Is Getting A Facelift! will be getting a facelift soon. All the legacy content will all still be available, however finding information through the native site mechanisms, and the link translation that my mod_rewrite rules are putting out is pretty poor, so these will be taken into consideration during the new site development and implementation.
I did write a small perl script to handle any types of requests to past links, so you won’t have to worry about anything being broke. There won’t be really any drastic changes in the context of the site, and all the content that is in it will still be available, however there will be a whole of additions coming down the pipeline.

I have also finished a full-fledged SSO product, after much collaboration with developers in several industries to tap into their respective specializations, and a long time of development work, I have built a complete SAML compliant, WS* security solution that does true agnostic SSO (standardized, multi-vendor) for an enterprise SharePoint environment. It really does everything you would need to setup a true SSO environment, and besides its COTS functionality also comes bundled with a software SDK that developers can tap into to develop and integrate custom SSO targeted solutions into the core framework. Furthermore, it also integrates a custom SAML Assertion based pluggable SSO provider, that one can use as a replacement for the standards SharePoint SSO.

Unlike several COTS products that one would normally consider for a SharePoint environment, the managed development within the solution doesn’t just work, it was reviewed through strict coding standards, and all development pieces have been passed through FxCop for testing of adhere to .NET Framework Design Guidelines to reduce generic design defects. The software also adheres to Design By Contract principles assimilating checkable interfaces.

I, personally, consider this to be something that I prefer over having half-baked pieces of functionality that just works. This wasn’t some farmed out solution that was slapped together, it was rigorously controlled, tested, and verified. I am excited for its release, and very excited to get to designing the new interface. If you see intermediate design problems in the site, it is because of the development changes that I am making.

Soon, I will have my new SharePoint instance up at, where you will find all the identity related SharePoint development including the CardSpace providers (whom I will most likely be collaborating with Brendon Shwartz (MOSS MVP) on). In a little bit, I will be putting a free beta version of all of the solutions out, so stay tuned!


CardSpace Finally Has A Logo!

Yes! Finally!

For anyone that has worked with CardSpace, there was always a lot of guess work that went into it building out your user interface because here was never a static logo that we could use to inform a user that a site was InfoCard ready. Finally, a new logo has been released, that we can all use. In a variety of formats.

If you want all the CardSpace images, they are available here.

The purple is, ehhhh, interesting. I would have perhaps went a SharePoint bluish color, but I guess I have no say. I wonder if you can change the hues of it to your own color and not have MS get mad. The purple would look kind of silly on a SharePoint login page, it would be nice to be able to adjust it.


Is Too Busy?

One of my friends in Arizona was complaining that he thought that the interface of was too busy in order to find things. I introduced the tabs in the interface to somewhat alleviate that and built the appropriate index pages for the research / articles / software. There are obviously some areas that are highlighted that are not transversed as much as others which still have menu items (like the SELinux sections), however I thought that the interface was adequete for getting around. I know that the links aren’t too intuitive (because they parse out to like content-144.html, etc.) but once I modify the mod_rewrite rules on the FE server I will fix that so that they reflect the content on the pages. I wrote a small perl script in order to handle re-linking to past pages in this event so that people that have linked to the main site remain consistent.
So my questions to the greater public are these.

-> Is the interface to too complex to navigate?

-> Is there some material on SharePoint security that you think is missing from the site that should be there?

-> If there are specific programs that you think would be helpful as well (two coming down the slot right now are a SmartCard http module for mapping card data to a SQL database, a robust policy management solution for greater user control using SAML, and InfoCardPoint which will provide all the CardSpace controls for login and Managed Card creation), I would be interested in hearing them.

-> Are there people out there that focus on SharePoint security, or at least have a large interest in it, that would like a blog hosted here as well? I have thought about opening it up to blog sign-ups in the past, but it seemed like and others were pretty much the people that focused on that for SharePoint peeps. I can provide probably a higher level of access to the server more so than other companies once we get to know eachother better as well.

Just trying to put my feelers out there and see if there are some obvious improvements to the site that I am missing. All feedback and suggestions are appreciated.