While I was doing a Proof of Concept for Community sites in SharePoint 2013, I wanted to show how users can automatically join communities without being approved by an administrator. However, when I went into the Community Settings I didn’t see the “Enable Auto Approval” checkbox!

 Missing Enable Auto Approval

When it should look like this

I checked in Microsoft’s code to see if this is a bug, or made on purpose by the SharePoint Team, and it’s in fact made on purpose by the SharePoint team!

I found out that the “Auto-Approval for permission request” section only appears when your community is a site collection and not a sub-site! So, if you need this functionality, make sure you create your community as a Site Collection!

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While doing a SharePoint installation at one of my clients using AutoSPInstaller, I kept having problems with the SharePoint Search Provisioning. After looking in the Event Logs, I found that there was an Access Denied Error on a certain Registry Key. The Event ID is 8193. Usually, the Event Viewer shows you what account has an access denied, but this time it wasn’t the case!

Also, for Search purposes, here is the error from AutoSPInstaller

Exception : System.Management.Automation.MethodInvocationException: Exception calling “Unprovision” with “0” argument(s): “The executing code must run on server SPWFE1.” —> System.InvalidOperationException: The executing code must run on server SPWFE1.

And the error from the event viewer:

Volume Shadow Copy Service error: Unexpected error calling routine RegOpenKeyExW(-2147483646,SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\VSS\Diag,…). hr = 0x80070005, Access is denied.

Operation:

Initializing Writer

Context:

Writer Class Id: {0ff1ce15-0201-0000-0000-000000000000}

Writer Name: OSearch15 VSS Writer

Writer Instance Name: OSearch15 Replication Service

Writer Instance ID: {a7e6cfde-ea80-43fa-b33e-e5b879a27133

 

So I went in the Event “Details” Tab to try and find more about the error, but at the first look, nothing displayed more info about the account name.

Event ID: 8193

However, when we scroll down in the Event Viewer, there is a “Binary to Word” translation that helps us a lot more! When we look at it, we can see the account number on multiple lines!

 

 

 

 

 

It was my Services account who didn’t have access to a registry key! To fix the error, do the following steps >

  1. Open regedit as an Administrator.
  2. Navigate to HKLM > System > Current Control Set > Services

  3. Then find the “VSS” folder!

  4. Right click on the “VSS” folder. And then click on permissions,

  5. Add the account that had an Access Denied and found earlier in the script and give it Full Control as it needs Read & Write to the VSS!

  6. You should make sure that this account has access to the VSS Registry key on all the SharePoint Servers in the farm having a search Component. I recommend doing a reboot after changing the registry key, however it should work without one!

 

Now your Search provisioning should work without any problem!
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Yesterday, Microsoft Learning decided to give us an early Christmas Gift and give us 4 exams for the cloud for free! Those exams will allow us to get either a Microsoft Specialist Certification in Azure or a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) on Office 365! Here are the eligible exams:

To earn Microsoft Certified Specialist in Azure, pass one or both of these exams:

  • 70-532: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions
  • 70-533: Implementing Azure Infrastructure Solutions

To earn Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate in Office 365, pass both of these exams:

  • 70-346: Managing Office 365 Identities and Requirements
  • 70-347: Enabling Office 365 Services

However, please note the offer is limited to 10 000 vouchers and you must takes all your free exams before December 31st 2014!

Here are the Official Terms and Conditions from Microsoft Learning:

Terms and Conditions for Microsoft Certification Exam Vouchers:

  • Offer good until December 31, 2014 for up to a total of 10,000 vouchers distributed worldwide.
  • Eligible exams: A voucher may be redeemed to take one of the following MCP exams: 70-532 (beta), 70-533, 70-346 or 70-347. This offer does not include Microsoft Technology Associate exams.
  • Offer ends on December 31, 2014 or while supplies last. Individuals must register for and take all exams prior to December 31, 2014.
  • Vouchers may not be used for any other offering than the specified offer.
  • Microsoft, Prometric and APTCs are not responsible for lost or stolen vouchers or voucher numbers.
  • Vouchers may not be redeemed for cash, credit or refunds.
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  • Due to government gift and ethics laws, government employees (including military and employees of public education institutions) are not eligible to participate.

 UPDATE(17 Oct 6PM Est): Out of vouchers for now, but MS Learning said more will be released soon! You can always try your luck on the link below!

