SharePoint 2010 Multilingual Interface (Hindi)

Thought of updating you on my findings in SharePoint 2010 – this might be useful pointers for you; a little spanner in your works.
I was testing the Multilingual Interface of SharePoint 2010; Seems SharePoint 2010 is improved and extended its capabilities on the good old MOSS 2007.
Both SharePoint foundation 2010 and SharePoint Server 2010 have language packs are avaialble to install, but if you are using licenced version of SharePoint Server 2010 you need to install both the SharePoint Foundation and the SharePoint Server langauage packs. I downloded the Hindi Language pack and installed – http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=046f16a9-4bce-4149-8679-223755560d54&displaylang=en
Once you install the language packs you can take advantage of Multilingual User Interface (MUI). The lanaguage is enabled on per-site basis Administration > Language settings will list out all the languages you installed.

Once after you turn on alternate language, you can change the language of SharePoint interface. Click you name on the upper right corner, hover over Display language and choose which language you’d like the site translated into.

The Ribbon, Site Actions Menu, Site Settings Menu and other SharePoint components will be translated to the selected language.
SharePoint 2010 has done a pretty descent job in multi language implementation – List/ Document libraries column title that are pre-built into a list are automatically translated, however you can translate custom coloumns and engage metadata service application for further translation.

The Out of the Box Menus and predefined labels are changed to the selected language.

However when i did the searching there were many glitches – i could still see “English” popping up – seems this should be fixed by more mapping of the metadata.

Microsoft Unveils SharePoint Server 2010 and Showcases New Functionality

On Oct 19, 2009 at Microsoft Corp.’s SharePoint Conference, Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer announced that the public beta of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and Microsoft Office 2010 will become available in November, and revealed some of the new SharePoint Server 2010 capabilities for the first time.
“By taming the overflow of information across systems and technologies, SharePoint enables organizations to thrive,” Ballmer said. “SharePoint 2010 is the biggest and most important release of SharePoint to date. When paired with Microsoft Office 2010, SharePoint 2010 will transform efficiency by connecting workers across a single collaboration platform for business.”

SharePoint Server is one of the fastest-growing products in Microsoft’s history, with over $1.3 billion in revenue, representing over a 20 percent growth over the past year. According to IDC, Microsoft attained a significant share of the collaborative content workspace market in 2008, and had the highest growth rate among top vendors with its Microsoft Office SharePoint Server.
During his keynote address, Ballmer talked broadly about SharePoint Server as a business collaboration platform and highlighted three key areas. One was how organizations can respond quickly to business needs with an improved developer platform that makes it easier to build rich content and collaboration applications. Another topic was the enhanced Internet site capabilities that help businesses drive revenue and retain customers on a single platform. The third was the choice and flexibility between on-premises and cloud solutions. At the event, Microsoft showcased the breadth of SharePoint Server 2010 that ranges from wikis to workflows, while Ballmer’s keynote address highlighted features and capabilities such as these:
  • A new ribbon user interface that makes end users more productive and customization of SharePoint sites easy.
  • Deep Office integration through social tagging, backstage integration and document life-cycle management.
  • Built-in support for rich media such as video, audio and Silverlight, making it easy to build dynamic Web sites.
  • New Web content management features with built-in accessibility through Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, multilingual support and one-click page layout, enabling anyone to access SharePoint Server sites.
  • New SharePoint tools in Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, giving developers a premier experience with the tools they know and trust.
  • Business Connectivity Services, which allow developers to connect capabilities to line-of-business data or Web services in SharePoint Server and the Office client.
  • Rich APIs and support for Silverlight, representational state transfer (REST) and Language-Integrated Query (LINQ), to help developers rapidly build applications on the SharePoint platform .
  • Enterprise features in SharePoint Online such as Excel Services and InfoPath Forms Services, which make it simple to use, share, secure and manage interactive forms across an organization.
  • The addition of two new SharePoint SKUs for Internet-facing sites, including an on-premises and hosted offer
     
“In today’s economy, controlling costs and expenses is essential,” said David Glenn, director of Enterprise Operations at Del Monte Foods Co. “However, we still have the requirement to make sure our employees, customers and partners can get the information they need to be productive, no matter where they are. SharePoint 2010 is going to allow us to do that more effectively.”
Microsoft SharePoint 2010 is part of the next wave of Microsoft Office-related products, which includes Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Project 2010, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and Microsoft Visio 2010, that are designed to give people the best productivity experience across PCs, phones and browsers.

Availability

The public betas of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010, Office 2010, Project 2010 and Visio 2010 will become available in November 2009; more information is available at http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=9689707.
Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 will be available in the first half of 2010. More information about Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/sharepoint.

This information is about pre-release software and therefore is subject to change. It is provided without warranty of any kind, express or implied.

Hardware & Software Requirements for SharePoint Server 2010

Overview
Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 provides for a number of installation scenarios. Currently, these installations include single server with built-in database installations and single server or multiple server farm installations.
Hardware requirements
The requirements in the following table apply to single server with built-in database installations and server farm installations that include a single server or multiple servers in the farm.

Component Minimum requirement
Processor 64-bit, dual processor, 3 GHz
RAM 4 GB for stand-alone or evaluation installation
8 GB for single server and multiple server farm installation for production use
Hard disk 80 GB
Other DVD drive

Software requirements
The requirements in the following table apply to single server with built-in database installations and server farm installations that include a single server or multiple servers in the farm.
The Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies 2010 Preparation Tool — which you access from the SharePoint Server 2010 Start page — can assist you in the installation of the software prerequisites for SharePoint Server 2010. Ensure that you have an Internet connection, because some of these prerequisites are installed from the Internet.

Environment Minimum requirement
Database server in a farm Microsoft SQL Server 2005 with Service Pack 3 (SP3), or Microsoft SQL Server 2008 with Service Pack 1 (SP1)
Stand-alone server · The 64-bit edition of Windows Server 2008 Standard with SP2
· Web Server (IIS) role
· Application Server role
· Microsoft .NET Framework version 3.5 SP1
· SQL Server 2008 Express with SP1
· Microsoft “Geneva” Framework
· Microsoft Sync Framework Runtime v1.0 (x64)
· Microsoft Filter Pack 2.0
· Microsoft Chart Controls for the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
· Windows PowerShell 2.0 CTP3
· SQL Server 2008 Native Client
· Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services ADOMD.NET
· ADO.NET Data Services v1.5 CTP2
Front-end Web servers and application servers in a farm · The 64-bit edition of Windows Server 2008 Standard with SP2
· Web Server (IIS) role
· Application Server role
· Microsoft .NET Framework version 3.5 SP1
· Microsoft “Geneva” Framework
· Microsoft Sync Framework Runtime v1.0 (x64)
· Microsoft Filter Pack 2.0
· Microsoft Chart Controls for the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
· Windows PowerShell 2.0 CTP3
· SQL Server 2008 Native Client
· Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services ADOMD.NET
· ADO.NET Data Services v1.5 CTP2
Client computer · Microsoft Silverlight 3.0
· A supported browser
Note:
If you install SQL Server 2005 SP3, you must use Cumulative update package 3 for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 3 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=165748).
If you install Microsoft SQL Server 2008 SP1, you must install Cumulative update package 2 for SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=165962).
When you install Microsoft SQL Server 2008 SP1, you might receive a compatibility warning. You can disregard this warning and continue with your installation.
The Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies 2010 Preparation Tool does not check your Microsoft SQL Server install version before Setup. The SharePoint Product and Technologies Configuration Wizard checks that you have the correct version of SQL Server after you have completed Setup.
Note:
You must download an update for Windows Server 2008 before you run Setup, or Setup will not run.
· For Windows Server 2008 with SP2, see FIX: A hotfix that provides a method to support the token authentication without transport security or message encryption in WCF is available for the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=160770).
· For Windows Server 2008 R2, see FIX: A hotfix that provides a method to support the token authentication without transport security or message encryption in WCF is available for the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=166231).
The Beta version of the Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies 2010 Preparation Tool does not install these updates.
Note:
If you are running Windows Server 2008 with SP1, the Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies 2010 Preparation Tool installs Windows Server 2008 SP2 for you.
Note:
If you plan to use Windows Server 2008 and Windows PowerShell 1.0 is already installed, you must uninstall Windows PowerShell 1.0 before you can successfully install Windows PowerShell 2.0 CTP3.
Note:
You must download the Microsoft Server Speech Platform and the corresponding speech recognition language to make the phonetic name matching work correctly for SharePoint Search 2010. Ensure that you apply these to all servers in the farm.
· Microsoft Server Speech Platform (http://download.microsoft.com/download/8/D/F/8DFE3CE7-6424-4801-90C3-85879DE2B3DE/Platform/x64/SpeechPlatformRuntime.msi)
Select one of the following speech recognition languages:
· Speech recognition language for English (http://download.microsoft.com/download/E/0/3/E033A120-73D0-4629-8AED-A1D728CB6E34/SR/MSSpeech_SR_en-US_TELE.msi)
· Speech recognition language for Spanish (http://download.microsoft.com/download/E/0/3/E033A120-73D0-4629-8AED-A1D728CB6E34/SR/MSSpeech_SR_es-ES_TELE.msi)
· Speech recognition language for German (http://download.microsoft.com/download/E/0/3/E033A120-73D0-4629-8AED-A1D728CB6E34/SR/MSSpeech_SR_de-DE_TELE.msi)
· Speech recognition language for French (http://download.microsoft.com/download/E/0/3/E033A120-73D0-4629-8AED-A1D728CB6E34/SR/MSSpeech_SR_fr-FR_TELE.msi)
· Speech recognition language for Japanese (http://download.microsoft.com/download/E/0/3/E033A120-73D0-4629-8AED-A1D728CB6E34/SR/MSSpeech_SR_ja-JP_TELE.msi)
· Speech recognition language for Chinese (http://download.microsoft.com/download/E/0/3/E033A120-73D0-4629-8AED-A1D728CB6E34/SR/MSSpeech_SR_zh-CN_TELE.msi)
Additionally, you must update the [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Speech Server\v10.0\Recognizers\Tokens\SR_MS__TELE_10.0\Attributes] registry key for every language that you install. Click Start, and then run regedit. Find the registry key, and then update the Vendor value to Microsoft Corporation.
This registry key change may cause errors for administrators who use Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 or any other products that depend on the speech technology, but it is required for the phonetic matching to work correctly.
The Beta version of the Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies 2010 Preparation Tool does not install these updates.
Note:
If you plan to use Access Services for SharePoint Server 2010, you must install Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services Add-in for SharePoint Technologies (SSRS). For more information, see Using Access Services with SQL Reporting Services: Installing SQL Server 2008 R2 Reporting Services Add-In (SharePoint Server 2010).

