Hello World!

March 30, 2012

It is time to brush the dust off and re-introduce myself to the cyber space community. I took on a project several years ago and decided to publish a book on SharePoint. This project consumed much of my extra time along with getting married in Ireland, my career at Microsoft and a cross country move. So with everything that was happening I went a bit silent on you all, but I am back and the book is published!

First thing First: Yes I am no longer Yvonne Harryman, I am now Yvonne Hamilton

Second: My book is available! Check it out or better yet buy it 🙂


So while I get my web site updated and figure out how I want to handle my name change on twitter and other sites, keep on the lookout for future post from me.


Leveraging Web 2.0 to Market Yourself

September 21, 2009

Thank you for those of you who attended the key note for the Women in Technology International (WITI) Smart Networking event. It was an honor and pleasure to be selected as the key note speaker. As promised here is the presentation from the event:

Web 2.0 Networking

A video of the session will be coming soon for WITI members.

SharePoint Beacon is the new home for my blog regarding SharePoint

June 28, 2009

I am excited to announce that my new blog home, which is called SharePoint Beacon, will now be at: http://sharepoint.microsoft.com/blogs/SharePointBeacon/archive/2009/06/23/EBE%20on%20SharePoint.Microsoft.com.aspx. The new home is leveraging the SharePoint platform using the Enhanced Blog Edition which is part of the Community Kit for SharePoint. Over the next few weeks I will be migrating the blogs and comments to my new site and removing them from this site. Once the conversion is complete all the SharePoint post will be removed from this blog.

No fear, this blog is not going away!

Moving forward this blog will become…

Wait for it… MindMatters

This is where I will discuss various business topics along with a mixture of some fun topics that catch my interest.

Catch my first post, with the new material, in the next few weeks.

Testing EBE sent trackback to: http://www.hezser.de/blog/archive/2007/03/01/remove-server-from-farm-1.aspx

SharePoint Saturday in Charlotte – Presentation on the Community Kit for SharePoint (CKS) and Podcasting Kit for SharePoint (PKS)

June 22, 2009

I want to thank everyone who came to see the presentation on the Community Kit for SharePoint and Podcasting Kit for SharePoint 


As promised I have attached to this post the slide deck which covers the details of what was discussed. Pictures of the event are also posted below.

Community Kit for SharePoint: Harnessing the Power of a Global Community to Solve Business Problems:

Community Kit for SharePoint (CKS) Presentation

In addition to this there was also a presentation which followed mine covering the Podcasting Kit for SharePoint: A New Era in Internal Communications – Lessons from Microsoft on using the “Podcasting Kit for SharePoint” (PKS).


A video was shown during this presentation but due to audio problems you could not hear it. To watch the video you can go to: https://yvonneharryman.wordpress.com/2009/02/20/podcasting-kit-for-sharepoint

Speaking on the Community Kit for SharePoint (CKS)

Speaking on the Community Kit for SharePoint (CKS)

Yvonne Harryman Speaking on Community Kit for SharePoint (EBE)

Yvonne Harryman Speaking on Community Kit for SharePoint (CKS)

Information Architecture Best Practices

April 14, 2009

The following podcast will discuss some best practices and concepts around designing information architecture, technology agnostic. In a previous engagement Cathy McKnight and I worked together to implement an Intranet utilizing SharePoint. The company that Cathy works for is Prescient Digital Media, more information about the company can be found at: http://www.prescientdigital.com/

Propagation waiting for initialization

March 17, 2009

I recently ran into the following error and though this resolution might help others. In my scenario the error propagation status waiting for initialization was being shown for one of the query servers in a MOSS farm. You could see this by looking in the search administration in central admin. If you looked into the ULS logs it says it is unable to find the GUID that is associated with the folder for the query server index location. The GUID was associated with the folder for the query server index location and it did exist and appeared to have the correct permissions configured. In our configuration we have two query servers and only one is dedicated for crawling. We went to the index server and tried to access the query server index location. That was when we noticed we could get to one folder but not the other by typing \\<servername>. The host file on the index server was being updated with the incorrect IP address for the dedicated WFE for crawling and therefore the index server could not propagate the content to the query server. To resolve it I updated the index for web front end to use all web front ends for crawling and then reconverted it back to a dedicated WFE and this seemed to resolve any confusion SharePoint had about entering in the incorrect IP.

A few good links which cover similar topics/situations are:




Updated March 18th

Thought we fixed it but when I went in the next day the IP address reverted back! What we have done that is working was to switch the setting back to all WFEs for crawling and then manually updated the host file with the correct information by removing the reference for <IP for Query WFE 02> to <Server Name for Query WFE 01>. We left all of the references to the load balanced addresses of the web application pointing to the correct IP address and all seems to be working now with SharePoint using a dedicated WFE for crawling.


Community Involvement – What’s in it for me?

February 27, 2009

Microsoft is running a contest on the MSDN SharePoint Developer Forum where they will be awarding prizes to the top contributors in the forum for each month.

The MSDN SharePoint Developer forum is also a great place for customers to get their questions answered by the community.

Monthly prizes include Xbox 360 Arcade, a Zune 120Gb and 3x 7” Digital Photo Frames.

More details here: http://blogs.msdn.com/pandrew/archive/2009/02/27/microsoft-sharepoint-developer-forum-challenge-march-april-and-may-2009.aspx

What are the benefits of getting involved in the community – “What’s in it for me?”

·         By putting your knowledge to the test in the community you learn develop from the experts themselves

·         Access to a network of other community leaders.

·         Recognition by peers as an expert in the technology you choose to evangelize.

·         Role model for others aspiring to learn in your field

·         Boost your career development

·         Community involvement is a step in the right direction for awards such as the Microsoft Valued Professional (MVP)