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This summer, the Microsoft Azure Team released a very interesting feature with the new feature in which you can create a full SharePoint 2013 Farm in Azure with just a few clicks. Microsoft, however explicitly says that this is not for production, but only for evaluating SharePoint 2013 or testing your deployments on a SharePoint 2013 highly available (HA) environment.

Talking about HA, the SharePoint 2013 farm template comes in two flavors:

  • A basic two tier SharePoint 2013 farm (SP + SQL + DC)
    SharePoint 2013 Farm in Azure

    Source: http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/virtual-machines-sharepoint-farm-azure-preview/

  • A Highly Available SharePoint Farm (2 WFE + 2 APP + 2 SQL + 2 DC)

Source: http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/virtual-machines-sharepoint-farm-azure-preview/

In this Blog Posts, I will show you a step by step on how to create your SharePoint 2013 farm in a few clicks and what result you get at the end! Before you start the tutorial, you might ask yourself “What exactly am I going to have after finishing this tutorial?”. It’s a great question, so here is the short version:

  • A SharePoint 2013 farm that represents one of the topologies above. You cannot customize the number of APP / WFE servers, the only two options are pictured above.
  • The farm will run on SharePoint 2013 Service pack 1.
  • No Service Applications or customizations.
  • SQL Server is running SQL Server 2014.
  • If you went for the high availability option, the databases will be in an AlwaysOn availability group.
  • 1 Webapp & 1 Site collection

Step by Step Guide

  1. Navigate to the Azure Portal (in Preview at the time of writing this posts) > https://portal.azure.com/

    SharePoint 2013 Farm in Azure

  2. On the bottom left, click on the “New” green plus sign, and then select “SharePoint Server Farm”

  3. The first few questions will ask you to name your Resource Group as well as to create a User. Please remember this user, as you will need it to login to the servers later on! This screen will also ask you if you want to “Enable High Availability”. Although it’s just a simple checkbox, this is where you decide if you want the simple two-tier SharePoint or the Highly Available SharePoint three tier farm we saw above! For the purpose of this tutorial I went for the highly available option!

  1. Click on the Domain Controllers tab to configure settings. In this tab, you can select your Host name prefix as well as your forest root domain name. You can also modify the size of the Virtual Machines you want to create! If you want your credit to last longer, you can put a smaller size, however performance will suffer as well! When you’re done with your settings, press OK!

  2. After your DC’s are setup, click on the SQL Servers tab to setup your SQL Servers. In this tab you can setup your Host name Prefix again as well as select the size of your SQL VM’s. You can also change the SQL Service account and give it a different password. Since this is for a test, I just left the same password as the account I created in Step 3. Again, if you want your credits to last longer, you can choose smaller Virtual Machines in the Pricing Tier category, however your performance will suffer! The file Share witness, is the witness of your availability group. You can’t change any options on that one! Press OK when done

  1. After you’re done with the SQL, time to setup SharePoint Servers. In the SharePoint Servers tab you can again select what pricing tier you want your four virtual machines to use, as well as select the username and password for your two service accounts. Microsoft will only create two service accounts for you, since, as mentioned before, it won’t create any service applications! You can either use a custom password or the same one as the account in step 3.

  1. I didn’t list it in the steps, but in the Optional Configuration you can change your subnet and a lot of Network stuff. Since it’s only a test farm, I don’t recommend changing anything unless you really need to. In the Subscription tab, you must choose the subscription that will pay for this farm! Most people only have one, so not a lot of choices, but for other people they have one from the MCT and one from their partner MSDN for example! I choose my biggest one so I could at least finish this article before it runs out!

  1. The last Step before we hit the Create button is to select where do we want our farm to be hosted! Since I live in Montreal, I choose Eastern US since it’s the closest one to me!

 

  1. Click the Create Button!

 

  1. Wait! The whole process took about 1h30 for me

 

Let’s see the result

 

After waiting for the farm to create, you can see a new “tile” in your Azure Portal by the name of your farm. When you click on it you see all the information about your resource group.

For your SharePoint Farm, one important detail to check out is in the Deployment history. When you click on the tab, you will find out what the Central Admin URL is as well as your first Site Collection!

If you want to Remote Desktop into a Virtual Machine, click on the SharePointFarm1 resource group, then select the server you want to remote Desktop into, and lastly click on Connect.


Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed this step by step tutorial and it will help you test drive Cumulative Updates, lab scenarios or anything before you send them in production! I think that this a great new feature in Azure from the Azure team and I will probably use it in the past! However, I wish we had the option to include Office Web Apps, as well as having all or at least some Service Application (ex; Search) coming configured out of the box!

What do you think about this feature?

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If you’re interested by Azure and the IAAS concept, make sure you reserve October 21st because Microsoft is organizes the second AzureConf! AzureConf 2014 is a free Azure Conference and  being a community event, releases all the sessions on channel 9 shortly after the conference. If you wanna get a preview of what it looks like, you can visit the 2013 sessions here Windows AzureConf 2013

free Azure Conference

Here are some words about AzureConf 2014:

On October 21st, 2014, Microsoft will be hosting AzureConf, another free event for the Azure community. This event will feature a keynote presentation by Scott Guthrie, along with numerous sessions executed by Azure community members. Streamed live for an online audience on Channel 9, the event will allow you to see how developers just like you are using Azure to develop robust, scalable applications on Azure. Community members from all over the world will join known speakers such as Michael Collier, Mike Martin, Rick Garibay, and Chris Auld in the Channel 9 studios to present their own inventions and experiences. Whether you’re just learning Microsoft Azure or you’ve already achieved success on the platform, you won’t want to miss this special event.

You can find out more about AzureConf 2014 on their website over here https://www.azureconf.net/

With the New Year coming in just 2 and a half months, I know I am not the only one who wanted to finish some Microsoft Certifications in 2014! Luckily, Microsoft Learning decided to give 15% off on most Microsoft Exams before December 31st!

15% off on most Microsoft Exams

Here are the details taken from the Born to Learn blog:

  • Offer available from September 25, 2014 to December 31, 2014 or while supplies last.
  • Individuals must register for and take a Microsoft Certified Professional exam between September 25, 2014 and December 31, 2014 at an authorized Pearson VUE testing center, or between October 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014 at authorized Prometric testing centers.
  • Promotional code may only be used for exams taken by December 31, 2014.
  • You must enter the promotional code 15OFF or STU15OFF when registering to take an exam to receive discount.  Discount will be taken off the cost of the exam at payment.
  • This promotion is limited to Microsoft Certified Professional exams Commercial (070) and Direct to Student (072, 073) exams only.
  • Promotional code may be redeemed only in country from which they were received.
  • Promotional code may not be applied to exams previously taken or prior registrations.
  • Promotional code may not be combined with other discounts or vouchers.
  • Promotional code has no cash value.
  • Promotional code may not be used for any offering.
  • To register to take an exam, visit https://www.microsoft.com/learning/exam.
  • There is a rescheduling fee for individuals who reschedule or cancel their appointment to take an exam 15 or fewer days before the scheduled date.
  • There are no refunds for individuals that cancel or reschedule their appointment to take an exam seventy-two hours or less from the scheduled time.
  • There are no refunds for individuals that fail to show up for their scheduled exam appointment.
  • Due to government gift and ethics laws, government employees (including military and employees of public education institutions) are not eligible to participate.

You can find out all the details & the official announcement on the Born to Learn Blog over here: http://borntolearn.mslearn.net/btl/b/weblog/archive/2014/09/25/get-your-15-mcp-exam-discount-code.aspx 

Since I know it’s a popular question on my blog, no I got no news on a Second Shot offer yet, however as soon as I do, I will share it on my blog! If you want to stay up to date and be the first to see it, make sure you follow me on Twitter or like the Absolute SharePoint Blog page on Facebook! If you plan to take an exam before the end of the year, share it in the comments!

Renewed SharePoint MVP for 2014

Categories: SharePoint 2013
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I just got the email announcement that I have been renewed for my second year as a SharePoint MVP.

I wanted to thank everyone who is reading & commenting on my blog and I hope my articles have helped you solve problems or learn stuff! In the past 12 months, there were over 275 000 page views on this blog and seeing that my posts actually interess you is what keeps me going :).

 

 

 

I also wanna thank everyone that is a member of SharePoint-Community.net and last but not least, big thanks to Simran Chaudry and Joel Langford that are in charge of Canadian MVPs. The Canadian MVP program is the best one in the world thanks to you twoJ.

