Microsoft Office 2010 Suite RTM

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Earlier today Microsoft announced the release-to-manufacturing (RTM) milestone for Office
2010, SharePoint 2010, Visio 2010 and Project 2010. This is a big milestone for Microsoft and much anticipated. 

The key dates for folks are:

  • April 27th – Release for SA/Volume Licenses Customers
  • May 1st – General Availability
  • May 12th – Launch Party (to participate in the launch go to: http://www.the2010event.com)

So what do you do if you have already installed the beta and kicked the tires a bit. Well in traditional fashion the folks at Microsoft have made it impossible to have an upgrade path from the Beta bits to the RTM bits. See the following post form a third party source: 

http://blog.fpweb.net/sharepoint-2010-pre-rtm-to-rtm-is-not-supported/ 

In Microsoft's defense, this should be expected as this is the normal mode of operation for pre-RTM bits. For those that have done more than the OOB, chuck it up to experience with the new platform.

The reason behind this decision is, during 2007 Beta->RTM upgrade process,
some customers got garbage left (orphaned objects, for example) inside their
installations. This caused a lot of support issues in the past and even today
they are still coming. When support engineers got a call and dug into the
customer's envoriment, after spending a few hours they finally found it was
caused by those garbage left.  It is a general understanding that Beta software
is not supported by CSS for general public as there're not enough bandwidth and
resources, so to avoid the problems that would hurt you someday in the future,
we decided to make clear that this upgrade should be avoided, unless you have
the go live license and are supported by CSS for this process.

Like I
said, migrate the data from a public beta farm could be possible for some
content. For example, you can write a program that reads the list items in Beta
farm to a database table or XML and then put them to a list in RTM farm, keep
metadata and permissions. However I cannot answer you if you use a specific API
to export data is a correct way or not, that depends on how you use it. There
could be 3rd party solutions from microsoft partners.
Jie Li  - http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en/sharepoint2010general/thread/b9817862-fd35-413a-b018-ce5c500b6760 

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SharePoint and Office 2010 Keynotes

Microsoft keynote speaker Stephen Elop talks about Office 2010 & SharePoint 2010

 

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SharePoint 2010 Upgrade Resources

A big thanks to Dennis Bottjer for post this compile of SharePoint 2010 Upgrade Resources:

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New SharePoint 2010 Architecture Models

Microsoft just posted recently some updated architecture models on MSDN.

Models

Models are 34-by-44-inch posters that detail a specific technical area. These models are intended to be used with corresponding articles on TechNet. These models are created by using Office Visio 2007. You can modify the Visio files to illustrate how you plan to incorporate Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Products in your own environment.

Title Description

Services in SharePoint 2010 Products

Services in SharePoint - 1 of 2

Visio (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=167090)

PDF (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=167092)

XPS (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=167091)

Describes and illustrates the services architecture, including and common ways to deploy services in your overall solution design.

Cross-farm Services in SharePoint 2010 Products

Services in SharePoint - 2 of 2

Visio (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=167093)

PDF (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=167095)

XPS (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=167094)

Illustrates how to deploy services across farms to provide centralized administration of services.

Topologies for SharePoint Server 2010

Topologies

Visio (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=167087)

PDF (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=167089)

XPS (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=167088)

Describes common ways to build and scale farm topologies, including planning which servers to start services on.

Hosting Environments in SharePoint 2010 Products

Hosting Environments

Visio (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=167084)

PDF (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=167086)

XPS (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=167085)

Summarizes the support for hosting environments and illustrates common hosting architectures.

Search Technologies for SharePoint 2010 Products

Search Technologies - 1 of 4

Visio (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=167731)

PDF (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=167733)

XPS (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=167732)

Compares and contrasts the search technologies that work with SharePoint Products 2010:

  • SharePoint Foundation 2010
  • Search Server 2010 Express
  • Search Server 2010
  • SharePoint Server 2010
  • FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint

Search Environment Planning for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010

Search Technologies - 2 of 4

Visio (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=167734)

PDF (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=167736)

XPS (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=167735)

Walks through primary architecture design decisions for search environments.

Search Architectures for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010

Search Technologies - 3 of 4

Visio (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=167737)

PDF (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=167739)

XPS (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=167738)

Details the physical and logical architecture components that make up a search system and illustrates common search architectures.

