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Dear all,

the third episode of SharePoint 5 is ready and can be viewed here:

Please note the slight watermark – I am testing another recording software, so in future there will be no more watermark.

This time, we’re dealing with the installation of language packs for

  • Windows Server 2008 (make sure to grab the 64-Bit version of the LPs!)
  • SharePoint Server 2010

Purpose: Creating sites in different languages than only the originally installed SharePoint Server 2010 language.

Here are the links for downloading all the language packs:

 

Windows Server 2008:

http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=1246

SharePoint 2010 Language Packs: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=3411

 

IMPORTANT: Do not execute these steps without prior consulting your administrator and plan for downtime. There will be a service disruption when running the Products Configuration Wizard, where your SharePoint Contents won’t be accessible for some time. Please bear that in mind before executing any of the above mentioned steps.

 

Best regards and stay tuned till the next episode,

Martin

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Dear all,

as of 1st of July, I received the MVP for SharePoint Server. Now, the ACADEMIA science magazine of EURAC research, published an article about this achievement, and I see it as a nice recognition. Here is the full article (German only):

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Thanks to the ACADEMIA team, but especially to Alessandro, Marjorie and the whole MVP CEE team!

Best regards,

Martin

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Hi there,

a few days ago I received the definitive confirmation that I’m going to speak at the Collaboration Days in Lucerne, Switzerland. The conference’s motto is as follows:

creating hands-on value’

Hence, the goal is to communicate best practices and tutorials, sessions that can be used right away in the field. No marketing or ads, just real-life SharePoint 2010 usage scenarios. Microsoft is supporting the conference as platinum sponsor, among many other sponsors.

 

Contents and Speakers

Here are some numbers:

  • 2 days (November 29th and 30th)
  • ~20 speakers
  • 7 MVPs
  • 4 tracks (IT Pro, Developer, Management, Solutions)
  • 40+ sessions

My session has been placed in the “Management” track and is called “Einstieg in Business Intelligence mit SharePoint 2010”. It will deal with the configuration of PerformancePoint Services and the creation of BI content using Dashboard Designer.

It’s a great honor to speak alongside with gurus such as Thorsten Hans, Dux Raymond Sy, Christian Glessner Michael Greth, Samuel Zürcher (who organises the Collaboration Days) and many many more!

 

Where and when?

The conference takes place at the KKL Luzern (CH).

Check out the official information at www.collaborationdays.ch.

I’m really looking forward to meeting many of you at the conference. More or less at the same time, my book, titled “Einstieg in Business Intelligence mit SharePoint 2010” should be printed and available. For the ones who want to give a glance at the book’s summary, here it is:

 

Einstieg in Business Intelligence mit Microsoft SharePoint 2010: Überblick und Konfiguration der Business Intelligence-Features von SharePoint 2010

http://www.amazon.de/Einstieg-Business-Intelligence-Microsoft-SharePoint/dp/3866456832/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1315309414&sr=8-1

 

Hope to meet many of you there!

Best regards,

Martin

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Dear all,

 

I already got the happy notice on July, 1st while on the way to the holidays. I returned 2 days ago and finally could embrace the MVP Award Kit!

 

In fact, I’m the first SharePoint Server MVP from South Tyrol, and one among only few in Italy.

 

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The MVP Award Kit box.

 

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The Certificate.

 

I also updated my MVP Profile, which you can find here:

 

https://mvp.support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/profile/angler

 

The kit contained:

  • Glass-made award
  • Certificate
  • Plastic card w/ MVP ID
  • MVP Pin
  • NDA agreement

Thanks, Microsoft, and big thanks also to Ale and Marjorie! I hope to be able to contribute many, many more times to the communities and wish you all a nice week start!

 

I also hope to meet some of you at the conference Collaboration Days in Luzern, on November 29th and 30th this year!

 

Best regards,

Martin

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Dear all,

this week is just awesome! After receiving the Microsoft Community Contributor 2011 Award,

it is a great great pleasure & honour to announce that today I have been awarded with the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award as of July 2011, in the field of SharePoint Server 2010!

This means I am the first SharePoint MVP in South Tyrol and one of only a hand full in Italy!

It is awarded by Microsoft for outstanding commitment and contributions in technical communities and it is an appreciation for the voluntary work of contributing to the community.

I am really enjoying having received this award and I’m looking forward to be contributing even more to the Microsoft SharePoint, and even more: to join the network of the MVPs worldwide. Currently, there are 4,000+ MVPs in 90 countries worldwide, and about 180 German-speaking MVPs, among which I am (plus Italian & English 😉 ).

 

It is a great motivation to carry on like this, and I’m looking forward to contribute many more times! Thanks to the community, and thanks to Microsoft!

 

Now I’m looking forward to 2 weeks of holidays in Calabria, Italy and will check back with all of you on July, 18th.

 

Best regards,

Martin

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Dear all,

Microsoft these days announced that it is going to close its newsgroups and move the contents to its forums. It will start with the lowest-volume newsgroups, beginning in June 2010.

Personally, I am not very much surprised about this step: Some months ago I subscribed to several MS newsgroups – but many of them had quite a low daily message volume. Regarding similar topics, I was able to find a lot more up-to-date information using the respective MS forums. Responsiveness was also way higher there.

The low volume is one of the reasons Microsoft states for its move – but there are many more; among the most important are:

  • Support for Q and A: In the forums one can easily see the direct relationship between a question and its answers
  • Voting: Easily distinguish between rubbish and well-made answers
  • Profile: Users can be identified as active users by visualizing their points they earned so far, their role (e.g. MVP)
  • Spam prevention: Easier spam removal in forums than in newsgroups

…and many more. If you are interested in the whole list, I suggest you have a look at:

http://www.microsoft.com/communities/newsgroups/default.mspx

However, since especially for MVPs-to-be the newsgroups have been essential pillars ever since, I am wondering whether these awards can now be (partially) obtained by actively participating in forums.

The information, however, isn’t lost – it’s only moved to the forums. It won’t affect me a lot, since for support during the last months I have turned to the forums anyway – mostly due to the lacking responsiveness, spammers and the diminishing contributions.

All in all my personal conclusion is: Good move, MS! Once in a while it is necessary to get rid of legacies, especially when they turn it to be no more feasible.

Goodbye, newsgroups!

Stay tuned and have a nice week,

Martin

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