Congratulations to all the new & renewed MVP for 2014!

In the past few weeks, Microsoft has slowly started to kill some features from SharePoint Online. Before we go on, here are some of the features that you will slowly see disappear from your SharePoint Online tenant:

Microsoft killing some features in Office 365 SharePoint Online

  • The “Tasks” link in your MySite
  • The “Sync to Outlook Button”
  • SharePoint Tags
  • SharePoint Notes

 

Here are the two announcements taken from the Microsoft Website.

The Tasks menu option will be removed from SharePoint Online during the next few weeks. Additionally, the Sync to Outlook button will be removed at a later date.
If you’re currently syncing a SharePoint tasks list to Microsoft Outlook, tasks will continue to sync for approximately one year following this announcement. The personal Tasks page will also continue to be available for one year. After that time, this functionality will be removed and will no longer be available or supported.

The Tags & Notes feature of SharePoint Online has been retired. Users can no longer create new tags and notes or access existing ones. For a limited time, all existing tags and notes will be archived into .csv files, which can be exported from the SharePoint admin center. Only SharePoint Online admins can export these files.

This change will affect users in the following ways:

ITEM

DESCRIPTION OF CHANGE

Tags & Notes button on ribbon

Still visible but disabled.

Note Board and Tag Cloud web parts in the web part gallery

Still visible and enabled. The web parts will show up as blank when added to a page.

Note Board and Tag Cloud web parts embedded in a page

Page will display a blank space in the area previously occupied by the web parts. Edit the page to remove the web parts.

Social tags

Social tags will no longer appear in the tags refiner. The refiner will still display hashtags.

Tags and notes listed on personal sites

The area that previously listed tags and notes will be blank.

Microsoft didn’t specify why they are killing those features, however not all companies were ready for the change. For example a user on SharePoint Community started a discussion asking members for help following the discontinuing of the SharePoint Noteboard. Since his company was using the Webpart in certain page layouts, he now wonders if he should start using Yammer, as Microsoft recommends in the discontinuation note or put newsfeeds in place. However the problem is that, we all know, Newsfeed would be a temporary solution since Microsoft is heading towards Yammer all the way. However, diving into Yammer right away would take a while for user adoption and might cost more expensive for the business (depending on the O365 plan already in place).

Also, I personally don’t understand why Microsoft is killing the “Tasks” in the MySites. I showed off the new Task Aggregation in MySites at a few SharePoint Saturdays, and everybody loved it! We finally had the ability to see all our tasks from Exchange, SharePoint & Project Server in one place!

You can read the discontinuation notices yourself over here:

I was wondering what do you think of this move by Microsoft. Do you think that disabling features with a short notice is ok? I do understand that this is how the cloud works, and companies that sign up for it already knew that features will be added and retired every day. But what happens when a feature you loved in the cloud goes away. Or you create custom development based on existing webparts which now disappear and you have to rethink it all over.

Do you think moves like this will make companies delay their move to the cloud? Let me know in the comments!

 

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With Office 365 gaining a lot of visibility, Microsoft just announced that they will go on a world tour in order to increase visibility and educated IT Pros, Developers, Salesperson as well as Adoption specialists on Office 365. Here is the official description from Microsoft:

FREE Office 365 Conference

Office 365 Summit is traveling around the world and delivering technical and sales training direct from the source with Microsoft experts. These 2 day workshops provide deep technical and sales readiness on all our productivity workloads for IT Professional, Developers, Sales, Adoption and Education. Check out the full event calendar below and register now to take advantage of this opportunity in a city near you!

The conference is 100% free, and you will learn from quite a few sessions! Here is a sample session schedule:

