FREE – Microsoft Private Cloud Training

Adopting this exciting new computing paradigm provides a whole new landscape of technology and career direction for IT professionals. Microsoft Learning and the Microsoft System Center 2012 team have partnered to bring you an exciting opportunity to learn what you need to know to deploy, manage and maintain Microsoft’s private cloud solution. Leveraging the popular Jump Start virtual classroom approach, the industry’s most gifted cloud experts will show attendees why this new private cloud solution, based on System Center 2012 and Windows Server, has garnered so much attention. Presenters include Symon Perriman, Sean Christensen, Adam Hall, Kenon Owens, Prabu Rambadran & Chris Van Wesep and there will be a live Q&A during the event.

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Event Agenda

Day 1: Deployment & Configuration (Feb. 21)

  • Part 1: Understanding the Microsoft Private Cloud
  • Part 2: Deploying the Infrastructure Components
  • Part 3: Deploying the Private Cloud Infrastructure
  • Part 4: Deploying the Service Layer
  • Part 5: Deploying the Applications & VMs

Day 2: Management & Operations (Feb. 22)

  • Part 6: Managing the Infrastructure Components
  • Part 7: Managing the Private Cloud Infrastructure
  • Part 8: Managing the Service Layer
  • Part 9: Managing the Applications & VMs

Jump Start Overview

This accelerated Jump Start sponsored by Microsoft Learning is tailored for IT professionals familiar with Windows Server technologies, Hyper-V virtualization, and the System Center management solutions. The course is designed to provide a fast-paced and technical understanding of how and why Microsoft’s approach to the private cloud delivers scalability, security, flexibility and control.

Here are few unique benefits of this course:

  • Students have the opportunity to learn from and interact with the industry’s best cloud technologists!
  • This high-energy, demo-rich learning experience will help IT Professionals understand why Microsoft private cloud solutions are making a splash in the industry.
  • Students will see with their own eyes how Windows Server 2008 R2 and System Center 2012 work together to provide the best combination of security and scale.
  • Information-packed agenda! Day one of this two-day online course will focus on designing and deploying the right solutions for your organization, while day two will provide an in-depth look at the tools available to help monitor, secure and control the operational aspects of a private cloud.

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Riyadh SharePoint User Group Meeting January 2012

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Thursday, February 2, 2012; ends at 4:00 PM (GMT+0300)

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Hi Everyone,

We are back, First of all happy new year and we hope that each and every one of you is doing well. We have been off for a while due to some Microsoft events happening in region so frequently. But we are back and this time we are not going away :).

The Riyadh SharePoint User Group Leads are pleased to announce our User Group meetings to be held on 2nd Feb , 2012 at the Prince Sultan University, Riyadh. This meeting has been named as “SharePoint Search Day”. We will try to cover each espect of SharePoint 2010 Search from the perspective of an Architect, End User, Administrator and Developer. In the end of the day you will surly understand som of the new concepts and technologies involved in SharePoint 2010.

You will also have chance to win some cool prizes T-Shirts, Books and USBs. Our Sponsor Axceler will also demo one of their cool SharePoint 2010 Migration Tool and distribute free gifts to you so stay tuned.

Please note that the Registration is must. It will help you to keep updated about event details.

This is an initial Invitation and the event title, descriptions and place of event might change.

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Ahmed Abuabdou

Lead Solutions Developer at Al-ELM

Ahmed enjoys exploring new operating systems, platforms, technologies and programming languages, and considers programming as a hobby. He has been involved with big e-learning SharePoint portals in Saudi-Arabia and is an active member in RSUG.

