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Logging with Enterprise Library

Tue, 27 Jan 2009 20:33:00 +0000

As noted in the previous Logging blog post, the framework for our platform ended up using Enterprise Library 3.1. Some of the compelling reasons for choosing Enterprise Library over the alternative options were: Breadth of listeners and formatters for free with access to source code Config file driven design allowing you to turn on/turn off logging...

Report Approval Workflow

Mon, 12 Jan 2009 13:10:00 +0000

One of the visions of this reporting platform was to become the single source of truth for Marketing. It would be a centralized destination for marketers from around the global subsidiaries to, where primarily their task might be one among the following: Design, save or share reports View reports available on the platform Schedule often...


Fri, 09 Jan 2009 13:23:00 +0000

Given the scope of the reporting platform, one of the first things we identified we needed is a framework to provide common functionality. These help you standardize components, structure data while solving the problem of migration or upgrade at one place and one time One of them first pre-requisites for customer facing component has got...

Accessing CA Search Admin with SPN set for Index Server

Fri, 05 Dec 2008 15:20:00 +0000

Side effect of setting up an SPN for the index server is that your search administration page(s) for central administration will be broken. This happens as accessing farm level search administration pages via the Central Administration UI results in request being sent to the root SearchAdmin.asmx. As this web site now accepts only Kerberos tokens,...

SPN for Index Server

Thu, 04 Dec 2008 17:13:00 +0000

If you had followed our blog post Configuring Kerberos Delegation (without infrastructure update), you might have noticed that we had asked you to setup an SPN for the Index server. You might ask why and how does the Index server come into picture when all I want to do is setup Kerberos for Excel Services....

Configuring Kerberos Delegation (without infrastructure update)

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 15:16:00 +0000

This blog post will detail the steps needed to configure a SharePoint farm to successfully delegate credentials to a backend data source without the Infrastructure update (Infrastructure update for SharePoint 2007 resolves an issue with SSP delegation which I will talk about in my next blog post). To configure Kerberos delegation in a SharePoint farm...

Enterprise Search

Thu, 13 Nov 2008 17:58:00 +0000

Another key component of MOSS 2007 relevant to enabling Kerberos in the farm is Enterprise Search. MOSS 2007 builds upon the two core search components of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 - the Index engine and the Query engine.     Administration of Enterprise Search in MOSS 2007 is twofold: Central Administration: Allows the farm administrator to specify...

SharePoint Server 2007

Tue, 04 Nov 2008 18:29:00 +0000

SharePoint in its current version, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 (MOSS), has evolved from its early days of a portal management system to a complete platform providing services ranging from document management, collaboration, social networking to a complete suite of business intelligence (BI) capabilities to build upon.     SharePoint introduces the concept of Shared Services Provider...

Kerberos Protocol

Mon, 03 Nov 2008 20:00:00 +0000

    Authentication in Microsoft domain networks has traditionally been done using NTLM or Kerberos protocol. Kerberos protocol is a more secure authentication mechanism than NTLM which also overcomes the well-known double hop issue associated with NTLM.     Microsoft's implementation of the Kerberos protocol involves three parties – client, server and the Key Distribution Center (KDC). The client...

Marketing Platform and Services

Fri, 31 Oct 2008 20:46:00 +0000

One of the main charters of our group, Marketing Platform and Services, is to be a partner to Microsoft Marketing and help them in their day to day job by building a suite of software tools to increase their productivity and be effective at it. The software translation if it was that we had a...