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1/23/2013 3:23 PM
Sponsorship information is now available for MNSPUG. If your organization is interested, please click here to read all about it. Then contact us to find out more. Thanks.
11/28/2012 1:09 PM
We are making an adjustment for December 12th. We are going to be having our regular morning meeting, however the afternoon sessions around SharePoint 2013 are going to be moved. Primarily because of how new the product is and presenters need to have time to work with it before presenting. We will update you when this is solidified. Thank you!
8/4/2011 8:49 AM
Join us this month for a panel discussion complete with special guests!
Please submit questions in advance if possible:
2/14/2011 12:53 PM
Sessions have been scheduled and speakers verified.  Now registration is open for the Spring Twin Cities SharePoint Saturday.  See below for more information. 
2/1/2011 8:03 PM
"SharePoint 2010 Search helps people find the information they need to get their jobs done" -
We're doing a review of the various Microsoft Search products.  During the session we'll review the out of the box functionality, configuration and customization opportunities, as well as administration and governance topics.  This presentation will help you understand the functional differences between products and help you determine which solution is right for your organization.
11/30/2010 11:44 AM
In our December 8th meeting we're going to be talking about mobile access to SharePoint - what are the options, platforms, etc. 
Meanwhile, the local .NET User Group is also talking mobile and will be doing a presentation on Silverlight for the Windows Mobile 7 (WM7) platform on December 2nd.  If you are interested in more information check out their site at:
9/13/2010 8:12 PM
Be sure to join many of the local SharePoint community members for a free event Saturday October 2nd at the next iteration of SharePoint Saturday. 
Speaker sessions have been announced and can be found at the site below.
You can find more information here:
7/27/2010 10:35 AM

Please join us on Wednesday, August 11, as we continue our focus on SharePoint 2010. In this month's meeting we will go behind the scenes of a SharePoint 2010 composite application for knowledge management.


We will demonstrate how the SharePoint 2010 solution was architected and developed highlighting the following areas:

  • Integrating SharePoint with data (CRM) using Business Connectivity Services (BCS)
  • Leveraging InfoPath connected with workflow
  • Managing employee skill data using the MySite
  • Connecting documents and digital assets with metadata
  • Writing custom events to the MySite activity feed
  • Surfacing information with Search
  • Integrating Silverlight with SharePoint

Click to attend 

7/8/2010 1:50 PM
This month Raymond Mitchell will be introducing SharePoint 2010's Business Connectivity Services (BCS). We'll discuss the different types of BCS solutions that can be developed and walk through a sample scenario using SharePoint Designer 2010. See you there!
5/3/2010 3:46 PM
In case you haven't already heard, late last week (4/30) Microsoft announced a vulnerability that was found in SharePoint 2007, both WSS and MOSS.  Please see the following Security Advisory and take the appropriate actions in your environment(s). 
4/14/2010 10:37 AM
The Microsoft Unified Communications User Group will be meeting on April 29th in the Bloomington, MN office and will be talking about SharePoint and OCS. 
For more information, check out the site. 
4/14/2010 8:36 AM4/14/2010
4/6/2010 12:39 PM
This month's session is all about business processes in SharePoint 2007 and 2010 - using digital forms and workflows. 
Please join us!
3/5/2010 12:13 PM
Twin Cities SharePoint Saturday IV on March 20, 2010!

Come one; come all for the 4th Biannual Twin Cities SharePoint Saturday! (Formerly known as the Twin Cities SharePoint Camp.)  Spend a day with other SharePoint Administrators, Developers and End Users and come away with tips, tricks and a richer understanding of how you can leverage SharePoint to meet your needs.
SharePoint Saturdays are about the SharePoint community at large.  It's a free forum for SharePoint Architects, Administrators, Business Users, Developers, and other SharePoint users to come and learn from their peers.  Topics are always based on community interest.
Date: March 20, 2010
Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Location: University of Minnesota’s Computer Science Building, Minneapolis
Cost: Free
Click here for registration and more information about speakers, sessions, etc...
3/5/2010 12:07 PM

Immediately following this month's MNSPUG, we invite you to stick around for a Lunch & Learn with Trevor Hellebuyck from BlueThread Technologies. We'll provide the lunch!


How to Dramatically Increase SharePoint Scalability, Performance and Manageability With Little Effort."


