June 9th, 2010
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Welcome to svonberg.com!

This site is to promote Scott von Berg’s Information Technology and Consulting business in North Beach, Maryland.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email me at svb@svonberg.com

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Best Ways to Learn InfoPath for SharePoint

January 31st, 2014
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3/4/14 – UPDATE: At SharePoint Conference, strangely MSFT announced they have no official replacement yet for InfoPath. They are taking an approach of contributing user feedback to create a new permanent solution as a replacement. Visit http://officeforms.uservoice.com to learn more. For now, they are suggestions of using Excel Surveys, Word Forms, Custom App forms with Access, a new (not released yet but coming in 2014) Custom Form button on lists or 3rd party products. There will be a roadvmap over the next several months coming from MSFT on how this will unfold. So, I guess the using InfoPath for the near future is still “business as usual” folks.

1/31/14 – UPDATE: Microsoft officially announced the retirement of InfoPath today. However, support will continue through 2023 (that’s almost another 10 years). 


There was a lot of discussion lately regarding the future of InfoPath. There are a lot of companies still using InfoPath with SharePoint (many banks and government organizations with thousands of users) and I can understand their reasoning. However, I also understand reasons you may not want to use it. Andrew Connell recently wrote a blog on the future of InfoPath and some alternatives to using it (look at the bottom of the post). At my current employer, we are also starting to phase out InfoPath and SharePoint forms on our website. However, I think it is important to make your own decision regarding building solutions with them. If you are still using the product, these links should get you going.


InfoPath Tutorials and Articles

Cool Forms in InfoPath – MSDN

Introduction to Programming in Infopath – MSDN Office Dev Center


Web Resources

InfoPath Developer Center

When to use a SharePoint List vs. InfoPath Form Library



InfoPath Cookbooks

Enterprise Application Development in SharePoint 2010
-Creating an End-to-End Application without Code




Channel 9 – MSDN

SharePoint-Videos.com (some free some $$)

Pluralsight – $$$



Clayton Cobb

Asif Rehmani



Random Cool Tricks

Importing Excel Forms into SharePoint via InfoPath


originally posted here: http://www.matthewjbailey.com/best-ways-to-learn-infopath-for-sharepoint/

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How to Choose an IT professional – questions to ask.

June 10th, 2013
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1. Do you have a “day job”? Are you moonlighting?
Depending on your needs, you’ll either be comfortable with someone who is only available part time, or you’ll need someone who is committed to providing tech service full time.

2. Are there any other people who work at your company?
Find out if the consultant is a solo practitioner or part of a larger firm. If you discover he’s part of a consulting firm, find out if others from the firm will be involved with your account, and what their backgrounds, specialties, and history with the company are.

3. What “size” is your typical client?
Determine what size business the consultant is most experienced in dealing with. Signing on with a consultant who works mostly with large companies might mean he has great experience working with many PCs and employees, but it also means he’s used to companies with bigger budgets than yours.

4. Does your company specialize in any particular products and services?
Find out what software and hardware the company specializes in fixing, installing, and maintaining as well as the service vendors it might work with. Also, discover what types of technology they shy away from.

5. Does your company resell products, such as hardware and software? Are there any other vendors, such as ISPs or telephone companies, that your firm acts as an agent for?
Signing up with a reseller could put you in a position of only using the products they’re selling. Working with a true consultant, however, you’ll be able to shop for your choice of products and services.

6. What are your payment terms, rates and minimums?
Discover what kind of work is billable vs. non-billable. Also, ask how much the firm charges for travel time, phone support, e-mail/online support, and remote support, and whether there’s an increased charge for after-hours emergencies.

7. Can you provide references?
Ask the consultant to discuss long-term and more recent accounts with you to help get a better sense of his experience and abilities. Also, ask about those clients who didn’t work out and why they didn’t work out. This could reveal any potential pitfalls of a relationship with the consultant before you sign on with him.

8. How do you keep up with new tech developments?
What is new today can be old tomorrow, so it’s important that the consultant you work with knows about the latest tools and trends. Find out how the consultant keeps up with technology. Does he attend regular programming classes or certification classes regularly?

9. What kind of user and technical training can you provide?
The more handholding a consultant the more money he makes. Ask the consultant whether or not he would be willing to train you or someone else internally to become more self-sufficient.

10. What am I paying for?
Besides understanding the exact services you’ll be paying for, you’ll also want to know what type of overhead is built into the consultant’s rate structure. This way you’ll get a good feel for whether you’re paying for fancy cars and posh office space or working with someone you feel you’re getting the most bang for your buck from.

