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A day after announcing the famous Bill Clinton keynote for SPC14, the SharePoint just announced that SPC14 attendees can save 50% on Microsoft exams and even get one free exam! Here is a part of the official announcement:

With Microsoft Training and Certification, you can keep your skills relevant, applicable, and competitive. And with Certification Central onsite at SharePoint Conference, you’ll have the chance to learn, practice, and even talk one-on-one with training experts on a variety of technologies. Microsoft Certification is an industry standard recognized worldwide.

All Microsoft certification exams will be offered at 50% off the regular price for registered SharePoint Conference attendees. We’re even offering one exam* FREE!

Take advantage of this great opportunity to fulfill your certification requirements at a 50% discount during SharePoint Conference 2014. This opportunity is only available to registered SharePoint Conference attendees – at just $75 USD per exam, it’s like getting two exams for the price of one.

Step by Step Exam Registration Instructions From the SPC14 page!:

  1. Select “Schedule an Exam”
  2. Select Country “United States,” then select State/Province “Nevada” and then click “Next”
  3. Scroll in Client  for “Microsoft”  – select from the following Program choices:
    1. For MCP Exam – select:  “Microsoft  (070, 071, 074…)”  then click “Next”
  4. You will see a screen with the Microsoft logo and information about the Certification program, click “Next”
  5. Select the Exam you would like to take, and preferred language, then click “Next”
  6. Find location:  MC60 or MC61 (SharePoint Conference 2014)
  7. Select “Seat Availability”
  8. When the next page appears you have the option of logging in if you have been to the site before or registering as a new user:
    1. Note: If you are a new user, please enter a valid e-mail address
    2. All information for the Microsoft Certification Program will be sent via e-mail. Without a valid email address, you will not receive access to the MCP Secure site or be able to order your Welcome Kit when you achieve your certification
  9. Once you are logged in, select a date and time for your appointment –
    1. Note: Discount will be available only at SharePoint Conference 2014, March 3-6th.
  10. Under Payment Information in the box that states Promotion Code or Voucher, click Yes
    1. Next to Discount Type, select Promotion Code:
      1. For 50% off all MCP exams, enter the promo code: SHP50
    2. Click Validate
      1. Note: If the promo code matches the location and the exam you have selected you will be automatically directed back to the Payment Information Page. If the promo code comes up as invalid, please validate you have selected the correct promo code, location and exam number.
  11. Please print the confirmation page for your records and note the date and time for your exam.

IMPORTANT: The standard registration fee will appear until you enter the appropriate promo code on the payment page. After entering the promotion code your fees will adjust to reflect the discount once applied.

Link to the official announcement: http://www.sharepointconference.com/content/exams

Link to the Registration instructions & codes: http://www.sharepointconference.com/content/exams/signup

If you want to know what SharePoint Exams you can take, Take a look at my Ultimate SharePoint 2013 Certification Guide!

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Meet me at events near you in 2014!

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After founding the amazing SherePoint-Community.net online community I had the pleasure to meet a ton of great people online, people to which I talk almost every day on the SPCOM Chat!  However, I did not have the pleasure to meet most of the 5000 members in person yet and it’s one of my 2014 resolutions to attend as many SharePoint events as possible, especially in Canada and the US!

Here are some events I will be at either as an attendee or a speaker in the first part of 2014:

DatesEvent NameSpeaking?Session
February 1st, 2014SharePoint Saturday AlbanyYesLync, Exchange, Sharepoint and Office Web Apps, the Fantastic 4  of Communication and Collaboration
February 8th, 2014SharePoint Saturday MontrealYesLync, Exchange, Sharepoint and Office Web Apps, the Fantastic 4  of Communication and Collaboration
March 3-6, 2014Microsoft’s SharePoint Conference 2014 in Vegas!No
April 14-16, 2014SharePoint Summit MontrealYesLync, Exchange, Sharepoint and Office Web Apps, the Fantastic 4  of Communication and Collaboration
May 26-28, 2014SharePoint Summit TorontoYesLync, Exchange, Sharepoint and Office Web Apps, the Fantastic 4  of Communication and Collaboration

If you are attending those events, drop a line in the comments and make sure to come say hi during the event!