Storing SharePoint content (BLOBs) in the SQL database poses many issues:

  • Improper use of SQL to store unstructured content
  • Overuse of Tier 1 storage
  • DR, indexing, and maintenance tasks fall outside of operational windows
  • Planning, rollout, and on-going maintenance complexity resulting from Microsoft guidelines
  • Inability to meet regulatory compliance requirements

All of these factors increase risk and cost to your SharePoint environment and projects. We'll discuss various approaches to moving Content (BLOBs) out of SQL while increasing SharePoint performance and backup timeframes. Business benefits, cost savings, and ROI will be discussed as well as a live demonstration of relocating SharePoint content to Cloud platforms.

Click to attend

BlueThread will also be giving away a Dell Netbook!
3/5/2010 12:06 PM

Social Networking with SharePoint 2007 and 2010

Please join us on Wednesday, March 10, as we take a look at Social Networking with SharePoint 2007 and 2010. In this session we will cover the social networking features that were introduced in SharePoint 2007 and how the new features of SharePoint 2010 take social networking within an organization to the next level.

Topics to be discussed include:

  • Core features for social networking in SharePoint 2007
  • New features in SharePoint 2010 for social networking
  • Extending SharePoint Social features

Click to attend


Click to attend via LiveMeeting

3/3/2010 10:03 AM
Here is the link to register to attend March's MNSPUG via LiveMeeting:
2/5/2010 10:30 AM
Here is the link to register for February's MNSPUG via LiveMeeting:
1/7/2010 11:21 AM
Here is the link to register to attend January's MNSPUG via LiveMeeting:
12/13/2009 11:14 PM
One upcoming conference to take a look at is the SharePointPro Summit and Expo.
And for a little extra fun, our very own Raymond Mitchell will be conducting a pre-conference workshop on Building Composite Applications using SharePoint Designer 2010 and the BCS. 
12/8/2009 10:59 PM
We will NOT be having an on-site meeting today (12/9).  Between the weather and other logistical issues that came up late, we are cancelling the on-site portion of the MNSPUG meeting but will still be having the Live Meeting at the currently scheduled time - 9:00 AM.  Please join us for the on-line meeting or visit later to listen to the recording when it is made available.
Our apologies for the late notice.  Thank you. 
12/8/2009 11:38 AM
Here is the link for the 12-9 MNSPUG via LiveMeeting:
12/8/2009 11:28 AM
Please check back to this site for updates on tomorrow's session and if there will be any impact on our scheduling due to the weather. 
We will be having the meeting regardless - but what may change is whether we'll be having the on-site meeting, or falling back on the Live Meeting only. 
Thank you!
12/8/2009 11:27 AM
This month's session will be a deeper dive into the Enterprise Content Managment features of SharePoint 2010. 
Please sign up if you plan to attend.  
11/30/2009 11:14 AM
Come and join Lori Neff (@lorineff) for a free webinar this Wednesday (12/2) on Design Considerations for a Public-facing SharePoint Site.  Subject matter is mainly SharePoint 2007, but will also touch on 2010 here and there.  This is going to be one of those ‘drinking from a firehose’ sessions with tons of information in a short amount of time, so prepare yourself now. 

Get more information at

Then, nag Lori on Twitter and the Branding SharePoint site.  :)

11/10/2009 11:54 PM
Please note that the afternoon sessions have switched around.  You can find the schedule, complete with links to the Live Meetings here:
Thank you. 
10/29/2009 4:37 PM

Please join us on Wednesday, November 11, for a special, ALL DAY MN SharePoint User Group! This super-sized user group will be chock full of information on SharePoint 2010 as well as highlights from the SharePoint conference in Las Vegas. 

The first part of the day will be an overview of SharePoint 2010: A Walk Around the Wheel.  Stick around for lunch, and listen in on "Preparing for 2010: The Top Things to Do Now."

In the afternoon, we will be offering four different breakout sessions, each taking a deeper look into various aspects of SharePoint 2010. We'll have 2 different "tracks," a Business Track  and a Technical Track.  We will split the room in half and these breakout sessions will be going on simultaneously.

And finally, we want to invite you to join us for a "SharePint" at Major's in Bloomington for a Happy Hour and chance to catch up. We'll reserve some space, please come to socialize over a pint and hear more stories from Las Vegas!

We hope you can join us for at least part of if not the whole day! There will be lots of new information and demos, as well as time for Q&As.  


