The .NET Factory – Active Directory (Web Manager) – New Release

The .NET Factory has released a new version of their Active Directory Web Manager. There is now a Professional and Enterprise edition.

Active Directory WebManager, The Dot Net Factory’s completely web-based user and group administration tool, is now available in two versions: Professional Edition and Enterprise Edition. The Professional Edition is a powerful web-based user and group management tool designed for use by dedicated network administrators.

Its fast and efficient web interface allows these power users to more efficiently perform user and group management activities securely from anywhere.

AD WebManager’s visual interface provides a wealth of information at a glance. Administrators can immediately distinguish which users are locked-out, which users are disabled, and which users have and don’t have a mailbox.

Group are easily identifiable as security or distribution types and whether or not they are mail enabled at a glance.

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Using Movable Type? Try these great new features

Ajaxify adds some great new features for your blogging pleasure.

The two notable additions:
EnhancedEntryEditing - Adds the ability to easily resize textareas and a powerful WYSIWYG editor so you never have to worry about HTML ever again.

SearchSuggestions - Adds a search suggestion feature to the Quicksearch box.

The second is for those of you that are interested in skinning your site but are really not interested in messing too much with the manual editing of the CSS.

Atlantic Canada’s First Code Camp

It was most excellent to receive a message this evening from Derek Hatchard regarding Atlantic Canada’s First Code Camp. This is awesome! So if you are in NB, Nova Scotia, PEI and heck even Newfoundland, you should totally get your butt over to Moncton on October 15th for what I suspect will be an awesome code camp. Code camps are gaining hugely in popularity due to the massive value that developers can get out of them so I really couldn’t be more impressed to see one get started here in Atlantic Canada. Great stuff Derek!

From Derek’s Message:

I am very excited to announce the first ever Atlantic Canada CodeCamp to be held Saturday 15 October 2005 in Moncton, NB. A CodeCamp is a community-driven, all-day event for developers. Speakers are local or regional developers. Topics are based on community interest. Sessions are original and feature a heavy technical focus (no marketing fluff). And best of all, it is FREE!

We are looking for speakers from the Atlantic region to submit session proposals for this unique and exciting event. An official Call for Speakers with a submission template will be coming very soon. In the meantime, if you are interested in presenting or know someone who would be a great speaker, please email me at

We will also have an online registration process in place soon. Until then, it would be a tremendous help to hear back from you with a response (Yes, No, or Maybe) to the question “Will you attend the Atlantic Canada CodeCamp on October 15?” If your answer is “No”, it would be great to hear why you are not interested in attending. Thanks so much!

For more details, watch the Web site at We hope to have times and location nailed down later this week.

SQL Server Reporting Packs for SharePoint Error

How many of you have run into this when setting up the SQL Server Reporting Pack for SharePoint?

Steve found this post today when he ran into the same problem setting this up. Not a whole lot of documentation on the issue so I figured I would point to this post as well to pass the word.

After you have installed and configured the SQL Report Pack for SharePoint on a SharePoint Portal webserver and started extracting the WSS and IIS logfiles, you encounter the following error when running the DEP tool RPDataExtraction.exe.

Copying data from the staging database to the reporting database… Data extraction failed at 99/99/9999 99:99:99 AM

String or binary data would be truncated.
The statement has been terminated.

This problem is caused by some field size truncation of temporary tables when they are initially created and rows are inserted that exceeded the size of the field. Specifically, it can be traced to two stored procedures inside the dbSPSReporting database:

The usp_Insert_FactFileStorage stored procedure creates a temporary table called tblTempFileStorage_toFactStorage where the field FileType is wrongly defined as nVarChar(25). It needs to match the DocType field from the dbSPSReporting.dbo.tblDocs table.

The usp_Insert_FactWSS stored procedure creates a temporary table called tblTempWSS_ToFactLoad which have 3 fields that are defined incorrectly. The WSSDate, WSSUser, and WSSDoc fields need to match the corresponding fields from dbSPSReportingStaging.dbo.tblWSSLogData table.

