What am I looking at here?

If you poke around the various icon resources included in Windows 7 DLLs you will find some really old images that have been around since the early days Windows. Some of these icons represent devices such as phones and mobile music players which are looking pretty out dated by today’s standards. According to WikiPedia the Kinect was launched in North America in November of 2010 and publicly announced June 1st 2009. The Windows 7 Beta first appeared in December 2008 and officially in January 2009. Included in the installation of Windows 7 is a DLL named mmres.dll which has a number of icon resources embedded. While digging through the icons I found one that looked familiar and eerily like a Kinect device.

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Extending The SharePoint 2010 Health & Usage – Part 4: Writing a Custom Usage Receiver

This is the 4th article and last article in a series where I have been discussing the extensibility offered with the SharePoint 2010 Usage and Health services. If you have read all the prior articles to this point then bravo for you! I really hope this last article was worth the wait. At this point I have provided an overview of the Health and Usage Service, discussed the development of a Custom Usage Provider and showed you how to create custom Health reports and host those within Central Administration. This last article covers my favorite Health and Usage extensibility; “Usage Receivers”. In fact, here is a little secret I will let you in on, to build its analytic reports the SharePoint Web Analytics Service application uses a Usage Receiver to grab all its data from the OOB Request Usage Provider. So take a look at the SharePoint 2010 Web Analytics with all its data and rich reporting and know that all came from a Usage Receiver. 

If you missed the prior articles the list below is for you, otherwise lets jump into the article…

  1. Feature and Capability Overview
  2. Writing a Custom Usage Provider
  3. Writing Custom Reports
  4. Writing a Custom Usage Receiver (this article)

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Extending The SharePoint 2010 Health & Usage – Part 3: Writing Custom Reports

This is the third article of a 4 part series where I discuss the extensibility of the new Health and Usage Services built into SharePoint 2010. In the second article we created a custom Usage Provider which collected download information and stored it into the Usage Database. Now its time to take a look at the data which has been collected and report on it. We will do this by extending the Health Reports which currently only include reports for Slowest Pages and Top Active Users – we should have more and we will.. 

Other articles in this series are as follows:

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Extending The SharePoint 2010 Health & Usage – Part 2: Writing a Custom Usage Provider

blog-usage-image7This is the second article in a 4 part series were I discuss the new Health & Usage Services built into SharePoint 2010 and how they can be extended to build some very interesting solutions. In this article I will discuss the process around creating a custom usage provider, dive into some internals, and provide code examples which will pull it all together.

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Grabbing Your Pretty Mug from Active Directory

I do not normally create blog posts around topics which are covered on other blogs on the Internet however this topic seems to still draw a bit of confusion as well as I wanted to offer a very complete picture (pun totally intended) of how to move user pictures from Active Directory into SharePoint User Profiles.

Getting Started

For this walkthrough I am using a SharePoint 2010 Farm running the April 2011 CU and a single domain controller on Windows 2008 R2.

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