SharePoint Saturday Orlando 2012 – June 9th

I am proud to announce that Michael Hinckley, David Griffiths, John Ross, Dave McNamee and myself will be hosting the first ever Orlando Florida edition of the world famous SPSaturday event on Saturday, June 9th, 2012. If you live near the Central Florida area or are in town early for the big Microsoft TechEd Conference (June 11th to the 14th) come on by and check it out. We are hoping to provide a lot of valuable FREE SharePoint content to compliment the SharePoint sessions that Microsoft will be providing at TechEd. Here is some info from our website to describe the event: Join SharePoint architects, developers, and other professionals that work with Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 for ‘SharePoint Saturday’ event. SharePoint Saturday is an educational, informative & lively day filled with sessions from respected SharePoint professionals & MVPs, covering a wide variety of SharePoint-orientated topics. SharePoint Saturday is FREE, open to the public and is ...

So… I’m a Racker Now! 2

All of us at SharePoint911 are now Rackspace employees! Please allow me to rewind the clock a little… You know things are going to get interesting when the owner of the small business you work for sets up a mandatory “all hands” meeting in the middle of the Christmas to New Year’s vacation time. The employees start to speculate what the news could be, and then we hear the words “The company has been sold”. After we all wake up from our individual panic attacks, we learn that one of our favorite partners, Rackspace is purchasing the company and we all need to be in San Antonio ASAP to discuss what this means. A bit of a shock given that we were all hoping for a calm start to 2012 (after the really busy 2011 we had). We visited their corporate offices, which btw are in an old decommissioned shopping mall. From the outside it ...

How to handle downtime by sending all requests to one HTML page 6

I had a nice little Sunday planned today, but it was interrupted by the SharePoint911 uptime monitors telling me that our web server had pooped itself (technical term… trust me). Shane did some poking around and found that the hard drive had died… we have backups but bringing it back online is going to take a bit (our clients always come first!). We decided to temporarily put up a maintenance page until we can bring the site back completely. I had to do some GoogleBing’ing to find a simple way to funnel all of the web links that point to our various pages and blogs to one page telling people we are working on the problem. Turns out the solution is actually pretty simple. Any ASP.NET 2 app (including SharePoint) can funnel all web traffic to one HTML page just by placing a file named app_offline.htm into the IIS web root. Here is more information ...

Come see me present at Microsoft’s SharePoint Conference 2011 in Anaheim 4

If you are planning to attend the SharePoint Conference in Anaheim, Oct 3rd-6th 2011, come on out to one of my sessions and say hello. I was fortunate enough to be selected to co-present a couple different sessions with John Ross this year. SharePoint911 will also have a booth at the show and a good portion of the team is likely to be hanging around there at any given time AND we should have our brand new (top secret) squishy farm animal to give away. Here are the sessions I will be co-presenting. I think the session date and times are still somewhat tentative so be sure to check the schedule at the conference: Creating Beautiful and Engaging Web Sites with SharePoint 2010 Monday, October 3rd – 11:00 am Randy Drisgill & John Ross Level: 200 mySPC Link The process of building, branding and delivering a beautiful web site is more than just skin deep. ...

Pre-Announcement – IT Camp #3 – Orlando, FL (Saturday Jan 21, 2012)

I know there is going to be a SharePoint Saturday in Austin Texas around this same time, which should be a blast. But for those that don’t want to travel to Texas, we are going to have an entire SharePoint track at Microsoft’s IT Camp #3 in Orlando, Florida on January 21, 2012. For those that don’t know what the IT Camp is, here is a description as well as a link to the previous camp in Tampa: Join system administrators IT professionals and database professionals in addition to managers at all levels in Florida that work with Microsoft technologies for a “IT Camp Saturday” event on January 21st 2012. IT Camps are a free, one day learning event for anyone seeking professional development. This event serves IT professionals and students with a focus on IT Pro related technologies. IT Camps offer a conference style learning environment free of charge.   What:   IT Camp ...

CSS Chart for SharePoint 2010

Personally I prefer to use the IE Developer Toolbar and Firefox for manipulating CSS in SharePoint 2010 but I know from the 100’s of people that have asked me that CSS charts are something people really want. Heather Solomon had the first CSS chart back in the SharePoint 2007 days and recently she has posted a preview of a new chart for 2010 and it looks like it should be a nice resource for everyone: SharePoint 2010 CSS Reference Chart

SharePoint 2010 Mobile Devices and Scrolling

This was a posted a little while back, but I’m guessing some of you haven’t seen it yet. Over at the SPTechWeb site I wrote an quick article where I reviewed three of the more popular ways (they weren’t pioneered by me btw) of handling scrolling in SharePoint 2010 specifically as it relates to mobile devices like the iPhone, iPad, and Android. The post was inspired by all the SPTechCon attendees that asked about mobile devices as well as my co-worker Todd Klindt for wanting to push the boundaries of SharePoint 2010 blogging for a public facing site. SPTechWeb – SharePoint 2010: Mobile Devices and Scrolling

My SharePoint 2010 Branding Book has been Published! 5

Things have been a little crazy over the past month, but now that the holidays are upon us I have a spare second to actually toot my own horn a little (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Everyone probably already knows this, but I figured I should still do a blog post to announce that at the end of last month my SharePoint 2010 branding book was officially published: Professional SharePoint 2010 Branding and User Interface Design – Published by Wrox This was my big project for 2010. Myself, John Ross, Jacob Sanford, Paul Stubbs, and Larry Riemann worked on creating a book for both beginners and professionals that want to learn about making SharePoint look as great as it performs. Here is the Table of Contents for the book: Foreword. Introduction. PART I: INTRODUCTION TO SHAREPOINT BRANDING. Chapter 1: What Is SharePoint Branding? Chapter 2: What’s New in SharePoint 2010. PART II: BRANDING ...

My Real World Branding with SharePoint 2010 MSDN Article has been Released 2

Last month, an article I worked on for MSDN with Andrew Connell was published. It is a refresh of a SharePoint 2007 article we wrote that includes a sample master page for the fictitious Adventure Works Travel company. I’m pretty excited that we had the opportunity to write this article. I think it is a great introduction to the topic of planning, creating, and properly packaging and deploying a heavily stylized public facing SharePoint 2010 site. You can read the MSDN article now at

Starter Master Pages Update – October 8th 2010 4

Another quick post to let everyone know that I have updated the starter master pages that are up on CodePlex. There are a couple fairly important fixes in them so if you are already using the old version you may want to think about updating your code to reflect the changes. I’ve tried to highlight all the changes by posting my WinMerge change report. Some of the changes are very minor (like spacing and comments) and some are more important like the navigation changes and a fix that is included for the View dropdown in the ribbon. Also, I just wanted to say thanks to everyone that came up to me at SPTechCon in Boston to let me know you are like the starter master pages, good to know that people are finding them useful. UPDATE: All of my starter master pages can now be found here: