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Muhimbi MuSH – URL Shortener for SharePoint

I’d like to take a moment to congratulate the Muhimbi for shipping MuSH; their version of the URL shortener for SharePoint. As many of you know I have been working on and off on my open sourced version for sometime now and it is good to finally see someone else attempting to tackle the same problem I was attempting to solve (see

I had an opportunity to test MuSH recently and for the most part it fundamentally works the same way my version works. The installation process of MuSH was pretty straightforward; it is delivered as a SharePoint WSP solution that gets deployed to your farm.

To create a shortened URL, you navigate to a document library, find the item you want to shorten, click the drop-down and select Shorten URL. This process ultimately shortens the URL and you get an opportunity to copy the URL to the clipboard.

The major difference between Muhimbi’s version and mine is that their shortens the URL to the SharePoint list item itself not the document. Now of course the challenge here is that on some occasions you want it to link to the list item itself and sometimes you may want to link it DIRECTLY to the document itself. To me, the linking directly to a document is more important than linking to the SharePoint list items (in my environment / experience anyway).

I provided this feedback to the Muhimbi team and they are considering adding it to a future version of the product.

For those of you that can no longer wait for my version, you can pick up a copy of MuSH for $199.00.

With all this said and done, I really hope Microsoft considers adding a URL shortener directly into SharePoint 2010 – this is definitely one of those things I hear people complain the most about and (until now) nobody has solved yet.

In the coming weeks I’ll be picking up the development effort on my version of a URL Shortener for SharePoint; this other large project I am working on is coming to a close.


June 26, 2009 Posted by | SharePoint, Tools | , | 5 Comments

“TinyUrl” Like Feature for SharePoint

[Update – 9/2/2009]

I have released the first public version of my SharePoint URL Shortener. Please read the following blog posts for more information:


I am still planning on releasing an open sourced version of the “TinyUrl" Feature for SharePoint later this year. However, until then you can also keep your eye on MuSH, a URL shorter by Muhimbi. It is current priced at $199.00 and is in a closed beta – of which I am trying to get signed up for.

Muhimbi is looking for some beta testers for the product – if you interested, I would hit them up on Twitter at @Muhimbi.

June 2, 2009 Posted by | SharePoint | | Leave a comment

Disabling My SharePoint Sites propagation or adjusting the frequency

I have previously explained how “My SharePoint Sites” works and how it gets propagated to the client. What happens if you want to disable this feature or adjust the frequency of when it occurs.

From time to time I get asked this question so I figured I would write up a post about it.

By default, Office creates two registry values under “HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Common\Portal”, which are:

Registry Value Description
LinkPublishingTimestamp A binary timestamp of the last time the sites were propagated to the client
PersonalSiteURL The URL to the users My Site

There are two additional values you can create manually in the users registry or via a GPO.

Registry Value Value Description
LinkPublishingDisabled 0 = false, 1 = true (DWORD) Disables the My SharePoint Site (or Link Publishing) on the Client PC.
LinkPublishingFrequency DWORD value in minutes* Changes the frequency from the default 24 hour to whatever value you put in there.

* Microsoft claims this is in minutes, however, when I did testing with this it appeared to be in seconds.

Hopefully this will help you gain more control over the My SharePoint Sites / Link Publishing feature of SharePoint and Office.

May 21, 2009 Posted by | SharePoint | , | 6 Comments

Zune Marketplace / Zune Pass Frustration!!!

I love my Zune and generally enjoy my experience with the Zune Marketplace. However, every now and then something strange happens with some of my music and it suddenly stops working (DRM related issues).

Upon investigating the issue I noticed that certain tracks on the album are pulled out of Zune Pass and can only be purchased directly (as shown below):


What gives???  This makes absolutely NO sense. Anyone have any thoughts on this?

May 6, 2009 Posted by | Rant, Zune | | Leave a comment

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 SP2 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 SP2

It is recommended your read KB Article 953338 before installing SP2.

Here are the links to the Service Packs!

