Bug in SharePoint Service Pack 2 Changes a Production License to Trial

From cmswire :

During the installation of Server Pack 2 for SharePoint 2007, a product expiry date is accidentally triggered, effectively rendering production licenses into trial licenses. Hmmm, not good.

Microsoft was quick to respond with an apology and somewhat comforting news that this bug will not affect how SharePoint functions until the expiry date has passed (180 days from the service pack install). They also said it will have no impact on customer data, configuration or application code.

While a hotfix is in the works, you can now get a manual workaround to resolve the problem. Note this was the most popular link in the blog announcing the bug. The fix requires SharePoint Admins to re-enter their product licenses numbers in the Convert License Type page in Central Administration.

The bug affects Office SharePoint Server 2007, Project Server 2007, Form Server 2007, Search Server 2008 and Search Server 2008 Express, but not Windows SharePoint Services 3.0.

Microsoft is still encouraging organizations to install the service pack. You just also have to apply the manual fix to the expiration date at the same time and you'll be on your way.

SharePoint 2010 Features

Edit : Official Update is out, catch it here....

SharePoint Server 2010 Preliminary System Requirements

64 Bit! Yes, that's what next decade is all about. In a good sense, it opens the way for large RAM on servers. Though enterprise MOSS 2007 are already 64 bit, SharePoint 2010 will empower developers with the new hardware and OS.
The other thing is cross browser support, which will satisfy many a clients.

Microsoft has released prelimenary system requirements:

  1. SharePoint Server 2010 will be 64-bit only.
  2. SharePoint Server 2010 will require 64-bit Windows Server 2008 or 64-bit Windows Server 2008 R2.
  3. SharePoint Server 2010 will require 64-bit SQL Server 2008 or 64-bit SQL Server 2005.
In addition to the requirements listed above we also wanted to share with you some preliminary detail about SharePoint Server 2010 browser compatibility. 

To ensure the best possible experience across multiple browsers we’re focusing our SharePoint 2010 engineering efforts on targeting standards based browsers (XHTML 1.0 compliant) including Internet Explorer 7, Internet Explorer 8 and Firefox 3.x. running on Windows Operating Systems.  In addition we’re planning on an increased level of compatibility with Firefox 3.x and Safari 3.x on non-Windows Operating Systems.  Due to this focus Internet Explorer 6 will not be a supported browser for SharePoint Server 2010.

So, what can you do today to get into the best shape for SharePoint Server 2010?

  1. Start by ensuring new hardware is 64-bit.  Deploying 64-bit is our current best practice recommendation for SharePoint 2007.
  2. Deploy Service Pack 2 and take a good look at the SharePoint 2010 Upgrade Checker that’s shipped as part of the update.  The Upgrade Checker will scan your SharePoint Server 2007 deployment for many issues that could affect a future upgrade to SharePoint 2010.
  3. Get to know Windows Server 2008 with SharePoint 2007, this post is a great starting point.
  4. Consider your desktop browser strategy if you have large population of Internet Explorer 6 users.
  5. Continue to follow the Best Practices guidance for SharePoint Server 2007.
  6. Keep an eye on this blog for updates and more details in the coming months.

Microsoft Office 2010 Beta is here! Sharepoint 2010 in 2 months!

Office 2010 beta is here for all to test ! and along comes the new SharePoint designer(won't work with MOSS 2007 sites)

And Microsoft will launch an invitation-only SharePoint Server 2010 beta test in July with a select group of customers and then follow the program up with a public testing phase ahead of the Office 2010 release in the first half of next year.

The SharePoint 2010 beta/technology preview will be invitation-only and will focus on a number of its enterprise customers and target specific enterprise deployment scenarios.