Lake Of the Woods Room 1

Lake Of the Woods Room 2

9:00 - 9:15


9:15 - 10:30

SharePoint 2010 Overview: A Walk Around the Wheel

Click Here to Register

Click Here to Register via LiveMeeting 

Click to enter Live Meeting

10:30-- 10:40


10:40 - 12:15

SharePoint 2010 Overview: A Walk Around the Wheel, cont.

12:15 - 1:00

Lunch & Learn: Preparing for SharePoint 2010

Click Here to Register

Click to enter Live Meeting

1:30 - 2:45

What's New in Office 2010 and SharePoint Integration

Click to enter Live Meeting

SharePoint 2010 Development

Click to enter Live Meeting

3:00 - 4:15

SharePoint 2010 for Business Users -
Access Services

Click to enter Live Meeting

SharePoint 2010 Administration

Click to enter Live Meeting

4:30 - Later

"SharePint" at Major's in Bloomington

10/29/2009 4:30 PM
The slide deck from today's session at New Horizon is now available HERE
Please let me know if you have any questions. 
10/26/2009 11:33 AM
Microsoft and New Horizons are offering a new, free seminar that helps users take advantage of features within SharePoint right out of the box.  Check it out at
10/19/2009 6:45 PM
Not able to attend the SPC09?  Follow some of the attendees HERE
10/13/2009 1:18 PM
Please join us tomorrow (10/14) for an open panel session to answer questions about anything SharePoint.  We'll have a couple of guest panelists available to take your questions in addition to a handful of the usual folks: 
Eric Kraus - Microsoft
Johnny Harbieh - Analysts International
The usual suspects:
Wes Preston
Raymond Mitchell
Brian Cauuwe
Put your questionss together and we'll see you there!
10/5/2009 10:12 AM
Click here to attend the October MNSPUG via LiveMeeting:
9/9/2009 10:29 AM
FYI - another panel opportunity for you:
SharePoint Shop Talk is a one hour conference call open to anyone that wants to attend.
A panel of experienced SharePoint pro’s (“the expert panel”) responds to questions from attendees.
We encourage sending questions in advance so that the panel can think about them a little before the call, but this is not mandatory.
Send questions to or check the blog for other venues.
We’ve held about 5 sessions so far and plan to continue to do so once a week, every Thursday from 12:30 to 1:30 PM EDT.
9/2/2009 3:08 PM
Click here to attend the September MNSPUG via LiveMeeting:
7/10/2009 10:19 AM
Links to the session recordings are now available on the "Find a presentation" page.  Have fun! 
6/30/2009 10:50 AM
We are pleased to announce that Bill English and Sarah Haase will be joining our panel for the July MNSPUG meeting.  Bill is a SharePoint MVP, CEO of Mindsharp, and author of many SharePoint books.  Sarah is an Information Architect and Corporate Librarian at Best Buy.  At the May SPUG, she presented case studies on her SharePoint projects at Best Buy. 
6/23/2009 3:44 PM
Click here to attend the July MNSPUG via LiveMeeting:
6/16/2009 12:41 PM
The June meeting was recorded using LiveMeeting.  The topic of the June meeting was SharePoint and Search, including Microsoft's FAST product.  Please access the link at:


6/1/2009 3:43 PM
The June MNSPUG session will cover the various flavors of search in and around SharePoint.  We'll be talking about the different versions available, feature comparisons and getting a better understanding of Microsoft FAST. 
Invites coming shortly.
5/19/2009 3:18 PM
The link is now available to view the May SharePoint User Group content.  This was our first time delivering the User Group as a simultaneous live event and webcast.  Overall it went well, though we did run into some issues with the telephone audio bridge during the first 30 minutes of the call.  Apologies for the inconvenience, and thank you to everyone who stayed on the call while we resolved them (we’ve got them figured out for the next session.)

Microsoft Office Live Meeting recording


Recording Details
    Subject: Minnesota SharePoint User Group May 13th
    Recording URL:
    Recording ID: may13spug

    A recording key is not required.

