Archive for February, 2016

The Cloud Search Service Application has been in beta since August 2015, and will come Out of the Box with SharePoint Server 2016, and is available with SharePoint Server 2013 August 2015 Public Update or later. The Cloud Search Service application greatly improves the Hybrid Search experience by mixing up your SharePoint On-Premises results with Office 365 results in the same view, instead of the limiting results blocks we had to use with Federated Search.

Cloud Search Service Application

At Ignite last year when Microsoft showed it off to the world for the first time, they used our favorite fictional company Contoso for an example on how they could save money by using this new feature.

Before:

Cloud Search Service Application

After:

Cloud Search Service Application

After implementing the Cloud Search Service Application, Contoso was able to go from 10 servers down to only 2 search servers. Saving 8 SharePoint Server licenses is indeed a very big incentive for Contoso to use this new service! However, until February 17th we had no idea if this service was going to cost us money, and if yes how much. With the latest blog post by Mark Kashman on the Office Blog called Auditing, reporting and storage improvements for SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business we finally have some real numbers to put on the table.

In the blog post we learned that for every 1TB of pooled storage in SharePoint Online, we are allowed to put one million index items from our On-Premises SharePoint Farm. Let’s break it down to know what this all means.

First, let’s talk about pooled storage. Pooled Storage means the total amount of storage your company has for SharePoint Online. By default, we get 1TB included, plus 0.5 GB per user that we license in Office 365. So for a company with 2000 users, we would have 1TB + (2000 * 0.5 GB) = 2 TB. If we need more space, we can buy the “Office 365 Extra File Storage” Add-on at 0.20$/GB/Month so ~200$/TB/Month.

While most of the companies probably have under one million items in their On-Premises Search Index, which comes free with the included 1TB in Office 365, companies that have maybe 10, 15 million documents in their index will need to calculate their costs. Let’s take Fabrikam for example, another fictional MS company that currently crawls 20 million items with SharePoint 2013 and has 5000 employees.

Fabrikam would have 1TB + (5000*0.5GB) = 3.5TB of space in the cloud included with their subscription, but in order to move all their index in the cloud, they would need an additional 16.5 TB costing them 3300$ per month.

Remember that paying that 3300$ per month will also give them a total of 20 TB to store documents in the cloud, so Fabrikam could move some of their SharePoint sites in the cloud, and the less content that is crawled On-Prem, the less you need to pay since there is no price per document indexed in SharePoint Online.

Also remember that storage prices might change in the future as hardware prices drop, and with cloud competition also increasing, Microsoft might include more storage by default in Office 365.

Even with this price, I still think that the Cloud Search Service application can save money to enterprises and more importantly, provide an a lot better Search Experience for the Business users!

If you are not familiar with the Cloud Search Service Application, I did an overview at CMSWire: SharePoint Cloud Search: What’s in it For You

Do you think the pricing for the Cloud Search Service Application is fair? Looking forward to read your opinions in the comments!

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During the weekend, one of my CodePlex projects that SharePoint Administrators seem to love has received a major update by my colleague Joseph Passineau . For those of you that don’t know what the SharePoint Host Named Site Collection Creator is, here is a small definition from the site:

The SharePoint Host named Site Collection (HNSC) Creator is a Codeplex Project that allows SharePoint Admins to create HNSC via a GUI instead of PowerShell. This project has two ways to be used. One of them is a Windows Forms application that needs no installation, and the second one is a SharePoint 2013 farm solution that plugs in the Central Admin for a native SharePoint experience.

Here are some screenshots of the solution:

SharePoint Host Named Site Collection Creator

SharePoint Host Named Site Collection Creator

February 19th, 2016 Update

New release of the SharePoint 2013 Farm Solution

  • Supports choosing a content database.
  • There is a page to manage host header managed path.
  • We also added 2 scripts to make it easier to install the solution or to update it.
  • Fixed bugs

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You can download it on CodePlex at: http://hnsc.codeplex.com/

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The strong Search engine included in SharePoint is one of the reasons that enterprises around the world embrace SharePoint. Instead of relying on navigation to look for an item or document, users now rely on search every day. Not only in the enterprise but in every day personal use as well. When is the last time you navigated categories on eBay, Wikipedia, Craigslist, etc.?

