My career in technology

The secret to prevailing in a job interview is to remember one simple fact.

There is only one job.  You have only ever had one job, and (as far as I can tell) you’ll only ever have one job.

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After talking with a job seeker the other day, I asked for his card so I could keep in touch with him. He replied that his company didn’t give its employees business cards. He didn’t have a personal business card either.

I was asking for his card because I had spoken with him a couple of months before, and he took my card and said he would contact me so I could pass job leads to him. But I didn’t hear from him, and I had no way to initiate contact with him, so he missed a couple of good leads.

I realized that not everyone has been taught the value of a business card – their own personal business card – to their career.

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A week to go until SharePoint Saturday Houston 2013, and I have been selected as a speaker!

Once again, I’ll be presenting SharePoint Group Therapy – A SharePoint Governance Workshop.

Bring your SharePoint governance issues and questions, we’ll work as a group to resolve your issues and help you gain control and drive user adoption.

Business alignment can be seen as the marriage of IT and business objectives. Every marriage has its rocky moments, and sometimes a therapist is needed to resolve those issues. Perhaps your marriage could benefit from a little SharePoint Group Therapy?

See you in Houston!


A user tries to open an InfoPath form in the application instead of the browser, and get an error message:


The user can open the file in the browser just fine, and has been able to open the forms previously with no problem. User is able to download the form to their desktop and open the form in InfoPath. But when they try to open the form in the application from the context menu, the above error is shown.

In researching the error, I found a support posting that provided a clue to the problem. In it, the user is instructed to enable Add Ons in their Internet Explorer:

  1. Go to Tools in IE, click Internet Options
  2. Click Programs at the top
  3. Click “Manage add-ons” near the bottom
  4. Click Publisher, then you can see all of Microsoft Corporation together
  5. Scroll to SharePoint names (May be one or several)
  6. Make sure they are all enabled by clicking on the name; the Enable button is towards the bottom.
  7. Then click OK and OK and restart IE

Can you guess what the problem was?
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This is one that will come in very handy if you have users who upload documents via Explorer, but you have required metadata in the library.

That never happens in environments I work in.

In each library, there is a link under Permissions and Management in the Document Library Settings, “Manage files which have no checked in version” (In SP2007, the link is ‘Manage checked out files’.)
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Slides from my Lightning Talk at SharePoint Saturday Austin March 2, 2013.

Last year I learned to dislike slides, but I wanted to have the information in a format that attendees could refer back to, especially since I had to cover so much ground in so short a time.

Why do I dislike slides?
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SharePoint 2010 web server, on Windows 2008 R2. An error message appears in the server Application event log:

Source: SharePoint Foundation
EventID: 3351
Level: Critical
SQL database login for ‘SharePoint_ConfigDB’ on instance DATABASENAME failed. Additional error information from SQL Server is included below.
Login failed for user ‘NT AUTHORITY\ANONYMOUS LOGON’.

ErrorID 3351

Error message repeated once a minute.

After rebooting the server, the error went away.

I’d love to be able to explain this, or say the discovery of the solution was a result of my genius. Sadly, no. After several days deep-diving the logs and exploring the breadth and depth of the blogosphere to no avail, temporarily disabling various timer jobs that appeared in the logs just prior to the error message, and chasing dead ends, it was a power outage and a failure of the backup power supply which forced the server to be restarted and made the error disappear.


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