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SharePoint 2010 Administration Cookbook

Written By: High Monkey
Posted: 4/15/2011

(From the mind of Peter Serzo, Previously VP of Consulting Services at High Monkey)

Let me ask:

Are you tired of all the wordy SharePoint books out there?

Disappointed in how you have to search and hunt through a book just to get to the point?

When you do find out how to do something you would love the explanation as to what happened?

You just want to know how to do something step by step.


It's my SharePoint 2010 Administration Cookbook

This book is a step-by-step how to with explanations. It doesn't get easier than this. It consists of 90+ recipes that detail how to do the most common administrative tasks with SharePoint 2010. Imagine being in the Kitchen with Rachel Ray and she's showing you how to make something, ingredients, how to mix it, bake it, and consume it.

The book is beautiful! Packt Publishing did a brilliant job. I enjoyed working with their editors – how many times will you ever hear that!

With this book - I am there with you! Every recipe has the following:

  • Introduction – tells you what we will be doing
  • Recipe – this is the step-by-step instructions
  • How it works – this explains the recipe
  • There's more – specific information related to the recipe (i.e. how to do the recipe through PowerShell)

I am including a sample recipe below to give you a taste:

Disable Social Features for a User

SharePoint 2010 is built to feature social components. These components are enabled by default. However, it is not always the case when we want users adding tags, using the note board and other social features. Organizations might need to turn them off for a particular user or even group.

Take the case where an organization has a site set up for their vendors to use and exchange information. It may not make business sense for the users of this site to be tagging items and using the I Like It feature. They are providing information to an organization through the extranet site, not ratings the sites features.

In a case like this the social features can be disabled for that group. In this recipe we see how to accomplish this.

Getting ready

You must have farm level administrative permissions to the Central Administration site.

How to do it...

  • Open Central Administration and click on Application Management.
  • The third section is Service Applications, click Manage Service applications.
  • Find the User Profile Service Application and left click to the right of the name – the line will be highlighted.
  • Click Manage on the ribbon.
  • In the People section, click Manage User Permissions.
  • Add the user or group which needs to be modified. For the purposes of this recipe, administrator was used.
  • Highlight the user and click the checkbox for Use Personal Features, Create Personal Site, and Use Social Features. Before checking each of the boxes, the screen should look similar to the following figure:

Click OK.

How it works...

Personal Features are the items such as My Profile.

The user will also not be able to provision a personal site. Otherwise known as a MySite.

Finally, the user cannot use the social features that are part of the SharePoint 2010 project. Items such as the I Like It and Notes button are removed.

This change being done via the User Profile Service means that it is a far reaching modification. Any farm or web applications that consumes the User Profile Service will be part of the change. This is a powerful statement to the architecture of SharePoint 2010.

Now groups can be created that do not have a need to have these types of services. For instance, auditors that need access to the system but are not part of the ecosystem of a company. These types of resources are typically only onsite for a short duration with a focus on controls.

There's more...

There is a way to disable the I Like It and Notes are the farm level. This is done through a feature called SocialRibbonControl. Be aware that doing this will make other social features such as ratings also disabled. While this can be done through the UI the simplest way to disable these social features is through PowerShell.

PowerShell: Disable Social Features

That's it! I hope you like it. I cut nearly 100 pages out of the book so I might be posting some of those recipes. Finally, Chapter 5 is free under the Sample chapter button!!!!!! On the Packt Publishing site. That's right, Monitoring and Reporting, free!!!

Click here to go to the web page and enjoy. And if you want a signed copy – let me know.

Chad's Bio Coming Soon!

More About Virgil

Virgil Carroll is the owner and president of High Monkey – based in Minneapolis Minnesota. Virgil also wears the multiple ‘hats’ of Principle Human Solutions Architect and SharePoint Architect.

Virgil is one of those rare individuals who can dive deep into technical topics while speaking clearly to the business owners of a project and never forgetting that the end user experience has the highest priority. He calls it using both sides of his brain. Virgil is passionate about leveraging technologies ‘out of the box’ as much as possible with a focus on the strategic use of content to create websites that deliver the right content to the right audience on the right device at the right time. Virgil brings high energy, an ironic wit, and a sense of grounded perspective whenever he speaks to an audience. Virgil regularly speaks at conferences and user groups throughout the United States and occasionally in Europe.

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