Loading SharePoint lists from Excel using PowerShell

One of my biggest headaches with developing and testing in SharePoint is my lack of test data to work with. Sometimes I need to generate a load of test data so I can perform searches or test performance on custom code. Like in this blog post, I needed to load up a bunch of fake... Continue Reading →

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PowerShell Script: Match SharePoint Service to Application Pool (w3wp process)

A little while ago, I wrote a post on Determining which w3wp process goes to which SharePoint Service. I have since decided to create a PowerShell script which encapsulates the entire process into one simple command! There it is! The script grabs the running SharePoint services, the running IIS application pools and matches them up.... Continue Reading →

Why do you hate SharePoint?

Seriously, I want to know. Take this small survey and let me know what you think. Why do you hate SharePoint? the survey My goal here is two fold: first, for the industry to understand the headaches people face daily and two (more importantly) try to provide some solutions to make these headaches go away.... Continue Reading →

How Can I Help?

Thanks for visiting my blog. Over the years, I've come to love the SharePoint community. The people are great, and I depend upon the vast resources available to help me get the job done. Now I want to give back. When you post to the forums at sharepoint.stackexchange.com, I'm committed to helping out whenever I... Continue Reading →

PowerPivot Walkthrough Using SharePoint Lists

Before we can just walk through using PowerPivot and SharePoint, we need to make sure things are in order. Some prerequisites PowerPivot has been installed and properly configured on your farm. Download PowerPivot for Excel 2010, SQL Server 2008 R2 version (SQL 2012 version WILL NOT WORK!) for free at http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=7609. I am using the Northwind sample... Continue Reading →

Keep a love hate relationship with SharePoint

This is in response to the SharePoint'er (architect, administrator, developer) who has had it with SharePoint and cries "no more, I hate it". New users and customers who see SharePoint, love it. Companies realize SharePoint's potential in a few minutes of learning about it. It's a wonderfully powerful application. SharePoint in most cases can completed 80%... Continue Reading →

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