Jerry Yasir – SharePoint MVP

Founder and President RSUG, SharePoint Consultant at EJADA

Jerry is SharePoint Server MVP, Trainer, Founder of Riyadh SharePoint User Group (RSUG.NET), Co-Owner of SharePoint Pakistan User Group and Sr. SharePoint Consultant at EJADA, Saudi Arabia. RSUG is one of the biggest SharePoint community in Saudi Arabia with over 1500 members. He holds a Master degree in Computer Sciences and has over 8 years of experience working in Microsoft Technologies including SharePoint, Microsoft .NET and Project Server. He is a regular speaker at Microsoft events and community related events around the world. He is currently responsible of developing and managing many large scale SharePoint implementations in Saudi Arabia.
He is Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and also holds MCPD, MCTIP and MCTS for SharePoint 2010 Admin and Development, and MCTS WSS 3.0 & SharePoint Server 2007, MCPD, MCITP (EPM 2007) and MCSD.NET
He can be found at @

Mostafa Absy

Sr. SharePoint Developer – Bank Al Bilad

Mostafa has over 4 years of Experience working on Microsoft Technologies Specially SharePoint and .NET. He specilizes in developing complex solutions using XSLT, JQuery and Content Query Web Part.

Megren Al-Shaiq

SharePoint Team Lead – Bank Al Bilad

A Saudi National, started his IT career in 2002, When he began learning the programming by using VisualBasic 6.0 plus SQL 2000, After that He upgraded to Visual Basic.NET and SQL 2005. He has got Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCP). He is also MCTS for SharePoint 2010, he has extensive skills on the websites development using ASP.NET, ADO.NET and C#, Silverlight and AJAX. Currently He has been working on SharePoint 2010 with extensive experience of Working with InfoPath and SharePoint Designer workflow at Bank Al Bilad. You can find more information about me at

Ismail Enjreny Ismail Enjreny

Development Manager, SURE

Has more than 5 years experience within portal and SharePoint, now working as development manager of SURE Technologies in Riyadh – KSA also He is MCITP certified as SharePoint 2010 administrator. also I am proud to announce that my book “Learn SharePoint 2010″ is published now in Arabic Language. My blog is

Event Agenda

Benefits & Features and SharePoint for End Users- Megren
50 Minutes

In this session Megren will explain the concepts of SharePoint Search for End Users, How users can search information, People using Basic and Advanced Search capability. It will also highlight how users can tweak Search and Search results web parts to improve the results and how to use Enterprise search.

11-30 to12:20

Prayer Break (12:20 PM to 12:45 PM)

SharePoint Search Components and Administration – Ismail
50 Minutes

Ismail will explain the components of SharePoint Search like Crawler and Query, Crawl DB etc. He will also explain various feature of search that can be configured using Search service applications.

12:45- 01:25PM

Searching Enterprise Data – Ahmed
50 Minute

This session will provide a way to access your Busines data resides in SQL Server, Oracle etc using SharePoint Search and how you can use it inside Lists. What is the Indexing mechanism and what are the ways to access LOB data.
1:30-2:20 PM

Developing Custom Search Web Parts – Mostafa
50 Minutes

SharePoint Server search includes great object model that developer can use to develop custom components. In this session Mostafa will talk about how you can customize you search results and make customizations that are not possible through the browser

2:20-3:10 PM

Improving Search Relavance – Jerry
45 Minutes

In Search, relevance is about how closely the search results that are returned to the user match what the user wanted to find. Ideally, the results that are returned on the first page are the most relevant, so the user does not have to look through several pages of results to find the best matches for their search. This session will provide tips and tricks to tweak relavance.

3:10-3:55 PM

Note: Closing, Q / A and Raffle Draws and Lunch will be made after all.

Location: Prince Sultan University – Male Section

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Looking forward to see you. Please be on time :). 11:30 AM Sharp

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uCertify PrepKit – SharePoint Development Exam 70-573 TS

So many people ask me how to prepare for 70-573 TS SharePoint 2010 Development exam.  70-573 is a mixture of SharePoint 2010 skills around Object Model, Web Services, Dialog framework the new UI Components customization e.g Ribbon, Development Web Parts and navigation.  Not many people I see around me and working on customizing Ribbons and Navigation elements and most of the time they are working on developing custom applications on top of SharePoint using Object Model, Visual Web parts, Localization, Workflows, BDC and Client OM etc.  Because of this it becomes very hard for someone to prepare for SharePoint Exam that has so many things that one has never worked with. 