To resolve the issue, edit the stored procedures that are causing the error inside the dbSPSReporting database

Modify usp_Insert_FactFileStorage
In line 48, column 20, modify the field size definition of FileType to be 255
Modify usp_Insert_FactWSS
In line 45, column 11, modify the field type definition of WSSDate to be smalldatetime
In Line 47, column 20, modify the field size definition of WSSUser to be 255.
In line 48, column 20, modify the field size definition of WSSDoc to be 255

Step-by-Step Tutorial on SharePoint Site Creation – Part 9

Note, the entire tutorial from start to finish will be available as a single zip file when it is complete, it will include all source html, css, PSD/Images etc.

Setting up the dynamic elements – Lists, Libraries and all that fun stuff!

The next logical step in our site creation tutorial is to take what we have created, and start breaking it apart, by this I mean literally starting to remove all those content areas and images in order to make them more dynamic.
Continue reading…

CMS Matrix

Content Mangement Systems, there sure are a lot of them …

Interested in comparing some of the content management systems? There are 419+ of them to compare over here.

Be forewarned though, the results are definately not ‘written in stone’, or even completely accurate as I noticed after comparing products to SharePoint.

Customize the content editor web part:

I just noticed this on Heathers blog, it’s a good tip, something that would be customized fairly often.

One thing I will point out is that there is a slight quirk with the content editor web part title.

I will have to dig up one of the customizations I did in the past and get you the class I had to add.

From Heathers Blog:

Ever wanted to change the style of the text within a Content Editor Web Part (CEWP)? Add these custom styles to your style sheet:

CEWP paragraph formatting {}

CEWP H1 header formatting p h1, h1 {}

CEWP H2 header formatting p h2, h2 {}

CEWP H3 header formatting p h3, h3 {}

CEWP unordered and ordered list formatting p ul, ul {} p ol, ol {}

CEWP links formatting a:link {} a:visited {} a:hover {}

*************This may not apply to everyone but it’s something I ran into at one point when customizing the web part titles via the theme.

I wanted an icon and margin on the text, this class needed to be added to the stylesheet in order to accomplish it. This is the “quirky thing” I mentioned above

/* ADDED This class – Sets the margin on the webpart title bar for the content editor. */
.ms-WPTitle span {
font-family:Tahoma, Verdana, Arial;
/* ADDED This class – Sets the margin on the webpart title bar for the content editor (WHEN Details Link is Added/Title is linked). */
.ms-WPTitle span a: link, .ms-WPTitle span a: visited {
font-family:Tahoma, Verdana, Arial;
/* ADDED This class – Sets the margin on the webpart title bar for the content editor. (WHEN Details Link is Added/Title is linked) */
.ms-WPTitle span a: hover {
font-family:Tahoma, Verdana, Arial;
/* ADDED This class – Sets the margin on the webpart title bar for the content editor.(WHEN Details Link is Added/Title is linked) */
.ms-WPTitle span a: active{
font-family:Tahoma, Verdana, Arial;

The community MSN conversations are growing

Wow, look at all the people!

Over the last several months I have been making more and more SharePoint contacts.

It started with guys like Sig Weber, and Tariq but it’s quickly escalated and we are having more and more coversations.

We have everything from quick hello’s and new introductions to in-depth discussions on a semi-daily basis.

If you are interested in joining in on these conversations feel free to add me to your list. is my MSN contact.

The people that have been showing up in our MSN conversations are typically SharePoint bloggers such as:

Amanda Murphy
Siegfried Weber
Tariq Al Ayad
Pedro from Cave Digital
Xana – Pedro’s better 1/2
Renaud aka Stramit
Mark Kruger
Mart Muller
Andrew Connell
Heather Solomon
Gary Bushey
Maxim Tarassenko
Tiago Pascoal
Angus Logan
DUDU – Not sure on your blog!

Oh yeah, and me, Shane –

Hopefully we will see some new names soon

Free Source SharePoint Tools Needs Your Help

Free Source SharePoint Tools (BOF) – Needs your votes!, If you are attending PDC help them out.

My proposal for a Free Source SharePoint Tools BOF meeting at this year’s MS
PDC (MS Professional Developers Conference) has been accepted.

This will be a great time for SharePoint developers to get together and meet
each other at this year’s PDC.

The FSST BOF is on the short list of 30 topics for the 7 available timeslots
and it needs your help to be voted in as one of the most popular/needed of
the 30 topics.

Vote today @ (You must
be registered for the PDC to vote.)

To join the OpenCanal free source SharePoint tools community, click here