5/13/2009 3:55 PM
Big thanks to Neil and Sarah for their presentations today and our attendees for their patience with the added technology.  Both the Live Meeting session and recording appear to have worked well.  With a little tweaking we'll get some of the other bumps smoothed out.  As soon as we have a link to the presentation we'll post it here. 
Neil presented an overview (aka - what you can do in an hour) of workflows in SharePoint and Sarah presented her Best Buy Case Studies.  Both were well received - we had about 130 people in the room and about 80 online.  Very exciting!
The presentations are both available on the site.  A link to the recording will be posted shortly. 
Please let us know if you have any questions! 
Thanks, Wes
5/8/2009 1:13 PM
The Minnesota SharePoint User Group meeting on May 13th will be our 5th anniversary for MNSPUG.  We'll have two speakers at this meeting with the first half being an intro to workflow, processes, etc in the SharePoint environment - presented by Neil Iversen.  The second half presentation will be a variation of a presentation from the most recent Twin Cities SharePoint Camp by Sarah Haase from Best Buy (see details below)
We've already had an overwhelming RSVP response to this meeting and are in the process of working through some logistics to see how we might be able to reach as many people as would like to attend in person and/or virtually. Check back for more details. 
Using SharePoint to re-engineer your business processes and trim costs: A Best Buy case study
Interested in learning how Best Buy is using SharePoint as a "win-with-what-you-have" technology? This session will provide several real-world examples of how the dotcom division of Best Buy has integrated SharePoint into many of their routine work processes. In less than one year we've seen enhanced workflow management and process optimization resulting in more than $350,000 in annual cost savings.
Sarah Haase
Sarah Haase is an information architect and corporate librarian. During her tenure at Lawson Software, Sarah helped design, build, and maintain the company's first online knowledge base. Now at Best Buy, Sarah has worked in a variety of positions in operations. From supporting's content management systems to architecting and building a dotcom wiki knowledge base, Sarah has focused on using technology to enable efficient information retrieval. In her current role as dotcom's Collaboration Manager, Sarah relies on SharePoint and various Web 2.0 technologies to drive business process optimization. In the past 9 months, Sarah's team has used MOSS 2007 to optimize a wide range of business processes, resulting in more than $350,000 in annual cost savings.
4/8/2009 4:58 PM
Now through April 30, 2009, as part of their Early Access Program, Manning Publishing is offering deep discounts on some upcoming SharePoint titles.  You can use the code "sharepointug"  for a 45% off electronic copies of the following SharePoint books:
  • SharePoint 2007 Developer's Guide to Business Data Catalog
    by Brett Lonsdale and Nick Swan
  • SharePoint Server 2007 Survival Guide
    by Penelope Coventry
  • SharePoint 2007 Site Administrator's Handbook
    by Yvonne Harryman 