However, a lot of documents, especially PDFs and some scanned documents are not searchable because even if they are in PDF format, they are simply an image inside a PDF. All this valuable information is not searchable, and search based features including the new DLP in SharePoint 2016 will not be able to function on those documents. In order to be able to search inside those documents you need an OCR (Optical Character Recognition) solution, and that’s what we will be reviewing today. We will be reviewing a product called Aquaforest Searchlight that works on SharePoint 2010, 2013 as well as Office 365

  • Aquaforest SearchlightAudit document stores to determine which documents require processing.
  • Document Stores are monitored to deal with new and updated documents.
  • Dashboard provides a convenient summary of the state of all managed stores.
  • Provides detailed conversion reporting.
  • High Performance Multi-Core Support.
  • Convenient GUI which enables management of all stores via a single interface
  • OCR Support for over 100 languages including Chinese, Korean and Japanese

Review

Aquaforest Searchlight is a client side application, meaning that you don’t install anything on SharePoint the server, all the hard work is done on a client computer. Before starting to go in the product, let’s take a look at what my goal will be for this review. I uploaded a TIFF file named Dracula that contains an extract of the novel by Bram Stoker.

After leaving it a few hours, I could find the file by the title in Office 365, but when searching for “Munich”, Office 365 returned nothing! Let’s try to fix that by using Aquaforest Searchlight.

After installing the application and the pre-requisites, we will need to add a Library in Aquaforest. A “Library” does not equal to a document library, it can be an entire Site Collection.

Aquaforest Searchlight

After we click the “Add New Library” button we are guided through a wizard so we can select the exact settings we want for our Library.

On the Library Settings page we have multiple choices

  1. Is it a SharePoint On-Premises, Office 365 or File Share Library that we want to add
  2. Do you only want to Audit, or Audit and OCR. Audit means that Searchlight will analyze how many documents are not searchable, while Audit and OCR will find those documents, and then make them searchable.
  3. We can select the number of cores that we want the application to use. The application will use 1 core / document, so if we give it 10 cores, it can process 10 documents simultaneously. If you plan to OCR thousands, or millions of documents on the first run, maybe it’s a good idea to run it on a virtual server for the initial “transformation” and then move a lower performing machine for day to day.
  4. Since the application will of course modify the document in order to make it readable, we can select if we want to turn versioning on if it’s off, publish a major version with the new searchable document, and of course describe the check-in comment. The “original” version will be kept as a past version, depending on the versioning rules you have on the library.

We then go to the Document Settings where we can specify the behavior for each document type and filter which documents get OCR’d.

  1. For PDFs we can select if we want to process them if they are already fully searchable, partially or not at all searchable.
  2. For the TIFF files, we can select if we process them, and if we delete the original, as the Searchlight application converts them to PDF files.
  3. We have the same settings for BMP, JPEG and PNG Files.
  4. We can select where the Temp Folder location is. The temp folder is where Searchlight will download files while it does the magic to make them searchable.
  5. We can select a date range for the library, so we don’t OCR all the old documents that provide no additional value in the Search Engine.
  6. This is a setting I personally loved seeing there, we can choose to retain all the original metadata on the document. So if a document gets downloaded, and re-uploaded but searchable, those columns will remain the same! With the “Check in Comment” we selected previously, here is what it will look like in the Version History. Modified / Modified By did not change even if the OCR took place a few days later!

After the Document Settings are in place, we can select where we put our Archives, if we decide to keep them of course. The archives are all the original documents before Searchlight made them Searchable.

We then go to the OCR Settings. In the OCR Settings we have two different options we can use, the Aquaforest OCR engine, or the IRIS OCR Engine

I have asked Aquaforest what the difference is, and the main difference is that the Extended OCR Engine works with multiple languages and supports more languages than the Aquaforest OCR one. So if you need to translate documents in more languages, make sure to select the extended choice. Both engines have multiple choices such as rotating the image, or deskewing the documents.

After we select our OCR properties, we can move on to create a schedule for the library

We can either run this job manually, or run it every day or hour, to keep our documents always searchable! After this, we select our Email settings if we want to receive emails when a job is done, or fails.

After we finish and we start the job, the Aquaforest Searchlight tool will first audit the document library and report on its Searchability (How much % of the library is indexable) and then start transforming the documents into Searchable ones.

After the job is done and we wait for the Office 365 crawler to crawl the Site Collection, I could successfully crawl the “Dracula” document and find text from inside it

Conclusion

In this blog post we had an overview of the Aquaforest Searchlight tool that allows enterprises to make their PDF and image documents searchable, in order to provide additional value in SharePoint. I found the Searchlight application really easy to use, and the 10 or so documents I have uploaded have been transformed pretty fast, even if I only gave it one core to do all the OCR. Some things that you will need to be careful about are making sure that your temp and Archive folders have enough space on them if you need to OCR thousands of documents, as every document that gets downloaded can fill up the C: drive pretty fast.