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Resetting IP in Windows XP

July 17th, 2012
by admin
In Windows XP, use the following steps to reset the Internet Protocol:
1. Click Start
2. Click Run
3. Type cmd
4. Click Ok
5. In the Black Command Box Type: netsh int ip reset c:\resetlog.txt
6. Hit Enter Key
7. Restart the computer and try to log in and browse the Internet. If the problem persists, continue using these steps.
8. Click Start
9. Click Run
10. Type cmd
11. Click Ok
12. In Black Command Box Type: netsh winsock reset
13. Hit Enter Key
14. Restart Computer
Also Try Resetting IE8 to Default Options
Click Tools Tab
Click Internet Options at bottom
Click Advanced Tab on far right
Click Reset near bottom
Click Ok and Close Internet Explorer 8
Restart Internet Explorer 8

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How to Install Dropbox on the Kindle fire

December 12th, 2011
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  1. Click the gear icon in the top-right corner of the Kindle Fire home screen to activate the Settings window
  2. Click More
  3. Scroll down to Device
  4. Scroll down to ‘Allow Installation of Applications from Unknown Sources’ and move the slider from ‘Off’ to ‘On
  5. You’ll be prompted to confirm you mean to do this; you agree
  6. Switch to the Kindle web browser and go to https://www.dropbox.com/android (NOTE: the ‘https‘ is important!), and click Download App. This will download the Dropbox .apk file
  7. When the download is finished you’ll see a notification in the top left corner. Click it and scroll down to the notification that the download of the Dropbox .apk file is complete. Click the file.
  8. You will be prompted to install the application. Click the install button.
  9. Once installation is completed, start the Dropbox application and log in.


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Examples of IT Projects -

July 2nd, 2010
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Some examples of IT projects we specialize in include:

* Network Administration
o Design
o Builds
o Migrations
o Upgrades

* IT Help Desks
o In-House (On-Site)
o Outsourced (Off-Site)

* Disaster Planning & Recovery

* Enterprise System Design & Consulting

* Technical Projects and Project Management

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Clearing user history

June 10th, 2010
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This will help you to manage the all types of user history in windows operating system. This is a built-in feature of all windows keeps track the user’s history, for example the websites you have visited, the documents you have opened and the keywords or files for which you’ve searched. However this tip is very useful for you, if you are sharing your computer with others or you do not want that the other persons know about your last visited documents history. You can clear these kinds of user’s history with a single click on desktop icon named Cleanmru.reg. There is no need to clear each history file one by one. This trick will work in nearly all of the windows versions like windows 2000, XP and 2003.

Follow the given steps for configuration to clear recently opened documents automatically:

To edit the computer registry, first you should log onto your computer with administrative rights.

Here copy the following 6 lines and paste in notepad then save with the name Cleanmru.reg on your desktop.


[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\TypedURLs]





[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Search Assistant\ACMru]

When you double-click Cleanmru.reg icon to remove the windows history, a small dialog box will appear with the information “Are you sure you want to add the information in C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\desktop\Clearmru.reg to the registry?”

At the end, you will get the message “Information in C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\desktop\Clearmru.reg has been successfully entered into the registry.” Click on Ok button and verify that your all history will have been clear.

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Backing up your My Documents folder

June 10th, 2010
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Normally windows users use My Documents folder to save data, the reason is that  Most Windows programs, including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access save their data in My Documents folder by default. Many other subfolders such as My Pictures, My Music and My Received files contain in My Documents folder. Those folders usually take up a lot of space, and they are therefore recommended to be taken care separately. Normally My Documents folder location is C:\ drive when you install your window on C drive, but you can change location of you My Documents folder to other drive, Must do this if your good habit to use My Documents folder frequently.

Also note that some people may have placed some or of the important files on your desktop, the common location for program shortcuts and start icons.  The default location of My Documents folder will vary depending on what version of Windows you’re running:

  • C:\Windows\Personal\ on Windows 95.
  • C:\My Documents\ on Windows 98.
  • C:\Documents and Settings\User Name\My Documents\ on Windows ME, 2000, XP.

These are typical locations, but you can change these location for My Document folder for different windows.

You can find different type of file with different file extensions in My Documents.

  • Microsoft Word (.doc, .rtf, .dot) documents.
  • Microsoft Excel (.xls, .xlt) tables and spreadsheets.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt, .pps, .pot) presentations.
  • Database (.mdb, .dbf, .csv, .db, .xml) files.
  • Internet (.html, .txt, .pdf) documents.
  • Digital photo (.tif, .jpg) pictures.

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