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Thursday, February 5, 2009

SharePoint Best Practices Conference Wrap Up

The SharePoint Best Practices Conference has come to a close and I had a great time.  I presented two topics, one on using Content Types to improve discoverability and the other on sub-sites versus site collections and I helped out on a couple of experts panels.  For the site collection talk I had the honor of being able to co-present with Jason Medero and we got to do the talk twice – I was pleasantly surprised when the second session was almost as full as the first.  All-in-all the presentations went really well (particular the site collection talk).  I had a bit of a hard time with the Content Type talk – I stupidly started up the wrong virtual machine and was rather embarrassed when I went to do my demo and none of my demo material was there.  Fortunately everyone seemed very understanding – I guess I should have expected something to go wrong with my first ever solo conference presentation but I suppose it could have been much worse.  For those who attended that talk, thanks for your patience :).  If you made it to any of my talks this week please write a comment and let me know what you thought – I’m eager to do more presentations in the future and would love some feedback to help me know what worked and what didn’t.

If you’d like a copy of my slides here are the links:

It was great getting to speak with so many people who had used and benefited from my extensions – I even had someone ask me for my autograph :).  It was definitely a great week and a great conference – not sure when the next one will be but I highly encourage folks to put it in their budget to attend (I love that the attendee to speaker ratio is low which makes it really easy to spend some quality time with speakers from all different disciplines).

4 comments:

Todd said...

It was great seeing you Gary.

tk

Jay said...

Gary both sessions were great bugs in the second or not. Thanks for sharing your expertise with everyone!

andersrask said...

Hi,

i was at SPBPC but unfortunately did not make it to yours and Jasons session.

Looking at your shared session on Sub Sites vs Site Collections, I'm mystified by the unforseen consequences by breaking inheritance in a site collection.

Could you specify exactly what you are referring to here?

thanx
Anders Rask

Gary Lapointe said...

There's a few different issues but the most common "issue" is related to user ignorance - it's a mess really so it's hard to blame the users. Check out this post - it details all the issues: http://blog.krichie.com/2007/04/05/beware-of-cascading-deletes-in-wssmoss/. The bit at the end is the one I've run into a lot - it concludes with this: "You’ll notice that you’ve lost all unique permissions defined on any list/folder/item period within the subweb and any web that has web level inheritance." - using site collections as a permission boundary for top level webs is one way to "reduce" this but in reality they'll only help to a certain extent which is why I generally try to get people to avoid breaking inheritence when it makes sense.