Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Join my session about MS Search Server 2008 on BIWUG

On 20/03/2007 i will deliver a session about the search capabilities of MS Office SharePoint Server and the new product MS Search Server 2008 for BIWUG the "Belgian Information Worker User Group"

I will also demo the new federated search functionality!

20:15 - 21:30 Overview of Search in the Microsoft Platform and introduction to Search Server 2008 by Bart Vandenheede, Dolmen
In the first part of this session we will focus on the search capabilities in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. What’s in there out of the box and how can you extend the search functionality. The second part will focus on the soon to be released Search Server 2008.

There will also be a presentation about "Infonic SharePoint Geo-Replicator (formerly known as iOra) " about Server to Server and Offline Replication of Microsoft SharePoint 2003 & MOSS 2007

More information and registration on http://www.biwug.be/

See you there !

Wednesday, 6 February 2008

MS Search Server 2008 - When will it be available?

  • At this moments you can download Release Candidate 1 on the Microsoft site (here)
  • Q1 2008 : MS Search Server 2008 RTM will be released
  • Q1 2008 : Af ther the RTM version is release, MS will bring an update patch for Moss 2007
  • somewhere in 2008 : the update patch for Moss will be included in Moss 2007 SP 2

MS Search Server 2008 Part 4 - MS Search Server 2008 compared to MS Offiche SharePoint Server 2007

This matrix gives a good overview of the differences between Moss 2007 and MSS 2008:

In summary this matrix says:

  • The search and crawl functions are almost the same
  • MSS 2008 Express cannot be used for High availability solutions and load balancing
  • MSS 2008 has NO people search, users profiles or My Sites
  • MSS 2008 has no Business Data Catalog Search
  • MSS 2008 does not have templates for a colaboration portal, records center, document center, ... and has no advanced publishing features.

So when to choose for Moss 2007 and when for MSS 2008 ?

If you do not need the more advance features of Moss 2007 like user profiles, mysites, people search, BDC, Froms Services, Excel Services, ... and you just need document management with good collaboration and good search functionality then MS Search Server 2008 is the right choice for you!

Saturday, 2 February 2008

Programmaticaly checkin all documents in a document library

Today i wrote some small peace of code but it saved me a lot of (click) work. I uploaded 200 documents to a document library but all documents were checked out. I could do this boring job manualy but as a Sharepoint developer i wrote a quick console application to do the job.

This is the code (you can copy past it to you console application):

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Text;
using Microsoft.SharePoint;

namespace CheckinDocuments
class Program
static void Main(string[] args)
Console.WriteLine("Please fill in the web url : ");
string webUrl = Console.ReadLine();

Console.WriteLine("Please fill in the name of the document library : ");
string documentLibraryName = Console.ReadLine();

if (webUrl != "")
using (SPSite site = new SPSite(webUrl))

SPWeb web = site.OpenWeb();
SPFile file = null;

//select the correct document library
foreach (SPList list in web.Lists)
if (list.Title.ToLower() == documentLibraryName.ToLower())
//loop all files and checkin if needed
foreach(SPListItem item in list.Items)

file = item.File;

if (file != null)
if (file.CheckOutStatus != SPFile.SPCheckOutStatus.None)
file.CheckIn("some comment");
Console.WriteLine("File checked-in = " + file.Name);
catch (Exception ex)
Console.WriteLine("Could not check-in file = " + file.Name + " - ERROR = " + ex.ToString());
Console.WriteLine("All documents are checked in, press enter to finish this program.");