Browsing Category Blog

Migrated to Windows Azure

September 2nd, 2012 // 9:56 am @

If you see this, then I have successfully migrated to Windows Azure.

 

Category : General

SharePoint 2013 Preview Downloads

July 16th, 2012 // 11:52 pm @

Finally after long last details are emerging for the preview release of SharePoint 2013. Instead of boring everyone with a lot of talk, I am linking out all the latest bits as I find them for everyone to download and get their hands dirty with.

SharePoint Foundation 2013 Preview

SharePoint Server 2013 Preview

Office Web Apps Server Preview

Language Packs for SharePoint Foundation 2013 Preview

Language Packs for SharePoint Server 2013 Preview

SharePoint Designer 2013

SharePoint Server 2013 Client Components SDK

SharePoint App Store

 

I will try and update this post as I can find more relevant bits. Let me know if anyone of you finds any more related links and I shall add it here.

Category : SharePoint

Update SSD for best performance

July 4th, 2012 // 4:42 pm @

Recently while cleaning up my PC I came across a few benchmarks of my SSD taken long ago. However it struck me that not many people enable the full force of their SSD. I will explain with few simple screenshots.

Background :

I have a system with the OCZ Vertex 2 SSD ( there are a lot faster ones available now ). The system felt snappy and fast, hence I never really cared to test / benchmark the SSD till one day out of curiosity I did benchmark them using AS SSD Benchmark.

c drive as-ssd-bench OCZ-VERTEX2 ATA  02.02.2012 20-22-19

 

I was expecting it to give me much faster reads and hence was a bit disappointed. Was a bit worried that the benchmark showed pciide – BAD. The 4k block read was quite low. Then started doing some research to see why my SSD was running slow. Came across an article explaining the importance of enabling ACHI. However ideally it needed to be enabled in the BIOS before installing the OS. There are a few articles in the internet which show you how to fix a few registry settings in Windows so that you can modify that setting safely and still have your Windows system boot normally. After the ACHI change, I again ran a benchmark.

c drive 2 after ahci

 

This seemed more like it. The sequential read speed had jumped and the 4K-64 chunk read had improved dramatically. Well I was quite impressed and decided to try a bit more to improve performance. Found a firmware update for my drive. Was a bit scared that it may wipe off my drive, however after careful backup and praying, ran the firmware update utility from OCZ. Here is where the drive finally ended at.

c drive 3 after firmware

 

There may be other updated available since then, however I am quite happy with the performance. Moral of the story : not to take things on face value. Just because I have an SSD, I can’t assume that it is giving me the benefits I should be getting. Always test and compare.

Category : General

SharePoint Development Series

July 2nd, 2012 // 2:45 am @

Over the past few years I have been deeply involved in setting up development teams focussing on SharePoint projects. Learning SharePoint is not an easy task and I have seen people struggle trying to figure out where to start.

I have been thinking about starting an article series which would help new developers learn SharePoint. There is a lot of stuff out there and new developers would be overwhelmed with it. Let me know if this is of any interest and is there any particular area which you want me to cover. Hopefully this article series can help someone climb the ladder to SharePoint development.

Category : SharePoint

O2 to create Europe’s largest free WiFi zone

February 10th, 2012 // 6:23 am @

O2 has been selected from amongst the six shortlisted providers including BT, Sky and Virgin to create the largest free wireless hub in Europe. This would cover two of the London boroughs ( Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea). The rollouts start this month and will be available as soon as the installation completes. This ensures that visitors to London will be able to make the most out of London’s offerings, particularly in a year in which both the Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics take place.

The next time I am in London I hope I can get free WiFi. My 3G has always been a bit unreliable in certain parts of the centre.

For more information check out the press release on O2’s website.

Category : General

Migrating to Office 365

July 29th, 2011 // 1:49 pm @

Finally we have migrated the Toolagen email and intranet to Office 365. The BPOS migration schedule was after 3-4 months and being a Microsoft Partner, we just could not wait to get migrated. Hence the decision was made to manually migrate everything over and if needed delete archived content and re-create items. Will write about it in details in the coming weeks. It was not a very smooth process and sometime very crude, however be prepared to have a few email bounces. Make sure you allow full 48-72 hours for DNS propagation to work properly.

Category : Office 365

Office 365 now available to purchase

June 28th, 2011 // 6:48 am @

Just saw that the new Microsoft Office 365 site is now up and out of beta. Office 365 subscriptions are available to purchase in the UK for £4/user. We are working on a few exciting enhancements to Office 365 and can’t wait to announce them soon.

image

Category : Office 365

Visual Studio 2010 code formatting bug

February 25th, 2011 // 2:01 pm @

There is a bit of an issue with VS 2010 code formatting for HTML. Be default you will see HTML code formatted as :

<h3>
        General</h3>

 

To fix this, go to Tools –> Options

image

Select Text Editor-> HTML –> Formatting from the left panel.

Click on the Tag Specific Options.

Select Default Settings –> Client tag supports contents

image

 

On the right panel, under Line breaks, select Before and after.

 

This will give you a code formatting as :

<h3>General</h3>

Category : General

Happy New Year

January 4th, 2011 // 8:48 am @

Wishing everyone a very happy 2011. Every year I make a resolution to start blogging more but have failed since last few years. 2010 was an eventful year as my son was born. Hence took most of my time and energy to support my wife and enjoy the joys of Fatherhood. Another big milestone hit in 2010 was the formation of my offshore development company. We are very close to starting operations and hence pretty excited about it.

Hopefully now that life has settled back a bit and work and life look more organised, I will get more and more time to blog and write more about my experiences of entrepreneurship and working with technology. Hoping for a great 2011 and wish all of you all a great year ahead.

Category : General

Ultimate SharePoint 2010 Development Rig

October 4th, 2010 // 1:31 pm @

I have been researching on building the best SharePoint 2010 development environment for quite sometime now. I am happy to say that my new rig has arrived and it is a blast to work with it. Have been using it for around a month now. Will soon have a few blog posts for people who are interested in building similar rigs and setup a good development environment.

Category : SharePoint

Latest Posts

Testimonials

"Amar clearly has a thorough knowledge of Sharepoint, this knowledge, coupled with his professionalism and dedication made him a tremendous asset to the project. He was the key contributor to the later stages of the project delivery effort (the really difficult bit, long hours and hard work that puts huge demands on people), and I can state categorically that without his focussed dedication and hard work we would not have been able to meet the timescales imposed upon the project."

Tim Ellis , Sharepoint Project Manager , Royal Bank of Scotland

Subscribe Now