The thing that I loved most is the fact that the application can turn on versioning, while making sure the important metadata such as “Modified/Created By” and “Created / Modified” do not change after a document is transformed. That would have been a deal breaker for most companies where those four columns are of significant importance.

I didn’t really find anything I didn’t like in the Aquaforest Searchlight tool, as it does everything that it says it does and I am happy to see it work with SharePoint 2010/ 2013 / SharePoint Online, and has been tested with SharePoint 2016 RC so I am sure it will work with it once the product is released!

With Data Loss Prevention becoming a more important topic for every company, and with the DLP Features in SharePoint 2016 / SharePoint online relying on search, having your documents in fully searchable format is a real plus. If you’re looking for an OCR Solution for SharePoint, make sure to check out Aquaforest Searchlight by clicking on the logo below:

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As I do more conferences and webinars around the brand new SharePoint Server 2016, I get a lot of questions asked by email, or private channels that could benefit everyone! So I will update this blog post as time advances with the latest events, and add answers to the questions you might have! Hopefully it will be useful!

SharePoint 2016 Frequently Asked Questions

Crow Canyon Webinar: What’s new for IT Professionals in SharePoint 2016 (January 21, 2016).

Q: Will the slides be made available?

A: Yes, slides are available at this link: http://www.slideshare.net/VladCatrinescu/whats-new-in-sharepoint-2016-for-it-professionals-webinar-with-crowcanyon

Q: Can I download this record later?

A: Yes, you can find the recording on Channel9: https://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/vladcatrinescu/Whats-new-in-SharePoint-2016-for-IT-Pros

Q: Will each server in the Min Role architecture require a SP license? If so, that’s really costly.

A: There is no official word on licensing yet, but I am pretty sure you will need a license for every SharePoint Server in the farm!

Q: I would love to see a demo on durable links? Is it possible on your blog post?

A: I will try to do a webinar on the durable links feature only in the future.

Q: Do you have a tutorial to setup a dev environment like the one on your demo, which can be used to evaluate all new features?

A: Not yet, I will wait for the SharePoint 2016 to be RTM so it doesn’t change that much anymore. You can simply install a single server VM for now and play with it!

Q: What are some reasons to upgrade to SharePoint Server 2016 from earlier versions?

A: Multiple reasons from new features, better stability and faster speed. Here is a blog post from a fellow MVP on some great reasons: https://sharepoint.protiviti.com/blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=274

Q: Any information on mobile support for publishing sites?

A: I didn’t try it, but didn’t hear anything about support for publishing sites yet!

Q: Is PerformancePoint in this version yet?

A: Performance Point will be in SharePoint 2016!

Q: Are there any new BI features?

A: SSRS now uses HTML 5, and has some cool small features, but that’s it!

Q: Can you give some more info about how setting up the cloud search service application?

A: Check out this blog post: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/spses/archive/2015/09/15/cloud-hybrid-search-service-application.aspx

Q: Is the DLP Feature available in SharePoint Server 2016

A: Yes it is! Check this blog post to learn how to set it up: https://absolute-sharepoint.com/2015/12/configure-dlp-in-sharepoint-2016-step-by-step-tutorial.html

Q: Do we still have to migrate the WSS content database and use PowerShell to migrate from 2013 to 2016?

A: Yes

Q: Is Shredded storage still available in SharePoint 2016?

A: Yes

Q: Can you confirm that you have to have all four MinRole, before you are considered to have a MinRole farm?

A: Yes. If you don’t have one of each (WFE, APP, Search, Distributed Cache), your farm will not work properly and you should use “custom” and start services where you need them.

Q: Does SharePoint now have shortened URL for documents?

A: Not out of the box, but there are some third party tools that offer it.

Q: What’s the penalty for not having a MinRole farm?

A: You don’t fully benefit from Microsoft’s latest investments into SharePoint 2016 for performance and stability, However you are still fully supported.

Q: Is there any change in the App-Model?

A: From an IT Pro perspective the only change is that now it’s called the Add-in Model J.

 

Q: SharePoint 2016 supports TLS 1.2. What version of TLS does SharePoint 2013 support?