Another problem I see personally in my region is the use of Dumps and cheating which make you pass the exam but eventually fail you when you come for an interview after your put that you are a Senior SharePoint Developer bla bla bla  and you can answer any question about ribbon or client OM.  You have to study very hard to pass in SharePoint Development Exam so you take the shortcut which will result in getting nothing for your career.  some of you also face a problem that there is no straight forward way to find a study guide which can provide you a step by step preparation.  Although some of SharePoint Guru’s have posted links on their blogs but sometime they are not enough.  To make sure you are studying the things are covered by exam you need a tool.  I was in contact with a company name uCertify few months ago that specializes in Exam preparation development.  They sent me the preparation kit for 70-573 few weeks ago and my personal feedback is that if you are planning to take the exam it is the best thing to follow.

The first thing about the kit is the exam objective area.  I remember when I took the exam my self in June 2009 while it was a beta exam I have to visit the objective page many times and look various items carefully so that I do not miss any exam point.  The preparation kit is providing all these objectives and links to study material straight away.


The objective of the exam are written clearly that looks to all your study notes and stuff.  There are articles and links provided for any external study.


There are many Study notes that you can study for preparation of each topic.  See by yourself


Each Study note is linked to questions so you can study and take the questions quickly and check your knowledge about the subject.  I feel that this is the best way to study for a Technical Exam.


While you are studying the exam study helper is taking care of your progress. 


Clicking on Start will start a series of Study notes that you can read one by one and learn the quickly based on the percentage of coverage in the exam.


Now Let’s talk about Exam Question Preparation.  First of If you have good experience SharePoint 2010 and you are doing lot of Development I would strongly suggest you to take the diagnostic test.  This will give you an idea on where you stand with respect to preparation and you can then work on the areas you are not good.


Now if you take the diagnostic test you will find out are you ready or not.  Look and the Red Icon on the picture above.  Now take the full exam and see where you stand.  I quickly took couple of question in Diagnostics and check the result.


Now you see that I failed Smile I just answered one question.  Now if you have already finished the study then you can take all different kind of test to make sure that you are good enough to take the exam.  But what about my performance review.  no problem there is a third section called Track your progress that will make sure that you know what you are doing.


Now you can see where I stand in my test review Smile  Poor Dude right !


There is also a section for Objective Review that show the progress in Objectives according to exam.


I guess that’s more than enough.  If you are one looking to Learn SharePoint Development and not just pass the exam I strongly recommend you to buy this Kit from UCertify.

An overview of uCertify

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Alternate languages are not supported on sites with customized CSS files.

Faced this issue after I upgraded a Site from SharePoint 2007 to 2010.  The site was heavily customized and was using custom CSS and custom master page.  The room site language was Arabic.  As a normal case Most SP Admin guys like me here in Saudi Does not understand Arabic so went to change alternative language support.  I selected English and click OK and saw a weird error waiting for me that is mentioned above in the title.

As I designed the master page from scratch with a new CSS file I did not find any reason for this error. But even looking at ULS Logs could not find anything reasonable.  Then went on to find the article that says that you should delete the _style page if you want to enable Alternate language.  You can find it here

Even removing that folder did not fixed the issues.  I reset the CSS Link from Change Master Page setting page and set it back but nothing worked then I went on to install Language Pack SP1 and later SP1 but nothing seemed to work.  Just before I was able to Quit got an idea.  I Opened SQL Server Management Studio and went to query AllWebs Table and tried to find CustomCss column for all the webs.  I was amazed to see that the CustomizedCSS column was showing ;123#MIZAN; for the root Site Entry while all other values are null.  Although I could not find the source CSS on the site but setting the value to null and I was able to change the alternative language without any issue.