4/8/2009 4:20 PM
Big thanks to Neil for his presentation on SharePoint and Business Intelligence today.  We had over 140 people in the room.  Also thanks to Raymond and Lori for the kind-of-impromptu presetation on SharePoint Designer, the recent SPD news and upcoming content and presentations to cover more on SPD.  We had over 80 people stick around for the SPD talk.  The presentations have been posted.  Please let us know if you have any questions! 
Thanks, Wes
4/6/2009 2:28 PM
We've got TWO meetings this week with the regularly scheduled MNSPUG meeting on SharePoint and Business Intelligence (BI) as well as a post-MNSPUG session on SharePoint Designer and the implications/excitement around SPD being released for free. 
12/4/2008 7:25 AM
For more information on the MN SharePoint User Group or to receive invitations and announcements please contact
12/3/2008 2:46 PM
Don't forget to come prepared with questions next week as we'll be having another open panel discussion.  This month we've got 2 SharePoint MVP guest speakers from MindSharp:  Bill English and Todd Bleeker.  Don't miss it!
11/9/2008 5:07 PM
Just a quick reminder that we've got a meeting this coming week.  Raymond and I will be presenting on SharePoint and Social Networking in November.  In December we'll be having another Open Panel Discussion, so start writing down your questions for that session.  We're looking forward to having a few special guests with us as well. 
One other quick note:  There continues to be construction on the streets around the 8300 building, but you can still access the parking ramp for the building.  You may want to allow yourself a few more minutes to allow for any delays. 
See you Wednesday!
9/9/2008 9:40 AM
FYI - Make sure to get there early tomorrow morning to get yourself a seat (and a donut).  We're expecting a large crowd based on the e-mail responses we've had so far. 
See you there!! 
8/29/2008 9:44 AM
Please join us for our September meeting, where we'll be doing another SharePoint governance session - reviewing some of the material we covered a little over a year ago, but freshening it up and adding to it with all of the changes that have happened since then.   
If you want to take a peek at the August 2007 slides, this will give you a pretty good overview of the direction of the presentation.  Most of the content was in the discussion points that aren't necessarily in the slide deck.  We'll be using this as a guide and building on it even more.
We hope you can attend! 
8/29/2008 9:38 AM
We had a wonderful response to the open panel discussion format used in the August meeting - seems like we hit a sweet spot with what you were all looking for.  With that in mind, we're going to start doing this format once a quarter to keep that excitement up.  Having these in the calendar may also allow us to schedule guest speakers further out - which will be fun as well. 
7/27/2008 9:18 PM
Join us on Wednesday August 13th for an open panel discussion at MNSPUG.  We'll have a bunch of familiar faces as well as a guest MVP to help answer your questions. 
Todd Klindt of Solanite will be joining the panel as our guest - visiting from Iowa.  In addition to other books, conference appearances, etc, Todd is one of the authors of the Real World SharePoint book Wes keeps mentioning. 
In addition to Todd, we'll have folks representing IT Pro and administration, branding, development, general product knowledge and more. 
Put together your questions and join us on the 13th!!! 
6/2/2008 3:23 PM
Due to scheduling conflicts with some of the people we were hoping to include in our Panel Discussion, we're going to change the June meeting topic to an update on the latest community annoucements, products and changes (watch for more details in the e-mail reminder - coming shortly). 
The July meeting will not take place as it is our summer 'break'. 
We look forward to re-convening in August with the Panel Discussion.  So save all those really good questions until August - unless you want to bring them up next week.  :) 
See you there! 
5/15/2008 3:25 PM
A very special thanks to Jeremy from Opus and Murray from Daktronics for sharing their SharePoint experiences with the MNSPUG crowd.  Everyone was VERY appreciative of the information. 
We had over 130 people (a full house under the 'new rules') in attendence. 
The 'public' versions of both of their presentations are now available here on the site in the Presentations section.
Be sure to join us next month for the Open Panel Discussion and don't forget that we won't be meeting in July. 
See you in June! 
5/12/2008 1:28 PM
Just a quick heads-up for anyone interested in checking out CommVault.  They're having a seminar TOMORROW. 
5/7/2008 9:58 AM
It's hard to believe that it was four years ago that we had our first MNSPUG meeting.  So much has changed on the SharePoint platform over the last four years and it has been very exciting to see how organizations who have embraced the platform and are using it for multiple scenarios.  Please join us on Wednesday, May 14th, as Daktronics and OPUS corporation provide examples of how their organizations have use the SharePoint platform.  This session will include demonstrations of how SharePoint has been utilized and some of the lessons learned.  Click to attend.
4/22/2008 9:11 AM
Developers - don't forget tonight's MODIG meeting at 5:30.  Also note that the topic has changed from "Creating SharePoint Web Parts" to "Extending SharePoint Search".  The Web Part development topic will be covered at a later meeting. 
4/1/2008 4:09 PM
Registration is now available for April's meeting being held on Wednesday, April 9th.  Please join us as we explore the content management capabilities of SharePoint 2007 for managing documents, records, and web content.  This session will include a number of demonstrations and tips on how to get started using SharePoint for content management.
Please note:  This presentation will closely replicate the Inetium/New Horizons ECM Seminar that was held on March 13th.  Please email Tara Schulz at if you have any further questions.
4/1/2008 12:17 PM
Don't forget to register for the Lunch and Learn immediately following the April 9th MN SharePoint User Group.  Join eDocument Resources for a free seminar to learn when and why you may want to include an advanced ECM solution with your SharePoint management deployment strategy a "Better Together" value proposition.  This will be the perfect addition to April's "Enterprise Content Management in SharePoint" topic.  Register here.
3/18/2008 11:08 AM
Most of you have recently received an invite to the next Minneapolis Office Developers Interest Group (MODIG) to be held on Tuesday, March 25th.  Please make note that time of the meeting is from 5:30-7:30 pm, with registration starting at 5:00pm.  If you have registererd or are planning on it, your calendar will need to be updatedOur apologies for any inconvenience that this discrepancy causes.
3/18/2008 9:14 AM
This month's MODIG meeting will be on Tuesday March 25th and will cover Creating Custom Field Types in SharePoint. 
Sign up for the meeting here: Click to attend