IT PRO

Day 1
TIME TITLE SPEAKER DESCRIPTION
8:00AM – 9:00AM Breakfast Attendee Breakfast
9:00AM – 11:00AM Keynote Keynote Address. Abstract coming soon!
11:00AM – 12:00PM Lunch Attendee Lunch
12:00PM – 1:15PM Getting started with Office 365 deployment FastTrack for Office 365 is a service benefit that provides enhanced onboarding assistance, delivered by Microsoft. FastTrack enables you to get started quickly with Microsoft Office 365 and easily move to widespread use. The Onboarding Center provides direct remote assistance by an Office 365 onboarding expert who will assist with various onboarding activities using a combination of tools, documentation, guidance, and carrying out configuration tasks where applicable. In this session learn about the approach, new automation investments for current state assessment, identity management, and domain configuration. Understand how to use the Onboarding Center to enable onboarding to Office 365 quickly and efficiently.
12:00PM – 1:15PM Securing Lync Deployments With the sunsetting of Threat Management Gateway 2010, many Lync administrators are looking for answers to the Reverse Proxy requirements of Lync Server. In this session, Windows Server Internet Information Services Application Request Routing is described and explained as a simple replacement, helping to maintain your security requirements. Two-Factor Authentication has been introduced in a Cumulative Update for Lync Sever and the feature and limitations are explored as well. Edge Server role will also be covered deeper emphasis.
1:30PM – 2:45PM Office 365 security, privacy, and compliance Security, Privacy and Compliance are top of mind for customers considering the cloud or moving to the cloud. – Do you want to learn about how you can keep your data safe in Office 365? – Do you want to understand the fundamentals that guide Office 365 to ensure customers data is kept secure, private and compliant with industry standards and regulations? – Do you want to know what controls you have as a customer to tune up or tune down security within your environment in Office 365? In this session you will learn about the service level aspects of security, privacy and compliance in Office 365 and customer controls that we provide to enable customers to tailor your environment in Office 365. Compliance with industry standards and regulations are key for customers large and small to move to the cloud. Compliance is especially critical for customers in verticals like financial services, healthcare, government etc.
1:30PM – 3:45PM Office 365 ProPlus Introduction to Office 365 ProPlus Learn about the features and benefits of Office 365 ProPlus and the click-to-run technology. In this sessions you’ll get a firsthand view on what it takes to get started with Office 365 ProPlus, as well as, define the infrastructure pre-requisites, including the need for Azure ADSync & Active Directory Federation Services. The session will be followed by a lab.
3:00PM – 4:15PM Office 365 Service Management Excellence: Managing Change and Service Incidents Service Management excellence is at the core of the Office 365 experience. This session is designed to give you the Office 365 Service Management knowledge and insight of change management, service incidents and support. As cloud service, Office 365 continues to evolve as we develop new innovations in productivity and enhance existing services. Learn about how we deploy and communicate updates in the Office 365 service. We will discuss the Office 365 roadmap disclosure process, service change communications, review the key channels for you to stay ahead of change and discuss a bit of the behind the scenes on how we develop, track and deploy updates to the service.
3:00PM – 4:15PM Office 365 ProPlus Planning & Deployment – Part 1 In the first, of a two part planning and deployment series, we will discuss several deployment methodologies, including how to install on behalf of the user like a normal Office deployment, fully-automated and completely offline. We will go over how to use the Office Deployment Toolkit (ODT) and setup options to deploy Office on shared computers using shared computer activation. Finally we will wrap up by talking what you need to consider if you are planning on installing Office 365 ProPlus with pre-defined OS image. The session will be followed by a lab.
4:30PM – 6:30PM Ask the Experts Reception Join us at the Ask the Experts reception for the opportunity to interact and learn from your industry peers and representatives from Microsoft. Light refreshments will be served.

 

 

