Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Enable auditing in SharePoint

Auditing is a feature available in SharePoint which allows an administrator to collect information on events such as documents being viewed or modified or permissions being changed.  This feature is particularly useful on sites containing sensitive information which cannot be physically restricted from IT users with administrative permissions.

This video demonstrates how to enable and use the audit logging feature in SharePoint 2013.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Lanteria HR - Automate 99% of your HR processes via SharePoint or Office 365

Reaching optimum efficiency in human resource management sometimes becomes a real challenge for a company. Whether it has 5000 employees or 50, handling all of the people-related activities involves a significant amount of work. This is where the human resources management software (HRMS) comes into play.

Why use HRMS?

HR management systems are developed to solve the most common problems a HR manager has to cope with every day:
  • HR data and documents scattered in multiple systems shared folders and local hard drives
  • Employees are confused with their responsibilities, goals and career perspectives
  • All the absences and leaves are calculated manually
  • Recruiter’s mailbox is cluttered up with candidates CVs
  • The training process is unclear and chaotic
If you’re constantly fighting with such issues, you might start considering using software that will help you automate all main HR processes in the company.

What makes Lanteria HR the best HRMS for you?

Created in 2008, today Lanteria HR is a well-known human resources management system for SharePoint and Office 365 that manages the full hire-to-retire lifecycle in your company. In its seven years in the marketplace, Lanteria HR has been praised by hundreds of companies for increasing their HR performance.
“This system has increased the visibility and importance of performance management throughout our company which helps us to effectively manage and improve the performance and attendance of our teams. Lanteria delivered a quality product, to the standards expected and have also provided great on-going support and bespoke system options.”
           Martin Servante, The Creative Assembly

What benefits you get with Lanteria HR
  • Centralized storage of all HR data and documents
  • Simple time-tracking and leave management system
  • Global absences calendar for all company departments
  • Learning Catalog, fully searchable and accessible by employees
  • Candidates database with their CVs, skill sets and experience
  • Easy-to-use evaluation and review forms for a paperless collaboration
  • Usable templates and custom reports to plan and track the HR processes
  • High-quality support and fast feedback from Lanteria’s technical team

Lanteria HR customisation and implementation

Lanteria HR provides 7 different modules:

  1. Core HR 
  2. Time and Attendance
  3. Compensation 
  4. Recruiting
  5. Performance
  6. Learning 
  7. Succession

These solutions can be used separately or as a complete integrated system to cover all of your company’s needs.

Lanteria HR is available for SharePoint 2010, 2013 and Office 365 and can be easily installed in your current SharePoint environment (on-premises installation) or delivered as a hosted / SaaS solution (Software as a Service).

For a free trial, demonstration or more information, contact us @ Total Calibration today

The mind-blowing new version of Lanteria HR for SharePoint is just around the corner

The new version of Lanteria HR (which promises to be absolutely mind-blowing) is nearly here. In the meantime, here are 7 articles which demonstrate how you can boost the efficiency of your company’s talent management in the upcoming year:

  1. HR technology trends for 2016: 7 Features to Look for in HR Software in the upcoming year
  2. Top 10 Ideas to Improve the Recruiting Process in Your Company
  3. Managing Holiday Leave: 5 features for successful absence management
  4. Performance Management | How to Retain Company’s Top Talent: 6 Useful Tips
  5. Time tracking is a key point of improving your employees’ productivity
  6. On-premise vs. cloud-hosted software: what is the best for you?
  7. Recruitment Funnel Management in 5 Steps
The new version of Lanteria's HR system will be presented soon, so stay tuned!  In the meantime, if you would like a free trial or more information, please contact us.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Tweak tip: Speed up access to SharePoint via Windows Explorer in Windows 7

If you like working with SharePoint content via Windows Explorer, but as you may have encountered there are a couple of MAJOR ANNOYANCES which make this process painful.
  1. Access to SharePoint content via Windows Explorer can be excruciatingly slow
  2. Windows prompts you for credentials over and over again, no matter how many times you click the ‘Save Password’ box


The solution below involves making changes to Internet Explorer settings and the registry.  If you are in a corporate environment and a meagre ‘user’, then there’s a good chance that you won’t be able to change these settings yourself.  In this situation, refer your friendly IT staff to this page and ask them to ‘make these changes via Group Policy’ (…they’ll know what this means!)

