Thursday, October 25, 2012

Configuring Alternate Access Mappings and IIS Host Headers in Extranet Collaboration Manager (ExCM) 2010




by Matthew McBride
“Allow myself to introduce…myself.” – Austin Powers

I think of the above quote every time I run across this error supporting Extranet Collaboration Manager 2010:
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“Object reference not set to an instance of an object.”  What does that even mean?  Could there be a less intuitive error message?  Actually, don’t answer that….


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Enhancing Site Collection Navigation with Color




by TL Ferrell
SharePoint provides many tools for providing navigation throughout a site collection. Typically, the Top Link Bar near the top of each content page provides links to subsites, and this can be set to persist down through the hierarchy. (This bar is referred to as Global Navigation in SharePoint Standard and Enterprise.) The Quick Launch Bar on the left (called Current Navigation in Standard and Enterprise) typically provides links to lists, libraries, and other content within the subsite.


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Configuring Global Registration Fields in Extranet Collaboration Manager (ExCM) 2010




by Matthew McBride
Registration is one of the core concepts in Extranet Collaboration Manager 2010.  It represents the main advantage of ExCM over other SharePoint Extranet Management tools.  There are two types of Registration -- Anonymous and Invitation.  The most common, by far, are the Invitation Registrations.  You send an e-mail to a potential new user, the click on the Registration link provided and then are taken to the custom Registration Page on your site.  Here is an example:
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Friday, October 12, 2012

Prove You're Not a Robot




Okay.  So I went to my favorite URL shortener site to trade in a long Internet address for a short one.  And they did it to me again!
Before they would surrender my short URL, they stipulated that I must first enter a string of characters to prove that I am a human being and not a robot.
First of all, is this really a problem?  Have I been missing something in the news?