David Broussard Archive

Microsoft at 40 and what it means for us all

​I got an article sent to me today.  It was in The Economist and it was about Microsoft entering Middle Age. An interesting read that takes a long hard look at Microsoft, where it came from, and how the new CEO Mr Nadella is reshaping the company to move forward into its 5th decade.  First a few comments on the article itself. “Mr Nadella’s formula for reinvigorating Microsoft is to move as quickly and as far as possible away from being a Windows-only company to be a global network of giant data centres that provide a broad range of online services

The Alternatives to Top Down Design

Second in a series, read the first entry here. The Big Reveal is dead…long live, the Little Reveal As I talked about in my first post in the series, most Intranet projects focus on a Big Reveal where the project works towards completion and has a big massive launch with much fanfare. There are a number of reasons for this style of approach. Partially it is due to the main landing page being the starting point for the Intranet, and thus a major focus of effort. Since that landing page is usually comprised of information from multiple lower level sources

Should Top Down Intranet Design Be Dead?

I have been consulting with companies about how to build SharePoint Intranet sites for almost a decade now, and the conversation usually goes something like this: Customer: I want to build an intranet because my people need to accomplish some specific tasks Me: Well, building an Intranet is like building a house. You need to lay the foundation (servers), then frame the house (Information Architecture, Navigation, Taxonomy, Site Hierarchy, etc.), and then you can finish out the room (branding, workflows, etc). Customer: Oh, well, what if I just want to do one thing (get departments off shared drives, paperless invoices,

SharePoint 2013 Distributed Cache 5 Important Items

​I was working with a client today trying to talk about the Distributed Cache in SharePoint 2013 and I found this great article by Sean McDonough (spmcdonough). http://blog.idera.com/sharepoint/the-five-minute-cheat-sheet-on-sharepoint-2013s-distributed-cache-service/ High points: Distributed Cache replaces the older Cache mechanisms in SharePoint 2007 and 2010 and adds some security stuff as well Runs on the AppFabric Cache model Uses 10% of the RAM on the sever by default.  Watch memory utilization because if the host is memory starved, the cache will stop working Don’t run it on servers that run Search, Excel Calculation, SQL Sever, Project Server You don’t HAVE to run it…but

Social Solutions in SharePoint

​One of the new features of SharePoint 2013 is improved Social features.  The activity feed is significantly improved and integrated with hash tags to make it easier to see content from people that you are not following.  The ability to follow a user, a document, a site, a hashtag all make it easier to interact socially   This is critical to making Social Solutions work in SharePoint, but just because we have a technology doesn’t mean that we have a solution to a business problem.  There are a ton of potential business problems that Social Features can help us solve,

Odd UAC Error

Recently on my Windows 8 machine I have been getting a very strange error. The machine requests a User Account Control promotion for Networks and lists the publisher as Unknown and then gives you a Class ID of {E5A040E9-1097-4D24-B89E-#c730036D615}. After poking around a bit it seems that this error comes when you link your Microsoft Live account to your Domain User account. You can see that I have done that in the PC Settings: A work-around until this is resolved is to unlink your accounts as machines that are unlinked don’t seem to get the error.

Office Web Apps Server 2013 Installation Error

Setting up a new Office Web Apps Server 2013 farm we ran into an odd error that was the result of a bad configuration setting on the farm. Since the load balanced DNS was not yet configured we decided to setup a single server as if it was a test environment (using http as opposed to https as the cert is for the load balanced URL).  Following the base instructions we ran the ​​​New-OfficeWebAppsFarm command and the farm configured.  We then went to the ​​http://wavservername/hosting/discovery URL and it said that it had everything working. We then configured SharePoint to link

SharePoint 2013 Server Topology Model

Doing some research ​into SharePoint 2013 Topologies for a client and I ran across these two Microsoft documents that lay everything out including how to span the virtual machines across your hosts.  Great resources to say the least.  First the Traditional Sharepoint Model can be looked at to see how to create a farm for almost every eventuality.  It uses the standard three-tiered approach to topology design with Web Front End, Application, and Database servers as the base for design.  As an example the smallest farm that is model details is six severs (2 WFEs, 2 App, 2 SQL).  It then goes up from there. The Streamlined SharePoint Model approaches the problem in

Beware of Malware…no really

So, as part of my journey to update my HTC Titan to Windows Phone 7.8 I downloaded the Seven-Eighter app. IT required another toolkit to be installed that pushed firmware to your phone. One of the two was in a RAR format and I didn’t have a RAR extractor on my laptop…so I DLed one…and embedded in the installer was a hidden malware installation of DealSpy. Lucky for me an uninstall seems to have cleared it off my system, but it really was messing with my system for a couple of days. Thanx to co-worker Rachel who immediately keyed in