A: SSL 3 & TLS 1.0

Q: Will SharePoint 2016 run on Server Core for Windows Server 2012 R2?

A: Nope!

 

 

Q: Can we author custom DLP rules?

A: We cannot create new templates at the moment in SharePoint 2016. If this feature changes, I will update the post.

Q: Do durable links work across site collections and web applications?
A: It works in the same Site Collection for sure. Will have to test if it works cross-site collection / Web Application.

CardioLog Analytics Webinar: What’s New in SharePoint 2016 for End Users (February 3, 2016)

Q: Can we download the slides?

A: Yes, you can find the slides on SlideShare here: http://www.slideshare.net/VladCatrinescu/whats-new-in-sharepoint-2016-for-end-users-webinar-with-intlock

Q: Is Enterprise license needed for DLP? Or is it included in the standard?

A: It’s an Enterprise only feature as per https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj819267.aspx#bkmk_FeaturesOnPremise 

 

Q: What Service update patch is required for the Cloud search service (For SharePoint 2013)?

A: August 2015 Public Update

Q: I’m a SharePoint branding person and how it works with the design manager in SharePoint 2016? Will that be existing? What is the work around?

A: I am not a branding person, so I didn’t test it, however since Design Manager is available on SharePoint Online, I am 90% sure it’s also available in SharePoint 2016. I will test and update blog post with answer!

Q: Do you have any idea when Microsoft will release SP2 for SharePoint 2013?

A: Nope.

Q: What are the minimum software and hardware requirements for SharePoint 2016?

A: Software: Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016. SQL Server 2014 SP1 or SQL Server 2016. Hardware are same as 2013. 12-16GB Ram, 4 Core CPU, 80GB of space on C Drive.

Q: Can Hybrid Search work the other way i.e. O365 (SharePoint) online searching for content on-prem?

A: Hybrid Search pushes your on-prem index in the cloud, therefore from O365 you can search on-prem content. You can setup your on-prem farm, to query Office 365 afterwards to show content from on-prem as well as Office 365.

Q: Does SharePoint forms customized with InfoPath on SharePoint 2013 works on SharePoint 2016 after migration?

A: It should work, yes!

 

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Last week I wrote a blog post about the fact that Microsoft is retiring SharePoint MCSD developer exams. The article was pretty popular with over 1000 shares on social media and 4000 views in just two days. Microsoft Learning decided to answer the confusion in a follow up blog post, in which we learned that the SharePoint Dev exams are going away, while an Office 365 app exam is coming in! Here is the quote from MS Learning:

SharePoint Dev Certifications

In the area of Office (including SharePoint) app development, there is a growing interest in Office365 apps and we are adjusting the certification path accordingly. As the existing MCSD: SharePoint developer path relies heavily on Web Application development skills, we are moving to a model where individuals would earn their MCSD: Web Applications credential, and, then, choose to specialize in Office365 app development with a single, new Specialist exam. This new exam is currently under development and more details will be shared once available.

Before, in order to get the MCSD: SharePoint Certification we had to pass 4 exams:

  • 70-480: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3
  • 70-486: Developing ASP.NET MVC Web Applications
  • 70-488: Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions
  • 70-489: Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Advanced Solutions

As you see, we had two general “Web Development” certifications, and two specific to SharePoint 2013. According to the MS Learning  blog post, I am guessing the new path in order to get certified for SharePoint / Office 365 would look something like:

  • 70-480: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3
  • 70-486: Developing ASP.NET MVC Web Applications
  • 70-487: Developing Microsoft Azure and Web Services
  • 70-xxx: Developing apps for Office 365 (Just a guess on name)

The 480/486/487 exams would give you the MCSD: Web Applications, while the new Developing apps for Office 365 will give you a MCS: Office 365, and maybe a MCSD: Office 365 apps certification?

My Personal opinion is that a Developing apps for Office 365 specialist exam is a great idea, because there is nothing currently to certify users for that, however killing all certification for On-Premises SharePoint development is an awful one. I know that we can deploy apps on SharePoint 2013 and 2016, but no one really does it. More than 95% of my customers only do full trust farm solutions in their on-prem environment.  Furthermore, according to the latest numbers released by Jeff Tepper in November 2015, 60% of SharePoint licenses are On-Premises … so about 96 Million Users.

What do you think about this new certification path? Let me know in the comments!

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In an announcement posted by Microsoft Learning on February 16th 2016, Microsoft announced that both MCSD exams (70-488 Developing SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions and exam 70-489: Developing SharePoint Server 2013 Advanced Solutions) will retire on September 30th 2016!