Installing software prerequisites
To install Windows Server 2008 or Microsoft SQL Server, you can go to the Web sites listed in this section. You can install all other software prerequisites through the SharePoint Server 2010 Start page. Most of the software prerequisites are also available from Web sites listed in this section. The Web Server (IIS) role and the Application Server role can be activated manually in Server Manager.

Advanced Developer Training Presentations on SharePoint Server 2010

Just released a collection of in-depth training presentations for SharePoint Server developers.
It offers technical training for SharePoint 2007 professionals who are looking to upgrade their skills to SharePoint 2010 in the form of self-paced modules and hosted labs, categorized under the following modules:

  • Developer Roadmap and Tools
  • Core Development
  • User Interfaces and Lists
  • Data Access Technologies
  • Composite Solutions
  • Enterprise Content Management
  • Enterprise Search
  • Business Intelligence
  • Development Life Cycle

Download from: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=22882429-ee80-40bb-ba8d-ff55d6e33959&displayLang=en
You can also view the accompanying videos.

WSS 3.0 / SharePoint 2007 Version Table

A lot of time my customers have asked me how to find the current version of their running instances of WSS 3.0 / SharePoint 2007 linked to the service packs / patches which are applied. So let me put the same for everyone, this table as below shows the version and build numbers for WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007.
The version of the current installation can easily be looked up in the Central Administration: Operations > Topology and Services > Servers in farm.

Name
Version
MOSS 2007 or WSS 3.0 August 2009 Cumulative update (KB973409 & KB973410)
12.0.0.6514
MOSS 2007 or WSS 3.0 June 2009 Cumulative update (KB972569 & KB971538)
12.0.0.6510
MOSS 2007 or WSS 3.0 April 2009 Cumulative update (KB968857 & KB968850)
12.0.0.6504
MOSS 2007 or WSS 3.0 SP2 (KB953334 & KB953338)
12.0.0.6421
MOSS 2007 or WSS 3.0 Feb 2009 Cumulative update (KB963654 & KB961755)
12.0.0.6341
MOSS 2007 or WSS 3.0 Dec 2008 Cumulative update (KB960011, KB960010)
12.0.0.6335
MOSS 2007 or WSS 3.0 Aug 2008 Cumulative update (KB956057, KB957109 , KB956056)
12.0.0.6327
MOSS 2007 or WSS 3.0 Infrastructure Update (KB951695 & KB951297)
12.0.0.6318
MOSS 2007 or WSS 3.0 post-SP1 hotfix (KB948945)
12.0.0.6303
MOSS 2007 or WSS 3.0 post-SP1 hotfix (KB941274)
12.0.0.6301
MOSS 2007 or WSS 3.0 post-SP1 hotfix (KB941422)
12.0.0.6300
MOSS 2007 or WSS 3.0 SP1
12.0.0.6219
MOSS 2007 or WSS 3.0 October public update
12.0.0.6039
MOSS 2007 or WSS 3.0 August 24, 2007 hotfix package
12.0.0.6036
MOSS 2007 or WSS 3.0 RTM
12.0.0.4518
MOSS 2007 or WSS 3.0 Beta 2 TR
12.0.0.4407
MOSS 2007 or WSS 3.0 Beta 2
12.0.0.4017
Office 12 (PDC image – pre-beta)
12.0.0.3111
(This version of Office does not have a support link in the Add/Remove programs dialog box).