Design Search Architectures for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010

Search Technologies - 4 of 4

Visio (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=167740)

PDF (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=167742)

XPS (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=167741)

Walks through the initial design steps to determine a basic design for a SharePoint Server 2010 search architecture.

Business Connectivity Services Model

Business Connectivity Services Model

Visio (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=165565)

PDF (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=165566)

XPS (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=165571)

Microsoft Business Connectivity Services are a set of services and features in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 that support integrating data from external systems into solutions based on Microsoft SharePoint Server and Microsoft SharePoint Foundation. This model poster describes the architecture of Microsoft Business Connectivity Services in SharePoint Server 2010 and provides information about how to create solutions that are based on the service.

Use this model with the following article: Business Connectivity Services overview (SharePoint Server 2010)

Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Upgrade Planning

Upgrade Planning

Visio (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=167098)

PDF (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=167099)

XPS (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=167100)

This model covers planning for an upgrade from Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 to SharePoint Server 2010. It includes information about the following:

  • Upgrade requirements: Hardware, operating system, and database
  • Upgrade process: specific steps to follow before, during, and after the upgrade

Use this model with the following article: Upgrading to SharePoint Server 2010

Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Upgrade Approaches

Upgrade Approaches

Visio (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=167101)

PDF (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=167102)

XPS (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=167103)

This model helps you understand the in-place, database attach, and hybrid approaches to upgrading from Office SharePoint Server 2007 to SharePoint Server 2010.

  • See the farm topologies before, during, and after upgrade
  • Compare the advantages of each type of upgrade approach

Use this model with the following articles:

Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 — Test Your Upgrade Process

Test Your Upgrade

Visio (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=167104)

PDF (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=167105)

XPS (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=167106)

This model explains the methodology for testing the upgrade process before upgrading from Office SharePoint Server 2007 to SharePoint Server 2010.

  • Understand the goals for testing your upgrade process: customizations, hardware, timing, planning
  • See specific steps to follow for testing your upgrade process

Use this model with the following article: Use a trial upgrade to find potential issues (SharePoint Server 2010)

Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 — Services Upgrade

Services Upgrade

Visio (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=167107)

PDF (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=167108)

XPS (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=167109)

This model covers upgrading services from Office SharePoint Server 2007 to SharePoint Server 2010.

  • Considerations for specific services: Personalization, Search, InfoPath Forms, Excel, Business Data Catalog, Single Sign-on
  • In-place upgrade with services
  • Database attach upgrade with services

Getting started with business intelligence in SharePoint Server 2010

Business Intelligence tools poster

Visio (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=167082)

PDF (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=167170)

XPS (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=167171)

This model covers an overview of business intelligence in SharePoint Server and provides you with the following information.

  • An overview of each business intelligence service and when you might use the service.
  • Architecture for application of the business intelligence services and how they work together in a topology.
  • A list of possible data sources for each business intelligence service.

SharePoint 2010 Development Resources

Paul Andrew posted a number of small but interesting “code snippet” articles around SharePoint 2010 development that can help you getting started once Beta 2 is public:

Thanks SPC09 and all of the Exhibitors!

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Kudos for Microsoft and all the Exhibitors that contributed to the success of this years SharePoint Conference. A lot of really great sessions and surprisingly close to 8,000 people this year. Close to double the size of last year and very close to the size of TechEd (9,000). Will the SharePoint conference surpass TechEd, I think it just might. SharePoint is application platform more than ever.

Not only did my team and I find a wealth of great content at the conference but had a blast at all the after events. There was something going on every night. The one big social was the 80’s party which had Huey Lewis and the News and 80’s stuff to play with(goofy 80’s sun glasses, classic arcades & XBox arcade games)

The networking socials were a hit as well, a few I went to was at the Mandalay poolside (PointBridge), Eye Candy x2 (Intelligent Effects and SharePint), Ghost Bar (CreativeMaven) and House of Blues (Catapult).

 

 

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Thanks to dinnouti for all the great pictures.

RBA Consulting went all out with a suite at the Hardwood Suite in the Palms Casino! This suite that is famous for having stars from Hollywood stay has a half court basketball court, a pool table, professional locker rooms, built in bar, extra large jacuzzi tub, two master bedrooms, three extra large beds on the court that you can pull down, and two large lounge areas.  Its about 10,000 square feet and two stories. If you want to stay there it will only set you back 25k…

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On top of all this a good friend of mine got married in Vegas, Congrats Rob!