SharePoint MCSD retired

Furthermore, what is more interesting is that exam 70-517: Recertification for MCSD: SharePoint Applications is also being retired on the same date. This announcement is very interesting for two reasons:

  • The MCSD: SharePoint Certifications came almost a year after the MCSE: SharePoint Certifications, but are retired a lot before. To give you an idea… The SharePoint 2010 IT Pro Certifications are only being retired on July 31st 2016!
  • There is no news on SharePoint 2016 certifications yet.
  • By retiring both the two exams AND the re-certification exams, most developers will lose their MCSD: SharePoint certification pretty soon, since to keep it you must re-certify every two years.

However, the MCSD SharePoint is not the only certification that will die. The following MCSD Certification will also be retired on September 30:

  • MCSD: Windows Store Apps Using HTML5 (481, 482, 490)
  • MCSD: Windows Store Apps Using C# (484, 485, 491)

Furthermore, the re-certification exam for MCSD: Application Lifecycle Management is also retiring, meaning developers cannot renew their MCSD.

What does “retired” mean?

Here is what “retired” means directly from Microsoft Learning:

Keep in mind that even if an exam that is part of a certification you earned is retired, your certification is still valid. When an exam you passed is retired, the exam record remains on your transcript. If you’re working toward a certification that includes one of the exams listed for retirement, please be sure to take the exam prior to the retirement date. Allow time for a retake if necessary.

So, if you’re currently working on your MCSD SharePoint Certification, make sure you finish all your SharePoint exams as soon as possible to get it on your transcript!

Future of SharePoint MCSD?

There are lots of theories that can be made about why Microsoft is canceling the SharePoint MCSD. Maybe the numbers weren’t what they expected, or maybe the recertification technique didn’t work. The SharePoint 2013 MCSE doesn’t even need to pass an exam to re-certificate, only need to listen to MVA.

Maybe Microsoft is replacing the SharePoint MCSD certification with an Office 365 MCSD certification in order to be cloud-first? Why do you think Microsoft is killing the SharePoint MCSD Certification so early? Let me know in the comments!

 

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You can view the original Announcement here: Exam Retirement Update: What’s retiring in September 2016?

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On February 2nd 2016, Microsoft did a surprise blog post to Office 365 admins to announce that starting the same day, Microsoft will automatically activate Yammer on every new and existing tenant. Compared to most Office 365 services like Exchange, SharePoint and Skype for Business, enterprises didn’t always want to add a social network for their users. Furthermore, since Yammer is currently only hosted in the United States, some enterprises don’t want their data hosted in the US for multiple reasons.

That is why I made this PowerShell script that will disable Yammer licenses for all your users so you don’t have to do it by hand. This script will loop trough all your licensed users, and disable Yammer. The Script supports different SKU for each user, so if your users will be assigned the same license, but without Yammer inside. Make sure you are connected to Office 365 before running the script as I didn’t include that part! If you don’t know how to connect to Office 365, check out the tutorial on the PowerShell Portal. You might also be interested in learning more about PowerShell for Office 365 to better understand the script, and be able to make your own. Check out my Pluralsight course on PowerShell for Office 365 to become a pro!

PowerShell For Office 365

I also have added a cool output so you can see what the script is up to. Here is a screenshot of what it looks like when it runs!

Disable Yammer Licenses in Office 365 with PowerShell

You can find the script below, or you can download it from the TechNet Gallery here: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Disable-Yammer-in-Office-432f584d 

NOTE: If you have an EDU tenant, you will need to change “YAMMER_ENTERPRISE” to “YAMMER_EDU” . Thanks to Maurits Knoppert for the tip!

 

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This April, I am really glad to speak at one of my favorite SharePoint conferences -SharePoint Fest.  SharePoint Fest usually does 4 conferences per year ( Denver – DC – Seattle – Chicago) , and this April I am glad to say I will have done a tour of all those cities! To give back to the awesome SharePoint community, and to try to meet as many of the blog readers as possible, I talked to SharePoint Fest and they gave me two SharePoint Fest DC Gold Passes to give away to the readers of my blog!

SharePoint Fest DC

To enter you simply have to put your name and email, and you can get bonus entries if you follow @vladcatrinescu on Twitter and like the Absolute SharePoint page on Facebook!  Furthermore you can tweet about the  giveaway every day and get 9 bonus entries for every time you tweet!

