The Launch of the SharePointPedia is a web site where people discover and share useful content about SharePoint and SharePoint related products and technologies. It’s a social computing application built on top of Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007. Anyone with a Windows Live ID may become a registered user and can then submit content recommendations or requests, leave comments, or just vouch for whatever you like. Note that SharePointPedia is not a wiki. It’s a “pedia” in the sense of being a compendium of useful content, but rather than being limited by just wiki functionality, it leverages the much broader set of capabilities in SharePoint. SharePointPedia is also about community, where you can find and connect with others, who have similar interests as you or who recommend content relevant to you.

What’s the Difference Between Search Server 2008 Express and Search Server 2008?

With the two new Search Server 2008 products that were recently released (, there have been questions about when can the Express product be used and when is the full Search Server 2008 product required?

Q: Does Search Server 2008 Express require SQL Server 2005 Express Edition?

A: No, Search Server Express can still use SQL Server. If you choose the Basic install, then SQL Express will be installed. If you choose Advanced install, then you can select a SQL Server instance to use.

Q: Does Search Server 2008 Express have a capacity limit, or ceiling, on the number of documents it can index?

A: No, Search Server 2008 Express does not have a limit on the number of items indexed. If you are using SQL Express as the back end, then SQL Express has a database size limit of 4GB, which you will be restricted to.

Q: So, the difference between the two versions is the redundancy on the front-end servers?

A: Right. Specifically, with Search Server 2008 Express, you cannot have more than one query server in your farm.

Update to Office File Format Compatibility Pack?

For those of you with sharp eyes, you may have noticed that the date on the download package for the Office File Format Compatibility Pack was updated to 11/19/2007. This last update of the compatibility pack was actually in June 2007, when v3 was posted (including bug fixes covered in  The change to 11/19 occurred due to changes in the OS compatibility matrix on the web page. So, you should check periodically to make sure that you have the most current Office File Format Compatibility Pack, but if you have v3, from June 2007, you’re still OK.

Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats

Fred Claus – Thumbs Up

I went with the family to see the movie "Fred Claus" this afternoon.  Granted it was a school holiday, but the theatre was packed.  The movie was great.  Two thumbs up.  Way past my expectations.  This is not Knocked Up for Christmas or Wedding Crashers At the North Pole.  The movie was great.  Take a date or take the kids – or both.

Merry Christmas!

Veteran’s Day

“We’re gathered today, just as we have gathered before, to remember those who served, those who fought, those still missing, and those who gave their last full measure of devotion for our country…

One of those who fell wrote, shortly before his death, these words: ‘Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own. And take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind.’

Well, today, Veterans Day, as we do every year, we take that moment to embrace the gentle heroes of Vietnam and of all our wars.

We remember those who were called upon to give all a person can give, and we remember those who were prepared to make that sacrifice if it were demanded of them in the line of duty, though it never was.

Most of all, we remember the devotion and gallantry with which all of them ennobled their nation as they became champions of a noble cause…

Our liberties, our values, all for which America stands is safe today because brave men and women have been ready to face the fire at freedom’s front.

And we thank God for them.”

—Ronald Reagan

VMRCplus 1.6 released

An updated version of VMRCplus has been released.  Version 1.6 can be downloaded here.  This is a tool for connecting to Virtual Server instances that has a bit more flexibility than the standard tool in the product.  More flexibility about screen sizing is the convenient part for me.  Try it out.

Matthijs ten Seldam is the developer to thank for this – it’s his project.  His blog with some additional information is here.