Day 2
TIME TITLE SPEAKER DESCRIPTION
8:00AM – 9:00AM Breakfast Attendee Breakfast
9:00AM – 10:15AM Lync On-Premise Troubleshooting and Call Quality Management Does your organization understand what the Support Map for a fully deployed on-premise enterprise voice solution on Lync Server might look like? Is everyone in your support team aware of the best tools to use for troubleshooting Lync Server to help diagnose and resolve issues in the most efficient way? Have you implemented the Lync Call Quality Methodology to systematically improve and maintain call quality? This session will arm you with the tools, knowledge, and skills, to help you maintain and optimize your Lync Enterprise Voice solution.
9:00AM – 10:15AM What’s new in Exchange Online In this session we will provide a view of the new Exchange futures resources – including early demos of a few of these new capabilities. We will cover Groups, Document Collaboration, Clutter, Compliance Center and much more!! Covers new features such as groups, doc collab, clutter, OWA for devices, and new security/compliance topics.
9:00AM – 10:15AM Office 365 internet connection planning and troubleshooting Office 365 has data centers all across the world and a global high speed network. When you connect your organization to Office 365 you will see a different Internet connection profile than with users doing regular transient web browsing. This session will provide guidance on planning for updates to your Internet connectivity as a result of onboarding to Office 365. We will talk about how the Office 365 datacenters connect to the Internet and why you would want to know that. And we will give you some guidance about troubleshooting performance issues that you may see when connecting to Office 365.
9:00AM – 10:15AM Office 365 ProPlus Planning & Deployment – Part 2 In Part 2 of the Office 365 Planning & Deployment series, we’ll continue to discuss deployment options including how to leverage System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2012, Windows In-Tune and the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT). The session will be followed by a lab.
10:30AM – 11:45AM Technical Overview of SharePoint Online In this session you’ll see how SharePoint Online provides powerful new controls that allow IT departments to manage cost, risk, and their time.
10:30AM – 11:45AM Lab: Troubleshooting On-Premise Microsoft Lync Server 2013 using Centralized Logging Service This is the lab that follows the Lync On-Premise Troubleshooting and Call Quality Management session. Attendees could also decide to work on a different Lync lab, with the help and guidance of the proctor.
10:30AM – 11:45AM Tools and tips for troubleshooting Office 365 Discuss tips and tricks for Office 365 troubleshooting, review tops issues and corresponding resolutions, learn how to use the diagnostic and troubleshooting tools provided in the Office 365 Admin center.
10:30AM – 11:45AM MDM for Office 365 Mobile Devices are the first and only connected device for a billion people, and there no question that workplaces are evolving to become more focused on mobile computing. As business adopt a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) approach to mobile devices, it is critical for them to keep corporate data secure on personal devices. Traditional MDM solutions used for this purpose have a one-size fits all approach with a non-intuitive restricted application that challenges users. Come and explore our new Office 365 MDM solution we will be releasing soon that addresses these concerns and more.
11:45AM – 2:00PM Lunch Attendee Lunch
1:00PM – 2:15PM Your Office 365 compliance controls Want to learn more about different compliance controls available to you in Office 365? Join this session to learn how you can leverage different capabilities such as Data Loss Prevention, Encryption, Auditing , Archiving & E-Discovery to keep your data safe and secure and centrally manage all your compliance needs from Office 365 Compliance Center. We will provide an overview of individual capabilities and also show you how easily you can get started today setting up your compliance policies.
1:00PM – 2:15PM Lync Online / Hybrid Overview and Administration Curious how the cloud can help optimize your Lync environment? Wondering how to take advantage of Lync as a service? The new Lync Hybrid functionality in Lync Online can take your current Lync deployment to a whole new level. This session will provide you with an overview of Lync Online, including administration, data flows, networking requirements, and troubleshooting guidance. This session also discusses how to plan, deploy, and configure a Lync Hybrid environment to allow for Lync Server and Lync Online coexistence so you can migrate users seamlessly between environments.
1:00PM – 2:15PM Overview of SharePoint 2013 and Office 365 Hybrid and Coexistence Cloud computing has become a popular and successful computing model that enables organizations to reduce both their capital and operational expenditures, renew IT innovation, and gain the advantage of more rapid software delivery to meet their business needs. However, according to a recent Forrester study, “only 8% plan a full deployment in the Office 365 cloud, but an additional 26% will move to a hybrid cloud, on-premises deployment.” A hybrid environment that uses SharePoint Server 2013 and SharePoint Online enables solutions that integrate functionality between services and features such as Search, Microsoft Business Connectivity Services, and Duet Enterprise Online for Microsoft SharePoint and SAP in both environments. This session provides guidance for the initial phase of the hybrid environment deployment process, which describes how to configure the basic infrastructure for a hybrid environment using SharePoint Server 2013 and SharePoint Online, provides insight into new content, in addition to some announcements of upcoming solutions.
