Happy “Indexing” Holidays – Microsoft Filter Pack Released

The Microsoft Filter Pack for search has been released enabling critical search scenarios across a variety of Microsoft Search products including SharePoint Portal Server 2003, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, Search Server 2008, Search Server 2008 Express Edition, Exchange Server 2005, SQL Server 2005/2008, and Windows Desktop Search 3.1/4.0.


The Microsoft Filter Pack provides iFilters for the following file type extensions:



  • .docx (Microsoft Office 2007 Word Document)

  • .docm (Microsoft Office Word Macro-Enabled Document)

  • .pptx (Microsoft Office 2007 PowerPoint Presentation)

  • .xlsx (Microsoft Office 2007 Excel Worksheet)

  • .xlsm (Microsoft Office Excel Macro-Enabled Worksheet)

  • .xlsb (Microsoft Office Excel Binary Worksheet)

  • .zip (WinZip File)

  • .one (Microsoft Office OneNote Section)

  • .vdx (Microsoft Office Visio Drawing)

  • .vsd (Microsoft Office Visio Drawing)

  • .vss (Microsoft Office Visio Stencil)

  • .vst (Microsoft Office Visio Template)

  • .vsx (Microsoft Office Visio Stencil)

  • .vtx (Microsoft Office Visio Template)

NOTE The current release is not localized and available at this time in English only supporting both x86 and x64 architectures.  To download the Microsoft Filter Pack or to learn more visit:  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=60C92A37-719C-4077-B5C6-CAC34F4227CC&displaylang=en.

Service Pack 1 for SharePoint Products and Technologies

I’ve spent the past several days in Portland, Oregon speaking at a SharePoint Products and Technologies governance event and completely neglected to post any information on the now released Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Service Pack 1.  For more information visit:  http://blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint/archive/2007/12/11/announcing-the-release-of-wss-3-0-sp1-and-office-sharepoint-server-2007-sp1.aspx.

Announcing the Release of the SharePoint Monitoring Toolkit 1.0

The SharePoint Monitoring Toolkit enables administrators and IT Pros to manage SharePoint Products and Technologies deployments, both large and small, by introducing two (2) new management packs for System Center Operations Manager 2007.


Both the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 management packs replace the existing management packs and have been engineered to leverage the rich features of System Center Operations Manager 2007.  Improvements include:



  • Additional rules to include performace rules

  • Improved and new reports and views

  • Backwards compatible dependencies have been removed

  • Increased overall reliability

  • Tuning and event supression reducing redundancy

  • and more…

To download the Solution Accelerator visit:  http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=103032 or to download the management packs visit:  http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/scp/catalog.aspx.

Announcing the Beta Release of the SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool

After several months of work and very little sleep in between we are pleased to announce general availability of the SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool (Beta).


The SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool (Beta) provides a wealth of helpful information when planning a SharePoint Products and Technologies deployment; helping administrators, consultants, and IT Pros determine the potential required hardware investment(s) and topologies to support and meet requirements for availability and performance or even the affect of introducing additonal offices with their own unique bandwidth and latency constraints. 


Using the SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool (Beta) you can build topology models, run simulations, and generate reports that will help you evaluate and identify alternative solutions considering profile-based usage variations, content size and scope, networking technology, and availability requirements.


The SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool (Beta) provides both Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 models allowing you to explore the unique characteristics of each platform and more effectively and efficiently plan topologies based on their respective infrastructure requirements.


To being using the SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool (Beta) or to learn more visit: https://connect.microsoft.com/programdetails.aspx?ProgramDetailsID=1602


I look forward to hearing your feedback and hope you find this tool invaluable in planning your SharePoint Products and Technologies deployment(s).

On the Edge

Over the past several weeks myself and Rick Taylor, you may know him from various conferences, MCTs, or as a contributing author to the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Administrators Companion, have been engaging the Edge crew to establish a new series – dubbed the R&B Show.  Our focus will be an entertaining look into the daily lives of a MSIT technologist and we’ll be covering topics specific to Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies such as FBA, BDC, Search, Shared Services design, architecture and engineering, etc., all set to the music of local area bands.  We’ll take you through the product lifecycle for all those interested in seeing a hosted SharePoint offering evolve, planning meetings, design meetings, spec reviews, a trip around campus, and a one on one with our manager – including some bonus content too exciting to give away here and more…we are open to suggestions to topics most interesting to you so please let us know here or through the shows’ comment board.  Our premier will be filmed on Wednesday and after some editing magic will be available on http://edge.technet.com/ and as soon as it is published I’ll let you know here.  Stay tuned, this is something you won’t want to miss!


As a teaser – we’ll be incorporating fruits, vegetables, adhesive tape, and one unsuspecting manager in the show.


What is Edge?


Edge is a resource for IT Pros to get the inside details on the latest and greatest technologies, including screen casts, interviews, etc.  To learn more read the Readme.