I am excited to announce that my second book is now available for pre-order on Amazon and this one is called “Essential PowerShell for Office 365”. Here are some details about the book:

Take your Office 365 skills to the next level. Master PowerShell for Office 365 to stay competitive in today’s world of highly sought after cloud management skills. With expert guidance, IT pros will learn how to leverage the muscle of PowerShell to automate many advanced administrative tasks not otherwise accessible in the Office 365 Admin Center. You will discover how to unlock configuration options and automate tasks in order to free up valuable time and resources.

This book is your companion to administering Office 365 with PowerShell. You will learn time-saving techniques such as how to streamline administrative tasks, and how to manage users, licenses, and Office 365 services. Expert and MVP Vlad Catrinescu introduces each chapter with an overview and basic fundamentals, such as how to connect to your required service in Office 365, so that you have a solid foundation for success. Benefit from learning the theory behind PowerShell for Office 365 and put your knowledge to practice with numerous hands-on code examples.

Essential PowerShell for Office 365

What You’ll Learn

  • Manage users in bulk
  • Export data such as user lists and groups
  • Create and manage Office 365 groups
  • Manage Exchange online distribution lists, mailboxes, and contacts
  • Configure Skype for Business settings
  • Perform compliance searches directly from PowerShell

Who This Book Is For

Any IT pro who needs to manage Office 365 or one of its services such as Exchange, SharePoint, or Skype for Business. Readers should have a basic knowledge of PowerShell and the Office 365 service they want to manage.

How can I get it?
Get it on Amazon at the following links:

Or you can also find it at Apress over here: https://www.apress.com/us/book/9781484231289#aboutBook

I really hope that this book will come in useful for you, especially as more organizations are moving to the cloud, being able to manage your Office 365 tenant using both using the UI for basic stuff, and PowerShell for advanced stuff will be a key skill! Let me know if you bought the book, and please share this with your networks!

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As you have probably seen it all over Social Media the past few months, the SharePoint Conference is coming back to Las Vegas in May 2018! This promises to be an amazing conference, with all sorts of announcements, deep dive technical sessions and of course great networking!

SharePoint Conference North America

There will be over 50 Speakers at the event, some of which you can probably recognize from the picture below, and even if the conference has SharePoint in its name, it will cover Office 365, Planner, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft Flow, Yammer, and almost all the products in Office 365 that interreact in a way or another with SharePoint!

SharePoint Conference North America

I will personally be doing two sessions, here are the titles:

PowerShell all the things

Know the basics of PowerShell for Office 365 but want to take it further? In this session, we will look at some awesome real-life examples of how PowerShell can make our life as an admin easier, and at quite a few things that cannot be done from the User Interface! This session requires you to have basic knowledge of PowerShell for Office 365.

Three Must-Have SharePoint Workflows with Microsoft Flow

Process automation is one of the most wanted benefits that SharePoint offers. In this session, we will use Microsoft Flow and look at three real-life examples of processes that you can automate by using Microsoft Flow!

I am also talking a bit about what I cover in both those sessions, in the video below!

 

 

If you register before February 26th, not only will you get the cheapest price available, but if you also register for a workshop you can get an awesome gift such as Xbox One S/X or a Harman Kardon Invoke!

SharePoint Conference North America

In addition, if you use the code VLAD when registering, you will save an extra 50$ , so make sure you register as soon as possible to get the cheapest price at https://sharepointna.com !

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In just a few weeks, I will have the pleasure of travelling to Branson, Missouri for the North American Collaboration Summit, previously known as SharePointalooza! The North American Collaboration Summit is a great, and affordable conference happening on March 2nd and 3rd with 50 speakers, including 31 MVPs, and 6 Regional Directors / Microsoft Employees!

North American Collaboration Summit

If you register at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sharepointalooza-the-north-american-collaboration-summit-tickets-37160124934?discount=catrinescu which includes a special discount code, you can save an extra 50% on the two-day conference pass, meaning that a ticket to a 2-day conference, with 50 amazing speakers, is only 32.50$ ! That is, hands down the cheapest conference of 2018, and if your boss didn’t approve your past conferences due to budget reasons, there is no way this one will not be approved!

North American Collaboration Summit

If you want to learn more about the conference, you can view all the speakers, and schedule at the following link: http://collabsummit.org/ ! My company, Valo Intranet is also a platinum sponsor, so make sure to come see us and win great prizes! Are you joining me in Branson? Drop a line in the comments and I am looking forward to see you!

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My 12th Pluralsight course, and 4th PowerShell focused one in a row is now out, and this time is on a really interesting topic: How to create HTML reports with PowerShell. PowerShell is an amazing tool to gather information from all of your Microsoft systems, including Office 365, but let’s be honest, a CSV or XML report is not really pretty. This is where HTML comes in! By using PowerShell to gather the information, and rendering it with HTML and enhanced by CSS you can really create beautiful and useful reports.