Do you want to create your own SharePoint 2010 RTM Virtual Machine?

Here is a complete guide on creating your own SharePoint 2010 RTM Virtual Machine, interested? Yeah…
Critical Path Training have created this complete setup guide that helps you get your own environment setup. It includes the following:

  • Setting up a Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Setting up Active Directory & DNS
  • Setting up SQL Server 2008 R2 RTM 
  • Setting up & configuring SharePoint Server 2010 RTM
  • Setting up & configuring Office 2010 Professional Plus 2010 RTM 
  • Installing SharePoint Designer 2010 RTM
  • Installing Visio 2010 RTM
  • Installing Office Web Applications RTM
  • Setting up & configuring Visual Studio 2010 RTM

The guide walks you though each step in a ton of detail complete with screenshots along the way. Like I said, there’s tons of detail… over 70pgs worth of helpful instructions! You don’t even need licenses for things like Windows Server 2008 or SQL Server… we show you where to get the trial / evaluation editions of these products. Of course, you’re free to use your own keys if you like.
This guide is provided for free from the members only section of their site. Login (or first create your free account) at http://www.criticalpathtraining.com/ & click on the Members link in the primary navigation (it isn’t there when you aren’t logged in). From there you can access all the members-only content including this document (located under the articles section titled SharePoint Server RTM Virtual Machine Setup Guide).

Top 10 Resources to get you started on SharePoint 2010

Thanks to Microsoft SharePoint Team blog, below are links to download evaluation software, guides, demo virtual machines and lots more, for both Developers and IT Professionals.
1. Check out the Office 2010 & SharePoint 2010 Launch Keynote and on-demand sessions, and the SharePoint 2010 Product Site on Microsoft.com
2. Download the SharePoint 2010 Overview Evaluation Guide, the SharePoint 2010 Professional Developer Evaluation Guide and the SharePoint 2010 IT Professionals Evaluation Guide to quickly ramp up on platform updates and additions.
3. Check out the learning plans for IT Professionals, Developers and End Users and get started on your SharePoint 2010 learning plan.
4. Download the pre-configured Hyper-V SharePoint 2010 Evaluation and Demo Virtual Machine (~1.8GB) along with the SharePoint 2010 Walkthrough Guide for a chance to get hands on with SharePoint 2010 with zero set up and configuration.
5. Download 180 day trial versions of;  SharePoint Server 2010, FAST Search Server 2010 for SharePoint, Office Professional Plus 2010, Windows Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2008 R2 to install and evaluate SharePoint 2010 yourself, and while you’re downloading stuff here’s some links to the full versions of; SharePoint Foundation 2010, Search Server Express 2010, SharePoint Designer 2010
6. Watch the Getting Started with SharePoint 2010 for IT Professionals video series and the Getting Started with SharePoint 2010 for Professional Developers video series to get bite-sized video overviews of some of new and updated features.
7. Do the self paced IT Professional hosted virtual hands-on-labs and Developer hosted virtual hands-on-labs to get hands-on with SharePoint 2010 through a series of scripted tutorials, and if you want more, then download and install 10 getting started Developer Hands-on-labs.
8. Discover what’s new for end users with Getting started with SharePoint 2010 guides and Take SharePoint Server 2010 training at your desk.
9. Visit the TechNet and MSDN SharePoint 2010 sites for a wealth of technical reference documentation and prescriptive guidance through our categorized resource centers, such as the Installation and Deployment Resource Center to learn how to plan, install and configure SharePoint 2010 and the Upgrade and Migration Resource Center for the latest guidance and best practices for upgrading to SharePoint 2010.
10. Got questions?  Search for an answer, or ask the community in the official Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Forums.
Already a SharePoint 2007 expert?
Check out the free advanced training content for IT Professionals and Developers looking to upgrade their skills from SharePoint Server 2007 to SharePoint 2010.
We’ve got 36 modules of self paced IT Professional Advanced Training and Developer Advanced Training that includes audio and video recordings.  We’ll also be adding 24 hosted virtual hands-on-labs in the very near future to accompany the training content – All for FREE and on demand.
Want to get certified on SharePoint 2010?
Take a look at the Microsoft Learning SharePoint 2010 Training Portal for information and expected availability dates for SharePoint 2010 Certification, Classroom training, E-Learning, MS Press books and Learning Snacks.