp Date: 08/05/2010

Windows Azure Training and Virtual Lab

If you haven’t had a chance to play around with Windows Azure yet, I just stumbled across a ton of...

Author: smearp Date: 08/05/2010

Audit your Outlook calendar permissions

By default, others within your organization can only see whether you are free or busy for a...

Author: smearp Date: 08/02/2010

PowerShell Reference on Bing

In today’s “that’s kind of cool”, it turns out you can use Bing’s Visual Search for more than...

Author: smearp Date: 07/30/2010

Linux Integration Services v2.1 for Hyper-V Released

Get them while they’re hot!  Download here: Linux Integration Services v2.1 for Windows Server...

Author: smearp Date: 07/29/2010

Bridging from MOF Guidance to Microsoft Products

From an outside perspective, you might think that the Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) is...

Author: smearp Date: 07/29/2010

Windows Phone Developer Resources

I see over on the Windows Phone Developer Blog that the UI Design and Interaction Guide for Windows...

Author: smearp Date: 07/28/2010

SharePoint 2010 – 403 error when updating metadata

I have spent a month troubleshooting a crazy problem with SharePoint 2010, stumping everyone that...

Author: smearp Date: 07/27/2010

SQL Server Best Practices Analyzer

The following screenshot will give a DBA severe indigestion (although I have to imagine it is not...

Author: smearp Date: 07/26/2010

Resolution to missing datasheet view with 64-bit versions of Office

I just saw the following from our Product Quality team, and thought I would pass along the...

Author: smearp Date: 07/26/2010

More than you wanted to know

If you haven’t made it to a TechEd, you are really missing out.  Hundreds of super-smart...

Author: smearp Date: 07/26/2010

System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 Documentation

Jason Buffington’s Book on Data Protection for Virtual Data Centers is now available at Amazon and...

Author: smearp Date: 07/26/2010

Upgrading from SharePoint Portal Server and Project Server 2003 to SharePoint/Project Server 2010

I’ll get the ugly out of the way first… When developing Project Server 2010, the development team...

Author: smearp Date: 07/26/2010

Securing SharePoint and Project Server 2010

A year ago, I showed how to lock down SharePoint 2007 using the Security Configuration Wizard that...

Author: smearp Date: 07/23/2010

Learn Design with Expression Studio

In my last post, I linked to some great training available on learning web development with Visual...

Author: smearp Date: 07/23/2010

Learn Web Development with the Web Camps Training Kit

Courtesy of James Senior, I see that we have released the Web Camps Training Kit: July 2010...

Author: smearp Date: 07/23/2010

Multi-selecting emails in Hotmail

Although I love the new features of the updated Hotmail, one thing that has confused me is my...

Author: smearp Date: 07/23/2010

First SharePoint/Project Server 2010 Cumulative Update Available

Woohoo!  After a bit of a delay (my calendar says it is July 22nd), the June CU is finally...

Author: smearp Date: 07/22/2010

Jumpstart your Windows 7 and Office 2010 Deployment

In case you are starting to evaluate the deployment of Windows 7 and Office 2010 in your environment...

Author: smearp Date: 07/21/2010

SLD, Disjoint and Discontiguous Namespaces, Oh My!

If your domain is setup as a Single Label Domain or with a Disjoint/Discontiguous namespace, head on...

Author: smearp Date: 07/21/2010

Microsoft Security Essentials Beta

Just saw this over on the Windows Team Blog... it looks like the Microsoft Security Essentials team...

Author: smearp Date: 07/20/2010

Office 2010 IT Professional User Readiness Resources

If you are planning an upcoming rollout of Office 2010, the Office team has released some readiness...

Author: smearp Date: 07/20/2010

Windows 7 Deployment Resources

Overview (100-200 level) Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.6 Guide AppLocker Step-by-Step Guide...

Author: smearp Date: 07/20/2010

System Center Essentials 2010 Resource Kit Now Available

System Center Essentials 2010 has been out a few months (download Microsoft System Center Essentials...

Author: smearp Date: 07/20/2010

Microsoft Project 2010: The Missing Manual

I just got my printed copy of Microsoft Project 2010: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore, that I...

Author: smearp Date: 07/09/2010

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