Video – Create a Workflow on a List using SharePoint Designer 2010

SharePoint Designer can be used to create powerful workflows on your site. You can create workflows on a list or library, create reusable workflows or create site based workflows. This video focuses on creating list workflows. While showing you how to create a list workflow, the various capabilities of the workflow designer environment (such as steps, conditions, actions, parallel branching, moving actions around etc) are explained so you can take full advantage of this robust environment.

Creating a Workflow on a SharePoint List or Library

* This video will be available for free until Dec 1st, 2010. It will then be returned to the Subscribers only video collection.

Check back tomorrow for a new free video on SharePoint Designer 2010 Workflows.

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Review of Professional SharePoint 2010 Administration

Review of Professional SharePoint 2010 Administration book by Wrox publishing.

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Authors: Todd Klindt, Shane Young, and Steve Caravajal

Short review:

If you are or will be in charge of administering SharePoint 2010, please don’t think twice and pick up this book. You’ll definitely need it!

Longer review:

A very critical message that unfortunately many people miss about SharePoint is that it is truly a ‘platform’. Many of the solutions that you will need on this platform are already created for you such as Sites as containers for content, Lists and Libraries, Security framework, Enterprise Search capability, Business Process management, Forms management and more. No need to recreate the wheel by creating any of these components using code. Rather ‘enhance’ what’s already there by administering and configuring it properly. This is where this book comes in. Todd, Shane and Steve do an Awesome job at hitting on all the major areas that you will need to consider when rolling out SharePoint 2010 in your organization. Use it to plan, install, configure and then maintain SharePoint 2010. 

Important areas that the book covers –

  • Architecture planning before even thinking about installation
  • Upgrading from SharePoint 2007 to 2010
  • Installation and configuration of SharePoint 2010
  • Securing SharePoint (including usage of the new Claims based authentication) and its content at various levels
  • Tour around the Central Administration
  • The backup and restore capabilities
  • Configuring Service Applications (Managed Metadata, User Profiles, Business Connectivity Services, PerformancePoint Services, and more)
  • Branding in SharePoint

 

I would definitely recommend buying this book. You will not regret it. Guaranteed!

Also, if you are looking for video instruction on how to accomplish many of the tasks and configuration steps in SharePoint 2010, check out SharePoint 2010 Fundamentals DVD. Let me know if you have questions.

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Free SharePoint Virtual Conference – Dec 2nd, 2010

A free SharePoint virtual conference is being held by SharePointPro Connections. Registration and session info located here:

http://www.vconferenceonline.com/event/home.aspx?id=117

I’ll be presenting a session on XSLT Data Views and List Views. There are also presentations on SharePoint database management, Business Intelligence, Site Collection administration and more. See you there!

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Free Chapter from Real World SharePoint 2010 book

Our Real World SharePoint 2010 book is finally available now. One chapter each from 22 MVPs. That’s a lot of ‘expert’ content and hopefully will be beneficial for folks looking to get deep into SharePoint 2010 (this book is also available on the Kindle).

The chapter that I wrote in the book focused on ‘Automating Business Processes using InfoPath 2010 and SharePoint Designer 2010’. Wrox publishing has decided to make this chapter available to download for free here. Enjoy!

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