Speed-up access

Simply uncheck ‘Automatically detect settings’ in Internet Explorer.   
Tools > Internet Options > LAN settings

Automatically authenticate

To bypass the naggy authentication prompt which rears its ugly head when you access a SharePoint resource via Windows Explorer, you simply need to tell Windows which sites you trust it to send on your saved credentials to.
This step involves making a change to the registry.   As Microsoft always say, “serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs.” 

For the novice:

  • Click Start, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then press ENTER.
  • Locate and then click the following registry subkey: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WebClient\Parameters
  • On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click Multi-String Value.
  • Type AuthForwardServerList, and then press ENTER.
  • On the Edit menu, click Modify.
  • In the Value data box, type the URL of the SharePoint site(s) (eg: http://sharepoint.company.com or https://mysite.sharepoint.com – there’s not need to add the subsite or folder in the URL you add).
  • Exit Registry Editor.
  • Reboot your computer

For the guru:

  • Add  the host name(s) to the following registry key (create it as a Multi-String value if it does not exist).
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WebClient\Parameters\AuthForwardServerList
  • Restart the Web Client service  (net stop webclient  net start webclient)


Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Grant ‘Replicate Directory Changes’ permission to the Configuration Partition naming context

Required for the SharePoint 2010 User Profile Syncronisation service when the the FQDN and NETBIOS names for the windows domain are different.

These steps must be completed by an Enterprise Administrator.

1. Open ADSIEdit.msc

2. Connect to the Configuration Partition as shown


3. Right click the configuration partition and choose properties


4. From the Security tab, add the User Profile Directory Sync account user and give it Replicating Directory Changes permissions


Thursday, 8 December 2011

Blog to SharePoint with Windows Live Writer

Windows Live Writer is a great tool for creating blog posts to SharePoint just as easily as you create a document in Microsoft Word. 

This blog post demonstrates how to download, install and use Windows Live Writer.

Download and install Windows Live

(You may need help from IT Support to complete this step)

Download Windows Live Writer from http://explore.live.com/windows-live-writer 

A small file will download which then downloads the entire Windows Live installation package.



Deselect all options except Writer as shown and then click install.


Connect to your blog

Before you can do this, make sure you have the URL of your SharePoint blog.

Open Windows Live Writer from the Start Menu.

Click on the Live Writer button, then select Options


Select Accounts and click on ‘Add’


Select ‘SharePoint’


Enter the URL of your blog site


Windows Live connects to your blog and makes the necessary configuration settings.





Once complete, you have the option of giving your blog a friendly nickname.  When done, click Finsih


As you can see, you can have multiple blog accounts


Click OK to exit blog account setup.

Create a blog post

Click on the Windows Live button and select ‘New Post’ as shown


Type in the blog post title and body as shown. 

Don’t worry about fonts, font colours or sizes.  These are automatically determined by the blog style settings.


Inserting images

The best part about Windows Live Writer is the ease with which you can insert pictures into your blog.  You can choose to insert pictures as you would via the insert menu or you can simply paste an image currently on your clip board directly into the document.



Resizing images

By default, pasted images are automatically resized to a maximum of 240 x 240 pixels which is generally too small. To change the size of a pasted image, click on it once and then select ‘Medium’ as shown.


The image is subsequently resized.


It is recommended that you permanently change the default image size to ‘Medium’ by clicking on the resized image and select ‘Set as default’ as shown below.


Aligning images

You can easily format where the picture should go by using the alignment option


In the example below we’ll set the image as right aligned.


Note how the text wraps around the image?  Cool eh?


Tagging posts

Another great feature is the ability to quickly tag blog posts to categories and add new categories on the fly as shown below.


Saving draft posts

If you want to save your post and finish or publish it later, you can either save it locally to your computer or as a draft on the SharePoint site.


Publishing your post

When ready to publish your post, click on the Publish button.


Windows Live publishes your post


And it looks beautiful when you view it in SharePoint!


Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Filter SharePoint list items

A SharePoint list is much like an excel sheet.  You can sort and filter rows to quickly locate the information you need.

In this example we’ll use the Visitor Rooms list.

Let’s say you want to book a room for 13 people with a computer.

You would first filter the list by the ‘Equipment’ column by clicking the small, downward pointing arrow as shown.


Select ‘Computer’


The rooms with a computer are displayed. 


Now we’ll sort by the room capacity.


Select ‘A on Top’ as shown


The rooms are displayed in order of their capacity and you can quickly determine that meeting rooms G2 and Training would be suitable.