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When Trying to Queue a new Build Definition, You might get this error: TFS215106: Access denied. Domain\User needs Delete build definition permissions for the build definition MybuildDefintion in team project MyTeamProject to perform this action.

TFS215106

You might get this even if you are a Project Administrator or have all the other rights in TFS because the inheritance for builds might have been broken to provide more security. For example, in my organization, only 2 persons are allowed to launch Build Definitions in UAT and Production. If you ONLY need access on this build right click the build name and click Security.

Then add yourself with all the permissions…. However if you’re a TFS Admin and you will have to deploy more builds you can go in the security of the TFS Server by right clicking on your default collection, clicking on Team Project Collection Settings and then Group Membership.

And then add your username to the Project Collection Build Administrators Group.

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Hello everyone and welcome back from the holidays!

MCSD Deal

Microsoft Learning and Microsoft Virtual Academy published one of the best offers of the year for developers who want to achieve their SharePoint 2013 MCSD. Here is the description:

Ready to prove your expertise with the globally recognized MCSD (Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer) certification? Get started today by requesting your free MCSD ‘3-for-1’ exam voucher.

When you schedule and pay for the first exam using your personal voucher code, you’ll get the next 2 exams for free, valid on exams for any of the following certifications:

  • MCSD Windows Store Apps-HTML5
  • MCSD Web Applications
  • MCSD SharePoint Applications
  • MCSD Windows Store Apps-C#
  • MCSD Application Lifecycle Management

Act quickly; this is a limited time ‘3-for-1’ offer that ensures although the exams may test your talents the investment won’t break the bank.

The MCSD ‘3-for-1’ offer is available until May 31st, 2014*. All exams must be scheduled and completed by May 31st, 2014.

*Or while supplies last.

Find more details about the offer here: http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/offers/MCSD-3-for-1?prid=ca_mvpvc&mtag=MVP5000399

Learning Material

Now that it’s time to learn for the exams. Luckily Microsoft Virtual Academy has at least one course for each exam, although I recommend that you do a lot more lab work than only watching the videos, they are a great start! Here are the courses in detail:

Exam 70-480

HTML5 & CSS3 Fundamentals: Development for Absolute Beginners

Want to learn a different language? Over the course of 21 episodes, our friend Bob Tabor will teach you the fundamentals of HTML5 & CSS3 programming. Tune in to learn concepts about web pages, CSS3 styles and HTML5 features.

We’ll walk you through getting the web principals, writing code and much more! Each concept is broken into its own video so you can search for and focus on the information you need.

Make sure you are logged in into MVA and View it here: HTML5 & CSS3 Fundamentals: Development for Absolute Beginners

Developing in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 Jump Start

This course provides an accelerated introduction to HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript and helps students learn basic HTML5/CSS3/JavaScript programming skills. It focuses on using HTML5/CSS3/JavaScript to implement programming logic, define and use variables, perform looping and branching, develop user interfaces, capture and validate user input, store data, and create well-structured applications. This course uses Visual Studio 2012, running on Windows 8. The course is intended for developers who have at least six months of professional experience and who are interested in developing applications using HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 (either Windows Store apps or IE10 apps for the Web). While the students may have little or no HTML5 coding experience, they should have some experience with HTML4. This is a course for intermediate to advanced learners and helps you prepare for Microsoft exam 70-480.

Make sure you are logged in into MVA and View it here: Developing in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 Jump Start

Exam 70-486

Developing ASP.NET MVC4 Web Applications Jump Start

Developers for the Microsoft platform: take this course if you are ready to start building enterprise web applications or if you just need to ramp up on the new MVC (Model View Control) features or update your Microsoft certification. This is the meat and potatoes course that will tell you what you need to know and follows the Developing in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS Jump Start. It’ll also help you prepare for Exam 70-486.