The prize only includes the conference pass and not any travel costs or anything else . Just the conference pass!  Here is a small paragraph about the conference:

Choose From over 70 Sessions in Multiple Tracks!

Attend SharePoint Fest – D.C., where you’ll be able to attend technical classes and workshops – taught by Microsoft Certified Trainers, Microsoft engineers and Microsoft MVPs – covering Enterprise Content Management, Power Users, Social SharePoint, Business Value, Implementation/Administration, Office 365, Workflow, Business Intelligence, Special Topics & SharePoint Development. Choose one complete learning track or mix & match based on what content best meets you and your organization’s current needs!

At SharePoint Fest – DC there are sessions created for SharePoint administrators, software developers, information architects and knowledge workers which will ensure that you and your team walk away with as much knowledge as you desire to truly leverage SharePoint in your current environment!

Check out the conference site over here: http://www.sharepointfest.com/DC

SharePoint Fest DC Giveaway

Enter the raffle below to win one of the two passes! You got until March 7th to enter! Remember that you can tweet about the giveaway every day in order to win more entries!

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Speaking at MVP Days Montreal

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Next month, I will be speaking at a new event in Eastern Canada called MVP Days. It’s a one day event that covers multiple topics around the Microsoft World, and I will be delivering a session on PowerShell for Office 365!

About the Event

Join Canadian Microsoft MVP’s (Most Valuable Professionals) for a one day IT Pro Road Show. Expert Speakers will present based on their real world experience in short action packed sessions. Content will focus on the following topics:

1.       Cloud

2.       IT Pro/Dev Ops

3.       SharePoint/Office 365

4.       Development

The Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award is Microsoft’s way of saying thank you to exceptional, independent community leaders who share their passion, technical expertise, and real-world knowledge of Microsoft products with others. It is part of Microsoft’s commitment to supporting and enriching technical communities. Even before the rise of the Internet and social media, people have come together to willingly offer their ideas and best practices in technical communities.

Microsoft recognizes the vital role these individuals play in the adoption and advancement of technology—and in helping our customers do great things with our products. This was the inspiration for the Microsoft MVP Award. Nearly two decades ago, we awarded 37 technical community leaders as MVPs.

Today, there are more than 4,000 MVPs worldwide. They represent more than 90 countries, speak over 40 languages, answer more than 10 million questions a year, and are awarded in almost 90 Microsoft technologies—reflecting the breadth of our products and our global communities.

As such this community initiative is the brain child of several of Microsoft Canada’s Top MVP’s. It is our absolute pleasure to be able to share our knowledge locally allowing our communities to learn more and advance their technical knowledge base. You can follow Canadian MVP’s on Twitter #CDNMVP

Sign up for the Montreal event at the following link: https://events.bizzabo.com/200777/home

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I am extremely happy to announce that my third Pluralsight course has been released over the weekend. While my Planning and Deploying Office Web Apps 2013 and my PowerShell for Office 365 courses were more geared towards the IT Pro audience, this course on Creating a Workflow in SharePoint Designer is really for everyone from End Users to IT Pros that want to know how to create simple and powerful workflows with SharePoint Designer.

Creating a Workflow in SharePoint Designer

In this course, I will cover the following topics:

  1. Learning the Basics

    In this module, I cover the basics of SharePoint Workflows, and all the terms you need to get started. We learn the types of Workflows, the Start Types as well as what exactly are Actions and Conditions.

  2. Out of the Box Workflows

    SharePoint 2010 and 2013 both include some basic Out of the Box Workflows that can do a good job, without any customizing. Before going in SharePoint Designer, we will learn what SharePoint has to offer Out of the Box!

  3. Creating a Workflow in SharePoint 2010 Mode

    In this Module, we will learn how to create a SharePoint Workflow, the basics of creating workflows in SharePoint Designer, the available actions and conditions as well as go through two Real World scenarios.

  4. Creating a Workflow in SharePoint 2013 Mode

    In this Module, I will go through the differences between 2010 and 2013 mode workflows, and you will learn the new things such as steps, loops and finish the module with a real world scenario.

  5. Visio Integration

    In this Module we cover the integration between SharePoint Designer and Microsoft Visio.

This course applies to SharePoint 2010, 2013, 2016 as well as SharePoint Online in Office 365. The only module that doesn’t apply to SharePoint 2010 is module 4.

Creating a Workflow in SharePoint Designer

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Creating a Workflow in SharePoint Designer

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