PowerShell HTML

Let’s take a look at some examples! In the example below, you can see an HTML Table that is Paginated, has Search enabled, and the Service Status color depends on the value of the content inside, so you can quickly see the services that are stopped!

PowerShell HTML

Another example here is a computer report, that first shows the BIOS information as a list, the Disk information with a Free Percentage % that is color coded, and all the Services to Investigate in a nice table!

PowerShell HTML

Here is another example of Office 365 Report of licenses and users!

PowerShell HTML

You can check out the course today on Pluralsight at the following link: http://spvlad.com/PSHTML or if you do not have an account yet, you can get a free 10-day Trial over here: http://spvlad.com/PS10DayTrial !

 

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Microsoft has released the first version of the Microsoft Teams PowerShell cmdlet today on November 3rd, 2017 with version 0.9.0. You can install it from the PowerShell Gallery over here: https://www.powershellgallery.com/packages/MicrosoftTeams/0.9.0 . This blog post will simply be an overview of what’s possible, without going too much in the technical details of each cmdlet, as the official documentation is not even out yet

First, we need to connect to Microsoft Teams by using the Connect-MicrosoftTeams  cmdlet as seen below.

Microsoft Teams PowerShell

I can then view all my Teams by running the Get-Team  cmdlet

Microsoft Teams PowerShell

Teams use the same ID as the Office 365 Groups they are a part of, so from a management point of view, you can create some interesting management scenarios when managing both of them. When creating a Team you automatically create a group, but an Office 365 Group does not create a Team by default.

Microsoft Teams PowerShell

Let’s play with the First Team settings, see what we can do. First, I can view the Fun settings by running the Get-TeamFunSettings  cmdlet. I can view the Guest Settings with the Get-TeamGuestSettings  and the Team Member settings with the Get-TeamMemberSettings  cmdlet.

Microsoft Teams PowerShell

I can also change the settings, for example I just ruined the fun of everyone in the team by running the following cmdlet:

Set-TeamFunSettings -GroupId $GroupId -AllowGiphy $false

In that team, the GIF button is gone instantly from the options as you can see below.

Microsoft Teams PowerShell

In my other Teams, it’s still visible!

Microsoft Teams PowerShell

I can also block users from editing messages by running the Set-TeamMessagingSettings  cmdlet.

Microsoft Teams PowerShell

Before:

Microsoft Teams PowerShell

After:

Microsoft Teams PowerShell

I can also view and edit membership by using the Get-TeamUser , Remove-TeamUser  and Add-TeamUser  cmdlets!

Microsoft Teams PowerShell

At the time of writing this blog post, there are 24 PowerShell cmdlets in the Microsoft Teams Module, which you can view below!

Microsoft Teams PowerShell

While this is not an in depth review, I hope this small overview will make you download the PowerShell module and try it out in your own tenant!

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Product analysis by Vlad Catrinescu – requested by Lanteria, but thoughts are my own.

Something that all the enterprises and small businesses in this world have in common is they need to manage their employees, or as we call it, human resources. There are tons of HR Management systems out there, however one of the most popular goals of IT departments across the globe in the past few years was to integrate systems together, and get the most out of the systems they are already paying for. With over 300,000 organizations across the globe using SharePoint daily, it’s no wonder that Lanteria has created an HR Management Solution running on Microsoft’s popular platform. While Lanteria offers a full HR Management suite containing multiple modules, in this blog post we will focus on the time and attendance module. Here are a few words directly from Lanseria’s website:

Time and Attendance is a solution that enables managing the global absence policies, employee time sheets, and absence records such as vacations, sicknesses, and business trips. Employees can request time off and the managers approve them. HR can track all the absence statistics, record and modify the absences, and approve or reject them.

Lanteria HR Time and Attendance

  • Define the company-wide leave policies and rules
  • Set up comprehensive approval workflows
  • Have a global absences calendar
  • Increase productivity with project-based time tracking

Overview of Lanteria HR Time and Attendance module

After logging in the Lanteria Demo Site I was provided as an HR person, and clicking on the Time & Attendance module, I am presented with a nice menu allowing me to access all the parts of this module. On the left, I have a very useful list of actions that I can do as a user such as registering a vacation request, sickness and so on, while on the right I can view the OOF calendar, Timesheet report and so on.

Lanteria HR Time and Attendance

The menu changes depending on what your role is, and what permissions you have in the platform.

Lanteria HR Time and Attendance

As an HR person, the first thing I would probably do is create an Absence Plan for my employees, or multiple absence plans depending if my company as offices in multiple states/countries or provinces. As you can see in the next screenshot, Lanteria allows you to create multiple Absence Plans for your employees, so you can assign each one to the right plan afterwards.

