SharePoint online virtual labs

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If you don’t have the technology in place to test drive SharePoint 2010, you can have a look at the Microsoft Virtual labs.  You access these labs from your browser.  You will connect to a virtual machine and have access to an instruction guide that will help you complete the lab. 
Here is the list of available virtual labs for SharePoint 2010:



Live Chats with MVP Experts July 21st

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Back by Popular Request Microsoft will be hosting another live chat with SharePoint MVPs on July 21st.  I will be joinning other SharePoint MVPs to answer questions about SharePoint. This is a chance that you have to ask live questions to SharePoint experts from around the world.

Please join us on Wednesday July 21st at 9am PDT/noon EST.

Learn more and add these chats to your calendar by visiting the MSDN event page


Certified on SharePoint 2010

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I just got the following message from Microsoft:

Congratulations on earning your SharePoint 2010, Configuration certification! We hope you enjoy the benefits of your certification and of membership in the Microsoft Certified Professional community.


This means that I have passed the following exam:


70-667: TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Configuring  WHOOOHOOO!


If you want to get certified on 2010, you can start by having a look at this link: 


There is another certification exam for SharePoint 2010 ITPro


I did not try it yet….



Securing your SharePoint anonymous site

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In the past 2 weeks, I have met two clients that have SharePoint internet sites and that are exposing system pages (under _layouts) to anonymous users.
If you allow anonymous access to your site, test the following urls:
By not securing your site properly, you will expose list and libraries that are not officially published.  When people will go to _layouts/viewlsts.aspx, they will more then likely see a different branding, because these pages are using a different masterpager.  The anonymous user could also see the name of the users who have published some of the documents,  and more.
When using MOSS you can lock down your site by using the lockdown mode. 
"The Lockdown mode is a feature that you can use to secure published sites. When lockdown mode is turned on, fine-grain permissions for the limited access permission level are reduced.  Consider using lockdown mode on published sites if greater security on these sites is a requirement. Additionally, if you applied the Publishing Portal site template, determine if lockdown mode is the desired configuration for these sites. If not, use the Stsadm.exe command-line tool to turn off lockdown mode."

This text is taken from this article:

You can ture on the lockdown mode for a site collection by using stsadm.exe:

stsadm -o activatefeature -url <site collection url> -filename ViewFormPagesLockDown\feature.xml

Have a look at these article if you want to learn more about how to use the lockdown feature and how to secure internet access sites:

TechDays 2010

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Techdays 2010 is coming to Montréal on November 23rd and 24 th.  I will be presenting at least one session.  As usual Techdays sessions will be presented across Canada.  Early Bird Registration ($349.99 + applicable taxes) is now available for Tech•Days 2010 in 8 Canadian cities.  More info on this site: