Paul Liebrand’s Weblog

Welcome to my blog mainly about SharePoint


My name is Paul Liebrand and I currently reside in Southern California. I plan on writing about anything related Microsoft SharePoint.

Because of other interests I have , you may also see posts off topic here.

I also started a community wiki site that will be dedicated to Windows SharePoint Services and related technologies. I update it has frequently as I can, but I encourage others to check it out and contribute where possible. The site can be found at

You can also follow me on Twitter at

Hopefully you find the information here useful and valuable.



  1. Hey there.

    About your mail merge issue on sharepoint. We have the exact same issue. I did everything you did before I found your Blog and got the exact same results. We were at one point able to pull it off but I am unable to recreate it, I have been trying for weeks. Thanks for posting the info on the subject…WE NEED THAT FIXED!!! ASAP!


    Comment by Jay | December 8, 2007 | Reply

  2. Jay,

    Thanks for posting. Unfortunately, this will not be fixed until “maybe” the next release of Office.

    Thanks for visiting.


    Comment by liebrand | December 9, 2007 | Reply

  3. Always a pleasure to read your informative blogs. Thanks Paul!

    Comment by Susan | February 5, 2008 | Reply

  4. Hi there, would you be interested in guest authoring for the mag?

    Comment by Arno Nel | July 22, 2008 | Reply

  5. Hi Pual,

    I read your post on egghead about Managed Paths. It was the first that was really clear. I have since read several of your posts and I think you explain things well.

    Is there a tutorial, that you know of, explaining how to configure MySites in SharePoint Server 2007?

    I read the following post by Anthony Odole and it is “almost” clear to me … but not quite.


    Comment by Terry Brothers | March 16, 2009 | Reply

    • Terry,

      What specifically is unclear — I can then perhaps tailor it to that.


      Paul Liebrand

      Comment by liebrand | March 17, 2009 | Reply

  6. Thanks for the reply!
    At the bottom of Anthony’s post, after the SSP has been created, thers are Step 1 and Step 2.

    Step 1 – “Go to the main application … ” – Does this refer to the the original web app or the MySite web app that was just created?

    Step 2: – “Create a new site collection … ” – Again, Does this refer to the the original web app or the MySite web app that was just created?


    Comment by Terry Brothers | March 17, 2009 | Reply

    • Terry,

      Quick question… are you using host headers or is the SharePoint site just using the hostname of the server?


      Paul Liebrand

      Comment by liebrand | March 17, 2009 | Reply

  7. I am not using host headers at this time.

    Our Environment
    WSS 3.0 WFE (Production)
    SQL 2005 Ent (Production)

    I have cloned our production environment into a test environment. I have performed the upgrade to SharePoint Server 2007 Ent.

    The production environment is virtualized. I have snap shots of both servers at the exact point that the SharePoint Server 2007 upgrade completed. There isn’t even a Shared Service Provider yet.

    I will be performing the upgrade of our production server within the next two weeks. I have also been tasked with setting up a portal for our customers. The portal will consist of multiple sites – One for each customer for collaboration concerning projects related to their company.

    I will be installing a Microsoft ISA Server 2006 in our DMZ and will publish the sites.


    Comment by Terry Brothers | March 17, 2009 | Reply

  8. OOPS! I said the “production” environment is virtualized. I meant the “TEST” environment is virtualized.

    Comment by Terry Brothers | March 17, 2009 | Reply

  9. You asked a simple question and I bombarded you with information. Sorry!

    No, we’re not using host headers and we are using the server hostname.


    Comment by Terry Brothers | March 17, 2009 | Reply

  10. Hi Paul,

    I created a PDF showing how I configured MySites on our SharePoint 2007 Server. Fell free to redistribute if you want.

    I could still use some help with where to add the Managed Paths and where to add the Site Collection. The two questions that are listed on the last two pages of the PDF.

    Any help will be Greatly appreciated!


    Comment by Terry Brothers | March 18, 2009 | Reply

    • Terry,

      Lets take this discussion to email. Fire off me an email at and we’ll get this sorted out.


      Paul Liebrand

      Comment by liebrand | March 18, 2009 | Reply

  11. Hi Paul,

    I found this entry on msdn:

    I tried your javascript solution. Unfortunately it didn’t work. I get an javascript error: object expected. Did you have any problems with your code?

    This is my UrlAction:

    I think it happens here:

    Do you remember what you have tried here or did it just work?


    Comment by matt | August 4, 2009 | Reply

  12. Hi Paul

    I hope you wont mind me contacting you. We get quite a few visitors to our site who have come from your blog so I thought you might be interested in some news about our latest product development efforts.

    I am writing to you from Pentalogic Technology in England. We design web parts for SharePoint. Our products are targeted specifically at end users – which I why I thought you might be interested.

    We have just launched v 1.6 of our Reminder web part – which we believe is the only one now on the market that fully supports Recurring Events in SharePoint Calendar lists. It has been the most frequently requested feature from our customers over the past three years and we think it will prove to be really handy for users.

    This link will take you to the Reminder section of our website:
    where you will find details of the new feature, a short video demo, a product comparison chart and access to a free evaluation download, should you wish to take a closer look. If you get as excited about it as we are and would like a full version to really have a good look them just let me know and I will arrange a free license for you.

    I hope you find the information useful – if you have any further questions just let me know – and if you would prefer not to get news like this from us in the future, again, please do let me know.

    Kind Regards

    Clare Stone

    Comment by Clare Stone | September 17, 2009 | Reply

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