Make sure you are logged in into MVA and View it here: Developing ASP.NET MVC4 Web Applications Jump Start

Building Web Apps with ASP.NET Jump Start

This Jump Start is tailored for experienced application developers interested in leveraging ASP.NET and Visual Studio 2012t o offer modern apps that target modern browsers. Three of Microsoft’s most seasoned ASP.NET speakers provide an accelerated introduction to building web applications development with ASP.NET 4.5 and ASP.NET MVC 4 targeting key scenarios like building mobile ready websites, social web applications, and much more. This is a course for intermediate to advanced learners and helps you prepare for Microsoft exam 70-486.

Make sure you are logged in into MVA and View it here: Building Web Apps with ASP.NET Jump Start

Exam 70-488

Developing SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions Jump Start

Are you a developer for the Microsoft platform, interested in helping your organization collaborate and manage workflow using SharePoint solutions? Take this course to learn the core skills common to most SharePoint development activities. Find out how to work with backend data and front end user interfaces and security. You’ll get some guidelines and best practices that will help you optimize your SharePoint applications. You’ll see some cool demos that will show you how to create an app, deploy it to a catalog, and install it. And you’ll see workflows inside the dramatically enhanced SharePoint Designer.

COURSE OUTLINE

   – SharePoint as a Developer Platform
– Managing Custom Components
– Working with SharePoint Objects using a Client Side Object Model
– Developing SharePoint and Auto-hosted and Hosted SharePoint Apps
– Developing Remote Hosted SharePoint Apps
– Publishing and Distributing Apps
– Automating Business Processes

Make sure you are logged in into MVA and View it here: Developing SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions Jump Start

Exam 70-489

Developing SharePoint Server Advanced Solutions

SharePoint Server developers, if you want to find out how to incorporate SharePoint’s social networking features into your own application, how to call SharePoint Server Search from a client, or how to enhance your Business Connectivity Services (BCS) implementation, this is the Jump Start for you. Learn to write the server and client side code that will enable your users to work more collaboratively, find the information they want more easily, and communicate with the outside world.

This course also servers a foundation for learning the skills you’ll need to pass Exam 70-489.

Make sure you are logged into MVA and view it here: Developing SharePoint Server Advanced Solutions

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I recently had a problem where suddenly TFS stopped sending emails and alerts. Furthermore, there was a permission bug with all new projects: The permissions were working perfectly in the SharePoint Site, however no one had the permissions in TFS Web Access.

TFS Permissions do not sync to Web Access

The problem was that the Visual Studio Team Foundation Background Job Agent service was stopped. The Visual Studio Team Foundation Background Job Agent service provides a general scheduling mechanism for Web services and jobs for Team Foundation. This Windows service is also used to run the tasks spawned by various wizards, such as the New Team Project wizard and create a Team Project Collection wizard. The service uses the service account for Team Foundation Server (TFS), referred to as TFSService. The service runs on any server that is running a Web service or Web application in the logical application tier for Team Foundation. To operate correctly, the service account for the Team Foundation Background Job Agent service must have the permissions required for the tasks that it performs.

The service should be on Automatic Startup and should always be running! If you ever experience problems like the ones I had, make sure the service is running!

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When deploying a .Net Application to IIS using TFS Build Server and MSBuild, you might get the following error:

C:\Program Files\MSBuild\Microsoft\VisualStudio\v10.0\Web\Microsoft.Web.Publishing.targets (2850): The “IsCleanMSDeployPackageNeeded” task failed unexpectedly. System.NullReferenceException: Object reference not set to an instance of an object.    at Microsoft.Web.Publishing.Tasks.Common.Utility.CheckMSDeploymentVersion()    at Microsoft.Web.Publishing.Tasks.Common.Utility.get_IsMSDeployInstalled()

The isCleanMSDeployPackageNeeded task failed unexpectedly

This can simply be because you have not installed Web Deploy 2.0 on your TFS Server. The Web Deploy is actually the one deploying your ASP.Net application to the remote IIS in the background, and if you don’t have it installed on your TFS Server, it won’t find the binaries and give you this error. You can download Web Deploy here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/download/details.aspx?id=25230

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