If you'd like to be added to the MODIG e-mail list for meeting notifications, etc...  please send an e-mail to Tara
3/18/2008 9:07 AM
The February MNSPUG meeting on SharePoint Development had a great turnout with over 140 attendees.  This meeting also helped to kick off the new developer-focused MODIG.  The presentation deck can be found here.     
The first MODIG (Minneapolis Office Developer Interest Group) meeting had over 35 attendees for a presentation on developing solutions.  Nice first meeting! 
If you'd like to be added to the MODIG mailing list, please contact Tara
The March MNSPUG meeting on SharePoint Search had over 80 attendees.  The presentation can be found here
1/28/2008 4:32 PM
A new interest group will be starting in February 2008 for area developers working with the Microsoft Office platform (including, but not limited to, SharePoint technologies).  The first meeting will be the evening of February 21st, starting at 5:30 in the Microsoft Bloomington office (same room as MNSPUG).  The meeting is scheduled to run for approximately 2 hrs.  Food will be served. 
If you're a developer that regularly attends MNSPUG meetings looking for deeper development content, this meeting is for you. 
The first meeting will cover Feature Development. 
We will soon have a site/page up for more information and will update the MNSPUG site when details are available. 
We hope to see you there!
1/28/2008 4:25 PM
Immediately following the February 13th MNSPUG meeting, KnowledgeLake will be sponsoring a free Lunch and Learn session to inform users about the business benefits of building content management solutions on the SharePoint platform.  The presentation will include an overview of the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 platform as well as information about the KnowledgeLake Document Imaging and Capture system. 
Please join us and RSVP here.
1/28/2008 3:56 PM
The February 13th meeting will cover an overview of SharePoint development.  I 'high-ish' level overview of opportunities to extend the SharePoint 2007 platform (both WSS and MOSS).  Since we started doing presentations on the 2007 platform, we've touched on development topics here and there.  This presentation will bring a lot of that information together and give developers, administrators and business users a foundation to understand where SharePoint can be extended, what implementations mean to administrators, and what capabilities can be gained from customizations. 
We look forward to seeing you!
1/26/2008 11:39 AM
We've been mentioning the Site Delete Capture add-in and functionality for a while now as one of the top free add-ins.  While we still think it's a good thing, one of our guys discovered some interesting things that you should be aware of when implementing this tool.  You can find out more on Brian's blog post
1/9/2008 3:39 PM
Happy New Year!  We had our monthly meeting this morning and had over 70 attendees in house to hear from a few of the vendor community members about their SharePoint-related products.  Special thanks to Jim Holthaus from CommVault and Bill Kuhn from Barracuda (DeliverPoint 2007) for taking the time to share their time and knowledge.
The basic slide deck is available online for those of you interested in any of the links that were mentioned. 
12/14/2007 10:50 PM
We had another full room this month with over 140 people attending.  Special thanks to Femi and Ryan for their first time presenting with us - they did a great job with some detailed presentations. 
This month's presentation slide deck and all supporting documents have been posted.  Please check them out. 
We hope to see you in January for a SharePoint Vendor Showcase.  Please remember to register early.  We will be posting updates on any changes due to overcrowding, etc. 
Thank you! 
12/14/2007 11:34 AM
Two events coming up you might want to check out:
January 28-31, 2008 - Las Vegas, NV
Discount - Mention MNSPUG and get 15% off class fees
Feb 4-6, 2008 - Nashville, TN
Discount for User Group members - Promo Code: USR200
12/11/2007 6:48 PM
Service packs (SP1) for WSS 3.0, MOSS and SharePoint Designer have been released. 
Be aware: This is NOT a double-click install.  Start by reading the SharePoint Team Blog posting and TechNet article before installing. 
Happy upgrading!
12/7/2007 3:42 PM
And don't forget to get there early to ensure getting a seat!  We've been close to full several times in the last few months. 
Please keep in mind that we do realize how popular the user group is getting and we are trying to find alternatives / solutions to the issue.  It's a good problem to have, but we understand that it is causing some frustration to attendees.  Pleaes bear with us while we look for a way to keep everyone excited about attending every month!
Thank you.    
12/3/2007 4:58 PM
Join Inetium and presenter Eric Raarup at the Business Intelligence Special Interest Group (BISIG).
Where:  Microsoft- Bloomington Office
When:   Wednesday, Decmber 5th
Time:    3:00pm- 7:00
For more information:
11/30/2007 10:07 AM
Patches, new STSADM commands, etc... 
11/14/2007 3:55 PM
We had a nice turn out at this morning's MNSPUG meeting on SharePoint Collaboration and Unified Communications with over 120 people attending.  The meeting slide decks from Wes and Steve have been posted in the presentations area.
11/12/2007 10:12 PM
Come join us on Wednesday as we explore Unified Messaging and how it can be used to extend the collaboration capabilities of SharePoint 2007. 
10/25/2007 10:00 AM
If you're interested in the search capabilities for SharePoint 2007, be sure to check out the free training event going on at the Edina New Horizons facility on Thursday Nov 8.  Registration and other information can be found here: 
10/25/2007 9:57 AM
There have been quite a few valuable and interesting posts on the SharePoint Team Blog lately - and a few that I specifically want to highlight in case you've been missing them:
Just yesterday a new white paper was released that covers a lot of the backup and recovery items that administrators should be aware of and comfortable with. 
Another posting on the current state of online resources, specifically blogs, forums and newsgroups related to SharePoint.  This highlighted the forums as the place to go for SharePoint knowledge. 
Be sure to check them out!
10/9/2007 9:02 AM
Please review the following hotfix for SharePoint Services v3 (2007).
Additional information is also available via the SharePoint Team Blog
9/30/2007 2:32 PM
Ontolica is offering twofree 1/2-day hands-on workshops in Minneapolis on October 4th. 
Get more information here:
9/27/2007 7:26 PM
Unfortunately, Bob Sutton has had another scheduling conflict and won't be able to join us in October.  We are still working with him and hope to have him in-house for a visit in the coming months.  Stay tuned. 
But no worry!  Raymond is preparing what will surely be a great presentation on composite applications in SharePoint, so be sure to attend! 
9/27/2007 7:23 PM
HMC announces the 1st round of the SharePoint® for Project Managers course
We know how busy you are! Choose a morning or afternoon session for this half-day introductory course in online collaboration utilizing the Microsoft® SharePoint® program.

