Archive for March, 2013

Following the Critical SharePoint 2010 Security Updates, Microsoft also released some updates for SharePoint Server 2013.. and they’re not small! And of course, the bigger the update the more features and fixes are in it!

Unfortunately, as of today (12-03-2013) the KB Articles haven’t given all the information , however I will be able to give you the download link and some spicy information!

Here is the info we got until now:

1. Due to a change in the package configuration introduced after SharePoint 2013 RTM the March Public update is a mandatory requirement in order to install subsequent SharePoint Updates

2. Thanks to Mahmoud Hamed we got some information here about the march update!

One of the feature updates of the March 2013 Public Update for SharePoint 2013 enables you to use multiple app domains in SharePoint 2013 environments with alternate access mapping or host-header web application configurations. Before the Public Update, you could only host one app domain and it had to be in the Default zone. You could not use the app domain on alternate access mappings or host-header web application configurations. The Public Update enables you to configure an app domain for each web application zone and use alternate access mapping and host-header web application configuration.

3. Here are the download links.. and they are BIG!

(Thanks to Trevor Seward for clarification for which update is for which product, Microsoft labeled both foundation and server as “SharePoint Enterprise”

As soon as the information comes out or anything new, I will update the article! Don’t forget to follow me on twitter or Facebook to remain up to date!

EDIT(13-03-2013): Microsoft released the contents the package updates, here they are:


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Thanks to Benjamin Niaulin for Sharing this on Twitter!

It’s patch Tuesday and Microsoft released a Critical Security Bulletin about a SharePoint bug which could an allow an attacker elevated access to your SharePoint Server.

Executive Summary

This security update resolves four privately reported vulnerabilities in Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft SharePoint Foundation. The most severe vulnerabilities could allow elevation of privilege if a user clicks a specially crafted URL that takes the user to a targeted SharePoint site.

This security update is rated Critical for all supported editions of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and rated Important for all supported editions of Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010. For more information, see the subsection, Affected and Non-Affected Software, in this section.

The security update addresses the vulnerabilities correcting the way that Microsoft SharePoint Server validates URLs and user input. For more information about the vulnerabilities, see the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) subsection for the specific vulnerability entry under the next section, Vulnerability Information.

You can read more about it here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms13-024#section6

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Every month I do an article about all the resources I found online about SharePoint 2013. These free Resources come from Microsoft directly  or from other partners but unfortunately not a lot of people check regularly and sometimes they are well hidden.

I am happy to present you Part 5 of the “Free SharePoint Server 2013 Resources” series  that gives you all the resources for the month of February. The Highlights are Building Web Apps with ASP.NET Jump Start which is very usefull if you are going to pass exam 70-486 for your MSDN SharePoint 2013, and the upcoming  Tuning SQL Server 2012 for SharePoint 2013 FREE Jump Start

Downloads

  1. How to build a social media-sharing site in SharePoint 2013 
  2. SharePoint Server 2013 Client Components SDK 
  3. Microsoft SharePoint SDK for Windows Phone 8 – English 
  4. SharePoint 2013 Technical Library in Compiled Help–NEW VERSION
  5. Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies Protocol Documentation 
  6. SharePoint 2013 WAN testing with Visual Studio 2012 walkthrough 
  7. Office 2013–Access Services Setup for an On-Premises Installation 
  8. Plan and use the Distributed Cache service in SharePoint Server 2013 –NEW VERSION
  9. Refreshing Excel workbooks with embedded PowerPivot models from SharePoint Online 
  10. Microsoft PowerPivot for Excel 2010 and PowerPivot in Excel 2013 Samples-NEW VERSION

Tools

  1. SharePoint 2013 Service Account Creator

White Papers

  1. How to build a social media-sharing site in SharePoint 2013 (white paper)
  2. Refreshing Excel workbooks with embedded PowerPivot models from SharePoint Online (white paper)
  3. SharePoint Governance: A Definitive Guide

Learning Roadmaps

  1. Upgrade for SharePoint 2013 learning roadmap
  2. Windows PowerShell for SharePoint 2013 learning roadmap
  3. Authentication in SharePoint 2013 learning roadmap
  4. Virtualize SharePoint 2013 learning roadmap

Test Lab Guides

  1. Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate Forms-Based Authentication with SharePoint Server 2013-NEW VERSION
  2. Test Lab Guide: Configure SharePoint Server 2013 in a Three-Tier Farm- NEW VERSION
  3. Test Lab Guide: Demonstrate Intranet Collaboration with SharePoint Server 2013-NEW VERSION

MVA

  1. Building Web Apps with ASP.NET Jump Start
  2. Tuning SQL Server 2012 for SharePoint 2013 FREE Jump Start

Past Posts of this series

  1. Free SharePoint Server 2013 Resources Part 1
  2. Free SharePoint Server 2013 Resources Part 2
  3. Free SharePoint Server 2013 Resources Part 3
  4. Free SharePoint Server 2013 Resources Part 4

Interesting articles in February

  1. Did you Know the SharePoint Server 2013 February Cumulative Update was out?
  2. Three New Facts on the SharePoint 2013 MCSD Certification! – A Name, Exam Numbers and a Date!

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Usually I announce this kind of event in the “Free SharePoint Resources” series,  however I really want you to know about this one!.

Microsoft Virtual Academy is offering a Free Jump Start on how to Optimize your SQL 2012 Server for SharePoint 2013.  Here is the official text:

Since SharePoint stores most all its data in SQL Server, it makes sense that optimizing the overall SharePoint user experience should focus on how these products are integrated. During this Jump Start, two of the industry’s most popular SharePoint experts, Bill Baer and Brian Alderman, lead a demo-rich exploration of SQL Server settings, SQL Server system database settings and configuration options that will improve SharePoint 2013 performance, availability and security. 

A core challenge we often see is the SharePoint admin isn’t a database expert and the Database Administrator (DBA) typically isn’t familiar with the SharePoint nuances that require adjustments in SQL Server. Similarly, in smaller organizations one person serves both roles. In all these cases, the result is most likely a SQL Server 2012 deployment that isn’t configured to optimize and protect the SharePoint environment.

Even though you don’t see it right away, in 99% of the cases, SharePoint Admins aren’t SQL Pro’s and some SharePoint improvements  go against SQL Best Practices, so your DBA will never do them.

The Jump Start is March 19, however you can register right away and put it in your calendars!

Edit(3/3/2013): Forgot to put the link…    Register here:  http://msl-events.cloudapp.net/EventRegistration.aspx?eid=ce3d9ffb-34df-4d4e-97e2-8052f5807375 

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