Lanteria HR Time and Attendance

Those plans define not only the amounts of vacations per employee, but also certain settings like: Can Vacation days be carried over to the next year? Can employees take more vacation days then they have currently accumulated?

Lanteria HR Time and Attendance

You can also specify multiple rules of the number of vacation days this policy give access to depending on the age or seniority of the employee in your organizations. In the example below, employees that have been with the company for less than 5 years get 20 days of vacation, while employees that have worked for 6 or more years get 25 days per year. You can also add multiple other rules to calculate the total time of employee vacation every year.

Lanteria HR Time and Attendance

You can then also create rules for sickness leave. In the screenshot below, everyone between the ages of 18 and 100 gets 10 days of sick leave per year, and employees can overbook them.

Lanteria HR Time and Attendance

Finally, you can also add other Annual Absences such as Jury Duty, voting leave and so on, and decide to what countries it applies to.

Lanteria HR Time and Attendance

As an employee, you can easily go to your “My Absences” dashboard, and view the number of total Paid leave days you can take, how many you have already booked, as well as the absence requests that you have requested, and their status.

Lanteria HR Time and Attendance

I can also click on the Register Absence button to request a new vacation, and enter all the details that are related to the current vacation request.

Lanteria HR Time and Attendance

As an employee, I can also track my time in different Projects and Activities in the Timesheet functionality. There is also a clock in – clock out future that I can use that will automatically track the time spent between when you clock in and clock out on that certain project.

Lanteria HR Time and Attendance

As a Manager who needs to manage a team of employees, I can view an Absence schedule of all my employees at a glance, so I know who will be gone when. I can also see all the Pending Absence Requests, so all the requests for absence that my employees have done, and I can easily approve, or reject them!

Lanteria HR Time and Attendance

I can approve, reject or even request a small change in the absence request, and provide comments on my decision!

Lanteria HR Time and Attendance

As a Manager, I can also register an absence on behalf of another user. If an employee is sick and cannot come to work today, chances are they will call their manager to tell them, and their manager can directly register the day inside the system for them!

Lanteria HR Time and Attendance

As an HR professional, there are also multiple reports included with the Time and Attendance module allowing you to have the full view on your company, and view the summary, schedule as well as statistics on how many vacation days each employee has.

Lanteria HR Time and Attendance

I also have a very useful Out of Office calendar, allowing me to view everyone in my company that is out of office.

Lanteria HR Time and Attendance

Conclusion

Throughout my testing, I found the Lanteria Time and Attendance module to pack a lot of functionality, in a very simple to use interface. This module allows you to create absence policies for your employees, automatically calculating the time of vacation and sick days they can get, as well as statutory holidays, and special absences such as Jury Duty. The module also includes functionality such as Timesheets, for which companies would have to purchase Project Server in order to have similar functionality, and even then Lanteria has more features around this. One of the things I really like about this module, and the Lanteria HRMS suite in general, is that it’s really made for HR professionals, by HR professionals, and as a business owner myself, everything that I wish for is really in the product.

Having reviewed multiple of the other Lanteria modules in the past years, the integration with the other modules is really good, and allows you to fully manage your Human Resources from SharePoint. If you want to learn more about the Lanteria Time and Attendance module, check out t heir site at: or click the banner below.

Lanteria HR Time and Attendance

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This year again, Pluralsight is offering an amazing discount for Black Friday on the annual subscription for both new, and existing members! Simply go to the following link or click on the picture below to get the deal: http://spvlad.com/PS2017BlackFriday

Pluralsight Black Friday

What do you get for 199$? You have unlimited access to over 5000 courses on the latest technologies, Assessments, Skill Paths and the option to download content offline to watch it wherever in the world you might be… FOR A FULL YEAR!

Pluralsight Black Friday

This Offer is only for a limited time, so make sure you get it while it lasts! Click on the banner below to go to the Offer Page!

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This year I have the great pleasure again of travelling to Chicago to speak at SharePoint Fest! This year’s SharePoint Fest is packed with 45 speakers, 100 sessions, 25 full and half day workshops and over 500 attendees, so if you still have budget for a conference this year, don’t miss it! You can even save 100$ with my speaker code below!

SharePoint Fest Chicago 2017

Here is what I will be speaking on!

Morning Workshop 9:00 am – 12:30 pm, Wednesday – WS 502 – Automate your business processes with tools from today and tomorrow

One of the big advantages of implementing SharePoint in the enterprise is process automation. By using Out of the box workflows as well as easy to create custom SharePoint Designer Workflows, Power Users are able to automate processes, avoid repetitive tasks, and boost team productivity. Furthermore, new tools such as Flow which are exclusive to Office 365 at the moment allow you to easily create workflows, and integrate SharePoint Online with other systems.

In this half-day workshop, you will learn how to use SharePoint Designer and Flow to create workflows that solve real problems and to automate your business processes in SharePoint On-Premises and SharePoint Online.

OFF 105 – Getting Started with PowerShell for Office 365

Take your Office 365 Administrator skills to the next level by learning to manage Office 365 and automate repetitive tasks using the magic of PowerShell.

In this session, you will learn how to use PowerShell for Office 365!

ADM 205 – Integrating SharePoint and Office Online Server

Office Online Server (formerly known as Office Web Apps) allows your users to view and edit Office Documents directly in the browser, without having to download them locally as well as enables the Durable Links functionality with SharePoint Server 2016. Lastly, since Excel Services is not part of SharePoint 2016 anymore, Office Online Server is mandatory in order to enable Business Intelligence features in SharePoint Server 2016.

In this session, we will look more in detail at what Office Online Server is, best practices on how to install it and how to design an Office Online Server Farm. We will also learn how to properly integrate it with SharePoint Server 2016, and lastly, what features it can bring to other Office Servers products such as Exchange and Skype for Business.

You can check out all the sessions at http://sharepointfest.com/Chicago/

Hope to see you there!

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Have you heard about the virtual Collab365 Global Conference 2017 that’s streaming online November 1st – 2nd?

Join me and 120 other speakers from around the world who will be bringing you the very latest content around SharePoint, Office 365, Flow, PowerApps, Azure, OneDrive for Business and of course the increasingly popular Microsoft Teams. The event is produced by the Collab365 Community and is entirely free to attend.

Places are limited to 5000 so be quick and register now.

During the conference I’d love you to watch my session which is called: ‘What do YOU get from SharePoint Hybrid?’

Every time you see a blog post about SharePoint 2016, you see the word hybrid. But what exactly is a hybrid infrastructure and what features does the business user get? In this session, we will look at SharePoint Hybrid from a business user point of view to understand what features we get out of it. We will look at Hybrid Team Sites, Hybrid Search, Hybrid Extranet sites and more!​

If you join me, you will learn:

  • Understand what a Hybrid SharePoint deployment actually means
  • See example use cases where Hybrid is better than going all cloud, or all On-Premises

Topic(s):

  • Hybrid SharePoint
  • SharePoint

Audience:

  • Business Analyst
  • End User
  • Power User

Time (in UTC) :

  • Thursday, November 2 2017 2:00 PM

How to attend:

  1. Register here.
  2. At the time listed above go here to watch my session. (you can also add me to your own personal planner from the agenda.
  3. Be ready to take notes!
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At the end of the month, I will be heading out to Las Vegas, Nevada to speak at the popular Dev Intersections conference along some of the biggest name in the Industry such as Steve Guggenheimer, Scott Guthrie, Scott Hanselman and more!

Dev Intersections

Here is what I will be speaking on:

SESSION: DEEP DIVE INTO DESIGNING A SHAREPOINT 2016 PHYSICAL ARCHITECTURE

SharePoint Server 2016 is the latest release of SharePoint Server and includes awesome features for business users, but quite a few changes for SharePoint IT Professionals. New features such as MinRole, combined with new requirements such as mandatory Office Online Server configuration for Business Intelligence, will change the way that SharePoint Administrators will design their SharePoint farm. In this course, you will learn how to design your SharePoint Server 2016 Farm according to your business needs and Microsoft Best Practices.

SESSION: WHAT DO YOU GET FROM SHAREPOINT HYBRID?

Every time you see a blog post about SharePoint 2016, you see the word hybrid. But what exactly is a hybrid infrastructure and what features does the business user get? In this session, we will look at SharePoint Hybrid from a business user point of view to understand what features we get out of it. We will look at Hybrid Team Sites, Hybrid Search, Hybrid Extranet sites and more!

FULL DAY WORKSHOP: AUTOMATE YOUR BUSINESS PROCESSES WITH TOOLS FROM TODAY AND TOMORROW

One of the big advantages of implementing SharePoint in the enterprise is process automation. By using Out of the box workflows as well as easy to create custom SharePoint Designer Workflows, Power Users are able to automate processes, avoid repetitive tasks, and boost team productivity. Furthermore, new tools such as Flow and PowerApps which are exclusive to Office 365 at the moment allow you to easily create workflow and forms, and integrate SharePoint with other systems. In this full day workshop, you will learn how to use SharePoint Designer, Flow and PowerApps to automate your business processes in SharePoint On-Premises and SharePoint Online.

When registering, make sure to use code CATRINESCU to save 50$ off! You can view all the registration options here: https://devintersection.com/#!/register . Hope to see you there!

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