SharePoint® for Project Managers
– introduces the current state of online collaboration, explores SharePoint® features and functions, and demonstrates practical ways that SharePoint® can make a PM’s job “easier” and more productive through online collaboration.

If any of the following statements “hit home” for you, consider attending this class:
• I am frustrated with the processes & techniques we use for project collaboration.
• I know email is the worst tool ever for collaboration but we use it all the time.
• I want everyone on a project team to take more ownership for their tasks.
• I am slightly familiar with SharePoint® and have touched it once or twice.
• I really need a better solution for project collaboration.

For more information or a detailed course outline, visit us on the web at:
8/10/2007 1:25 PM
The SharePoint Governance presentation slides are now available.  I will be working on adding the featured links from this session as well as tracking down some of the other links we mentioned during the presentation.  Enjoy!
7/3/2007 3:15 AM
Eric got word from Microsoft this past weekend that he has been named as a SharePoint MVP!  Congratulations Eric! 
Those of you that have been attending MNSPUG for some time should be very familiar with Eric as he was one of the originators of the Minnesota SharePoint User Group (MNSPUG), was a frequent presenter and host and continues to contribute on a regular basis.  His knowledge of SharePoint and other Information Worker technologies is extensive and his energy and enthusiasm for this area is contagious. 
Be sure to congratulate him when you seen him at upcoming meetings!   
4/19/2007 10:59 AM
Even with the crummy weather we managed about 110 people at last week's meeting.  A good turnout for a timely subject - migrating from SharePoint 2003 to SharePoint 2007.  Thanks to Tim Smith for presenting this topic to the group. 
The presentation can be found HERE.  As always, please let us know if you have any further questions.
The new site is (obviously) up and running.  We're working to get all the content from the previous site up - including featured links from previous meetings.   
4/18/2007 1:15 PM
Microsoft announced the public link to the "Good, Better, Best" document that was mentioned at the April MNSPUG meeting.  It can be found HERE
3/2/2007 4:15 PM

Windows SharePoint Services lets you share information and files easily with others. Learn about your new site by reading sphelplink(whatsnew,What's New in Windows SharePoint Services).