1:00PM – 2:15PM Office 365 ProPlus – Implementing a Monthly Staged Update Process Don’t want your users to receive monthly automatic updates? Here we will learn about the best ways to download, test and deploy using a staged update process. We’ll go over the options on how to turn off and control when and how your users will receive monthly updates through SCCM, Group Policies, and distribution points. The session will be followed by a lab.
2:30PM – 3:45PM Enterprise Mobility Suite: an overview The rapid growth in use of smart devices combined with ubiquitous access to cloud services like Office 365 is changing the way that people use their personal technology to get work done. The Consumerization of IT mega-trend brings with it a rich set of opportunities for organizations, as well as challenges to protect corporate information and other assets. In this session learn how Microsoft’s approach to empowering enterprise mobility is helping customers enable users to work on devices of their choosing with consistent experiences, and providing IT a unified infrastructure for managing and delivering applications and other resources, all while helping organizations protect what is important to them. See how innovations in Azure Active Directory, Windows Intune, and Azure Rights Management are providing IT with the necessary capabilities to empower enterprise mobility.
2:30PM – 3:45PM Identity management integration options for Office 365 User management and identity integration is easy in Office 365. In this talk we will explain identity management concepts and describe the three identity models that you can use. We will talk about the cloud identity model, the synchronized identity model, and the federated identity model. For cloud and synchronized identity we will tell you all you need to set these up and demo how to configure them. For federated identity we will show you some of the tooling and give you guidance on how to scope the integration project. We will describe how you can switch between identity models and also give clear guidance about how to choose the right identity model for a given scenario or customer.
2:30PM – 3:45PM Data Loss Prevention in Office 365 Accidently sent that important sensitive mail? Looking to save that Oops moment? Come get educated about how Office 365 Data Loss Prevention works and learn how Microsoft is committed to bringing this capability across the Office suite of services. DLP enables you to identify, monitor and protect sensitive information in the organization. Learn how the rich DLP functionality seamlessly integrates into Exchange, Outlook, OWA and SharePoint, providing context user education and information protection. In addition, we will also cover a wide range of topics such as Policy Tips, Policy rules , document fingerprinting, Incident Reporting, etc.
2:30PM – 3:45PM Office 365 ProPlus – Using Telemetry Dashboard for AppCompat Testing Learn how to install and use the Office Telemetry Dashboard to display compatibility and inventory data about Office files and add-ins that are used in your organization. The dashboard can quickly identify areas where add-ins can potential be an issue as you download and deploy monthly updates. The session will be followed by a lab.
4:00PM – 5:15PM Delve and the Office Graph In this session you’ll learn more about how we reimagined search and discovery across Office with Delve, powered by the Office Graph. Delve enables you to work like a network, by proactively surfacing the best and relevant information across Office, tailored just for you. Learn how Office Graph transforms Office, with suite wide insights and machine learning, and how to bring content and conversations to your users across Office.
4:00PM – 5:15PM Exchange hybrid deployment Are you planning to move to Exchange Online? Join this session to learn how Exchange hybrid can provide the capabilities to make a smooth transition to Office 365. In this session we dig into architecture of hybrid deployments, review the deployment options, and discuss the capabilities of the hybrid configuration wizard. The session will look at the very latest hybrid information including OAuth configuration, recommendations for public folders, and a lot more!
4:00PM – 5:15PM Office 365 ProPlus – Troubleshooting Installations & Updates Learn how to quickly troubleshoot installation and update problems. In this session we’ll go through the process of how to turn on verbose logging, parse logs and look for proxy errors.
4:00PM – 5:15PM Lab: Administering Users in a Lync Online and Hybrid Deployment This is the lab that follows the Lync Online / Hybrid Overview and Administration session.

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Back in September last year I have created a Windows Forms based tool that allowed you to create Host Named Site Collections (HNSC) without necessarily having to go through PowerShell. The tool worked perfectly and it had a lot of options, however, it wasn’t the prettiest and necessary best option.

Host Named Site Collection Creator

In the past month, I teamed up with an expert SharePoint Developer called Joseph Henry Passineau which is also a member of SharePoint-Community.net and we took my idea to the next level. In the latest update for the SharePoint HNSC Creator we have now made available a SharePoint 2013 farm solution that allows you to create HNSC directly from the Central Administration with a native SharePoint 2013 experience!

To give you a brief overview:

  • You can find it at the same place as the normal Site Collection create links!

Host Named Site Collection Creator

  • The Create a new HNSC page is exactly the same as your normal Site Collection creation page, however you have a new field to enter the URL of the HNSC!

 

 

 

And you also have an OOTB looking confirmation page!

You can read this Blog Post by Joseph himself on how he used Reflection to make this project possible: Creating host named site collection by code

If you want to know more about the project and start using it, you can access the codeplex project over here: https://hnsc.codeplex.com/

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