Bulk Loading Photos From Sims Into SharePoint

I now have a way to script bulk loading of photos from Sims into SharePoint, for example to enable the use of the Learning Gateway My Children web part.

The script is in 2 parts. First extract the photos from Sims using our free Photo Export tool

PhotoExport.exe simsuser simspassword outputFolder /names:mapping.csv

where mapping.csv is a csv file mapping admission numbers to Active Directory login names

The use the PowerShell script in my last blog entry Using PowerShell to Bulk Upload Files to SharePoint to upload the images to SharePoint.

You could even set up a scheduled task to automatically upload them on a predefined schedule.

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One Week to the Learning Gateway Conference


There’s now only one week left until the 2010 Learning Gateway Conference. This will be a fantastic learning resource for all those using SharePoint in Education and there’s still just enough time left to register. See http://www.learninggatewayconference.com for more details of the day.

Since my last post on it we have announced the agenda and key note speaker:


School Stories

User Adoption

Building the Learning Gateway


Registration Opens




Keynote Session with Simon Shaw


Parental Engagement

SharePoint 2010 for Education





How we Drove Usage

Encouraging User Adoption & Quick Wins

A look at live@edu




How we use our in-school SharePoint

Integrating InfoPath Forms

Patch SharePoint and Preparing your SharePoint 2007 for 2010


Replacing the file Server

2010 Social Networking Features

Understanding SharePoint 2010 Architecture




Hosted SharePoint

SharePoint Learning Kit



Ask the Experts Panel



Key Note Speaker – Simon Shaw


As Head of Institutional Management Simon has led Becta’s work to support schools using ICT to improve parental engagement through online reporting. Working with a national network of leading "advocate" schools and local authorities to develop best practice he led the creation of the online reporting framework and supporting resources. Working with Naace Simon led the development of the ICT Mark and has worked closely with local authorities to engage schools in improvement through self-review. As project leader of the ICT Test Bed project he supported change management in schools to make innovative and effective use of technology for learning and teaching. Early work with Becta included providing procurement advisory services, managing research into the total cost of ownership of ICT in schools and developing lifecycle based investment planning tools to use in capital investment programmes. Simon comes from an educational background as a teacher of science, technology and outdoor activities, a physics subject leader, school ICT coordinator and "in house" system developer. As a MCSE he also used his technical expertise in designing and integrating curriculum and information systems as a business development manager and NGFL service manager working as part of the Capita group.

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Salamander My Sites Now Support Filtering By Site Url

I’ve added a property to Salamander My Sites so that you can now filter the site list by a regular expression on the site url.


When the Site Name RegEx is set it checks the sites’ urls and only shows links to those that match the regular expression. In the case pictured only those sites with urls such as

  • http://moss/classes/Art1A
  • http://moss/classes/Art-b2
  • etc

This was prompted by a request from a school who wanted to link to a subjects class sites from their departmental site.

They wanted to keep all the class sites under the classes sub-site, as per the default Microsoft Learning Gateway set up as that’s the easiest way for students to get to them.

Salamander My Sites remains a free web part.

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