Sunday, October 27, 2013


A couple of years ago when I first
heard about the PMP, which is an
acronym for Project Management
Professional, I immediately pictured in my mind a top-brass executive, wearing an expensive suit and probably gold-rimmed spectacles, making key business decisions and whose life eventually ends up in some kind of financial mismanagement scandal.

Well, I discovered the real thing
wasn’t so far from my imagination,
especially if that person wound up
as an “accidental” project manager,
because the real ones have, and
follow, an ethical code of conduct of high-fidelity. Project management happens at different levels and scales. It is a result-driven profession. As a practitioner, you will have demonstrated over time that you
possess the knowledge, experience and skills to bring any project to a successful completion. Project Management in the 21 century is now a two-edged sword; it is a skill-set and, at the same time, a career path.
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Monday, September 23, 2013


At the beginning of every year,
people across the globe make
resolutions on what to achieve, or
what to do better, or what they want
to quit doing. It’s called the New
Year resolution. This is the year
2013, a time when technology is
crossing boundaries and innovations
meet possibilities, a year when
Microsoft is consolidating on its
cloud offerings with emerging new
certification trends. How do you
shape up for the challenges of this
year? I want to show you a series of
paths you can take to ensure that
you remain relevant as a technology
specialist and solution provider.
I am going to discuss your options,
categorized depending on where
you’re at, so you can make the
appropriate decision:
1. First-level technology entrants – the
very basic career options and
certification paths.
2. Mid-level technology professionals –
how to move up the career and
certification paths available.
3. Senior-level technology professionals
– how to upgrade your current
certifications to the new on-premise
and cloud-based standards.

If you are absolutely new and you
want to make a career in IT, I
welcome you to the new exciting
world of Microsoft offerings. I
recommend you take a shot at the
Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)
certification. The first good news
here is that the MTA does not expire
and it is a single examination
course. The beauty of this is that it
exposes you to infrastructure,
database design or software
development; it is not combined, so
you have to choose your area of
interest, and that is dependent on
your career goals.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Help! I can't create a Site Collection without getting "Access Denied" errors!

Help! I can't create a Site Collection without getting "Access Denied" errors! by Susan Lanigan at her BLOG

Another one of those problems which is a short post but which took me hours upon hours to fix.
The error is as follows:

You log into SharePoint Central Admin with the intent of creating a site collection.
You go to Applications and do the necessary, ensuring it is added to the correct Web Application yada yada yada.
And then you go to the new link for your site collection - because you want to create some sites in it, naturally enough.

Access Denied Error!

Butbutbut - I'm the Farm Administrator! How can this be? How can I not see my own damn site collections?

By the time I had found the solution, via the good offices of google, I was quite ready to be the Funny Farm Administrator. But never mind. I know now what it is.

1. Central Admin. Attempt to access SharedServices1 page. Chances are you will get an Access Denied error

2. Application Management - Policy for Web Application. Is your farm account listed there with Full Control? If not, add it for the relevant Web Application (you'll see the web app filter in the view dropdown on the top right)

3. Still having problem? Go to Operations - Service Accounts. BE VERY CAREFUL ABOUT DOING THIS ON A PRODUCTION SERVER, HAVE A BACKUP FIRST:
Click "Web application pool" option button
Select Web Service - Winds SharePoint Services Web Application
Select Application Pool - usually only Sharepoint - 80 available. That's fine.
Select "Configurable" radio button and enter farm admin account user and password
Click OK
A lot of the links in SharedServices will still be broken but you will be able to view SharedServices1 and more importantly your site collections!

ps: Thanks a lot Susan. This came timely.