3/2/2007 4:15 PM
By Matthew P. Graven

After so many versions, how much can Microsoft really change its Office suite? Depending on how you use it, the changes in Microsoft Office 2003 range anywhere from moderately useful to ground-breaking. Individual users running Office on a desktop will find the changes convenient but not necessarily essential. Nonetheless, the improvements are for the best and result in a more productive set of applications. Microsoft Word, for example, includes better change-tracking and annotation tools, additional views for working with documents, and other enhancements that make it easier to use. Meanwhile, Microsoft Outlook has had a fairly dramatic face-lift. The interface is better organized and generally more efficient. There are handy new features, such as the ability to look at shared calendars side by side, as well as a much-improved spam filter. A new application, Microsoft OneNote, looks to change the way we take notes when we want to save our thoughts and ideas. Integration among Office applications has gotten even stronger, making it easier to work with various types of data and move data from one application to another.
While individuals will find these general improvements helpful, the big changes are aimed at users working in collaborative environments. With Office 2003, Microsoft has changed its strategy for the suite. In fact, rather than referring to the new version as a suite, Microsoft has dubbed it the Microsoft Office System. This is because the new features—the pith of Office 2003's improvements—extend beyond the desktop, making data available throughout the workplace.
   Inside Office 2003 (eWEEK)  
Office 2003 is about collaboration. It's about efficiency and a streamlined workflow. To start, the new Office integrates well with an improved Microsoft SharePoint service, allowing workers throughout a company to collaborate and work on documents. A central SharePoint portal lets team members post files, participate in threaded discussions, link to dynamic Web content, generate tables based on information in corporate databases, and so on. More important, however, is that the Office 2003 applications tie directly into the corporate system. You can, for example, share Word documents without ever leaving Microsoft Word and chat with coworkers from within applications.
The new version also makes greater use of XML. A new product, Microsoft InfoPath 2003, lets you design templates that pull information from databases and enter it into forms, which are then saved to the corporate database.
Meanwhile, data is no longer tied up in files and applications. Data typed into Excel, for example, can be made independent of Excel. It's actually XML data. Now, you don't need to print out an Excel spreadsheet and pass it to another department, which will rekey it into a different system; instead, the original Excel file can tie into the system and pass on the data electronically. In action, Office 2003 provides employees throughout the company access to up-to-the-minute data in real time.
Until now, working with XML has required a certain level of expertise. Granted, to get your systems up and running, your IT department will need to understand the ins and outs of this XML system. But Microsoft has taken much of the difficulty out of the process, putting the power of XML into the hands of mainstream business users. With a bit of understanding, these users will be able to customize their own documents, creating a more efficient workplace.
3/2/2007 4:15 PM
The June meeting's PowerPoint slides and sample search web part are now available (
3/2/2007 4:15 PM
We've compiled an overview of the November meeting - which can be found here:
Please let us know if anything is missing or you're looking for any additional information. 
3/2/2007 4:15 PM
Post the questions you may have for the panel discussion we'll be having in our November meeting.
3/2/2007 4:15 PM
Are you interested in attending the Minnesota SharePoint User Group meetings?  If so, please contact Steve Svensson at and I will make sure to keep you up to date with announcments and our schedule. 
3/2/2007 4:15 PM
We have created a sub web that contains the Application Templates for WSS that were discussed during February's meeting.  You can see them here:
3/2/2007 4:15 PM
Previous meetings can also be found here:
Please let us know if we've missed any additional information you'd like to have.   
3/2/2007 4:15 PM
We would like to get your feedback on how to we can improve the user group and what subjects you would like to see covered.  Please fill ou the survey on
3/2/2007 4:15 PM
Thanks to all of you who came out to the May MNSPUG session.  We had ~75 people in attendance -- hope to see you in June as we cover personalization in SharePoint.
3/2/2007 4:15 PM
We want your feedback on what features you really want to see in the next version of SharePoint.  We will summarize the results of the survey and provide to Microsoft.  The survey can be found at
3/2/2007 4:15 PM
Thanks to those that came out today to see the presentations from the various ISV's that we had in town.  See you next month
3/2/2007 4:15 PM
Thanks to everyone who came out for the user group meeting on 4/13/2005.  This was the largest meeting we have had so far (almost 80 people were in attendance).  Hope to see you next month.
3/2/2007 4:15 PM
On May 4th, 2004, the Minnesota SharePoint User Group had its kickoff meeting.  The meeting was quite a success with over 40 people in attendance.  Chris Capossela of Microsoft gave an overview of Microsoft's vision of SharePoint technologies and answered a variety of questions from the audience.
In addition, a variety of future topics were discussed ranging from planning a portal to developing web parts.  Please watch our upcoming schedule for future topics.
3/2/2007 4:15 PM
It has come to our attention that there has been some abuse of the contacts list on the site.  We know that most of you do not like to be solicited so we have chosen to remove it from the site.  If you are interested in attending or have questions, please contact Eric Raarup at 952.646.0789 / or Dave Stahlman at 952.646.0808 /  Thanks.
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