WSS 3.0 SP2 :

MOSS 2007 SP2 :


April 28, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“TinyUrl” for SharePoint Feature Requests

[Update – 9/2/2009]

I have released the first public version of my SharePoint URL Shortener. Please read the following blog posts for more information:

I am soliciting feature requests on Twitter for the first version of the “TinyUrl” for SharePoint feature I’ll am developing.

If you do not want to post them to Twitter, feel free to post them in the comments of this post.

March 3, 2009 Posted by | SharePoint | , , , | 2 Comments


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I decided to join the Twitter experience… feel free to follow me at

February 24, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

SharePoint / Office 2007 and random authentication pop up’s with “My SharePoint Sites” (Memberships)

Update – 7/2/2009

The Office 2007 hotfix (KB970950) is now available to download:

The specific bullet that resolves this problem states the following:

“When you view folders that are listed under My SharePoint Sites in the Open dialog box or the Save As dialog box in a 2007 Office application, you are prompted for authentication. This problem occurs when an expired site is removed from the list and you no longer have access to the site.”

Update – 6/11/2009

I have been using a private build of the hot fix to resolve this issue and it looks like it is finally resolved. I’ll report back as soon as I get word from Microsoft of the official release of this fix.

Update – 5/14/2009

I just got confirmation from Microsoft today that they are currently testing the hot fix and are still scheduling to have it available at the end of June.

Update – 4/21/2009

Microsoft is currently working on a hot fix for this. They are shooting for the Office 2007 June Cumulative Update. I’ll let you know if they make it.

Update – 2/6/2009

I have been working with Microsoft on this issue and it looks like we may be seeing a hot fix (of some sort) to resolve this issue in the future.


I have posted a number of articles on how the SharePoint membership and “My SharePoint Sites” feature works in MOSS 2007 and Office 2007 and some of the problems with it.

I am currently in the process of working with Microsoft to resolve the specific issues around the pop up box appearing randomly as users are working within Office 2007.

There is another scenario that can cause the random authentication pop ups to occur. Consider the following:

  • A new site is created and the three (3) default groups Visitors, Members and Owners are associated.
  • The members group (which drives the MOSS 2007 membership feature – see previous posts on this topic) is then removed from the Site Permissions.
    • The group still exists but just does not have access to this site.
  • The members group is still associated with this SharePoint site as the designated members group.
  • SharePoint still propagates this site to the Office 2007 client for all users who are part of that group

As this group is propagated to the Office 2007 client’s “My SharePoint Site” feature it will check the users permission to the site and throw up the authentication pop up box because they technically do not have access.

After you remove any group that has been associated as the members group for a site, make sure you go into the “Set up Groups” from the People and Groups screen and change the Members site association to a new group that does have permissions.

In my opinion, the SharePoint membership feature should be smart enough to determine if the associated members group has access to the site or not and act accordingly. Unfortunately it does not – it just assumes it does and continues to propagate.

January 25, 2009 Posted by | Office, SharePoint | , , , | 7 Comments

Windows 7 and App has stopped working

I have been using the public beta of Windows 7 for a couple days now and everything has been working perfectly. All of a sudden some of my software would not install. It would simply come up with an error message stating “Appname has stopped working”.

It turns out that any software installer that used MSI files would not work. After sometime of troubleshooting and searching the web I found a solution buried in a forum post on TechNet.

  1. Start Regedit
  2. Navigate to HKLM\Software\Microsoft\SQMClient\Windows\DisableSessions
  3. Rename MachineThrottling to _MachineThrottling

After doing this all MSI related installation programs will work again. The great part about this is you do not even have to reboot.


January 19, 2009 Posted by | Windows 7 | | 3 Comments


I just wanted to let you all know that I am still around and kicking. I have just been swamped with other projects. I still have every intention of releasing the “TinyUrl” like feature for SharePoint in the near future.

Thank you for all of those who have expressed interest in this project. All your feedback is valuable and will definitely be incorporated if possible.

January 14, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment